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Alan D. "Al" Sturdevant died May 7, 2017 of complications from leukemia.
He is survived by Linda Lucas Sturdevant of Sun City, his cherished wife of 34 years, as well as his sister, Gail Bouverat of Sun City Center, Florida; his stepson, Dr. Scott Fleming of Elkins; his stepdaughter, Laura Kerbyson of Boynton Beach, Florida; and his granddaughter, Sarah Kerbyson of Port Charlotte, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jan Sturdevant.
His wife, Lin, was born and raised in Fairmont.
Al was born Sept. 5, 1944, in Cooperstown, New York, the youngest child of Claude and Gladys Sturdevant.
He was class valedictorian at Boonville High School, where he was active in all things musical as well as the track and ski teams. He received his BA from SUNY Binghamton. where he was president of his fraternity, a soloist with the glee club and emcee of the Harpur Follies.
Al spent three years in the U.S. Army, completing Officer Candidate School and serving as a battalion S4 (supply and maintenance) officer. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medals for meritorious service.
After his military service, Al spent two years as an assistant director of student activities at SUNY Binghamton. He then accepted an NDEA Graduate Fellowship and earned his doctorate from Ohio University. For one of his courses, he served a field placement at a fledgling mental health clinic in Parkersburg and began a long relationship that culminated in his becoming clinical director of an expanded operation that served eight counties.
During those years he also served as president of the West Virginia Psychological Association, chairman of the West Virginia Council on Interprofessional Affairs, adjunct assistant professor at West Virginia University and medical staff affiliate at three area hospitals. He completed his professional career in private practice providing consultation, evaluation and contract services to numerous agencies in Ohio and West Virginia.
Al and Lin moved to Sun City in 2002, where they maintained an active lifestyle. They were frequent participants in the Sun City Challenge, the Beaufort County Senior Games and the Parris Island Marine Corps Triathlon. They sang and/or danced together for the Music Guild, Rainbow of Rhythm and the Sun City Community Theater. Al was chair of the Sun City Challenge in 2005, and played the male lead in SCCTs production of "Grease" in 2006. He appeared in several Follies.
Al and Lin always shared a love for travel and adventure. With their travel trailer, they crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada for five summers, camping in all 48 lower states and seven Canadian provinces. Along the way they climbed Mount Katahdin in Maine, canoed the Green River in Utah and biked, hiked or kayaked pretty much everywhere. They also became advocates for the Rails to Trails Association, the Nature Conservancy and the National Parks Conservation Association.
When not traveling, Al rekindled a lifelong love of music. He had performed alone and in bands though college and even in the Army, but abandoned it to other pursuits during his professional career. In 2009, he joined with two other Sun City musicians to form the folk trio "Folkus." Folkus performed locally and was featured in a traveling exhibit on American roots music presented by the Smithsonian Institute. In 2010, Al began singing with the Sun City Jazz Band, and subsequently became the group's trombonist. He also played keyboard and guitar in several classic rock groups, most recently Sun City's popular Sunsationals.
In recent years, Al became a photo hobbyist, advancing through Sun City Photography Club competitions from novice to expert. He has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Sun City Hilton Head community.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Nature Conservancy and Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.
A memorial concert is being planned for the fall.
Published on May 9, 2017
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