Funeral services for our beloved father, Othell Raney, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, Rev. James Fields officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with burial in Bethsadia Cemetery.
Othell passed away Thursday, Nov. 30. He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, brother, teacher, and was loved by many. Othell was a retired instructor of Auto Body Repair at Wallace State in Hanceville. When Wallace State began in 1966, Othell was on the first faculty. He retired in 1991 after 25 years and hundreds of students.
Othell was born on Feb. 25, 1936, in Cullman County to Hubert and Lois Raney. Othell's interests were varied. He loved cars, bird watching, his cats, NASCAR, Alabama football, his wife and kids, grandkids and his great-grandkids. One of his greatest loves was his God.
Othell and Jeanell, his wife, were members of St. Andrews Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Cullman High School, attended Calhoun Community College and graduated from Athens State College with a B.S. in Education.
Othell was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws; Cordie and Bertie Tubbs.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jeanell Tubbs Raney; his brother, Gordon (Billie) Raney; his son, Michael (Donna) Raney; his daughter; Melanie (Michael) Hagemann; his granddaughters, Kelley Raney, Leslie Raney and Stephanie (Jason) Phillips; and his great-grandchildren, Camden, Cullen and Cohen Phillips.
Also survived by his sister-in-law, Jo Burrow (Jerry) and their three children, Beth (Julian) Tune, Susan (Jim) Baker, and Jonathan Burrow. Also, his brother's children, Lyn Knox and Jill (Roger) Clemons, along with a host of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to one's church or favorite charity.
Published on December 1, 2017