Sally Yeaman Kingsley
Mrs. Sally Yeaman Kingsley passed away quietly at her home on June 1, 2014. Sally was born along with her twin sister, Susan Yeaman McCall, on Oct. 19, 1944, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., to the late James Edward Yeaman and Mildred Reeves Yeaman.
She grew up in Florala, Ala., and was a member of the First Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ. Mrs. Kingsley continued playing for churches in the Auburn area while attending Auburn University where she majored in math education and graduated in 1966.
She married Oliver Dowling Kingsley, Jr. of Ozark, Ala., on Oct. 8, 1967. She was the cornerstone of her family, faithfully supporting her husband, and was indispensable to his success in the nuclear power industry. The Kingsleys began their married life in Charleston, S.C. where Oliver was in the United States Nuclear Navy and Sally taught high school. Sally and Oliver lived in many places during their life together, including Norfolk, Va.; Waukegan, Ill.; Dothan, Ala.; Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Chicago, Ill. When Oliver retired, they returned home to Alabama and to Blue Mountain Beach, Fla., where Sally enjoyed spending time with her family.
Mrs. Kingsley and her husband were founding members of Riverchase United Methodist Church. Sally’s enthusiasm and effort were important catalysts in the formation of the church. She was an active member and supporter of P.E.O. Chapter AK/AL, promoting educational opportunities for women. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and lovingly supported her children and grandchildren by spending time with them and watching them play sports. The beautiful Kingsley Courtyard and Portico at Auburn University’s Shelby Center for Engineering Technology is named in honor of Mrs. Kingsley and her husband.
In so many ways, Sally lived and showed Christ’s love. She was devoted to her husband, her children and her grandchildren. Sally was a kind and gentle spirit, and a loyal and dependable friend. She had an abidingly cheerful and pleasant countenance, and an unwavering positive outlook on life. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Survivors include her husband of almost 47 years, Oliver D. Kingsley, Jr., Birmingham, and Blue Mountain Beach; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy Kingsley Hayworth and Dr. Joel S. Hayworth, Auburn, Betsey Kingsley Johns and Jonathan C. Johns, Montgomery; and daughter, Abby Yeaman Kingsley, Birmingham; son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin Oliver Kingsley and Brittany Lauren Kingsley, Birmingham; grandchildren, Luke K. Hayworth, Samuel B. Hayworth, William O. Hayworth, Jacob M. Johns, and Kingsley Anne Johns; her twin sister and brother-in-law, Susan Yeaman McCall and Richard T. McCall; her brother, James O. Yeaman; her sister-in-law, Carroll K. Davie; and seven nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kingsley’s family would like to thank the pastors of Riverchase United Methodist Church, the members of the P.E.O. Chapter AK/AL and her devoted caregiver Pollyn Maseti for her loving support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brain Tumor Center at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486, or online at www.mdanderson.org/gifts.
The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. June 3 at Riverchase United Methodist Church, Birmingham. Funeral services will immediately follow at 3 p.m., officiated by Dr. Jim Savage and the Rev. John Ray.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. June 5 at the Claybank Cemetery in Ozark, Ala.,, officiated by the Rev. Spencer Turnipseed. All friends and family should meet at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Ozark for the processional to Claybank Cemetery.