MONTGOMERY — Deaths in 2011 of noted figures with Alabama connections in the arts, sports, politics and civil rights included famed storytellers, a former Florida governor and civil rights icons.
Edmund C. Dyas, 71, Auburn football player from 1958 to 1960, died Jan. 23 in Mobile. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting his senior season and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. A three-year letterman, fullback, linebacker and kicker, Dyas set an NCAA record for most field goals in a season with 13 in 1960.
Charlie Louvin, 83, died Jan. 26 in Wartrace, Tenn. He was the last surviving member of the Louvin Brothers duo and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Louvin, born Charlie Loudermilk in DeKalb County, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He and his duo partner, brother Ira, influenced rock musicians such as Elvis Costello.