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24 Sep 14

Changed the email address of Robert Everett, Class of 62
Changed the email address of Sandra Drew Everett, Class of 62
Added contact information for Kathey Reaves Knighten, Class of 69
Posted photos (finally) of the September Luncheon

24 Sep 14

Posted the Obituary of Wayne Hodges, Class of 67
Changed the email address of Bobbie Roberts Wilson, Class of 65
Changed the email address of Carl Gipson, Class of 54
Changed the email address of Denise Kaley Nicodemus, class of 76
Added an email address for Larry Snow, Class of 66

15 Sep 14

Changed the phone number of Patsy Rosser Hindman, class of 71
Changed the mailing address and phone number of Don Hamlett ('54) and Susie Stone Hamlett ('58)
Changed the email address for Dale Peterson, Class of 63

21 Aug 14

Posted photos from the JVHS August Luncheon
Posted Genie Dulaney Bostic's obituary
Posted a new email address and cell phone number for Jim Owen, Class of 63

12 Aug 14

Posted the obituary of Neta Price Wilkinson, Class of 55
Corrected contact information for Janet Dodson Harden, Class of 59

07 Aug 14

Genie Dulaney Bostic, Class of 63, passes
Changed the email address of Jackie Sue Stamps Fancher, Class of 56
Posted contact information for Alvin Harris, Class of 67

05 Aug 14

Posted the obituary of Jackie Burgess Childers, Class of 59
Posted the obituary of Alan Michale Thorn, Class of 80

30 Jul 14

Posted the obituary of Betty Heck Hodges, clss of 46

28 Jul 14

Posted the obituary of Betty Heck Hodges, class of 46
Posted the obituary of Christine Sawyer Vick who graduated in the 30's
Changed the email address of Patty Pitts Canty, Class of 73
Added an email address for Joan Peoples Basden, Class of 58
Changed the email address of Cathy McBayer Doss, Class of 68

23 Jun 14

Posted notice of Betty Heck Hodges death
Posted photos of JVHS July Luncheon
Posted the obituary of Rayford Carroll Hilley, Class of 56
Posted the obituary of Wayne Naish, Class of 67
Posted obituary of Shirley Beatrice Fowler Hutto, Class of 56
Posted a new phone number for Randy Parker, Class of 67

23 Jun 14

Posted photos of the June Luncheon
Posted a vintage photo of the 1943 band
Changed the email address of Charles Knight, Class of '58

18 Jun 14

Posted the obituary of Bonnie Oswalt Harrison, Class unknown

16 Jun 14

Posted the obituary of George Walter Hufham, Class of 58
Changed the email address of Ben Casey, Class of 67
Added contact information for Rhonda Crittenden Norris, Class of 71
Added contact informtion for Andy Savage, Class of 80
Changed the email  address of Ronald Pridmore, Class of 69
Changed the email address and cell number of Robert Hamilton, Class of 62
Posted death announcement of Helen Marie Yearwood Riggins, Class of 56
Added an email address for  Ken Clements, Class of 69

28 May 14

Posted the obituary of Kenneth Lee May, Class of 46
Posted the obituary of Teresa Lyn "Teri" Roberts, Class of 79
Added an email address for Selina Espey Harmon, Class of 72

25 May 14

Posted photos of the May JVHS
luncheon
Posted the obituary of Frank Olvey, Class of 65
Changed the email address of Patsy Rosser Hindman, Class of 71
Added an email address for Wanda Peagler, Class of 78
Changed the email address for Walter Johnsey, Class of 67

10 May 14

Posted the obituary Martin Harry Fuller, Class of 66
Changed the email address of John Cargile, Class of 63

01 May 14

Posted the obituary of Don Butler, Class of 60

17 April  14

Click here to check  out our newly renovated photo / image galleries .  I hope it is better, not just different.
And , of course, you can always reach this site by clicking on "Photos" in the main menu above ,
Posted photos from the April Luncheon

14 April  14

Posted the obituary of Bobby Jo Littlefield Ashworth, class of 57

11 April  14

Posted the obituary of William "Pete" Preston Palmer, Class of 61
Updated contact information for Wayne Kanuck, class of 64 
Updated the email address of Christine Wilson Franklin, class of 52

10 April  14

Posted photos of the 62-63 Reunion
Changed the mailing address of Barbara White Burleson, Class of '58
Changed the mailing address of Brice Burleson, Class of '57
Added contact information for Patricia Morrison
Changed the email address of Monte Hollis Strickland, Class of 59
Changed the email address of Lindsay Hadley, class of 55
Added Contact information for Tom Bostic, Class of 66
Added an email address for Robert Gipson,  class of '63

02 April  14

Posted the obituary of Dale Splawn, Class of 54

24 March  14

Posted photos from the March Luncheon

15 March  14

Posted the obituary of Carolyn Turner, class of 67
Posted an email address for Joann Segrest Garrison, class of 67 
Changed the email address for Buck Williams, class of 61

3 March  14

Change the email address of Blu Moore, class of 73
Posted the obituary of Carolyn Shealy Jolly, class of 53

28 February  14

Updated contact information for Cheryl Causey Schoenfeld, class of 63
Added an email address for Constance Ann English  Guarino, class of 67
Changed the telephone numbers of Benny Langner, Class of 65
Added an email address for Ronald Hill, Class of 56
Updated Dale Peterson's email address, Class of 63

24 February  14

Corrected the email address of Martha Brigman Spota, class of 64
Posted photos from the February luncheon

17 February  14

Posted the obituary of Dr. A. Wayne Crumpton, class of 56

12 February  14

Posted the obituary of Ernest  E. Langner, class unknown
Added contact information for Carl Marshall, class of 64

11 February  14

Updated contact information for Annette Fullbright Betts, class of 64
Updated the email address of David Vann, class of 67
Updated the email address of Kathy Moore Vann, class of 69
Added contact information for Ann McKinney Powell, class of 64
Added contact information for Stefan Jackson, class of 80

19 January  14

Posted photos from January's Luncheon
Posted new email address and phone number for Shirley Stone Shaw, Class of 57
Changed the email address of Robert Monk, Class of 61
Changed the email address of Robert Altman, Class of 66
Changed the email address of Mitzi Hays Parker, Class of 65
Changed the email address of Wade Johnson, Class of 60

13 January  14

Added email address for Sonja Jenkins, class of 77
Changed the email address of Brenda Honneycutt Dearman, class of 62
Posted the obituary of Greg Housch, class of 65

08 January  14

Changed contact information for Teria Chastain, Class of 60
Posted the obituary of Randy Leigh, Class of 68
Added Contact information for Bob Cain, Class of 69

02 January  14

Changed the email address of Teria Chastain, class of 60
Added contact information for Danny Stanfield, Class of 74
Changed the mailing address and telephone number of Tommy Walls, Class of 66
Posted the obituary of Burley Williams, Class of 34

27 December  13

Posted the obituary of Eugene Langner Jr., Class of 60

24 December  13

Posted photos from the December Luncheon

13 December  13

Posted the obituary of Daniel H. Brown, class of 43
Changed the mailing addrss for Marylynn Hill, class of 67

2 December  13

Added email address for Robert Dawson, class of 64
Added email address for James Elliott, class o 64
Added email address for Linda Winters Barnett, class of 64

21 November   13

Added contact information for Virginia Hand Rolling, class of 63
Added an email address for Mickey Thomas, class of 68
Changed the email address of Linda Rye Ervin, class o
Added contact information for Paula Henderson Graham, class of 64

20 November   13

Updated contact information for Louise Grubbs Marshall, class of 63
Posted photos from the November luncheon
Added email address for Diane Parker Marquez, class of 64
Added contact information for Crawford "Sonny" Dollar, class of '63
Added mailing address for Kay Davenport Clements, class of 64
Added contact information for Robert Brooks, class of 64
Added contact information for Robert Newell, class of 64
Added contact information for Linda Davis Gurosky, class of 64

20 November   13

Published the obituary of John Daniel Draper, class unknown

19 November   13

Added contact information for Kathy Bennett Carter, class of 77
Changed the email address of Clifton Capps, class of 62
Changed the mailing address of John Rickels, class of 67
Added email address for Faye Key Sykes, class of 53
Changed the email address of Donna Wallace Shoemaker, class of 72
Corrected the email address of Harolda Thompson Klein, class of 74
Changed the email address of Tommy Stafford, class of 63
Corrected the email address of Patsy Rowland Pillar, class of 63

11 November   13

Changed the email address of Leroy Allen, class of 64
Changed the email address of Robert Boutwell, class of 64
Corrected the email address of Martha Brigman Spota, class of 64
Added an email address for Diane Buckelew Green, class of 64
Added an email address for Don Hawkins
Added contact information for Freddie Ruth Lucas Ogelsby, class of 64
Changed email address of Judy O'Quinn, class of 64
Added email address for Gary Plowman, class of 64
Added contact information for Travis Smith, class of 64
Added contact information for Larry Turner, class of 64
Added contact information for Kirby Watson Reid, class of 64
Added an email address for Janelle Wallace Smith, class of 64
Added an email address for Kay Dennis Wilkes, class of 64

7 November   13

Added contact information for Bob Maida, Class of 67
Changed the email address of Bobby Crow, class of 69
Added an email address for Pat Tipton Hancock, class of 63
Added an email address for Danny Bales, class of 69

16 October   13

Posted the obituary of Lucille Burgess Walls,  Class unknown
Posted contact information for Jane Fraser Rasco, class of 65
Posted photos from the Ocober Luncheon

16 October   13

Updated contact information for Danny Zabroski, Class of 64
Changed the email address of Buzz Vance, class of 64
Added an email address for Jeanette Till
Changed contact information for Preston Lawley
Added contact information for Judy Keener Bowers, Class of 64

9 October   13

Added an email address for Rickey Gilliland, Class of 72
Added contact information for Janie Hemphill Shamblin, Class of 68
Added contact information for Ricky Maida, Class of 67
Changed contact information for Jeannie Womack Wright, Class of 68
Changed the contact information for Debbie Brunson Powers, Class of 69

30 September  13

Posted notice of JoAnn Jones Richards, Class of '50, passing
Added an email address for Paige Watson Cairnes, Class of 57

26 September  13

Changed the email address of Leroy Allen, Class of 64

25 September  13

Changed contact information for Judy Green Walker, class of 57

24 September  13

Posted the obituary of Stephen Watts, Class of 64
Posted the obituary of Nancy "Joyce" Haskew Smith, Class of 55
Changed the contact information for Kathleen Landgraf Hopper, class of 73
Changed the email address of Elouise Grubbs McReynolds, class of 64
Changed the email address of Clifton Capps, class of 62
Posted the obituary of Peggy Thorn Bewley, class of 68

21 September  13

Posted photos from the September Luncheon

19 September  13

Posted contact information for Buddy Wilkes, class of 63
Posted death notice of Barbara Tarpley Crider, class of 65
Added Dennis Blanton to the class of 64
Posted the obituary of Dennis Blanton, class of 64
Posted the obituary of LaWanda Pettyjohn Orange, class of 68
Added Deborah Browning Praytor to the class of 66
Added mailing address and phone number for Nancy Lynette King Shirley, class of 62
Changed the email address of Ronnie Hamm, class of 68
Posted contact information for Jerome Gage, class of 63

05 September  13

Posted the phone number of Rogers Robinson, Class of 58
Posted the email address of Willard Riley, Class of 68
Changed the email address of Tommy Stafford, Class of 63
Added contact information for Dorothy Allen, Class of 63
Posted contact information for Mary Richards Moats, Class of 63

03 September  13

Updated the mailing address of Stanley Woodruff, class of 63
Updated the mailing address of Cecil Kuykendall, class of 63
Added contact information for Patsy Rowland Pillar, class of 63

23 August 13

Added an email address for Judy Murphree Chapman, class of 68
Posted photos from the August luncheon

20 August 13

Added an email address for Barbara Underwood Henrrix, class of 69
Changed the mailing address of Darrell Card, class of 76
Changed the email address of Ricky Phillips, class of 68

8 August 13

I will be out of the country until August 18th.  I will catch up on posting when I return.

