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In Memory Of Our Poets

Kenneth Wilder Underwood, Jr. (1924-2005) - Class Of 1942

 UNDERWOOD, Kenneth Wilder, Jr., joined the Lord on Saturday, May 7, 2005. Funeral services will be held from St. John’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Robert C. Wisnewski, Jr., the Reverend Dr. James I. Walter, and the Reverend Albert D. Perkins, III, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Rena Alice Pope Underwood; a daughter Judge Lucie McLemore and her husband, Ernest Wray Smith; three sons, John Lewis Under-wood, II, Kenneth Wilder Under-wood, III, and his wife Nancy Harris Underwood; George Wilkie Underwood and his wife May Walker Underwood; eight grandchildren, Grace McLemore Jeter and her husband Jeffery Dale Jeter; Lucie Irene McLemore; Lawrence Underwood McLemore; Joseph Wilder Underwood; Alice Louise Under-wood; Rena Alice Underwood; Macy Pope Underwood; George William Underwood; and one great-grandchild, James McLemore Jeter. He is also survived by numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wilder Underwood; his mother, Lucie Crommelin Underwood; and two sisters, Crommelin Underwood Alexander and Katharine Underwood Cross. Kenneth was born May 13, 1924 in Montgomery. He was educated at The Citadel and the University of Alabama. A member of the Alabama State Bar for 56 years, he graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1949. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry. Kenneth was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Capital City Kiwanis Club, Old South Historical Society, and a charter member of the Montgomery Society of Pioneers. During World War II, Kenneth served as a sergeant in the United States Army, 1259th Engineer Combat Battalion, in the European Theater of Operations. Before his retirement in 1987, he was assistant vice-president of Southern Bell Telephone Company. Kenneth was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and continued to enjoy visiting with friends after suffering a massive stroke 9 years ago. He was blessed with joy and peace during the last years of his life. Pallbearers will be Lawrence Underwood McLemore, Joseph Wilder Underwood, Ernest Wray Smith, Jeffery Dale Jeter, Thomas Dunn Champion, Jr., Brent Parker Pope, Clyde Andrew Hails, and Walter Thomas Ashurst, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter T. Ashurst, George F. Bailey, Jr., Francis Beaulieu, Thomas D. Champion, Warner Floyd, Dudley W. Griffin, Edward T. Hails, Sr., Douglas “Dubo” Harper, Richard Madison, Sr., Joe McCorkle, John Floyd McNeal, W. M. “Pete” Russell, Philip Teague, John M. Trotman, and Eugene G. Wood. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at Leak-Memory Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to St. John’s Episcopal Church.Leak-Memory Chapel Directing
Publication Date: 05/09/2005