Mr. Woodham Wendell Cauley

August 17, 1950August 20, 2013

Wendell Cauley, 63, of Wetumpka, lost an all too brief battle with cancer on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital . He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Bilee, and his much loved sister, Mary (Cissy) Cates of Huntsville. He is also survived by his beloved nephews and nieces, and great nieces and great nephews, all of whom would say he was a great uncle, and by many other beloved relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodham Wendell Cauley, Sr., and Beatrice Pearson Cauley. Wendell was born August 17, 1950,in Opelika and attended Indian Springs School in Birmingham. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he and Bilee met, and then attended the University of Alabama School of Law, where he obtained both his juris doctorate and an LL.M. in Taxation. A member of the Alabama State Bar for 36 years, Wendell worked in the Attorney General's office in the Consumer Utilities Division before entering private practice. A partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, at the time of his death, Wendell enjoyed the challenge of his work. He also enjoyed cycling, but his bicycles were vintage steel, not high-tech carbon, and he had many friends in the cycling community in Montgomery. Wendell had many friends in all walks of life--he touched everyone he came in contact with with his good and generous spirit and his kind and happy heart. He was a fixture in the Blue Ridge neighborhood, where for almost 30 years he could be seen early each morning walking one or more of the dogs he loved over the years, including Ladybug, who will miss him very much. He was an active member of Capitol Heights United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and taught Sunday School, and a member of the Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club. Memorial donations may be made to the Capitol Heights United Methodist Church, 2000 Winona Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36107, or to your favorite charity. Visitation will be Saturday evening, August 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Leak-Memory Chapel, 945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery. The funeral service will be Sunday, August 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Capitol Heights United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Wendy Goffe

August 27, 2013

Bilee, I am so sorry for your loss. I am a lawyer in Seattle and have worked with Wendell for a mutual client since 1993. I never got to meet Wendell face to face, but I confess spending several hours over the last two decades laughing with him by phone. I have heard many sweet and loving stories about you and your family. You may run across a plaid hat with ear flaps - the result of a practical joke by a colleague of mine following a long silly discussion with Wendell. You and your family are in my thoughts. I wish you strength during this difficult time. Wendy Goffe, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, WA (206) 386-7565,

Bob & Sook Young Wingenfield

August 26, 2013

Bilee, please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your immense loss. We learned of Wendell's passing from the Sunday paper. We have always felt a special tie to the Cauley family since our property lines adjoin each other. Again our condolences to you and your entire family.

Kathleen DavisMcNeil

August 26, 2013

I m sad that I m hearing the sad news of the passing of Mr Cauley.. a nice gentlemen. you will be miss.....

of Miller Balis & O'Neil in Washington.D.C.

Gary and Kim Goodson

August 26, 2013

"He touched everyone he came in contact with with his good and generous spirit and his kind and happy heart." Everyone who knew and loved Wendell understands how true this is. I feel greatly blessed to have known him. Bilee, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you.

Melody Merritt

August 26, 2013

Bilee, I just learned that Wendell died and funeral was today. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately I know exactly where you are walking. My husband died less than 6 weeks ago after only finding out 4 weeks prior that he had cancer. Focus on all of your wonderful memories stay connected to the Lord and know you can only do one day at a time.

Sonja and Bill McKnight

August 26, 2013

Bilee, my heart goes out to you in the loss of your beloved husband, Wendell. I have not seen you in a good while but will always remember how special you are in my life. My husband, Bill, and I both had a great respect for Wendell - he was always so pleasant to be around and to work with. I know you will miss him greatly, but he will always be with you in all your great memories together. The funeral service and music was beautiful.

Travis Johnston

August 26, 2013

Bilee, I don't know you, but, I was a school mate of Wendell's in Opelika. Wendell was just about the best, all round person I knew...great morals, great humor, great confidence, quiet and reserved in some ways, yet, outstanding in character. I was deeply saddened when I heard. My thoughts and prayer's are with you, your family and Cissy during these times. Just a bit of nostalgia, if you of my best memories of him is, on one Sunday afternoon, in 1967, when he turned me on to the Door's album, Strange Days. After reading the obit, I was telling a friend (who didn't know Wendell) about him...I said, I know it sounds cliche and simple to say "he was just a great guy".....unless you knew him.....because that's exactly how I remembered him....just a great guy!

Patricia Miller

August 25, 2013


I was shocked to hear about your loss. I still remember eating Sunday dinner in Opelika with you and Wendell when I was a student at Auburn. I will be thinking about you and praying for you. Patricia Miller

Ann Thorington

August 24, 2013

Bilee: May God grant you peace in this most trying time. Wendell was a shining light in all that he did. I know how much Bob trusted him in every way. And Wendell was a great help and support to me when I needed it. All who knew him will keep his warmth and smile in their hearts. Blessings and Peace to you and yours. Ann Thorington

August 24, 2013

To those who loved Wendell Cauley,
As my lawyer I only knew him in a professional capacity. He was so warm, so quick to smile and laugh while being very clear precise and thoughtful as he advised and informed me of what I could do. I will miss him as a person and also as my lawyer. with gratitude to Wendell Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig