Gloria Jean (Lane) Avery

March 4, 1941 ~ December 14, 2021 (age 80)


Mrs. Gloria Jean Lane Avery was born on March 4th, 1941, to the parentage of Percy Lane and Kathleen Wallace Lane McGinnis.

Gloria confessed her faith and became a Jehovah’s Witness on July 17, 1970.  She got her formal education in the Shelby County School System and graduated from Shelby County Training School.  She furthered her education and attended Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.

Along Gloria’s life she was affectionately known as Jean by her family and close friends. She met and united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Thomas Avery on October 5, 1959.  Jean was a dedicated employee with the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Examiner for the state of Michigan, until her retirement.

Jean departed this walk of life on December 14th, 2021, under the care of Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Kathleen Wallace Lane McGinnis and other relatives.

Jean’s love will forever be cherished by her husband of 62 years, Thomas “Bo” Avery of Detroit, MI; one sister, Dorothy (Robert) Welch of Detroit, MI; four brothers, Gerald McGinnis, Ory (Carvella) McGinnis, Warren (Ada) McGinnis all of Harpersville, AL; and Henry (Cathryn) Smith of Childersburg, AL; three God Daughters, Linda Harvey of Detroit, MI; Beverly Johnson of Harpersville, AL; and Candis Posey of Pell City, AL; four sister in laws, Betty Rowe of Queens, NY; Ida Mae Avery, Catherine Howard and Cherrie A. Wells all of Jacksonville, FL; three brother in laws, James (Johnnie) Avery of Fayetteville, GA; Charlie Avery of Wilsonville, AL; and George Walker of Jacksonville, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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December 22, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Funeral Home
511 Edgewood Drive
Sylacauga, AL 35150

Graveside Service
December 23, 2021

12:00 PM
Harpersville Memorial Cemetery
38891 AL-25
Harpersville, AL 35078

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