Bennie L. "Judd" Avans

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Bennie L. "Judd" Avans April 2, 1932 - June 30, 2017. Someone said that the stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be. Judd Avans exemplified the strong, gentle man. Born the 7th child to sharecroppers in rural Alabama at the height of the depression, Judd worked alongside his parents, brothers, and sisters in the field and attended numerous area schools as the family moved from one tenant arrangement to another. Judd enjoyed school and was a good student and athlete. Upon graduation from Jacksonville High School in 1950, Judd entered the Air Force, where he had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe as a pitcher for the Air Force baseball team and as a member of the Air Force basketball team. After leaving the service, Judd started his career with the Alabama Highway Department where he worked as a surveyor for projects including I-20. On one occasion he saved a coworker from a gas-filled sinkhole and was recognized by the Governor for his bravery. Judd married school teacher, Martha Nell Gulledge in 1961. They raised their three children, Donna, and twins Denis and Denise, in Jacksonville. The family attended Westside Baptist Church, where Judd served as a deacon. He also coached Denis' baseball teams. Judd cared for his elderly parents and helped Martha's mother after her husband died. After retirement from the Highway Department, Judd became a full-time farmer and built a thriving farming enterprise. He continued to work the farm himself until the week of his death, while caring for Martha with tender, loving devotion. He is survived by Martha, their three children, and their spouses Brian, Trisha, and Steve; five grandchildren, Erin, Caitlin, Drew, Cole and Brooke, and his nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Alma Avans; siblings, Cecil, John, Bill, Junior, Ophelia, Nannie Mae, and Mary, and his grandson, Will. His strong character, keen intellect, and gentle spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held at K.L. Brown Funeral Home on Monday, July 3, 2017 starting at 12 p.m., followed by a service at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to The Tanner Foundation at http://alaneuro.com/tanner-foundation. Online condolences may be made to klbrownfuneralhome.com K.L. Brown Funeral Home 322 Nisbet Street NW Jacksonville, AL (256)-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on July 2, 2017
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