Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Mrs. Annie Ruth Blackwood Fendley, 100, of Cleveland, passed away at the Golden Living Center in Oneonta early Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2009.
Funeral services were held Sunday, from the graveside of Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta. The family received friends at Lemley Funeral Chapel of Oneonta Sunday prior to graveside services at 2 p.m. Sunday.
It is at the family’s request that donations be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Mrs. Fendley.
Mrs. Fendley attended Huntington College from 1926-1928. She received a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama in 1930. She attended Troy State University from 1953 to 1954 and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education. She taught third grade as a 17-year-old high school graduate at Cleveland Elementary School for one year. After completing college, she taught at Oneonta High School for two and a half years, Rawls High School for two years and Andalusia Elementary School for 29 years. She was a member of the Alabama Education Association, Alabama Retired Teachers Association and former member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Fendley was listed in the Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America Book in 1972.
She is survived by her son, John Fendley of Millersville, Md.; grandchildren, Steven Scott Fendley of Austin, Texas, and Karen Elizabeth Fendley of Odenton, Md.; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Alexander Longfellow, Andrew Christopher Longfellow and Zachary Michael Longfellow.
Pallbearers were Eddie Hill, Gary Montey, Jack Sullivan, Steve Pass, Roland McCoy and Bob Davis.