|James T. Gann Dora High School Class of 1953 passes away
James T. Gann, born in Dora on May 26, 1933, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
The family will receive friends for visitation Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sumiton.
Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mike Butler will officiate.
Burial will follow at Shanghi Cemetery.
Gann was a graduate of Dora High School and held a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served in the U.S. Army and the Alabama Army National Guard for 37 years. He was employed by Hayes Aircraft in Birmingham for nine years.
He was also employed by the Walker County Board of Education for 29 years. He taught at Dora Elementary School, Dora Jr. High School and T.S. Boyd School, and was assistant principal at Dora Junior High before becoming principal at T.S. Boyd school for 16 years.
He was the owner of Gann Vending Co. for 30 years. He was a Master Mason and a member of Acacia Lodge 670 in West Jefferson. Gann loved UA football and supported Tide Pride.
Gann was a lifetime member of UAB Alumni Association, a member of the University of Alabama Alumni, the National Education Association and the Alabama Education Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmie and Lillie Nix Gann; sisters, Audie Lawson, Ruby Burchfield, Betty McLemore, Fay Tuggle and Mable Glover; and brothers, Travis Gann and Carlton Gann.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Joyce Tucker Gann; daughter, Terry Gann Crimm (Derrell); and granddaughters, Holly Joyce Crimm and Kara Michelle Crimm; family also includes, Sue Tucker, Ruth Sides, Bobbi Sue Tolbert (Danny), Steve Sides (Kathy) and Glynn McRae (Angeline); and several nephews and nieces.
Former Alabama Army National Guard and former T.S. Boyd faculty will serve as honorary pallbearers.
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