William F. Land
July 21, 1925 – August 11, 2019
William (Bill) Franklin Land was born in Eufaula, Alabama on July 21, 1925 to James Love and Dana Brown Land. He spent his younger years following his father’s many engineering projects throughout the country, eventually finishing school in Montgomery, Alabama. Upon completion of high school, he briefly attended Auburn University before serving in the Army 3rd Infantry Division, in Italy and France. Bill was combat wounded twice, receiving two Purple Hearts.
After his military service, he returned to Auburn where he completed a degree in civil engineering, and embarked on a career with the State of Alabama Highway Department, eventually becoming Chief Engineer. Upon retirement from the state, Bill accepted a position with Harbert Corporation in Birmingham, serving as Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors. He had a distinguished career in engineering and was the recipient of a number of honors for his contributions to this field, taking an intensive interest in engineering education. Mr. Land was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jean Hay Land, three daughters; Joyce Land Noble and husband Gary, Susan "Cricket" Land Johnson and husband Waverly, Sally Land Rasmussen and husband Robert. Other survivors include his six grandsons of whom he was most proud: William Jackson, Jeffrey Jackson and wife, Myra, Waverly Johnson IV, Peyton Johnson, Christian Rasmussen, and LTJG William Rasmussen as well as one great-grandson, Landon Jackson. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Major General J. R. Land, and wife Donna, nieces, Dr. Lisa Land Schifanella and husband, Paul, Lori Land, and nephew, J. R. Land, Jr., as well as his cherished friends and outdoor companions.
As a longtime member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, Bill actively participated in the John Wesley Sunday School class, and later the JOY class, with his wife Jean and many dear acquaintances. He was an excellent teacher, and his lessons were always inspiring, exemplifying his strong faith. Bill Land will be deeply missed, but fondly remembered by all who knew him. He was an extraordinary man of courage and intellect, as well as one who embraced his earthly time with gusto and humor.
The family will receive visitors in the Parlor of Canterbury United Methodist Church, Friday, August 23rd at 10 A.M. to be followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 A.M. in the sanctuary. In lieu of customary remembrances, any memorial contributions in his honor may be directed to Canterbury United Methodist Church, or the Salvation Army of Birmingham at www.birminghamsalvationarmy.org
- Visitation Friday, August 23, 2019
- Memorial Service Friday, August 23, 2019