Mr. Church was the great-grandson of the late Chief Running Water of the Cherokee nation and he was a very active member of the tribe.
He was a true Democrat, steel worker, union man and a friend to all who knew him. He never met a stranger and will be missed by his family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Buster and Wilma Church.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Delores Church of Corner; daughter, Marian McLeroy and her husband, Jason of Corner; a host of nieces, nephews; and other family and friends.
You may sign an online register or express private condolences to the family at BellSumiton.com.
Bell Funeral Home, Sumiton; 205-648-6611