Betty Coward Oglesby

Betty Coward Oglesby, 75, of McShan, passed away on March 28, 2019 at the Hospice of West Alabama. Services were held at Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday, March 31st. The presiding clergy was Kevin Turner and Mrs. Oglesby’s interment was in the church cemetary.

Oglesby is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joe Earl Oglesby, her parents, three sisters; Dot Melton, Virginia Perrigin, and Edna Wright; four nephews, Ronnie Wright, Jimmy Wright, Stanley Johnson, and Ronnie Shaw.

Mrs. Oglesby is survived by her daughters Teresa Gulley of Columbus, Miss. and Janice Lowe and husband Terry of Reform, and son Michael Oglesby and wife Judy of Steens, Miss. She is also survived by sister Vertrice Johnson (Kenneth) of Climax Springs, Mo., along with her six grandchildren Jeannette Foster (Jerry), Brittany Shurden, Katie Atkins (Max), Heather Stapp (Cody), Hannah Potts (Brandon), and Corey Kilgore, in addition to her 11 great-grandchildren Dean, Jeigh and Lee Foster, Anna, Emily, Landon, and Cameron Shurden, Jade and Haylie Atkins, Emma Stapp, and Riley Potts, along with a host of nieces and nephews and special friend Ray Shaw and his family.

Betty was born May 28, 1943 in Pickens County, Ala. to the late Edward Theodore Coward and Mary Lee Gilliam Coward. She was a member of Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church and former employee of Westinghouse and the U.S. Postal Service in McShan, Ala.

Oglesby’s grandsons were her pallbearers at the funeral and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorials to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 or Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 11 Union Hill Road, Reform, AL 35481.