Gary Don Shores

February 3, 1963August 1, 2018
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Gary Don Shores, 55 of Cullman, passed away on August 1, 2018 at his residence. He was a loving husband, son and friend. Gary graduated for McAdory High School as the class Valedictorian and went on to graduate from the University of Alabama. For 23 years he worked for the University of Alabama at the Paul W. Bryant Museum and then began teaching at the College of Education for Special Needs. While working with several coaches from the University of Alabama he was also a football announcer for ESPN and CBS. Gary was a motivational speaker and made several “Leadership” videos with various coaches. Recently Gary and his wife Mary bought a farm and would often be referred to as “Farmer Gary”. On the farm he opened a state of the art music studio and would allow local artists to record at no charge. Gary and his friend, David had a radio show called The DC Capstone Report, they did weekly recaps of football games. Gary had the biggest, most generous heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He would frequently see children at Walmart wanting a certain toy so he would give the parents the money to purchase that toy. He was also known for paying for meals for anyone he saw in a restaurant eating alone. Gary would go out of his way to speak words of encouragement to anyone he thought was going through a difficult time. He enjoyed Tuesdays because he would have lunch with his brother-in-law, Ralph. This is a tribute recently posted regarding Gary; “I only met Gary a couple of times but the impact he had on me and my family is almost impossible to believe. He was one of the most compassionate and spiritual people I have ever met. His picture should be beside the word uplifting in the dictionary because when the chips are down he knows how to lift people up. God Bless you Gary Shores. The Cunningham family will always love you and never never forget you.” Gary is preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts, uncles and cousins. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Rivers Shores; his parents: Billy J. and Brooksie Shores, Rainsville, AL.; sister, Andrea M. Shores, Bessemer, AL.; brother, Lance W. Shores, Bessemer, AL.; sister-in-laws: Judy (Ralph) Bradford, Sherry (William) Calvert and Donna (Jackie) Cottingham; nieces: Christa (Eric) Spratling and Emily Bradford; nephews: Stephen (Minnie) Calvert, Eric (Helen) Cottingham and Elliott Cottingham; special friends: David and Karen Cottingham and Brian and Vicki Cunningham; his best buddy Sunshine (his dog) and a host of friends. His family will receive family and friends on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman. His graveside service will be on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain View Memory Gardens in Fort Payne with burial to follow in the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Rise Center at The University of Alabama.


  • Mary Shores, Wife
  • Billy J. and Brooksie D. Shores, Parents
  • Andrea M. Shores, Sister
  • Lance W. Shores, Brother
  • Judy (Ralph) Bradford, Sherry (William) Calvert and Donna (Jackie) Cottingham, Sister-in-laws
  • Christa (Eric) Spratling and Emily Bradford, Nieces
  • Stephen (Minnie) Calvert, Eric (Helen) Cottingham and Elliott Cottingham, Nephews
  • David and Karen Cottingham and Brian and Vicki Cunningham, Special friends
  • and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, a host of friends and his special dog, Sunshine.


  • Visitation Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

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John Faubion

November 4, 2018

I knew Gary from the Bryant Museum. The world has lost a kind and gentle soul. Gary lived a good life.

Tom Roberts

August 2, 2018

Gary was one of a kind: a kind, caring, helpful man. He helped me dozens of times in all kinds of projects for the Crimson Tide Sports Network. May God continue to bless his family and friends.

Laura Dunkin

August 2, 2018

Getting to know Gary Shores has been such a blessing to my entire family. He always had encouraging words for all of us. He made us feel so important and special. He always went out of his way to make us more confident in whatever we attempted. You are truly going to be missed.

Bart Cannon

August 2, 2018

I was referred to Gary in the process of researching Alabama football archives for a book, “Champions Through Christ: Winning the Game of Life” (2003). Gary not only generously shared his knowledge and information resources, he welcomed me as his friend. My son & I always parked near the Bryant Museum on game day so we could hang out with Gary before or after a game. He was a friend and ally to anyone willing to be his friend. I will miss those long talks about God, Alabama football and recording. We never did record that acoustic guitar album he offered to record for me. I wish I had followed through on his offer. I pray God’s comfort for Gary’s loved ones.

Walter Helms

August 2, 2018

When I worked for the University in the Aidio Visual Department I helped Gary many times with his equipment. He was always so kind and thankful for what I did for him. He never talked bad about anyone. Always had a kind and gentle heart. I will always remember him because of the memories we had. He was a one of a kind. May God have a special place for him . He was the best of the best. Rest in piece my friend.

Deana Watkins

August 2, 2018

I worked for Gary at the Bryant Museum when I was attending UofA. He was one of the best men I ever knew. I had not seen Gary in many years, but will always remember him calling me "Reba" because he said I sounded like Reba McEntire. Prayers for his family and close friends.

Jonathan Willis

August 2, 2018

Gary befriended me the minute I stepped on the university campus. From my first day on campus to the last, he was not only my boss at the Bryant Museum, but a true friend. He did things to help people that they never even knew about. That’s just the kind of heart he had for people and the world’s loss is Heaven’s gain.

Teri Terry

August 2, 2018

Gary Shores was such a kind and compassionate man. He had a special place in his heart for people in the special needs community. He showed his love through his actions, time and most of all his acceptance. My son Ian Terry and Gary had a very special relationship. Gary loved Ian just the way God made him. They always had the best of times together. Gary was Ian’s mentor and his #1 cheerleader. Gary was a coach and mentor to my son Stuart and the TA Knights. He also loved my daughter Kayla and continued to encourage them all to dream big and be the best they could be. Gary will be missed by all that knew him. He was a good man and touched many lives.
Rest In Peace friend. You will continue to live on in our hearts.
Johnny, Teri, Ian, Kayla & Stuart Terry

Brian Cunningham

August 2, 2018

Gary Shores was one of the greatest men I have ever known. He helped and encouraged so many people who otherwise, would not be where they are today. We have lost a giant among humanity and the world is a little less bright because he is no longer here. I thank God for Gary Shores. I love you and miss you my friend. Till we meet again...