Obituary: Dr. Martin Bruce Harbison


Dr. Martin Bruce Harbison, age 84, of Cullman, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 31, 2024 in Birmingham surrounded by his family. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. in the morning on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Moss Service Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Edwin Hayes and Bro. Richard Gurley officiating. 

Born in Cullman County, Alabama, Bruce was the son of Martin Turner Harbison and Reecie Erlene Hudson Harbison. He is survived by his wife, Kaye Westmoreland Harbison; son, Martin Bruce Harbison, Jr of Cullman, and daughters: Kimberly Kaye Harbison Drake (Tommy) of Cullman, Allison Lynn Harbison Springer (Stewart) of Birmingham, and Ashley Shea Harbison Shelton (Philip) of Hartselle; brother, Fred Delano Harbison (Linda) and sisters: Nell Harbison Montgomery (Joe) and Cynthia Lynne Harbison, ten grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Bruce was preceded in death by his loving parents. 

Bruce’s journey was marked by exceptional academic achievements. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from West Point High School, and furthered his education at St. Bernard College and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1961. He pursued his passion for dentistry, graduating from the University of Alabama Dental School with a DMD in 1965. Following his graduation, Bruce proudly served as a Captain in the United States Army. 

Bruce was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cullman, Alabama. His commitment to service extended to his involvement in the Cullman Lion’s Club, where he served as a past president. In addition to his professional and community endeavors, Bruce had a passion for Shorthorn cattle and was an avid supporter of the Alabama Crimson Tide. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cullman Lions Club.