On March 14, 2018, surrounded by family, with his wife holding his hand, Albert Lee McEver, 58 years old, passed away.
Albert was born in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Emory & Lillie Mae McEver on June 2, 1959. Albert was the baby of the family, youngest of 4 children – Gloria, Beverly, & Emory – and spent his younger years attending church with his family, spending summers with his older sisters, and “teasing” all the Coca-Cola’s before his mama could catch him.
Albert met the love of his life in the winter of 1977, Tonja McEver, and they never looked back. They spent their first 6 months dating, having to carry around a chaperone at all times – except once. They got married on April 29, 1978. Albert started working for a plumbing company a few years following their marriage and worked his way to Master Plumber, staying in his profession for the next 20 years. Due to a back injury, he was unable to continue and he was fortunate enough to start working with his wife, Tonja. Thus started the next phase of their life.
Albert worked with his wife Tonja up until he was forced to stop because of his disability. Tonja stopped working shortly after and started taking care of Albert, until he received his promotion to guardian angel.
Albert married his best friend and spent his life being her teammate & partner in every way. He is survived by his wife, Tonja Denise McEver; his sons Zachary McEver and Christopher and Cristina McEver; his crowning achievement – his grandchildren – Ashlyn & Colton McEver, to them, he was “Bops.”; his siblings: Gloria and John Hampton, Beverly and Nelson Samples, and Emory and Anna McEver – as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Albert lived for being “Bops” – to him that meant spoiling his grandbabies. He loved nothing more than riding around with them on his knee, while driving the scooter and ignoring everyone else. He lived for taking his best girl out for an ice cream cone, then giggling all the way home like teenagers while people watching from the parking lot.
Albert was a big man – with a bigger heart – a dry sense of humor – and a love for his wife that was unmatched. Although we will grieve his passing, we can’t help but rejoice in him being called home.