Iris Taylor (Johnson) Isbell

December 23, 1927July 3, 2019
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Visitation will be at Collier Butler Funeral Home, Gadsden, AL on Sunday, July 7, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. A Graveside Service will follow at Forrest Cemetery at the Isbell Plot. The Reverend Bill Bostick will officiate. Iris Taylor Johnson Isbell, 91, passed on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Mrs. Isbell touched many lives with her kindness and generosity. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Attalla, AL for over 65 years. Iris Taylor Isbell was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Gordon R. Isbell, Jr. and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goodwin Johnson. Survivor include sons, Dr. Gordon R. Isbell, III and wife Cindy. Hal J. Isbell and wife Leigh. The Honorable Gil F. Isbell and wife Syndee. Grandchildren: Dr. Gordon R. Isbell, IV and family, Timothy V. Isbell and Frances Taylor Isbell. Christi Isbell Jordan and family, Hal J. Isbell, Jr. and family, and Hilyer Isbell. Iris Ann Isbell. Brother: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson and family. Sister-in-law: Kathryn Isbell O’Rear and family Other family: The Hornsby Family Special Friends She Loved: Dr. Larry and Katie Grimes, Lisa Abercrombie, Kimberly Whorton, Billy Harbert, Elizabeth Harbert Cornay, Ann Harbert Moulton and too many others to name. The family would wish to thank so many that loved and cared for “Mom,” “Iris” and “Gran Iris.” Wonderful Caregivers: Kimberly Whorton, Belinda Lodge, Brenda Smith, Maranda Guyton, and Madge Martin. In Lieu of Flowers, please make Donations to the First United Methodist Church of Attalla, Attalla, AL. Iris Isbell lived life well, loved her family, adored her friends and had a warm heart. We pray your faithful final journey will be filled with peace, tranquility and most of all, LOVE. We know you are once again reunited with your love, Gordon, for eternity in heaven above! Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Sunday, July 7, 2019


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Bob Worthington

July 8, 2019

To Gordon, Hal and Gil,
It was hard not to notice your mom when she would attend your events since she was beside your dad, who no one could miss! But it was also easy to love her as she made us all feel so loved.
My heart hurts for you at this time, but I know that your loss is Big Gordon's gain as they are united again forever. The Isbell family is strong. Your parents raised you that way. And you guys will lift one another up as you face your new normal. What a legacy she and your dad have left behind in their boys and your families. God bless and strengthen you. Bob Worthington

Gerson May

July 7, 2019

I knew Iris Taylor at two stages in my life. First, she was my fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Jasper, AL. I could not have asked
for a sweeter and more understanding teacher. She hypnotized her students with her sweet southern drawl. Next, after graduating from college and a stint in the military, I entered the furniture business at
G. May & Sons Furniture, also in Jasper. I met Gordon Isbell at a furniture convention and we became fast friends. When he introduced me to his
wife, Iris Taylor, we immediately reconnected our friendship and it was the
beginning of many other fun times at furniture events to be together. It was a joy to be around Gordon and Iris Taylor.

Callie Edgar Waldrop

July 5, 2019

Iris and I shared a common bond: married to men bigger than life. She lived her life with joy, grace, and civility. I am blessed to have shared a relationship with her. I cherish the many memories of sitting in the pew in front of the “Isbell pew.” Your family will never be the same, but will be blessed with sweet memories. May her memory be eternal.