15 OCT 2021

Posted obituary of
Ky Thompson
Class of 19

29 AUG 2021

Posted obituary of
H B Legrone
Class of 1951

29 AUG 2021

Posted obituary of
Mickey Thomas
Class of 1967
3  OCT 2021
Posted obituary of
Ferrell Holiday
Class of 1956
20 AUG 2021
Posted obituary of
Pat Wofford Laminack
Class of 1962

5 JUL 2021

Posted obituary of
Nancy Darden Self
Class of 1967

15 JUN 2021

Posted obituary of
Ernestine Williams Erwin
Class of 1954

1 MAY 2021

Posted obituary of
Emily Langston Cole
Class of 1955

1 MAY 2021

Posted obituary of
Eloise Grubbs McReynolds
Class of 1964

24 MAR 2021

Posted obituary of
Peggy Franklin Gattis
Class of 1959

19 JUN 2021

Posted obituary of
Don Funderburg
Class of 1951

16 MAR 2021

Posted obituary of
Becky Reid Gregg
Class of 1960

3 MAR 2021

Posted obituary of
Lewis Lee "Buddy" Jones
Class of 55

3 MAR2021

Posted obituary of
Tommy Eugene
 "Gene" Mohab
Class of 1954

23 AUG 2021

Posted obituary of
Mona Allen Randall
Class of 1951

26 AUG 2021

Posted obituary of
Joan Butler McBrayer
Class of 1960

8 AUG 2021

Posted obituary of
Rusty Matson
Class of 1967

 2021

Posted obituary of
Johnny Morris
Class of 1959

 2021

Posted obituary of
Caroline Jacques Langley
Class of 1960

 2021

Posted obituary of
Carolyn Poe McBrayer
Class of 1954

 2021

Posted obituary of
Barbara Vincent Shoemaker
Class of 1959

2021

Posted obituary of
Sandra Kenerly Scott
Class of 1961

1 MAY 2021

Posted obituary of
Kay Snow Owen
Class of 1965

3 APR 2021

Posted obituary of
Harvey "Hoppy" Bishop
Class of 1963

3 APR 2021

Posted obituary of
Steve Thompson
Class of 1964

20 FEB 2021

Posted obituary of
Lewis Clinton Ray
Class of 1951

20 FEB 2021

Posted obituary of
Harold Leland Ray
Class of 1953

9 FEB 2021

Posted obituary of
James W Davenport
Class of 1957

19 Jan 2021

Posted obituary of
Janie Hemphill Shamblin
Class of 1968

06 Jan 2021

Posted obituary of
Samuel O'Quinn
Class of 1940

18 DEC 20

Posted obituary of
Royce Burnett
Class of 1965

18 DEC 20

Posted obituary of
Clyde DeLoach
Class of 1954

08 NOV 20

Posted obituary of
James Michael Wesson
Class of 1953

08 NOV 20

Posted obituary of
Glenn Langner
Class of 1970

11 OCT 20

Posted obituary of
Jim Horn
Class of 1960

11 OCT 20

Posted obituary of
Mikul Leonard
Class of 1968

08 OCT 20

Posted obituary of
Jimmy Smith
Class of 1957

02 OCT 20

Posted obituary of
Pam Burgess
Class of 1967
Posted obituary of
Bobbie Burnett Hill
Class of 1962
Posted obituary of
Sue Stovall Cox
Class of 1961
Posted obituary of
Martha Fay Clowdus Ulmer
Class of 1958
Posted obituary of
Pat Douglas Lathem
Class of 1965
Posted obituary of
Wallace Wesson
Class of 1968
Posted obituary of
Barbara Gann McGee
Class of 1961
Posted obituary of
Betty McDanal Torbert
Class of 1946

17 Aug 20

Posted obituary of
Andy Morris
Class of 1969
Posted obituary of
Darrell Hamilton
Class of 1967

31 Jul 20

to be continued
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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OBITUARIES
Ky Thompson
Class of 1962
 
Surrounded by his loving family, James Ky Thompson, aged 79, of Warrior (Smoke Rise) passed away on September 27, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents James Clyde Thompson and Doris Low, and his brother, Steven Wayne Thompson. Ky is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Enid Thompson; sons Kirk (Lisa) Thompson and Allen (Melanie) Thompson; daughter, Pamela (Matthew) Kervin; sister, Eva Fay (Conrad) Richardson; brother, Mark Thompson; sister-in-law, Mary Thompson; grand-children Luca and Nicola Thompson; Alexandra (Nick) Halfacre and Abbigale Thompson; Alexander, Elizabeth and Daniel Kervin; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Birmingham and raised in Powderly, Ky was a graduate of Jones Valley High School where he met Enid Thompson, ne Brake, a classmate of his younger brother Steve. After a short time as a draftsman with Southern Natural Gas, Ky joined the Air Force in 1964 and thus began his nearly 38-year-long career serving his country and state, rising to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant with the 117th Intelligence Squadron based in Birmingham. As a valued member of the Alabama Air National Guard, Ky assisted with recovery efforts after Hurricane Frederic, served in the U.A.E. as part of Operation Desert Shield, provided support for the state's Counter-drug Program and helped usher in the squadron's conversion to the 117th Air Refueling Wing. Ky was a family man; he loved the Lord and was a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church. Gregarious and fun-loving, he never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a hand. He could fix anything and loved to tinker in his workshop. A keen card and dominoes player and creative yard-croquet wizard, he made the most of spending time with his loved ones at large family gatherings. Ky loved traveling - he visited all 50 states; made trips to see Enid's family in England; and enjoyed sea cruises, the Smoky Mountains and Anna Maria Island. Buddy Holly and Elvis were his favorites. A proud and fun-loving grandparent, 'Pop' loved to spend time with his grandchildren, grandnieces and nephews. Ky was deeply loved and will be terribly missed. A visitation will be held at the Blountsville Historical Park, Hwy 231, on Sunday, October 3rd from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (Covid precautions required.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Smoke Rise Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Blountsville Historical Park Society. There will be no additional services.
   
Ferrell Holiday
Class of 1956
    
Obituary will be published when available

 
H B Legrone
Class of 1951
JonesValley > The Class of 51 >  Legrone, HB
Harvey Legrone passed away June 11, 2021, at the Kaiser Hospital in Moreno Valley. He is survived by his wife, Monika, son Stephen, daughters Allison Barker and Karla Puckett, brothers Albert and Bobby, sisters Aileen Dunkin and Kathleen Bilgere, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Harvey was born December 12, 1932, in Greenpond, Alabama. He graduated from Jones Valley High School, Birmingham, Alabama, in 1951. He then served four years in the Air Force, after which he attended the University of Alabama, School of Engineering, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduating with a degree in metallurgy. He was then employed as a federal employee working for the Navy, spent 10 years in Hawaii where he was one of the first to study the composition of the moon rocks from the Apollo 11 mission and then was tarnsferred to the Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach, retiring in 1994.

After living in Orange County, California, several years, he and his wife lived in Landers for 10 years (the Slurp and Burp Ranch), then moved to their dream house in Pioneertown (the Harmonika Ranch), where they lived for 29 years. His pride and joy was the Moharve Mercantile Museum, which housed 40 years of collectibles (country store items and bottles and insulators). During their time in Pioneertown, Harvey and Monika were instrumental in creating the Western reenactment group Gunfighters for Hire, retiring after eight years.

He and his wife joined the Morongo Basin Historical Society as charter and life members in 1999 where he served on various committees and was the Morongo Basin historian for several years. He wrote numerous articles about the history of Pioneertown, the street layout and the Morongo Basin. Reading about this history of the West and collecting books about the history of the United States West was his greatest hobby, not to mention the extensive travels in their RV. They also went on several cruises to Europe, the most enjoyable the Grand Mediterranean Cruise, covering six European countries, and other European trips to visit Monika’s relatives.

In 2002, Harvey became a proud member of the Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV, also known as Red Shirts), enjoying especially the clampouts. For them he authored the historical monument inscription which now sits in front of the Pioneertown Post Office. He will be missed by his Clamper brethren.

In April 2021, Harvey and Monika moved to Westmont Village in Riverside, near March Reserve Air Force Base, which was a tremendous hardship for Harvey, and his health deteriorated, suffering, being transferred from one hospital to another.

His talent of writing and knowledge of history will be greatly missed by many.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 23, 2021, at 1:15 p.m. at the Riverside National Cemetery.
Mickey Thomas
Class of 1967
JonesValley > The Class of 1967 >  Thomas, MickeyWe extend our sympathy to the family of Mickey Thomas, husband of Kay, father of Tony (Amanda), Shane (Anna) and Kacy, who passed away on August 29, 2021.  Visitation was at Prince of Peace on September 1, 2021 at 11:00 followed by funeral Mass at noon.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Pat Wofford  Laminack
Class of 1962
JonesValley > Class of 62 >  Wofford, Pat Pat Wofford Laminack passed away August 20, 2021.  Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Pat Laminack was a resident of Gardendale who loved life, cooking, and the company of others. She cherished taking care of her children, grandchildren, family, and animals. She loved talking on the phone with her friends, quite often for hours at a time. Those who knew Pat knew two things: there was always a story, and it was going to be dramatic. She was a caring person who frequently put others in need at the top of the list.

Pat was preceeded by her mother Louise Wofford, father Newburn Wofford, husband Leonard “Bob” Laminack, son Robert “Bobby” Norton, and daughter Robyn Tavel. Pat joined her family Friday, August 20, 2021, at the age of 78, peacefully holding the hand of her son Chuck Norton. She also leaves behind her beloved sister Judy Shivers, and grandchildren Symber Moses, Madison Tavel, Cameron Tavel, along with many lifelong friends, supportive neighbors, and community.
Nancy Darden Self
Class of 1967
JonesValley > The Class of 1967 >  Darden, nancyNancy Darden Self, 71, of Opelika, AL (formerly of Midfield and Hueytown) passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, Wesley "Buster" Self; and her father, Fred Darden. Nancy is survived by beloved daughters, Lisa Self and Karen "KK" Self Burton and her husband, Jake; loving, spoiled grandsons, Wesley and Patrick Modling, Charlie and Joey Burton; mother, Frances Darden; and an abundance of relatives and friends. Nancy enjoyed many activities with her fellow "Recycled Teenagers" and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed traveling, especially when Buster was with her. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 9 at 1:00 pm at the Opelika SportsPlex Adult Activity Center. "May she rest in peace and rise in glory."
Ernestine Williams Erwin
Class of 1954
Mrs. Ernestine Williams Erwin, 84, of Birmingham, AL passed away on June 15, 2021. Ernestine (also known as Ernie or Mimi) was a lover of all things sparkly. She loved her family and loved taking care of them. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years but also worked numerous jobs around the city. In her spare time, you could always find her at her kids or grandkids sporting events or spending time dancing at Heardmont Senior Center. The last two months of her life was spent at River Highlands Adult Assisted Living Facility. There, she found new friends, adored the staff, and had lots of fun.

Ernestine is preceded in death by her husbands, John Freeman Speer and Robert “Buddy” Erwin; son, Alan Speer; parents, Jack Williams and Winifred Walters; brothers, Billy Kelley and Jack Williams, Jr.; and sister, Ruth Rushing.

She is survived by her daughter, Lee Ann Dasher (Bob), grandchildren, Lauren Worrell (Nathaniel), Billy Dasher (Brooke), Matt Speer, Greg Speer, and Carly Speer; great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Colton, and Aly; and stepsons, Randy Erwin (Sharon) and Danny Erwin (Linda).

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Heardmont Senior Center 5452 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242 attn: Kaye Mundy.
Emily Langston Cole
Class of 1955
JonesValley > The Class of 55 >  Langston, Emily Emily graduated from Jones Valley High School in the class of 1955. She married her husband, Bill Cole in 1962. While an Air Force wife for 15 years, her major move during her husband’s military career was from Prattville, AL to Slapout/Holtville, AL.

While raising her three children was her true occupation, she worked for the Wetumpka Police Department, beginning as the night dispatcher, then becoming the administrative assistant to the Chief of Police. She retired from that career in 1998 after 22 years of service.

Emily loved music and loved to sing. She sang in the Jones Valley High School Glee Club, the Birmingham Civic Opera, and passed the love of music to her family, serving as a band mother for each of her children and sharing her gift of sewing band and majorette uniforms. She, along with her dear friend Dianne Lewis, led girl scout packs through many adventures like camping out, building buddy burners, and cooking meals in cardboard ovens. Emily also had a beautiful, self-taught artistic talent. She loved giving her art to others, through painted chests, toyboxes, rocking chairs and through her sharing her talent with the “Chalk Talk” group at her church.

Many of her treasured moments were spending time with her sisters on camping trips to Wind Creek State Park and on beach trips to Panama City Beach.

Emily was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Horton, her father, Willis Ford Langston, her husband, William “Bill” Cole, and her sister, Sue Bailey. Survivors include her sister Cathy Satterlee, her son Douglass “Lynn” Cole, her daughter Christy Cole Sellers and her husband Greg Sellers, her son David Cole and his wife Brandy Cole, her grandson Dawson Sellers and his wife Brice Sellers, and her grandson Parker Sellers, granddaughters Makenzie Tucker and her husband Brantley Tucker, Morgan Cleveland, Madi Grace Cleveland, great-grandchildren Eden Tucker and Wesley Cleveland.

Funeral services were held, Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Cain’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with Reverends Susan Beeson and Gary Stringfellow officiating.  Interment  followed at Pineview Memorial Cemetery in Wetumpka, AL.

While Emily enjoyed beautiful arrangements of flowers during her life, she loved, supported and received much support from her church family at Cain’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Cain’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Eloise Grubbs McReynolds
Class of 1964
JonesValley > Class of 64 >  Grubbs, Elouise A Family Gathering for the celebration of Elouise McReynolds was held at Bill and Judy Grubbs for family, and friends.
Peggy Franklin Gattis
Class of 1959
JonesValley > Class of 59 >  Franklin, PeggyPeggy Franklin Gattis passed away March 24, 2021.  She is survived by her husband Henry Hampton Gattis, a son Steve (Amy) , four grandchildren, a son (Brian).  Peggy did not have a public service.  She was cremated.
Don Funderburg
Class of 1951
Donald C. Funderburg, age 88, went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2021. At the time of his passing, he was inpatient at Grandview Medical Center. Don was married to the love of his life Nita for 65 years in August and together they created a loving family. Don is preceded in passing by his father Andrew Clifton Funderburg, mother Cratus Cargile Funderburg, brother A.C. "Jack" Funderburg, nephew Jackie Ray Funderburg, and mother-in-law Ozella Brooks Wahl. Don is survived by his wife Nita, daughters Susan Renée Funderburg and Stephanie Jo Morris, and Rick Morris. Grandchildren Jennifer Renée Scharett (Ricky), Ramsey Nichole Morris, Remo Cargile Morris, Beth Adkisson (Derek). Great grandchildren Peyton Renée Scharett (Dylan Sutton), Maddux Cargile Scharett, Avrée Brook Scharett, Zachary Adkisson and Shelby Adkisson. Nieces and nephews Terri Funderburg Collins (Cliff), Brenda Funderburg Fincher (John) Collette Funderburg, Blake Funderburg, Blair Funderburg, Darlene Williams Gillie (Floyd), Mary Joyce Williams Hagood (Carl). Not by blood relation- Deborah Bryan, Madelyn Martin, Susan Hearn McElroy and Pam Nichols (Ben). And all of his many railroad and golfing friends a few include Jimmy Carden, Barry Hopper, John Potter, and Gene Ingel.

Don served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Bremerton and was employed by CSX and retired after 40 years. He was an avid golfer belonging to Grayson Valley, Altadena, Chace Lake Country Clubs was a current member of Inverness Country Club.

Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Zamora Shrine Temple. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved to travel and was blessed to celebrate his and Nita's 50th Anniversary in Rome and Florence Italy. A few years later they also toured Germany, Poland, Paris, Amsterdam and Czech Republic. The Funderburg Family gratefully requests that memorial contributions may be made in Don's name to The Alzheimer's Cure Fund at https://curealz.org/giving/donate/ to support research to discover a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
Becky Reid Gregg
Class of 1960
JonesValley > Class of 60 >  Reid, RebeccaGreenville - Rebecca, "Becky," Reid Gregg, 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Prisma Health Care. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Charlotte and William Reid.

She is predeceased by her husband Donald Gregg, MD. She is survived by her children, Daniel Gregg (Derrell Moore), David Gregg, MD, (Jessica Sibley, MD), Jennifer Cobb (Lee Cobb), and Renata Eduardo ("adopted" Brazilian daughter); four grandchildren, Cameron Gregg, Malik McNeil, Timothy Cobb and Trinity Cobb; Brother William Reid (Rita) and nephews; Phillip Reid, Mike Reid, Danny Reid and Andy Reid.

Becky taught high school science for 17 years and was beloved by her students. She sponsored the Beta Club, a national student honors organization with a strong community service and leadership mission. She remained dedicated to public education throughout her life: she was active in her children's schools' fundraising efforts after leaving teaching, and she served with her late husband as co-PTA president at Sevier Middle School. She also served on the Board of Visitors for her Alma Mater, the University of Montevallo.

She loved gemstones, genealogy, and good reads, particularly murder mysteries and espionage thrillers. She always had a special place in her heart for strays of all shapes and sizes. Becky was an active supporter of the Humane Society. She had a profound and generous heart for those around her in need and was a mother figure to many more people than just her three children. Becky also had an uncanny ability to cultivate plants and bring orchids back to life with her green thumb.

Although she struggled with chronic health issues in her later years, she tried to stay active in her living community as best she could by teaching other residents about geology, horticulture, and starting the book swap.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society in the name of Rebecca, "Becky," Gregg.
Lewis Lee "Buddy" Jones
Class of 1955
Lewis Lee "Buddy" Jones"Buddy" Jones, Jr., 83 of Hanceville, Alabama passed away on March 3, 2021 at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Gail Jones; parents, Louie Lee Jones, Sr. and Velma Jones; brother, Jimmy Jones; sister, Dorothy Powell; and daughter, Patsy Jones Chambers. He is survived by his daughters, Belinda L. Jones, Penny McCrary (Ron) and Connie J. Yarber (Brian); grandchildren, Lee Chamber, (Candace), Chad Logan (Halie), Ashlee Lejeune (David), Colby Logan, Chase Storey, Rylee Storey (Tanner Thomas), Preston Green, Jason McCrary, John McCrary (April) and Jesse McCrary; sister, Faye Webb; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation was Monday, March 8, 2021 at Patterson Forest Grove Funeral Home. Funeral service will began at 11:00 AM with interment in Alabama National at 2:00 PM. David Jones officiating. Social distancing and masks are required. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to www.stjude.org/donatetoday.
Tommy Eugene "Gene" Mogab
Class of 1959
Tommy Eugene “Gene” Mogab, age 86, of Pensacola, FL, passed away on June 3, 2021. Gene was born in Haines City, FL on January 22, 1935, to his mother, Sarah Ruby Mogab. Gene was raised by his grandparents, Idora J., and MA Mogab until the death of MA in 1948. After his granddad’s death, Gene moved to Powderly, AL outside of Birmingham, AL, and was raised by Nellie and NT Matthews as their son. Gene attended Jones Valley High School from 1948 until graduation in 1952. While at Jones Valley High School, Gene met Sue Townsel who would later become his wife. After high school, he went into the Army. Then when he was discharged Gene and Sue married in 1957.

In 1959, Sue and Gene moved to Pleasant Grove, AL, and daughter, Temmi was born. Gene worked for the local 136 of the IBEW in Birmingham and received his 60-year pin. Upon retirement, he and Sue moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Gene enjoyed fishing, the Gulf waters, playing poker with the boys, watching old westerns, and most of all Alabama football.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Ruby; wife, Sue Townsel Mogab; daughter, Temmu Eiland; and brother, Stanley Matthews. Gene is survived by his sister, Mina Matthews; granddaughter, Mauri Holland (Pensacola, FL); cousins and many friends.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations to Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast.
Mona Allen Randall
Class of 1959
JonesValley > The Class of 51 >  Allen, Mona EarlMona Allen Randall, 88, of Hoover, ALL passed away August 23, 2021.  She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church, and a former member of Union Baptist Church.  She retired from EBSCO in 2021.  Mona was a devoted Christian, always with a helping hand.  Mona was a loving wife, caring mother, and proud NaNa.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Randall; her parents, Odis and Bemmer Allen, and her grandson, Randall Brown Hancois.  Survived by her daughters, Pamela (George) Douglas, and Robbie Hancock; her grandchildren, Andrew (Briana) Hancock and Abby Hancock; her great grandchildren, Micah, River, and Stella, and extended lovely friends.  Graveside service was held September 2, 2021 at Valhalla Cemetary.  Bro. Harlan Turman will be officiating the service.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Gideons International  at gideons.org/donations or Samarittan's Purse at www.samaritan'spurse.org.
Joan Butler McBrayer
Class of 1960
JonesValley > Class of 60 >  Butler, Joan Mary Joan Butler McBrayer, Joan McBrayer, of Chelsea, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 78.

Joan grew up in Lipscomb and was a 1960 graduate of Jones Valley High School. She took pride in her academics and served as a majorette. After high school, she attended Birmingham Business College. She was an accomplished piano and organ player. Joan started playing piano for church services at Crescent Heights Baptist Church at the age of 12 and at the age of 14 she was moved to the organ. She spent her career in banking working for both AmSouth and Regions. She enjoyed her work and loved her co-workers and her customers. She retired after 31 years.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents James Robert and Julia Elizabeth Butler, husband of 35 years, Arthur Harold McBrayer and, son, Brett Douglas McBrayer.

Joan is survived by her devoted daughter Tara Nicole McCallister and beloved son-in-law William Irwin McCallister, her grandchildren Kelsey McBrayer, Brandon McBrayer (fiancé Kendall), Andrew McCallister, Sarah McCallister and James McCallister, great-granddaughter, Harper Lavallet, sister, Janet Smith, brother, Ronald Butler, nieces, Kelli Wilkins (Rick) and Keisha Glass (Josh), nephew, Ian Barsch (Rachel) 10 grand nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins. She is also survived by special loves Tracey Lee Dobbs (Jeff) and the McCallister Family of Northern Ireland.

Her grandchildren and Harper were her pride and joy. Joan spent many hours in her “cheerin’ chair” watching her grandchildren in baseball, football, volleyball, wrestling, mountain biking, band, color guard, and dance recitals. They kept her very busy and she loved every minute of it. She found so much joy in watching them in their activities. She absolutely adored them.

