Evan McGlaun Terry

February 21, 1921April 12, 2019

Evan McGlaun Terry, age 98, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on April 12, 2019. He was born February 21, 1921 in Moundville, Alabama, the son of the late Evan P. and Katie Davis Terry. He graduated from Hale County High School, as valedictorian of his class, in 1939. He attended the University of Alabama for one year before transferring to the University of Illinois in 1940. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering, and entered the Army as an ROTC Reservist. He served in the Army Engineers in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in Italy and Greece. After the wars in Europe and the Pacific ended, he served as Regimental Construction Foreman in the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment as a Master Sergeant during the construction of the new Athens International Airport in Athens, Greece. After returning from Europe and being released from active duty, he married Margaret Colburn of Greensboro, Alabama on April 11, 1946. Following a honeymoon in New Orleans, LA, they moved to Birmingham, Alabama. He was re-called to active duty in October,1950, during the Korean Conflict. Since he was a Registered Architect and a Master Sergeant, he was not sent to Korea, but was assigned to the Army Engineer School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The Base Commander set up an architectural office and assigned draftsmen to help him design the Officer's Club and other base buildings. After his service at Fort Sill, he returned to Birmingham to resume the practice of architecture. On July 1, 1952 he opened his own office as Evan M. Terry, Architect. For the next 36 years his practice included: hospitals and healthcare facilities, regional shopping malls, high rise condominiums, schools, National Guard armories, churches, office buildings, and other misc. projects. On January 2, 1985, he formed a professional corporation, Evan M. Terry Associates, PC and brought into the firm his son James L. Evan Terry and Malcolm L. Sokol. In February 1988, he retired from the active practice of architecture; leaving the firm to Jim and Malcolm. Some of his well known projects include: Brookwood Hospital, Zamora Shrine Temple, North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, Metro Center Regional Mall in Jackson MS, Vestavia Hills High School, and 18 major hospitals throughout the U.S.A. In 1982 he was invited by the Chinese Government to spend 3 weeks in China, visiting several architectural schools and meeting with architects, contractors and building material suppliers; speaking, and showing slides of regional shopping malls. He was a member of The Church at Ross Bridge and its predecessors Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Eleventh Avenue United Methodist church, since 1946. He served several terms as Chairman of the Board of Stewards, 19 years as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and 30 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was a charter member of the Good Fellowship Sunday School Class, which was founded in 1946. He was also a member of The Club, The American Institute of Architects, a charter member of Construction Specifications Institute, Moundville Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Temple and Zamora Shrine Temple. He is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Terry; son, Michael Evan Terry; sisters, Barbara Ann Harris (John) and Hilda Mills. He is survived by his sons, Joseph P. Terry and James L. E. Terry (Darcy); daughter, Marcia T. Steedman (Ted); granddaughters, Ashley Steedman-Bryant, Esther Terry (Mike Bogdan), Rachel Terry Diggs (David), Ruth Terry Vilches (David) and Rachel Garcia; grandsons, Scott Steedman (Rachell) and Captain Evan Paul Terry; great-grandchildren, Jorge Garcia, Alex Garcia, Eva Garcia, Evan Isaac Garcia, Conner Bryant, Dylan Bryant, Eli Steedman, Allie Steedman, Joey Bogdan, Rhyken Diggs and Quinlan Diggs. Funeral services will be held at: The Church at Ross Bridge, 2101 Grand Ave., Hoover, AL 35226, 205-774-1796. Visitation will be from 11:OOAM to 1:OOPM and the funeral will follow at 1:OOPM at The Church at Ross Bridge. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church at Ross Bridge Building Fund.

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  • Visitation Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2019

Evan McGlaun Terry

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