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Mr. Alan Stuart Popwell

April 26, 1950 ~ March 29, 2019 (age 68)

ALAN STUART POPWELL, 68, of Lake Martin, Alabama passed away on Friday March 29, 2019 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Friday April 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Auburn First Baptist Church with Dr. Tripp Martin officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.
Stuart, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, was born April 26, 1950 in Clanton, Alabama. He received degrees from Auburn University and the University of Southern California. Stuart served his country through the Montgomery Air National Guard and the USAF, being one of few selected to fly the U2 spy plane. Following his military service, he continued his career in flying with Northwest and Delta Airlines for 26 years piloting both domestic and international routes. Retirement in 2015 allowed him more time to travel for leisure, visiting six of the seven continents. He had a passion for cruising, woodworking, supporting Auburn sports -especially basketball - and enjoying lake life from his deck.
Stuart was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Edna Popwell of Clanton, Alabama. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 47 years, Penny Comer Popwell; his sister, Cynthia Popwell, of Boca Raton, Florida; his four children - Mark (Jamie) Popwell, of Firth, Idaho; David Popwell, of Lizella, Georgia; Luke Popwell of Lake Martin, Alabama; Laura (Ryan) Gray of San Diego, California; his brother-in-law John R (Cathy) Comer of Lilburn, Georgia; 12 grandchildren, 1 grandson-in-law, 2 nieces, 2 nephews and his dear friends, “The Auburn Gang”.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Auburn First Baptist Church, 128 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and Cremation Directing.

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