28July 13

Posted photos of the Class of 54's 59th reunions
Posted new contact information for Terry Hutchens, class of 63
Changed contact information for Wanda Grace Lee Schmenger, class of 63

25 July 13

Posted a great photo of the '55 or '56 Midfield Civitans Baseball Team
Posted notice of David McCarty's death
Posted the obituary of Sid Langston's, class of '47
Posted the obituary of Charles Lamar Bence, Class of 54
Added Gary Wallace, class of '58, to the JVHS Hall of Fame
Added an eMail address for Sherry James Bishop, class of '61

18 July 13

Posted the photos from July's Luncheon

15 July 13

Posted contact information for Terry Crumpton, class of 63
Changed the email address of Tommy Fowler, Class of 63
Changed the contact informtion for Robert Gipson, class of 63
Changed the contact information for Dot McReynolds, class of 63

05 July 13

Posted the obituary of Frances Waldrop Thompson, class 1941

15 Jun 13

Posted revised contact information for John Santoro, class of 63
Posted a current photo of John Santoro, Class of 63
Posted updated contact information for Joyce Seagraves Parker, class of 63
Posted contact informtion for Larry Lancaster, class of 63

15 Jun 13

Posted the obituary of Mildred Hogue Wintter, class unknown
Click here to see the photos from the June '13 JVHS Monthly Luncheon
Changed contact information for George Miller, Class of 58
Added email address for Clifton Capps, Class of 62

15 Jun 13

I will be out of the country until June 24th, so there will be no new posts until I return.  Continue to send me changes and announcements and I will catch up when I return.


Bob

10 Jun 13

Posted the obituary of Norma Jean Willingham Colyer, class  of 58
Posted the obituary of Grady Vines, class of 48 

28 May 13

Added contact information for Reid Peoples, class of 63
Posted the obituary of Bennie Edward Vining, class of 49

23 May 13

Added contact information for David Keith, class of 63
Updated contact information for Martha Park Hollis, class of 63
Added contact information for Janice Ray Collins, class of 63
Added contact informatin for Rolland Collins, class of 61
Added contact information for John Church, class of 63

22 May 13

Changed contact information for Sarah Heifner Wilder, class of 63
Changed contact information for Linda Rockett McFerrin Wright, Class of 63
Changed contact information for Mary Jane Hosmer Williams, Class of 63
Posted contact information for Mary Jo Pilleteri Sizemore, class of 63
Posted contact information for Tommy Sizemore, Class of 62
Posted contact information for Ervil Swinney, Class of 63
Added contact information for Patricia Payne Sandlin, class of 63
Changed the email address of Betty Harrison Graham, class of 63

21 May 13

Posted contact information for Ralph Messer, class of 63
Changed the email address of Pat Larimer Brawley, class of 57

20 May 13

Changed contact information for Clinton Cherry, Class of 65
Added contact information for Cathy McBrayer Doss, class of 69
Changed mailing address and home phone number for Billy Tate, Class of 63
Changed contact information for Harvy "Hoppy" Bishop, class of 63
Updated contact information for Pat Williams Reid, class of 63
Don Yeager, Class of 1965, has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lymph nodes on both sides of his neck and also at the base of his tongue. He will start his radiation and chemo treatments this week. The doctors have to insert a feeding tube for nourishment because he will not be able to eat for 4 to 6 months.. If you would like to send him some warm thoughts, you can do so at don.yeager@rocketmail.com or cell phone 251-232-8513. We have a wonderful prayer unit within our JV family, so please keep him in your prayers. 

17 May 13

Posted May Luncheon Photos

16 May 13

Changed the contact information for Jimmy Owen, class of 63
Updated contact information for Kay Snow Owen, class of 65
Updated contact information for Genie Dulaney Bostic, class of 63
Corrected errors in the address of Elaine Vincent Muncyd
Added and email address for Don Hampton, class of 63
Added contact information for Nancy Mooney Hampton, class of 63

14 May 13

Click here to watch Walter "Sarge" Johnsey's testimony.  See the panel to the right for instructions for obtaining a DVD of Sarge's testimony
Updated the contact information for Carla Lowery Brown, class of 68
Changed the email address of Jim Horn, class of 60
Updated contact information for Danny Bales, class of 69

08 May 13

Posted the obituary of Faye Chesser Meeks, class of 59
Posted the death notice of Charles "Crowbar" Robert Crosby, Class of 58
Posted a revision to the obituary of Frances Lanetta Airhart, class of 68

01 May 13

Posted photos from the Consolidated Reunion

29 April 13

Posted photos from the April Luncheon
Posted old photo of the Roper boys, the Jetts and Bill Henry
Posted the "real" photos from the March Luncheon

24 April 13

Changed the email address of Ricky Gilliland, Class of 72
Added contact information for Cathy Lowrey Hollifield, Class of 66

09 April 13

I will be out of the country until April 23rd so nothing will be posted until I return.

04 April 13

Posted 10 wonderful late 40's early 50';s photographs supplied by Frank Odom, class of '53
Posted contact information for Ron Jackson, Band Director (67-68)
Posted email address of Kathy Osborne Fridley, class of 68
Changed contact information for Ronald Len Edins, Class of 66

01 April 13

Posted obituary of Debbie Hemphill Lindley, class of 71
Posted obituary of Johnny Rains, Class of 72
Posted the obituary of Frances Lanetta Williams Airhart, Class of 68
Posted the obituary of Lillie Schillaci McBrayer, Class of 60

30 March 13

Posted obituary of Walter McBrayer, Class of 47
Changed email address and phone number for Jackie Wallace Nesbit, class of 71
Changed the email address for Donald Bailey, class of 71
Added contact information for Hal Hutchins, class of 67
Changed mailing address and phone number for Paulette Leverett McMichens, class of 67

17 March 13

Added contact informtion for Deborah Wright King, Class of 70
Added contact information for Jimmie Lou Tucker Clements, class of 67
I received an email stating that Geryl Sue Tucker Tallman, class of 62, had passed away after retiring from the Navy with 35 years service.  I have no further details.

11 March 13

Posted the obituary of John Wayne Galloway, Coach 74-77
Posted the obituary of David Russell Sizemore, Class of 68
Posted the obituary of Darryl Fredrick Williams, class unknown

06 March 13

Posted the obituary of James Lamar Lowery, class of 48
Changed the contact information for Buck Williams, class of 61 

03 March 13

Posted the obituary of William R "Willie" Langner, Class unknown
Posted photos of the February '13 luncheon
Posted the obituary of Isaac Clell Mayfield, class unknown

20 February 13

Posted the obituary of Jerry Bosworth, classs of 58
Posted death notice of Tim Cooley, class of 54

20 February 13

Posted the obituary of Larry Day, Class of 68
Updated cell phone number for Janet Farris Santarlas, class of 68

16 February 13

Posted the obituary of Bill Moody, class of 76

13 February 13

Changed the email address of John Torbert, class of 65
Added an email address for Carol Turner, class of 67
Posted new contact information for Lesa Thompson Livingston, class of 76
Deleted Diana Wedgeworh Jones , class of 79, on request

28 January 13

Posted the obituary of Mary Jo Byram Franklin, class of 55
Posted the obituary of Sara Jane Gary Reid, class of 60
Posted phone number changes for Barbara Hudson Seay, classs of 60
Posted a new email address for Mary Sue Ham Ercolani, class of 59
Posted new contact information for Leroy Allen, class of 64

16 January 13

Posted January Luncheon Photos
Posted December Luncheon photos

14 January 13

Posted the obituary of John "Bobby" Martin, class of 76

11 January 13

Posted the obituary of Gene Allen, class of 59
Posted the obituary of Juanita McDougal Cox, class unknown
Changed the email address of Mike Box, class of 64
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RED MOUNTAIN  PARK

 Perhaps you have read in the newspaper or seen on TV info about the new RED MOUNTAIN PARK that is currently being built in Birmingham.  When finished, it will be the largest "green" park in America even larger than New York City's famous Central Park.   It will stretch from Vulcan to Bessemer along Red Mountain encompassing Ishkooda, No. 11, Tarpley City, Wenonah and all the other ore mines and mining camps that most of us are so familiar with as kids from either our relatives working there, or living there ourselves, or just playing there.  Most of us Jones Valley alums think of Blueberry Hill or Shannon/Oxmoor straights for drag racing in Dad's car.....but this excited, dedicated Red Mountain Park staff envisions a beautiful park with hiking/biking trails and lakes... and tours of former mining structures and camp houses.....and a museum full of OUR memories recorded for future generations to learn about what it was like to live and work and grow up in a booming mining area that built Birmingham into the Magic City!   What an honor for our hardworking parents....as well as ourselves to be the CENTER PIECE of a multi-million dollar tourist attraction!   Read about the plans on www.redmountainpark.org....  or on FaceBook...."Red Mountain Park" and join one of the monthly tours that shows the cleanup and development work currently being done in our old stomping grounds!   Amazing!  Hope you will be part of it.  

Shirley Tipper Crumpton  JV ‘59
_____________

HELLO!   I'm  Paul Stokes (JV ’63), brother of Jerry (’58) and Becky (‘59), and a certified, card-carrying "Camp Kid", since I grew up in the Ishkooda mining camp.

I have been working closely with the Red Mountain Park staff for several months, trying to help them with their plans to re-create a bit of the Red Mountain history that many of us were a part of.  I even went to the old mine sites and camps last weekend for a personal mining history tour.  It was fantastic!

The Park staff has run into many roadblocks to gathering the history of the mines and camps,  including the fact that TCI seems to have destroyed all their documentation, such as employee lists and mine records.  They are, literally, having to go through old tax records, etc. to try and come up with names of the camp residents and mine workers.  They are very interested in hearing from us Jones Valley kids.

I would like to help them in their efforts by inviting any and all of you that either grew up in the mining camps... had relatives that worked there.... or even know stories and/or have additional information about life in the camps.... to share your knowledge and memories with them....as well as sending me names of relatives and acquaintances who lived in the areas and worked there so we can piece together as accurate a history as possible.  

The park staff is trying to re-create not only the physical mining camp areas, but to get a handle on the cultural aspects as well.  For example, they were stunned when I told them about the big Christmas tree (actually a BIG pole with strings of lights) located near the #13 tipple.  Do any of you remember this??  I sure do, since Daddy would take us up there to “help” him change the bulbs.

Eventually, I would like to put everyone in touch with the Red Mountain Park staff directly, but, as a start, I would ask you to respond to my e-mail address stokesbama@aol.com with whatever you have to offer...or if you prefer, you may also send info to me via US mail to my home address, 3712 Wyatt Lane, Texarkana, Texas 75503.  I’d like to see what kind of response I get before turning things over to RMP. 

