Terry Ray Provines
May 9, 1966 – May 28, 2018
Terry Ray Provines, 52, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on May 28, 2018 near his home. Though Terry was a single man, he did not live a solitary life. He loved people, never met a stranger, and always called people by name. He consistently had a smile and a kind word to share with others. In his work selling medical equipment, he made many friends across the country. Terry enjoyed any type of outdoor activities especially when done with family or friends. Terry loved to be around children and was thrilled when he won over Ethan and Ellie this last year at Christmas. Family was important.
Terry will be greatly missed by his brother, Wayne Provines and wife Cathy of Perry, Michigan; his sister Cathy and her wife Melissa Pemberton of Mt Vernon, Illinois; niece Danielle and husband Chris Ricotta of Swartz Creek, Michigan; nephew Jason Provines of Charlottesville, Virginia; his great nephew and great niece Ethan and Elena Ricotta; his step daughter, Ashley Allen-McGuire and wife Lindsey of West Memphis, Tennessee; two Godsons: Cooper and Connor Green of Memphis, Tennessee; and his many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Provines and his mother Lois Mieure Provines.
If you would like to give a gift to honor Terry’s memory, contributions can be made to St Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Terry had participated in runs to raise money for St Jude’s in the past.
Services will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, Ellery, IL on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. and graveside service immediately following.
Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.ingramfh.net.
Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
- Visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
Terry Ray Provines
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July 17, 2018
Barbara and I would like to express our sorrow at the loss of Terry to all of his family. We recently drove by the site of his accident in Birmingham and immediately we felt the memories of working with Terry and visiting with him come back in our lives.
I started working with Terry in 1987 when he was a young service technician with Laser Technologies in Memphis. His expertise in his line of work was immediately felt by his customers. No more stressful event can occur in his work than to have a product fail during a surgical case and Terry's expert maintenance and repair prevented most of these emergencies from happening. His professionalism with customers earned him a reputation that lived from his service days in 1987, through his sales days until his untimely death. He will be missed by his customers, just as he is missed by family and friends.
Terry moved on to work for Ball Medical in New Orleans as a service tech in the early 90s, and he was very instrumental in recruiting me to join him in sales. He moved to Birmingham and bought a home just a couple of doors away from our daughter's family where he continued to live. After a few years of service work, Terry decided he wanted to try sales, and as expected, he did a great job in sales, because of his natural ability to win over people and provide great professional sales and service. When the opportunity arose about 2001, Terry decided to start his own sales company and for the next 17 years he made his living as his own boss doing what he loved best.....serving people.
Our family was very close to Terry during the 80's and 90's. We have three daughters, the oldest was the same age as Terry, and they all enjoyed seeing him when he was in town and would drop by for a meal, or just a visit. After I retired, Terry and I didn't see each other as much.....something I really regret now.
To his brother and sister, nieces and nephews, and all family, know that Terry will be missed by many other people.
July 13, 2018
Uncle terry was one of the most selfless and caring guys I have ever met. I was lucky to be in his life for as long as we had together. Never once was I with him and he didn't have a smile on his face. I know he's smiling down on us now. Love you uncle pro. Thanks for being my biggest fan and a role model to look up to.
July 13, 2018
Growing up, one of my favorite phrases to hear from my father was “Uncle Pro is coming to town!” As I grew older, the phrase never got old. He was a blessing to whoever was fortunate enough to meet him. I am going to miss all those Saturdays in the grove where I would ride on top of his shoulders, and he would carry me all the way to Vaught Hemingway. I’m going to miss that hilarious laugh of his and his smile. Although he is no longer physically with us, I feel his presence everyday, still hear his laugh, still hear his voice. Heaven gained a caring, selfless, wonderful man, and I am going to miss him very much. I love you, Uncle Terry. See you soon.
July 11, 2018
I loved Terry the first time I met him, through Eric almost 10 years ago. He always had a kind word and the biggest heart imaginable. I remember so many fun times with him, from the "meat only" 4th of July because he was low-carbing, to Chicago with Robbie and Kay. We did Destin for New Years a few years ago and I remember how everywhere he went, he knew everyone. That is the legacy of Terry. Never met a stranger and could make a friend in an empty room. I will miss him and his kind spirit, and his always trying to find me friends in Birmingham so I would stay here. He will be missed for his kindness, spirit and his all-around Terryness. My condolences to the family, as while his friends will miss him, I know his family will have an even bigger hole in their hearts.
Warren Ball Jr
July 10, 2018
Terry was one of a kind. I will remember when he first joined my father's company as a service/technology manager taking care of surgical lasers as well as other sophisticated equipment Ball Medical sold all over the South. He was really good at it. Terry had such an excellent personal touch that he and my father agreed that he should move into the sales arena where he flourished. My father, Bo Ball, loved Terry. They enjoyed a very close relationship, one where Terry was considered family. My father is in the latter stages of dementia. Terry would check in with me to see how he was doing. He even went by the house to pay him a long visit the month before his untimely passing. He was that kind of a guy. He loved his people. Though my father and I have never had the opportunity to meet all of Terry's family, I want you all to know that Terry was loved by the Ball Medical family. He was a joy to be around and a joy to work with. He will never be forgotten. My father would be there for the service if was able. Please accept my family's thoughts, prayers, and best wishes. We wish all of you nothing but the best in life. We are grateful to have known him and to have loved him. Warren Ball Jr.