VINA, AL – Lelion Shewbart, 88, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Alabama and was an equipment mechanic for forty years having retired from TVA. He was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He loved his church and his church family. He loved visiting with friends and family and making his rounds in town, especially Piggly Wiggly and Swamp John’s where he was known as “Mayor” of Burnout. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and served as Franklin County Commissioner for four years.
Services will be Friday, December 23, at 3 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church, Vina, Al. with Bro. Danny Stanford, Bro. Billy Quinn and Daryl Gober officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Al. will be in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years – Willodean Shewbart, Vina, Al.; four children – Dorothy Gober (Donald) Vina, Al., Genice Owen (Marlon Farris) Hamilton, Al., Janice Irvin (Rodney) Hamilton, Al. and Danny Shewbart (Renee) Vina, Al.; nine grandchildren – Daryl Gober, Dorinda Edwards (Kenneth), Shannon Owen, Leah Bowden (Paul), Dana Rives (Daniel), Derek Gober (Bethany), Aaron Shewbart (Katie), Keri Wyatt (Houston) and Adam Shewbart (Hope); twelve great-grandchildren – Madison Bowden, Kaylyn Bowden, MaKenzie Edwards, Miles Edwards, Bailey Ann Gober, Davis Gober, Trager Shewbart, Traysen Shewbart, Mason Rives, Wesley Rives, Willow Wyatt and Emily Shewbart; three step-great-grandchildren – Paul Bowden, Robert Bowden and Anna Rives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Shewbart, Sr. and Lottie Thorn Shewbart, two brothers, Walter Shewbart, Jr. and Hoyt Shewbart and one sister, Locene Shaddix.
Pallbearers will be Daryl Gober, Derek Gober, Shannon Owen, Aaron Shewbart, Adam Shewbart and Forbus Shewbart. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Edwards, Daniel Rives, Paul Bowden, Houston Wyatt and James Shewbart.Visitation will be Thursday, December 22, beginning at 5 p.m. at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.