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Mildred Reddoch Athey

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 at Ramer Methodist Church at 2 p.m. for Mildred Reddoch Athey, 101, of Luverne who died Thursday, Dec. 27.

Athey was born on January 21, 1917 in Luverne to Judge Irby Reddoch and Jimmie Claire Folmar Reddoch. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1935 and attended the University of Alabama for two years. In 1940, she married Thomas Whitfield Athey, Jr. and they raised their family at Grady after moving there in 1947. Mildred was active in local school, civic, and genealogical organizations. She was a founding member of the Alabama Cattlewomen’s Asso and a member of their Hall of Honor.

In 1968, she was named a finalist for Alabama Mother of the Year. She was a longtime member of the Ramer Methodist Church. Family was always of the utmost importance to Mildred and throughout her life she kept close relationships with her siblings, cousins, and nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Thomas; son, John Reddoch Athey; granddaughter, Sally Katherine Shepard and her five siblings preceded Athey in death.

She is survived by three of her children, Dr. Thomas Whitfield Athey III (Jean) of Brookeville, MD; Anne Athey Payne (Gillis) of Ramer and Dr. Charles William Athey (Cynthia) of Jacksonville, Fla. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, William Scott Shepard, Dr. Jennifer Blair Athey, Dr. Susan Carleton Athey, Bryan Whitfield Athey, John Crispin Athey, Stephanie Bingham Jarvis and William Whitfield Athey. She was also the proud great-grandmother of 16 children. She also leaves a devoted friend and caregiver, Mrs. Lucile Pouncey.