(WADLEY) The funeral for William Jefferson "Jeff" Langley, 76, of Wadley will be Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel with Dr. Barry Cosper and the Rev. Zenus Windsor officiating. Burial will follow at Forrester's Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Mr. Langley passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

A Wadley native, Mr. Langley was born Aug. 21, 1944, the son of George Jefferson and Bernice Cofield Langley. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Roanoke and a former deacon at Trinity Baptist. Mr. Langley sang bass in his family's gospel group, The Langleys, and loved gospel music. He spent much of his free time outdoors enjoying God's creations. One of his favorite activities was exploring the forests, streams and the beauty of the Alabama countryside. Mr. Langley received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Auburn University and his education specialist degree from Jacksonville State University. His lifetime career as an educator included being a teacher, principal and superintendent for the Randolph County School Board for 34 years.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mailey Ann Gray Langley of Wadley; two daughters, Julia Ann Langley of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jamie Leigh Langley Henderson (Alex) of Birmingham; two sisters, Dana Kaye Cooper (Mitchell) and Gay Nan Craven, both of Wadley; and brother-in-law, Noel McGill of Devol, Okla. Mr. Langley was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Wade Langley; and two sisters, Joan Langley McGill and Chera Langley Melton.

Pallbearers will be nephews John Cooper, Lance Raughton, John Melton, Adam Melton, Daniel Melton, Shane Coker and Scott Craven.

Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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