Obituaries for Sat., Nov. 12, 2016

Published 12:52 pm Saturday, November 12, 2016

Richard Kearley, Jr.

Richard Kearley, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 30, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. I. Kearley, Sr., and sister, Anne Kearley Tipler. Immediate family survivors are his loving wife of 64 years, Clarice, sons Rick (wife Donna) and Joe.

1112-rik-picture-nov-2016121Reared in a caring and highly motivated family in Andalusia, Richard at an early age developed many life-long interests. One was his “forever” interest in music due to the influence of his musician mother. He loved all kinds from country to Broadway musicals to classical. Chopin was his favorite composer. Several times he served on church pipe organ committees. His veterinarian father taught him the value of life in his love of animals plus the importance of being honest in all relationships.

When World War II broke out, Richard attended Georgia Military Academy and upon graduation joined the Navy. Ultimately he was selected for the Navy V-12 program. Given the choice of remaining for officer training, Richard instead choose to pursue further education offered by the V-12 at Auburn University from which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Later graduate work was done at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

An exciting offer came to him from WSM-TV in Nashville. They were in the early pioneering days of TV development and offered him the opportunity as an engineer to be on the ground floor. At the same time and as a Registered Professional Engineer, Richard established with others from Dothan, Alabama, WTVY television station. He was involved with WTVY for over twenty years as a consultant and director and was responsible for securing the CBS network for them. He was also instrumental in establishing several FM radio stations.

Furthering his engineering interests led Richard to accept a position in research and development with Texas Instruments in Dallas because of their work in the developing space program. One of the highlights of his career at TI was the significant part he played in the development of the Mercury space capsule Alan Shepard flew in our nation’s first sub-orbital flight into space. Today this ship is exhibited in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Richard added to his professional career by graduating from Southern Methodist University with a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. A firm believer in education led him and Clarice to establish an engineering scholarship at Auburn University. Both also loved to travel and did so extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and China.


L. Butler

L. Butler, age 90,of River Falls passed away Nov. 10, 2016, in the Andalusia hospital.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Edward Brittion will officiate. Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his daughters, Edgena Dean Hassell, Betty P. Kendrick, Marie Foshee, Jeanette Malwitz, Mary Jean Cox and sons, Tom Butler and Clyde Butler; daughter-in-law, Lucy Butler; son-in-law, Billy O. Hassell, Mitchell Devone Kendrick, Wheeler Foshee, III, and Pete Malwitz; sisters, Poly Reno and Nancy Bentz; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.