Willie Belle Clegg

Published 3:37pm Monday, January 28, 2013

Willie Belle Clegg, 97, who was born the daughter of Sam and Eunice Parrish of the Wadley, AL area, died peacefully at her home in Jacksonville, FL on January 23, 2013.  She was preceded in death by husbands C. F. (Cliff) Clegg, Sr, and Edwin Starr Hargett, a brother, Roy Parrish, and a sister, Gladys Grant.

She is survived by son C. F. Clegg, Jr. (Sarah Ann) of Alex City, AL, daughters Brenda Wellborn (William), Titusville FL, Sara Montgomery (N. J.) of Jacksonville, FL, and a sister, Catherine Wilkinson of Anniston, AL, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Clegg and her husband, Cliff were pioneers in the poultry business.  They started hand processing a few hundred birds a day at the farmer’s market in Columbus, GA in the late 1930′s and grew to a multi-state operation headquartered in Heflin, AL eventually processing over two million birds per week.  This company was sold to Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1969. Both were very active in the creation of state and national industry associations and traveled extensively promoting poultry products, not only in the U. S., but also with several trips abroad to European nations and Russia, creating export opportunities.

Willie Belle was an aviation enthusiast and flew several different types of corporate aircraft during her business career.  She loved the outdoors, especially in the pursuit of quail, dove and turkey.  She was an avid bridge player, flower gardener and a big fan of PGA golf.  Above all, her devotion to family, her faith, ethics, generosity and moral character were a great example to all who loved her.

A memorial service will be at Dryden Funeral Home in Heflin, AL on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior.  The family can be contacted at the web site, www.drydenfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Children’s Harbor, 1 Children’s Highway, Alexander City, AL 35010.