Paul Heflin Savage III, 65, passed away in the loving arms of his Lord at 6:50 am on Monday, August 20, 2012 after a brief illness. Paul graduated from Piedmont High School and played bass drum in the Piedmont Band. He was a graduate of Jacksonville University. Paul was also a graduate of Officer’s Candidate School and served in the National Guard for 30 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonial. He was a member of the Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Department, on the Board of Directors for DHR in Cherokee County, and a graduate of the Alabama Fire College, as well as a notary public. He was an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Savage-Stewart Camp No. 522. Also, while living in Gadsden, he was a mason in the Cedar Bend Masonic Lodge, coached the B/C team of Southside “Silver Hawks”, and was a member of the Shriner’s Club of Gadsden, as well as a member of the Zamora Temple Shrine of Birmingham. He was an avid photographer and owned Savage Photo and Studio Labs of Cherokee County before retiring and assuming the Post Master position of the Spring Garden Post Office, which had been run by his family for the past 99½ years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul H. Jr. and Grace Wilson Savage, and brother, Eddie. He is survived by his wife, Melvia Ann Luhrs Savage; son: Jeffrey Scott (Sarah Walker) Savage; daughters: Kimberly Casey (Jay) Hyde, Angel Marie (Gilbert) Fournelle, and Ashlie Rebecca (Mark) Stone; and 8 grandchildren: Jacob, Samuel, and Anna Grace Savage, Sarah Beth and Jessica Hyde, and AnnMarie, Cheyenne and Haley Stone.
The family requests memorials be made to the Spring Garden Relief and Disaster Fund, PO Box 3, Spring Garden, AL 36275.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 24 at 11:00 am from Dansby Heritage Chapel in Piedmont with Rev. Neale Lanigan and Rev. Morris Minton officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Gap Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 23 from 4 – 8 pm at Dansby Heritage Chapel.
The military served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers Billy Westbrook, Ralph Miller, Robert Pace, Johnny Rousso, Bill Burns, Dick Yurk, Boyd Reece, Johnny Amberson, Harold Minton, Wayne Smart, and Ron Greer.
Dansby Heritage Chapel is honored to serve the Savage Family.