OBITUARY

Mary E Usery

January 3, 1919December 30, 2018
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Mary Elizabeth Usery, age 99 of Athens, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Usery was known by “Bet” to friends and family. She was born January 3, 1919 in Limestone County to David Bates and Marcena Allen Bates. She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 41 years, Coy Lindsey Usery, one son, Jerry Usery, and three brothers. Mrs. Usery was a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family. Mrs. Usery could do just about anything. She farmed, owned a country store, salon, flower shop, and a daycare. Her favorite thing was having her family over to her home and cooking for them. Survivors include one son Jimmy Usery of Athens; her daughter in law, Mary Lynn Usery of Athens; six grandchildren, Liz Doucusen of Westland, MI; Chris Usery (Karen) of Ardmore, AL; Stephen M. Usery (Allison) of Athens, AL; Michelle Hastings (Terry) of Ardmore, AL; Deela Hicklen (Lee) of Athens, AL; Anna Grace Usery of Oxford, MS; ten great grandchildren; Cody Usery, Lyndsey Markiewicz, Dustin Murphy, Christian Coy Usery, Elizabeth Paige Usery, Matthew Stephen Usery, Stratton Hastings, Haley Hastings, Jesse Hicklen, Hadley Hicklen; five great great grandchildren, Alanah Leora Usery, Brady Markiewicz, Dustin Murphy, Connor Murphy, Jayda Murphy, several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jesse Hicklen, Lee Hicklen, Chris Usery, Christian Usery, and Matthew Usery. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Hasting, Jimmy Usery, Lenzy Bates, and Stephen Usery. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 1 p.m. at McConnell Memorial Chapel with Brother David Cox officiating and visitation from 10-1. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mary E Usery

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Annette Lewis-Wales

January 3, 2019

Ms. Bet was a wonderful friend to the Wayne Lewis family! She was our neighbor, our sister in Christ, and a great friend. When Wayne got sick, she would call every few days and send food. I finally told her, "Ms. Bet, we just can't eat all that food or need it!" My first introduction to her cooking food for us was she called one afternoon and said she was cooking lunch for us the next day. She called at 8a.m. the next morning and said, "Lunch is done. Come and get it!" We had pinto's, turnip greens, candied sweet potatoes, a skillet of cornbread and cake. She had cooked earlier that morning! She was amazing!

She was, also, a favorite target of Wayne's kidding her at worship services. She and Ms. Mary Martha Usery. They were always dressed so pretty and nice with all matching accessories. He would kid them about stopping at the yard sales in Elkmont and getting that hat or scarf. Ms. Bet would kinda hit him on the arm and laugh. I promise, only Wayne Lewis could have gotten away with that!!! She KNEW he loved her, and I did, too. A huge part of Elkmont, AL has gone to be with THE LORD. She will be missed.

Christian Usery

January 3, 2019

I remember always going over to Grandma’s house on Halloween night to help add to our candy collection. This specific year I dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow. I had the wig with the long hair and the eye liner on with the costume. When we got to grandma’s house all the family was there and she kept asking who the pretty girl was becuase she didn’t recognize her. When she finally asked me what my name was, I said “It’s me grandma!” I really enjoyed spending almost every Halloween over at her house helping give out candy or going to our 5th neighborhood to get more candy.
Love you Grandma,
Christian Usery

Elizabeth Usery

January 3, 2019

Grandma was such a special lady, she could do it all. No matter her age she never wanted any help, she could do the task herself. She was so tough. I loved going to visit her when I came home from college, I will always cherish those special moments. Grandma loved to cook, I always called before I came over and if I called more than five minutes before I would arrive she would have something cooking when I got there. Grandma would send me letters while I was away a college. I always looked forward to getting her letters. It was the simple things that Grandma did that meant the most to me.

Matthew Usery

January 3, 2019

Getting to come over to your house and sit down with you to talk and eat was always a highlight of my day!

Love you Grandma!
Matthew

Stephen Usery

January 3, 2019

I could tell thousands of stories about my grandma, but the one I feel is the most important is how grandma felt about her family attending church and how one is supposed to act around the table or as grandma called it the Lord's table. As for attending church, Grandma would say on Saturday night right in the middle of a good tv show, “Let’s get your Sunday clothes ready for in the morning”. Well, let's just say after going through that life experience, Grandma only like to say that once and TV was an option in life. She called her table in the kitchen, the Lord’s table, and it was for eating and being thankful for what you were eating and no bad habits were permitted.
My grandma was one of a kind to me. Though all the times we had on earth seem short now, I would not change a thing because on this third day of January 2019, I can say my grandma is me.

