Atwell Weatherford (12-17-09) services 12-20-09

Atwell Dean Weatherford, a longtime resident of Dothan, Ala., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17. He was 87.

Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Cherry’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Savannah, with Don H. Lawrence officiating. Burial was in the Shelby Family Cemetery in Hardin County, with Byrd Funeral Home on West Main Street directing. At all other times the family was at 600 N. Cherokee Avenue, Dothan.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Road, Dothan, AL, 36303 or a favorite charity.

Mr. Weatherford was born on Nov. 1, 1922, in Hardin County, Tenn. He believed in getting a good education and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He also did graduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He was proud of his Indian heritage, being a direct descendant of William "Red Eagle" Weatherford, and supported the American Indian Schools for many years.

Mr. Weatherford taught math and biology in Hardin County High School before entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. From 1943-1945 he served with Co. 116, 9th battalion at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Ill. He was a Woodman of the World Fraternal Life Insurance member and served the organization in numerous capacities of leadership. In October of 1958, he became State Manager of South Alabama remaining in this position until retirement on Dec. 1, 1987.

On May 5, 1965, Mr. Weatherford became an Attorney-at-Law and earned the title of Doctor of Jurisprudence at Jones Law School. He was a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Houston County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Weatherford was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was a Scottish Rite Mason for 50 years and one of the founders of the Wiregrass Area Food Bank. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and reading as well as archery and his ham radio.

Mr. Weatherford is predeceased by the mother of their four children, Fannie Kate Whitlow Weatherford; his parents, Luther Eli Weatherford and Henrietta Franks Weatherford; two brothers, William H. Weatherford, M.D. and L.E. Weatherford and one sister, Betty Weatherford Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Tommie Eddins Everidge Weatherford of Dothan; two sons, Dean Weatherford Jr. and wife, Brigitte of the United Arab Emirates, Joel Weatherford and wife, Cindy of Dothan; two daughters, Susan Hewes and husband, Bobby, Beth Price and husband, Ed, all of Dothan, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

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