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Willard Carruth Alvis, 66, died peacefully at home Oct. 1, 2017, after an 11-year courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Cullman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ruth Alvis.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 17 years who was the love of his life, Teresa Beabout Alvis; his sister, Evelyn Alvis Wilson (Ronald); and three biological children, Christopher, Miranda and Nathan Alvis. He is also survived by his beloved step-children who adored him, Todd Beabout (Heather), Jeffrey Beabout (Dana) and Wendy Beabout Ryan (Patrick). He has seven beloved step-grandchildren, Jessica Beabout, Jacob Beabout, Aliyah Beabout, and Aiden Beabout (Todd's); Olivia Beabout and Joshua Beabout (Jeffrey's); and Zoey Ryan (Wendy's). He also leaves to cherish his memory, all of his extended family and friends.
Willard was a proud alumni of the University of Alabama and an avid Crimson Tide football fan. His major field of study was chemistry and education, with a minor in history. He taught school for a few years at Midfield High School and then began his career as an industrial water chemist with Alabama Power, where he retired in 2016 with 35 years of service. He was a wonderful man who would help anyone in any way he could, and many came to him for advice. He had a great sense of humor and everyone who knows him has many "Willard" stories. He was a remarkable husband, step-dad and step-grandfather to his family with deep caring and unconditional love. He will be greatly missed. He was a long time member of Grace Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities.
The family would like to thank all who prayed and supported us through this long journey. Special thanks for exceptional care to Urology center of Alabama and the physicians and nurses, his oncologist Dr. Joelle Hamilton and her nurses, and the nurses and staff of Comfort Care Hospice.
The celebration of Willard's life will begin with a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, with a service following at 11 a.m. Saturday, all at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham. Mr. Alvis will be buried at 2 p.m. at Jones Chapel Cemetery near Cullman.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, St. Jude's Hospital, and the ASPCA.
Published on October 2, 2017
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