Mr. Grady Edwin Averett of Geneva, Alabama passed away Monday, November 5, 2012 at Flowers Hospital. He was 88.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2012 in the chapel at Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise with Elder Fred Averett and Rev. Gene Hauser officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadowlawn Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:30 pm until service time. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, c/o Angelyn Bowdoin, 444 RC Collins Rd., Chancellor, AL 36316.
Mr. Averett was born September 5, 1924 in Dale County, AL to the late Henry Grady and Evie Love Byrd Averett and was raised in the Haw Ridge Community in what is now the Ft. Rucker Reservation. He started farming in Level Plains in the mid 1940's and married Sarah Jeanette Auston on February 1, 1944. They bought a farm in Enterprise in 1953, where they resided until 1967. During this time he became known as an excellent peanut farmer, winning numerous production awards, including the 1967 Alabama Peanut Farmer of the Year. In 1968 he and his family moved to Geneva, AL where he continued to farm row crops in Geneva and Coffee counties. Ed's farming, and particularly peanut farming practices, continued to be a standard that his peers strived to attain up until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he was able to let his love of farming wane and enjoy his love of dove hunting and tend to his prolific gardening.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Averett was preceded in death by a brother, Dolan Averett and two sisters, Ennis Byrd and Bessie Merle Cain.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Sarah Jeanette Auston Averett, Geneva, AL; one son and daughter-in-law, Edwin Lamar "Eddie" and Dawn Averett, Chancellor, AL; three grandchildren: Ashley Nicole Powell (Robin), Chancellor, Mallory Kay Mixon (Phillip), Geneva, Warren Tate Sutherland, Auburn, AL; five great-grandchildren: Auston Lane Walden, Chancellor, Ava Caroline Mixon, Geneva, Ethan Drake Powell, Ashley Nichole Powell, and Emily Grace Powell, all of Chancellor; two sisters: Edna Earl Byrd (Roscoe), Enterprise, AL, Elizabeth Pate (Wayne), Birmingham, AL; several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pall bearer will be Jerry Byrd, Gary Bryan, Ronnie Moore, Robin Powell, Phillip Mixon and Tate Sutherland.