Johns-Ridout's Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel & Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum
800 Dennison Ave Sw, Birmingham, AL
Robert Bernard Alverson
September 4, 1933 – July 10, 2019
Robert Bernard Alverson (September 3, 1933 - July 10, 2019)
Robert, born in Brilliant, AL, was the youngest of six offspring that blessed Rev. Lonnie G. and Bessie E. Alverson. The son of a loving Methodist preacher, the family moved around the northern part of Alabama every few years throughout his primary school years. After graduating from Ragland High School, he served his country and honored his family legacy through military service in the U. S. Army, where he served during the Korean War. While working at Hayes Aircraft shortly after returning home, he met the love of his life, Martha. They married in February 1960, and were less than 3 weeks shy of celebrating their 53rd anniversary when Martha passed away. Robert is survived by his two daughters, Robin Walker and Valerie Haddix, and their families; he loved their husbands, Randy Walker and Mark Haddix, as his own sons, and was overjoyed by each of his grandchildren, Adrienne Walker, Griffin Walker, Jackson Piazza, and Dalton Haddix. Robert worked 34 for the U.S. Postal Service where he had numerous close friends. His devotion was to his family and spending time with them. He delighted in taking Martha square dancing at least once a week for nearly 45 years. He served as an officer in several square dance clubs and as an officer for the Birmingham Square and Round Dance Association (BSDA). He was a lifetime member in the Masons, and participated for a number of years in the West Hills Lions Club. In addition to active membership in the United Methodist Church, each Sunday for 15 years he greeted guests and members with a warm smile, firm handshake, and a twinkle in his eye as an usher at Vestavia Hills United Methodist. He remained socially active as long as possible, making several new friends even within the last few years at New Merkle Senior Center.
Like all those who have a great desire to learn, enjoy life with abandon, and experience new things, he enjoyed seeing new places - especially if he could take it in while riding on his Harley Davidson; but he was always quick to return home where he was happiest. He passed on a love of family, learning, striving for perfection, tinkering, and yard work to his girls, and leaves a legacy of Christ’s peace to all who knew him.
There will be a 1 p.m. closed casket visitation followed by a short service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following organizations dear to Robert: The American Cancer Society, New Merkle Senior Center, or Scouts BSA. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.johnsridoutselmwoodchapel.com for the Alverson family.
- Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, July 14, 2019