In Loving Memory

David R. Vial

January 1, 1955 - August 25, 2023


David Randolph Vial, native of Mobile, AL, entered eternal rest on August 25, 2023, at age 68, after a tenacious and courageous 3-year battle with cancer. 

David loved his family, many friends and above all the Lord, with his whole heart. He lived a full, wonderful life but was not ready to give up his time on Earth because he still had so much to live for. In true Vial form, he fought to his very last breath. 

David was a devoted husband and proud Papa D, never missing a chance to show off his beautiful family. Always true to himself, David will be remembered most for his big, unique personality. He was always collecting new friends wherever he went, even in the front yard with his sidekick Macaw, Titan. His home was a haven for many rescued pets throughout the years, and despite his complaints, he loved them all dearly, even the backyard raccoon clan. David was an enthusiastic Alabama football fan, and his roaring “Roll Tide” and howls at the TV, which could be heard across the neighborhood, will be greatly missed this season and on. New Years Day will never be the same without him to celebrate his birthday. 

David was a graduate of Murphy High School, Class of 1973. He attended Providence School of Nursing and continued his education at UAB where he received a Certificate of Nurse Anesthesia in 1980. David was a dedicated, hard worker and practiced as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for over 40 years all throughout the state of Alabama. 

He was a faithful servant of Christ and a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, where he attended grammar school and also married his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 48 years, Tierney.

David was preceded in death by his father, Louis A. Vial, Sr. and mother, Bernadette Rose Vial. He is survived by his wife, Tierney Toifel Vial; three children, Brett (Toni) Vial, Laura (Ched) Graham, and Leslie Vial; five grandchildren, Zann Vial, Ava Vial, Ethan Graham, Evan Graham, and Olivia Graham; his brothers, Louis Vial, Jr., Sam (Sheila) Vial, and Joe (Janet) Vial; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 1, 2023, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 217 S. Sage Avenue in Mobile, AL. The Rosary will be recited prior to mass at 9:30 AM. Flowers can be sent to St. Pius X Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street, Mobile, AL 36689; 251-259-6531; or with Paypal FOMAS855 or at

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Loretta Reinhart Roberts

    May your soul Rest In Peace and may Perpetual Light shine upon you and May the good Lord Jesus hasten your journey home to His kingdom. Thank you for your kindness and concern when I was ill.

  2. Sandy Purvis

    Tierney and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of of your David. May he rest safe in the arms of Jesus and may God comfort your family.
    Sandy and Ben Purvis

  3. David Celeski

    David, I am so blessed to have known you. Your passion and love for the Lord and the Catholic Church on Earth was hugely inspiring on me. Noah and I and Dan and Jonah will always remember our time trout fishing in Tennessee. You always spoke about the different members of your family and it seemed like I knew them personally. You are ok bc you ate the Body and drank the Blood of Christ! And I hope to see you again… David Celeski (Marshall Medical Center North-Guntersville)

  4. Cindy Vial Mire

    So many wonderful memories made with my Mobile cousins 💕. David you were loved and will be missed. Prayers for Tierney and all of your family who loved you so much!
    Our Deepest Sympathies
    Cindy and Harold

  5. David Scott

    Words can’t define how tough, courageous and determined Dave was. His love of God and family was certainly the fuel that provided him strength and endurance. We will all see him soon along with all of those that went before us. I know his family and friends are so proud of him and will miss him until we also crossover. Until then there is a wonderful celebration in heaven.
    Love you Dave and thanks for your contribution to all that knew you. Have a blast and we’ll see you soon.

  6. Phyllis Bell

    David was my friend. We could talk ab anything. He was always there for me when I needed him in one of the worse times of my life . He was always ab giving it to God and prayer . He loved his career, his God , and his family . He will be missed terribly but I know he’s w Jesus and the blessed mother smiling and happy in heaven . David we all want to meet u there one day . Prayers for the peace of Jesus to comfort Tierney , Laura,Leslie ., and Brett and all his beautiful grandchildren. Rest in peace

  7. Karen Walker

    It was a pleasure to know you. Prayers for your family and friends as you will be missed by many. Karen Walker – HR- Marshall Medical Center North.

  8. Yvonne Dufrene

    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to all of my cousin David’s family . I have fun memories of my Mobile cousins visiting us and our visiting them . I too like David have a history of rescuing animals . I now feel assured that whenever I call upon St Francis , my cousin David will be by His side..

