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In Memory Of Our Poets

Luther Hill Waller, Jr. (1924-2012) - Class Of 1942

Luther Hill Waller, Jr., age 87, died quietly in his sleep on Sunday morning, February 12, 2012 at 3:00 am in Jackson Hospital. He suffered from a brief illness. Mr. Waller was born in Montgomery in 1924, was raised in the country around Halcyon Hill, his family's home since the 19th century. His mother, Janet Maultsby, and his father, Luther Hill Waller, Sr., were also life-time residents of the city. Mr. Waller graduated from Lanier High School, attended The University of Alabama briefly as an engineering student and a member of SAE fraternity. He transferred to Tulane University with the Navy and continued his education as an engineer and a Naval officer. At Tulane, he met Margie Waller and their lasting romance and later marriage began when they danced the summer nights away in New Orleans. Luther graduated #1 in his engineering class with high honors at Tulane. He pursued his military career in the Navy in Korea and throughout his life in the Naval reserves. He later entered several farming and cattle enterprises, became a law partner with Ball, Ball, Duke, and Matthews, and developed land in east Montgomery. Luther is perhaps best known for his infectious life spirit, his many parties and adventures here and abroad. He was especially involved with the Montgomery Zoo, the Montgomery County Historical Society, the Montgomery Ballet, the Society of the Cincinnati, and his beloved Half-Snapper Club. Mr. Waller was preceded in death by his cherished wife Margie in 1973. He is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The daughters are Susan Waller Nading (Alex), Janet Waller, and Marguerite Nunnally. Grandchildren are Murray Bromstad (Mark), Alex Nading (Sarah Besky), Will Nading, Dade Nunnally, and Matthew Nunnally. Great-grandchildren are Ward Bromstad and Hill Bromstad. There will be a memorial service at Leak-Memory Chapel at 11 am on Tuesday, Feb. 14. According to Luther's wishes there will be a gala party celebrating his life after the service at the home he built with Margie at 2307 Allendale Place. In lieu of flowers personal memorials may be made to the Montgomery Symphony, the Montgomery Zoo, or the charity of your choice. Leak-Memory Chapel Directing www.leak-mc.com