Joan and Gerald Vanderver

Joan (Marice) Vanderver, 79, Warrior (Smoke Rise), AL., went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2021 with family by her side. She was born on July 28, 1941 in Birmingham, AL. She was a graduate of Glenn Vocational High School. She was preceded in death by her father, Hoyt Smith and mother, Mary Lou Smith and two brothers, Tilden Smith and Gary Smith.

Gerald (Jerry) L. Vanderver, 80, Warrior (Smoke Rise), AL., went home to be with the Lord on February 14, 2021 with his family by his side. He was born on October 12, 1940 in Birmingham, AL. He was a graduate of Fairfield High School and also served in the United States Army (1958-1961). He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Vanderver and mother, Myrtle Vanderver.

Marice and Jerry are survived by three children, Richard (Ricky) Vanderver (Rhonda) of Dallas, Texas, Karen Quinn (David) of Warrior, Alabama and Alan Vanderver of Warrior, Alabama. They are also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Marice and Jerry were married August 2, 1958 and lived a beautiful life together for sixty-two years. Thirty-four years were spent in Midfield, Alabama raising their family, twenty-four years in Pelham, Alabama, one year in Dallas Texas and the last three years in Warrior Alabama. They enjoyed the sixty-two years spent together to the fullest. Family was everything to them. Their favorite moments in life were spending time with family on beach trips. In their earliest years of marriage their hobbies included square dancing, round dancing and ball room dancing. Being members of the Baptist Church was always a priority. Church, community and social events led to an abundance of lifelong friendships that were cherished forever.

What a legacy, what a life. I invite each of you to keep Marice and Jerry alive in your hearts.

Mom and Dad, goodbyes are not forever, they are not the end..they simply mean, we'll miss you until we meet again.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 2:00pm in Elmwood Cemetery located at 600 Martin Luther King Dr. Birmingham, AL. 35211. There will not be a public visitation. Pastor Keith Hudson will be officiating. Johns Ridout's Elmwood Chapel directing.


  • Graveside Service

    vendredi, 26 février , 2021


Joan and Gerald Vanderver


Nancy Crim

23 février , 2021

Sending Prayers for there Family. Joan and Jerry will forever be in our hearts.

Sharon Bethke

23 février , 2021

So sorry to hear of Marice's and Jerry's death. Marice was such a kind, sweet cousin. She and Jerry made a wonderful couple. My heart goes out to their children and grandchildren. They both will be missed and in our hearts forever..

Patsy Cothren

22 février , 2021

Having relatives pass away so close together was so unexpected. We talked and laughed lots when we all got together or just talking and/or texting. Our family was as normal as a family could get. We may not see each other often, but have always been there for each other when needed. So many stories that could be told, so much sorrow that could be shared, so much giving of ourselves to each other and best of all the good times out weighs everything.
Jerry and Maurice you will be missed.

Linda Hughes

22 février , 2021

We met this wonderful couple when their grandson Daniel Etheredge married our granddaughter Brittany Lovejoy. We enjoyed many family gatherings with our grandchildren and great grandchildren they were family and will be missed by all of us and we loved them.