Harold Luell (H.L.) Pepper, 93, of Athens, went home to his Heavenly Father, October 30, 2021. Arrangements include a visitation at Spry Funeral Home in Athens from 4 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 2nd and a graveside service and burial at Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Alabama, on Wednesday, November 3rd. 11AM.
H.L. was born November 20, 1927 in Limestone County to Luell “Frank” (F.L.) Pepper and Lillie Jones Pepper of Athens, and Ardmore, espectively.
His early years were spent mostly in Ardmore, Alabama. At the age of 16 he began working in Oakridge Tennessee on the Manhattan Project during WWII. After a short stint working for the car manufacturers in Detroit, Michigan, he started his own business as an independent truck driver. H.L. was draftedinto the United States Army and served active duty in the Korean War from October 7, 1952 to July 6, 1954. After the war, he continued working his trucking business, but once his baby girl was born, he decided to stay closer to home and opened Pepper's Service Station on Hwy 72 in Athens. During his 26 years in operation, he became fondly known as 'Pap'. Upon retiring he opened Clinton Street Motors that he operated for over 10 years. It was during this time that he began working in real estate which he continued until his death.
Family was everything to Harold. He adored his two girls and made their childhood special and happy due to his kindness, generosity and sense of humor that he never lost even in his final difficult days. His family grew to include many grandchildren in which he took a keen interest. This love for children extended to others as he conveyed numerous acts of kindness. He would often say, "Children are everything, without them, you missed the boat!" His generous and gentle spirit also extended to others who oftentimes were down on their luck. A favorite saying of his was, "Everyone just needs a little start to make it."
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Griffin; and brothers, Howard (Boot) Pepper, and Chalmus (Tiny) Pepper. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Lanelle (Ricky) Marchant of Northport, AL Frankie (Mark) Garner of Athens, AL; step-children, Nancy (Bobby) Beach, Judy (Bryan) Kennedy and Lloyd (Barbara) Self; grandchildren, Brandon Black, Emily Marchant, Daniel Marchant, Alexander Garner, Julia Edmondson, Leigh Beach, Bob Beach, Butch Self, Nicole Harris, Ashley Daly, Dawn Filyaw; ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Chandra Koneru and staff, especially his nurse, Mary Beth; caring friends of Hospice of Limestone County and all the dedicated caregivers who showed great kindness to him and his family.
A memorial may be made to Hospice of Limestone County or Lung Cancer Society.
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I never met your father, but I can tell how wonderful he must have been just by knowing you. We reflect the best parts of our parents thanks to the loving way they raised us. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve. My Deepest Sympathy, Nanita Cosby Brown
Sorry for your loss of your father. My God be with you & your family in this time of need. Gary Hicks