(ALEXANDER CITY) John Tomas "Tom" Radney of Alexander City died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.
A native of Wadley, born June 18, 1932, he graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor of science in education and a master's in history in 1952. He earned a juris doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1955 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1955. He then attended the Army Law School at the University of Virginia before serving in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corp with the rank of captain. He moved to Alexander City in 1960 where he began practicing law. He married Madolyn Boyd Anderson in September 1962 and in 1977 he was selected as Alexander City's "Man of the Year."
Tom was a delegate to five Democratic National Conventions beginning in 1960 with John F. Kennedy's presidential nomination and held a long-time connection with the Kennedy family. In 1966 he was elected as an Alabama state senator, and in 1970 he ran for lieutenant governor. He was known throughout Alabama and the South as "Mr. Alabama Democrat" and held many public and civic offices: president of the Board of Trustees at Alabama State University, Board of Trustees at Huntington College, president of Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, long-time member of the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, president of Tallapoosa County Young Democrats, member of the American Legion, member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, city judge of Alexander City, member of the Kiwanis Club of Alexander City, member of the Elks Lodge, a mason, trustee of Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham, and member of the Board of Directors of Russell Medical Center in Alexander City for more than 25 years. He was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Alexander City, where he held many offices, including chairman of the Administrative Board.
The family will receive guests at Mr. Radney's home from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a memorial celebration at First United Methodist Church of Alexander City with Dr. Charles Gattis officiating on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m.
Tom is survived by his wife of 49 years, Madolyn Anderson Radney; three daughters, Ellen Radney Price, Fran Radney Harvey and Hollis Radney Lovett (husband Michael); one son, Thomas Anderson Radney (wife Catie); and 11 grandchildren.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that gifts be made in Tom's memory to First United Methodist Church, 310 Green St., Alexander City, AL 35010 or First United Methodist Church, 393 Highland Ave., Wadley, AL 36276. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.
Radney Funeral Home, Alexander City.