Jaye Ann Ogden Ottinger

October 4, 2021

Jaye Ann Ogden Ottinger was born on November 23, 1944 to Betty Jo Young and David Jay Atnip, Jr. in Smithville, Tennessee. She passed away on September 30, 2021 after her third battle with cancer.
Jaye graduated from DeKalb County High School in Smithville. She moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1974 to live the remainder of her life. She was a devoted member of Mountaintop Community Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Jaye felt blessed to have two wonderful husbands. The first of these was James “Jim” Carl Ogden, Jr., to whom she was married in 1968. Jim and Jaye had two daughters, Kellie and Heather. The light of Jaye’s life was her grandchildren, J.D., Piper, Kai, Asher, Jackson, and Molly Kate. There was nothing Jaye loved more than making memories with her children and grandchildren. She particularly enjoyed having tea parties, playing in the pool, and traveling with her entire family.

Many years later, Jaye found love a second time with Jamezell “Jim” Marion Ottinger. Jaye and Jim married in 1992 and were inseparable until his death in 2018. In usual Jaye fashion, she opened her heart to Jim’s amazing children, Jamie, Linda, and Keith, who to this day refer to her as Mom II.

Jaye was a very successful businesswoman. She was the first Fannie Mae approved underwriter in the southeastern United States as well as the first woman to own a mortgage company in the state of Alabama. She was also the first single woman to become a full member of the Vestavia Hills Country Club.

Jaye sold her mortgage business, First General Lending, to Pinnacle Bank in 1997 and finished her career there as the Vice President of Mortgage Lending. She broke the glass ceiling and loved the role of training and supporting new loan officers.

Jaye was preceded in death by her parents, David Jay Atnip, Jr., Betty Jo Davis, and Joe Wyatt Davis, and her beloved husband, Jamezell Marion Ottinger.

Survivors include Jaye’s baby brother, David Wyatt Davis (Sheila); her nephew, Lee Joseph Davis; her children, Kellie Jo Ogden, Heather Lee Olivet (David), Jamezell Sylvain Ottinger (James), Linda McFarland Betschart (Bruce), and Keith Allen Ottinger (Karina); grandchildren, Jackson Wyatt Ogden, Jay Dylan Olivet (Meagan), Piper Delaney Olivet, Kai Beckett Xiangyang Olivet, Asher Hudson Hejun Olivet, Molly Kate Yunning Olivet, Maxie Lawrence McFarland (Laura), Jeffrey Ryan McFarland (Keryn), Justin David Ottinger (Christi), Alexandra Maria Ottinger, Keith Jordan Ottinger, Amanda Elizabeth Warner, Tamara Mary Williams (Jon), and Christopher Albert Warner; and her great-grandchildren, Camden Lawrence McFarland, Sawyer Lee McFarland, Emersen Ann McFarland, Adlee Mae McFarland, Jayce Maxwell McFarland, Kaylee Ottinger, and Madison Ottinger.

The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama. A Service of Remembrance for Jaye will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Chapel, Pelham. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Pastor Carter McInnis will officiate.

Flowers are welcome or memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.