Horace Nunley Strong, III, 75, from the Monrovia Community in Western Madison County passed away early Saturday, August 22, 2015, after a brief illness. Mr. Strong was born August 28, 1939 to Horace Nunley Strong, Jr. and Louise McCrary Strong. Mr. Strong was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 30 years, Judy Vaughn Strong, who passed away in 1991.
Mr. Strong graduated from Monrovia High School in 1957. He ran Strong’s Shop Ezy in the Monrovia Community for 35 years, and Strong Tours from 1992 until his death. Horace was a lifelong member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Monrovia, and was a veteran of the Alabama National Guard. He was a founding member and chief of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years. He drove a school bus for
Madison County Schools for many years; beginning in 1955 and culminating in 2002.
A charter member of the Monrovia Men’s Club and the Monrovia Parks and Recreation Association, he was also a Monrovia School Trustee for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Judy Giles Strong; children, Kelly Strong Brewer and husband, Carlton, Horace “Nunley” Strong IV and wife, Janet, Dale Whitney Strong and wife, Laura, Kim Giles Guerin and husband, Eric, Donald Clay Giles and wife, Suzanne, and Kelly Giles Guthrie and husband, Scott; sister, Myrna Strong Ford; grandchildren, Meredith Brewer, John Brewer, Cara Strong, Quinn Strong, Whitney Strong, Harrison Strong, Matt Guerin, Courtney Guerin Brown and husband, Wes, Jacob Guerin, Kirsten Giles, Callie Giles, Nathan Giles, Rachel Guthrie, and Anna Guthrie; and great-grandson, Grant Hose.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 24, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Monrovia. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at the church with burial following in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make donations in memory of Horace to the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department or the Mt. Zion Cemetery fund.
Monrovia Fire / Rescue is an ISO Class 5 department with 67 volunteer Firefighters, EMT's, Support personnel, life members and Jr. Firefighters dedicated to serving the community in which we live by providing a quick and quality response to emergency calls including fire, rescue, medical emergencies, and extrication from motor vehicle accidents. We are also committed to public education through activities like Fire Prevention Week where we visit local schools. Averaging almost 4 calls per day, Monrovia is one of the busiest volunteer fire departments in the state of Alabama. If you are interested in becoming a member, please review our By-Laws below and then download the application and return it to our station on Mt. Zion Rd. The address is on the application.
On June 20th. Monrovia Volunteer Fire/Rescue (MVFR) celebrated 50 years of volunteer service to the Monrovia community. In honor of the men and women that built this department, we rekindled one of their traditions by re-lighting the bbq pits located behind Station 1. In the old days, and when the community was much smaller, each year the Monrovia Men’s Club and the group that went on to form MVFR threw a bbq picnic for the community. While many of the members worked around the clock for 24 hours straight tending to the meat, other families prepared their favorite recipes and best deserts for the big event. While Monrovia’s population has certainly changed over the years, one thing that hasn’t changed was the excitement that re-lighting the pits brought to us all. Whether it was the founding members, current members or first timers, we all shared in the delight of reviving this tradition. The older members marveled at how the fire/rescue equipment had changed while the younger members were in awe of the stories they were told about what the department meant, and the experiences the older members learned along the way.
It wasn’t just the membership that made this event special, but also the community that came together to support the department. In honor of your contribution we would like to thank the following businesses and sponsors for helping us make this event possible in 2015:
· Academy Sportstsville Neighborhood Market
· Huntsville International Airport
· Alabama Flag and Banner
· Lowe’s Home Improvement
· Phillip Rigsby, The Spin Doctor Music Services
· Madison Square mall
· Stein Mart
· Lawler’s BBQ
· TriGreen Equipment
· We would also like to thank individuals in the community that donated more $3,000 during the event!
The MVFR Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is committed to bringing compassionate, life-saving emergency medical care to the Monrovia community. These professional volunteers respond to medical emergencies 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Emergencies might include heart attack, difficulty breathing, falls, motor vehicle accidents, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose and acute illnesses. In 2008, the MVFR EMT’s responded to over 950 medical emergencies in the Monrovia area. We are very proud that over 60% of our members are licensed Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B).