  9. James portier

    Hey David., I can’t believe you went and left me. But I understand. An afternoon with Jesus sounds good to me too. Keep an eye out for me, I’ll be along soon,, I love you much and will miss you. When I get there, I’ll come looking for you. Probably down by the barn where you will be feeding the animals.. can’t wait to see you again my dear friend

  10. James Portier

    David was my friend. I shall miss him. I wish God’s peace and strength for his family in this season of their lives.

  11. Penelope/Penny Gulley

    May the family relatives and friends of David, find comfort and consolation in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 🙏

    Love in Christ Jesus,
    Penelope/Penny Gulley

  12. Bethany Gates

    So sorry to hear of Mr. David’s passing. He and my daddy were best of friends and my daddy love David so much. I love hearing stories about them as kids and now they are reunited in Heaven to watch over us. You and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers.

    Much love,

    Bethany Yarbrough Gates and family

  13. Berniece York

    Tierney, my family and I just found this out tonight. We are so sorry. He was such a good friend to Terry since their years at St. Pius X. David was the last friend Terry talked to before he passed and he was always so happy to hear from him. My love and prayers to you and your family.

  14. Jo Ann Henderson

    As new neighbors, we only spent short visits with you and Titan in your front yard, but came to know what a sweet soul you were. Prayers for comfort for Mrs. Tierney and the family in your loss. Jo Ann Henderson, Libby Bosarge and the Bosarge. family.

  15. Jody

    What a beautiful man gave me lots of advice about life and love through out the years that I still remember. God speed my friend.

  16. Melanie R Moore

    Tiereny and family,
    What a pleasure to have known David! His generous and thoughtful lifestyle was an inspiration, and I’m so grateful he initiated our St. Pius 8th grade class reunion this past year. Brilliant! So many friendships have been renewed from that single event!
    David was a joy to know.
    Peace and comfort to all who knew him.

  17. Melanie R Moore

    Tiereny and family,
    What a pleasure to have known David! His generous and thoughtful lifestyle was an inspiration, and I’m so grateful he initiated our St. Pius 8th grade class reunion this past year. Brilliant! So many friendships have been renewed from that single event!
    Peace and comfort to all who knew him, and thanks be to God for the gift of knowing David Vial.

  18. Dale halladay

    Very seldom I’m without words!! I hope when my time comes I will b as determined and courageous as David miss u Buddy

  19. Kathy Garraway

    David, I always looked up to you and admired how much you loved life. You were that guy that always made better grades than me in nursing school, but always was ready to help me. I’m honored to have known you and my condolences to your family. You will be greatly missed.

  20. Ben Dotson

    God Bless your family. I truly enjoyed being around David. He was one of a kind.

  21. Dan Celeski

    Res Ipsa Loquitur “ the thing speaks for itself” in the case of Dave Vial “ The Man Speaks for Himself” nothing else needs to be said except his name and if you knew him you know exactly what I mean. Dave you blessed me in many ways my friend but just having a Catholic brother to work with was a true gift!, I will miss you deeply!!

  22. Peggy Tousinau

    We were neighbors for so many years. Always enjoyed our visits at the corner of Sugarwood ct and Timberly sharing about children and grandchildren visiting with Titan. Oh so many memories
    Prayers for grace peace and mercy for Tierney Brett Laura and Leslie and families during this time. You will be missed much

  23. Ric Montiel

    David, my heart was broken to learn from a mutual friend, of your passing. My prayers for you and your wife/family during your difficult time were many. We talked and texted many times, and it was quite clear your faith and relationship with God was on solid ground and carrying you through the anguish. When the responses to texts stopped, I knew you were physically drained and tired. I know God has you in His arms. I hope your family is drawn closer to each other through the love you showed and left in their hearts. This life is more than flesh and bone. Your spirit lives on in those of us lucky to have known you.
    God bless my brother.

  24. Ron Toifel

    Tierney and Family,

    I just found out about David. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope everyone is well and I know David is in a better place.

  25. Luise Balfanz

    I was just thinking about all the great CRNAs I’ve worked with in my career, & I thought of David when I independent contracted in Montgomery in 2002….I just googled his name & am saddened to learn of his death.
    My condolences to his family & friends-


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