Joshua Brian Heatherly, age 24, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was a life long resident of Birmingham, AL. Joshua was a free spirit, known for his love, compassion and incredible artistic abilities. Joshua also had a love for cooking and a passion for being a chef. He had spiritual connection with nature and found freedom on the water. He was deep in his thinking, seeing beauty in everything and everyone. Joshua loved his brothers and looked up to both his older and younger brothers. He loved the homeless community of Birmingham, feeding them and knew them all by name. He left an impression on every soul he touched and will be missed by all who love him dearly. He is survived by his dad, David Brian Heatherly (Stephanie Malcom); mom, Stacey Laine Dennis; brothers, Jonathon (Brittany Morrow), Jordan, and Jakob; grandparents, Lynne Heatherly Thomas (Randy); Rose Marie Dennis; his precious niece, Sawyer Faye Heatherly , whom will always know Joshua as her "Uncle Turtle", and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends he considered family. Joshua's celebration will be held at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover. There are 33 acres of beautiful flowers, trails, a lake full of turtles, fish, bee hives, a little waterfall, and a local artist museum. Joshua's love for fishing began at this lake. There could be no better place than this to celebrate him and send him off on his next journey. Aldridge Gardens is open to the public from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Friends and family are welcome to visit anytime, not only to the Gardens, but there will be a bench dedicated to Joshua on the premises and some of his ashes will be buried there . His actual service begins at 2:00 P.M., but we have the Gardens from 1:00 to closing time at 5:00. We will be eating Joshua's favorites, Pizza, Tacos and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts following the service. Please feel free to explore the property and experience the freedom Joshua experienced spending his early years at this location. There will be available parking and a golf cart provided, getting to and from your vehicles, if needed. There is no smoking or vaping inside the Gardens because it is a protected environment. You are welcome to use the parking lot. We ask that you help us keep trash cleaned up and dispose of items properly. There is also no fishing allowed.