BILLIE FAE GUNTER CHENEY, 96, was born Nov. 29, 1922, in Talladega, Ala., and died April 17, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents James Louis Gunter and Lillian Lenora Gunter, her husband of 52 years Alan Breck Cheney Sr., daughter Anne Cheney, and brothers Ned Louis Gunter and Ronald Vandegrift Gunter. She is survived by children Celia (Wendell) Ellis, Lydia Cheney (Jim Sokol), Rebecca (Jack) Drake, Alan Jr. (Paula) Cheney, John Cheney, Edith Cheney (Dennis Street), and Lewis (Elizabeth) Cheney; grandchildren Amy Ellis (Ted) Wyrick, Neil (Anne) Ellis, Albion (Robin) Knight, Anna Knight (Jay) Forester, Catherine Cheney (Chase) Cowden, Elizabeth Cheney, Christine Cheney, Marilyn Cheney, Forrest (Aracely) Cheney, Leah Cheney, Will Street, Meg Street, Sam Street, and Vivian Cheney; great-grandchildren Meredith Wyrick, Mark Wyrick, Josie Ellis, James Ellis, John Ellis, William Knight, Abigail Knight, Gus Knight, Linley Forester, Clare Forester, James Forester, Grace Forester, Ramsey Forester, Breck Cowden, Greyson Cowden; 15 nieces and nephews.
Billie was a devoted member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a founding teacher of the Branscomb Class. She and her husband, Alan, were avid supporters of the arts, notably involved in Birmingham Festival of Arts and the Birmingham Civic Opera. They were also tireless supporters of the arts in Blount County, as the inspiration and producers of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in Oneonta and by bringing a number of artists to perform locally. Travel was also a focal point of her life, spanning many years to various destinations with husband, Alan, and with her children. She was a gifted and artistic quilt maker. For more than 50 years, she produced quilts which are treasured by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday, April 23, at Lemley Funeral Home, Oneonta, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services were at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, Oneonta, on Wednesday, April 24, at 11 a.m. Burial followed at a private family service. The family suggests memorials to Lester Memorial UMC (P.O. Box 626, Oneonta, AL 35121) or Blount County Children’s Center (P.O. Box 906. Oneonta, AL 35121).
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