Visitation will be at Valhalla Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on August 30, 2021 with service to follow at 12:00 PM. Burial will immediate follow in Valhalla Cemetery. Her deeply loved friends, the Reverend Timothy McCracken and Scott Gosnell will officiate. Pallbearers are Ronald Butler, Ian Barsch, Brandon McBrayer, Andrew McCallister, James McCallister, and Steve Randall.

The family would like to thank the staff of Comfort Care, Pelham and Always There, Birmingham. Your service was above and beyond our expectations.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Ronald "Rusty" Matson
Class of 1967
From :  Connie Matson Wallace
Thank you everyone! Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers! There will be a Celebration of his life later.
Kay Snow Owen
Class of 1965
JonesValley > Class of 65 >  Snow, Kay With heavy hearts, we say or earthly goodbyess to Kay Snow Owen (KK).  Kay was born on a snowy January day in Birmingham, AL to Thomas H. and Ethel Snow.  Kay attended Jones Valley High School where she was a cheerleader.  Kay married her childhood crush, Jim Owen, 53 years ago on February 2, 1968.  KK and Jim  bounced around  the country living in Birmingham, Philly, Toledo,  Houston, Boca Raton, and Roswell before finally planting their roots in Fairhope, AL.  KK owned the shop, A Place Remembered, in downtown Fairhope for years.  She was a late, but great, golfer.  KK was famous for her love of Auburn, biscuits and gumbo.  Her greatest gift to all was her love.  She was our best friend and favorite aunt.  Everyone deserves a KK in their lives.  May her light shine through  us all until we meet again.  We love you KK, WDE.  She was preceded in death by parents, Thomas H. and Ethel Snow; brothers. Erskine and Charles Snow.  Kay is survived by her husband of 53 years, James P. Owen, Jr. of Fairhope; daughter, Ashley Ondresky (Jeremy) of Neenah; son, James P. Owen  III (Kelly) of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Morgan Ondresky, Owen Ondresky, James Owen, Jack Owen, Joe Owen and John Owen; brother, Ronald H. Snow (Nan) of Fairhope; and a multitude of nieces and nephews who were dearly loved by their favorite aunt.  A celebration of KK's life will be held Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Lakewood Golf Club, Hole # 10 on the Dogwood Course, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. 564 Fairhope Ave. Fairhope, AL  36532
Harvey "Hoppy" Bishop
Class of 1963
JonesValley > Class of 63 >  Bishop, HarveyHarvey Glenn Bishop, known by his friends as "Hoppy" and his grandchildren as "Poppy", went to forever walk the gardens of heaven on March 31, 2021. Hoppy was born on April 17, 1945 in Powderly, Alabama. Upon graduation from Jones Valley High School, he hitchhiked to and from Tuscaloosa where he attended the University of Alabama, graduating in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Initially working in sales and later the printing business, Hoppy was lucky enough to meet and marry Jenny Hobby in 1970. Hoppy's entrepreneurial spirit soon led to the opening of successful manufacturing businesses. After the sale of his companies, Hoppy returned to the printing industry where he helped establish Portico Magazine along with friends and colleagues. Upon retirement, Hoppy and Jenny moved to Goose Pond Island in Scottsboro, Alabama where he discovered a love for writing, ultimately authoring and publishing a book before returning to Birmingham in 2018. Hoppy's steadfast faith in Christ was defining. A member and Deacon at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Hoppy volunteered to serve others and was committed to local ministry outreach. Towards the end while bedridden, he considered his final hospitalization to have been a "golden opportunity" to witness to others. Hoppy was preceded in death by his parents, Brooks and Ruth Bishop, of McCalla, Alabama. He is survived by Jenny Hobby Bishop, his loving wife of 50 years, daughter Kacey Register (Jason) of San Antonio, Texas and son Brandon Bishop (Katy) of Birmingham, Alabama. Poppy was blessed with eight adoring grandchildren: Gates, John Bishop, Ellison and Mary Simmons Register, as well as Ella, Wilton, Sims and James Connor Bishop. Hoppy is also survived by brother Jeff Bishop (Sonia), as well as his sister Cindy Riggins (Larry) along with several nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed, but not forgotten, by all. An outdoor graveside service will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, 2701 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation the Amyloidosis Foundation at https://amyloidosis.org/.
Steve Thompson
Class 1964
JonesValley > Class of 64 >  Thompson, Steve "It is with a broken heart that I share with you the loss of my wonderful husband, Steven Thompson (JV class of ‘64), has been called home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ. After a lengthy illness due to complications from Parkinson’s disease that affected his muscles and speech and after nearly 5 years of fighting it he succumbed to that devastating disease. We would have been married 52 wonderful years in May and I think God for bringing us together. He was the best husband, father, Pawpaw, brother, and friend anyone could ever hope for. I will always love you Mary (JV class of ‘67).”

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Crawford- Bowers Funeral Home
1615 S Fort Hood street
Killeen, Texas 76542
April 13, 2021 Tuesday
Visitation 12:00-1:00pm
Funeral service 1:00pm
Burial 3:00pm at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
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Lewis Clinton Ray
Class of 1951
After 89 years, Lewis C. Shealy Jr. died on December 1st,
2020. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Bettie Shealy, children Lewis C. Shealy III and Deborah Hayden, and grandchildren Meghan Samberg, Lewis C. Shealy IV, Randall Hayden, Timothy Hayden, and Matthew Hayden, and great grandchildren Pepper Samberg, Olive Samberg, Idris Samberg, Alaina Shealy, and Isabella Harden.

Lew, as most people knew him, was born May 7, 1931 on a farm in Conehatta, MS, to Lewis Clinton Shealy and Bessie Horton Shealy. There he lived a life of simple means with siblings Richard Allen Shealy Sr., Lavon Shealy, and Carolyn Shealy Jolly until 1940, when the family moved to Lipscomb, AL, where his father went to work at the new US Steel. He left school and joined the military at the age of 17, but before he left, he proposed to his highschool sweetheart Bettie. He briefly returned a year later and they married in May 1952.

Lew had a successful career, beginning in the United States military. He served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force as an OSI agent, serving tours in Korea and Vietnam. He was also a Chief Liaison to the CIA and FBI, and one of the very few people to receive the award of gold cufflinks with the fingerprints of his left and right index fingers from J. Edgar Hoover for his exceptional service to the bureau. He then used that experience to move onto corporate loss prevention, with executive roles at Woodward and Lothropin Washington, DC, Marshall Fields in Chidago and the Eckerd Drug Corporation in Tampa, FL. His innovative techniques (like installing a camera inside the head of a mannequin) earned him much acclaim and led to appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 20/20 with John Stossel. Lew retired in 1996, moving back to his adopted home, State of Alabama.

During his retirement, Lew enjoyed the simple routines after a lifetime of hard work. He loved a good glass of wine, waking up early to make sure to feed the many animals who would wander into his yard, and attending Sunday School at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. He could often be found at his beloved Bright Star restaurant holding court. He loved keeping up with his family, always with his phone or ipad close by to forward them articles he found interesting. He was extremely proud of his five grandchildren, and was their biggest fan in whatever they pursued.

Lew was blessed with charm and a sense of humor that had a lasting impact on everyone he encountered. He never met a stranger and always had a joke and a story at hand. To many, Lew was a fountain of wisdom, having certain phrases that acted his north star.

Does it pass inspection? Anyone who worked with Lew would hear that one many times.

"Listen to those who are 20 years older than you until you are about 50, and then listen to those who are 20 years younger than you from then on. " He heard that from his uncle when he was young, and it served to guide Lew through life.                                                                                               
Harold Leland Ray
Class of 1953
                                                                                                     
JonesValley > The Class of 1953 >  Ray, HaroldHarold Leland Ray, passed away at home February 11, 2021 with his wife of 66 years, Janet, and his daughter Lesa, by his side. Harold was born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 25, 1935 to the late Elijah Friedman Sr. and Abbie Inez (Langner) Ray. Harold graduated from Jones Valley High School in Powderly, Alabama, where he met the love of his life, Janet. They were married in June, 1954 and had 66 wonderful years together, during which time they had two children, Mike and Lesa. Harold was a devoted disciple of Christ his entire life. He was a member of Powderly Baptist Church in Alabama, where he was ordained as a deacon in 1956, and served as an RA leader and Sunday School teacher. In his 30’s, Harold earned a “Civitan Award” for saving a child’s life. He was a deacon for many years in Indiana, and was a member of Life Point Church in Indianapolis, IN.

Harold’s first job was at Gordons Transports where he worked for nearly 30 years. He was transferred to Indiana in 1971. He retired from Watkins Motor Lines in 2000. After his retirement, Harold worked at the driving range at Smock Golf course, as well as security at the Colts games for twelve years. Harold was known for his community involvement. He volunteered for the 500 Festival Parade, World Police & Fire games and many other events in Indianapolis over a number of years.

Harold was an avid fisherman, golfer, puzzler, and gardener and enjoyed both international and domestic travel. One of his favorite hobbies was cruising Greenwood with Janet in their 1927 Dodge. Harold’s sense of humor was well known among his family and friends. His ability to laugh never failed him, even at the very end of his life. Harold will be remembered as a man of deep integrity and faith whose love for his family, his friends and his God never failed. The world is a better place for having Harold Leland Ray.

Along with his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Ray and his son, Michael L. Ray.

Survivors include his wife, Janet L.(Patterson) Ray of Greenwood, IN, a daughter Lesa Fritz (Mac) Greenwood, IN, brother Johnny Ray (Elsie) of Birmingham, AL, sister Donna Mann (Lee) Chelsea, AL, grandchildren Cory Mascari, Allyson (Hakija) Halilic, Aaron Ray; great-grandchildren Aldin, Ajdin and Amila Halilic; and a host of relatives and friends.

Daphna Tobey will conduct a service on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 6PM at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, IN and will be live-streamed for family and friends to connect at www.swartzmortuary.com/obituary/harold-leland-ray. Friends may call from 4PM till service time Sunday at the mortuary. Due to COVID-19 Mandates, facial coverings or mask and social distancing will be required for all of those attending. A private family service will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Greenwood, IN. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com. Information 317-738-0202.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.
James Davenport
Class of 1957
JonesValley > Class of 57 >  Davenport, JamesJAMES W. DAVENPORT.....JV '57
1938-2021
James, a devoted family man, church layman and businessman, passed away Feb. 6, surrounded by his loving family.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Springtown at 500 North Main St. No visitation will be held due to the coronavirus pandemic. Burial will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Born in Clanton, Ala., on Sept. 28, 1938, to Robert and Imogene Davenport, his family moved to Birmingham in 1941. He attended Jones Valley School in Powderly, graduating in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Imaline, the next year.
After graduation, he began work at Southeastern Tool and Die, which later became Mason Corporation. He transferred to Mason Aluminum Products Inc., based in Dallas, in 1974 to become vice president, where he oversaw the company’s plants in both in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La. and operations and sales in a five-state region.
He worked for Mason for 42 years, only taking a two-year leave from 1961-63 to proudly serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Polk, La.
He loved the game of baseball and muscle cars and restored several cars. He had a particular love for classic Ford Mustangs and his dream was to one day own a Ford dealership.
He also had a love for Christ, and served as a lay leader at several churches, including as a deacon and trustee at First Baptist Church of Carrollton; as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Keller; and as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Springtown. He loved to help others, and was especially active as a mission trip volunteer, helping others rebuild both their homes and their lives.
His family knew him as kind, compassionate, trustworthy and as a treasured son, husband and father. He loved his family, his church and his friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Kay Clements and brother-in-law James Eargle. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Imaline Eargle Davenport; daughter Suzanne Dilday (Russell); grandsons John Hawk Dilday (Amy) and James Lee Dilday; a niece and nephew, and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church of Springtown.
JonesValley > The Class of 1968 >  Hemphill, JanieBetty "Janie" Shamblin, 71, of Bessemer, AL passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Janie was a member of Midfield First United Methodist Church. She retired from the Bessemer Court House from the tax assessor office. She played piano for her church. Janie loved traveling to the mountains and the beach. Janie was a loving wife, devoted mother, and proud "Nanna". She was preceded in death by her parents, Neal and Betty Hemphill, Sr.; her sister, Debbie Lindley and her brother, Neal Hemphill, Jr. Janie is survived by her husband, Neal Shamblin; her sons, Rick (Denise) Alfano and Mark (Janna) Alfano; her step-daughter, Kimberly (Jim) Watts; her grandchildren, Sterling, Tanner, Braxton (Katy), Jaxon, Taylor and Logan; her sister, Genie (Steve) Woods. Graveside service will be Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Samuel Allen O'Quinn
Class of 1940
Obituary of Samuel A. O'Quinn
Warner Robins, Georgia – Samuel Allen O’Quinn passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020. A Funeral Service honoring his life will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:00PM. A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the services. Immediately following the services, Mr. Oquinn will be laid to rest at Magnolia Park Cemetery.
Mr. O’Quinn was born on September 4, 1922 in Gadsden, Al. He was the seventh of nine children born to the late Mr. Thomas Osborn and Mrs. Margaret Brown O’Quinn. His family moved to Birmingham, Al. when he was a small child and he was educated in public schools in Birmingham, graduating from Jones Valley High School in 1940. He never missed a day of school in 12 years. Upon graduation, he joined the Army Air Corp., and served in the European Operations during World War II. He was in the 8th Air Force, serving as a Radio Operator in both the B-17 and B-24 planes where he flew 34 missions as a member of the 493/495th Bombardment Group. At the end of World War II, he joined the US Army Air Force and retired in 1966, at Langley AFB, VA as a Senior Master Sergeant after 24 years of service. After retiring from the Air Force, he was employed with Robins AFB working in Equipment Allowance Branch as an Electronic Technician and as a Unit Supervisor in Material Management, retiring in 1987.
Mr. O’Quinn was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Asbury Sunday School Class, where he held many different offices. He was also a volunteer at the Trinity Food Pantry. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Northside High School and a lifetime member of NHS Booster Club.
Mr. O’Quinn was predeceased by his son, Joseph O’Quinn; his sisters Mary Ella Landrum, Ethel Waits, and Mae Fowler; his brothers , John , Joseph (Joe), Ogle, Gordon, and Brown, all of the Birmingham area. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolores Ladd O’Quinn; his daughters Rebecca (John) Gargis of Knoxville TN, and Nancy (Allen) Cooley of Madison, MS; three grandsons, Samuel (Emily) Gargis, Mathew Gargis, and Zachary Cooley; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Fund or the Trinity Food Pantry.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Royce Burnett
Class of 1965
 JonesValley > Class of 65 >  Burnett, Royce
Funeral arrangements for Royce Burnett  JV 1965 .  Celebration of Life for Royce will be Thursday December 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM.  It will be held at Veterans Park 7305 Hwy. 119 Alabaster, Alabama. There will be a short service and a Dove Release...Park in back parking lot. A private Burial for family will follow.

In lieu of flowers please give to your church in memory of Royce Altman Burnett .  The Dove: Funeral Tributes with a White Dove Release. One way to honor your loved one as he or she passes into the heavens is with the release of a pure white dove. It is your last tribute to the soul of your dearly departed. ... For centuries, doves have symbolized the Holy Spirit, love, peace, hope, and the soul.
Clyde DeLoach
Class of 1954
JonesValley > The Class of 54 >  Deloach, ClydeClyde Noel DeLoach of Irving, Texas
February 22, 1936 - November 29, 2020
Clyde Noel DeLoach, 84, resident of Irving, TX, for forty-one years, peacefully passed from the land of the dying to the land of the living on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Carrollton Regional Medical Center’s Vitas Hospice Unit. The combination of Alzheimer's, pneumonia, and Covid 19 simply overwhelmed his body, and now he is healed and rejoicing in heaven in the presence of the Lord! Clyde chose to trust and follow Jesus Christ at the age of fourteen, so he lived his life secure in the love and promises of God.

Clyde is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Blanche DeLoach, and his sister, Janet DeLoach Kicker, and her husband, John E. Kicker. Left to cherish Clyde’s memory are his wife of fifty-four years, Beca DeLoach; sons, Gordon Clyde DeLoach and his wife Kristin of Midlothian, and Collins Noel DeLoach and his wife Holly of Lewisville; grandchildren Julia Frandsen-DeLoach, Zachary DeLoach, and Casey DeLoach; brother Bernard Collins DeLoach, Jr. and his wife Annie Ruth of Orange City, Florida; and, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Clyde was born in 1936 to Bernard Collins DeLoach and Ada Blanche Moore DeLoach in Birmingham, AL. He attended Jones Valley High School, Auburn University, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1958. He earned his MBA degree from the University of Dallas in 1983. Clyde served in the Army Reserves and was called up to active duty during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. Clyde met and married Beca Bruening in 1966 in Shreveport, LA. He worked for Westinghouse Corporation over twenty years in Shreveport, LA, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. In 1978 he started working for Curtis Mathes Corporation in Athens, TX, and later owned and operated Curtis Mathes and Rent City stores in the DFW area.

In the Army, Clyde was part of an entertainment corps that traveled to Army bases to entertain the troops. When transferring to different cities with Westinghouse Corporation, Clyde served several churches as a bi-vocational Minister of Music. As a young man, Clyde was a member of Toastmasters International and held positions of leadership. When Clyde and Beca arrived in Irving in 1979, they joined a thriving community and began a lifetime of community service and involvement. Clyde was a member of the Las Colinas Rotary Club and became the Charter President of the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club. He served on the TIF board of the City of Irving. Other positions of leadership were Chairman of the Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, President of the Irving Schools Foundation, President of the Plymouth Park Merchant’s Association, President of Texas Association of Rental Agents, President of the Hospital District South Neighborhood Association, and Board member of the Great Flag Caper. Clyde and Beca received Irving’s High-Spirited Citizens’ Award in 1993.

His relationship to the Lord was very important throughout Clyde’s life! He served as Minister of Music at Hilltop Drive Baptist Church from 1979 to 1989. He was a Deacon and choir member at MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church where he also served on various committees. He had many precious friends in a men’s prayer breakfast at Baylor SW Hospital every Friday morning. Clyde enjoyed singing with the Singing Men of Texas for many years.

Running was Clyde’s favorite hobby! He ran races all over the country and considered his running buddies some of his best friends. Clyde helped to start the annual Las Colinas Rotary Club’s Christmas Classic Race. He also helped to start the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club’s annual Pumpkin Run at Lake Joe Pool. He held some running records in Texas and in DFW. He considered his 2 hour 37 minute finish at the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon in 1979 his personal best.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crisis Ministries of Irving, Global Missions at MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, Gideons International, or the Great Flag Caper.

Special thanks go to the staff of MacArthur Hills Senior Living where Clyde has lived the past year in Memory Care. Covid 19 lockdowns have caused isolation and loneliness in many long term care facilities. As a family we were unable to be close to Clyde for over seven months. Fortunately in his last days we were able to spend time with him. Pray for the many loved ones who are separated during this pandemic.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 am Tuesday, December 8, 2020 with Memorial Services at 11:00 a.m. at MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church, 8001 Mustang Dr., Irving, Texas 75063. A family graveside services will be held prior to visitation at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.

Due to COVID, mask mandates and social distancing are required at all times during the service. For those unable to attend please join the family via live streaming at www.macarthurblvd.org.Clyde Noel DeLoach of Irving, Texas
February 22, 1936 - November 29, 2020
Clyde Noel DeLoach, 84, resident of Irving, TX, for forty-one years, peacefully passed from the land of the dying to the land of the living on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Carrollton Regional Medical Center’s Vitas Hospice Unit. The combination of Alzheimer's, pneumonia, and Covid 19 simply overwhelmed his body, and now he is healed and rejoicing in heaven in the presence of the Lord! Clyde chose to trust and follow Jesus Christ at the age of fourteen, so he lived his life secure in the love and promises of God.

Clyde is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Blanche DeLoach, and his sister, Janet DeLoach Kicker, and her husband, John E. Kicker. Left to cherish Clyde’s memory are his wife of fifty-four years, Beca DeLoach; sons, Gordon Clyde DeLoach and his wife Kristin of Midlothian, and Collins Noel DeLoach and his wife Holly of Lewisville; grandchildren Julia Frandsen-DeLoach, Zachary DeLoach, and Casey DeLoach; brother Bernard Collins DeLoach, Jr. and his wife Annie Ruth of Orange City, Florida; and, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Clyde was born in 1936 to Bernard Collins DeLoach and Ada Blanche Moore DeLoach in Birmingham, AL. He attended Jones Valley High School, Auburn University, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1958. He earned his MBA degree from the University of Dallas in 1983. Clyde served in the Army Reserves and was called up to active duty during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. Clyde met and married Beca Bruening in 1966 in Shreveport, LA. He worked for Westinghouse Corporation over twenty years in Shreveport, LA, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. In 1978 he started working for Curtis Mathes Corporation in Athens, TX, and later owned and operated Curtis Mathes and Rent City stores in the DFW area.

In the Army, Clyde was part of an entertainment corps that traveled to Army bases to entertain the troops. When transferring to different cities with Westinghouse Corporation, Clyde served several churches as a bi-vocational Minister of Music. As a young man, Clyde was a member of Toastmasters International and held positions of leadership. When Clyde and Beca arrived in Irving in 1979, they joined a thriving community and began a lifetime of community service and involvement. Clyde was a member of the Las Colinas Rotary Club and became the Charter President of the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club. He served on the TIF board of the City of Irving. Other positions of leadership were Chairman of the Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, President of the Irving Schools Foundation, President of the Plymouth Park Merchant’s Association, President of Texas Association of Rental Agents, President of the Hospital District South Neighborhood Association, and Board member of the Great Flag Caper. Clyde and Beca received Irving’s High-Spirited Citizens’ Award in 1993.

His relationship to the Lord was very important throughout Clyde’s life! He served as Minister of Music at Hilltop Drive Baptist Church from 1979 to 1989. He was a Deacon and choir member at MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church where he also served on various committees. He had many precious friends in a men’s prayer breakfast at Baylor SW Hospital every Friday morning. Clyde enjoyed singing with the Singing Men of Texas for many years.

Running was Clyde’s favorite hobby! He ran races all over the country and considered his running buddies some of his best friends. Clyde helped to start the annual Las Colinas Rotary Club’s Christmas Classic Race. He also helped to start the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club’s annual Pumpkin Run at Lake Joe Pool. He held some running records in Texas and in DFW. He considered his 2 hour 37 minute finish at the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon in 1979 his personal best.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crisis Ministries of Irving, Global Missions at MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, Gideons International, or the Great Flag Caper.

