Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Charles Douglas Cash

Charles Douglas Cash, age 68, of Millport, died July 3, 2010, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dowdle Funeral Home with Benton Goodman officiating and Ricky Cash assisting. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Dowdle Funeral Home in Millport directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ira Gardner Cash and mother, Lessie Freeman.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Marilyn Vick Cash of Millport, Ala.; daughter, Valerie Michelle Birge (Keith) of Bradley, Ill.; son, Charles David Cash of Baltimore, Md.; sisters, Cherry Pickett (Al) of Montevallo, Jane (Wolfgang) Cooper of Punta Garda, Fla. and Faye Howell of Macon, Ga.; brother, Mark (Betty) Cash of Douglas, Wyo.; and grandson, Zach Birge.

Born Oct. 12, 1941, in Fayette County, a native of Lamar County, Mr. Cash was a member, deacon and Sunday School class teacher at Kennedy Baptist Church. He was a member of the Lamar County Retired Educators' Association, the West Alabama Service Club, and of the local hunt club. Mr. Cash participated in several mission trips to Chile to help build churches, parsonages, and a school addition. For the past 10 years, he worked as a guide for Camp Grassy Narrows, a hunting and fishing camp located in Moffet, Quebec, Canada.

Mr. Cash was a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham. While a student, he served as director of the men's residence hall, member of Alpha Omega Pi, service fraternity and a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

He began his educational career as a history/English teacher at Tuscaloosa Junior High and later served as the assistant principal at Tuscaloosa High School. He then became principal at Winfield High School and at Talladega High School. He retired after serving as the principal at South Lamar School for six years.

He leaves behind a strong, positive legacy among those his life has touched.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Parham, Bill Trull, Don Seay, Dan Prater, Tom Rogers, J.D. "Butch" Hildreth, Troy Sessions, and Wiley Sessions.