Grady L. Liles

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Grady L. Liles

Grady Lee Liles, 82, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, after a brief illness. Grady was born on March 4, 1931, in Florence, where he lived his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayborn and Josie Liles; brother, Quinton Liles; and sisters, Reba Furst and Ruth Burdank. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Hendrix Liles; nephews; nieces; and many special friends.

Visitation will be today, March 1, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. at Flowers Hall, UNA campus, Florence, Ala. There will be a private graveside service. Pallbearers will be nephews Danny Hendrix, Trace Hendrix, Thomas Ellis Hendrix, Charles Burchell, Charlie Burchell, Adam Burchell, Jay Mark Hendrix and Beau Hendrix. Honorary pallbearers include best friend, Jimmy Balentine, Mayor Mickey Haddock, Tom Hendrix, Richard Yoder, Greg Burdine, Joe Garner, Ray Hudson, Larry Young, Coach Mike Lane, Coach Bobby Wallace, Coach Bobby Champagne and Shoals National Championship Committee. A special thanks to Lana Nale and Judy Keenum.

Grady's true passion in life was attending UNA athletic events and playing with the loves of his life Beau, Carrie, Malee, and special niece, Taylor. He was an active member and served in various roles in the Florence Civitan Club, Shoals National Championship Committee, American Legion, the Knights of Pythias, Shrine Club and UNA Sportsmen's Club. He promoted pride and enthusiasm in his community with a spirit of humbleness, abounding energy, unprecedented honesty and integrity- all with a great sense of humor.

Following his being named chairman of the UNA Sportsmen's Club, in 1978, the membership increased substantially. Among many accomplishments during his leadership, Grady's love for his community and hospitality led him to become the one responsible for orchestrating the relocation of the Division II National Championship game to Florence, Ala. He also initiated the UNA Coaches' Breakfast, the formation of the Shoals National Championship Committee, the creation of the Harlon Hill Trophy Award, which continues to inspire thousands of young men across the nation to play the game of football.

In 1987, Grady was named Shoals Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Ambassador of the Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for initiating the State Fireman's Bill, which established the reduction of the maximum working hours for city firemen. Grady was a Golden Gloves boxing champion in 1947, as well as a middle-weight boxing champion in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. After working 16 years as a Florence City Fireman, Grady pursued a career as an insurance agent for Jefferson Pilot.

A great humanitarian, Grady loved his hometown and multitude of friends. He was loved and will be sorely missed by his family, and all who knew him. And those who knew Grady, loved him.

To honor Grady, please feel free to wear purple and gold, UNA's school colors, to the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family, requests that memorials be made to the Grady Liles Scholarship Fund, UNA Foundation, P.O. Box 5113 Florence, AL, 35632.

Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Mar. 1, 2013
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