Special thanks go to the staff of MacArthur Hills Senior Living where Clyde has lived the past year in Memory Care. Covid 19 lockdowns have caused isolation and loneliness in many long term care facilities. As a family we were unable to be close to Clyde for over seven months. Fortunately in his last days we were able to spend time with him. Pray for the many loved ones who are separated during this pandemic.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 am Tuesday, December 8, 2020 with Memorial Services at 11:00 a.m. at MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church, 8001 Mustang Dr., Irving, Texas 75063. A family graveside services will be held prior to visitation at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.

Due to COVID, mask mandates and social distancing are required at all times during the service. For those unable to attend please join the family via live streaming at www.macarthurblvd.org.

Glenn Langner
Class of 1970
 JonesValley > The Class of 1970 >  Langner, Glenn
Funeral arrangements for Glenn Langner JV '70 provided by his wife, Danielle....
"Celebration of Life for Glenn was on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 with visitation starting at 1pm and celebration at 3pm. Location will be at our home at 223 Big Rock Drive, Calera, AL 35040. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Alabama Oncology @ Grandview in Glenn's honor. Details to follow soon.
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support of us during this most difficult time"
Michael Wesson
Class of 1953
 James Michael Wesson 1953- We have lost another Lipscomb Boy. James Michael Wesson passed away yesterday from heart & lung issues (related to a-fib). He played baseball growing up, is a Marine who served 3 yrs in 'Nam, was a Drill Instructor & Recruter before getting out & driving a Truck 14 Million Accident-Free miles before retiring. He took up for the mistreated and had kind heart under that tough shell. Our world will never be the same without his jokes, laughter, and generous spirit.  "Rest in Peace"
Jim Horn
Class of 1960
JonesValley > Class of 60 >  Horn, Jimmy James Lester “Jim” Horn, a resident of McCalla, Alabama, died Sunday morning, October 4, 2020, at his home. He was 78.

Graveside services were held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, in the Shorterville Baptist Church Cemetery, Shorterville, Alabama, with Senior Pastor Joel Frederick officiating. The family will receive friends following the graveside services. Social distancing guidelines and masks will be observed. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 11, 2020, in the Grace Life Baptist Church in McCalla. Holman-Abbeville Mortuary & Cremations, Abbeville, Alabama, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Life Baptist Church “Building Fund”, 6200 Lou George Loop, Bessemer, AL 35022.

Mr. Horn was a native of Lipscomb, Alabama, son of the late Joseph Cornelius Horn and Ruth Brock Horn. He served his country in the U. S. Army Reserve in the Montgomery unit. Mr. Horn lived in Forestdale, Alabama before moving to McCalla twenty-five years ago. He was a member of the Grace Life Baptist Church in McCalla. Mr. Horn was retired as a Sales Representative for home building supply companies. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Horn.

Jim Horn was a man of God that truly believed the gospel saved lives and he took every opportunity to share Jesus with others. He loved his family fiercely and considered many friends as family. “Let’s get it done and go home.”- Matthew 24:14.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Janet Arnold Horn; a daughter, Joy Horn Gober, McCalla, AL; a son, Tim Horn (Sonya), Bagley, AL; a sister, Kathy Horn Bates (Delton), McCalla, AL; three grandchildren, Melanie Henson (John), Patrick Preston (fiancé, Brittney) and Nicholas Horn; several nieces and nephews.

HOLMAN ABBEVILLE MORTUARY & CREMATIONS IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. Phone 334-585-5261. You may sign a guest register at www.holmanmortuaries.com. This establishment does not own a crematory.
Mikul Leonard
Class of 1968
JonesValley > The Class of 1968 >  Leonard, MikulMikul Leonard - Jones Valley High School  Class of 1968.   Mikul Leonard  was an alumni of Alabama State University, Class of 1974.  Viewing was held Monday, September 28, 2020 from noon until 7:00 P.M. with Family Hour from 4:00 until 5:00 P.M. at Smith & Gaston Southside Chapel. Graveside service held Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at Highland Memorial Gardens. Smith & Gaston Southside directing.
Jimmy Smith
Class of 1957
JonesValley > Class of 57 >  Smith, JimmyJames Irven Smith went to be with his Lord on Monday, September 28, 2020. He was a loving and devoted father, brother, and son. Mr. Smith was born on January 28, 1939, to Horace Lamar Smith and Minnie Velma (Shelton) Smith and grew up in Powderly, AL. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1957 and then attended Auburn University where he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1962, while interning with US Steel. He acquired his Professional Engineering License in 1962. He then went to work for Brown Engineering in Huntsville helping to design the gantry for the Saturn V Rocket Program that launched America to the moon. He then worked at Rust Engineering, and later went in to sales at George S. Edwards Co. Mr. Smith married Sandra Kaye Pyron and they had two children. He attended Church of the Highlands Grandview where he rededicated his life to the Lord on January of this year. He worked out weekly at the Graystone YMCA and delivered food to needy families through the Shades Mountain Mission. He is loved by many and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his children, Scott Alan Smith and Ashley Denise Smith White (Philip) and his sisters, Charlotte Hall and Janell Smith and many nieces and nephews and friends. A celebration of his life was be on October 5th, by the Rev. Brian Bagwell at Southern Heritage located at 475 Cahaba Valley Rd, Pelham, AL 35214. Visitation will begin at 12 pm and service to follow at 1pm. Interment will be held at Rock Creek Church of God Cemetery, 1001 Park Rd, Bessemer, AL 35023. The family suggest that memorials be made to the American Heart Association and Shades Mountain Mission."
Pam Burgess
Class of 1967
JonesValley > The Class of 1967 >  Dunlap, PamelaPamela “Pam” Ann Dunlap Burgess, [71]of Birmingham, Alabama left us on earth to find peace on July 15, 2020. Pam passed peacefully in her sleep, with her loving family at her side.  Born in Birmingham, Alabama on March 7, 1949, Pam graduated from Jones Valley High School and later studied at University of Alabama Birmingham.  Pam, a retired Account Clerk, remained very active after her retirement in 2017. She loved to travel. Perhaps more than anything, Pam loved to visit the ocean and the beach. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid dancer. Pam was an enthusiastic member of several dance groups in Alabama and regionally, including the Magic City Boppers.  We will always remember Pam for her ever-present smile, her loving, gentle and kind heart and her fervent zest for life.  Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and close friends.  Pam was also an active volunteer having given much of her time to many local charities, including the Fire House and Mental Health Consumers of Alabama.  Pam is survived by her children: Son, Kerry Burgess of Birmingham; Daughter, Monica Gardner (husband, Chris) of Atlanta. Her grandchildren include: granddaughters, Annah Burgess and Zoie Gardner, and grandson,  Gardner. Her surviving sister Robbie Woolsteen (husband, Tommy). Her nieces and nephews are: Crystal Krein (husband, Mike) of Las Vegas; Kelly Skelton of Panama City Beach; Matthew Romei (wife, Laura), Ashlyn Woolsteen and Rob Woolsteen. She also had 10 great-nieces and nephews all of whom she was very active as a loving Aunt and who loved her dearly.
Pam is preceded in death by her sister, Linda Frances Romei, and her parents Robert Eugene and Frances Dunlap. A memorial service for close family and friends will be held in Pam’s memory in the future with details forthcoming.
Dorothy Sue Stovall Cox
Class of 1961
JonesValley > Class of 61 >  Stovall, SueDororthy Sue Stovall Cox, age 77, aka Susie Q, and affectionally known as Precious and Meme by her Grandchildren, passed away to be with the Lord on Sunday Morning the Thirteenth day of September, 2020, surrounded by members of her loving family.Susie was born Dec. 13, 1942 in West End, Birmingham, AL: daughter of Kermit S. Stovall and Clara Nell Whitaker; the granddaughter of Lewis S. Stovall and Omma Vandegrift, all of whom preceded her in death. She attended Jones Valley High School and the University of Alabama prior to her marriage to her high school sweetheart in 1963.

She is survived by the Husband, Dr. Robert M. Cox, Four children: Annorah Jo Vanoy (Steve), Lewis Ridge Cox (Dana), Ellen Rabet Bush (Erick), and Susan Layne Adams (Andrew); Eight grandchildren: Josie Cox, Laura Bush, Layne Adams, Bonnie Bush, Rowan Adams, Eden Adams, William Bush and Gavin Adams; her sister Sandra Roberson, her nephews Dale Roberson and Jay Roberson and her niece Julie Roberson Anderson.

Arrangements were made for a Graveside Service held at 10am Wednesday Morning (Sept 16, 2020) at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Pastor Ron Martin presiding.
She will always be remembered as a Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Homemaker.
Betty Jean McDanal Tolbert
Class of 1946
JonesValley > The Class of 1946 >  McDanal, BettyBetty Jean McDanal Torbert, age 92 passed away on September 24, 2020 peacefully at home. Betty was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 20, 1928 and remained a resident of Alabama her entire life. She is survived by her five children, John R. Torbert (Karen), David Torbert (Wendy), Carol Dawson (Tom), James Torbert (Sandra) and Andrew Torbert (Kathy); as well as her brother, Harvey O. McDanal (June). Betty also was loved by seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren along with numerous other family members. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John O. Torbert; her mother, Ressie McDanal; her sister, Joyce Brown (Shelby) and great granddaughter, Brianna Bryant. Betty was a graduate of Jones Valley High School where she was a majorette. She was a WWII post-war bride and provided a loving and nurturing household for her family. Volunteer work was one of her gifts as she served faithfully in the children's ministry of her church, brought laughter to hospital patients as a clown within the hospice program and made balloon animals for community events. Betty enjoyed traveling in her RV and camping with friends, thrift store shopping and hosting gatherings for her family. Betty will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. A visitation was held on Monday, September 28, 2020 Valhalla Cemetary. Interment was at Highland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Bessemer, AL Written condolences are welcomed.
Martha Fay Clowdus Ulmer
Class of  1958
JonesValley > Class of 58 >  Clowdus, Martha FayMartha Fay Ulmer won her wings on Sunday, August 16,2020 at the age of 80. She was born on October 17, 1939 to the late Quincy Clowdus and Maybell Townsend Clowdus. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Jerry Ulmer; two children, Karen Rowe (Curtis) and Lea Dearmond (Bobby); five grandchildren: Brandi, Jessica (Jerry), Christopher (Danielle), Jamie (Megan) and Jennifer (Aaron); a host of great grandchildren, other extended family and friends. Mrs. Ulmer's funeral service will be held in the chapel at Gardendale Heritage Funeral Home on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Gardens. Rev. Steve Bachus and Rev. Mike Irons are officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening, August 20, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Patsy Douglas Latham
Class of 1965
JonesValley > Class of 65 >  Douglas, PatPatsy Douglas Latham, of Pleasant Grove, passed away on July 30, 2020 at the age of 72. She worked as a Daycare Provider for over 20 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Latham. She is survived by her daughters, Stacey L. Johnson (Jeff) and Kimberly L. Erhart (Ken); special friend, Louis M. Kelley; sister, Linda G. Phillips (Herb); half-brother, Scott Douglas (Kelly); grandchildren, Emily D. Johnson, Kody L. Erhart and Kyle D. Erhart; great grandchild, Braylen R. Johnson; special furry friend, Lillie; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation was Monday, August 3, 2020  at Patterson Forest Grove Funeral Home. Funeral service was b Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the chapel with burial in Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. Reverend Rick Cato, Pastor Charles Andrews and Father Gerald Holloway officiati
Wallace Wesson
Class of 1968
JonesValley > The Class of 1968 >  Wesson, WallaceCharles Wallace “PeeWee” Wesson, Sr., 70, of Midfield, passed away July 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Katie Wesson, and his beloved wife of 52 years, Vicky Lynn Wesson. He is survived by his sons Chuck (Kim), Shane (Wendy), and Kevin (Stefanie), Angelo Tucker; sister, Phyllis Addison (Gregg); cousin that was like a brother, Bobby Wesson, Sr., grandchildren, Luke, Falon, Brodie, Bailee, Colin, Fisher, Preston Dodd and Kenneth Dodd; Craig and Sandee Young and other nieces and nephews.

PeeWee was retired from the City of Midfield. He was a coach for the Midfield parks league for over 40 years where his love of mentoring kids touched many lives. PeeWee was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and just generally being outside. The lure of the hunt also influenced him and his love for antiques and sales. A self-proclaimed “Picker,” he loved antique auctions, flea markets, and hanging out at the scrap yard with his friend George. PeeWee was certainly one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

The family will received friends on Friday, July 24, 2020  at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home. There was a celebration of PeeWee's life following at 2 PM. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery.
Barbara Gann McGee
Class of 1961
JonesValley > Class of 61 >  Gann, BarbaraBarbara Gann McGee, 76, Blountsville, died June 13, 2020, at the residence. She was a member of Woodland Avenue Baptist Church and a member of Eastern Star. Predeceasing her were mother Lorene Gann and brothers Lewis Gann and Harold Gann. Surviving are husband of 58 years Marvin McGee; sons Murray (Denise) McGee, Michael (Allison) McGee; grandchildren Chelsey McGee, Abigail McGee, Madison McGee, Logan McGee; longtime best friends John and Diane Cantrell. Jack Thomason and Michael Murphree officiated the 2 p.m. service held June 16 at Blountsville Funeral Home. Burial followed at Fowler Springs Cemetery with Murray McGee, Michael McGee, Logan McGee, Justin McGee, John Cantrell, and Jerry Rutherford serving as pallbearers.
Bobbi Burnett Hill
Class of 1961
JonesValley > Class of 61 >  Burnett, Bobbie RuthBobbi Burnett Hill - It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Bobbie Hill (Helena, Alabama), who passed away on May 27, 2020. She was predeceased by her parents, John Burnett and Doris Burnett. She is survived by : her sons, Todd Hill (Tidy) and Rocky Hill (Natalie); her grandchildren, Andrew Hill (Courtney), Katelyn Shaw (Jeremy), Macie Hill, Brock Hill and Grant Hill; her great grandchildren, Emma Hill, Mia Hill and Arietta Shaw; and her siblings, Patsy Garner (Jimmy), Bubba Burnett and John Wayne Burnett. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
 Andy Morris
Class of 1969
JonesValley > The Class of 1969 >  Morris, AndySteve Andrew Morris, 69, passed away August 13th,2020 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. A Birmingham native and lifelong resident, Morris was born on January 26, 1951. He was a graduate from Jones Valley High School and Troy State University in 1977. Working primarily at SouthTrust and Synovus Banks, he built a successful forty-year career, specializing in commercial real estate lending. Positive, upbeat with a wonderful sense of humor, Morris was popular with customers and co-workers alike, quietly mentoring scores of young people over the years. Intrigued by people and their life stories, Andy loved nothing more than entertaining a group of friends at his Lake Martin home. Without guests, he was known to continue socializing, sitting on his pier, waving at passing boats. Devoted, loving, protective, the center of Morris' life was, first and foremost, family, his treasured wife of 43 years, Beth, children, Blake, Paige (son in law Brian) and their three-year-old son, Parks. A man of great faith, Morris trusted in God for guidance. Caring and sensitive, his conversation with a lawn boy was as heartfelt and respectful as those with bank CEOs and large companies. Morris is survived by wife Beth, son, Blake (Atlanta), daughter, Paige Morris Miller husband, Brian and son Parks, his sister Rena Morris Lyle in Birmingham. The family is deeply appreciative for the professional and personal care of Dr. Laura Skorr, Emory University Hospital and Elizabeth Dickey, RN, St. Vincent's Hospital, Birmingham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Children's Harbor of Alabama, 1 Our Children's Highway, Alexander City, AL 35010 and Parkinson's Disease Research Fund c/o Emory University. Checks can be mailed to 1762 Clifton Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322. A social-distancing visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16, 4-6 p.m. at Ridouts Funeral Home, Trussville, followed on Monday, August 17 by a 10 A.M. graveside service at Trussville Cemetery. The family expresses their regret ,due to Covid restrictions, to be unable to greet visitors with hugs and handshakes. They will reserve those for happier, healthier times.
     Darrell Hamilton
Class of 1967
JonesValley > The Class of 1968 >  Hamilton, DarrellObituary Darrell Hamilton, age 71 of Gardendale, passed away on Tuesday July 28, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Edna Hamilton and by his loving wife of 38 years, Elizabeth “Beth” Hamilton. He was a member of East Gardendale Baptist Church and was retired from a career in law enforcement. A proud Gideon he was a member of Alabama/Northwest Florida Gideon Association. He was an avid bowler and was a member of the Greater Birmingham Bowling Association and the American Bowling Congress. Mr. Hamilton is survived by five married children; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Kent Hamilton (Jum). He is also survived by his special buddy. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday August 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. from the chapel of Walker Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Barber officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Walker Chapel Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Walker Chapel Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 205-849-5000, Fultondale. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Gideons International, North Jefferson Camp, P.O. Box 246, Gardendale, AL 35071 To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Darrell Hudson Hamilton, please visit our floral store.
      
 Coach Bob Haggard
Faculty
To the Jones Valley and West End High School families ...Coach Bob Haggard has entered the gates of Heaven. His Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 with visitation 12:30-2:00 and the service to follow at Elmwood Chapel. Come celebrate the life of a wonderful man.
       Linda Turner Stokes
Class of 60
JonesValley > Class of 60 >  Turner, LindaLinda T Stokes   -   Sep 21, 1942 - Mar 7, 2020
Linda T Stokes, 77, of Kyle, TX passed away peacefully on March 7, 2020. She was born September 21, 1942 in Birmingham, AL to James M and Sue Turner. She is survived by her children Bart Stokes (Willow), Kelley S Dupeire (John), and Shannon S Ramirez (Damiano); grandchildren Nicholas Dupeire (Abigail), Marisa Ramirez, Mason Ramirez, and Aidan Ramirez; brother, T Wayne Turner (Lynn). Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry N Stokes, and her daughter, Deirdre Stokes. Visitation will be Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 pm at Highland Memorial Gardens.
       Brenda Butler Hays
Class of 66
JonesValley > The Class of 1966 >  Butler, BrendaBrenda Butler Hays, 72, of Hoover, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. She was a graduate of Jones Valley High School and a longtime member of Green Valley Baptist Church and Hunter Street Baptist Church.  Brenda was an avid tennis player, but her greatest love was family. She loved nothing more than watching her children grow and would have loved being a grandmother even more.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Juanita Butler, and twin sister, Linda Brown.
Survivors include Brenda's devoted husband of over 50 years, Mike Hays. She is also survived by her children, Matt Hays (Susan) and Julie Brousil (Ben); grandchildren, Hudson Hays, Anderson Hays, and Brady Brousil; brothers, Joe Frank Butler (Shirley) and Jack Butler (Marilyn); and brother-in-law, Jim Brown.

Due to current circumstances, a public visitation will not be possible. A private burial will be held at Southern Heritage Cemetery in Pelham, Alabama.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, P.O. Box 2273, Birmingham, AL 35201.

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” George Bernard Shaw
       Virginia Lois Sizemore Reeves
Class of 57
JonesValley > Class of 57 >  Sizemore, LoisVirginia Lois Sizemore Reeves, age 80 of Pell City, passed away at home in the presence of her family on Sunday, April 5, 2020. She is preceded by (VL) Sizemore, brother, Thomas (Tommy) Sizemore, and sister, Alice Sizemore Green Lafon. Lois is survived by her brother Norman Jackson Sizemore (Sharon), daughters Lori Reeves Newton (Glenn), and Joni Reeves Hawkins (Jamie), grandchildren Derrick Lloyd Newton (Megan), Jeslyn Nicole Hawkins, Devin Jackson Newton, Jacob Shawn Hawkins, and great-granddaughter Blaire Madison Newton. She leaves behind several cherished cousins, nieces and nephews, and will also be greatly missed by her faithful fur baby, Lilly (her Schnauzer).

Lois was born on April 10, 1939 in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Powderly. She later moved to Hueytown, and then to Pell City - where she has resided for the last 45 years. Lois graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1957 and attended Howard University. She married Doyce Reeves and started a family, and then a career as an insurance agent for Liberty National Life Insurance Company, retiring in June 2002. She was the first female insurance agent representing Liberty National in the area.

Mrs. Reeves was a cherished member of First Baptist Church in Pell City, where she sang in the choir and was active in her Sunday School Class "The Truth Seekers". She loved many things in this life, led a life that glorified God, and had a strong bond with family, her Church family, former work family, and her classmates from Jones Valley High - with whom she met for lunch each month. Graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham prior to being laid to rest among family members. The service will be conducted on Friday, April 10th at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Friday, April 10th at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Due to the impacts of coronavirus, this service will be limited to immediate family. A celebration of life will be held once our lives return to normal for anyone wishing to attend. An announcement will be communicated by the family once the plans for the gathering have been finalized. Kilgroe Funeral Home Pell City directed the service.
       Jerry Wayne Browning
Class of 64
Jerry Wayne Browning  -  August 8, 1944 - March 29, 2020
He is preceeded in death by his father and mother Victor L. and Ocie Ola Browning, brothers Victor Lee, Bobby O’Neal and William Lawrence (Larry) Browning, sisters Ava Jacquline Karcz, Clara Amaryllis Hughes, and Sharon Lanette Kilgore, his son Jeff Browning and the mother of his son’s Ruby Carpenter Browning.

He is survived by his sisters Lena Mae Donaldson, Betty Sue Hayes and Debra Ann Praytor. His sons Terry and Michael Browning, five grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a Viet Nam veteran and a member of McAdory Baptist Church.
       Kenneth (Sonny) Clayton Jones
Class of 56
JonesValley > Class of 56 >  Clayton, KennethMr. Kenneth (Sonny) Ray Clayton Sr., passed away on February 7, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents; Mr. and Mrs. JC (Cotha) Clayton, brothers; JC Clayton, Dilliard, and Joe Hilton and sister; Margaret Sluja. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Sandra F. Clayton and a son, Dr. and Mrs Kenneth (Jessica) Ray Clayton Jr., of Kona Hawaii. He also had four grandchildren; Alex, Austin, Casey and Chloe Clayton. Mr. Clayton worked for US Steel for 25 years. He served in the United States Air Force from 1963-1965. Sonny enjoyed watching Alabama and San Francisco 49ers play football. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about those two teams. Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. A graveside followed in Elmwood Cemetery.
       Jack Roger Smith
Class of 52
Jack Roger Smith, Sr of Sharpsburg, GA passed into Heaven on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Jack was born in Gainesville, GA on September 28, 1934 to Jesse and Dessie Young Smith. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, AL in 1952. He served in the United States Army in ROTC during college and served active duty from 1956-1958.

