Walker “Percy ” Badham, III (66) of Mountain Brook, AL passed away on February 26, 2024, after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on June 9, 1957, in Mountain Brook to Mitzi McDavid Badham and Walker Percy Badham, Jr.
He was very active at Canterbury Methodist Church and MYF (Methodist Youth group) and served for many years as a Youth Group counselor. He graduated from Mountain Brook High School and went on to attend and graduate from Davidson College magna cum laude. He went to The University of Alabama School of Law where he served on The Alabama Law Review and graduated summa cum laude in 1982. He began the practice of law in Birmingham with the Cabaniss, Johnston law firm and soon after joined the first associate class at Maynard Cooper & Gale, where he worked for 24 years. He was one of the founding partners of Badham & Buck, LLC in 2008.
Percy was a leader in various professional organizations and bar activities at the national, state, and local levels. He served as President of the Alabama Young Lawyers, Director of the Trial Academy for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and was voted one of the Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers during his years practicing law. He was honored as a recipient of the J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award by the Alabama State Bar, which recognizes members of the Alabama State Bar for distinguished service in the advancement of professionalism. He was a member of IADC (International Association Defense Council) for many years. He was rated in the Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama, in the Top 50 Mid-South and in the Top 10 several years during his career. He was also honored by being selected to be a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, The Country Club of Birmingham, The Beaux Arts Krewe, and The Downtown Kiwanis Club.
Percy was truly one in a million and adored by all. To know him was to love him. He exuded compassion and kindness throughout his personal and professional life. Most of all, he adored his family. All who know Percy and Patti have witnessed the love they share for one another. His three children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and his legacy will live on through them.
Percy was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Annie Louise Mills. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patti Poundstone Badham of Montgomery. He is also survived by his two sons Walker Percy Badham IV (Tere), Phillip Paterson Badham (Abby), and a daughter, Lindsey Badham Mills (Andrew). He leaves behind his granddaughters and grandsons: Millie and Fairlie Badham; Wesley Badham; Mallie and Harris Mills, respectively. He is also survived by his sister Mitylene Badham Lockridge (Frank) of Atlanta, and half-sister, Ginger Smith (Jake), of Virginia. He also leaves behind special cousins Connie Haynsworth Grund (Mrs. Ed Grund) and Francey Grund, among many other special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to Longleaf Liberty Park for the loving care given to Percy over the past two years, especially Crystal and Lou.
A service in celebration of Percy’s life will be held at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:00 noon, with visitation to follow in Canterbury Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to The University of Alabama School of Law Foundation for The Walker Percy Badham, III Scholarship Fund – Box 870382, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487), or to a charity of your choice.