Doyle Clay Naramore


It is with great sadness that the family of Doyle Clay Naramore announces his passing at home on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the age of 83. Doyle will be lovingly remembered by his bride of 59 years, Betty Avery Naramore and his daughters, Joann Lawhorn and Patti White. He will also be fondly remembered by his 6 grandchildren: Ryan, Tyler, Hayley, Case, Colby, and Kendall and by his brother, Shelton Naramore, and his sister, Jean Woods. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ada Naramore; brothers, Herman, Herschel, Bill Allen, and Hardy Naramore; and his sister, Juanita Meeks.

A funeral service to celebrate and honor Doyle’s life will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Collins Burke Funeral Home in Jasper, with Charles Harbison officiating. Friends are invited to gather for a viewing along with the family from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A brief graveside prayer will be held immediately following the funeral at Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper.

A native of Cordova, Doyle joined the US Air Force after graduation from Cordova High in 1955. He served as a crew chief in the 496 Fighter Interceptor Squadron and formed a passion for mechanics and made lifelong friends who frequently reminisce about the days in the military. He made a career at Eastern Airlines as an aircraft mechanic for over 20 years and became an entrepreneur, opening and investing in several small businesses. He hung up his wrenches and moved back home to Smith Lake in Sweet Home Alabama. He loved the lake life including skiing and fishing and made sure to share his passion for the lake with his children, nieces, and nephews and each of his grandchildren. He was known as the “Captain,” coined by his nephew Allen Naramore, and would command the boat for the many lake activities.

Doyle was a bright man and a lifelong learner. He had a zest for knowledge and believed you should always be learning. He continued to take classes at the university throughout his life and even learned how to Google and do Facebook. His greatest love was for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was a season ticket holder and had an expansive library of recorded games and would watch the tide WIN again and again. We are sure he is hanging out in heaven with the “Bear” going over the greatest plays.

He is a perfect example of a committed family man with a servant’s heart. His greatest joy was his family and he served them sacrificially throughout his life. He was extremely involved in his children’s lives and was an active leader in their activities. He maintained close, loving relationships with all of his siblings especially his Irish twin Shelton and served his family members until they had passed.

He was the most wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend and will be deeply missed.  We have all been blessed by being loved by him!

Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571