Thomas "Big Al" Rothwell

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A memorial service for Thomas "Big Al" Rothwell, 86 years old, will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 6 pm at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Hedley officiating. The family will receive friends two hours before the service at the funeral home. Big Al was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a loyal friend to many. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ellie Rothwell; his daughter, Susan (Ted), and sons, Brian, Bruce (Marta), and Brett (Sandy); grandchildren, Jeff Hanline, Trisha Bjugson (Ben), Lauren Rothwell, Kristen Rothwell, Maya Rothwell, Micaella Rothwell, Mia Rothwell, Melia Rothwell; and a great-grandchild, Payton Hanline. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Violet Rothwell and his beloved Aunt Winnie Hopper. Big Al was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. After high school he went to work for the Linen Thread Company. Two years later he enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Kleinsmith. After his military service, he returned to the Linen Thread Company where he worked as an auditor. In 1958, he was transferred to the company's Blue Mountain mill where he remained and retired after 45 years with the company. Big Al was devoted to the Anniston community. He worked with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Cerebral Palsy foundation, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA. He served as the president of the Saks High School PTA and Band boosters in the 1970's. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Anniston National Bank. He was a founding member of the Lenlock Investment Club and recently retired due to health issues. He was appointed to the commission for Fort McClellan redevelopment. His greatest love was for the men and women of Blue Mountain whom he saw not as employees but a part of a greater community family. Al dabbled in the arts. He experimented with painting, wood working, and writing. He wrote poetic and prose passages about life and people who influenced him. But his greatest love was for music. He was an accomplished trumpet player and in his younger days played in a jazz group known as the knights. Later in life he played to entertain his family. It was not unusual to walk in the house and hear a melody of old coming from his office. Al was a Mason and member of the Zamora Shriners. He was a member of the American Legion of New Jersey for 60 years. Al Rothwell was a member of the Weaver First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Weaver First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1087, Weaver, AL 36277 or to the . Online condolences to
Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 12, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
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542 West 52nd Street | Anniston, AL 36206 | (256) 820-5151
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