If you have something that would be better handled via a phone conversation, please contact Shirley Tipper Crumpton, JV '59, at 205-980-2086.   I travel extensively in my job (am on the West coast almost every week), and Shirley is firmly settled in Hoover, so she would be the best for your telephone calls.

Again, this is an effort to re-create a portion of Birmingham’s history, as well as OUR history, and I would like to see them succeed.  Anything you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Paul

 

A POEM

Honoring Mrs. Denson's 100th Birthday

by:  Carol Penfield Burgay
(Class of ’68) 

The best example of what a teacher should be . .
your excitement and enthusiasm was contagious, you see.
To Jones Valley students you’re a priceless treasure
and the lessons you taught always blessed beyond measure.

A constant source of care and concern,
insights, opinions, laughter and fun.
You inspired us to appreciate biology,
and your class was always where we wanted to be!

 We learned all about chlorophyll and algae too,
frogs and earthworms, to name just a few.
Photosynthesis and molecules were surprising delights
and our “field” trips produced some amazing sights.

 Now we pray the good Lord, our Father above,
will continue to bless you with lots of His love.
And we’ll think of you often and want you to know . .
you’ve enriched our lives more than silver and gold! 

(C6  H12  O6)

 Happy 100th Birthday !! 

7/4/09

     My family moved from Powderly and Jones Valley my freshman year. All of my memories were from the streets and neighbors of Powderly and the teachers, students, hallways and playgrounds of Jones Valley. As with many of you, I never quite got over this experience. I was comfortable and secure there. I felt a sense of belonging, a sense of family there that I have not experienced again.    My memories have comforted me over the years but I have longed to revisit those years with those I remember so warmly. What started in the fall of 2004 as lunch with a few old friends from Jones Valley has grown to what this site is now. I did not start out to do this; it just sort of emerged over time. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed gathering the information and renewing so many old memories.

If you have photos, books, news articles, scrapbook things - anything of interest please make it available for inclusion on the site.  If you have scanned material, send it as an email attachment to
broper@crown-nissan.com.  Otherwise, I will scan and return your material within 48 hours.  Mail all items to:

5241 Overland Trace
Birmingham, AL 35244

You can call me at:

(205) 910-5413 - cell
(205) 733-o267 - home
(205) 979-5420 - work

 

OBITUARIES
 
Milton Wayne Hodges
Class of 67
Dec. 13, 1948 -Sept. 22, 2014 Milton Wayne Hodges passed away peacefully on September 22, 2014 at Baptist Princeton Hospital. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1967. He attended Auburn University, where he was an engineering student. He worked with Robin Engineering in Birmingham where he became senior project manager. He was preceded in death by his parents Morris and Betty Hodges. He is survived by his sisters Cheryl (Abbott) Williams, Cynthia Hodges, Birmingham, AL, Denise (Lee) Jordan, Huntsville, AL, and Cathy (Daniel) Turberville, Tybee Island, GA; nephew, Nathan Jordan, nieces, Jessica Turberville, Mary Marsh, Pala Alto, CA, Margaret (Lee) Anthony, Atlanta, GA. Visitation will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home on Friday, September 26, 2014, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m. in the chapel and burial following. Rev. Walter Frank Johnsey, Sr. will be officiating. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Rick Player and his respiratory staff at UAB West, the staff at Arlington Rehab and Baptist Princeton Hospital for their excellent care for him while he was there. The family would like to request donation to a if charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Netta Jane Price Wilkinson
Class of 55
Oct. 4, 1936 - Aug. 5, 2014 Neta P. Wilkinson, 77, of Birmingham, AL passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents Welton G. Price and Juanita L. Love. She graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1955. She was employed by O'Neal Steel for many years. She is survived by her husband of 53 years Gene Wilkinson, daughter Wendy Leigh East and one grandson David Grey Wilkinson. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Friday, August 8, 2014 at Elmwood Chapel followed by funeral service Rev. Clyde Dutton will be officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Published in The Birmingham News from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8, 2014
Genie Dulaney Bostic
Class of 63
Mrs. "Genie" Bostic passed away August 6, 2014 at her father's home in Pell City, Alabama. She is preceded in death by her mother, Robbie Reynolds Dulaney. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 38 years, Gary R. Bostic; her father, Howell L. Dulaney; as well as a host of loving relatives and friends. Mrs. Bostic was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church, near their home in Bradenton, Florida. Genie was a lifetime member of the "multi-million dollar" sales club, during her career as a real estate broker. She was a loving wife and genuinely caring person. A celebration of life service will be held on August 8, 2014 at Kilgroe Funeral Home Chapel in Pell City at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging a contribution be made to Lakeside Hospice, PO Box 544, Pell City, Alabama, 35125 205-884-1111. Condolences may be offered online at www.kilgroefh.com Kilgroe Funeral Home, Pell City will direct the service.
Jackie Burgess Childers
Class of 59
Jacqueline "Jackie" Burgess Childers, 74, passed from this life surrounded by her family on Aug. 1, 2014. She was born on July 23, 1940, in Birmingham, Ala. She was the daughter of Jack and Louise Burgess. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Ron "Ronnie" Childers; and her daughter, Rhonda Jacques; her son, Jason Childers; three granddaughters, Whitni Newsom, Kalyn and Destiny Jacques; great grandson, Jayden Kelley; and son in law, Robert Jacques. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Louise Burgess.Jackie loved the Alabama Crimson Tide and her family and friends passionately. She will be lovingly remembered for her tenacity and strong spirit by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Southerland Family Funeral Home Chapel with Father Roy Marien officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Alan Michael Thorn
Class of 80
Alan Michael Thorn (February 5, 1962 - July 26, 2014) Funeral services for Alan Michael Thorn, 52, of Helena will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel; with interment in Fairview West Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hanceville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Thorn passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Alan was a great and loving person and will be missed dearly. He was preceded in death by his father, Roger F. Thorn. He is survived by his mother, Wavelyn Thorn; brother, Barry Thorn; sister, Tracy Nealy; niece, Cassie Elise Nealy; great niece, Makensie Faye Nealy; three very special friends from Helena and a host of other friends and loved ones
Marguerite Hereford Wilson
Class of 43
Jan. 19, 1925 - July 28, 2014 Marguerite Hereford Wilson, 89, of Hoover, died Monday, July 28, 2014. A native of Birmingham, she was a 1943 graduate of Jones Valley High School, and attended the University of Alabama. She was retired from Bell South, and was a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bill Wilson, son, Steve Wilson, and sister, Helen Bruce. Survivors include daughter-in-law, Sherry Wilson of Hoover, grandsons, Ryan Wilson of Hoover, and E.J. Wilson of Las Vegas, NV, sister Frances Ray of Atlanta, GA, cousin, Bob Hart of Vestavia Hills, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Elmwood Chapel at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with the funeral service at 10 am and burial at Elmwood Cemetery to follow.
Robert Earl Langley
Class of 68
Nov. 5, 1949 - July 24, 2014 Robert Earl Langley, age 64, of Dora, went to be with the Lord on July 24. He was a Marine Corp. veteran and was retired from AAA Cooper Transfer. He was preceded in death by his parents Buddy and Hazel Langley, grandson, Daniel. He is Survived by his ex -wife, Susan, daughter, Kim (Randy) Payne, son, Lee (Jenny Lynn) Langley, sister, Ruby Davis, brothers, Donnie Langley, Curtis Langley, grandchildren, David, Jarrett, Susan, Matt, special little buddy Kipton and his best friend William. Memorial service will be Sat., Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service time.
Christine Sawyer Vick
Graduated in the 30's
June 18, 1921 ~ July 25, 2014 Chris S. Vick, age 93, passed away on July 25, 2014 as peacefully as she lived her life. She is survived by her son Dr. Alan Lee Ferguson and his wife Elizabeth of Vestavia Hills, Ala, daughter Lynn Ferguson of Augusta, Ga., grandchildren Alan Ferguson, Dalton Marshall (John) and Lauren Ferguson, two sisters Carol Jean McLaughlin and Susie Morris Rogers, and many nieces and nephews. She was married to Richard E. Vick later in life and stepchildren Myra Whitson (Jim) and Chris E. Vick became part of her extended family as well as grandchildren Jay Hardy, Mathew and Jennifer Whitson. Chris was born Eula Christine Sawyer on June 18, 1921 in Powderly, AL, but became "Chris" when the opportunity arose. She graduated from Jones Valley High School and worked at Progressive Farmer magazine as well as Canterbury United Methodist Church. She had two other residential venues in her life, those being Homewood and Vestavia Hills, Ala., where she lived independently until two years ago. She was a member of Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church. Chris grew up in a small house with eight sisters and one brother. Her family values were nurtured by the use of two pieces of furniture in their home, a dining table seating twelve and a grand piano. When asked why they had such a large table in such a small home, the answer was, "To enable everyone to sit down at dinner." Musical pursuits were encouraged as this had been a part of the family for a long time. Chris had many characteristics to be admired: she was loving, caring, and above all, tolerant. All her family loved her dearly and she will be greatly missed. Chris moves on to the life hereafter having left this world a better place. Visitation will take place at Rideout's-Brown Elmwood Chapel on Tuesday, July 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM and a graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oasis Healthcare, 2005 Agape Circle, Moody, AL 35004.
Betty Heck Hodges
Class of '46
Dec 1, 1927 ~ July 25, 2014 HODGES, BETTY JEAN HECK, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Friday, July 25, 2014. She was born December 1, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a loving devoted mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. She graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1946. She retired from South Central Bell after 39 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents Myrtle and Clearance Heck and beloved husband Morris Hodges. She is survived by her loving children Wayne Hodges, Cheryl (Abbott) Williams, Cynthia Hodges, Birmingham, AL, Denise (Lee) Jordan, Huntsville, AL, and Cathy (Daniel) Turberville, Tybee Island, GA; grandchildren Nathan Jordan, Jessica Turberville, Mary Marsh, Pala Alto, CA, Margaret Anthony (Lee), Atlanta, GA and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m. and burial following. Rev. Hale Bishop and Rev. Patrick Friday officiating. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Paul Roller and team of exceptional doctors he brought in for our mother's care. Our world is forever changed.
Rayford Carroll Hilley
Class of '56

Rayford Carrol Hilley - of Brentwood, TN. Age 76. Passed away on the 25th of July 2014.   Preceded in death by his loving wife Donna, his parents, R.C. and Violet Hilley, brother Wayne, and son-in-law Mitch Tenpenny. He is survived by his daughters: Vickie (Kirk) Arney, Debbie Tenpenny, Whitney (Richard) Stewart, sister Nelda (Phil) Davis, brother Ron Hilley, sister–in-law Jeanine Hilley, sister-in-law Diane (Sheldon) Whitten-Vile, brother-in-law Jimmy (Gloria) Whitten, grandsons: Jay Arney, Mitchell Tenpenny, Rafe Tenpenny, Jackson Stewart and many nieces and nephews. The family will gather with friends at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home for a time of remembrance and visitation from four o'clock until seven o'clock this evening. A Celebration of Life service will be held at four o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 27th of July 2014 at Woodlawn's Dignity Hall with visitation held one hour prior. Entombment to follow at Woodlawn's Cross Mausoleum.

