L.M. “Ted” Northington
NORTHPORT - L.M. ""Ted"" Northington, age 80, of Northport, Ala., passed away March 20, 2018 at his residence. Services will be 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Magnolia Chapel North with Buddy Bell and Buddy Jones officiating. A private burial will follow with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robbie J. Northington; mother, Louise Northington; and grandchild, Justin Kelley.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Oxford Northington; daughter, Nancy Northington Kelley (Jim) of Northport, Ala.; son, David Steven Northington of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; grandchildren, Jenny Beard (Jason) of Spring Hill, Tenn., Todd Kelley, Chad Kelley (Marianna) of Northport, Ala., Tara Scogin (Will) of Fairbanks, AK, Anna Beth Northington and Joseph Northington of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and great-grandchildren, Lilian and Aiden Beard of Spring Hill, Tenn.
Ted was born in Hamilton, Alabama and lived in Tupelo, Mississippi prior to his family's move to Northport, Alabama, to establish the Bama Exterminating Company. Ted entered TCHS for his senior year of high school, and quickly staked out a place as one of the most popular seniors, being elected not only Mr. Citizenship, but Most Handsome, as well. And, he immediately won the reciprocated admiration and affection of Betty Oxford, a junior. They married the next year as soon as Betty graduated, and celebrated their 60th anniversary last December.
Ted graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree, followed three years later with his LLB law degree in 1964. He practiced law in Northport for a number of years and also served as City Attorney for several of those years.
After leaving private law practice, Ted was employed as Attorney for Phifer Wire Products, serving in several different capacities, including the Legal Department and also Human Resources. He retired from Phifer in 2006 after 30 years of service.
Throughout this time he was very active in the Tuscaloosa Civitan Club and Phoenix House. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Northport Hospital, and was a very active member of the University Church of Christ, serving as a deacon and later as an elder for 25 years.
A thoughtful reader and thinker, Ted loved God and his family: his wife, Betty; son, David; daughter, Nancy, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren above all.
A gentle giant of a man, with a uniquely quiet manner, and possessed with an amazing sense of humor and gentle spirit, Ted will be dearly missed by all.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Northington, Chad Kelley, Todd Kelley, Jim Kelley, Phil Quigley, Ricky Turner, Doug Jarvis and Adam Owens.
Honorary pallbearers are Carrell Anderson, Jim Evers, John Seal, Bill Herz, past and present employees of Phifer Wire and Bama Exterminating, Glenn Bridges, Stanley Fowler, Bill Strippling, Kenneth Junkin, members of University Church of Christ, Jean Hansford and Vicky Carter.
Special thanks to Sherry Robertson, Dr. Justin R. Bevel, Dr. George Miller, employees of 6 SW at DCH with special thanks to Chantay, Christina and nurse manager, Gwen Miller.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eagles' Wings, Inc. 12379 Eagles' Wings Drive, Coker, AL 35452 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Northington family. We know what Ted meant to everyone and how much he will be missed. We know that shortly he will be sitting at the right hand of The Lord probably making him laugh, holding some pretzels and saying “help yourself”. We’ll see you soon.
Mark, Denise and Nicole Jarvis
The Jarvis FamilyIndian Trail, NC
The staff of Magnolia Chapel Funeral Homes expresses our sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one.
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