Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Phenix City

3770 Highway 431 North, Phenix City, AL


Edward Leroy Utley

December 21, 1943January 22, 2020

Edward Leroy Utley, 76, of Phenix City, Alabama passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Columbus, Georgia. Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:30pm at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery with Rev. Danny Courtney officiating, according to Striffler-Hamby in Phenix City. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Mr. Utley was born December 21, 1943 in Augusta, Georgia; son of the late Clifford Thomas Utley and Margaret Ann Edwards Utley. He served in the U.S. Army and was retired from Civil Service. He was a member of Bethel Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Columbus, Georgia.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Utley.

Survivors include his wife, Diane B. Utley; children, Kevin Utley (Melissa), Steven Utley, Angela Gehrt (Harold), Tabatha Utley, Robin Relford, Eddie Utley (Nicole), Walter Odom III (Johnnie), Heather Odom Kennington, and Patrick Odom (Che); sisters, Betty Cooper and Donna Stoddard; brother, Jerry Utley (Mary); 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus, Georgia.


  • Diane B. Utley, Wife
  • Kevin Utley (Melissa), Son
  • Steven Utley, Son
  • Angela Gehrt (Harold), Daughter
  • Tabatha Utley, Daughter
  • Robin Relford, Daughter
  • Eddie Utley (Nicole), Son
  • Walter Odom III (Johnnie), Son
  • Heather Odom Kennington, Daughter
  • Patrick Odom (Che), Son
  • Betty Cooper, Sister
  • Donna Stoddard, Sister
  • Jerry Utley (Mary), Brother
  • Clifford Thomas Utley, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Ann Edwards Utley, Mother (deceased)
  • David Utley, Brother (deceased)
  • Mr. Utley also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

  • John B. Amos Cancer Center


  • Visitation for Family & Friends Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Friday, January 24, 2020


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Patti Eaton

January 26, 2020

I remember one of the first times I met Ed a few years ago, he was chasing his little dog Jasmine. He had a nice smile and good sense of humor. Also there is no doubt he loved that little dog who kept him on his toes. I enjoyed becoming friends with him and Diane. Rest in peace, Ed!

Brenda Ogle

January 25, 2020

My sincere condolence to the family. Prayers going up
Love ya Diane

Larry & Evelyn Johnston

January 24, 2020

Kevin & Misty & Families
We are so sorry for your loss of your Dad. It is so heart breaking to loss a parent. Sending hugs & prayers for all.
Larry & Evelyn Johnston

Gunnar Utley

January 23, 2020

My name is gunnar utley my grandfather came to my class of 2012 I was happy to see him I will miss him a lot RIP grandpa Ed I will miss u I will see u someday I love u