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06/13/2014 – Obituary – Mr. Pride Napoleon Gann – Age 92 – Hamilton, AL

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Hamilton, AL – Mr. Pride Napoleon Gann, age 92, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Friday night, June 13th, 2014, at his residence.

Visitation, Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Hamilton First Baptist Church in Hamilton, Alabama. Funeral service, 2:00 p.m., June 15th, 2014, at the Hamilton First Baptist Church. Burial in Bexar Cemetery, in the Bexar Community, Hamilton, Marion County, Alabama.

Pride was born May 1st, 1922, in Bexar, Marion County, Alabama, to William Hiram and Mary Elizabeth Shotts Gann. He was a decorated Veteran of the United States Armed Forces and retired after serving for many years as the Circuit Clerk of Marion County, Alabama. Pride and his prize winning “coon” hunting dogs won many trophies over the years.*

He is survived by his wife, Helen Jane Gann; 2 daughters, Pamelia “Pam” Gann (Thomas Morgan “Tom”) Donaldson, and Beverly Carol Gann (Clarence Edgar) Dyer; 1 son, Phillip Wayne “Phil” Gann; 5 grandchildren, Corey Pharr, Colin Pharr, Cecily Lindsey, Chris Dyer, and Clay (Kim) Dyer; 9 great-grandchildren, Clarie, Caroline, Cooper, Connor, Pride, Sanders, Lane, Evelyn and Stella; 2 brothers, Lowell (Willene) Gann, and Olen (Jean) Gann; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Elizabeth Shotts Gann; 2 sisters and their husbands, Cola Gann (Lowell “Coot”) Nix and Corrine Gann (Richard) McKinney; 3 brothers and their wives, Carroll (Mary Ellen) Gann, Prince (Maxine) Gann, and Bobby (Marilyn Wynell Watson) Gann.

(Author’s Note: A tribute to My friend Don’s Uncle Pride Gann)
*Pride was quick to show his prestigious trophies and pictures of his prize winning Coon dogs to those who came to his home. He always had an interesting story to tell, sometimes about his family and growing up in the Bexar Community, and sometimes about one of his prize-winning dogs or maybe a funny tale of a ‘coon hunt’ he had gone on…he never ran out of stories. If I’m not mistaken, he kept his last pair of worn-out boots and coveralls he used in his last trophy-winning raccoon “coon” hunt. When you mention the name “Pride Gann” in Marion County, Alabama, most folks will say “Sure, I know Pride”

Pride will be missed!

Judy Webb Mays

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June 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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