William A. Gorum Sr.

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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William A. Gorum Sr., 94, of Huxford, passed away on Jan. 20, 2021.


He was known as PawPaw to his family and friends. He was born on Oct. 17, 1926.  He retired from Huxford Junior High School as the principal for 33 years.

He was a member of Huxford Baptist Church for over 50 years. He also taught a Sunday school class and was a deacon for over 40 years.  Among many of his accomplishments, he was a member of Local Lodge 779 for 46 years. He was a member of the Eastern Star for 45 years. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite. He was a York Rite and obtained all degrees. He was a Korean War Veteran.

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He helped organize the Huxford Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as the secretary/treasurer. He was chairman of the Steering Committee for the Alabama State Forest, District 7.

He helped organize the Escambia County Volunteer Firefighting of Alabama, where he served as vice president.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel Lucile Gorum; and his sister, Flora Gorum.

He is survived by his children, William A. Gorum Jr. (Wanda), Gilbert Gorum, Judy Hines (Billy), Cindy Weldon, David Gorum (Tammy) and Danny Gorum (Linda); grandchildren, Lindsey Gorum, Aaron Gorum, Megan French, Josh Gorum, Rachel Segrest, Will Hines, Brent Weldon Jr., Ryan Gorum, Logan Gorum, Daniel Gorum, Amber Melton and Brett Gorum; great-grandchildren, Ellie Gorum, Emory French, Chase Gorum, Katelyn Gorum, Ethan Segrest, Audrey Segrest, Anna Segrest, William Weldon, Creed Gorum, Jessie Risher, Ansley Risher, Connor Gorum, Nolan Gorum and Bryant Melton; brothers, Raymond Gorum (Mary Alice) and Marvin Gorum; and sisters, Lois Bennett, Lucy Nell Berry (Lee Ray) and Barbara Mitchell (Sam).

Graveside service was held on Jan. 23, 2021 at Huxford Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Billy Hodges officiating.

Active pallbearers were Aaron Gorum, Josh Gorum, Will Hines, Brent Weldon, Jr., Ryan Gorum, Daniel Gorum, Logan Gorum and Brett Gorum.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.