Jack received an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Radio and Television. He went on to receive a Master of Religious Education and a Master of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jack made the best decision of his life on August 18, 1958 when he married Shirley Jean Elizabeth Ray in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They were married for more than 61 years and raised three sons together.

Jack and Shirley spent more than 50 years in full-time ministry across six states. They began their journey in Bogalusa, LA at Main St. Baptist Church. Jack then went on to pastor First Baptist Church in Waveland, MS followed by Cottondale Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL. Their adventure continued with a move to Johnstown, PA to establish Westmont Baptist Church and also assisted in establishing New Florence Baptist Church in New Florence, PA. They moved across the state to Harding, PA and Jack became the Director of Missions for the Northeast PA Baptist Association. During this time Jack played a role in planting churches in Scranton, PA and Wilkes-Barre, PA. The next stop was Harrisburg, PA where Jack served as the Director of Evangelism for the Pennsylvania/South Jersey Baptist Convention. They moved to Atlanta, GA in 1985 to serve as Assistant Director of Personal Evangelism for the Home Mission Board, now known as the North American Mission Board (NAMB). After his first retirement from NAMB in 2000, Jack and Shirley took on a new adventure by serving in two Strategic Focus Cities: Las Vegas, NV and New York, NY. Jack finished his career in ministry at Dogwood Church in Tyrone, GA, where he worked on staff as Evangelism Pastor. He remained a member at Dogwood until his death.

Jack loved music and he played more than 12 instruments, including guitar, piano, harmonica, and banjo. He played in bands throughout his life and enjoyed writing and performing songs. He wrote many songs for his beloved wife, his “Little Dove.” He loved working outside in his yard and appreciated seeing his plants and flowers grow, and he looked forward to decorating his yard each year for Christmas in a way that shared the joy of Christ. He also loved watching Alabama play football.

Jack’s priority was always people. He never met a stranger and he went out of his way to help everyone in his path. He viewed every interaction as an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with others. He loved spending time with his children, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren, who fondly called him “GGDad.” His favorite thing to do was to make Shirley smile.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Aaron Smith (Jo) and Clay Smith (Betty) and his sisters Marie Casey (Alton), and Lavelle Whitfield (Larry). In addition to Shirley, Jack is survived by his sister Eloise Piper. He is also survived by three sons: Jack Roger Smith, Jr. (Jennifer) along with their daughter Kristin Killoran (Pat), their son James Smith (Emmalyn), their daughter Molly Seiler (Sam), their daughter Tracy Jones (Colton), and their daughter Emily Seiler; Ray Lee Smith (Lisa) along with their daughters Sally and Josie Smith, and their son Timothy Smith; and Gregory Stephen Smith (Susan) along with their daughter Stephanie MacDurmon (Jonathan) and their daughter Hannah Evans (Corey); he also loved and adored his seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 3 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Mowell Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Peachtree City, GA. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Dogwood Church in Tyrone, GA at 2:00 PM with additional visitation hours at Dogwood from 12:00–1:30 PM. Interment will be Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Memory Hill Gardens at 12:00 PM in Tuscaloosa, AL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Real Life Center, 975 Highway 74 N, Tyrone, GA 30290.
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Michael Heard
Class of 67
JonesValley > The Class of 1967 >  Heard, MikeMichael Heard age 70, of Florala passed away December 27, 2019. He was born February 24, 1949 in Birmingham, AL to Charles Heard and Norma Jean Fowler Heard. Mike loved his family above all else. He was surrounded by those who loved him when he passed.

He is survived by his loving wife Patty, his mother Norma Jean Heard, his sons Jay, Carol and JC, his daughter Elizabeth, and their spouses and children. Mike was passionate about his Alabama Crimson Tide football team and was a lifelong reader. He also loved all forms of dancing, but was especially fond of country western dancing. Mike was an avid history buff and dedicated engineer. He always spoke of love and those who knew him felt that love and loved him in return. He will be missed deeply.

Memorial services for Michael Heard were held  9AM Monday December 30, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Florala with James Yonkers officiating.
Sherryl A Treslar
Class of 65
JonesValley > Class of 65 >  Treslar, SherrylSherryl A Treslar passed away on 12/26/2019 in Portland, OR.  There will be a memorial service for her at her home church, Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham.  The service will be Wednesday, January 8th at 11am.
Gene Thomas Logan
Class of 68
JonesValley > The Class of 1968 >  Logan, GeneWe are sad to announce that on December 8, 2019 we had to say goodbye to Gene Logan (Birmingham, Alabama).
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 14th 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Jefferson Memorial (1591 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL). A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 14th 2019 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the same location.
Henry Strzelecki
Class 58
Henry Pershing Strzelecki, age 75 of Nashville and Birmingham, died in Nashville on December 30, 2014.

Mr. Strzelecki was preceded in death by his parents, Leon A. and Vida Ruth Strzelecki.

He is survived by a brother, Larry O. Strzelecki; sister, Jerrie Patricia Barnes (Bill); son, Henry P. Strzelecki, Jr. (Hong); daughters, Ruthy Strzelecki, Melissa Scott (Carter), and Mandy Simpson; two grandchildren, Owen Strzelecki and Molly Scott; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Carolyn Stegner and Marsha Snow.

Mr. Strzelecki's career in music began as a singer/bassist/songwriter in his teens. In the recording studio from the 60s through the 80s, Henry was known as one of Music City's most sought after bassists. He played with famed musicians like Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and on countless famed recordings, including George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Bob Dylan's "Blonde On Blonde."

He also penned "Long Tall Texan," a country tune cut by The Beach Boys and Lyle Lovett. In 1987, Mr. Strzelecki was nominated as Bassman of the Year at the 23rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

A Celebration of Life for Henry Strzelecki takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Pennington United Methodist Church, 2745 Pennington Bend Rd., in Nashville.
Peggy Reynolds Hogge
Class 62
Peggy Reynolds Hogge, 74, of Moncks Corner, SC, a homemaker, died Friday morning in Charleston.
Her funeral service will be 4:00 PM Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the CHAPEL OF DIAL-MURRAY FUNERAL HOME, MONCKS CORNER. The family will receive friends from 2:30 PM until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Dial-Murray Funeral Home, 300 West Main Street, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, to assist with funeral expenses.
Mrs. Hogge was born March 11, 1943, in Birmingham, Alabama, a daughter of Jasper Thomas Reynolds and Audrey Idell Pridgen Reynolds. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Hogge enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, and raising and showing her birds. She loved her grandchildren and spending time with them. She is the widow of James "Jim" Robert Hogge.
Surviving are three daughters, Tina Masters and her husband Douglas of Kernersville, NC, Kathy Petrella and Amanda Felkel both of Moncks Corner; a son, Patrick Hogge and his wife Cara of Gray Court; a sister, Debra R. Logothety of Summerville; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Shirley Garland
Class 54
Shirley M. Garland, JVHS Class of 1954, 83 passed away in Milton, Florida on June 28, 2019. She was born in Nashville,Tennessee and graduated from High School in Jacksonville, Florida, where she also accepted Christ and was baptized in the First Baptist Church. She received her A.B. Degree from Samford University and M.S.W. Degree from Florida State University. The Carver School of Missions was also attended for special studies. Her clinical experience included two and one-half years on staff of Children's Hospital, Menninger Foundation and she practiced as a Family and Child Therapist in Dallas, Texas for over eighteen years, providing emotional support to her patients and their families. During that period, she was author of " Of Castles and Dreams and Tender Things",a book describing the experiences of the move from childhood, to adolescence to adulthood. The book was dedicated to her patients and the struggle for oneness and one's self in the world. After she closed her Practice in Dallas, Texas returned to Birmingham to help care for her aging Mother and continued her devotion to children and families working for the City Of Midfield, Alabama as the Community Librarian for that City. Proceeded in death by her parents, H.H. Garland Sr. and Roxie L. Garland; sister Dorris L. Garland and brother W.F. Garland.Survived by brothers, H.H. Garland Jr. ( Beth) and J. A. Garland ( Natalie) , and sister Beverly G. Erskine and numerous loving nieces, nephews and friends. Private family graveside services by w.w.w.valhallafuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Forever Samford Scholarship Fund. " Briefly in the shadows of dementia, Shirley now dwells in eternal Light"
Terry Green
Class
68
Surrounded by his family, Terry Lane Green of Shannon passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019. He was 68 years old. Terry was born in Jefferson County Alabama on September 21, 1950 to John Alton Green and Lillian Irene Sizemore Green. He grew up in the #11 and #13 mining camps of Ishkooda. There he spent many cherished hours with family, friends, and playing in the hills with his beloved dog, Max. He later attended Jones Valley High School, where he avidly participated in sports. He excelled in baseball, football, and was a state finalist Golden Gloves boxer. After graduation, Terry enlisted in the US Navy, where he was stationed aboard the destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-10) and on the submarine tender USS Orion (AS-18). He was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class and was honorably discharged in 1976. Terry later married and had two children. He enjoyed a certain notoriety as the father of the first "grand girl" of the family and was also a very proud "Bama Dad". Terry loved Alabama football and was an avid football fan throughout his life. Terry also worked at American Pipe & Supply for much of his professional career and, after 20+ years of loyal service, retired in 2014. He was a member of Valleydale Baptist Church. With a quick wit, a special love for animals, and a heart as good as gold, Terry will be deeply missed. Preceded in death by his parents, Terry is survived by his wife Bonnie Johnson Green, daughters Christine Rollins and Courtney Green, brother John Green, twin sister Sherry Gilbert, sister Vicki (George) Wehby, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncle, friends, and his beloved dog, Maggie. Funeral service will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 2 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society.
James Clifford Moore
Class
56
JAMES CLIFFORD MOORE, age 80, JVHS Class of 1956, passed away on October 12, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, James B. and Frances Moore; his wife of 45 years, Wiffie Moore; sister, Susan Nabors. He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne Looney (Zach); sisters, Polly Hammett, Nettie Kimbrell, Betty Traeger, Lynn Hill (Ellis), Wezzie Ezelle (Larry), and Kathy Vann (David); brothers, Mike Moore and Blu Moore; grandchildren, Nathan Looney, Brandon Looney (Micheal), and Scott Looney (Kim); great-grandchildren, Cohen Looney, Harper Looney, and Miles Looney. Service will be held at First Baptist Trussville at 11:30 am on October 16, 2018. A visitation will be held one hour prior.
Eltis Norton Brown
Class unknown
Rev. Eltis Norton Brown age 95 of the Leeville Community passed away peacefully January 28, 2019, at his home. A native of Birmingham, AL, he was the son of the late Clarence Edward Brown and Cora Mae Hogg Brown. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of World War II, and was a graduate of Howard Samford College and Southern Theological Seminary. He taught special education and was an attendance officer for Metro Nashville Public Schools. He was a Southern Baptist Minister for over seventy-one years, having pastored: Corn Creek, Argo, Bordeaux, Baker’s Grove, Mt. Olivet and Smith Fork Baptist Churches. He was a member of Smith Fork Baptist Church in Statesville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-nine years, Margaret Adams Brown; daughter, Carolyn Norrod; son-in-law, Jimmy Davis; three brothers: Edward, Loyd and Louis Brown; two sisters: Katherine Langer, Naomi Jones.
Survived by two children: Steven Norton Brown and Kathryn Davis; two grandchildren: Rick Davis and Lori Davis; and son-in-law, Richard Norrod.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. W.D. Thomason officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Leeville Cemetery with Bro. Dave Shelley officiating. Honorary Pallbearers: Wilson County Baptist Association, Claude Jordan, Billy Brummitt, Richard Norrod, Jerry Bush, Roy Van Murphy, Jimmy Owen, and Robert Baliff. Active Pallbearers: friends. Visitation Thursday 4-7 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Frances Latta Hawk
Class of 55
JonesValley > The Class of 55 >  Latta, FrancesFrances Latta Hawk, JVHS Class of 1955, went to be with her Lord on March 7, 2019. She was born in Birmingham, AL and attended Jones Valley High School class of 1955. She worked as a secretary for over 25 years at the VA Hospital in Birmingham, AL. After retirement she was employed as a nanny by Teresa and David Clements where she raised her 2 "grandchildren" Dustin and Daniel Clements. Frances was always there for anyone who was in need. She spent many nights sitting up with sick friends and family members. She served her Lord faithfully at Shades Mountain Baptist Church for over 50 years. Frances is survived by her great nephew, Trey Smitherman and his father, Terrell; her niece, Elaine Mobley; the Hamid Khan family; Josh, Roshana, and Luke Wooley. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 10-11 AM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover, AL. The service will be held in the Chapel at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Bessemer, AL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her honor to Shades Mountain Baptist Church.
Published in The Birmingham News on Mar. 10, 2019
Tommy Edwards
Class of 68
Tommy Edwards' funeral arrangements: Class of 68, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home, 195 Brooklane Drive, Hueytown, phone: 497-2273.
Visitation: 12:30 - 2:00
Funeral Service: 2:00
Private Burial Service to follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
The Family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society, in lieu of flowers.
Rest in Peace, Tommy Edwards. We miss you. We love you.
Beatrice "Bebe" Sizemore Hardin Walls
Class Unknown
Beatrice Sizemore Hardin Walls, of McCalla, passed away July 18, 2019 at the age of 92. Visitation will be Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 2:00 until 3:00 PM at Patterson Forest Grove Funeral Home with funeral service beginning at 3:00 PM. Burial will follow the service in Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. Brother Charles Teague officiating.
She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church of Bessemer, sang in numerous church choirs during her life, did volunteer work at Brookwood Medical Center, and was a proud member of the Red Hat Society. She was also a Fred Astaire Dance Studio Award Winner.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Irene Burchfield Sizemore and father, Jack Sizemore; brothers Robert and Jackie Sizemore; sisters, Lillian Green, Betty Jean Carden, Frances Griffin; her husband and father of her children, William Roy Hardin and husband, Earl Eugene (Gene) Walls; her son, William (Bill) R. Hardin, Jr. and her grandson, B. Christopher Hardin.
She leaves to cherish her memory son, Larry (Gail) Hardin; daughter, Valerie (Keith) Franks; daughter-in-law, Cindi Hardin, grandchildren Scott and Corey (Laura) Hardin, Meredith, Jonathan (Brittany) and Lauren Franks. Great grandchildren Davis, Nathan and Luke Hardin; brother Jerry (Mary) Sizemore, numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and the many friends at the The Oaks on Parkwood.
Joseph Cullen Vance III
Class of 64
JonesValley > Class of 64 >  Vance, BuzzJoseph Cullen Vance III; known to his family and friends as "Buzz", passed away just after his 73rd birthday. Buzz was raised in Lipscomb, Alabama by his parents, J.C. Vance, Jr. and Jean Wyatt Vance, where he attended Jones Valley High School. He is an alum of the University of Alabama, where he earned his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation from U.of A., he landed at Southern Company Services in Birmingham where he earned his certification as a Professional Engineer, and met his wife, Sandra "Sandy" Lees Vance. Buzz was a devoted husband to his wife of 42 years, and a strong role model to his 3 daughters, Christina "Tina", Ryan, and Erin. Buzz retired from Southern Company 42 years later; in 2012, when he began his struggle with Alzheimer's. He was a charitable human; giving 8 years of service to the Alabama Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic, decades to the MathCounts program for children; where he won the President's Award for his dedication and contributions, numerous school and church programs, and years as Head Coach for his daughters' softball leagues. He was a loyal Tide Pride member with a passion for the Alabama Crimson Tide; Roll Tide! He lived a full life, wasn't afraid to have a good time, he loved to sing and dance, he loved to teach and coach; he was a mentor to some and a friend to many. He believed in respecting others and doing the right thing. He believed that men should be men and taught his girls to play hard ball too. He will be remembered as an honorable, intelligent, respectable, hardworking man that could build just about anything and had a joke for everything. Buzz was preceded in death by his beloved parents, and is survived by his wife, Sandy, their 3 daughters and son's in law, Christina and Charlie Rogers, Ryan and Eddy Horton, Erin and Brad Meacham, 4 grandsons (Biggs, Hunter, Sam, Finn) and 3 granddaughters (Sofia, Cheyenne, Dana), his younger brother Robert Steven "Steve" Vance, and a host of nieces and nephews. Buzz's wish was to be cremated and have his ashes spread over his favorite place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Birmingham. Visitation to begin at 10am followed by a memorial service at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to any of Buzz's favorite charities in his honor: MathCounts Foundation at mathcounts.org, American Heart Association at heart.org, Alzheimer's Association at act.ALZ.org The family would like to send a special Thank You to Plantation Manor and Alabama Hospice Care for the special care and comfort given to Buzz during his last few weeks.
Published in The Birmingham News on July 31, 2019
Mary Evelyn "Tootie" Castleberry
Class Unknown
Mary Evelyn "Tootie" Castleberry, 97, of McCalla, AL passed away September 22, 2019. Tootie was a member of Bellview Baptist Church where she was active in several activities within the church. She was a wonderful hostess and loved having coffee with her family and friends. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and proud "Tootie". She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clarence; her son, Ed Castleberry; her grandson, Bret Castleberry; two sisters and three brothers. Tootie is survived by her son, Fred (Sheila) Castleberry; her daughter-in-law, Julie Castleberry; her grandsons, Bruce, Mark (Jennifer), Adam, and Alan Castleberry; her granddaughters, Jolie (Jeff) Roquet and Laurie (William) White, and seven great grandchildren; her sisters, Laura Ross, Myra Hays and Faye Sykes along with several nieces, nephews and extended loving family and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home with burial following at Valhalla Cemetery. Bro. Tim Hassler will be officiating the service. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Bobbie Roberts Wilson
Class of 65
JonesValley > Class of 65 >  Roberts, RobbieVisitation for Bobbie Roberts Wilson, JVHS Class of 65, of Warrior, Alabama will be held at Ridout's Dignity Memorial Chapel in Gardendale on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 PM. Family Members will be received at 5:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Ridout's Wednesday, September 25th at 11 AM. Burial/Interment will follow at Bethlehem West Missionary Baptist Church in Vinemont, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Hayden (5080 Alabama Highway 160, Hayden, Alabama 35079. - from her son, Jeff.
Glenn Davis
Class of 61
We just found out that Glenn Davis passed away this past Saturday, May 18th.   A visitation will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral home at 11:00 A.M with Funeral at 12:00 A.M. Thursday May 23, 2019.
Wish we could have let everyone know sooner.  We will post additional details as they become available.
Joe Johnston
Class of 54
Our friend, Joe Johnston '54, passed away on April 29th after striking his head in a fall which led to surgery and being in a medically induced coma. His granddaughter wrote this touching goodbye to her grandpa.
Christy Bricker Gutierrez is with Joe Johnston and 2 others.

Today at 4:32pm, my sweet loving most wonderful grandpa Joe Johnston passed away. My Mom Sharon and grandma Margie were there at his side. I was there via FaceTime. We told him how much we loved him & how great he was. We watched him take his last breathes. Today was a hard day. As I got off of FaceTime with my mom, my mousepad that I work at everyday, was starring me in the face. This is how I will always remember my papaw, this is how I will always remember my Grandma & Grandpa Johnston. This pic was was my high school graduation, I made him this mousepad way back then and he still had it. I took it with me when we moved them from TN to FL two years ago. I’ve been using it ever since. Who knew such a small tiny gift would’ve meant so much later down the road. Grandpa and I always loved pictures. I can’t believe he’s gone. I love you so much, WE all love you so so much, and will miss you dearly. I know you’re in a better place now with all our loved ones. Take care of my baby up there papaw. I’m so glad you’ll be with her now.
King Patsy Schmidt Thatenhurst
Class of
65
Jones Valley People: It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that we lost another Brownie Thursday night. King Patsy Schmidt Thatenhurst passed away, surrounded by all her family at Shelby Baptist. Patsy had been in and out of the hospital, since December. Pancreatic Cancer took our Patsy.
Patsy is being creamated. There will be a service for her at Helena United Methodist Church, 2035 County Road 58, Helena, Alabama 35080. Visitation from 10:00-11:00 AM and the service is at 11:00AM, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Patsy and Mickey lived up the street and around the corner from me, growing up in Midfield. Patsy still lived up the street and around the corner from me In Alabaster. Patsy was Jones Valley Class of 65. Love you, Patsy. Miss you............a post from Joan Rickels Facebook
Martha Anita Hill Thompson
Class of 50
Martha Anita Hill Thompson
October 11, 1932 - May 21, 2019
Martha Anita Hill Thompson, 86, formerly of Gadsden, AL, passed away May 21, 2019 at Methodist Hospice Residence, Memphis Tennessee. She is survived by her daughter, Marian and son, Bruce, daughter in law, Dyanna and granddaughter, Gracye. She was proceeded in death by her parents, John and Kathleen Hill of Birmingham, AL, her husband, Ernest Lamar Thompson (WWII Veteran), two sisters Polly and Billie and brother J.D. She leaves her brother Tommy Hill (Joyce) of Birmingham, Alabama. Martha graduated from Jones Valley High School and worked for the Social Security Administration. Visitation will be held from 10AM to 11AM with services following the visitation, Friday May 24, 2019 at Canale Funeral, 2700 Union Avenue Extended in Memphis, Tennessee. Martha will be transported to Gadsden, AL and laid to rest next to her husband.

