Mrs. Theresa Falgout Avery

September 12, 1930October 20, 2010

Theresa Falgout Avery, age 80, passed from this life Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Hospice of West Alabama. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Dr. Gil McKee officiating and Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church.

Theresa was born on September 12, 1930, to Ludie Mae and Maurice J. Falgout. She was a lifelong resident of Tuscaloosa, where she worked at Liberty National Life Insurance Company, Jones-Speigner Funeral Home, and Hayes Chapel Funeral Home, and spent 20 years as administrative assistant at West Alabama Rehabilitation Center, where she initiated the first Mall Ball.

Theresa was a faithful Christian, serving as Ladies Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School director, and choir member at West End Baptist Church for over 25 years before becoming a member of First Baptist Church in 1971. Her love for God’s word was written in her daily life, and she was best known among family and beloved friends as a prayer warrior. Her grandchildren called her “Sweetmomma”, which she was. She became known as “Sweetmomma” to all their friends. She was a living testament to her love and commitment to God and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 58 years, Elton H. Avery.

She is survived by her son, Handy Avery (Elaine) of Huntsville; her daughter, Terri Malone (Chuck) of Tuscaloosa; her grandchildren, Ashley Quattlebaum (John) of Huntsville, Chase Malone (fiancée Mandie Pugh) of Tuscaloosa, and Katie Schmaeling (Tom) of Birmingham; her brothers, Sonny Falgout (Ann) of Northport and Rev. Don Falgout (Shelia) of Dothan; her sisters-in-law, Emmie Steele Avery and Ethel Avery of Tuscaloosa; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Bart Avery, Dr. Dan Avery, David Avery, Ernest Avery, Sammy Avery, Bob Bamberg, Dave Bamberg, Chris Falgout, Rev. David Falgout, Dr. Joey Falgout, and Mike Howington.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Richard and Lori Shamblin, Dr. Ron McCormack, Dr. George Miller, and the Hardy families. We appreciate all the nurses, staff, and caregivers at Internal Medicine Associates, Merrill Gardens, LaRocca Nursing Home, and Hospice of West Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Music Ministry of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, First Baptist Church and the Second Hand Rose Ministry, or Hospice of West Alabama.



  • Graveside Service Saturday, October 23, 2010
  • Visitation Saturday, October 23, 2010


  • Burial

Mrs. Theresa Falgout Avery

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October 27, 2010

Terri, Chuck, Handy, Chase and other family members of Mrs. Avery: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mr. and Mrs. Avery were wonderful neighbors to me for many years and while my heart hurts for each of you, I am SOOO happy that they are together again and holding hands like they did on the front porch of their sweet home EVERY day!

Ellen C. Berry

Tish Stevens

October 24, 2010

Your mother was a beautiful lady and she raised the wonderful family that has touched my life. I will keep you all in my thoughts and my prayers. Love to you all.

October 24, 2010

Thank you for including me in her memory photos and video. I loved "Aunt Besa" dearly. My love and prayers are with you, Linda

Susan M. Leach

October 23, 2010

Dear Avery Family,
I came to know your mother twenty -five years ago when I was a volunteer at West Alabama Rehabilitation Center and assisting her in planning the Mall Ball. She reflected those rare attributes of both inner and outer beauty and a self-less spirt of God's love for others.
During a difficult loss, she wrote the most beautiful note of encouragement and concern which I have kept all these many years. She will remain in my heart always as very special friend who cared not only for me but many others throughout the Tuscaloosa community.
May God's peace be with you all.

October 23, 2010

To Theresa's family:
I regret very much I am unable to be present in person for the celebration of Theresa's life, talent, beauty and faith. We were friends for almost all our lives. I remember her gratefully today, and all of you are in my prayers.
Floyd Roebuck, Rome, GA

Becky Hulsey Satterfield

October 23, 2010


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief and loss. Your mother was always so beautiful inside and out with her sweet smile, voice and sparkling eyes when I would see her on Sundays at First Baptist. God bless you at this time.

David Guy

October 23, 2010

I can not remember the time I did not know you and your family. I have had contact with you mother over the years from our youth and found a most loving and beautiful person inwardly and out. Please accept my condolences in this time of personal trial, but remember you will see her and you dad again.
Your Friend in Christ
David Guy

October 23, 2010

Terri and Chuck, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful lady your mother has been for so long and to so many people. All have been enriched by her. Mary Ann and Tommy Smith

October 22, 2010

Theresa and my mother became friends at Merrill Gardens. We both enjoyed our visits with her and considered it a pleasure in knowing her. Such a sweet and thoughtful person. May your memories of her bring you comfort.

Millie Christian

Barbara Buckner

October 22, 2010

Reverend Handy, Elaine, Ashley, & John, Know that God's peace and our prayers surround you. Barbara & Kyle