Walter D. Lawley Jr.

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TUSCALOOSA Walter D. Lawley Jr., age 82, of Tuscaloosa, passed away May 13, 2013, at Noland Hospital Tuscaloosa. Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m. today at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Pastor Herb Thomas officiating and Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Dean” Kyzer; his parents, Walter and Emma Lou Lawley; and his sister, Mary Emily Hemphill.

Survivors include his daughters, Phyllis Crocker and Lou Sparks (Ricky); his grandchildren, Keith Crocker (Jamey), Mary Emily Sparks, Davis Sparks, and LeeAnna Sparks; one great-grandchild, Aidan Crocker; sisters-in-law, Ethel Junkin and Brenda Lee; brother-in-law, Vassar Hemphill; and several nieces and nephews.

W.D. was a graduate of the University of Alabama and was an avid Alabama football fan. Upon graduation from the university, he entered the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant, served as a Radar Observer, and flew on an F-94C All Weather Interceptor, which was a single-engine jet. W.D. and his flight partner and longtime friend, Ed Kohlmeier, served as members of the 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and were stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. W.D. left the Air Force in 1955 as a 1st Lieutenant to return to Tuscaloosa to start a family.

Upon returning to his hometown, W.D. went to work with the City of Tuscaloosa in the Engineering Department. He served the city in several positions, including City Engineer, and retired in 1988 as Public Works Director.

W.D. was a dedicated and loving husband, daddy, and “Big Daddy” who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Keith Crocker, Davis Sparks, Ricky Sparks, Hunter Hooks, Jerry Wayne Logan, Danny Logan, James “Smiley” Pugh, and Ronnie Pugh.

Honorary pallbearers are present and former employees of the City of Tuscaloosa, members of the West Alabama Bass Fisherman's Association, Col. Ed and Shirley Kohlmeier, Kathy Pugh, Don and Sara Jane Pugh, Sylvia Brazil, Jamie and Susan Shows, Pat Gibson, John and Martha Quarles, Kathy Gregg Pugh, and Keith and Dawn Clements.

A special thanks is extended to the employees of Park Manor Health & Rehabilitation facility for the excellent care they provided.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on May 17, 2013
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