Maria Speakes Champion
Maria Speakes Champion
  • January 23, 1965 - April 4, 2017
  • Huntsville, Alabama

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Roseanna “Maria” Speakes Champion, 52, of Huntsville AL passed away on April 4, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born on January 23, 1965 to Christine Blevins Speakes and Harold Eugene Speakes. Maria was a member of First Baptist Church Meridianville where she served faithfully for 20 years. She graduated high school at West Blocton, Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend. Her love for God was evident by her servant’s heart and how she loved, nurtured and encouraged all those around her.

She was preceded in death by her Mother, Father and her Step-Mother, Sallie Patricia Jones Speakes.

She is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 30 years, Robert H Champion Jr., children; Elizabeth Grace Champion, Robert Henry Champion, III, Aubrey Ryan Champion, Casie Nichole Jones, granddaughter; Scarlet Elizabeth Champion, sisters; Andrea Poteete, Gabrielle Blade, Amanda and Mary Speakes, Mother-in-Love; Linda T. Hammitt, Sister-in-Love; Lori Caraway, Brother-in-Love; Jason Hammitt, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Maria was dearly loved by all those who met her. Her life was an example of unconditional love that inspired others by her faith in God. “My Maria” will be greatly missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Valhalla Funeral Home of Huntsville and the family will receive friends on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Meridianville from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Services will follow the visitation at 2:00pm with Dr. Tommy Bolan officiating.