Paul Gresham, Jr.

Paul Gresham Jr., 89, of Old Spring Hill, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham following a brief illness. A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at Fairhaven Baptist Church in Demopolis, U.S. Highway 80 West, with the Revs. Scott Stevens and Joel Farrow officiating and Kirk Funeral Home Demopolis Chapel in charge. Burial will follow in Prairieville Cemetery at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Gallion, U.S. Highway 80. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. at the church. Mr. Gresham was born in Tuscaloosa on November 14, 1923 to Paul Gresham Sr. and Clementine Hamby Gresham. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Avenell Cooper Gresham; brother, Edward Gresham, sister, Juanita Gresham Jones; and his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Monelle Gresham Clifton (Tom) of Jackson, Miss.; sons, Kenneth Gresham (Debby) of Selma and Douglas Gresham (Janet), of Valley Grande; six grandchildren, Michael Clifton, Emily Gresham McGough (Patrick), Si Gresham, Tyler Gresham (Jenna), Jacob Gresham and Clint Gresham; and one great-granddaughter, Catherine McGough. Mr. Gresham was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Army with the 428th Military Police Escort Guard Co. in the European Theatre. His assignments included Normandy, where he fought in the D-Day battle at Omaha Beach; Northern France, The Rhineland (Battle of Hurtgen Forest), the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe. Memorial can be made to Wounded Warriors.

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