Martha was head majorette in 1949 & 50 and is a sister to Jones Valley students J D Hill, Billie Francis Hill and Tommy Edward Hill
Donna Driver Davidson
Class of 62
DAVIDSON, Donna, 75, of Port Richey, died April 5, 2019. Visitation April 27 from 3 pm until service at 4 pm at Prevatt Funeral Home.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 21, 2019
Mike Lancaster
Class of 68
Mike Lancaster, JVHS Class of 1968, left this earth on April 19th Good Friday. His funeral was April 23rd 2019. He leaves behind his wife Jean, son's Jason and Matt. His grandchildren Mallory Allen, Dalton, Riley, and Connor Lancaster. Also 2 brothers Larry and Don and sister Debbie.
Elizabeth Ann Drake
Class of 57
Elizabeth Ann Drake, JVHS Class of '57, died peacefully on the morning of April 17, 2019, at the age of 79. Elizabeth was born on August 2, 1939 to Frederick and Katherine Drake. She was a resident of Bessemer, Alabama. A visitation will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019, at Valhalla Funeral Home, 5317 Bessemer Super Highway, Midfield, AL from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Graveside Services will immediately follow in Valhalla Cemetery.
Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 19, 2019
Marion Sue Sykes Jefferies
Class of 53
Marion Sue Sykes Jefferies, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, passed away on February 3, 2019.
Sue was born on July 21, 1935 to parents Howard and Grace Sykes in Birmingham Alabama.
Sue enjoyed being a Military wife, volunteering at Sharing and Caring and was a Member of Trinity Methodist Church. She loved playing bridge and was an avid reader. She will be remembered as a Loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, grandmother, and aunt. She is predeceased by her husband Bob Jefferies, her Daughter Jill Jefferies Poole, her Brothers Howard, James, Henry and William (Buddy) Sykes, her Sisters, Betty Burgess, Jean Sykes, and Margaret Craig. She is survived by her son Steve Jefferies, Daughter in law Wendy Jefferies; Grandchildren Steven Jefferies II, Jenna Jefferies, Travis Poole, and Tyler Poole.
A visitation will be held on Saturday February 9 at 6:00 -7:00pm at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Sue's name to Emerald Coast Hospice,40 Beal Pkwy suite C , Fort Walton Beach, Fl. 32548. Expression of love and sympathy may be viewed or placed at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 6, 2019
Jerry Bradley
Class of 67
Coach Jerry Bradley, 70, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday. Coach Bradley was retired from Huntsville City Schools and served as a Coach at Lee High School and Jacksonville State, Swanee, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Imogene Bradley and stepson, Todd Wann.
Survivors include wife of 27 years, Mary Louise Bradley; stepchildren, Julie Ann Wann Catron of Huntsville, and Phillip Porter, wife, Nozomi, and their beloved dog, Barkie, of New York; his beloved dog, Sadie; and many friends and loved ones.
A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26th, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntsville, AL.
Denise Hodges Jordan
Class of 80
Denise Hodges Jordan passed away Monday, November 12, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born November 16, 1961, the fourth child to Morris and Betty Hodges. She attended Green Acres Elementary School and Jones Valley High School. She worked with Dodge McGraw Hill for several years before marrying Lee Jordan and relocating to Madison, AL. There she began a lifetime of helping others. She was a loving devoted wife making her home and family her first priority. The joy of her life Nathan Morris Jordan was born December 17, 1997, and then began her career of motherhood. She loved Nathan with all of her heart and soul. She shared a special bond of unconditional love with Anna Voce and Katie Parker. Denise opened her arms and home to many of Nathan's friends who she affectionately referred to as "her boys". She never missed a school program, sports practice and every game was a big event. Denise volunteered at church and at school. There was no job too big if she thought it was helping someone. She was a sweet soul that God shared with us for such a short time. She was predeceased by her parents, Morris and Betty Hodges, brother, Wayne Hodges, in laws Martha and Virgil Jordan, brother-in-law Abbott (Shorty) Williams and her two fur babies Bear and Buddy. She is survived by her husband, Lee Price Jordan, son Nathan Morris Jordan of Madison, AL, sisters Cheryl Williams of Birmingham, AL, Cynthia Hodges and Cathy Turberville (Daniel) of Tybee Island, GA, sister in law Denise Parker (Henry) and brother in law Greg Jordan of Birmingham, AL, nephew Eric Tully, nieces Kalyn Johnson (Daniel) and Jessica Turberville. Honorary Pallbearers "her boys" Eric Black, David Hession, Nathan Jordan, Joseph Kluesner, Robbie Koebl, Kevin Shannahan, Sam Stoner and Jacob Vadasy. Visitation will be November 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. followed by noon Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1055 Hughes Road, Madison, AL. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to Nicole Malegni, Nathan's girlfriend, who has become part of our family through this journey, Stacey Malegni, Melanie Stoner, Denise Tony, Dr. Paul Dang (staff) and Oasis Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to www.FeedingAmerica.org.
Oscar Edward (Ed) Gilbert, Jr.
Class of 64
Oscar Edward (“Ed”) Gilbert Jr. died February 10th, 2019 from metastatic melanoma. His last words were “This is a miserable disease, so take care of your skin.” Okay, not really, but he thought it was good advice.
Ed was born in Birmingham Alabama on December 10, 1946, the elder son of Oscar E. Gilbert and Elsie Mae Kendrick Gilbert. He spent his entire youth there, graduating from Jones Valley High School in 1964. He was a graduate of The University of Alabama (B.S.G. 1969, M.S. 1974), and The University of Tennessee (Ph.D., 1981).
He served in the Marine Corps Reserve as an artilleryman and NCO instructor.
Ed worked for the Geological Survey of Alabama, was on the faculty at Auburn University (he liked to tell Auburn jokes to his captive classes), and spent the last decades of his geological and geophysical career at a succession of oil and gas companies in both domestic and international exploration and production. His early ambition was to work the length of the Appalachian Mountains; instead he got to work and visit in numerous countries.
His hobby in later years was military history, and he was the author of eighteen books on the subject as well as magazine articles, with emphasis on the history of the U.S. Marine Corps and (thanks to his wife Cathy) the American War of Independence. His book “Tanks In Hell – A Marine Corps Tank Company On Tarawa” was awarded the 2016 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for outstanding non-fiction.
He is survived by numerous relatives but primarily the members of his immediate family, wife Catherine, son Oscar III (“Bill”) and spouse Lauren Nicole, daughter Elizabeth Jordan Gilbert-Hillier and spouse Adam Hillier, daughter Elana Jillian Gilbert, and grandchildren Oscar IV, Levi, and Lilly Gilbert.
Barry Gene Woods
Class of 78
Barry Gene Woods, (March 5, 1960 - December 25, 2018)
JVHS Class of 1978, passed due to complications from a stroke. He lived in Alabaster & was employed at Vulcan Materials. Went to work there after high school-40 years with them.
Married to Lei Anne Woods, for 36 years, & they have 3 daughters & 4 grandchildren. Survived also by his brother Billy (Linda) Woods & a sister Brenda (Allan) Woods Bjurman.
Viewing will be January 4th from 1:00 to 2:30 @Alabaster First Baptist Church with service at 2:30.
Delmus A. "Cotton" Purser
Class of 57
June 21, 1938 - August 18, 2018 D.A. "Cotton" Purser of Opelika was born on June 21, 1938 to the late Clarence L. and Nellie Ruth Purser and passed away on August 18, 2018. He was 80 years old. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Carolyn Purser; brother, Clarence L. Purser, Jr.; sisters, Delores Phillips, Mary Smith; daughter-in-law, Lynn Guthrie Purser. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Purser (Frank); sons, Mike Purser, Mark Purser, and David Syphurs; grandchildren, Meagan Selby (Jonathan), Michael Purser; sister, Carolyn Hyde; constant companion, Janeta Cornett. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in the Parlor at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Shirley Dempsey, Chaplain officiating. Interment will follow at Garden Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to The American Cancer Society, Lee County Humane Society, or The Human Fund "Money For People". Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is directing. www.FrederickDean.com Funerals & Cremations Since 1900
Jackie Joyce Dollar Wiley
Class of 60
Jackie Joyce Dollar Wiley, 76 of Guntersville, passed away Sunday evening, October 28, 2018 at Marshall Medical Center North. Jackie was member of Creek Path Baptist Church where she loved working in the Nursery. She was very active on her bowling teams with some of her longtime friends. She loved her church, her girls trips, bowling family and friends. She is survived by her Husband: Henry Wiley, Daughters: Kelly Moore (John) and Cindy Wiley (Candie),Step-Daughter: Debbie Tobin, Grandchildren: Haley Toney, Stephanie Witt (Jordan), Trey Wiley, Andrew Ball, John Tobin and Mindy Tobin, and multiple great grands. Sisters: Jody Cook (Charles), Deb Ware (Doug), 2 Brothers: Sonny Dollar (betty) and Jimbo Dollar (Donna). She is preceded in death by her Mother: Lillian Dollar and Father: James Dollar. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, November 1, 2018 at Guntersville Memorial Chapel from 6:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. The Funeral Service will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 at Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, AL at 2:00p.m Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery
Dennis Guthrie
Class of 70
Dennis J. Guthrie, age 66, of Hueytown, Al., passed away peacefully on October 29, 2018. He graduated from Jones Valley High School. He was self employed HVAC, and he retired from AT&T. Dennis was a member of the Electrician Union. He was also an avid Alabama Fan “ROLL TIDE”. He is survived by his wife Jean Guthrie; sister Janice Riley (Joe Glenn); a life long friend Jimmy Spann (Patti); a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends. Family will receive friends Friday, November 2, 2018 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to www.gofundme.com for Dennis Guthrie Memorial. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of DENNIS J. GUTHRIE please visit our Sympathy Store.
Teresa Davis Weaver
Class of 49
January 28, 1931 – November 2, 2018
Teresa Davis Weaver, 87, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018. She was born on January 28, 1931, to Grover and Leila Davis. Teresa graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1949. That same year she married Mickey Weaver, and they were married for 43 years. She enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, ballroom dancing, and traveling. Her traveling took her to many different places all over the world Teresa is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mickey, her brother Elmer Davis, and sister Clovis Knight. She is survived by her daughter Renee Weaver Gardner, her son Charlie Weaver, and a sister Meral Slater. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, Alabama, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. A Celebration of Teresa’s Life will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow immediately after service at Southern Heritage Cemetery.
Delores Zaden Joseph
Class of 51
Deloris (Dee) Zaden Joseph, 86, passed away on October 13, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Gene) Joseph, parents Mary and Maroon Zaden, sisters Margaret Anthony and Kitty Verciglio, and brothers George and Louis Zaden. She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter Jan Joseph; sons Marty Joseph and Patrick (Brenda) Joseph; grandchildren Lauren (Zach) Marriner and Christopher (Brittany) Joseph; and brother Dr. Joseph Zaden (Marian), of Ft. Lauderdale. She was a longtime member of the Cedars Club, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church. A member of both church altar sodalities, she was the happiest working alongside all the wonderful ladies serving the Lord. Dee grew up in Powderly, working and living behind the family store, Zaden Mercantile, while attending Jones Valley School. She married Gene and they continued to live in the family home, reopening the business in 1974 as a convenience store, Dee's Super Saver. In 2003, Dee closed the store and moved from her home of 65 years to Bluff Park with her daughter Jan. Dee loved to play and teach sports: softball, volleyball, tennis, golf and fishing, but especially bowling, which she did until the last three years of her life. Services will be at St. Elias Maronite Church, 836 8th St. S. B'ham., Al. 35205. Visitation is October 17 from 5-7, with a prayer service at 7 pm. Funeral will be October 18 at 10:00 am, with burial at Valhalla Cemetery, following a Mercy Meal in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Elias Church or the Alzheimer's Association Alabama 2151 Highland Ave #210, Birmingham, AL 35205. Special thanks to Hospice Nurse, Jackie Dicie and caregiver, Gloria Blackwell for their loving care and compassion.
Published in The Birmingham News on Oct. 17, 2018
Barbara Hill Tindle
Class of 59
Barbara Jean Hill Tindle, 78, of Fort Payne, Alabama, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at her home in Panama City, Florida. Mrs. Tindle and her husband, Wayne enjoyed their retirement with homes in both Fort Payne and Panama City. Mrs. Tindle was an excellent seamstress.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Stewart Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 12 noon until the 2 p.m. hour of service.
She is survived by her husband of almost 63 years, Wayne Tindle; daughters, Bunny Tindle and Leesa Alexander and husband, Michael; grandchildren Jeremy and Pollie Pritchett, Jennifer and Michael Isam, Jason and Ashlee Pritchett, P.J. and Justina Pritchett, Crystal Gaul, and Robbie Alexander and fiancée, Carrie; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Wheeler Hill and Lonice Roberta Pitts Hill and a great-grandson.
James Clifford Moore
Class of 56
JAMES CLIFFORD MOORE, age 80, passed away on October 12, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, James B. and Frances Moore; his wife of 45 years, Wiffie Moore; sister, Susan Nabors. He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne Looney (Zach); sisters, Polly Hammett, Nettie Kimbrell, Betty Traeger, Lynn Hill (Ellis), Wezzie Ezelle (Larry), and Kathy Vann (David); brothers, Mike Moore and Blu Moore; grandchildren, Nathan Looney, Brandon Looney (Micheal), and Scott Looney (Kim); great-grandchildren, Cohen Looney, Harper Looney, and Miles Looney. Service will be held at First Baptist Trussville at 11:30 am on October 16, 2018. A visitation will be held one hour prior.
Virginia Pate Wilson
Class of 56
VIRGINIA PATE WILSON, JV'56...age 80, of Birmingham, Alabama went to be with her Lord on Sunday, October 14, 2018. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Birmingham. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Edith Pate; brother, Kenneth Wayne Pate and her sister, Edith Renee Pate. She is survived by her husband of over 59 years, James "Jim" Wilson; brother, Clayton Pate (Molly); sister, Debra Moon; brother-in- laws, George Wilson and Sam Wilson (Terry) and several nieces, nephews and extended family. Funeral service will be on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Birmingham with burial to follow in Forest Crest Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Birmingham or a charity of your choice.
Janet DeLoach Kicker
Class of 50
Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Janet DeLoach Kicker, of Monroe, LA, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, August 6, 2018, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe, LA, with Rev. Charles Dupree officiating. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Mulhearn Funeral Home. Mrs. Kicker was born on June 24, 1932, in Birmingham, AL and passed away on August 2, 2018, in Monroe, LA, at the age of 86, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Kicker attended Auburn University and after moving to Monroe attended ULM where she received her BS and Master’s Degree. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She retired from the Ouachita Parish School System after having taught 3rd grade at Swartz Elementary for 20 years. Mrs. Kicker was an active member of Parkview Baptist Church and sang in the choir for many years. She especially enjoyed the Friday night games with the Joy Group. Mrs. Kicker was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard C. and Blanche DeLoach; and her daughter, Elaine K. Cain. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, John Edward Kicker; her daughters, Lisa Johnson and husband Larry, and Connie Smallwood, both of Monroe; her son, Eddy Kicker and wife Harriet of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Jamie Walker, Laura Binkley, Lesley Walsh, Rachel Prescott, Adam Kicker, and Anna Gail Cain; step-grandchildren, Tara Pauletto, Jason Johnson, and Josh Johnson; 15 great grandchildren; brothers, Bernard C. DeLoach, Jr. and his wife Annie Ruth of Orange City, FL, and Clyde N. DeLoach and his wife Beca of Irving, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Lillie Sitters, Compassus Hospice, and St. Joseph Assisted Living for their compassionate care. Memorials may be made to Parkview Baptist Church, Monroe, LA. Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
James Rowe Crane
Class of 54
James Rowe Crane, age 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2018 at his home in Hoover, AL. He was born January 13, 1939 to Roy and Montera Crane. James attended Jones Valley High School and graduated from the University of Alabama College of Engineering in 1959. He retired from Southern Company Services. James is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Jeanette; sons, Jimmy (Karen), Casey, and Philip; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and twin brother, Charles Crane. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Christ Church United Methodist Church, immediately followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Christ Church United Methodist, 5091 Caldwell Mill Road, Birmingham, AL 35242.
Betty Elaine Vincent Muncy
Class of 63
Betty Elaine Muncy, age 74 of Trenton, passed away on Sunday June 24, 2018 at Glendale Place.
Betty Elaine was born in Birmingham, Alabama on May 26, 1944, the daughter of the late Raymond and Myrtle (Etheredge) Vincent. On October 28, 1966 she married Rev. Joe Bill Muncy and he preceded her in death on August 21, 2002. Betty Elaine was a Preschool Teacher for several years, member of Princeton Pike Church of God and was very active in children’s ministries pastored by her husband. She is survived by her three children, Suzanna (Lee) Richardson, Joe (Genny) Muncy and Jolene (Michael) Lively; eight grandchildren, Brad, Brooke, Heather, Samuel, Ashley, Joseph, Damian and Zoe; siblings, Barbara Shoemaker and Ray (Ann) Vincent Jr. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Hannah Jolie Elaine Richardson. Funeral ceremony will be held at 11am on Tuesday July 3, 2018 at the Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, Liberty Twp., Ohio 45011 with Pastor Barry Clardy officiating. Interment will follow at Springhill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday July 2, 2018 from 6-8pm and on Tuesday July 3, 2018 from 10 to 11am at the church. The family suggest contributions be made in her memory to Hospice of Cincinnati, PO Box 633597 Cincinnati, Ohio 45263.
William David Sherman
Class of 67
William David Sherman
May 19, 1948 – June 17, 2018
Dave Sherman, retired Navy veteran, of Birmingham, AL, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Dave served our country through the United States Navy for 6 ½ years before he was honorably discharged with a physical disability. He went on to graduate with an associates degree in Applied Science from Jefferson State Community College. While raising six children with his wife, Jimmie, he founded and managed Patriots Security Systems, a successful small business. In his spare time, he enjoyed coaching multiple youth baseball teams in both Mobile, Alabama, and the surrounding areas of Birmingham. He served as the park president of Municipal Park while living in Mobile, Alabama, and proudly took a team to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.
The greatest honor Dave passed down to his children and grandchildren is to honor and love our great country. He taught them to put family first, never take things for granted, and to stand firm in their faith. He was a man who loved his family well and valued the time he spent with them.
Mr. Sherman was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Elizabeth New; his sister, Sue Lowe; his brothers, Doug New and Donnie New. He is survived by his loving wife, Jimmie Godsey Sherman; his six children, Michael (Kathy) Sherman, Marcy (Houston) Miller, Connie Sheffield, Beckey (Bob) Brantley, Mick Sutherland, and Laura (Jason) Aiken; numerous grandchildren, including Katie (Davy) Pitts, Michael (Suzanne) Sutherland, Diana (Lawrence) Becker, Christopher John Sutherland, Lawrence (Frances) Sheffield, Glenda (Brandon) Jeffers, Laura Anne Sutherland, Robby Brantley, Richard Franklin Tucker, Jr., Anna Katherine Sherman, Grace Sherman, Alexander Sherman, Caroline Sherman, Bryce Miller, and Hayes Miller who loved and adored him; three great-grandchildren, Piper Leigh Pitts, Pierson Becker, and Liam Jeffers; sister, Linda (Jimmy) Carlisle, and brothers, Danny New, Dennis (Charla) New, and Johnny (Deena) New; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham on Friday, June 22, at 12:30, with burial services taking place at 2:45, at the Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Hwy 119, Montevallo, Alabama, with Wendell Sheffield officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
J.C. Legrone
Class of 56
JV'56....J. C. Legrone…...04/15/1938 - 06/19/2018....age 80, of Leeds passed away Tuesday June 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Brigitte Legrone and his daughter Carrie Legrone. He is survived by daughter Bridget Johnson (Ted) and son Scott Legrone (Jacqui) Grandchildren Amber Johnson, Nick Johnson, Jena' Legrone, Paige Legrone, Logan Legrone, Ricky Holloway and Tristen Legrone. Greatgranchildren Kaylee Castleberry, Brylee Castleberry and Jacob Castleberry. He will be loved and missed by many friends and family. A private service will be held by immediate family.
Published in The Birmingham News on June 24, 2018
James Hughlon Hughes
Class of 57
James Hughlon Hughes, age 80, of McCalla, left this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, A.D. and Esther Mae Hughes. He was a member of Caffee Junction Church of God where he served many roles. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Hughlon loved to work in the yard and ride his tractor. He had many occupations throughout his life including coal mining and carpentry. He is survived by his wife, Myra Taylor Hughes, children, Sharon Hughes Burroughs, Madrina Hughes Cook and Marcus Hughes; grandchildren, Alexis Burroughs, Cameron Cook, and Adisyn Cook; brother, Olan (Edna) Hughes and 2 nephews. Family will receive friends Saturday May 26, 2018 from 12 – 2 PM at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 2 pm. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery.
Bernard Bostic
Class of
64
Mr. W. Bernard Bostic, 71, of Hartwell, GA passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at his home. Mr. Bostic was born on October 27, 1946 in Birmingham, AL, son of the late Walter Arvill Bostic and the late Rose Vetrano Bostic. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1964. He was a customer service agent having retired after 30 years with Delta Airlines and a veteran having served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Andrew Bowers. Survivors include his wife, Clara Bowers Bostic; son, William Andrew Bostic of Hartwell, GA; brother, Tommy Bostic of Shelby, AL; and sister, JoAnn Bragan of Birmingham, AL. Graveside services for Mr. Bostic will be held at the Oakview Cemetery in Canon, GA at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202.
Mary Jane Pitts Allen
Class of 56
Mrs. Mary Jane Allen, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018. She was born January 23, 1939 in Birmingham, Alabama to Coleman and Mary Mitchell Pitts. Mrs. Allen was married to Charles Allen (Chuck) for 60 years. She graduated from Jones Valley HS and the University of Alabama with a BA in education. She taught in elementary education and Sunday school for many Years. She and her beloved husband, Chuck Allen spent the early years of their marriage traveling throughout Europe while he was in the service. She and her husband have two children Mitch Allen (Mary Kathryn) and Kelly Allen Bass (Greg Bass) She was devoted to her five grandchildren, Cameron Bass, Tyler Bass, Mary Coleman Allen, McLean Allen, and Mallory Allen and her beloved shih tzu - Bama Sue A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Homes & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
Melvin Dwight Hollis
Class of 54
Melvin Dwight Hollis, 82, of Madison, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went to be with our Lord and Savior on April 24, 2018.

Dwight was born in Sterritt, Alabama to Burl “Buck” and Marie Hollis on November 22, 1935. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Dunnam Hollis, on September 8, 1955, and together, they had two children, Tim and Melanie.

Dwight was a 1954 graduate of Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1954, Dwight began his long and successful career as a claims adjuster with State Farm. He was an accomplished business man, opening the first claims office in Columbus, MS. After moving to Jackson, Dwight attended Mississippi College and maintained certification through La Salle Extension University. He retired in 1999 after devoting 45 years to State Farm. After retiring, he continued to work part-time for Williford, McAllister, and Jacobus, LLP for many years.

Dwight had a deep love for the Lord. He blessed many by serving as an ordained Deacon and Sunday school teacher, formerly at Broadmoor Baptist Church and currently at First Baptist Church of Madison.

