Everett Adrian "Buddy" Lively

February 14, 1925July 12, 2015

Everett Adrian “Buddy” Lively February 14, 1925 – July 12, 2015 Everett Adrian “Buddy” Lively, whose fastball took him out of a farm in rural Gardendale, Ala., and into the Major Leagues, died on Sunday, July 12. He was 90. A visitation will be held at Valhalla Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala., on Thursday, July 16 at noon followed by the service at 1 p.m. Born February 14, 1925 in Birmingham, Ala., Lively’s pitching arm was strengthen and trained as a child by his father, Jack Lively, who had pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1911. Buddy Lively signed his first baseball contract in 1941 at the age of 16. His fastball got him a spot on the Birmingham Barons, a farm club in the Southern Association owned by the Cincinnati Reds. He entered military service with the Army in 1944 and was transported to Europe on the Queen Mary on December 17, 1944. He arrived in Glasgow, Scotland and soon crossed the Channel to France. Lively, as part of the 597th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, advanced through France, Belgium and Holland with General Patton’s Third Army. His three-gun battery was subsequently assigned to the British 2nd Army and as a result Lively missed the Battle of the Bulge. He returned from military service in 1946 and was signed by the Cincinnati Reds for $5,000. In 1949, he had an operation to address a shoulder injury. He never returned to the majors. He finished his career in the International League in 1955 at the age of 30. In 1960 he went to work for NASA where he worked until retiring in 1984. Mr. Lively was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years Mary "Mimi" Lively, his parents Henry Everett “Jack” Lively and Minerva "Minnie" Jeffers Lively, and brother John Henry Lively. He is survived by brother Frank Pruitt Lively of Huntsville, nieces Laura Lively Charlton (Lynn) of Huntsville and their children Tyler Lively Charlton and John Cary Charlton, Dianne Lively Yost (Patrick) of Madison, Ga. and their children Zachary Everett Yost, Grace Elizabeth Yost and Harrison Frank Yost, a nephew Richard McColly of Port Charlotte, Fla., and his children Amy McColly McCabe and Dawn McColly Richa. Mr. Lively was surrounded by caring neighbors for whom his family is sincerely grateful.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 16, 2015
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 16, 2015

Everett Adrian "Buddy" Lively

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Dianne Yost

July 10, 2016

Uncle Buddy, you were indeed one-of-a-kind . . . I love and miss you so. I'm so grateful God graced me with you in my family to share this journey. Only now do I fully realize the power of your spirit in transforming lives, the generosity of your heart, and your fearlessness in going after your dreams! Your story is a true inspiration! Love you and Aunt Mimi so much!

Dianne Lively Yost

January 11, 2016

Buddy was a great guy and always upbeat. Buddy was full of MLB stories that stirred the imagination. He will be alive in my memory as long as I have breath in my body.

July 15, 2015

All of us, Hamp, Peggy, Lisa and Mark, extend to the family members of Bud Lively our sincere sorrow and
to tell everyone, that Bud was a very special friend who helped make our lives more meaningful and pleasant over the years. Bud made our lives so wonderful because of his love for everyone, and his ability to making everyone feel like they were special.

Sincerely, Hamp, Peggy, Lisa Branch, and Mark Wilson, all of whom felt privileged to have known and been a friend of Bud.

July 14, 2015

A very nice gentleman and a great American having served our country in the second World War. A talented baseball player that pitched in an era with many of the game's all-time great players. Mr. Lively always took the time to respond to his fans that had written him requesting his autograph, often sending a personal note along with his signature. We have lost a fantastic person, a great ballplayer and an outstanding American...They do not make them like you anymore. Rest In Peace Mr. Everett "Bud" Lively, you will be missed. Your Fan, J.B.Q. Michigan

Steve Maze

July 14, 2015

Bud had a big heart and was like a second father to me. I miss him already.
Steve Maze