Arrangements by: Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. 615.383.4754 www.woodlawn-roesch-pattonfh.com

Shirley Beatrice Fowler Hutto
Class of '56

August 10, 1938 - July 10, 2014 Shirley Beatrice Fowler Hutto, 75, of Ocala, FL, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Ocala, FL. Shirley was born in Curryville, Georgia on August 10, 1938, daughter to the late William Thomas and Ola Beatrice (Reed) Fowler. She grew up and attended Jones Valley High School in Powderly, AL. She retired as a payroll accountant from Southern Ductile Foundry in Bessemer, AL. After retiring Shirley and her husband James traveled the country, including Alaska and also Mexico for ten years before settling in Ocala in the early spring of 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, James William Hutto, Sr. of Ocala; son James Hutto, Jr of Ocala, FL; daughter Donna Fletcher of Gilt Edge, TN; grandchildren Kathy Wise, Allison Wise, Stan Wise and Brody Hutto and her sister-in-law Carol Logan. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 11:00AM to 12:00 Noon in the TimberRidge Chapel of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 9695 SW 110th St., Ocala, FL 34481. The committal service and burial will follow at 1:00PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Condolences may be given at www.hiers-baxley.com.

Published in The Birmingham News from July 12 to July 13, 2014

Wayne Naish
Class of '67
Wayne Naish.  Nov. 15, 1948 – July 9, 2014 Wayne was an eternal optimist with a passion for life. This was most obvious and inspiring as he courageously battled cancer. He honored his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as he displayed humility and dependency on his Lord. He encouraged others while never complaining and was more concerned for his family than himself. He had a sense of humor that was infectious and extended grace to all. He loved being a father to his 2 sons and grandfather to his 5 grandchildren in whom he took tremendous pride. Wayne enjoyed watching Auburn football with his boys, grilling for family, and trips to the Gulf. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his brother-in-law, Ronnie Abbott for his tireless effort in support and help for Wayne, to Kim Abbott, Larry Barclay, Joey and Tanya Deavers, and to all of our family for their love and prayers. The family also extends gratitude to special friend Randy Parker, to Comfort Care Hospice and to special nurse, "Dr. Will." They would like to show appreciation also to Dr. Kyle Brown for his compassionate prayer and care for Wayne and his family. Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Bart Naish; and his sister, Pat Naish. He is survived by his wife, Marie Naish; sons, Shane Naish (Jennifer), Chad Naish (Nicole); grandchildren, Abby, Lilly, Bella, Camden and Anna Kate Naish; mother, Louise Naish; sister, Sue Duke; and by numerous other family and friends that loved him. The celebration of Wayne's life will be at 10am on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham. The family will receive friends from 6pm until 8pm on Friday, July 11, 2014 also at the funeral home. Wayne will be buried at 10:15 on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Alabama National Cemetery.
Bonnie Gail Oswalt Harrison
Class of '60

Bonnie Oswalt Harrison, age 71, of Hayden went to be with her Lord on Thursday June 5, 2014. Mrs. Harrison enjoyed a 35 year career in nursing before retirement. She was a member of Hayden United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wyman and Mary Lou Oswalt and her brother, Michael Oswalt. Mrs. Harrison is survived by her husband, L.C. "Buddy" Harrison Jr.; sons, Gary Harrison (Pam), Jeff Harrison (Anita); and her daughter, Lori Ragland (Jeff); grandchildren: Ryan, Chase, Cassie, and Jarrett Harrison, Hunter, Kyndall, and Hannah Ragland. Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm at Hayden United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the church. Donations may be made to the Hope Lodge ( American Cancer Society ) or Hayden United Methodist Church.

Helen Marie Yearwood Riggins
Class of 56
Helen Marie Yearwood Riggins, Class of 56.  Helen died June 8, 2014.
Married to Wesley Riggins, survived by her daughters Rhonda (David) Richards, Robin (Kevin) Duke, Grandsons Blakely & Riley Duke, Nieces Karen Matthews and Janell (Terry) Sullens.
George Walter Hufham
Class of 58

George Walter Hufham, JV Class of '58, died June 14, 2014 in Brownsville, TX.  Walter is survived by his wife, Barbara Langley Hufham (JV Class of '59), 4 children & 3 grandchildren.  He is also survived by sisters Sarah Hufham Thomas, JV Class of 57 - Marilyn Hufham Cooksey, JV Class of '62 - Daniel (Danny) Hufham, JV Class of 67 - and David Hufham, JV Class of '70.  He was preceded in death by his brother Douglas Hufham.

 

Visitation and service will be held Tuesday, June 17th at the Sunset Funeral Home in Brownsville, TX.

Teresa Lyn "Teri" Roberts
Class of 79
Teresa Lyn "Teri" Roberts. Teri has gone home to be with her Lord after a lengthy battle with ALS. She was a faithful member of Gardendale First Baptist Church where she joyfully sang in the choir. An avid Alabama football fan, she has requested that anyone attending her services, please wear Alabama attire. She is preceded in death by her mother, Myrtle Baker Roberts. She is survived by her father, Therold Luther Roberts; sister, Bobbie Nell Wilson (Dwight); brother, Jimmy Roberts; nephew, Jeff Wilson (Daphne) their son, Evan; her closest friend and constant companion, Eddie Lambert as well as a host of other family and friends. Services will be held at the Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with a Celebration of Life, visitation, Monday, May 26 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm with a funeral service Tuesday, May 27 at 11:00am. Interment will be in the Bethlehem West Cemetery on Hwy 157 in Cullman, AL at 1:00pm.
Kenneth May
Class of 46
Kenneth Lee May age 86 of Hoover, Al went to be with the lord on May 24, 2014. He was born in Powderly, Al on Dec 15, 1927. Kenneth graduated from Jones Valley High School and received International Business School training. He was married to Mary Jo Ethridge on August 7, 1964. Kenneth worked for International Harvest Company, Powderly Baptist Church, Wood Chevrolet and retired from UAB Natural Science and Mathmatics department. He was a previous member of Powderly Baptist Church and Green Valley Baptist Church. Most recently a memeber of Metro Church of God. He was a loving husband, father and friend to all. Enjoyed working in the yard, feeding the birds and beach trips with his family. He was a World War II veteran. He was survived by his wife of 50 years Mary Jo, daughter Audra Romans (Jordan), son Jonathan May (Lesley); grandchildren Nathaniel Jordan Romans, Ashley Marie Romans, Logan Daniel May and Lindsey Grace May. Preceeded by his father Clarence Wesley May and mother Allie Ward Brasher May and an infant brother. Viewing will be held at Southern Heritage on Tues May 27 from 5:30 - 7:30. Funeral on Wed May 28, 11:00 at Metro Church of God. Burial will be at The Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo at 2:00pm.
Frank Olvey
Class of 65
Age 66 of Bluff Park passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 and is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in Heaven. He was a Disabled U. S. Army Vietnam Veteran. Frank was a graduate of Jones Valley High School and was very active in all types of sports. He was a loving son, brother and friend with a huge and very caring heart for others, and was one never to complain. He was preceded in death by his dad, Charles E. Olvey and grandparents, Rev. Frank and Emma Johnson. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Olvey; sister, Dean Johnson (Ron); brother, Don Olvey (Lisa); many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Martin Harry Fuller
Class of 66
PINE PRAIRIE ~ The family of Martin Harry Fuller, 66, are heart broken to announce the death of their beloved husband and father. Martin passed away at his residence Monday, May 12, 2014. His life will be commemorated during a funeral service at 3:00 PM Thursday, May 15, 2014; the service will take place at Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte with burial to follow in the Addison-Johnson Cemetery of Turkey Creek.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Martin leaves behind his precious wife of forty four years Geneva Holden Fuller of Pine Prairie and his children: Brandon Fuller of Herndon, VA. and Tiffany Fuller Rollins and her husband, Jimmy, Jr. of Crooked Creek. He was blessed with four grandchildren: Cort and Faith Fuller and Blake and Jase Rollins. Fond memories will forever remain in the hearts of his two sisters, Daisy Fuller Conine and her husband, Bill of Cumming, GA. and Ruby Fuller Hudson of Helena, AL. Martin will also be sorely missed by all whom were lucky enough to have had the privilege to call him Uncle, he leaves behind a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Martin served his country with great honor and pride during his time in the United States Air Force.
He will now reunite in Heaven with his parents, Perry and Elfreida Freudenberg Fuller and his two brothers, George Fuller and Charles Fuller. Their reunion will surely be a joyous occasion.
At the request of the Fullers, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte beginning at 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 14, 2014 and will continue until 10:00 PM that evening and again Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 8:00 AM until the time of the service.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or leave words of comfort for the Fullers at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte, 337-363-2181.
Don Butler
Class of 60
Don Butler, 71, of Panama City, FL, formerly of Lipscomb, AL, passed away April 26, 2014. Don retired from Coca Cola Co., Birmingham, after 42 years. He was a member of the Bessemer Masonic Lodge, and a member of First Assembly of God, Panama City Beach, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard E. and Mary Jo Pinkston Butler. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Pam Butler; son Richie Butler (Tracy); daughter Rhena Maharrey (Jim); grandchildren Rhett Butler and Ryan Butler; brother David Wayne Frasier. The visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home, Hueytown, AL. The funeral service will be Friday, May 2, 2014, at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.
George Shaw Sr.
Class of 54
George Shaw Sr., 77, went home to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was born in Chelsea, Alabama on June 10, 1936. After graduating from Jones Valley High School in 1954, he attended the University of Alabama. There, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and was known for his great sense of humor, quick wit, and mischievous nature. He graduated from Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce in 1958 with a degree in accounting. Soon after, he served a short stint in the U.S. Army, followed by several years in the Army Reserve. He went on to form his own company, Shaw Construction, and spent over 30 years building homes for families in the local area. George was an avid Alabama football fan and some of his fondest memories included traveling with family and friends to watch the Crimson Tide play. George was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Stone Shaw and William Franklin Shaw, and his brother Ralph Earl Shaw, Sr. He is survived by his son, George W. Shaw, Jr. (Donna); daughter, Phyllis Shaw Burgin (Michael); three grandchildren, Brittany Ashton Shaw, Kaitlyn Brooke Burgin, Joshua Shaw Burgin; five sisters, Mary Nichols, Elizabeth Shaw, Billie Faye Greenhill, Martha Fant, Sally McKerley; one brother, Eugene Shaw and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 24th at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. at Union Methodist Church in Westover, Alabama, with Bolton Funeral Home directing. Special thanks goes out to the staff at New Beacon Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Alabama Scholarship Fund or the Alzheimer's Association of Birmingham.
Bobby Jo Littlefield Ashworth
Class of 57

Bobby Jo Ashworth passed away April 8, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents Robbie and Grace Littlefield. Bobby Jo grew up in Lipscomb and graduated from Jones Valley High School, Alabama College (the University of Montevallo) and received a master's degree from UAB. She was a retired teacher from the Jefferson County School system. She was an active member of Bluff Park Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and a wonderful cook. Her devotion and concern for friends and family always came before her own. She is survived by her husband, Jim; one son, Stuart Ashworth; two sisters, Martha Stewart (Ron) of Lenox, MA, Carol Hamlin (Wayne) of Hoover; and one brother, Deon Littlefield (Jill) of Hoover. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her dearly. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 AM at Bluff Park Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the food pantry at Bluff Park Methodist Church, 733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL 35226.

