Frank Pruitt Lively October 28, 1922 – January 27, 2016 Frank Pruitt Lively passed way Wednesday, January 27, 2016 after a brief illness. Mr. Lively was born on Thirty Sixth Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama on October 28, 1922. His Birmingham home was built by his father and still stands. He was the beloved husband of the late Imagene Thorson Lively for 64 years. Mr. Lively was preceded in death by his parents Henry Everett Lively and Minerva “Minnie” Belle Jeffers Lively, brothers John Henry Lively and Everett Adrian “Buddy” Lively.
Mr. Lively and his brother Buddy grew up on a small farm in Gardendale, Alabama. He was a 1941 graduate of Mortimer Jordan High School in Birmingham. Following graduation he worked at American Cast Iron and Pipe Company (ACIPCO) in Birmingham to earn money for college. In 1942 he entered Howard College (now Samford University). Mr. Lively was a proud member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He entered active service in the United States Navy in 1943. Mr. Lively’s top score on the Navy’s aptitude exam prompted the Navy to further his education.
While stateside he attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. He later served in the South Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Pocomoke. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946. Mr. Lively returned to Howard College in 1946. He was a member of The Howard Masquers, and he co-starred in productions of “My Sister Eileen” and “You Can’t Take It With You.” Mr. Lively graduated from Howard in 1948.
Following graduation he was a salesman for the Colgate-Palmolive Company in Huntsville, Alabama. He met his future wife in Huntsville, and they were married on July 2, 1949. He was a devoted family man, and grieved the loss of his wife Imagene until he drew his last breath. Mr. and Mrs. Lively gave their daughters the most wonderful childhood imaginable in the Huntsville neighborhood of Piedmont. He often said that it was “the best time of my life.”
In 1964, Mr. Lively began the career of a lifetime with NASA at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. He treasured his career at NASA and retired in 1987.
In addition to having a gregarious personality, a smile, and kind word for everyone, Mr. Lively processed an inquisitive mind. A life-long learner, he surrounded himself with books on history, the sciences, biographies, philosophy, politics, and religion. Mr. Lively was “a man for all seasons,” dedicating his 93 years to the quest of knowledge.
Mr. Lively is survived by daughter Laura Lively Charlton and husband David Lynn Charlton of Huntsville, and daughter Dianne Lively Yost and husband Patrick Clark Yost of Madison, and grandchildren Tyler Lively Charlton and John Cary Charlton of Huntsville; Zachary Everett Yost, Grace Elizabeth Yost, and Harrison Frank Yost of Madison. Mr. Lively’s service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 29, in the Chapel of The Church of the Nativity. Burial followed at the Madison Cemetery in Madison, Alabama.