Meridian Star

November 15, 2013

Richard Shelton Vandiver

The Meridian Star


    Services for Richard Shelton Vandiver will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Ala. Burial will be in Southern Heritage Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

    Mr. Vandiver, 70, of Birmingham, Ala. died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at his residence in Meridian.

    Shelton attended the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama. He had a long successful career in the security systems business developing and testing new products for the United States of America State Department and governments around the world. He proudly served his country in Vietnam as assistant to the Adjutant General. He was an avid duck hunter and outdoorsman.

    He loved his savior Jesus Christ, his family and his country. He will be terribly missed by all who loved and knew him, he never met a stranger. He was a member and ushered at Valley Dale Church every Sunday in Birmingham and was a proud member of The Evangel Temple in Meridian.

    Survivors include his wife, Hallie Goodling Phillips of Meridian; son, Bill Vandiver and his wife Kelly; grandchildren, Abby and Hannah Vandiver all of Birmingham, Ala.; step-son, Marc Lockett and wife Kami; and grandchildren, Samantha and Zeke of Trussville, Ala.; brother, Wayne Vandiver and his wife Terri; and nephews Russell and Bradley Vandiver all of Carmel, Ind.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Katherine Vandiver.

    Pallbearers will be Matt Cantley, Carter Clay, Raymond Dismukes, Jett Freeman, Jim Odom, Bradley Vandiver, Russell Vandiver and Kyle Waller.

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    Visitation will be held Saturday from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Birmingham, Ala.