Opelika - Mr. Verdis Franklin Bible, 85, of Opelika, formerly of Lanett, was born in Heflin, Alabama on May 28, 1928 and passed away June 25, 2013 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. He was the son of the late Claude Jackson Bible and Minnie Vise Bible. Mr. Bible was preceded in death by his sister Velma Slaton and his brothers, J.C. Bible, Ollie Bible, Lester Bible and Leon Bible. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sara Ann Bible, of Opelika; his daughter, Krista (Eddie) Pigg, of Opelika; son, Keith (Linda) Bible, of Opelika; brother, Marvin Bible; sisters-in-law, Christine Riddle, Elva Roberts and Christine Smith; grandchildren, Sara Bible, Tyler Pigg, Trevor Pigg and Taylor Pigg; fifteen nieces and ten nephews, all of whom were very special to him; numerous great-nieces and nephews along with several great-great-nieces and nephews. He cherished his special relationship with Christina (Ben) Cash and their children, Kade Cash and Olivia Cash. Mr. Bible served his family, school, church, community and country with a servant's heart. He graduated from Cleburne County High School in Heflin, earned a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University and a master's degree from Auburn University. He served in the Korean War
as a staff sergeant in the Army. He was a lifelong educator and an advocate for public education. For more than 40 years, he worked hand in hand with many wonderful faculty members and administrators to help educate the thousands of students who walked through the doors of his schools each day. He sacrificed countless hours to empower a generation with knowledge. He embodied what is great about teachers; a loving spirit and a wise mind that was willing to help anyone who needed it. During his career as an educator, he taught in the Piney Woods and Macedonia Schools, Cleburne County High School and was elected superintendent of Cleburne County schools in 1964. From 1966 to 1970, he served as Principal of Dadeville High School and as Principal of Lanett High School from 1970 to 1985. From 1985 to 1990, he was an administrative assistant in the Lanett City School System and retired from this position in 1990, with a total of 40 years of service in public education in Alabama. He was a member of First Baptist Church Lanett for 40 years where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Upon moving to Opelika, he joined First Baptist Church Opelika. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. CST today, June 27, 2013, in the chapel at Dryden Funeral Home in Heflin with the Rev. B. Gene Webb and the Rev. Larry Riddle officiating. Interment will follow at Heflin Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at Dryden Funeral Home in Heflin. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church Lanett, First Baptist Church Opelika or to one's favorite charity. Dryden Funeral Home of Heflin is in charge of the arrangements.