John Louis Avant
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John Louis Avant, 97, a resident of Prattville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Prattville Memorial with Dr. Rob Couch, minister of First United Methodist Church of Prattville, officiating. Burial followed in Prattville Memory Gardens, with Prattville Memorial Chapel directing. Mr. Avant was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was deeply loved and will be dearly missed. He was born in Eclectic, Ala., on Jan. 12, 1914. Mr. Avant proudly served his country during World War II. Mr. Avant was a long time member of the Autauga County Farm Bureau Board. He was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Prattville. Mr. Avant was active in the New Era Sunday School Class. He was known for being an avid Auburn fan.

Mr. Avant was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Elizabeth “Sis” Yarbrough Avant; his parents, David Mack “D.M.” and Leila Keith Avant; two brothers, Leonard and Leon Avant; and three sisters, Louise Avant, Mattie Knighten, and Alpha Mac Mullan.

He is survived by two sons, David Louis (Mary Ellen) Avant, John Larry (Dianne) Avant; one daughter, Aletha Avant (Bob) Wilson of Jasper; four grandchildren, Dave (Leigh Ann) Avant, Ellen (Andy) Bell, Betsy (Chuck) Burkhart, and Laurie Avant; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and many friends.

Pallbearers were Dr. Sammy Miller, George Walthall, Chuck Burkhart, Andrew Bell Sr., Dave Avant Jr., and Malcolm D. Smith.

The family received friends at Prattville Memorial on Wednesday from 10 until 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Prattville, 100 East 4th St., Prattville, AL, 36067, or to one’s favorite charity. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Vista Care hospice and caregivers Ruby Little, Melanie Speed, and Jeanette Post for their care and compassion.

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Prattville Memorial Funeral Home, Prattville; 334-365-7147