Throughout his life, Dwight had a passion for gardening, golfing, and vintage cars and trucks. He also enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His sense of humor brought joy and laughter to all that knew him. Dwight was a quiet man and always showed kindness, compassion, and respect to others.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Barbara Dunnam Hollis of Madison, son Tim Hollis (Angie), and daughter Melanie Hollis Wilson (Doug); grandchildren Matthew, Ashley (Chase), Auston, Lauren, Kristen (Nick), Katie, and John; great-grandchildren Hayden, Logan, Dallas, and Wren; Brother Roger Hollis (Martha) of Bloomington, IL, Aunt Marylyn Briskey, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burl and Marie Hollis.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 5-7 PM at Parkway Funeral Home. A brief visitation will be held prior to funeral service on Friday, April 27th from 9-11 AM at First Baptist Church of Madison. The funeral service will begin at 11 AM at FBC Madison, followed by a graveside service at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

The family would like to thank those who have loved and supported Dwight through his illness, especially those at FBC Madison and Broadmoor Baptist Church, and the staffs of St. Catherine’s Village and Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, MS for their exceptional and loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dwight’s honor to the building fund at First Baptist Church of Madison.
Richard Shealy
Class of 55
Richard Allen Shealy Sr., age 80, of Birmingham, Alabama (North Shelby County) passed away on March 4, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Robbie Chastain Shealy, and their four children, Richard Shealy Jr. (Sherry), Randy Shealy (Marlene), Rhonda Williams (Mark), and Rachelle Talley (Stephen). Nine grandchildren: Ashley Turner, Lauren Baker (Josh), Emily Selleck (Joey), Mary Katherine Shealy, Mollie Shealy, Cassidy Williams, Ryan Talley, Grayson Talley, and Preston Talley. Two great grandchildren: Bailey Turner and Harper Turner. One brother, Lewis Clinton Shealy Jr. (Bettie) and a brother-in-law James Jolly. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis Clinton Shealy and Bessie Horton Shealy, his brother Lavon Shealy, and his sister Carolyn Shealy Jolly. He was born May 18, 1937 in Newton County, Mississippi and moved to Alabama at the age of four. He attended Jones Valley High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He retired from U.S. Steel (Sales) after 42 years. He served as a Board Member of Landmark Credit Union. He served in the 117 Air National Guard and was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis. He also served as a Scoutmaster for many years. He was a faithful member of Christ Church United Methodist. He loved traveling with his wife Robbie to various parts of the world. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing, and spending time outdoors at the lake. The "Celebration of His Life Service" will be held on March 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist on Caldwell Mill Road. Visitation at 10:30 a.m. until the service at noon. There will be a private burial service at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard and Robbie Shealy Scholorship Fund, University of Alabama, P. O. Box 861928, Tuscaloosa, AL. 35486 or by using the link below. https://alumni.ua.edu/scholarships/contribute-to-alumni-chapter-scholarship/
Ernest Leland Brown Jr.
Class of 70
Ernest Leland Brown Jr., age 66 of Hoover, Alabama passed away with his family by his side on March 15, 2018 at UAB Medical West.  He was born December 8, 1951 in Birmingham, AL to Jimmie and Ernie Brown.  Leland was a graduate of the Univesity of Alabama at Birmingham and worked as a nurse anesthetist for 33 years at Walker Baptist Medical Center.  Leland was a caring  man that never met a stranger.  He was a lover of rock and roll, his family and frinds, and the river.  Leland leaves behind his wife, Roanna Brown, and his son, Johathan Brown and his wife, Brianna Brown.  Along with leaving behind his parents, Ernie and Jimmie Brown, he also leaves his sister, Barabara Mitchell, and her husband Dale Mitchell, his brother Billy Brown, and his wife Le Ann Brown, and their two children, three other nieces and nephews and a host of other friends and family.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018, beginning at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, immediately followed by a memorial service and a catered reception at Bluff Park United Methodist Church:  733 Valley Street, Birmingham, AL 35226.
Mike Shaddix
Class of 66
Arrangements for Mike Shaddix: Thursday, March 29, 2018 1pm-3pm Visitation 3pm-4pm Memorial Service Eternal Hills Funeral Home 3594 Stone Mountain Highway Snellville, GA 30039 5:30pm-8:30pm Drop-In Please join the family at Ed and Brooke Shaddix’s home for food, refreshments and to share great Marblehead stories. 1450 Roanoke Trace Grayson, GA 30017 In lieu of flowers please make contributions to ASPCA.org
Lee Joseph Pilleteri
Class of 59
Lee Joseph Pilleteri passed away on February 9, 2018, in Panama City, Florida at the age of 76. Born in Birmingham, Alabama to Joe N. Pilleteri and Rosemary George Pilleteri, he graduated from Jones Valley High School. Lee owned Pilleteri Maytag and retired after being in business for over 40 years. He was a resident of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, for 36 years, where he was very dedicated to his community. Lee was a member of the Vestavia Hills school board, President of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of "I Love America Day" and the Annual Christmas Parade. His dedication earned him the title Vestavia Hills Citizen of Year. Lee was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hoover, Alabama, St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Panama City Beach, Florida, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Preceding Lee in death is his parents, Joe N. Pilleteri and Rosemary George Pilleteri. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, June Swinney Pilleteri; his children, Joe L. (Dawn) Pilleteri; Junie P. Richard (Jason Hill); grandson, Jack Pilleteri; his brothers, Ben (Martha) Pilleteri; Joe (Nam) Pilleteri; sister, Mary Jo (Tommy) Sizemore; many sister and brother-in-laws, cousins, and a host of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Keith B. Banton of Panama City, Florida, for his kindness and dedication. Funeral services for Lee will be held at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the American Heart Association
Sarah Janette Edge Parr
Class of
54
February 14, 1936 - February 6, 2018 Sarah Janette (nee Edge). Beloved wife of the late James E. Parr for 43 years. Devoted mother of Judy (Phil) Fountain, Leslie Abt, Hillary (Todd) Lingard and Roy Cross. Cherished Grandmother of Christopher Kilgore, Melissa (Jeremy) Withem, Philip Fountain, Hannah Fountain, Jason (Melissa) Cross, Brian (Anna) Cross, Joshua Cross and Sarah Cross. Dear Great Grandmother of Logan Withem, James Abel Withem, Ashley Cross, Jacob Cross, Isabella Cross, Hayden Cross, Lillie Kilgore and Chloie Kilgore. Passed into Eternity with Jesus on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the age of 81. Visitation will take place at Hodapp Funeral Home, 8815 Cincinnati-Columbus Rd. (Rt. 42), West Chester, OH 45069 on Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 AM until time of Funeral Service at 10:30AM.
William Keith (Buddy) Tillerson
Class of 6
5
William Keith (Buddy) Tillerson was born on October 30, 1946 at home in Powderly, Alabama. Keith graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1965. He served in the United States Army from 1966 - 1968 where he received the following commendations; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Maarie West and his father, Thomas William Tillerson; daughter, Tiffany Tillerson Young and sister, Carole Marie Tillerson Lee.
He is survived by his two granddaughters, Marisa Melvin and McKenzie Young of Youngstown, Florida; sisters, Susan Tillerson Benedetto of San Diego, California, Wanda (Donny) Pate of Shelby Alabama; brother, William Eernest Windham Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Keith’s life will be held at Elmwood Cemetery on December 29, 2017 at 12 PM.
Ruby Langley Davis
Class of 64
Ruby Langley Davis passed away December 14 from cancer she was preceaded in death by her parents Buddy and Hazel Langley Husband Bobby Davis and son Terry McCown and two brothers Curtis and Robert Langley she is survived by two sons Tim(Myra) McCown and Kiley (Millisa)Davis three grand children and two great grandchildren and Brother Donnie (Diane)Langley.
Jane Chesser Barnett
Class of 67
Jane Chesser Barnett passed away in the fall of 2017 in Florida.  No further details are available at this time.
Charles Russell Lee Raymond
Class of '
65
Charles Russell Lee Raymond, age 70 of Gadsden, AL went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 12, 2017, surrounded by his family and friends with his wife at his bedside. He had health issues he just couldn't overcome. Charles was the late Russell and Jane Raymond's first son; he was an avid hunter, fisherman and worked 35 years for the railroad, the last 5 as an engineer before retiring. Charles was preceded in death by his parent and one daughter, Glynis who passed away in 2007. Charles leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 7 years, Jenny Philllips Raymond; son, Russell (Lisa) Raymond; stepchildren, Jay (Kim) Smith, Jeff Smith and Jill (Ralph) Boatwright; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Fred (Delilah) Raymond, Arlie (Elizabeth) Kimbrell; one sister, Linda (Bubba) Prantl. A special thank you to Linda who has been a big help in taking care of Charles. Sleep in Peace my sweet prince. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Valhalla Funeral Home's Chapel.
Ruth Brock Horn
Class of 41
Ruth Brock Horn, February 19, 1923 - October 23, 2017, of Lipscomb, AL passed away October 23, 2017, She was a lifetime member of Union Baptist Church and a member of Home Bound Ministry from Grace Life Baptist Church. Ruth retired from Bessemer Technical College as the cafeteria manager. She graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1941. Ruth was a loving wife, devoted mother and proud granny. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Horn; her son, Tommy Horn; her granddaughter, Christy Bates and six siblings. Ruth is survived by her son, Jimmy (Janet) Horn; her daughter, Kathy (Delton) Bates; her grandchildren, Joy Gober, Tim (Sonya) Horn, Greg (Lyn) Bates, Julie (Steve) Boyd, Missy (Sammy) Sheffield, Brandi (Ryan) Abernathy; eighteen great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and extended loving family and friends. Graveside service will be Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Bro. Rick Collins will be officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Grace Life Baptist Church for Shadow Lake Building Fund or Grace for Orphan Care Ministry, 6200 Lou George Loop, Bessemer, AL 35022.
Jean Ingram
Class of '
59
Jean Ingram passed away on Friday, October 20th.  Details will be posted as they become available
Leita Denson
Faculty '62 - '77
Leita Denson passed away at the age of 108 on October 19th, 2017.  She outlived two husbands (both named Fred) by the time she was in her 40s so she enrolled at the University of Alabama and graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's in education in her early 50s. She then spent 18 years teaching high school science. Her students referred to her classroom as "Denson's Dungeon" but nearly 200 of them showed up to her 100th birthday party.
She once traveled around the world in 90ish days and her house was filled with souvenirs from her trip which my cousins and I used to "discover" in her attic like they were buried treasure.
She wore pink almost every day, except for the 4th of July, which was also her birthday.
In sum, she lived a full life and is a good lesson that you're never too old to keep learning, keep exploring, and keep doing.
She leaves behind 2 children, 11 grandchildren, 30ish great-grandchildren, and an ever-increasing number of great-great grandchildren, the youngest of which was just born today!

Click on the link below to see a video of Ms Denson

Leita Denson Visits Jones Valley High Reunion
Tommy Langley
Class of '
65
 Langley passed away on September 7th, 2017.  No further details are available at this time.
Billy Joe Wallace
Class of '57
Dec. 21, 1938 ~ Aug. 20, 2017
Billy Joe Wallace went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2017 at the age of 79. His survivors include his loving wife Nancy Wallace. Sons: Wes Wallace and Wayne Wallace (Lorri). Sisters: Gail England and Nelda Kennedy (Ersie). Brother: Nelson Wallace (Shirley). Grandchildren: Dustin (Katie), Jordan, Zack, and Hannah.. Great grandchild Nora. Services for Mr. Wallace will be held at Cross Roads Baptist Church, 801 AL. 160, Warrior, AL. 35180, 205-647-3880. On Thursday, August 24, 2017, the visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. and continue on until service time at 1:00 P.M. Following the service, burial, with military honors, will be held at Forest Grove Memorial Gardens, 1498 5th Ave. Pleasant Grove, AL. Bro. Michael Jones . In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Cross Roads Baptist Church.
Don Hill
Class of '5
9
Don H. "too-tall" Hill, 76, of Bessemer, AL passed away August 25, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; son, Keith (Elizabeth); daughters, Donna Candler and Lindsey Hill Champion (Jason); grandchildren, Skyler Candler, Avery and Lilly Hill; brothers, Kenneth and Eddie Hill and sister, Karen Fowler. Funeral service will be Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home with burial following at Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1:00 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Canaan Baptist Ministry. Online condolences may be sent to www.bessemerfh.com.
Wetona Bosworth Caton
Class of '54
Margaret Caton ObituaryMargaret E. Toni "Wetona" Bosworth Braden Caton, age 80, passed away on July 20th, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Toni was a devoted mother, wife and grandmother that treasured spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family was her world. Toni grew up attending Jones Valley High School Class of 1954 and attended Union Baptist Church in Lipscomb, Alabama. Toni believed in being involved in her church and community from a young age. She was an active member of the YWCA's Y-Teen Club and later involved in other Young Women's Christian Association programs. During Toni's few years in Crestview, Florida, she was an active member of the Women's Club of Crestview, were she was Chairman of the Home Life Committee and first Vice President. The Club recognized her as "Club Woman of the Year -1983-1984" for her outstanding contributions to the Club. Toni was a past district Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Alabama Peace Officers Association, a Cub Scout Den Leader and she was involved in many activities with her children. She was an avid Auburn fan. Toni worked at University Hospital in the Pharmacy after High School. In 1972 Toni received her Real Estate License and worked with Place Realty for several years. In the 1990's she co-owned and operated three "The Travel Bag Gift Shoppes" in the Birmingham area. Toni was preceded in death by her father, Marion Ray Bosworth; mother, Rivers Watters, and step-father, Dan Watters; her husband, James A. Caton and her first husband, Ira Edward "Junior" Braden, Jr.; sister, Bobbie Franklin; brother, Howard "Buster" Bosworth; and brother, Jerry Bosworth. Toni is survived by her loving family; her son, Eddie Braden (Kimmie); son, Danny Braden (Jenene); son, Mark Caton (Lucelys); her daughter, Beth Caton Singletary (Jonathan); grandchildren, Nicholas Braden (Maggie); Blake Braden (Chrystal); Brad Braden (Melissa); Austin Braden (Brittani); Clay Caton; Levi Hardegree; great grandchildren, Brianna Braden; Jaxon Braden; Marlei Braden; Samantha Braden and many other family members and good friends. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 26 at 11:30am at Ridout's Southern Heritage Chapel in Pelham with visitation from 10:30 until service time. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Alabama Chapter at 2151 Highland Avenue South, Suite 210, Birmingham, AL 35205 or a charity of your choice.
Published in The Birmingham News on July 23, 2017
Bobbie Brewer
Class of
60
Bobbie Kathryn “Tootsie” Brewer, age 75, of Pelham, AL., passed away June 11, 2017. She was a member of Valley Creek Baptist Church. She retired from Shelby County Mental Health Systems. After her retirement she worked for Sears. Tootsie loved Alabama Football. She is survived by her two sisters Brenda Sager (Hugh) and Frances Darby (Steve); 2 nieces Robyn Nichols (William) and Holly Adams (Bob); two great nieces Willa Nichols and Lindsey Hallum; one great nephew Brody Curlee. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM at Peoples Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 PM at Valley Creek Baptist Cemetery with Bro. Ted Stevenson and Bro. Bob Weber officiating.
Vicki Ruth Willoughby Motley
Class of
65
Vicki Ruth Willoughby Motley, 69, of Marietta, Ga passed away May 24, 2017. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Vicki will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, Sam Motley and children, Richard (Thanh) Noel, Donnie (Tracy) Noel, Patricia Motley, and Buddy (Leigh Ann) Motley, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, brother, Homer Dewey (Melba) Willoughby, Jr. and her dearly loved pet, CoCo. She is predeceased by her parents, Homer Dewey and Margie Willoughby. A Memorial service will be held on May 31, 2017 at 12pm at Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral home located at 180 Church St. NE Marietta, Ga 30060. Visitation will be from 11am - 12pm, an hour before the service, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Vicki's name to the National Kidney Foundation.
Jeanene Glasgow Lowery
Class of 48
Dec. 8, 1930 - Apr. 1, 2017 Jeanene Glasgow Lowrey, 86, passed away 1 April 2017. Born 8 Dec, 1930, she graduated Jones Valley HS. A lovely and talented dancer, Jeanene was a finalist in the 1948 and 1949 Miss Alabama Contests. She married James Lamar Lowrey (her husband of 62 years) in 1950 and had four children; Mike (Glory), Mitch, Jan (Javier) and Jon (Lynn). She is survived by her brother Harold Glasgow (Carol) and her sister in law, Irona Glasgow (Jimmy). After raising 4 children, Jeanene became a realtor in the 70s and she and her partner (Martha Rockwell) were consistently top producers in the Birmingham area for over 20 years; their final development was Greystone. Jeanene's funeral service took place Tuesday, 4 April, 17 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jeanene's name be made to Cahaba Heights UMC, 3139 Cahaba Heights Rd, Vestavia, AL 35243. The family would like to recognize Linda, Brenda, and Emma for their loving care and devotion.
Nelda Blackwell Salman
Class of
59
July 13, 1940 - April 7, 2017 Nelda G. Blackwell Selman, of McCalla, formerly of Lipscomb, went to be with the Lord, Friday, April 7, 2017, at the age of 76. She was a 1959 graduate of Jones Valley High School. Ms. Selman was a beloved teacher in the Jefferson Country School System. With her kind personality, she was a joy to all who met her, and she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son, Dave Selman (Jamie); daughter, Kim Selman; and grandchildren, Cole and Payton Selman. The family will receive friends from 1-2, Tuesday April 11, 2017, at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, Hwy 150 in Hoover. Graveside service will follow at 2 PM in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South
Judith Mims Gardner Hatcher
Class of
61
Jan 2, 1942 - Mar 31, 2017 It is with great sadness that I must announce the death of my mother, Judith Hatcher who passed away March 31 at the age of 75. Judith was a graduate of Shades Valley High School, then furthered her education by achieving an Associates degree in Business. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. Judith was also an adamant animal lover caring for her 4 cats and 2 dogs. She was born in Birmingham to the late David and Jean Mims and was the only girl out of four children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Brett Gardner and 3 brothers, Jimmy, David, and Walter Mims. She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Holland, granddaughter, Meagan Holland, sister-in-law, Emily Mims, and nephew Walt Mims. Service will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Bham, at 10:00AM, April 8th, 2017.
Joann Dunham Syphurs Thacker
Class of 53

An obituary is not yet available but services for Joann  will be  Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, AL 35124. Visitation will be from 10 to 12 with services beginning at 12. Additional information will follow as it becomes available.

Nancy Morgan Reed
Class of 57
Nancy Morgan Reed, 76, of Columbus, MS passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Trinity Nursing Home, Columbus, MS.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. A Memorial Service will follow at 12:00 PM at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Gillon officiating and Rev. Breck Ladd assisting.

Mrs. Reed was born September 24, 1939, to the late L. M. Bill and Willie Shuford Morgan. She retired from AT&T after working there for 15 years. Mrs. Reed is a native of Aberdeen, MS in Monroe County.

Mrs. Reed is survived by her sons-Butch (Margaret) Reed, Columbus, MS and Mike Reed, Starkville, MS; and daughter-Jennifer (Will) Kouns, Gulf Breeze, FL; grandchildren-Tyler (Emily) Reed, Betsy (Jonathan) Guerry, Reed Kouns, and Cameron Kouns; and sister-Kaye (Mark) Reeves.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff of Trinity Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Palmer Home for Children School, P. O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 or First United Methodist Church, 107 3rd Street S, Amory, MS 38821.
Published in Starkville Daily News on May 27, 2016
Gary Trimble
Class of 57

Gary passed away Wednesday, March 29th.  His funeral arrangements;

Monday April 3, 2017
   First United Methodist Church
   Brewton, Ala
   10-11 Visitation
   11-12 Service
   Lunch Following

His obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Kenneth Ray
Class of 58
September 15, 1940 - March 21, 2017 age 76, of Chelsea, passed away on March 21, 2017. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the church with Dr. Randy Mann and Dr. Tim Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery. Bolton Funeral Home is directing. As of Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm our Lord called one of his choice servants home. Kenneth Wayne Ray, born and raised in Powderly, AL, surrendered his life to Jesus Christ at the young age of 8 years old at Powderly Baptist Church. He lived as a faithful servant of his Lord and Savior from that day forward. A graduate of Jones Valley High School and Howard College (now Samford University), Ken worked his way from the mail room of First National Bank of Birmingham (later Amsouth Bank), to a Senior VP of Operations before he retired. He and his wife, Frances, retired at the same time in the early 90's where they could spend retirement living and raising all the kids that God would allow them, even if, biologically, not their own. In spite of his many earthly accomplishments, nothing meant more to him than leading someone to Jesus Christ. That's what he did up until his last breath - spread the Gospel of his Lord. Ken faithfully taught Sunday school for over 43 years, most of which were at Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, AL where he moved in 1972 - the hometown of the love of his life, Frances Blackerby Ray. Ken was preceded in death by his parents: Elijah Friedman Ray, Sr. and Abbie Inez Ray. He is survived by Frances, his wife of 56+ years; two brothers: Elijah Friedman Ray, Jr. (Johnny) and Harold Ray; one sister: Donna Ray Mann; twelve nieces and nephews; and a multitude of other "kids" whose lives he impacted. His life touched so many and he will be greatly missed. However, this is not goodbye, but just "Until we see you again," this time in a new glorified body. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Liberty Baptist Church.
Judy Mullins Galbraith
Class of
58
Judy G. Mullins Galbraith, 76, of Columbus, GA passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. The family will welcome guests for visitation Thursday, January 19, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm in Edgewood Hall of Striffler-Hamby; 4071 Macon Rd. Columbus, GA. Funeral Services start at 2:00 pm in Edgewood Hall followed by a graveside Committal service with The Reverend Michael Reeves officiating. Following the services, attendees are invited to a Celebration of Judy's Life reception in The Mill Room of Striffler-Hamby.
Judy was born July 27, 1940 in Knoxville, TN to8 her late parents Herman and Mary Mullins. She was a Baptist by faith. Before her retirement, she was a Secretary, and Representative at The Columbus Postal Credit Union. Judy loved her family as they also loved her dearly. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Along with her parents, Judy is preceded in death by; her brother Pete Mullins; nephews Beck Mullins and Mark Mullins; her son Todd Galbraith. Those left to cherish her memories are; her husband of more than 50 years Larry Galbraith of Columbus, Ga; son Monte (Lisa) Galbraith of Columbus, GA; daughter Shelley (Mark) Fenton of Shawnee, KS; grandchildren Carter Galbraith of Athens, GA, Catherine Galbraith of Atlanta, GA, Claire Galbraith of Athens, GA, Coleman Galbraith of Columbus, GA, Taylor Bartel of Shawnee, KS, Nicole (Chris)Howard of Shawnee, KS, Lauren Galbraith of Dublin, GA, and Anna Galbraith of Auburn, AL; great grandchild Christian Howard of Shawnee, KS; brother Don (Joyce) Mullins of Huntsville, AL; nephews Brad and Barry (Susan)Mullins of Huntsville, AL; other family members and special friend Jane Loste-Brown.
John Michael Rogers
Class of 63
John Michal Rogers passed away on March 20th, 2017.  No furthre details available at this time.
Donald Rodney Gwin
Class of 60
July 7, 1942 - March 1, 2017 Age 74, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 after a long illness. Rod is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Aileen Gwin. Rod is survived by his loving wife of 43 years; Cheryl Gibbs Gwin of Birmingham, Alabama and one son Gregory Byron Gwin also of Birmingham. Rod will be greatly missed and always remembered for his witty and humorous personality and loving smile. .
Christine Brown Burns
Class of 52
Received word that Christine passed on February 18th, 2017.  I will pass along details as they become available.
Ronnie "Beatle" Bailey
Class of
69
Nov. 3, 1949 - Mar. 2, 2017 Ronnie "Beetle" Bailey, of Mt. Olive, AL, age 67 went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was raised in Midfield, Alabama, and spent the majority of his free time plotting a way to escape to fish and hunt. He was famous for his southern cooking and his delicious pecan pies, as well as his quick wit and sense of humor! He enjoyed spending time at Sanibel Island Florida with his family. He attended Jones Valley High School, Auburn University and UAB. He recently retired after working in the concrete business for 35 years. After his retirement, he has been living out his life long dream of owning a farm and raising his prized Scottish Highland cattle. He loved being at the farm whether he was hunting, fishing, farming, spending time there with his family or napping on the couch. He is survived by his wife, Paula Hurd Bailey; two children, Lori Barnett (Doug), Daniel Bailey (Emily); three grandchildren, Meghan, Payton and Bailey Butler; one great-grandchild, Easton Butler; nephew Seth Starnes (Rachel) and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, James C. Bailey and Mary U. Bailey and sister Bonnie Starnes. Visitation will be Monday, March 6, 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at New Gardendale Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of New Gardendale Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakwood Memorial Gardens.
Dion Bradford
Did Not Attend JV
Dear Bob- I am saddened beyond words to let everyone know that Dion Bradford of Rising Fawn , GA. passed away this morning in Pompano Beach, FL. I know he is not an alumnus of JV but he was my double cousin and was kin to most all Browns, Castleberrys, Keys, and Forresters that went to Jones Valley. While on vacation, Dion suffered an anneurism that tore a hole in his aorta and had to have emergency surgery to replace his aorta with a plastic one ( surgery lasted 12 hours ). He seemed to be getting some better but passed away this morning. For those interested in the arrangements, please email us at les-vickiebrown@hotmail.com and I will gladly pass along that info when they are finalized. While he was close to genius IQ wise, he remained just a good old country boy from Rising Fawn, GA. that loved everybody and put everyone's needs before his. He will be greatly missed. RIP Dion.

