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William Arthur “Billy” Underwood, 73, of Florence, died August 20, 2018 at his farm. He was president of the Tennessee Valley Horseman’s Association and a life-long member of Valley Grove Baptist Church and attended Highland Baptist Church. Billy loved the Lord and he will be greatly missed by his wife, family, and friends.
To know Billy was to love and laugh with him. He was a kid at heart and could relate to people of all ages. Family and friendships were very important to him. Farming was in his blood. In the last years of his life, he spent enjoying time at his farm, Coyote Creek taking care of his horses and teaching kids life lessons and enjoying a good Alabama football game. He was always ready for a good meal with a spoon in his pocket. People were always amazed at how talented he was as an artist.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 11-2 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Brother Chris Underwood and Brother Ben Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Greenview Memorial Park.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Marcus Underwood and Alma Uhlman Underwood; and a brother, Jerry Don Underwood.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Matthews Underwood of Florence; sons, Jonathan Underwood (Alisha) of Cherokee, and Derrick Underwood (Paige) of Muscle Shoals; daughter, Laura Smith Blevins of Florence; brothers, Wayne and Edward Underwood both of Leighton; sisters, Alice Jo Duke of Muscle Shoals and Barbara Young of Florence; grandchildren, Damon, Chylsea, Devin, Grace and Olivia Underwood; great-grandchildren, Alydia and Oakley Underwood.
Serving as pallbearers are Daryl McMinn, J.D. McCay, Jody Jones, Kevin Carter, J.B. Harris, Chris Dixon, Kurt Smith, and Chris Kimbrough.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Roland Gargis, Mike Holland, Jerry Hardin, Richard Lee Hampton, Chris Nester, Garry Dollar, Frankie Thaxton, Rob Lanfair, and Robert Coats.