Published in The Birmingham News from Apr. 10 to Apr. 18, 2014

Dale Splawn
Class of 54

Hoye Dale Splawn passed away at home March 29, 2014. He was preceded in death by parents James Hoye and Eva Lou Splawn, and son Daniel Hoye Splawn. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Danna Cantrell Splawn, daughter Teresa, granddaughters Kristina Frank (Ray), and Alycia, great-grandchildren Psymon, Lily and Daniel Frank, sister Carole Hill (Junior) and brother Dalton (Joan). Dale graduated from Jones ValleyHigh School and was an alumnus of Howard College (now Samford University) where he served on the Board of Trustees. Dale was a devoted member of Green Valley Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Royal Ambassadors leader. He co-founded the Bob Finley Character Awards honoring Hoover students and teachers with outstanding character. Dale was a Partner at Mackle, Splawn, Tindall and MacDonald, a Birmingham CPA firm. He also served on the Hoover Park and Recreation Board and the Hoover Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program. He was past Treasurer, Birmingham Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and received the BSA's Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth. Dale was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Alabama Amateur Softball Association. He always represented Christ every day in every way. Visitation will be at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 3, at Green Valley Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity or the H. Dale Splawn Scholarship, Samford University, Attn: University Advancement, 800 Lakeshore Dr., Biringham, AL 35229.

William "Pete" Preston Palmer
Class of 61
PALMER, SR., WILLIAM PRESTON 71, of Hoover, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012. He was a graduate of Jones Valley High School. Upon completion of high school, he joined the US Army Reserves. He was co-owner of Quality Tool Repair for over 25 years. He was an avid Alabama football fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends and touched many lives in so many ways. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Janice Palmer; five children, Melissa Palmer, Holly Bates (Mike), Paige Palmer Casey, Brooke Gamble (Jason) and Bill Palmer (Donna); 10 grandchildren; one brother Joseph S. Palmer (Liz); two nieces and a host of friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 1 pm until 2 pm at the Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home Chapel with a Celebration of his life to begin at 2 pm. In leiu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Carolyn  Turner
Class of 67
Carol Turner passed away on March 9, 2014. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Turner; aunt , Louise Bailey; and dog, Gidget. She is a graduate of Jones Valley High School. She earned a B.A. in education and a master's degree in counseling from UAB. While at UAB she was a member of O.D.K.; active in the student government; an instrumental part in starting UAB ambassadors; and a founding member of Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta. Carol is a retired guidance counselor form the Birmingham City Schools where she taught for 32 years. She was a two time president of the Alabama School Counseling Association. She received counselor of the year form ASCA. She also served as president of the Alabama Counseling Association, and served on the board of American Counseling Association. She currently was serving on Midfield's Board of Education ; A.S.C.A in charge of adds and exhibits for their yearly conference; Bryant/Jordan scholarship selection committee; and Alpha Gamma Delta,Gamma Omega chapter as an advisor. Carol was a past member of Midfield Baptist Church and presently a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove. She was a fun, cheerful person , who loved the Lord, never meet a stranger, loved counseling, enjoyed Alpha Gamma Delta ,and was a devote Auburn football fan. Visitation is Tuesday 5:00-7:30pm at Elmwood Chapel. The Celebration of Life is Wednesday at 1:00 at Elmwood with the burial at Eastaboga Baptist Church.
Carolyn Shealy Jolly
Class of
53
Carolyn Shealy Jolly, age 78, of McCalla went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 3, 2014. Mrs. Jolly retired from South Central Bell after 35 years of service. She was a past member of Fairfield Highlands United Methodist and now a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Mrs. Jolly is survived by her husband, James Jolly; daughters, Pamela Harrison (Gary), Tracy DeWitt (Andy) and Jamie Jones (Tommy); grandchildren, Ryan and Jarrett Harrison, Jordan, Isaac and Joshua DeWitt, Kayla and Sydney Jones; brothers, Clinton (Bettie) and Richard (Robbie) Shealy and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the church. Donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church building fund or the American Cancer Society.
Dr. A. Wayne Crumpton
Class of 56
February 24, 1938 – January 12, 2014
Dr. A. Wayne Crumpton, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church Alabaster was in ministry for over 50 years and preceded in death by parents Arthur Leonard & Martha Elizabeth Crumpton, wife of 25 years Carole Tyler Crumpton, sons Steven Wayne & Michael Scott. Survivors are brothers Ken Crumpton (Shirley) and Mike Crumpton, sons Jeff Cr...umpton (Ashley) & Clay Crumpton; grandchildren Brittany (Crumpton) Osgood, Caroline, Lana & Matthew Crumpton & great-grandchildren Isabel & David Osgood. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Alabaster, Thursday, January 16th from 5- 8 PM with funeral service Friday, January 17th at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church Alabaster “Bridge to the Future Fund” as a memoriam for Wayne Crumpton
Ernest E. Langner
Class Unknown
Ernest E Langner, born in Mobile, AL December 15,1914, passed away on February 11, 2014. He was a member of Shades Crest Baptist Church, Life Deacon at Powderly Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He had attended Jones Valley High School and was co-owner of Dixie Neon Sign Company. He was a devoted Alabama fan for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents W. R. & Abbie Langner, his wife of 56 years Mildred Elder Langner and second wife of 9 years, Mary Pitts Langner, son, Dr. E. Eugene Langner, sisters, Inez Ray, Lucille Owen, brothers, W. R Langner, Jr., Oliver Langner and Clyde Langner. Survivors include daughter, Gail Scruggs (Jim) , Granddaughters, Kim Southerland, Kathryn Wall (Rob), Karen Davis(Danny),Merrigail Copeland, and Michelle Ruckman (Sean), Great- grandchildren, Abby Sanders (Josh), Kelsey Southerland, Karoline Hennessee, Kaitlyn Hennessee, Kylie Wall, Elizabeth Davis, Carter Copeland, Michael Ruckman, Sean Ruckman, Julia Ruckman, Step-daughter, Mary Jane Allen (Chuck) step- grandchildren Kelly Bass (Gregg), Mitchell Allen (Mary Kathryn), Step- grandchildren Cameron and Tyler Bass, Mary Coleman , McLain, and Mallory Allen. Visitation will be held at Shades Crest Baptist Church from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friday, February 14, 2014, with funeral services following, Dr. Brian Lee and Dr. James A Auchmuty officiating. Interment will follow services at Valhalla Cemetery in Midfield. In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to the Shades Crest Baptist Church Found Faithful Building Fund. - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-e-langner&pid=169637775#sthash.3CaEWaNj.dpuf      He was the father of Gail Langner Scruggs,  JV '56  and former choral teacher at Jones Valley High School.......and Reverend Dr. Gene Langner, JV'61, who passed away in December 2013.
James Greg Housch
Class of 1965

Housch, James Gregory "Greg" passed away on January 6, 2014.  Greg was born June 2, 1948 in Fayette, Alabama.  He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Debra;  son, Brett and his wife, Jill;  granson, Jaden;  mother, Tava Housch;  mother-in-law, margaret Owensby;  brother, Tony Housch (Patti);  sisters, Susan Tyler, Ramona Dodd, Melissa Badgwell (Tim), and Jamie Reich (Rich);  sister-in -law Sherry Ceruzzi (Frank);  brother -in -law, Phillip Owensby (Becky);  and many loved nieces and nephews.  He graduated from Jones Valley High School and received his masters's degree in public administration from UAB.  After serving in the military, he began his career in public service at Jefferson County Department of Health.  He retired from the City of Birmingham.  He and Debra enjoyed retirement in Orange Beach, Alabama for 16 years.  Although he professed to be a world champion rook player, neither Debra nor their close friends Larry and Sue Randolph would neither confirm or nor deny that claim.  Greg enjoyed reading and was an avid fisherman and hunter.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 t 2:00 PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home.  Family will receive friends one hour prior.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations please be made to Buckmasters Disabled Hunters Services:  BADF Memorial Donations 10540 Daystar Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 or visit buckmasters.com .

Randy Leigh
Class of 1968
Randall Alan Leigh, age 63, of Pleasant Grove died Thursday, January 2, 2014 in Pleasant Grove. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Gloria Leigh and the love of his life, his wife, Gloria "Jeanne" Leigh.  He is survived by his two sons, David Leigh and Paul Leigh (Jamie Phillips); sisters, Sondra Marote and Terry Webb (Darrell Webb), Nieces and Nephews: Tony and Jody Marote, Amanda, Katy and Sam Webb.    Services will be Monday, January 6, 2014 at Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel at 12 noon with burial in Valhalla Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Burley Y. Williams
Class of
1934

Burley Y. Williams passed away at home in his sleep on December 25, 2013. He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hueytown.   Mr. Williams was preceded in death by Rebecca (Betty) Williams, the mother of his children, 3 brothers, Lennie, Newel and Amos Williams, 1 sister, Mary Dean Capps, a son, Michael E. Williams, a son-in-law, Burley Y. (Buck) Williams, Jr. (Becky), a step daughter, Mary Ann Smith (Paul) and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.  
He graduated from Jones Valley High School where he played on the only undefeated team that Jones Valley ever had. He was also instrumental in raising money to rebuild Jones Valley when it was destroyed by fire, and was prominent in helping to start the J. V. reunions which are still going on today.   He pastured Oxmore Methodist Church for several years, was Choir Director and Youth Director at First United Methodist Church in Bessemer, Youth Director at Hueytown First United Methodist Church, Choir Director at Midfield United Methodist Church and was also Representative of the Midfield Church at the North Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church. He was chairperson of the Administrative Board at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church.   He was on the board of the YMCA in Bessemer and while there, coached basketball and softball teams.   In 1952, he opened Williams Hardware and Sundries in the small community of Midfield Park. The next year, the City became incorporated and used the bank of his store for its first offices. Then, he allowed them to use a building he owned until they could afford to buy it from him at well below market price.   In 1961, he moved his business to a new and larger building. Midfield’s first Post Office was located in the back of the store.   He and Bill Harris organized Midfield’s first Chamber of Commerce which B. Y. served as president for the next two years. During this time, the Chamber was instrumental in the annexation of the Wilkes community.   As Midfield’s Post Master, he realized the postal needs of the city were growing so he fought hard for a full service Post Office and got it. And then, he had to fight again to keep it.   He was a member of the Library Board when the library was just a dream and worked to open the first Library. Then, while serving as president of the Library Board, he worked to secure the grant that made the present library possible.   B. Y. organized an Industrial Development Board and served as its chairman. This board was instrumental in attracting several new businesses to Midfield.   He was also president of the Planning and Zoning Board and on the Board of Directors of the Midfield Chamber of Commerce which he helped to re-organize several years later.   In 1998, the Midfield City Council changed the name of Midfield Street to B.Y.Williams, Sr. Drive in his honor. And in 2007, he received the B. Y. Williams Sr. Community Service Award.   Other offices he has held and honors he has received outside of Midfield are too numerous to mention. He was an exceptional person and he will be sorely missed.   Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. at Valhalla Funeral Home with funeral service on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Valhalla Chapel. Graveside Services will then be moved to Elmwood Cemetery.   Special thanks to Care First Hospice for their professional and compassionate care.