Les Brown
James Alvin Barrett
Class of 45
James Alvin Barrett, passed away this morning at the age of 90. He had been ill for an extended time period. He was retired from Verizon Telephone company where he was a manager of outside forces. He loved his job. on February 14, 2017.   Jim lived in Haines City Florida during the final years of his work and also in retirement.He is survived by his wife,Bonnie and One daughter.
He will be laid to rest in York, Pa. Funeral plans are unknown at this time.
Pat Harris Searcy
Class of 62
Dec. 4, 1943 - Feb. 2, 2017 Patricia Ann Harris Searcy, 73, passed away Thursday evening, February 2, 2017 at home in Pelham, AL. She was a deeply faithful Christian believer, loving wife and homemaker, and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. "Pat" was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pelham, where she loved to care for infants and toddlers. Survivors include Pat's husband, Joseph W. Searcy; one daughter, Heather Eastman; three sons, Kevin Searcy, Keith Searcy, and Kenneth Searcy; daughters-in-law, Allison Searcy and Marky Searcy; son-in-law, Alex Eastman; grandchildren, J.J. Searcy and wife Jennifer, Chris Searcy, Jordan Searcy, Patrick Searcy and wife Kimberly, Deann Searcy, Brenna Searcy, Kyle Searcy, Micah Searcy, Malakai Foster, Hadlee Eastman, and Austen Eastman; great-grandchildren, Asher Ho, Bryson Bruce, and Bayleigh Searcy; two sisters, Paulette Turner and Loretta Harris; two brothers, Alvin Harris and Olin Harris; and sister-in-law, Becky Harris. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Pelham, immediately followed by the 3 p.m. Celebration of Pat's Life at the church. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Dr. Mike Shaw will officiate
Pete Zannis
Class
of 71
Pete Zannis, 62, Johnson City, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born August 10, 1953, in Birmingham, Alabama and resided in Johnson City most of his life. Pete graduated from ETSU where he played on the tennis team and won the Intercollegiate Singles and Doubles titles. He continued to play competitively after college, winning the Southern Hard Court Championships in 1981.
Pete was head tennis professional at the Johnson City Country Club for 38 years, where he developed one of the state and south’s premier junior tennis programs and touched the lives of many. He started coaching the Science Hill High School tennis team in 2000 and had a great run with the team for 14 years. Pete led Science Hill to five Class AAA team state titles, three doubles team titles, and one individual championship.
Pete was inducted into the ETSU Hall of Fame in 1996 for contributions to tennis in the community and outstanding play while attending ETSU. He was also named TSSAA Coach of the Year in 2008.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Pete Zannis; and mother, Helen Zannis.
Pete is survived by: his wife of 32 years, Kathy Zannis, of the home; sister, Mary Zannis Tombrello, Birmingham, AL; sister-in-law, Vicki Wilson, and her husband Myron, Bristol, TN; and two very special nephews, Tyler and Nicholas Wilson, Bristol, TN.
The family of Pete Zannis will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Morris-Baker Funeral Home.
The funeral service will follow at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Oyler officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Monte Vista Memorial Park.
Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery for those services.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or Grace Fellowship Church, 2314 S Greenwood Dr., Johnson City, TN 37604..
Nena Annette Cockrell
Class
of 72
Friends are invited to join her family in celebrating Nena’s life at a memorial service, on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Goose Creek Country Club in the Sun Deck Room, located at 5000 Country Club Drive, Baytown, Texas.
Nena Annette Cockrell, 59, of Baytown Texas, passed away on June 5. She was born in Muncie, Indiana to the late Howard Christopher and Joan Yvonne Cockrell on October 26, 1953. After graduating from the University of North Alabama, Nena moved to Baytown and began her career as a teacher at Channelview High School. She spent most of her career working at ExxonMobil as a Process Operator and Training Coordinator
Walter Mims
Class
of 64
Jan. 8, 1945 - Jan. 21, 2017 Walter Mims of Birmingham, AL, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the age of 72. Walter was born to parents, David and Jean Mims on January 8, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas. He was the youngest of four children. Walter attended Jones Valley High School, Jacksonville State University and was a member of the United States Coast Guard. He was preceded in death by his brothers, David and Jimmy. Walter is survived by his wife, Emily; his son, Walt; his daughter-in-law, Bianca; his sister, Judy Gardner; niece, Stacy Holland; and grand-niece, Meagan Holland. The visitation will be at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 9:00-10:30 AM with Mass at 10:30. A reception will follow at the Lakeview Club House in Hoover. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.Jan. 8, 1945 - Jan. 21, 2017 Walter Mims of Birmingham, AL, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the age of 72. Walter was born to parents, David and Jean Mims on January 8, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas. He was the youngest of four children. Walter attended Jones Valley High School, Jacksonville State University and was a member of the United States Coast Guard. He was preceded in death by his brothers, David and Jimmy. Walter is survived by his wife, Emily; his son, Walt; his daughter-in-law, Bianca; his sister, Judy Gardner; niece, Stacy Holland; and grand-niece, Meagan Holland. The visitation will be at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 9:00-10:30 AM with Mass at 10:30. A reception will follow at the Lakeview Club House in Hoover. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
Howard Douglas "Doug" Hays
Class
of 50
July 2, 1930 - December 17, 2016. Howard Douglas Hays ("Doug"), 86, went to be with his Savior on December 17th, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Myra Key Hays; his daughter, Glenda Hays LaBue; his son, John Scott Hays (Donna); his seven grandchildren, Matt Wonn (Nikki), Justin Wonn, Brandon Hays, Will Waldrip (Alison), Anna Hays Stone (Whitt), Kaley Hays, and Gracie LaBue; and his four great-grandchildren, Cody Wonn, Jackson Wonn, Van Waldrip, and Grey Waldrip. He is also survived by his brother Mike Hays (Brenda), and his sisters Mitzi Parker (David) and Joan Dorough. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Francis Hays. Born on July 2nd, 1930 in Bibb County, Alabama to Olious and Audie Hays, Mr. Hays would go on to serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia. From there, he was employed by U.S. Steel in Fairfield, Alabama, the company from which he would retire after 30 years. While working as a steel man, Mr. Hays would also establish Plaza Cleaners in Vestavia Hills, Alabama in 1971, a business that continues to be family operated today. Mr. Hays was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church where he was actively involved with the senior adult ministry. He also was a longtime member of The Rotary Club of Vestavia Hills. Many of his favorite times were spent at Lake Mitchell with his family and friends. While his family will miss "Papa," they rejoice in knowing they will see him again. They will begin receiving friends at Shades Mountain Baptist Church at 2 p.m. this Wednesday, December 21st, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the Big Oak Ranch in his honor. Donations can be made online or mailed to Big Oak Ranch, P.O. Box 507, Springville, Alabama 35146.
George Guliford "Glenn" Allen
Class
of 53
July 28, 1935 - Dec. 22, 2016 age 81, of Alabaster, AL, died Thursday, December 22, 2016. Glen received a Degree in Biology from Birmingham Southern College and then obtained his Master's of Cytology at the University of Miami. He also proudly served his country as a Staff Sargent in the US Army Medical Corp and went on to becoming a Captain in the National Guard. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Linda Borders Allen and daughter, Lisa Carol Allen. His survivors include his children, Brian Allen (Vanessa Miranda-Allen), Michael Allen and Vanessa McClure (Chris); sister, Carol Cosper; grandchildren, Jacob Allen, Cade McClure, Alessandra Allen, Luke McClure and Noah McClure and a host of other family members. A visitation will be 5-6 pm, Monday, December 26, 2016 with a funeral service to follow at 6 pm at Charter Funeral Home.
Howard Douglas Hays
Class
circa 1948
July 2, 1930 - December 17, 2016 Howard Douglas Hays ("Doug"), 86, went to be with his Savior on December 17th, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Myra Key Hays; his daughter, Glenda Hays LaBue; his son, John Scott Hays (Donna); his seven grandchildren, Matt Wonn (Nikki), Justin Wonn, Brandon Hays, Will Waldrip (Alison), Anna Hays Stone (Whitt), Kaley Hays, and Gracie LaBue; and his four great-grandchildren, Cody Wonn, Jackson Wonn, Van Waldrip, and Grey Waldrip. He is also survived by his brother Mike Hays (Brenda), and his sisters Mitzi Parker (David) and Joan Dorough. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Francis Hays. Born on July 2nd, 1930 in Bibb County, Alabama to Olious and Audie Hays, Mr. Hays would go on to serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia. From there, he was employed by U.S. Steel in Fairfield, Alabama, the company from which he would retire after 30 years. While working as a steel man, Mr. Hays would also establish Plaza Cleaners in Vestavia Hills, Alabama in 1971, a business that continues to be family operated today. Mr. Hays was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church where he was actively involved with the senior adult ministry. He also was a longtime member of The Rotary Club of Vestavia Hills. Many of his favorite times were spent at Lake Mitchell with his family and friends. While his family will miss "Papa," they rejoice in knowing they will see him again. They will begin receiving friends at Shades Mountain Baptist Church at 2 p.m. this Wednesday, December 21st, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the Big Oak Ranch in his honor. Donations can be made online or mailed to Big Oak Ranch, P.O. Box 507, Springville, Alabama
Jerry Lee Snow
Class of 1959
April 22, 1941 - Dec. 22, 2016 Jerry Lee Snow, age 75, of Hoover, Al passed away on Thursday December 22, 2016 after a long illness. Mr. Snow grew up in the community of Powderly and went to Jones Valley High School. Mr. Snow served in the U.S. Army and retired from CSX Railroad. Mr. Snow was preceded in death by his parents Olen Lee and Jessie Rae (Foster) Snow; his sister Peggy Rae (Snow) Stringfellow; his brother Randy Dale Snow; his sister Lisa (Snow) O'Daniel who all lived in the Birmingham area. Mr. Snow's survivors are Olen Larry Snow (Rachel) and Randy Dale Snow Jr ( Sara) and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Snow was laid to rest at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Al at 1:15 PM on Friday, December 30, 2016 with military honors.
Tracy Benton Lowery
Class of 1962
January 25, 1943-December 23, 2016 Tracy Benton Lowery, 73, of Springville Alabama, passed into God's loving hands on December 23, 2016. She was a dedicated wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a beloved friend to many. Tracy was such a kind, thoughtful, and gentle woman. She was born on January 25, 1943 in Birmingham Alabama to James Harold Benton (Jelly) and Tracy Merle Benton. Tracy had many cousins and she enjoyed seeing them at the yearly Seller's family reunions. Tracy graduated from West End high school in 1961. She married her forever love, Philip Wayne Lowery, in 1965. Tracy and Philip raised two daughters. Tracy worked as an Administrative assistant, and retired from the Birmingham Police Department. She is survived by her two daughters, Kristi Lowery and Kim Jones (Jonathan), her nephew Scott Lowery, Grandchildren Valerie King (Randy), Jenifer Phelps (Matt), April King, Kasey Maples (Dustin), Daniel Maples (Allison), Matthew Cherry, along with 5 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Jefferson Memorial. Visitation will be from 11:00AM to 12:00PM, the Memorial service will directly follow at 12:00PM.  (Tracy grew up in Camp 11 and her family moved to West End before she graduated)
Sandy Ballard
Class of 19
62
I have been informed that Sandra Ballard, Class of 62, has passed.  As I learn more information I will post it.
Larry Saterlee
Class of 19
59
  Larry J. Satterlee, age 76 of Hueytown, AL, passed away December 10, 2016. Larry was a '59 graduate of Jones Valley High School and if you were ever a J.V. Brownie, he loved you so much. Coach Saban, you just lost a #1 fan, ROLL TIDE. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Satterlee; sons, Larry J. Satterlee, Jr., (Debbie), Terry Satterlee, Mike Satterlee (Sherry) and five grandchildren. Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bradford officiating. Burial will follow at Valley Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:00- 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Tommy Jean Stamps Barnette
Class of 1959
Nov. 16, 1940 - Dec. 9, 2016 Tommy Jean "Tom Tom" Stamps Barnette went home to be with our Lord. She graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1959. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the FBI. After returning to Alabama, she worked for Lloyd Noland Hospital until retirement. She is preceded in death by her parents, T.J. and Gradis Stamps, and her brother, Johnny. She is survived by her son, Mark. T. Barnette; her daughter, Pam Frye (Scott); 3 grandchildren, Joey Scarvey, Fallon and Karsen Frye; 2 sisters, Jackie Fancher (Truman) and Bonnie Bates (Norris); and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Graveside service will be Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 2 PM, at Highland Memorial Gardens.
Oliver Edward (O.E.) Langner
Class of 1960
Rev. Langner was born on May 10, 1942 and passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
Rev. Langner was a resident of Mount Olive, Alabama at the time of his passing.
He was married to Melba.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church Mount Olive Alabama on Friday November 4 2016 with ViewingVisitation available from 11-1 P.M. followed by the Celebration of Life Service at 1 P.M. Immediately following the service a short gravesite service will be held at Mount Olive Cemetery.
While flowers are sincerely appreciated Rev. Langner requested memorial gifts to the Van Drive fund at First Baptist Church Mount Olive Alabama or the Gideon Bible organization.
Jack Hartley
Class of 1958
I have just received word that Jack Hartley, Class of '58 has passed.  I will provide details as they become available.
James Robert Hogge
Class of 1957
James (Jimmy) Robert Hogge, '57 passed away October 13th 2016 in Moncks Corner, SC.  Jimmy was retired from the US Navy with 20 years service.  He was always called a "Submarine Sailor" because he loved the Navy.  Jimmy is survived by his wife, Peggy Reynolds Hogge, '61 who  lives in Moncks Corner, SC.  Jimmy's children are Patrick (Cara) Hogge; Cathy Petrella and Amanda Senkel (Lucas).  He had 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  He was also survived by a sister Jane Hogge Crowe '55 (Gene) and a brother Wayne Hogge.  Jimmy was buried in Moncks Corner SC on Monday the 17th of October.
Wanda Lee Browning Vanderslice
Class of 1965
May 23, 1947- October 5, 2016 Wanda Lee Browning Vanderslice of Woodstock Alabama went home to be with our Heavenly Father October 5, 2016. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Armster Christo and Ora Lee Browning; her brothers A.C Browning jr and Sam Browning; her grandchildren Noah Smith and baby Neil Holland. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Braxton Vanderslice; children Deedee and Lee Dockery, Pam and Gary Hudson, and Sherry and Randy Franklin; grandchildren Chris and Tricia Vanderslice, Jennifer and James Mcnutt, Neil and Lora Holland, Dustin and Brittany Holland, Jessica Dockery, Bobby and Arian Holland, RaeShell and Daniel Forsythe, Kristin Franklin, Emily and Jon Grelle, Matthew Franklin; and 17 great grandchilren. There will be a memorial service held on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at Cremation Center of Birmingham in Woodstock Alabama at 7 p.m.
Virginia Bell Cornelius
Class of 1948
October 4, 2016 Virginia Bell Cornelius, age 87, of Alabaster, AL and formally Lipscomb, AL, went to be with Jesus on October 4, 2016. She was a 1948 graduate of Jones Valley High School, a very talented seamstress making dresses for the Vestavia Belles, numerous dresses for weddings, clothes for Allred's Cloth Barn and specialty items for her customers whether she had a pattern a sketch or just an idea in someones head. She loved her family unconditionally especially her grandchildren and great grands. A tradition that was started by mother and daddy was for our family and any friends to get together for dinner on Saturday night which the family will continue. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Jack Cornelius; parents, O.B. and Eva LeCroy Bell; her brothers, Byron, Earl, Marion, John, Oliver and James Bell; her sisters, Claire Givhan, Ruth Rice, Frances Harrison and Mary Elizabeth Vasser. She is survived by her children, Carol Cornelius; Jack Edwin Cornelius (Jeanne) and Cheryl Cornelius (Landon Jenson); grandchildren, Dustin Cornelius (Heather), Linsey Harmon and Matthew Cornelius (Amy); great grandchildren, Kailey and Caleb Cornelius; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be Friday, October 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home with burial following at Highland Memorial Gardens. Dr. J.D. Davis will be officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contribution be made to SouthSide Baptist Church, 7183 Hwy 119, Alabaster, AL 35007.
Charlcie Elizabeth Cross Giles
Class of 19
58
Jul 2, 1940 - Sep 22, 2016 Charlcie Elizabeth Giles, age 76, daughter of Charles Preston Cross and Lorene Caffee Cross, passed away after a brief illness on September 22, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Dwight A. Giles; a son Charles Hobson Giles, Jennifer Langston, her granddaughters Olivia Anne Giles and Vivianne Giles. Mrs. Giles was a graduate of Howard College, taught in the Jefferson County and the Birmingham School system for a number of years and had many wonderful memories from the students that she taught. She was a faithful Christian attending McElwain Baptist Church for over 40 years. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and dearly loved the members of her classes. She served in many different positions at McElwain Baptist as a faithful worker and kindergarten teacher. She loved to participate in team sports at McElwain in addition to playing team tennis at Highland Park Racquet Club. Mrs. Giles was Vice-president and an active participant in Insurance Systems of Alabama for over 25 years helping thousands of people in obtaining their insurance licenses. Any one that ever met Mrs. Giles would agree she was a lovable person with a personality that you would not soon forget. Services for Mrs. Giles will be held at Ridout's Trussville Chapel Friday, September 23, 2016 with a viewing from 5:30 PM until 8:00 Pm. Services will be held at McElwain Baptist Church at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 24, 2016 with final interment at Welti Presbyterian Church in Cullman, Alabama at 2:00 on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to McElwain Christian Academy
Margaret Rose Sykes Craig
Class of 19
56
Margaret (78) passed away October 4, 2016 She was born January 1, 1938 in Powderly, AL to Howard Everett Sykes and Grace Josephine Roper Sykes. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, brothers Howard, James, Pete, Henry and William; sisters Elizabeth and Mary Jean ; son Eric; and son-in-law William H. Frazier; and survived by husband, James Terry Craig, Jr. of 51 years; daughters Jennifer Craig Baxley (Jim) of Hoover, AL and Susan Craig... Frazier of Vestavia Hills, AL; and granddaughters Mallory Rose Baxley, Meredith Baxley Porter (Matthew), Jamie Grace Baxley, Emily Margaret Frazier, and Erin Elizabeth Frazier; sister Marion Sue Jefferies; sister-in-law Faye Sykes; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Margaret graduated from Jones Valley High School where she was co-Head Cheerleader, Miss Jones Valley and Homecoming Queen. She was employed at U. S. Steel Corporation’s Tennessee Coal & Iron Division in Fairfield, AL for 11 years. She worked 11 years at Brookwood Medical Center, Inc. in Homewood, AL where she rose to Corporate Secretary and Senior Vice President for Administrative Services.
The family appreciates the great care and kindness of Craig Rich, MD; the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and the staff at SouthernCare Hospice Services.
Visitation will begin at 2 pm, Friday, October 7, 2016, at Riverchase Baptist Church, 2020 Crossvine Drive, Hoover, AL followed by Memorial Service at 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers consider a contribution to your local Humane Society or adopt a pet.
Michael Archer Crumpton, Sr.
Class of 1969
3-27-51 - 9-9-2016 , Michael Archer Crumpton, Sr., age 65, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 after a lengthy and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Leonard and Martha (Mattie) Elizabeth Archer Crumpton and his brother, Dr. A. Wayne Crumpton and sister-in-law Carole Tyler Crumpton and nephews Stephen and Scottie Crumpton.
He is survived by his sons Michael Archer Crumpton Jr. (Gwen) and Rick Crumpton, and grandchildren Michael Archer III and Evelyn Margaret Crumpton. His brother Paul Kenneth (Ken) Crumpton (Shirley) and nieces and nephews, Karen Crumpton Howell (Todd), Paula Crumpton Brooks (Rex), Jenni Crumpton Ross (Dave), Jeff (Ashley) Crumpton and Clay Crumpton....and several great nieces and nephews: Holly and Hunter Howell, Camryn, Connor and Jon Brooks, Caroline, Lana and Matthew Crumpton and Brittany Crumpton (Nate), Isabel, David and Emma Sophia Osgood.... and special cousins Barbara Archer Bennett and Martha Archer (Olin) Tumlin along with many other beloved cousins and extended family.
Mike is also survived by his devoted life partner and faithful caretaker, Sharon Skorvetz and her family whose care for him gave him the faith, strength and encouragement to continue his battle for two and a half years.
Mike was also supported by a host of fellow alums of Jones Valley High School and fellow former members of Powderly Baptist Church in the western section of Birmingham, whom he dearly loved....and who loved and encouraged him.
He was untiringly blessed by fellow Christians and friends in his Sunday School class and the pastor and staff of Northeast Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S. C.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama Mike worked in the furniture industry for many years serving as National Sales Manager for Bassett Furniture Industries and retired from Broyhill Furniture as Sales Rep for South Carolina. He was known as a 'Super Salesman'!
A Memorial Service will be held at 2PM on Friday, September 16, at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29223.
There will also be a joyous celebration of Mike's life by former classmates, friends, "partners in crime' and beloved Facebook supporters at the Jones Valley High School monthly luncheon on Wednesday, September 21, 11:30AM at the Pelham Golden Corral, 101 Cahaba Valley Parkway East, Pelham, Alabama 35124.
Mike's fervent prayer was that everyone would come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour before they too found themselves at the end of their own earthly journey. Spread the Word!
Jean Latta Selman
Class of 1958
Nov. 10, 1939 - Aug. 19, 2016 Jean Latta Selman, of Vestavia Hills, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 19, 2016, at the age of 76. She had been owner and operator of her Merle Norman Studio for the past 50 years. Ms. Selman was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist church and of the Kline Sunday School Class, whom she loved dearly. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was loved by many and will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Franklin Selman. She is survived by her daughter, Pam Roy (Glen); grandson, Trey Smitherman; and her sister, Frances Hawk. The family will receive friends from 10-11, Monday, August 22, 2016, at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, Hwy 150 in Hoover. Funeral will follow at 11 AM in the chapel, Rev. Ryan Rosser and Kerry Kline officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South
Mary Jones Bowie
English Teacher 1959-1967
June 28, 1927 - July 13, 2016,  Mary Jones Bowie , 89, went home to be with the Lord on - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?n=mary-jones-bowie&pid=180667705&fhid=8341#sthash.7b9ZBtJ9.dpufJuly 13, 2016 after an extended illness. Born in Cleburne County, Alabama she was a long time resident of Birmingham where she spent many years as an educator in the public schools. She was known to challenge her students to do their best work and loved preparing them for college. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she also had a servant's heart. She was a member of Huffman Baptist Church for 42 years where she taught a ladies Bible class for most of those years. She organized & participated in many mission activities and served the Lord in so many ways through the years. She loved to read and spent many hours immersed in great literature as well as in Bible study. She was a mighty prayer warrior as well. She served as the ultimate Christian example to her family and to everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed here, but is now "singing around the throne", experiencing the eternal life promised by her Savior. She was preceded in death by her parents Leo R. and Martha Jane Jones and her husband, John M. Bowie. She is survived by her son, Richard Bowie (Sharon) and her daughter, Carol Harrelson (Butch), grandsons Jonathan Bowie (Kendra) and Jason Bowie (Miranda) and granddaughters Leah Graham (Ryan), Lydia Lewis (Matt), and Rachel Johnson (Alex) and 5 great grandchildren, Jonah, Berit and Evangeline Bowie, Charlotte Graham and Ava Johnson. She is also survived by 4 siblings, Sarah Jones Irwin, Houston B. Jones (Betty) Joe M. Jones (Frances) and Barbara Jones Culberson and many nieces and nephews. Her family will receive friends on Tuesday July 19, 2016 from 1-2 at Ridout's Trussville Chapel with the service at 2 pm. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Samaritan's Purse or Gideons International
Jacob Harold Reach
Class of 1964
Memorial service for Jacob Harold Reach, age 69,  will be Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the chapel of Usrey Funeral Home. His family will receive friends from 4:00 - 5:00 pm and Usrey Funeral Home of Talladega will direct. Mr. Reach passed away July 21, 2016 at Citizens BMC. Survivors include his wife, Debra Reach, son, J.J. Reach (Dawn), daughter, Harel Howze, grandchildren, Skylar, Howze, JC Howze, Riley Reach, Malori Reach, Emyli Reach. Online condolences may be sent to www.usreyfuneralhome.com Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct.
Sonny Bullard
Class of 195
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ARTHUR LEE "SONNY" BULLARD age 76 of Clanton and formerly of Hueytown, passed away on August 11, 2016. He was born in Alabama on June 22, 1940, the son of the late Sam Elbert Bullard and the late Nola Cox Bullard. He was a mechanic. He is survived by his wife Peggy Stokes Bullard of Clanton; Daughter, Teresa (Roger) Hirth of Pensacola, FL; Son, David (Cindy) Bullard of Foley; Grandchildren, Courtney (Michael) Lepinay of Pensacola, FL, Erin Hirth of Pensacola, FL, Austin Hirth of Pensacola, FL, Danaite Bullard of Foley, and Nati Bullard of Foley; and great-grandson, Josiah Lepinay of Pensacola, FL.
Don Henderson
Class of 1956
Don Henderson, Class of '56, passed away on August 1st, 2016.  No obituary is available at this time.
Charles Prather
Class of 1972
Charles Prather Class of 1972, died August 4th. He was employed at Caraway Hospital as a computer programmer until the closing of the hospital and then managed several homes in the Bessemer area which he owned. He was on life support for the last couple of days and died after body functions shut down. Unknown to him while in the hospital someone broke into his storage building and stole all his tools and burnt his mobile home to the ground in Tuscaloosa county. Service will be Monday Aug 8,2016 at Brown Funeral Home 4th Ave Bessemer 10 AM viewing and 11 AM burial 
Sondra Leigh Marote
Class of 1958
   July, 2016 - Sondra Leigh Marote passed.  Obituary not yet available.JonesValley > Class of 58 >  Leigh, Sondra
Bobby Ralph Gipson
Class of 1953
Bobby Ralph Gipson, age 80 , of Helena, AL, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016. Bobby graduated from Jones Valley High School and then proudly served in the U. S. Navy and then transferred to the Reserves. He then went on to Birmingham Southern College graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Alabama with a Master of Science in Hospital Administration Degree graduating in 1967, University of South Alabama with a degree in Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree graduating in 1983, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Health Services with his Master of Nursing Degree graduating in 1986. He moved to England where he attended The Regents of Shepperton University where he received his Master of Arts Health Education Degree in 1994 and went on to receive his Doctorate Degree in Nursing at the same university. He was employed as Head of Nursing at several hospitals. Bobby absolutely loved dogs, taking in strays and having up to 12 dogs at a time. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Ruby Gipson and son, Kelly Gipson. His survivors include his daughter, Gina Stuman (David); sons, Richard Gipson (Connie) and David Gipson; sister, Clara Posey; grandchildren, Suzanna Gottier (Wayne, Jr.), Wesley McKay (Michelle), Crystal Rogan (Steven), Joshua Gipson, Sarah Gipson Snapp (Claude) and Ashley Gipson and a host of great grandchildren. A Graveside Service with Honors will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Brother Bo Brown and Brother Matt Monk will officiate the services.
Tommy Hyle
Class of 1956
Tommy Hyle, class of '56, died on May 20th. He lived in the metro area of Austin, TX. Tom was the class president and was loved by everyone who knew
him. He graduated from the University of Virginia and went on to have a wonderful career with the NASA space program. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, 3 children and several grandchildren.   I will post his obituary if it becomes available.
Doris Rae Miles Miller
Class of 1947
June 8, 1929-April 21, 2016 Doris Rae Miles Miller, of Helena, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 86. A lifelong resident of the Birmingham area, Doris graduated from Jones Valley High School where she made all-city in softball. For many years she was a member, nursery coordinator and kindergarten teacher at Berney Point Baptist Church. She served for 20 years as a Registrar at Samford University assisting countless students in navigating and achieving educational success. A breast cancer survivor, "Memomma" as she was known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, faithfully supported and attended all activities her family was involved in. She leaves a legacy of abundant love and perpetual encouragement. Memomma will be missed but we rejoice that she is in the presence of the Creator. Doris is preceded in death by her parents, Lexie Mae Miles and Charlie Alexander Miles, her husband, Duiel Jackson Miller, her son, Duiel Jackson (Jack) Miller, Jr., her grandson, Richard Robert McAlpin, Jr., and her sister, Elsie Mae Hayes. She is survived by her three daughters, Judi Miller Pochran (Joe/Buddy) of Vincent, AL, Jerri Miller McAlpin ( Richard) of Pensacola, FL, and Jane Miller of Helena, AL; five grandchildren, Matt Belter, Lisa Miller Smith (Danny), Jake Belter (Felicia), Leslie Miller Hoffman (Donnie), Keller McAlpin, and Shannon Pochran (step-granddaughter); and ten great-grandchildren,), Kalee Sides, Charlie Belter, Ben Belter, Maggie Smith, Miles Belter, Ella Belter, Avery Hoffman, Will Belter, Merryn Hoffman, and Lily Ray Belter, Harley Hoffman (step great granddaughter), Brooke Linke (Travis) (step great granddaughter), and extended family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Helena First Baptist Church, where she was a member at the time of her death. Services will be held on April 25, 2016 at Noon at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.
John Davis
Faculty - Band Director 1953-1963
John Humphrey Davis, 88, of Newington, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. Born in Braintree, MA on February 2, 1928, the youngest son of Irvin and Florence Davis, Mr. Davis was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend. He is survived by his wife, Sharon and daughters Rachael Davis, of New Britain, and Susan Silva and her husband David, of CA, and granddaughter Grace Sharon. Mr. Davis played the French horn professionally and was formerly with the Berkshire Festival Orchestra and the New Hampshire Symphony. He held two degrees from Boston University. He was First Horn for 14 years with the Birmingham Symphony. While in Birmingham, he was awarded "Teacher of the Year" and the "Civitan Award for outstanding Service to Youth". Before coming to Connecticut, Mr. Davis was professor of horn at Kansas State University in Emporia, KS. He directed the brass choir and the KSU Horn Ensemble, and he was a member of the Mid-America Woodwind Quintet. Formerly a Resource Teacher for the Hartford Public Schools, Mr. Davis taught horn and was a member of the New Haven Symphony for 29 years. He played with many orchestras including the Wallingford Symphony, New Britain Symphony and Hartford Symphony. In addition, Mr. Davis taught at Choate in Wallingford and at CCSU as an adjunct professor. Mr. Davis' passions encompassed a broad spectrum of interests. He was a prolific reader. He enjoyed music, theatre, art and gardening (vegetables only, not flowers). He was a world traveler, food connoisseur, and a staunch Democrat (Go Hillary 2016!) Finally, he was a devoted fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and the UCONN Women's Basketball team. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111 and/or the Friendship Service Center, 241 Arch St., New Britain, CT 06051. A Memorial Service for John will be held at a later date. Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington is serving the family.   Click here to see Mr. Davis photo gallery.
Herbert Eldon Morris
Class of
62
June 8, 1944 - March 28, 2016 Herbert "Eldon" Morris of McCalla passed away at the age of 71 on Monday, March 28, 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and he retired from UPS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Annie Lou Morris; brothers, Ralph and Jimmie Morris and sister, Sammie Lou Breland. He is survived by his wife Barbara Morris and son, Brent Morris; brothers, Johnnie, Troy and Eugene Morris. The visitation will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. The funeral service will be held Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Intombment will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens
Roger Lemley
Class of 58
Grave site services will be at 12:00 noon, Monday, March 21st in the rugged cross area of Jefferson Memorial Gardens, 2701 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover.
Ron Brown
Class of 58
Ronald E. “Ron” Brown, age 75, of Centreville, passed away unexpectedly on March 13, 2016. He was a graduate of Jones Valley High School and Birmingham-Southern College, and was an accountant and tax practitioner for 50 years. Ron loved Alabama football, travelling, camping and caring for others.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Styron Brown; daughter, Aliska Watlington (Bret) of Hoover; son, John Brown; stepchildren, Tracy Jenkins (Brandon), Brandon Bice (Penny), and Haley Bice; grandchildren, Malachi & Andon, and Gage & Jon Bryant; and brother, Leslie Thurman “Les” Brown (Vicki). He is preceded in death by his mother, Velma Brown Moore and father, Ralph E. Brown.
A Celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00PM at River of Life Church in Centreville, Alabama. Casual attire is encouraged
Robert F. "Bob" Clowdus
Class of 1971
Robert F. (Bob) Clowdus (1953 - 2016)
Sept. 3, 1953 - Jan. 21, 2016 Robert F. (Bob) Clowdus passed away January 21, 2016. Predeceased by parents George E. Clowdus and Doris Davidson Clowdus. Survived by son Sheldon Clowdus (Catherine) of Rome, GA. and daughter Rachel Sexton of Knoxville, TN. and eight grandchildren. Also by brother Ed Clowdus and sister Sharron Fisher both of Birmingham and nephews Jeff Clowdus (Columbus, OH.) and Michael Fisher (Birmingham, AL).
Harrold Baggett
Class of 1948

