Eugenia Underwood Kloess
Eugenia Underwood Kloess
  • November 10, 1931 - July 2, 2017
  • Montgomery, Alabama

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Eugenia Ann Underwood Kloess (Jean), a former resident of Birmingham, and current resident of Montgomery for 49 years, passed away on July 2, 2017. She was born on November 10, 1931 in Birmingham, daughter of the late Charles Price Underwood and Emma Donelson Underwood.

Jean graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1949 and attended Montevallo College, now the University of Montevallo. She met her husband of 64 years Lawrence Herman Kloess, Jr. (Larry) at homecoming at the University of Alabama in 1951. They married at Ruhama Baptist Church in Birmingham on September 27, 1952.

She is survived by her beloved husband Larry, a local retired lawyer, her sons, Lawrence Herman Kloess, III (Karen) of Nashville, TN; Dr. Price M. Kloess (Joy) of Birmingham, AL; Branch Donelson Kloess (Carol) of Montgomery, AL and David Holly Kloess (Janice) of Marietta, GA. Eleven grandchildren, Lawrence H. Kloess, IV, Nashville, TN; Rachel Elizabeth Kloess, Nashville, TN; Emily Donelson Kloess York (Andy) of Fort Mill, SC; Jason Daniel Kloess, Nashville, TN; Margaret Eugenia Kloess, Homewood, AL; Branch Donelson Kloess, Jr. (Marissa) of Boca Raton, FL; Lauren Kloess Razick (Levi) of Montgomery, AL; Madeleine Ann Kloess, Marietta, GA; Matthew Joseph Kloess, Marietta, GA; James David Kloess, Marietta, GA; Emma Chatfield Kloess, Marietta, GA; and three great grandchildren, Jackson Thomas York and Elizabeth Ruth York of Fort Mill, SC, and Emerson Katherine Kloess of Boca Raton, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Jean was an active member of the community and a beloved and devoted wife and mother. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the Jamestowne Society, the Ladies Hermitage Society and was past president of the Wynlakes Women's Association. She was an active member of Frazer United Methodist Church; its Encouragers Sunday School Class and was a member of the board of directors of Wesley Gardens Retirement Community. She is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Jean descended directly from the Donelson family of Tennessee, the first settlers of Nashville. President Andrew Jackson was her great, great uncle and Maj. Gen. Daniel Smith Donelson, CSA, for whom Fort Donelson was named, was her great grandfather. Her great, great grandfather was John Branch, former governor of North Carolina and Secretary of the Navy during the Jackson Administration. In later years her cousin, Circuit Judge James Ed Horton presided over the famous "Scottsboro Boys" case in Decatur, AL.

Jean's celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on July 10, 2017, at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL. A visitation will be held at the Church beginning at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tom Stephenson, Ikey Benton, Harry Nelson, Kim Lewis, Charles Alford, George Landry, Jerry Peters, and Mark Dierlam.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following organizations: The Salvation Army, The Humane Society of Montgomery, The Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, Men of Valor Prison Ministry in Nashville, TN and The Andrew Jackson Foundation in Nashville, TN.