The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 8, 2013

Lanell Wassum

A memorial service for Lanell Davidson Wassum, 67, of Athens will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Athens with a Life Celebration-Reception to follow in The Beasley Center next to the church.

The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Bassham, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Wolfe and the Rev. Dr. Mac Chapman will officiate.

Mrs. Wassum, who died Friday, Oct. 4,2013, at UAB hospital, was born Feb. 3, 1946, in Sylacauga, to Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Lanoit Davidson and Nell Guy Davidson.

Lanell was a bright child, did well in school and formed many lasting friendships because she loved people. She graduated from A.G. Parrish High School in Selma in 1964 and from Birmingham Southern College in 1968.

While attending college she met Al Wassum, a Birmingham Southern faculty member and the school's baseball coach. They were married immediately following her graduation.

Lanell taught three years in Tennessee prior to the couple moving to Athens. She was a science and math teacher at Athens Middle School for 26 years. She loved teaching and took the first group of Athens Middle School students to Dauphin Island on a science studies trip in 1982.

Illness brought about her retirement from teaching. A liver transplant in 1993 and a kidney transplant, with a kidney donated by her daughter in 2009, gave her 20 additional years of life.

She was active in her church and community and following her retirement from teaching worked part time, first at Cluxton’s Jewelers in Athens and then at First Methodist Church in Athens.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lanoit Davidson.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Al Wassum; daughter, Missy Wassum Greenhaw and husband Lanier Greenhaw, and grandsons Guy Greenhaw and Ben Greenhaw; son, Matt Wassum and grandsons Cole Wassum and Drew Wassum; mother, Nell Davidson; sister, Peggy Davidson Smith; brother, Lou Davidson, all of Athens; brother Ken Davidson and wife Cheryl Davidson of Smiths Station; sister-in-law Ellen Wassum Wheeler and husband David Wheeler of Bristol, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends and former students.

Memorials should be sent to First United Methodist Church, 208 W. Hobbs St., Athens AL 35611; to the Lanell Davidson Wassum scholarship fund at Birmingham Southern College, P.O. Box 549003, Birmingham, AL 35254; or a charity of your choice.

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