Ted C. Dial Sr.
June 19, 1931 – October 8, 2019
Ted Curtis Dial, Sr., of Hoover, Alabama, passed away on October 8, 2019 at the age of 88. Ted was born in Mulberry Community in Blount County, Alabama, on June 19, 1931.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents W.H. Dial, Jr. and Ruby Carter Dial; wife Dorothy Whitaker Dial, brothers; Osborn Dial, Fred Dial and Paul Dial; sisters, Sybil Dial Pike, Cecilia Dial Havr and infant Betty Ruth Dial.
Ted is survived by his wife, Deborah Dial; two sons, Ted C. Dial, Jr. (Renee), and Jody B. Dial (Joni); one daughter, Tanya Dial Crowder (Win); six grandchildren, Beau Dial (Wendy), Jordan Dial, Jessica Dial Nix (Stephen), Paden Crowder, Cayman Crowder, and Landon Crowder; six great grandchildren; sister, Peggy Dial Robertson; three sister-in-laws, Mary Dial (Osborn), Sue Dial (Fred), and Betty Dial (Paul), along with many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was raised on the Dial Farm In Blount County and graduated from J.B. Pennington High School in 1949. He entered the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base in Tokyo, Japan. While stationed in Tokyo, he was a member of the FEAMCOM Marauder football team. Practicing football in the Japanese Alps was an experience he had never forgotten. Ted continued to be a member of the American Legion Post 134 in Homewood and to visit other posts while traveling.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he became employed with American Cast Iron Pipe Company. After 43 years of employment he retired as the Superintendent of the Machine Shops. After retirement in 1995 he later returned for an additional 7 years in the sales department. During his tenure with ACIPCO he was active in many organizations and associations to include Supervisors Club and The National Management Association. His colleagues will remember him as a strong taskmaster but equally caring and generous with encouragement and praise.
After his father's passing, in 1985 he took over the operation of his family's farm. He later expanded it to include his uncle's adjoining farm, creating a beautiful 78-acre vista that not only included the original home built in 1905 but also became home to 60 head of Black Angus cattle. The farm was his sanctuary and his pride and joy. His time was spent not working the farm but sitting on the screen porch remembering all those that came before him. Many wonderful family reunions were held there along with many fond memories shared. Stories were told of generations of hard working people that loved the Lord, the land and each other.
Ted was a long time member of Mulberry Baptist Church, Acipco Baptist Church and Gardendale Baptist Church. He served in many capacities to include Sunday School teacher and Deacon as well as serving on committees as they needed him. His love of and faith in God has carried him through life and rewarded him with grace, mercy and great love of life.
After retirement Ted continued many pastimes, hobbies and experiences that brought him joy. His love of the farm, grandchildren's activities, traveling, and dancing were at the top of his list. However, we would be remiss to not mention his love of sports and Alabama football.
During his life he was called many names, son, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather knew Ted. He was an uncle, cousin, friend and employee. He respected each of these names and did his best to show honor to all those that called him by each of them.
His family wishes to thank the many people that reached out to support us in every way possible. Your thoughts, prayers, visits and many other ways you reached out were felt by us.
Celebration of Life services will be held at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel on Friday, October 11, 2019 with a time of visitation to begin at 2:00 pm; funeral service at 3:00 pm, followed by his burial in Oakwood Memorial Gardens, Gardendale, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
- Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Friday, October 11, 2019
Ted C. Dial Sr.
October 11, 2019
Ted and I lived next door to each other all of our young life.
He made a lasting impression on me at a very young age with all of his kind and
loving ways. When he was station in Japan he would write letters an send pictures to me which made me fall in love with the arts of Japan.
God gave us an angle Ted, I am so glad I knew him, an I know each of his children
is like him and their wonderful mother Dot.
May all the memories of him fill the hole in your heart.
Shirley Dial Clark