Eugene Langner, Jr.
Class of 1960
Dr. E. Eugene Langner, Jr., 70 of Phenix City, AL, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, in Columbus, GA. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm EST, on Friday, December 20, 2013, at First Baptist Church, with Dr. David White and Dr. Raymond Cochran officiating. Interment will be held at Lakeview Memory Gardens and the family will receive friends from 11:00 until 1:00 this morning at the church. Dr. Langner was born on November 7, 1943, in Birmingham, AL, the son of the Ernest Eugene Langner, Sr. and Mildred Elder Langner. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama, Master in Social Work from Kent School of Social Work, Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Theological Seminary. He was a member of the American Academy of Certified Social Workers, and an active member of the Phenix City Rotary Club. He worked as a social worker for many years and as a Mental Health Therapist and continued that work as part of his ministry. He was called to First Baptist, Phenix City, in August 1983 and preached his last sermon this past Sunday. During his time at First Baptist, he performed countless weddings, well over 200 funerals and made hospital visits to members up until the last week of his life. Dr. Langner was very active in his local community and dedicated time to the House of Mercy and along with Dr. Cochran of Franchise Baptist, led various Unity Service. Other than his father, he is survived by 4 daughters, Kathryn Langner Wall, husband Bob of Birmingham, AL, Karen Langner Davis, husband Danny of Phenix City, AL, Merrigail Langner Copeland of Phenix City, AL and Michelle Langner Ruckman, husband Sean of Phenix City, AL; his faithful dog, Gabe; sister, Gail Langner Scruggs, husband Jimmy of Birmingham, AL; grandchildren, Karoline Hennessee, Kaitlyn Hennessee, Kylie Wall, Elizabeth Davis, Carter Langner Copeland, Michael Eugene Ruckman, Sean Ruckman and Julia Ruckman; other extended family members and many caring friends. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 Vance Memorial Chapel.
Daniel H. Brown
Class of 1943
Daniel H. Brown, age 89, passed away Thursday, December 12th with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Inez Jarrard Brown and Pope Brown; his wife of 55 years, Mary Virginia Moore Brown; and his three sisters; Mildred Tyndle, Frances Griffin, and Hilda Rollins. He is survived by his wife, Wilma Coleman Brown; children; Dianna Brown Murphree (Melvin,) Kay Brown Cole (Don,) and Daniel Harvey Brown II (Julia,) five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was a graduate of Jones Valley High School, class of 1943 and a longtime supporter of the band-boosters and PTA. After graduation he was inducted into the Army and served with honor in the European theatre with the 36th Infantry Division during World War II. He was a wood pattern maker at TCI for 19 years, then went on to open his own pattern business. He ended his career at age 70 at Citation Foundry in Bessemer. He was a member of Powderly Baptist Church teaching Sunday school and leading the Royal Ambassadors youth group. Moving to Bessemer, he became a member of Shades Crest Baptist Church. He was a member of Civitans International and a lifetime fan of Alabama football. He and Virginia were round and square dancers and had friends all over the country from their love of dancing. He was longtime member of the VFW Post #668, dancing there every Saturday night for many years. He was a sweet, generous man who will be missed by many. Services will be held at Currie-Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Hoover, Monday December 16th. Visitation 10 – 11 A.M. Funeral service at 11 A.M. Interment will follow at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo
John Daniel Draper
Class Unknown

John Daniel Draper, April 10, 1921-Nov. 17, 2013
John Daniel Draper, of Bessemer, Alabama passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the age of 92.
He was born April 10, 1921 in Roebuck AL. He graduated from the original Jones Valley High School in the Powderly Community. He worked for Woodward Iron Company and CAPCO Pipe Company as an accounting clerk during his 48 year career. Before he moved to the Greenwood area he was instrumental in helping to establish a new church near Shannon, AL. He was a Christian and a member of the Canaan Baptist Church where he served as church treasurer, deacon, Chairman of the Deacons and provided communion upon request to homebound church members. All who knew John were aware of his great love for his church, his family, woodworking, baseball, Auburn football, cats and wild birds. He was blessed to have lived a full life and he will continue to live on in the lives of those who have known him, cared for him, and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-four years, Lois Draper: one daughter, Donna Draper Hannah (Jim); one grandson, Whit Hannah (Cindy) and two great grandsons, Chance and Colton Hannah all of Northwest Florida.
He was also blessed with the special family he gained with his second marriage. He is survived by stepsons, Jeff Goree (Martha), Woodie Goree (Sharon), and Massey Goree; step daughter, Joan Goree Coston (Bill); step grandchildren, David Coston, Danielle Coston Hall (Drew), Jason Goree, Justin Goree, Chad Goree, and John Allen Goree;step great grandchildren, Daegan Goree and Kaylee Hall and several nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Lawson and Gertrude Draper, his first wife of forty-eight years, Ruby Argo Draper and his sister, Margaret Draper Burgess.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at Valhalla Funeral Home, Midfield, AL., Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 A.M. with interment at Valhalla Cemetery with the Reverend Tim Vining officiating. The grandchildren and great grandchildren from the blended family will serve as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Deacons of Canaan Baptist Church.
Special thanks to members of the Sunshine Sunday School Class and the Joe Rosser Class at Canaan Baptist Church, AlaCare, Hoover Hospice, Southern Hospice, and friends and neighbors who have been supportive in recent months.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Canaan Baptist Church Building Fund, 2543 Morgan Road, Bessemer, AL 35022 or a charity of your choice .

Published in The Birmingham News from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2013

Lucille Burgess Walls
Class Unknown
Lucille Burgess Walls, October 14, 2013, age 90, passed away Monday, October 14th, 2013. Mrs. Walls was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and William C. Burgess Sr.; nine brothers and sisters, Jack Burgess (Louise), R.T. Burgess (Ruth), William C. Burgess (Margaret), Norton Burgess (Betty), Jerry Burgess (Ann), Gene Burgess, Gertrude Trotter (Flack), Agnes Beason (Robert) and Polly Parker (Lawrence). She is survived by her six children: Tommy Walls (Martha Love), Donna Walls Ballard, James/Hassel Walls (Faye), Mike Walls, Gary Walls (Robin) and David Walls (Terri); thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Mrs. Walls was an amazing mother, treasured grandmother and the best friend anyone could hope to have. She loved and was loved by all who knew her, and lived out her Christian faith daily. She was a member of Fairfield Highlands Baptist Church and was retired from Princeton Baptist Health System.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9am-11am at Johns' Ridout's Elmwood with service in chapel beginning at 11am and burial following service. Dr. Buddy Gray, Minister of Hunter Street Baptist Church, will officiate.
"Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love never fails"
1st Corinthians 13: 4, 8
 JoAnn Jones Richards
Class of 50
I received word today, Monday, September 30th that JoAnn Jones Richards, sister of Lloyd ('47) and Jerry ('54) passed away yesterday.  The family will go to Valhalla and make arrangements which should be available tomorrow.   I will post additional information as it becomes available. 
Peggy Thorn Bewley
Class of 68
BEWLEY, PEGGIE THORN 64, of McCalla, formerly of Hueytown passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013. Peggie was a loving wife, and a devoted mother who cared for and loved her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Claudine Dodson Thorn. She is survived by her husband Lawrence Eldie Bewley; and her two sons Lawrence Jason Bewley and Lawrence Jeremy Bewley. The visitation will be Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Valley Creek Cemetery.
Nancy Haskew Smith
Class of 55
Nancy Haskew Smith
September 13, 2013, Nancy "Joyce" Haskew Smith, 76, passed away on September 13, 2013. She was born in Birmingham, AL to the late John Addison Haskew and Lona Shelton Haskew.
Joyce graduated from Jones Valley High School in Powderly, AL in 1955. While living in Milton, FL, she worked as a secretary at Locklin Technical Center and was a member of Bagdad United Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Edgar Gerome "Gerry" Smith; she is survived by her daughter, Marla Smith Holliday of Jacksonville, FL; son, Jerome "Jerry" Smith (Lani) of Hoover, AL; brother, Robert Stanley Haskew (Iris) of Pensacola, FL; and grandchildren, Maxwell Addison Smith and Ava Clair Smith of Hoover, AL.
Joyce will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025
Stephen Watts
Class of 64
Stephen W. Watts passed away September 2, 2013
Watts, Stephen W., age 67, of Birmingham, died September 2, 2013. He grew up in Powderly and graduated from Jones Valley High School, class of '64. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama and received his Master's degree from UAB. He worked as Controller for Pratt Industries. He was an avid fan of University of Alabama football, UAB basketball and Barons baseball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Virginia Watts. He is survived by his brother, Chris Watts (Monica) of Lawrenceville, GA; nephews, Blake Watts of Atlanta, GA and Joel Watts (Melissa) of Hoover, AL; great-niece, Charlotte Watts; and close friends, Andy Torbert, Joey McNeal, and Kathy Jones.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , www.cancer.org
Dennis Blanton
Class of 64
BLANTON, DENNIS "RUB" age 66, of Trussville, AL, passed away on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. Rub worked at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department for 37 years. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Karen Widick Blanton; children, Kristen, Matt, Jeff; grandson, Tyler; sisters, Janice Chesser, Janie Sue Perez; and special little ones, Kathryn, Kayla, and Zachary Young. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cauzine and J.D. Blanton. Funeral services will be at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 30th at 2:00 pm, visitation will begin at 1:00 pm with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Bro. Gary Creel officiating
 LaWanda Pettyjohn Orange
Class of 68
LaWanda Pettyjohn Orange - September 8, 2013, age 62 of Chelsea Alabama passed away peacefully on September 8, 2013 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bobbie Pettyjohn. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Jack Orange 2 sons, Brian Cook (Shonda), Grandson Kaden Cook, Son Kevin McArrell, (Fiance' Shawnda and her son Ty), Father Roy A Pettyjohn Jr. Brother Jeff Pettyjohn (Donna), Sister Connie Buffkin (Gene), lifelong friend Glenda Beersdorg numerous nieces and nephews, along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know her. Friends and family are invited to attend a service Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation at 10:30 a.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home Pelham Alabama. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network/Purple
Barbara Tarpley Crider
Class of 65
While we do not have an obituary, we have been notified that Barbara Tarpley Crider passed away on September 11th, 2013 in Mobile, AL
David McCarty
Class unknown
I received word this morning that David McCarty passed in his sleep last evening (July 24th).  Although David graduated from Berry, he is the son of Earnest McCarty and Edna Earl (Miller) MCarty, both 1953 graduates of Jones Valley and  the nephew of George Miller ('58), Principal A.E. Driggers and his wife Maudin (Miller) Driggers. 

MCCARTY, DAVID EARL Husband, Dad, G-daddy, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Daver, Diddy, Big Earl, and last but not least, SUPERMAN, was called home to Heaven on July 24, 2013. David was diagnosed with cancer almost 14 years ago, and when he was told he had 12 weeks to live, David's reaction was "No Way!," and he was right. David defied his prognosis for 14 years earning him the nickname "Superman" for pressing onward and always refusing to quit, even when it seemed the odds were against him. During his fight against cancer, whenever he was asked how he was doing, David's immediate reply was "Great." He was once asked how he had such a positive attitude and his reply was, "I get up every morning and look in the mirror and say, today is going to be a great day, and then I go and make sure that it is." David never complained about his fight with cancer and lived his life taking nothing for granted and with thankful appreciation for each and every day he was given. Today, David is better than great as he has moved on to his eternal home where he has won the battle he fought so long and so diligently with all his heart, soul and mind. David was part owner of Ernest McCarty Ford in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked with his father, Ernest, and sold many cars to his family, friends and neighbors. The motto of Ernest McCarty Ford is, "The Boss said let 'em go," which today, with heavy hearts, his family and friends say to David, resting upon the promise that David has been completely healed and they will one day meet again on a beautiful day in Heaven. David was a 1977 graduate of W.A. Berry High School where he was a member of the football team. Upon graduation from high school, David went to the University of Alabama, where he played football for Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He was a member of the National Championship Winning team in 1978. Following the completion of his football career, David continued to be a huge supporter and fan of the Crimson Tide and rarely missed a game even while undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments during his fight with cancer. David loved spending time with his family and friends. He lived until the day he died, spending his final days with those he loved, playing cards, listening to music and visiting. David was a resident of Riverchase, where he loved to play golf on Friday afternoons. David was a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Alabama. David lived his faith by helping others in need. If David recognized a need in his community, family, friend group or even those he didn't know that well, he was always quick to offer and give help, but did so quietly, helping others because it was the right thing to do and never drawing attention to his benevolent acts.

