OBITUARY

Gary Alan Stonicher

November 29, 1953March 24, 2020
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Gary Alan Stonicher husband, father, granddaddy, son, brother, and friend will forever be remembered by his family and friends. Gary passed away March 24, 2020 in the presence of his family. He is from Birmingham, Alabama; he grew up in Crestwood, where he attended Woodlawn High School and graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee in 1972. Gary worked in the consumer product industry in some capacity from 1975 when he went to work for his father at Dunbar Stonicher Company until present where he was the Director of Retail Sales for Southeastern Mills in Rome Georgia. He was a member of Church of the Highlands and attended the Grants Mill Campus where he served on the parking team. His many interests included watching Auburn football, playing golf, detailing cars, as well as reminiscing about vintage cars, and spending time with family and friends riding in his pontoon boat on Lake Martin. Gary was considered a best friend by many.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Paul Lionell {PL} and Florence Jackson Stonicher, his brother Paul Lionel Stonicher, Jr, sister in law Karen Baggett, and brother in law Gary Bearden. He is survived by his lovely wife of forty-five years, Diane Bearden Stonicher; daughter Shelly Stonicher Powers and son in law Richard Powers; grandson Jackson Alan Powers; and his granddaughter Brylee Rena’ Powers. He was a devoted granddaddy {G-daddy} to his two grandchildren that were the light of his life. He was always seen supporting Jackson and Brylee at their school, church, or sporting events. He is also survived by his brother Donald Yates Stonicher (Kimberly); as well as two brothers in law Robert Bearden and Kevin Bearden (Sharon), cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The Pallbearers for the service are the following friends David Eades, Don Eades, Marcus Jones, Tom Reynolds, Rob Schaper, Keith Sims, David Taylor, and Scott Thomas.

Due to COVID-19 a private graveside service will be held at Southern Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The service will be livestreamed at 11 am for your personal viewing pleasure. Pastor Blake Lindsey with the Church of the Highlands will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bruno Cancer Center in Memory of Gary Stonicher.

Services

  • Private Graveside Service Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Ray Stonicher

March 26, 2020

May I share with you the deep sorrow you are called upon to bear at the loss of Gary. So many beautiful traits made up Gary's character. You have my earnest prayers that the Almighty may support you. Gary always reminded me of our grandmother Stonicher with his calmness and polite ways. I was so happy to see him in August at my baby brother's funeral and catch up on several years of out lives. May every consolation and blessing be granted to the family in your deep sorry. Kindly accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Katy Haley

March 26, 2020

Diane and Shelly,

My heart is so sad for your loss of such an amazing man. What a special man Gary was to all who knew him. He loved his ladies and his family so much. Such an amazing example of a true Godly man who always put family first. He loved big, always had nice things to say and was such a funny man. I will cherish the memories with him and will continue to pray for all of you in the days to come. Love you all!!

Ron Cunningham

March 26, 2020

Hey Diane
I share your loss and know that God will comfort you for many years to come with memories of Gary. I remember fondly how Gary would stop in to visit his 97-year-old aunt (my Mother). She cherished every second. God bless you and the family!!
Ron Cunningham

Linda Jones

March 26, 2020

Diane, Shelly, and family,
I send my heartfelt condolences and love to you. The remembrance video posted on this site was so well done. Gary’s love for his family and your love for him, brought smiles at times and tears at others. My prayers continue for God to comfort you in your loss.
Much love,
Linda

Cathi Berry

March 26, 2020

Diane,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope the sweet memories of all the wonderful years of marriage that you and Gary had will give you some comfort at this sad time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathi Berry

Eric Smith

March 26, 2020

I only knew him for a short time but you could tell right away. He was a family man and such a nice guy. He treated me and my family just like we was part of his. I am going to miss the car talk on those boat rides. We will be praying for this sweet family today and always.

Ginny Smith

March 26, 2020

Dear Shelly and Diane,
We are so sorry for your loss of such a great man. He was always kind and adored y’all so much. My heart goes out to y’all and I am praying for God to give y’all comfort during this time. What a blessing to know he is fully restored in heaven. I love you both.
Love and Prayers,
Ginny and Ben Smith

Chesie Roberts

March 25, 2020

Dear Diane and Shelly,
All of our love and prayers to you and your family. Gary was such an easygoing pleasant sole. He loved you ladies so much! You two were his everything all the time. Todd and I are thinking about you in your time of sorrow and loss.
Our love and Condolences,
Chesie and Todd Roberts

Ryan Church

March 25, 2020

My deepest condolences on behalf of the Church family. I always enjoyed talking to Mr. Stonicher at Church of the Highlands, where I saw him serve many Sundays.

Dee Mazingo

March 25, 2020

Diane, Shelly, & family-

I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace for all of you. I never met Gary but just hearing Diane talk about him, I know what a special man he was.

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