Thomas Lee McAliley

Published 9:31 am Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thomas Lee McAliley


Thomas Lee McAliley, age 74, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home in Westover. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 11 at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard Irvin officiating, with burial to follow in Liberty Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on April 10 at Bolton Funeral Home, Columbiana.

Tommy is predeceased by his parents, Malcolm and Laura Belle McAliley of Geneva; son, James R. McAliley of Chelsea; brothers, Guy E. McAliley of Foley, Willard McAliley of Verbena, James H. McAliley of Panama City, Fla. and Mack McAliley of Miss.; one sister, Maude Elaine Price of Lake Wales, Fla.; and a niece and two nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lois Brannan McAliley; sons, Thomas Lee McAliley Jr. (Patricia) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Bobby J. McAliley of Wilsonville; daughters, Marie Mallory (David) of Equality, Suzanne Grani (Darrell) of Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers, Kenneth McAliley (Jessie) of Eufaula and Steve McAliley (Dot) of Montgomery; sister, Pat McAliley Torbert (Bob) of Florence; grandsons, Gavin James Mallory and Garret Michael Mallory of Equality and Justin Grani of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughters, Grace Marie Mallory and Gatlyn Elizabeth Mallory of Equality, Kirstyn Grani and Hannah Grani of Los Angeles, Calif.; and loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will greatly miss him.

Tommy was born at home in Geneva County on March 15, 1940, the eighth of nine children. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1957 and attended Auburn University where he co-oped with Alabama Power Company. He graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and continued working for Alabama Power Company until he retired in 1995.

Tommy was a faithful member of Mt. Signal Baptist Church in Chelsea where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School.

He loved the Lord, his family and friends, telling stories and listening to yours. He enjoyed gardening, sharing produce with friends and neighbors, fishing, Auburn basketball and football, Southern Gospel music and pretty much whatever he was doing at the time.

We do not weep for him, but for ourselves, for he has left a large, empty space in our hearts and we will sorely miss him.

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