Ernest Charles “Bill” Moody, 83, of Hanceville, Ala., died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Hanceville on Sept. 1, 1925, to Charles Monroe Moody and Laura Elizabeth Edwards Moody.

He was a member of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He worked for 42 years for Earl Dudley and Associates. He was a past president of the Alabama Walking Horse Association and horse show chairman for Alabama Jubilee and Alabama Futurity. He owned Hidden Valley Stables for 40 years and received the trophy for Horse Person of the Year for several years. The trophy was later renamed the E.C. Moody Horse Person of the Year in honor of Mr. Moody. He was a member of Union Hill Church of Christ for more than 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ellis and Sam Moody; and three sisters, Bertha Reid, Olma Gammon and Ruby Gamble.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Moody; one daughter, Laura Moody; two grandsons, Charlie Estep and Andy Cottingham; two sisters, Eula Tisdale and Gracie Moody, both of Alexandria, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Smile A Mile at P.O. Box 550155, Birmingham, AL 35255.