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Olen Kizziah

TUSCALOOSA Olen Kizziah, born July 11, 1935, age 77, of Tuscaloosa went home to be with the Lord and meet the ones waiting on him to enter the gates of heaven, his son Danny Ray "Bo" Kizziah, his mother and daddy, Gladys and Brace Kizziah, and a host of other family and friends on Monday, April 29, 2013 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Daystar Family Church with Dr. Scott S. Schatzline, Pastor Charles Standford, and Dan Kizziah officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.

Olen is survived by his wife, Judy Kizziah; his children, Wanda Cole (Johnny), Scott Kizziah and Tammy, Kristi Schatzline (Scott); eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Kayla, and Michael Cole, Ethan, Noah, Isaiah and Destiny Schatzline and Cody Kizziah; a twin sister, Ora Fields (Bill), and one brother, Dan Kizziah (Doris); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and pickin' and grinnin' buddies.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons.

Growing up in the Yellow Creek community, Olen always had a big heart for every person, being a great musician; he spent his life playing the guitar with so many friends and his lead soloist Judy. His passion was country gospel and bluegrass music. Traveling around most of Tuscaloosa there are not many places that does not have the handprints of Olen's carpentry work on them. From churches to businesses to homes, he put his master work into so many places all over Tuscaloosa. Most importantly he truly was a man of God that loved his family. He was a father that loved his daughters, his sons, and grandchildren, and one very special niece was Renee Robertson who held a dear place in his heart, and he was a husband that provided and earned for his queen and bride of over 50 years, Judy.

Olen, Daddy, Paw Paw you will be greatly missed, grab that guitar, get warmed up, start Mama's mansion like you promised, we're right behind you, until we meet again.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on May 1, 2013
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