County. Day's law enforce- ment career spanned more than 36 years as a sheriff's deputy, chief deputy and sheriff. He served as sheriff from October 1993 to January 2007.
He was a past president of the Alabama Sheriff's Association. He was a member of the National Sheriff's Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Democratic Executive Committee. He was an avid hunter.
He had served on the board of the Southwest Alabama Children's Advocacy Center. He was also on the Department of Youth Services Advisory Board and Life Tech community advisory board. In addition, he was a former board member and chairman of the Boys & Girls Club. He was a member and deacon of Pineview Baptist Church. He had been a member of Oliver Lodge No. 334 F&AM.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Gates Day, Thomasville; one son, Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Allison (Carol Ann) Day, Thomasville; one daughter, Daphne Elaine Day, Gulf Shores; two sisters, Mary Ellen Day (Hugh L.) Parten, Jerry Ann Day Little, all of Thomasville; five grandchildren; Jeffrey Devin (Lacy Nicole) Deas, Orange Beach, Brittney Elaine Deas, Gulf Shores, Leslie Allison (Jeremy James) Dellinger, Jacksonville, FL, Kaitlin Elizabeth Day, Thomas Zachary Day, both of Thomasville; three great-grandchildren, Carrigan Elizabeth Day, Jacksonville, FL, Malya Elizabeth Deas, Devin Baine Deas, both of Orange Beach
Visitation was June 3 from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at Pineview Baptist Church with Revs. Scott Myers, Cliff Scarbrough and Maurice Dyess officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directed.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Active pallbearers were Ray Sheffield, Don Lolly, Tom Tate, Heroie Johnson, Bobby Moore, Jack Tillman, Maurice Dyess and Ron Baggett.
Honorary pallbearers were The Men's Sunday School Class at Pineview Baptist Church and Oliver Lodge #334 F&AM.