Saturday update: Enoch Northcutt passes away

Published 1:34 pm Saturday, July 18, 2009

Enoch Lafayette Northcutt, Jr. ,87 years, died Friday July 17,2009 after a brief hospitalization for a hip fracture sustained in a fall at his home in Demopolis.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lloyd Northcutt, his parents Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Northcutt, and five of his siblings: Walter G. Northcutt, Leona N. Harper, Mildred N. Nutter, Barbara N.Guyton, and William B. Northcutt. He is survived by three children: Kathryn N Cunningham (Billy)of Josephine Al., John E. Northcutt (Nancy) and Angela N. Holifield (her late husband, Dr. Reese Holifield),of Demopolis and brother, James N. Northcutt of Gadsden, Al.

Mr. Northcutt was born August 9, 1921 in Evergreen, Alabama. He served in the US Army in Europe as an infantry officer in US Army service with the 28th Infantry Division, “the Big Red One”, remarkable for receipt of two purple hearts and being a POW at Oflag 64 in Poland. He, with three others , made an escape via the Black Sea, Egypt, Italy, and back to Great Britain. Most important to him from his WWII years was his war bride of 61years, Mary from Wales.

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He was a graduate of Bessemer High School, Birmingham Southern College and the University of Alabama School of Law. He retired from Vanity Fair after 35years having served as plant manager in Butler, Jackson and Demopolis. He was active in the Demopolis Rotary Club where he was Director of its Crippled Children’s Golf Tournament and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, served as Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church, and served on the Demopolis City School Board. He was remembered as quite an accomplished fast-pitch softball pitcher in games with KA fraternity to local Demopolis leagues. Golf, fishing, reading and listening to big band music were important pastimes.

He is also survived by eight granddaughters: Elizabeth C. Thomas (Shawn) of Missoula, Mt., Anne C. Compton (Carleton) of Tampa, Fl., Mary Kathryn Cunningham of Josephine, Al., Jennifer N. Bedsole (Mark), Mary L. Northcutt, Brittany L. Northcutt, Ashleigh E. Holifield and Emily K. Holifield, all of Demopolis, Al.; three great grandchildren, John David and Thomas Bedsole of Demopolis, Al. and Kathryn Mitchell Compton of Tampa, Fl.

Pallbearers will be his nephews: Roy Harper, Jr., Jeff Nutter, Jack Nutter, Ben Northcutt, Eric Northcutt, Russ Guyton, Reid Northcutt, Harrison Northcutt, David Northcutt and Glenn Northcutt.

The family will receive friends at his home for nearly 50 years at 410 Rembert Street, Demopolis, Al Monday, July 20, 2009 between 5 and 8 p.m.. Funeral services will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, Demopolis Tuesday July 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. with interment following the service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Prairieville, Ala.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Byran Whitfield Memorial Hospital and Helping Hands of Alabama for supportive care. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Episcopal Church or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Preservation Fund, PO Box 560, Demopolis, Alabama 36732 or a memorial of choice.