Charles David Presley Jr. of Scottsboro died after an extended illness on Tuesday, December 5 at the Cloverdale nursing facility. He was 72 years old.
A Scottsboro native, David graduated from Scottsboro High School in 1969. He was an outstanding athlete who was recognized as the most valuable player on the Wildcats football team in his senior year and voted Who’s Who most athletic of his graduating class.
He distinguished himself in the classroom as well. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Senior Science Club, and a Boy’s State participant.
Growing up, he was an active member of the Scottsboro Presbyterian Church, where he was recognized for years of perfect attendance in the church’s educational programs.
After graduation from Scottsboro High School, he attended The University of North Alabama and Northeast Community College before graduating from the University of Alabama in 1972 with a degree in biology education.
In 1972, he married Beth Collins. The couple settled in Huntsville where David served as a State Farm Insurance agent for 41 years. He was active in the Huntsville Jaycees, Masonic Solar Lodge 914, and the Cahaba Shrine.
After retiring from State Farm, David and Beth returned to their hometown of Scottsboro where they lived for 8 years preceding his death.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles David Presley Sr., and his mother, Elizabeth Earl Cawlfield Presley.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beth; a son, Charles David “Chad” Presley III of Huntsville; a daughter, Elise Presley Johnson (Daniel) of Bogart, Georgia; a granddaughter, Carley Elisabeth Johnson; a grandson, Henry Harris “Hank” Johnson; and a brother, Patrick Lee Presley of Clinton, TN; a niece, Leah Presley of Clinton, TN; and a nephew, Patrick Lee Presley II of Hartselle, AL.
He will be remembered as an exceptional father and grandfather as well as for his extraordinary abilities on the football field, his affable nature, and his exuberant sense of humor. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a rabid Alabama fan.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of Rosewood Manor and the Cloverdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and special caregiver Crystal for their compassionate care.
Visitation will be at Scottsboro Funeral Home from 1:00 to 3:00 on Thursday December 7 with a brief funeral service held in the funeral home chapel at 3:00. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at 7800 Madison Blvd, Suite 503, Huntsville, AL 35806 or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Arrangements Entrusted to Scottsboro Funeral Home