TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Former Tuscaloosa Mayor and veteran Al DuPont died shortly after midnight on Tuesday. He was 94 years old.
DuPont was in a nursing home in Canton, Texas where his family moved him to after having a stroke in April.
A viewing for DuPont will be held Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage Chapel Funeral Home with a rosary at 5 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday afternoon at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Tuscaloosa and the burial at Evergreen Church. The funeral time is still being determined, but it is expected to be at 2 or 3 p.m.
He served as Tuscaloosa’s mayor for 24 years before opting not to seek re-election in 2005.
DuPont was viewed as a mayor of the people with an engineer’s knowledge of the city.
As engineer, planner, and mayor, DuPont was involved with a multitude of infrastructure projects and improvements, perhaps none more important than the creation of Lake Tuscaloosa.
He also was in office when Tuscaloosa landed Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and the now-shuttered JVC manufacturing plants.
DuPont was an army medic on the first wave of allied forces to hit a heavily fortified Omaha Beach on D-Day 70 years ago. He didn’t know it at the time, but DuPont made history at just 19 years old.