Byron Edwin Fincher, age 92, of Cropwell, Alabama passed away August 4, 2014. Mr. Fincher was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his son, M. Duane Fincher. He is survived by his beloved family, wife, Barbara; daughter, Lisa Barnes (Rickey); Charles Freeman; grandchildren, Laura Barnes and Anthony Mazzoli; four great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Fincher was a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He studied engineering at Georgia Tech and a had a lifelong career in the broadcast industry. He held various positions in both engineering and management during his long career with RCA. Mr. Fincher was involved in developing numerous innovative products in the industry and traveled the world to design and construct radio and television stations. He served on numerous professional advisory committees that established standards for the broadcast industry. After moving to Alabama, he formed his own company including ownership of a radio station. he was an active member of Society of Broadcast Engineers, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Audio Engineering Society, Radio Pioneers, Alabama Broadcasters, and National Association of Broadcasters. He was a 71 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Mr. Fincher was active locally as a member of Pell City Rotary Club, Lions Club, Pell City Library Guild, American Legion, Pell City Chamber of Commerce. He continued his lifelong love of learning as a member of the Study Group of the Enlightened, a group that held issues based studies. He was in leadership positions in the St. Clair Democratic Party. He served many years as a St. Clair County election worker. He was a photographer of nature's wonders during travels with his wife. He loved people and never truly met a stranger. He particularly liked to help young people stating their broadcast careers. He never tired of watching the sunrise and moonrise over Lake Logan Martin. He loved life, and he will be missed by many. Graveside service was Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St. Clair Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Pruitt officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pell City Library Guild, P.O Box 1672, Pell City, AL 35125 or Lakeside Hospice, P.O. Box 544, Pell City, AL 35125. Condolences may be offered online at www.usreyfuneralhome.com Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City directed.
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Published in St. Clair Times on Aug. 6, 2014