Funeral Set for Slain Shelby County mother Connie Woolweaver

Published: Dec. 18, 2016 at 2:20 PM CST
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Funeral plans for a Shelby County mother shot to death in her Highland Lakes home have now been announced.

The service for Connie Overstreet Woolweaver, 37, will be held Monday at noon at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Visitation will follow the service, and there will be a private burial.

"We believe that the life given to Connie was a blessing to all that knew her and invite you to celebrate with us her greatest reward as she bows in the presence of the Lord,'' her obituary reads.


Woolweaver's body was discovered about 3:46 p.m. Wednesday inside her home on Sheffield Lane. She was found by her 13-year-old son when he arrived home from school.

Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego on Friday said Woolweaver was found near the entrance to her home, in an inside stairwell that leads to the basement area. There was no sign of forced entry at her home.

Woolweaver was reportedly shot multiple times with a 9 mm handgun, including at least one gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities have previous described the scene as "terrible."

Authorities charged Adam Michael Burrus, 37, with murder in Woolweaver's death. The two knew each other for 20 years, and were longtime friends and business partners in Burris' Bass Attacker LLC company that manufactured scented fishing lures. A dispute over money may have led to the shooting.

Burris remains held in the Shelby County Jail with bond set at $500,000.

Woolweaver's two children - 13-year-old son Chandler and 7-year-old daughter Kate Ashton - are being cared for by family members. Chandler's father died in 2015.

Woolweaver graduated from Homewood High School, where she was a member of the Star-Spangled Girls, in 1997 and then attended UAB where she studied early childhood education. According to her LinkedIn profile, she had "over 19 years of experience in the real estate and banking industry, highly competitive, persuasive and ethical, able to achieve results others believed to be impossible."

She started her career at Wachovia where she worked for six years, before becoming a small business banker at Regions in 2007. The next year, she became assistant vice president at Renasant Bank. In 2011, she became controller and director of operations at Orange Development Inc. in Birmingham and left there in January 2015.

"Connie was loved by a vast number of friends and family,'' according to her obituary Sunday in The Birmingham News. "She was a beautiful person inside and out and will be greatly missed."

"Her honesty in work, amazing ability to accomplish many tasks at once, tireless energy to help in schools and community events that benefited others, and devotion to those in her life left many impressed and inspired all to do more for others,'' the obituary reads.

Friends have started a GoFundMe to help raise money for Woolweaver's children, which already has reached nearly $22,000.

Friends will also hold a celebration of life event for Woolseaver at Aloft hotel in downtown Homewood on Dec. 22. It will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and there will be a cash bar. Friends, family, and anyone else who would like to celebrate are welcome to attend, organizers say. The celebration is called "Remembering a Star: A life celebration for Connie."

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