Neil Everett Lawler

January 24, 1926October 27, 2016

Neil Everett Lawler, age 90, passed away on October 27, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary T. Lawler (Betty), of 64 years and his son, Neil Alan Lawler (Regina), granddaughter, Kristen Caudle (Matt) and grandson, Neil Lawler Jr., great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jack and "baby" Brooks (Caudle). He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Layne Lawler, sister, Doris Gamble and great granddaughter, Kaylen Caudle. He was a WW II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific area of operations, Korea and China. Everett graduated from West End High School and Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Music. He received his Master of Arts degree and PHD from the University of Alabama. Before teaching, Everett was employeed by US Steel for 12 years in the General Office. During this time he was an active musician and performed with numerous groups, shows and musical productions. In 1963 he reinstated his educational credentials and began his teaching career and full time music. As a band director he taught at Tarrant, Montevallo, Berry, Bessemer and Jess Lanier High Schools. Other musical activities included 20 years as the conductor of the Miss Alabama Pageant and 28 years as adjunct professor at UAB. While at UAB he started the UAB pep band for the new basketball program. Dr. Lawler also developed the idea of a jazz ensemble for advanced musicians to perform periodically under the sponsorship of UAB. This endeavor continued for over 39 years and exists today, known as "Super Jazz". Services will be held on Monday, October 31, at Shades Valley Lutheran Church, 720 Shades Creek Parkway. Visitation at 10:00, Funeral Service at 11:00, followed by The Committal. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Music Ministry of Shades Valley Lutheran Church.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 31, 2016

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 31, 2016


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Joe Mason

November 12, 2016

Doc, as we called him will be truly missed. He was such an inspiration and a lot of fun to be around. RIP Doc. Joe Mason (Drum Major, Trombonist, Jess Lanier Class Of 1984)

November 1, 2016

Mr. Lawler will by missed by many, yet there is some good music going on in Heaven. He was a fine man, fair and marine corp tough (who knew?). His arrangements were well done, At Bessemer High we opened with "Cabaret" and ended with his version of "Dixie". He was inspirational and taught us how to work hard on a performance. mike boyd

Kyle Roy

October 31, 2016

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.
Kyle, Denise and Kyler Roy

Lisa Kidd Berg

October 31, 2016

I was one of the hundreds of lucky kids that got to spend 4 years under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Lawler. Over the years when I hear certain songs, it brings visual memories of my marching band and concert band experiences and I see and hear him. All terrific memories. I'm sure he is in that "rock n roll heaven" just like in tbe song. Play on Dr. Lawler!

Jan Sanford

October 30, 2016

What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. Neil, Regina and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss but I believe the memories you cherish will sustain you. Praying for you all.

Bobby Cardwell

October 30, 2016

Dr. Lawler shared his God-given talent with me and countless others. Because of Dr. Lawler, music Is my refuge during trying times. I want to thank his family for sharing him with so many and pray that God brings you comfort and peace. His love for his many students will forever endure.

Noel Hubbard

October 30, 2016

My deepest sympathy, Betty and family. Noel Hubbard

Michelle Jones

October 30, 2016

May he rest in piece. He introduced me to jazz music and I credit him with my full appreciation of music

Brent Colravy

October 30, 2016

Neil, I am so saddened to hear about the passing of your dad. I just wish that I had been able to meet him. Just know that I will keep you and your family in our prayers. I hope you will all find comfort in the coming days with all of the wonderful memories that were made over the years.

Garry Long

October 30, 2016

Condolences to Dr. Lawler's. As a student of his student at Jess Lanier and also a member of the first pep band at UAB I know personally that he was a great human and an exceptional educator.