Avert Blake Williford, Jr. passed away on August 14, 2023 following several years of heath complications from a stroke. Avert was born February 9, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up there. He graduated from Banks High School, served in the Marine Corps Reserves, and attended UAB obtaining his Masters degree in Metallurgical Engineering.
Avert spent most of his career with Lockheed Martin Corp., an aerospace and defense contractor. While there he was on the team manufacturing the Space Shuttle for NASA. After retiring, he remained in Slidell, Louisiana and enjoyed time spent with several very special dogs.
Avert was predeceased by his parents, Blake and Grace Williford, brother, Mike Williford, and his sister, Becky Burnette. He is survived by his wife, Donna, daughters, Janette Webb and Susan Oates (Greg), sister, Kathy Guin, nephews and niece.
Avert was a loving son, brother, husband and father, and always had a twinkle in his eyes and fun sense of humor which we have left to cherish.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 29th at noon at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, 1591 Gadsden Hwy. Birmingham, Alabama 35235. The family requests that in lieu of flowers please send memorials to your local chapter of the ASPCA or your favorite charity.