TUSCALOOSA | Tony Neathery, age 84, passed away after a short illness on Sunday, Oct 4, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Neathery; daughters, Susan Neathery Fochtmann of Atlanta, Ga. and Leanne Neathery Sauers (Robby) of Birmingham, Ala.; and four grandsons, William David Fochtmann, Thomas Joseph Fochtmann, Robert David Sauers and Jackson Lee Sauers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ragland and Frances Neathery; son, David Thornton Neathery; and grandson, Patrick August Fochtmann.
He was born in Atlanta, Ga. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He graduated from the University of Alabama majoring in geology and chemistry and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Tony was employed by Geological Survey of Alabama for many years; co-authored the 1988 Geological Map of Alabama and was the founding father of the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists and was granted License #1. He is credited with the discovery of the Wetumpka Impact Crater. He has written numerous journal articles, survey publications, and Society guidebooks. He was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi honorary, a Fellow for the Geological Society of America and held memberships in other Geological institutes. He was in private practice for over 25 years.
He was elected as Governor of the Alabama Central District Civitan Club, a member of the Sons of the America Revolution, a Charter Member of the Alabama Geological Society, The Society of Saint Andrews and The Society of the Cincinnati.
Honorary pallbearers are Thomas White and Members of the Tuscaloosa Civitan Club, Sons of the American Revolution and the Brotherhood of Saint Andrews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Canterbury Chapel Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Canterbury Chapel Episcopal Church Meals on Wheels Program, 812 5th Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. A church reception with family and friends will be held after the service.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Oct. 7, 2015
Patricia Sue Astleford Neathery
1934–2016 (m. 1956)
David Thornton Neathery
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