Sunday, July 17, 2011

Buster Hallman

Buster Hallman, age 81, of Fayette, passed away July 16, 2011. Funeral service wil be11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church in Fayette. Burial to follow in Fayette Memorial Gardens. Family will recieve friends on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ester Hallman and Exie Kizzire Hallman; and daughter, Patsy Hallman Wright.

He is survived by two of the greatest loves of his life, his wife of 59 years, Margie, and his sister, Wilma Smith. He is also survived by son, David Hallman (Jimmie Sue); and daughters, Mary Alice Taylor (Ron) of Fayette and Martha Jo McDonald (Barry) of Fayette; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

With the exception of 4 years in the U.S. Navy from 1948-52, he was a lifelong resident of Fayette. Buster's early years of employment were with Fayette Cotton Mill and Flav-O-Rich Milk Co. While a milkman, he began to be the part-time Park and Recreation Director for the City of Fayette. In 1972, he became full time director and held that position until retirement. Buster raised the money from local merchants and government agencies to fund the programs and provide the uniforms to play the sports. He later obtained assistance through grants to design and build the Guthrie Smith Park in Fayette. He oversaw the construction of the park and, when funds and local assistance were depleted, he obtained the services of the local National Guard to finish the project. Buster's work not only benefitted Fayette, but Berry and Hubbertville, as well.

Buster was a member of the Fayette County Board of Education from 1970-82. He was very instrumental during the integration of the county schools. His proactive approach to bring in black players and coaches on an equal basis led to a smooth transition. He also served on the Fayette DCH Hospital Board. He was a deacon and a member at Fayette First Baptist Church for many years and the same at Calvary Baptist Church in his later years.

His life's passion was to make Fayette a better place. This, he did. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him.

Pallbearers will be Jay Hillis, John Patterson, Clay Underwood, Doaks Oswalt, Charlie Nalls, and M.C. Younghance.

Honorary pallbearers are Lohrone Cannon, James Lenard, Ralph Watson, Dick Anderson, Billy Fowler, employees of Fowler Exxon, Dr. Breitling, Dr. Hill, Dr. Yerby, Paul Thompson, Pete Matthews, Ed Godfrey, Jerry Belk, Sen. Gerald Allen, Stevie Sparks, Ron Goodwin, Sam Collins, Ronald Waldrop, Fish Colburn, and George Bowling.