Obituary — Zella Wayne Mills Singleterry

December 02, 2021


Nov. 26, 2021

Funeral services for the family and close friends of Zella Wayne Singleterry, 84, will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 from St. Bernadette Church, with Father Marcin S. Wiktor and Deacon Rich Hollingsworth officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 from St. Bernadette Church.

Following the funeral service, interment will take place at White House Cemetery.

She was born and raised in Clara and although she left for many years to start a family with the love of her life, Dennis R. Singleterry, Clara was "Home" and she never forgot about where she came from. The couple eventually settled in Huntsville, Ala., where they lived for more than 20 years.

She was athletic and played basketball for Clara School. She graduated from Athens State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education before going on to earn her Masters of Education from Alabama A&M University. She spent her career as a K-6 educator and adored the children that she had the opportunity to teach.

Her passions included quilting, gardening, reading, cooking, spending time with her children and grandchildren and cheering on her favorite football teams --- Alabama and Mississippi State.

She spent a large portion of her life in Huntsville, Ala., where she and her husband raised their children. After Dennis passed, she retired to Clara, where she spent time nurturing her grandchildren. In retirement, she continued doing the things she enjoyed, including traveling with her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was simply enjoying an afternoon conversation with friends and family, whom she cared for deeply.

She was a devoted wife and mother and cherished her three children and seven grandchildren. She lived her life to the fullest and her love, laughter, smile and faith brightened our lives and continues on within us.

She died peacefully of natural causes on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.

She is survived by her sister, Shirley Weaver; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Betty Mills and Dave and Sue Mills; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Paula Singleterry of Clara and Dana and Shannon Singleterry of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, Tacy and Jim Junker of Houston, Texas; and seven grandchildren and their respective spouses, Denny and Regan, Alyssa, Mollie, Ayda, Rafe, William and Hayes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis R. Singleterry; her mother, Gertrude Mills; and her father, Adolphus Mills.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (