Gary Don Shores

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Gary Don Shores

February 03, 1963 - August 01, 2018

Gary Don Shores, 55, of Cullman, passed away on August 1, 2018 at his residence. He was a loving husband, son and friend.
Gary graduated for McAdory High School as the class Valedictorian and went on to graduate from the University of Alabama. For 23 years he worked for the University of Alabama at the Paul W. Bryant Museum and then began teaching at the College of Education for Special Needs.
While working with several coaches from the University of Alabama he was also a football announcer for ESPN and CBS.
Gary was a motivational speaker and made several "Leadership" videos with various coaches. Recently Gary and his wife Mary bought a farm and would often be referred to as "Farmer Gary". On the farm he opened a state of the art music studio and would allow local artists to record at no charge. Gary and his friend, David had a radio show called The DC Capstone Report, they did weekly recaps of football games.
Gary had the biggest, most generous heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He would frequently see children at Walmart wanting a certain toy so he would give the parents the money to purchase that toy. He was also known for paying for meals for anyone he saw in a restaurant eating alone. Gary would go out of his way to speak words of encouragement to anyone he thought was going through a difficult time. He enjoyed Tuesdays because he would have lunch with his brother-in-law, Ralph.
This is a tribute recently posted regarding Gary; "I only met Gary a couple of times but the impact he had on me and my family is almost impossible to believe. He was one of the most compassionate and spiritual people I have ever met. His picture should be beside the word uplifting in the dictionary because when the chips are down he knows how to lift people up. God Bless you Gary Shores. The Cunningham family will always love you and never never forget you."
Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Rivers Shores; his parents, Billy J. and Brooksie Shores, Rainsville, AL.; sister, Andrea M. Shores, Bessemer, AL.; brother, Lance W. Shores, Bessemer, AL.; sister-in-laws, Judy (Ralph) Bradford, Sherry (William) Calvert and Donna (Jackie) Cottingham; nieces, Christa (Eric) Spratling and Emily Bradford; nephews,: Stephen (Minnie) Calvert, Eric (Helen) Cottingham and Elliott Cottingham; special friends, David and Karen Cottingham and Brian and Vicki Cunningham; his best buddy Sunshine (his dog) and a host of friends.
His family will receive family and friends on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman. His graveside service will be on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Memory Gardens in Fort Payne with burial to follow in the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Rise Center at The University of Alabama.
Published on August 2, 2018
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Aug 15, 2018
No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. At Rev.21:4 it talks about a hope for mankind that will demolish pain, suffering, and death. I hope you find comfort in those words.
Emily Moore
Aug 05, 2018
When the Paul W. Bryant museum was being organized in 1985, Gary was the first person I hired. He was instrumental in getting the museum “off the ground “. Gary’s knowledge of football and the meticulous care he took in preserving the university ‘s football films was a major contribution to the museum’s success. I treasure my memories of Gary and am so glad our paths crossed. My prayers are with Gary’s family and many friends.
Jeff Speegle
Aug 03, 2018
I am so shocked to hear this news. Gary and I had a conversation a couple of years back. It was nice to hear from him and catch up on him and Mary. He was an awesome help to me and many other media folks during his years at the Bryant Museum. We appreciated him so much! My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire family!
Bobby & Jackie Patterson
Aug 03, 2018
We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. Mary we are praying for God to give you comfort & peace in this awful time . We are so sorry for your loss ! Much love ,Jackie & Bobby Patterson .
Chris "CJ"Jackson
Aug 03, 2018
Gary Shores was one of the most compassionate people I have ever met in my life. He was such a special person because he walked out his faith and he showed you that he genuinely cared for you. The world is a better place because of Gary Shores. RIP my Friend . Love CJ