Fmr. Senator Tom Radney dies at age 79

Published: Aug. 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:55 PM CDT
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Former Alabama state senator and respected attorney Tom Radney passed away Sunday morning at age 79. Tallapoosa Coroner Mike Knox said he died some time before 10a.m. Radney had been in hospice for some time.

The Alabama Democratic Party released this statement:

"The news this morning that Tom Radney passed away marked a great loss for the Alabama Democratic Party.  Tom served for many years as a member of our state executive committee, as a state senator, as our nominee for Lieutenant Governor, and as a mentor and supporter to scores of candidates and officeholders.  'Big Tom,' as his grandchildren called him, was indeed a big presence in the Alabama Democratic Party and he will be greatly missed.  Many a Democrat took heart over the years knowing that a trip or a phone call to Alexander City would result in Tom lending some helpful advice or a word of encouragement.  The thoughts and prayers of the Alabama Democratic Party are with Tom's family and the people of Alexander City during this difficult time."

A visitation will be held at Radney's home in Alexander City on Tuesday August 9th from 4pm-7pm. The memorial celebration will be at 1:00pm on August 10th at First United Methodist Church in Alexander City.

Below is the full obituary sent to WSFA 12 News by former Sen. Radney's family.

John Tomas Radney

June 18th 1932-August 7th 2011

Tom was a native of Wadley, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in History in 1952. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1955 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1955. He then attended the Army Law School at the University of Virginia before serving in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corp with the rank of Captain. He moved to Alexander City, Alabama in1960 where he began practicing law. He married Madolyn Boyd Anderson in September 1962 and in 1977 he was selected as Alexander City's "Man of the Year."

Tom was a delegate to five Democratic National Conventions beginning in 1960 with John F. Kennedy's presidential nomination and held a long time connection with the Kennedy family. In 1966 he was elected as an Alabama State Senator and in 1970 he ran for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. He was known throughout Alabama and the South as "Mr. Alabama Democrat" and held many public and civic offices: President of the Board of Trustees at Alabama State University, Board of Trustees at Huntington College, President of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, long time member of the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, President of the Tallapoosa County Young Democrats, member of the American Legion, member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, City Judge of Alexander City, member of the Kiwanis Club of Alexander City, member of the Elks Lodge, a Mason, Trustee of Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, and member of the Board of Directors of Russell Medical Center in Alexander City for more than 25 years. He was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Alexander City where he held many offices including Chairman of the Administrative Board.

Family will receive guests at Mr. Radney's home from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Tuesday August 9, 2011. There will be a memorial celebration at the First United Methodist Church in Alexander City, Alabama with Dr. Charles Gattis officiating on Wednesday August 10, 2011 at 1:00pm.

Tom is survived by his wife of 49 years, Madolyn Anderson Radney, three daughters, Ellen Radney Price, Fran Radney Harvey and Hollis Radney Lovett (Michael), one son, Thomas Anderson Radney (Catie), and eleven grandchildren, Madolyn Margaret Price, Anna Lee Price, Elizabeth Harvey, Luke Radney Harvey, Margaret Hollis Harvey, Thomas Noah Lovett, William Barrett Lovett, John Radney Lovett, Neil Anderson Radney, Catherine Finlay Radney and Cecilia Frances Radney.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, gifts made in Tom's memory to First United Methodist Church 310 Green Street Alexander City, Alabama 35010 or First United Methodist Church 393 Highland Avenue Wadley, Alabama 36276.

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