Jimmy Clay Laird, 71, of Vestavia Hills, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Covenant Care in Pensacola, Fla., after suffering a sudden, massive stroke the previous Monday.
The eldest of triplets, Jim was raised in the Cordova area. He graduated from Cordova High School in 1966 and attended Jeff State Community College. He served in the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) of the National Guard. Jim worked as a railroad engineer for what is now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway until he retired. He then passed time selling cars at Hoover Toyota until he began splitting his time between his home in Vestavia Hills and condo in Gulf Shores. He loved his family, Alabama football, eating oysters at the beach, attending car shows around town and going to Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi. Most of all, he loved meeting and being with people. He was everyone’s “Papa”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay Harvey Laird and Jessie Lane Laird.
He is remembered by his wife of 45 years, Brenda McGough Laird, and his children, Lisa Laird Crawford (John) and Kimberly Laird Jones (Brett). Jim will also be lovingly remembered by his 5 grandchildren, Chase Russell, Chandler Thornton, Sarah Thornton, Hunter Jones, and Cole Jones; his great-grandchildren, Brock, Brant, and Sutton Russell; his brothers, Johnny Laird (Anna) and Charles Laird (Deborah); and many other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life for Jimmy Laird and graveside service will be held at McDade Cemetery in Carbon Hill, Ala., at a later date. He will be greatly missed, but Heaven has received a wonderful man.
Roll Tide and God Bless you, Papa.