Bertram Leon Brent 77, of Ashville, Ala., passed away on April 14, 2013. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother. Bert, as everyone knew him, was born in Independence County, Ark. He left behind a loving granddaughter, Amanda McEachern; a daughter, Patti Brent Lide, and her mother, Mary. He also left behind two stepdaughters, Michele Eason and Tanya Crump and their mother, Rebecca. He was "Poppa Bert" to six children who loved him very much: Josh, Al, Adam, Haley, Dakota and Lauren. Also left behind to mourn his passing are two beloved sisters, Lorene Kilbreath of Batesville, Ark., and Nell Chuckel of Minneapolis, Minn., along with many, many loving and caring nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville Brent and Olive Nothern Brent; three brothers, Everette Brent, Harold Brent, Albert Brent and Albert's wife, Georgia, all from Batesville, Ark.
Bert served in Korea in the Army in 1955 and 1956 with the 13th Helicopter Unit. Upon discharge, he earned a B.S.E. degree from Arkansas State College and then a law degree from the Birmingham School of Law. He spent 35 years as a sales manager for an international food manufacturer. He was a member of the Alabama State Bar since 1977 and maintained an office on the courthouse square in Ashville. He was a member of the Ashville Masonic Lodge No. 186. He will be missed by many people.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City with the Rev. Wayne Arnold officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Methodist Cemetery in Springville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Bo Temple, Josh Beason, Al Crump, Adam Crump, Randy Crump and James Martin.
Memorials may be made to the Pell City Animal Shelter.
Condolences may be offered online at www.usreyfuneralhome.com.
Usrey Funeral Home
21271 U.S. Highway 231 North Pell City, AL 35125
Published in The Gadsden Times on Apr. 18, 2013