John D Avery

March 24, 1938March 11, 2018

HUNTSVILLE – John Daniel Avery, age 80, of Huntsville, Ala., died March 11, 2018. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home, 2200 Skyland Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, with Linda Genery officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. He was preceded in death by his parents, Danna Boatner Avery and Collier King Avery; brothers, Marvin Avery, Troy Avery, Noah Avery, Paul Avery, Eldridge Avery, Leonard Avery and Herbert Avery; and sisters, Alma Avery Price Kizziah, Mary Ruth Avery and Trevena Avery Ponds. Survivors include his wife, Wretha Crawford Avery of Huntsville, Ala.; daughters, Aleta Avery Stender (Billy) and Anna Avery (Mark McClure) both of Huntsville, Ala.; sister, Velma Avery Chaney of Texarkana, Texas; and grandchildren, Dana Stender, Kasey Stender, Erin Stender, and Lucas Avery McClure, all of Huntsville, Ala. He graduated from Brookwood High School and Jefferson State Junior College and served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1957-1963. Mr. Avery worked for the Tuscaloosa Fire Department as a firefighter, then fire inspector before becoming a building inspector for the City of Tuscaloosa. After retirement, Mr. Avery also worked for Hollyhand Construction. Pallbearers will be Jim Ponds, Joe Ponds, Pat Ponds, Keith Avery, Brad Avery, Joey Crafton, Harold Chaney and Floyd Herring. Honorary pallbearers are Katie and Billy Gandy, Walter and Juanita Boyd, Doug and Brenda Boyd, and Tommy and Sharon Jones. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Avery requests that donations be made to U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Life Celebration Saturday, March 17, 2018

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