Published in The Birmingham News from July 27 to July 28, 2013

Sidney Carl Langston
Class of 1947
Sidney Carl Langston, age 85, passed away  on July 16th in Burnsville, Minn.  He would have been in the JV class of 1947.  He was preceded in death by his son, Michael, wife, Laura and his longtime companion, Lois Vranesh,and sister Jean Davenport.  Survived by daughter, Jodi Langston and grandson Brandon Link and 5 stepsons.  He was an avid sports fan, drafted by the St Louis Cardinals at the age of 17 and a member of Plumbers Local #15.  Sidney was active member of his church.  Funeral services will be July 30 at Washburn-McReavyFuneral Home, 5000 W. 50th St. Edina, Minn.  55436.
Charles Lamar Bence
Class of 195
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Funeral service for Mr. Charles Lamar Bence, 77, of Calera, will be Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home.  Mr. Bence passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at his residence. He was born on February 27, 1936 in New Site, Alabama to Albert Mason Bence and Annie Lorene Gooden Bence. Mr. Bence worked as a Certified Public Accountant. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball, reading, and tinkering with old cars. He was also an avid golfer and Auburn football fan. Mr. Bence loved spending time with his dog, Max, and his family most of all.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Babette Bence of Hoover; sons, Turk Lamar Bence (Jana) of Hoover and Charles Colby Bence (Janelle) of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Anabeth Milstead, Forrest Milstead, and Issac Bence; and sister, Bobbie Hatley.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Sanders Bence; his parents; sisters, Betty Gray and Katherine Reeves; and brothers, Harlan Bence, Auburn Bence, and Hoyt Bence.  In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to UAB Palliative and Supportive Care, CH19 Suite 219 1720 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-2041; Shelby County Humane Society, 381 McDow Road, Columbiana, AL 35051; or to the charity of one’s choice.  Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.    Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances Waldrop Thompson
Class of 1941

Mary Frances Waldrop Thompson age 87 of Gardendale, AL, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Birmingham, AL on November 16, 1925.   Frances spent her growing-up years in Powderly, a place she dearly loved, where special memories were made and would later in life be the place where she raised her children. She knew everyone there and loved, and was loved, by all. As her mind began to fade in her last few months it was the place where she longed to be.   In December 1941 she married Harold Thompson. She was barely sixteen years old. She always told us that one week she was roller skating down Cedar Ave., and the next week she was married. Never did she neglect to point out that times were different then; there was a war going on. One and half years after she married, in 1942, she graduated from Jones Valley High School. Harold and Frances had a good, long life together, spanning almost 55 years. She helped her husband when he was self-employed by keeping the books and scheduling appointments. Later she went to work for and retired from Sears after many years of working in the Maintenance Agreement Office. Frances was a loving and devoted wife who cared for Harold until his death.   Frances was a Christian who loved the Lord and whose life was a Christian example for others. The trials and tribulations she had to face in her life she faced with dignity, knowing the Lord would see her through. She was the Virtuous Women described in Proverbs 31. She was a wife her husband could be proud of, a soft-spoken, reserved lady, always modestly dressed, and a mother that is called Blessed by her daughters.   She is survived by four precious daughters: Harolda (Allen) Klein, Judy (Skip) Parker, Terri (Bil) Croxton and Tami (Curtis) Dosch. She had 13 Grandchildren, 20 Great-grandchildren, and 1 Great-great grandson.   Upon her arrival Frances was greeted in heaven by her husband Harold, her parents Ben and Beatrice Pettyjohn Waldrop and her brother, Forney Waldrop.   A visitation will be held at the Woodland West Baptist Church, 3717 Old Jasper Hwy, Adamsville, AL on Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 11:30 am -1:00pm with a funeral service beginning at 1:00pm. Interment will follow at Valhalla Cemetery in Midfield. Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers her family requests that donations be made in her memory to the missionary fund at her church, Woodland West, 3417 Old Jasper Highway, Adamsville, AL. 35005. The mission program was something she believed in, loved and supported for many years.   Her family wishes to thank Hope Hospice for their support and encouragement as we cared for our mother. A special thank you to mother’s friend Judy Webster, she was a true friend to Mother for many, many years. Words alone cannot express our gratitude to her.   Mama loved a good obituary; she read them every morning clipping and saving hundreds of them through the years. This is our tribute to her. We love you, Mama. Thank you for the example you set, it has been an honor to call you mama. Harolda, Judy, Terri, and Tami

Mildred Hogue Wintter
Class Unknown
WINTTER, MILDRED HOGUE, age 87 of Birmingham. AL Died 6-8-13. Mildred was a 1943 graduate of Jones Valley High School and lived in Powderly and Ischooda ... most of her school years. She was a member of McElwain Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruby Carson Hogue and Jacob Alexander Hogue, brother Rev. Billy E. Hogue. Funeral Services were held held Tuesday. 6-11-13 at 2:00 PM, Jefferson Memoral Chapel. Survivors: Spouse John E. Wintter, daughter Beverly Wintter Glenn (Isaac), son John Michael Wintter (Annette). grandsons Shane Morton, Sister-in-Law Jessie Vining Hogue and family.
Grady Vines
Class of 48
VINES, JR., GRADY R. age 83, of Bessemer, passed away on June 7, 2013. Grady was born and raised in Birmingham. He graduated from Jones Valley High School and Auburn University. He was preceded in death by his son, Greg Vines. Grady is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Barbara Joan Vines; sons, Ronnie Vines, Skipper Vines (Renaldi), and Sandy Lemley (Barbara); daughter-in-law, Lana Vines Myers; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Jerry Cox and Nancy Clowdus. Funeral services will be at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, Hoover. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1:00 P.M until 2:00 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to Gideon Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.bessemerbrownfh.com
Norma Jean Willingham Colyer
Class of 58
COLYER, NORMA WILLINGHAM A longtime real estate agent in Prudential Network Realty's Ponte Vedra Beach, FL office lost her long battle with cancer on June 1, 2013. Norma was born August 17, 1940, in Birmingham, AL to Thomas and Aulcie Mae Willingham. She is survived by her husband Bud Colyer, daughter Tracy Copeland (Ross), grandsons Kieran and Devin Copeland, sisters Delores Haussler (Jon), Linda Thomas (Charles) and Vickie Dort, brothers, Tom (Linda) and Mike (Becky) Willingham. A memorial service and celebration in honor of her life will be held June 13, 2013, at Mountaintop Community Church, Birmingham, AL at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to Community Hospice of NE Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
Published in The Birmingham News from June 7 to June 9, 2013
Bennie Edward Vining
Class of 49
VINING, SR., BENNIE EDWARD In loving memory of Bennie Edward Vining, Sr., 82, who went to Heaven on May 19, 2013. He was the son of the late Ben David and Bertha Mae Bunn Vining. He is preceded in death by his grandchildren, Adam, Daniel and Elizabeth Vining; his sister and brothers-in-law, Katherine (L.T.) Thornton, and Rev. Billy Hogue. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Finn Vining; his sons, Ed (Dian), Richard (Leigh), Tim, Mark (Jerri), and Joe (Carla); his grandchildren, David (Alicia), Rebecca, Jennifer, Emily (Kevin) Walker, Paul, Jeremy, Ben, Victoria, Ellie and Anna; great grandchild, Nathan and his sister, Jessie Hogue. Mr. Vining graduated from Jones Valley High School and retired from U.S. Steel after 34 years as an electronics repairman. He served the Lord as a deacon at Canaan Baptist Church in Bessemer. Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Bro. Morgan Bailey will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be grandsons; David, Paul, Jeremy and Ben; nephew, Alan Thornton and grandson-in-law, Kevin Walker. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15.
Charles "Crowbar" Robert Crosby
Class of 58
CROSBY, CHARLES ROBERT - I could not find an obituary, but I will pass along the note I received from Gerald Patterson.  Just a note to tell you my best friend since second grade passed away January 29 with funeral services on January 31 at Centerville, AL. "Crowbar" was in poor health, but his death was sudden and unexpected. We spent many pleasant hours talking on the phone regarding Lipscomb first through ninth grade classmates and teachers, as well as Jones Valley Brownie classmates and teachers. He was a Jones Valley graduate of 1958 and graduated from the University of Alabama with an engineering degree. He is survived by his mother, Marguerite Crosby, of Centerville and a sister, Frieda Crosby Palmer of Franklin, TN.
Jon Alexander Lyles
Class Unknown
LYLES, JON ALEXANDER age 80, of McCalla, AL, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. Mr.Lyles was a charter member of Rock Mountain Lakes Baptist Church. He was retired from U.S. Steel. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Lyles; his daughters, Susan (Andy) Ellis, Vickie (Phillip) Negron and Jonni (Donny) Barr; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren, including one that's on the way; and his sister, Jane (Ken) Wilson. Funeral services will be held at Rock Mountain Lakes Baptist Church Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Valhalla Cemetery. Pastor Jason Dollar will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the St. Jude Hospital. Condolences may be sent to www.bessemerbrownfh.com
Faye Chesser Meeks
Class of 59
MEEKS, FAYE CHESSER 71, of Bessemer, AL, passed away April 26, 2013. She was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church. Faye is survived by her husband of 46 years, Bobby Meeks; children, Steve Meeks (Debbie), Terri Meeks, and Mary Kay Tully (Tom); grandchildren, Angela Wood (Jason), Jon Meeks, Cole Tulley, and Jamie Tulley; great grandchild, Emma Tulley. The visitation will be Tuesday, April 30, 2013, from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM, at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11:00 AM, at the Funeral Home, with Rev. Nolan Gross officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 300 Pine Ridge Rd., Bessemer AL, 35023, or to the Humane Society.
Debbie Hemphill Lindley
Class of 71
LINDLEY, DEBBIE age 59, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on March 26, 2013. She was a member of Garywood Assembly of God. She was the most loving, compassionate and forgiving woman that ever lived and truly an angel on earth. She was preceded in death by her Parents: Neal and Betty Hemphill. Survivors: Husband: Fred H. Lindley, Sons: Dr. Jeremy Lindley, (Allana), Fred Justin Lindley (Randy), Grandchildren: Justin Kyle Lindley, Erin Nicole Lindley, Alexa Grace Lindley, and Jay Lindley. Sisters: Janie Hemphill Shamblin (Neal), Genie Woods (Steve), Brother: Neal Eugene Hemphill Jr. (Deana). Funeral services at Patterson- Forest Grove Funeral Home March 28, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with burial in Forest Grove Cemetery. Dr Gary Brantley, Pastor Mike Simpson, John Milam officiating. Visitation on One Hour Prior To Service.
Lillie Schillaci McBrayer
Class of 60
MCBRAYER, LILLIE "TAZ" SCHILLACI age 70, of Hoover, AL died March 30, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. McBrayer; parents, Joseph and Geneva Schillaci; and sisters, Camille Schillaci and Florence Schillaci. She is survived by her daughters, Scarlette Scarborough (Todd) of Cumming, GA and Sharee Earl (Chuck) of Moody, AL; grandchildren, Savanna Lambert, Johnny Earl and Ryan Earl; sisters, Grace Cinke (Johnny) of Longwood, FL, Josephine Bruce (Bob) of Pleasant Grove, AL, and Nino Odgers of Pleasant Grove; and many nieces and nephews. "Taz" was a member of the Fairfield Emblem Club, the Alabama Association of Accountants, the National Association of Accountants, and the Alabama Board of Public Accountants. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hoover, AL. Burial will follow at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lillie McBrayer's memory to the charity of your choice .
Frances Lanetta WilliamsAirhart
Class of 68

AIRHART, FRANCES LANETTA age 62, of Birmingham, AL passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Frances was a graduate of jones Valley High School. She was a member of New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was a teacher for Hoover city schools for several years. Frances was precedd in death by her husband of 30 years, Gary Thomas Airhart, her father Eugene Williams and her brother, Keith Williams. She is survivied by her car giving mother Mildred Williams, son Michale Airhart (Faye); grandson, Colin Hirhart and many friends and family. A gravesie service will be at 10:00 M at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East in Trussville on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Pastor Donny Acton officiating the service. Gamily will recive friends on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM and one hour prior to service, at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Family asks that in lieu of flowers to pelase send memorial to American Cancer Association - 1130 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205. Jefferson Memorai in Trussville directing.