Love you, Grandma
Thank you
STEPHEN M USERY

Stephen Mar Usery

January 3, 2019

My Grandma
From an early age, I remember going to Grandma’s home and all the memories that come with that. I recall the times we sat under a big old tree outside her home talking. That time under the big old tree we worked fresh food from the garden which at the time seemed that it would take an eternity to complete. Those pans of beans seemed endless. Nevertheless, the food that came from Grandma’s garden will never again taste the way it did when her hands were involved its preparation. I still can see the kitchen pantry full of canned items from that garden which I believed she would never use. What I didn’t know at that time was Grandma used those canned goods to carry to others in the area that may have been sick or may have lost someone in the family. I did not know it at the time, but Grandma was teaching me to care for others as she cared for her own. I remember one-time Grandma asked me if I wanted chicken tonight with some of the soup that was in the pantry. Well, of course I was more than ready for some chicken soup, but little did I know what lesson I was about to learn about how chicken became part of our soup. I walked beside grandma out to the barn where the chickens were located at that time. Grandma reached down and grabbed one the chickens, proceeded to put the chicken in a head lock and with a twist to the right and one back left. I learned the phrase that people used on kids at that time on how one may behave, (YOUR ACTING LIKE A CHICKEN RUNNING AROUND WITH IT’S HEAD CUT OFF). I could tell thousands of stories like that about my grandma.

Love you Grandma!
Stephen

Deela Hicklen

January 2, 2019

My Grandmother Usery was a one of kind lady. She worked harder than anyone I knew. I know when I was a child all I had to do was call and she would be there. I love the memory of her working in her big beautiful garden in Elkmont with her big straw hat on , but when she seen me she would stop. I miss the pickles she canned every year they were the best. She taught me how to be my own person, be unique be myself. She taught me how to love my husband... because she loved my granddaddy with all heart and soul. That why I chose the same anniversary as her Dec 18. She taught me to make my own money and never expect anything free from anyone. She loved my kids... Jesse was our miracle and she was so proud of when we adopted Hadley . She would always say , “ meet our baby we adopted” even when Hadley was 7 lol. I could go on and on with all the stories. Grandma loved her family and she loved to give. I want to thank my Daddy, Jimmy Usery, for taking the best care of her these last few years. In the end grandma said her best birthday gift would be to spend it with Coy and grandma ..God answered that prayer for you. You will be missed but you are with granddaddy , uncle Jerry and all the people you love. Most importantly you are with our Lord and Savior... Jesus. I love you forever Grandma

Lee, Jesse, Hadley Hicklen

January 2, 2019

Grandma Usery,
We loved your feasts! (especially the fried potatoes, onions, and cornbread), We're so glad you're back with Coy. Oh yeah, sorry for breaking your vase (that you never knew about). Lee

Thanks for the magic trick, (when you spit your dentures out on me when I was little - you told me it was a magic trick). Jesse

Thanks for all of your dinners, (even though I was too young to remember most of the meals, I still remember all the family being together). Hadley

Michelle Hasting

January 1, 2019

Grandmother,
Thank you so much for the lifetime of memories. You were the strongest person I ever knew, and showed me what hard work meant. Our family will never be the same without you. I love you always.

PS: Please tell my Daddy and Grandaddy I love them and miss them terribly.

Chris Usery

January 1, 2019

What I remember most about grandma is that when I had no where to go she said come on down and she let me stay in one of her apartments. That made
me feel special. Rest in peace grandma. I love you.

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Biography

Mary Elizabeth Usery, age 99 of Athens, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Usery was known by “Bet” to friends and family. She was born January 3, 1919 in Limestone County to David Bates and Marcena Allen Bates.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 41 years, Coy Lindsey Usery, one son, Jerry Usery, and three brothers.
Mrs. Usery was a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family. Mrs. Usery could do just about anything. She farmed, owned a country store, salon, flower shop, and a daycare. Her favorite thing was having her family over to her home and cooking for them.
Survivors include one son Jimmy Usery of Athens; her daughter in law, Mary Lynn Usery of Athens; six grandchildren, Liz Doucusen of Westland, MI; Chris Usery (Karen) of Ardmore, AL; Stephen M. Usery (Allison) of Athens, AL; Michelle Hastings (Terry) of Ardmore, AL; Deela Hicklen (Lee) of Athens, AL; Anna Grace Usery of Oxford, MS; ten great grandchildren; Cody Usery, Lyndsey Markiewicz, Dustin Murphy, Christian Coy Usery, Elizabeth Paige Usery, Matthew Stephen Usery, Stratton Hastings, Haley Hastings, Jesse Hicklen, Hadley Hicklen; five great great grandchildren, Alanah Leora Usery, Brady Markiewicz, Dustin Murphy, Connor Murphy, Jayda Murphy, several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Hicklen, Lee Hicklen, Chris Usery, Christian Usery, and Matthew Usery. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Hasting, Jimmy Usery, Lenzy Bates, and Stephen Usery.
Funeral service will be Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 1 p.m. at McConnell Memorial Chapel with Brother David Cox officiating and visitation from 10-1. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.