David Avery, 65, left this world on Saturday, April 19, 2014, after a long illness. |
David was born in Oakland, Calif. on March 27, 1949, to LeRoy and Emma Avery. He was the third of 12 children and lived in Fairbanks for more than 62 years. David relocated to Anchorage during summer 2011.
David's favorite pastime was purchasing and restoring old cars. He was an automobile enthusiast and his favorite conversation was about automobiles. He enjoyed going for long rides and buying miscellaneous parts to restore his old vehicles. Oftentimes, you would see David in his electric wheelchair, motoring around Fairbanks when he could no longer drive. David also collected cans for recycling, and he picked up other old furnishings around the city.
David was an avid bodybuilder and won various trophies during the 1980s. He also completed job training for heavy duty equipment operator. Additionally, David worked at several fish canneries and was employed at Wein Alaska Airlines as a baggage handler.
David was strong willed and fought hard throughout his illness.
David was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Avery; his nephew, Fela Hill Avery, and brother-in-law, Bill McCleod.
He is survived by his mother, Emma Avery; brothers, Jimmy, of Anchorage; LeRoy Jr., of Oakland, Calif., Michael, of Anchorage; Lawrence and Marty, of Fairbanks; Nathan and Terry (Ali), of Seattle; and Ezial; sisters, Kathy McCleod, Dorothy Snelling (Jerry) and Frances Avery-Stoute, of Anchorage; nieces, Sharae, Ashley, Patricia, Taylor, Treshianna, Kai and Abrey; and nephews, Ajani, Heru, Kwame, Shukuma, Jordan, Joshua, Andrea, Aaron, Coy, Tay, DeAndre, Anthony, Alex, James, Keenan and Dakota. He also leaves behind his special companion of 18 years, Camille Barron.
The family extends special thanks to Denali Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Providence Hospital, Providence Extended Care Unit, and all the medical staff in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Heartfelt thanks go to the pastor and members of Greater Friendly Temple COGIC.
Arrangements were entrusted to Witzleben Funeral Home. To share words of comfort with the family, please visit legacyalaska.com.
Condolences may be sent to Emma Avery at 4112 Reka Drive, Unit O-5, Anchorage, AK 99508.
A memorial service is pending and will most likely be held in Anchorage. Service time and date will be published.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 30, 2014