Mr. Robert C. Finley

Published 8:08 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2018

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Robert C. Finley, 65, of LaFayette, Ala. passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 1 p.m. CST at New Mt. Sellers Baptist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Terry Magby, pastor, and the Rev. Douglas Jones Sr. officiating, and the Rev. Ed Vines serving as eulogist. Burial will follow in Handy Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Finley is survived by his wife, Mattie Finley of LaFayette; his son, Alton K. Laney of LaGrange, Ga.; two daughters, Erica L. Moss of Lanett, Ala. and Valeria (Dante) Leverette of Valley, Ala.; two grandsons, Justin Laney of LaFayette, AL and Khalungie Moss of Lanett, AL, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Finley was born June 12, 1953 in Chambers County, Ala. He attended the Chambers County School System and graduated from LaFayette High School. To pursue his career in law enforcement he attended and graduated from the Jacksonville Police Academy. Mr. Finley was a police officer with the City of LaFayette Police Department from February 6, 1978 until April 1, 1992. He then became a deputy with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department, where he obtained the rank of Captain until his retirement. He became a LaFayette City Council member in October of 1996 and served there until he became the first African-American mayor of LaFayette. He served two terms as mayor from October 2000 until November 2008.

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Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is handling the arrangements.