Thelma Louise Hall Gary

Published 4:26 pm Friday, May 2, 2014

Thelma Louise Hall Gary, 85, had a true zest for living. While the epitome of Southern genteelness in her demeanor, she was an active, strong and ambitious woman in every aspect of her life including her career, her family and in the pursuit of her interests. She was spirited to the end, touring historical sites, eating out, and issuing social commentary up until a few weeks before she died on May 1. Her keen interest in history and genealogical research led to active membership in many lineage organizations. She held leadership roles in local, state and national levels within several groups.  Mrs. Gary broke new ground by advancing her career in banking, which was outside the standard for women of her era. She began her 49-year professional career in banking in Monroeville, where she married Judson Davie Gary in 1949. For more than 20 years they lived in Evergreen, started their family, and relocated to Greenville in 1972. Her parents were Willie Ransom Hall and Vidia Melvyn Hall. Predeceased by her husband, and son John Lawrence Gary, in 2001, she is survived by sons, James David Gary and Richard Hall Gary and three nephews, William Lemuel Hall, Robert Melvin Hall, and George Harrison Harper, Jr. For more than 40 years, she was a neighbor to the Stone and Vinson families on Balaclava Drive in Greenville where their three homes provided multiple generations many special memories.  The family will receive friends after services at noon on Saturday, May 10, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 2911 Woodley Road, Montgomery, Alabama, 36111. The Rev. Bob Hennagin and the Rev. Timothy Holder will officiate. Memorials: Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center – PO Box 1020, Greenville, Alabama 36037. JMW Funeral Home

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