BAGGETT, HAROLD 85, of Altamonte Springs, FL, passed away on February 11, 2016. He was born to the late John and Cornelia Baggett in Winston, GA on August 27. He served in the United States Air Force for 22 years and retired in 1971 at McCoy Air Force base. He was a successful business owner for over 25 years. Harold was preceded in his passing by his wife of 47 years, Lois Baggett; and his siblings and their spouses, John Baggett (Ruth), Elsie McClendon (Berwin), and Mildred Simpson (Loey). He is survived by his children Darlene Brandt (Chris), Diane Schmitt (Barney), Debbie Wisner (Joe), Missy Whitman (Daniel), and Joe Baggett, Jr.; siblings Jack Baggett (Claudine), Charles Baggett (Mary), and Martha Hales (Lamar); grandchildren Kimberlee Smith, Kipp Hester, Frankie Chisari, Ben Chisari, Jennifer Saul, Jamie Wisner, Emily Wisner, Philip Spence, and Bonnie Penn; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as many other close relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Monday, February 15 from 5:30-9pm at Baldwin Fairchild East Altamonte, 994 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701. Funeral Mass will follow on Tuesday, February 16 at 1pm at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Full military honors will follow the Mass.

Janet Gail Farris Santarlas
Class of 1968

Jan. 19, 1950 ~ Jan. 19, 2016 She was born in West Memphis, Arkansas. Preceding her in death were her parents Bill and Lillian Johnson Farris; husband Charles G. Santarlas and sister Pat Hilderbrand. Survivors include her daughters Cynthia McKellar of Athens, Leila Molloy (Bobby) of Odenville and Cathy Sterling (Richard) of Blountsville; stepchildren Rose M. Santarlas of Irondale and Mike Santarlas of North Carolina; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brother Jim Farris (Linda) of Montevallo; and a host of chosen children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Blountsville VFW, 1183 College Street at 1:30 PM with Bro. Mike Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brooksville, Snead, Blountsville, Holly Pond, Royal and Susan Moore Volunteer Fire Departments. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing

Published in The Birmingham News from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2016.

Anna Faye Allen Wilson
Class of 1951
8/17/1933 - 1/23/2016 Anna Faye Wilson Anna Faye [Allen] Wilson, age 82 of Shannon, went home to Heaven on Saturday, January 23, 2016, to join Gene, her husband of 53 years, and her beloved son, Michael. She is also proceeded in death by her parents Curtis and Annie Laura Allen; her sister and brother-in-law Mary Lee & Charlie Costa; and sisters-in-law Nena and Helen (Duckie) Allen. She is survived by her Brothers: W.C., Emmett, and Charlie Sandra Allen. She was a lifelong resident of the Shannon community and a very dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Shannon. Anna Faye, or "Puddin," as she was known by her family, was considered the matriarch of the Allen family, and her greatest joy was found in her love for her God, her church, and her family. Her legacy is left in the lives of her nieces and nephews Bill (Samantha), Mike (Janae), Jimmy (Selena), Greg (Wendy), and Michelle Allen; Denise (Robby) Tibbs, Cindy (Greg) Sanders, Sonya (Blaine) Mink; Her great nieces and nephews: Leila, Rob (Nancy), Josh (Lauren), Nikki, Drew, Chad (Jodi), Jordan, Allen (Erin), Jake (Meagan), David, Rob, Russ (Karry), Brett (Kasey), Ryne (BreAnn), Jack, Kenna, Miali, Josie, Scotti, Hannah, Karsen, Holden, Brogan, Raelin, Tyler, and Lexi; Her great-great nieces and nephews: Crews, Samantha, Emmett, Grayson, Connor, and KyleeAnn. All of whom became her children, and she took great pleasure in caring for and spoiling them. Anna Faye retired from USF&G. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a very special lady and will be missed by all. Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman For her price is far above rubies. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.'s Tommy Hannah and Don Maddox officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Valhalla Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shannon First Baptist Church
Carolyn Babb Wilson
Class of 1960
Mrs. Carolyn Babb Wilson, age 74, of Rome, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016, at a local hospital. Mrs. Wilson was born in Birmingham, Alabama on December 21, 1941, daughter of the late Lorene Morrison McBrayer and the late Francis Babb. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Howard McBrayer, and by a sister, Marie Babb. Mrs. Wilson was of the Baptist faith. Prior to retirement, she worked for the Floyd County Board of Education. Survivors include her husband, Neely Wilson, Sr., to whom she was married on March 23, 1962; a daughter, Lisa Wilson, Rome; a son, Neely Wilson, Jr., Rome; a special family friend, Lisa Potts; 3 grandchildren; Jamey, Kayla and Rachael Potts; a great granddaughter, Alyssa Godfrey; three brothers, Ronnie McBrayer, Hueytown, AL, Frank Babb, Montevallo, AL, and Wayne Babb, Centerville, AL; a sister, Linda Singleton, Centerville, AL; her step-mother, Dorothy Babb, Centerville, AL; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. James Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 1:45 until 2:45pm. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences. Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday at 2:30pm and include: Daniel Hubka, Don Gardiner, Bill McCary, Franklin Langley, Jason Machtolff, and Scottie Reynolds. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.
Patricia Cook Grantham
Class of 1956
JonesValley > Class of 56 >  Cook, PatsySept. 11, 1938 - Jan. 20, 2016 Patricia A. Grantham, 77, passed away January 20, 2016. Pat was born September 11, 1938 in Birmingham, AL. She is preceded in death by her parents, O.C. and Catherine Cook; her husband, W.J. "Bill" Grantham; her son-in-law, James Messina; and sisters, Ruth Vaughn and Dot Cook. She is survived by her children, Bill Grantham (Susan) of Ramer, AL and Mary Kay Messina of Birmingham, AL; her grand- children, Lisa Messina, Amber Fouts (Lucas), Eric Fouts, and Katie Mason (Jack); and her sister, Lucille Cater. Visitation will be held at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with graveside services and burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research.
David Wayne Orange
Class of 1949
November 2, 1930 - January 19, 2016 David Wayne Orange, McCalla passed away after a brief illness. He was born and spent most of his life in Lipscomb, AL. and is preceded in death by parents, Willie Hugh and Lillian Adams Orange, and sisters, infant Willene Orange and Jeannine Orange McPhillips (Russell). Wayne attended Jones Valley High School where he met Mary Frances Stacy, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. They were married in 1951 and resided in Lipscomb until 1974. He is survived by his wife Frances; daughters, Jennifer Kremer and Kathy Edge (Bill); sons, David W Orange, Jr. "Skipper" and John H. Orange (Regina); eight grandchildren, Daniel Kremer, Michael Kremer, Melissa Warren (JD), John David Orange, Leah Orange, Marina Orange, Sayo Orange, and Ken Orange. Wayne also leaves behind his loyal canine companion, Darcy. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and completed the F.B.I. National Academy. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, earning a BS and an MS in Criminal Justice before retiring from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department as Assistant Sheriff. He served two terms on the Jefferson County Commission, one of those as president. Answering a call to the ministry, he pastored Bayview United Methodist Church for over 20 years. In his later life, he authored two books one of which was a memoir of his time in law enforcement during the Civil Rights Movement. Should friends desire, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project
Published in The Birmingham News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2016

Howard E. McCluskey
Class of 1972
Dec. 2, 1952- Jan. 12, 2016 Howard E. McCluskey of Childersberg, Alabama was born December 2, 1952 and left this life to be with the Lord on January 12, 2016. Funeral service will be Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11AM at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. He is preceded in death by his fathers: Frank Malcolm McCluskey and Charles B. Berry III, and grandparents Malcolm and Cora McCluskey and Nathan and Frances Rubino. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Debbie McCluskey; sons Cody and Tyler McCluskey, sons Kevin (Adrienne) Elmore and Derek (Brittny) Elmore, and grandchildren Conner, Kamdyn, and Cade Elmore. In addition, he is survived by his mother Janet Berry, brothers Jerry T. McCluskey (Belinda), Mark S. Berry, sisters Rebecca Berry Stone (Mike), and Debra Berry Womble (Johnny) and numerous nieces and nephews. Howard was a devoted husband, father, papa, and friend. He was a 1972 graduate of Jones Valley High and a recent retired Master Plumber from the Talladega County School system. Howard was an accomplished Golden Glove Boxer and a very talented singer. Everyone who heard him sing instantly became a fan. Howard loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing with his family and friends whenever he could. He was a true joy to be around because he could make anyone laugh and smile in an instant. Howard was the definition of a helping hand and never expected anything in return. Howard will be greatly missed but he will remain in our hearts forever. Online condolences at www.curtisandsonfunerals.com. Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel will direct the services.