James Dickey West

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TUSCALOOSA James Dickey West, age 87, died September 2, 2013, at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. Graveside service will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. A memorial service will follow burial at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Charlie Durham officiating, and will be followed by a reception at the church. Visitation will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.D. and Lora West; and brother, Bruce West.

Survivors include his five children, Leigh West Sellers of Mobile, Ala., James Dickey West Jr. of Magnolia Springs, Ala., Joseph Robert West of Mobile, Ala., Morrow West Bullington of Daphne, Ala., and William Daniel West of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Michael, John, Patrick, Katie, Grant, West, Mary Frances, Catherine, and Lauren; two great-grandchildren; niece, Allyson West of Tuscaloosa; and nephew, David Furr of New Orleans.

Dick, a loving father, businessman, and active community member, was born in Carbon Hill, Ala., and attended Tuscaloosa County High School, where he played on the football team. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1951, after serving his country in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aerial photographer. Dick was an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and later a dedicated mentor to the society for three decades. He also worked as an instructor at the University of Alabama, and was a strong supporter of campus athletics, academia, and the arts.

Dick was the owner of James D. West & Associates Real Estate Appraisals for 32 years, was an active member of the Tuscaloosa Rotary, and proudly served as a delegate for them in the Cultural Exchange program with their Sister City of Shorndorf, Germany. He also served for many years as a respected member of the Tuscaloosa Zoning Board.

He was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, boating, marksmanship, and hiking. He was an avid reader, history buff, and storyteller extraordinaire.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 5, 2013
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