Leak Memory Chapel


Bobby Joe Gautney

April 3, 1943April 25, 2021

It was on an ordinary spring day in Clay County, Alabama on April 3, 1943 that an extraordinary and precious baby boy drew his first earthly breath. His childhood was filled with difficult and challenging times but was rich in abundant love and compassion between his parents, brothers and sisters. He met and married Betty, the love of his life and forever friend. For nearly 57 years, with Betty by his side, he worked diligently, using his God given talents and self-taught skills to create the most beautiful and peaceful oasis where they would spend there remaining years loving and caring for one another. We all knew him as a man with a servant's heart, never turning down a request for help from friends, family and even strangers. He was a man with an unbelievable work ethic, having worked for the Alabama Board of Corrections as the Prison Maintenance Supervisor for 30 years. He maintained an unshakeable conviction of doing the right thing which demonstrated his impeccable integrity and honor. He blessed his family and friends by setting examples of unselfish love, kindness toward everyone, courage, faithful "never met a stranger" friendships, strength and perseverance during his78 remarkable years on this earth. He fought so hard and so long for the six grueling months he was hospitalized after having surgery on November 4th, overcoming medical issues and health challenges that would have taken out any normal human being. His patience was amazing no matter what was asked of him. He begged daily to put his shoes on, his feet on the floor and for help to get in his truck and come home. He came up with the most ingenious ways to sneak out so no one would see us. It became unbearable to try and explain why he had to stay there but that did not stop him from trying to talk us into accepting his suggestions and demands to go back to the home he loved so dearly and of which he was so proud.

On Sunday, April 25 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Bobby Joe was finally granted the one wish for which he had begged so often... he was coming home!!! Because he was unable to talk or comprehend that he was about to be taken there by ambulance, the Lord granted us the glorious memory of him opening his eyes, looking around and smelling the familiar sweet scent of his home just as he was being carried over the threshold of the front door. Sadly for us, but with the assurance of the promise of seeing him again, he took his last breath in this life at 6:05 P.M. to breath eternally in the arms of his beloved Heavenly Father. Those who have gone before and have now been happily reunited with him are his parents, Lois and Marjorie Gautney, and sister, Jean Gautney, his beloved mother in law, Annie Lois Pitts and father in law, J. Herman Pitts. Left to miss him dearly are his wife, Betty Pitts Gautney, daughter, Tina Fondren (TY), beloved grandson, Josh Fondren (Hope), brother Charles Gautney (Juanita), sister Sherrie Cotney (Jimmy), other dear family members, niece Dawn Gautney, aunt Bobbie McConnell, a beloved friend "Miss" Kay Cotney, sisters in law, Linda Gortney, Peggy Pitts Darby and his "Sis" Barbara Pitts Lindsey, who worked alongside him as his apprentice, gopher, remolding partner,shopping buddy for hundreds of trips to Home Depot and Lowe's and most important to both of them..they were food enthusiast and chronic overeaters enjoying every meal they consumed. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 with Graveside service at 11:00 on Friday, April 30, 2021 with Leak Memory Chapel directing.


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


Bobby Joe Gautney

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Margaret Mcmullen

May 5, 2021

Bobby was a great cousin and will always be remembered with loving thoughts.

K T Oswald

April 29, 2021

All I can say about Bobby is he was one fine human being. Loved life, loved his wife who was literally his best best friend. If you were a friend, the sky was the limit for what he would do for you. He will be missed by many! His memory was like a steel trap, could hold on to details, no matter what else was going on. If you have never seen his handiwork, you are missing out. Could just "figure it out" and get it done. Always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Godly man. I know Betty, Tina, Josh, Sis and all his family members and friends will miss him greatly but we also know that he is with the King of Kings and we will be able to see him soon. Rest in Peace, my friend.

Shirley and David Vines

April 29, 2021

BETTY, Me and David was sadden by Bobby's passing. He was such a Nice and Wonderful person.. Betty, you and Bobby were always Laughing and talking to people. I did not get to see ya'll much but when I did I Love being around you. Betty you were such a Joy and I know Bobby Loved you. I know you Love Bobby too. You and Bobby was always making things Beautiful. I Love the time I got to see the Backyard, was like a Park with everything Bobby built and you going along with him.. When my Sister Pat told me he had to go in the Hospital I Prayed for You and Bobby. He is not in the Pain anymore.. We hate to lose our Love ones. I will keep Praying for you Betty. Love always, Shirley & David Vines

Jane Golden

April 26, 2021

I very much enjoyed working with Bobby at Draper Correctional Center. He was always very kind and added humor when he visited our office. Whenever anything needed fixing he got it done promptly. I am glad that I got to know Bobby and extend sympathy to his family.