Walter Howard Calvert, 79, loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend went home to be with his Lord on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2 a.m. He loved his family and friends with his big heart and gave generously to many. Walter Howard owned Calvert Chevrolet in Warrior. He served his country while in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He served his Lord at Warrior First Baptist and Gardendale First Baptist. Walter Howard’s life reflected Proverbs 22:9 “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor,” and Acts 20:35 “in everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.” Walter Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Young Calvert and Louise Katherine Thomas, his son, Zack Clark Calvert and his loving wife of 50 years, Justine Bridges Calvert. Survivors include his brother, John Frank Calvert (Joyce) of Gadsden, daughter, Mary Jon Dudley (Mitch) of Gardendale. He is also survived by his grandchildren, John Isaac and Olivia Dudley, step-grandchildren, Taylor and Hunter Dudley, daughter-in-law, Carrie Calvert, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Place of Gardendale, New Beacon Hospice or Gardendale First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at Gardendale Funeral Home, 2214 Decatur Highway. Funeral service will be Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Gardendale Funeral Home with Dr. David McGowin officiating. Entombment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Gardens-Mausoleum. Words cannot express the love and care that was given to Walter Howard at Covenant Place. The family greatly appreciates each and every person that blessed them. Special thanks to New Beacon Hospice who has been a tremendous blessing in the few days they were in Walter Howard’s life.
Published on  September 30, 2011