Johnny Rains
Class of 72
Johnny Rains:  Johnny died peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 30th at home surrounded by his family. He was 59 years old. He had Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, which is similar to Parkinsons Disease, and he had been fighting it for many years.

While attending Jacksonville State University he married Alisa Woods (JVHS Class of '75). After graduating they lived for fifteen years in Orlando Florida where Johnny worked for the Lake Buenda Vista Convention Center at Walt Disney World. Alisa and Johnny were married for thirty three years. He is survived by Alisa ; two fine sons, Max and Jack; his Mother and Father, Kitty and Jack Rains; his brother, Fred Rains(JVHS Class of '70); his sister Becky Rains Pitts(JVHS Class of '75); and many nieces and nephews.

He was a quiet and unassuming man with a dry sense of humor, loved by his family and respected by those he came into contact with. We will miss him so much.

The services will be held at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville, Alabama at 12PM on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. There will be visitation before the services and a brief graveside ceremony there at the cemetery.
Walter McBrayer
Class of 47
MCBRAYER, WALTER Walter McBrayer, age 84, of Hueytown, Al expired on March 23, 2013 at home. Walter was a graduate of Jones Valley High School. He attended Lake View Community Church of God and Hueytown Church of God. Walter had retired from U.S. Steel. Walter is survived by his wife: Carolyn McBrayer; late wife: Ann Glaydene McBrayer; daughter: Brenda Frederick (Sherman); sons: the late Walter A. (Bubba) McBrayer, Douglas Robert McBrayer, Joel Bradford McBrayer; three step-children: Randy Shelton. Kenneth Shelton and Donna Shelton Smith; 5 grandchildren 2 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, 6 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The funeral services for Walter McBrayer will be held on Wednesday March 27th, 2013 at Valhalla Funeral Home at 1pm, with a visitation from 12 noon till 1pm. Internment will take place at Valhalla Cemetery.
Darryl Fredrick Williams
Class Unkonwn

WILLIAMS, DARRYL FREDRICK age 57, of Lipscomb, AL, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Darryl was a devoted father, brother, uncle and friend. He was an avid Alabama football fan, and a thirty six year employee of CSX. His family and friends will love and miss him forever. He was preceded in death by his parents, James F. and Betty P. Williams. He is survived by his children, Michael (Christen) and Kelsey (Daniel); his grandchild, Dayton; his sister, Deborah W. DeMarco (Raymond); his brothers, James Kevin Williams, Jeffrey Franklin Williams (Jennifer); his nephews and nieces, Alan DeMarco, Phillip DeMarco (Amanda), Kristine Williams, and Kerri Williams (Anthony); his great nephews and great nieces, Kaleb DeMarco, Garrison DeMarco, Ellison DeMarco, Isabella Szmyd and Rose Szmyd. Graveside services will be held at Highland Memorial Gardens Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.bessemerbrownfh.com

David Russell Sizemore
Class of 68
SIZEMORE, DAVID RUSSELL age 62 of Springville died Friday, March 8, 2013. David was preceded in death by his parents: Russell & Betty Sizemore; brothers: John, Jimmy, & Leslie Sizemore; and his granddaughter, Sydney Grace Davis. He is survived by his wife, Deborah L. Sizemore; daughters: Jennifer Davis (Tommy), Lindsay Sizemore; son, Timothy Sizemore (Kim); "Poppy" to grandchildren: Jordan Sizemore, Haley Davis, Katlyn Sizemore, Savannah Davis, and Bailey Sizemore; brother, Bruce Sizemore (Brenda), numerous nieces, nephews, & extended family and friends and his loyal companion, Sissy. The family will receive friends on Monday March 11, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Kilgroe Funeral Home Leeds Chapel with burial to follow at Gum Springs Cemetery in Ashville, AL. Visit online at www.kilgroefuneralhome.com Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directing.
John Wayne Galloway
Coach, 74-77
GALLOWAY, JOHN WAYNE John Wayne Galloway, Age 65, a native of Bessemer, AL and resident of Phoenix, AZ., passed away on March 6, 2013. He began a 39 year career in education as a football coach at Fairfield High School. He continued to work in the Jefferson County School System as a coach at Jones Valley High School and Hueytown High School. He furthered his career as Vice Principal at Shade Valley High School before becoming Principal at Childersburg High School and Talladega Central in Talladega County, AL. John was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Tyle Galloway and Mamie Lou Walker Galloway. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Hamner Galloway; brother, Phillip (Cindy) Galloway; sister, Jacqueline Davis; nieces, Cameron and Lauren Galloway; nephew, Henry Davis. John influenced many during his years as an educator and will be missed dearly by friends and family. He was a devoted and loving uncle to his nieces and nephew. Visitation and funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham from 10:00-12:00. A private burial will follow at Rehobath Baptist Church Cemetery in Fayette, Al.
James Lamar Lowery
Class of 48
LOWREY, JAMES "LAMAR" 83, passed away February 27, 2013. Born February 27, 1930, he attended Jones Valley HS, where he excelled in football and baseball, and then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a finance manager for GMAC and World Omni, and in retirement worked at Hoover Toyota. A 50 year member of Altadena Valley Country Club, he was proud of his 3 holes-in-one and shooting his age several times, but cherished most his many friends. During his 30 year membership, he held various positions in the B'ham Quarterback Club. He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanene Glasgow Lowrey; his 4 children, Mike, Mitch, Jan Gutierrez (Javier) and Jon (Lynn); and his 3 grandchildren, Alex and Jon Gutierrez and Lilli Lowrey. The family will receive friends from 2-3 PM, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, Hwy 150 in Hoover. Funeral service will follow at 3 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Older Adult Ministries, Cahaba Heights UMC. The family would like to recognize Alice, Linda, and Joyce for their loving care.
Isaac Clell Mayfield
Class of Unknown

MAYFIELD, CLELL ISAAC .  Isaac Clell  Mayfield passed away on October 25, 2012. He was born in Corner, Ala., on December 10, 1925. He grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and attended Jones Valley High School, the University of Alabama, and the Birmingham School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1956. After several years of practicing law, he was employed by the Social Security Payment Center, where he worked until 1978. Clell was predeceased by his parents, Ernest Willis Mayfield and Zora Caddell Mayfield, and a brother, Rupert Clyde Mayfield. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Crigler Mayfield; two sons, Michael Louis Mayfield of Birmingham and Scott McClellan (Shannon) Mayfield of Millburn, N.J.; one granddaughter, Sarah Remi Mayfield of Millburn; two brothers, James Cleon (Virginia) Mayfield and Dr. Dewey Edward (Phyllis) Mayfield, both of Birmingham; and 12 nieces and nephews. Clell was a member of Shades Crest Baptist Church, the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans. He was Past Master of Birmingham Fraternal Lodge 384. Clell served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater, being deployed as a replacement during the Battle of Bulge. He served until he was injured by gunfire in April 1945 as his regiment moved toward Berlin. Clell received two Purple Hearts for his service. The funeral service for Clell Mayfield was Saturday, October 27, 2012 in the chapel of Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Ala., with his brother, Dr. Dewey Mayfield, and his long-time pastor, Dr. James Auchmuty, officiating. Burial, Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Memorial gifts may be made to the "Found Faithful Fund" of Shades Crest Baptist Church, 452 Park Avenue, Hoover, AL 35226

William R "Willie" Langner
Class of Unknown
LANGNER JR., "WILLIE" WILLIAM R. William R. Langner Jr. "Willie", age 99, went to be with the lord February 28, 2013. He is preceded in death by his wife of 74 years Catherine Brown Langner. He is survived by his son, Frank Langner(Charlotte); daughter, Nancy Speer(Steve); 4 grandchildren; 14 Great Grand Children; 3 Great Great Grandchildren; brother, Ernest Langner; sister-in-law, Marian Langner. Willie served as deacon at Mt. Joy, deacon and Sunday School superintendent at Powderly Baptist(30 years) and Alabaster First Baptist(32 years). He was a volunteer for Campers On Mission for 18 years. His services were held at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, March 2, 2013. In Lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Gideon's international or Mt. Joy Baptist Church Bldg Fund, 5660 Smith Lake Dam Road Jasper Al. 35504
Tim Cooley
Class of 5
4
Tim Cooley - February 15, 1935 - February 18, 2013.  I do not have an obituary yet, but visitation will be on Friday, February 22, 2013, 5:00pm - 7:00pm and funeral Service will follow at 7:00 pm.  Services by Curtis and Son Funeral Home, 1099 1st Ave NW, Childersburg, AL 35044, (256) 245-4361. 
Jerry Bosworth
Class of 58

BOSWORTH, JERRY DENNIS age 74 of Gardendale passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Jerry was retired from American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO). He was Director and a member of the Men in Black Band at the Gardendale Senior Center. He was a longtime member of the Gardendale first Baptist Church where he served many years in the youth and choir Activities. He had a love for vintage cars and was a member of several Vintage Car Associations. Jerry's happiest moments were being involved with his children and grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Marion Ray Bosworth; mother, Rivers Watters, and step-father, Dan Watters; brother, Howard "Buster" Bosworth; sister, Bobbie Franklin. He is survived by his loving family, his wife of almost 50 years, Jerry Winston Bosworth; a son, Butch Bosworth (Christy); his daughter, Traci Bosworth Hood (John); grandchildren, Kirsten Hood, Janna Hood, Winston and Mary Burgin Bosworth, Copeland and Abby Scott; a sister, Toni Caton; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the new sanctuary of Gardendale First Baptist Church at 11 AM with visitation from 9 until service time. Interment will follow at Moncrief Cemetery in Gardendale.

Larry Day
Class of 68
DAY, LARRY DONALD Passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife, Sue, of 38 years, sisters, Claudia (Verland) Best and Eleanor (John) Cameron, sister-in-law, Jan Walther, nieces and nephews, Dana Cameron, Lindsey (Loren) Brown, Michael (Jaime) Best, Mandy (Jeffery) Wallace, Amy (Casey) Duncan, and several great nieces and nephews, and an aunt, Hellon McFarland. Larry was employed at BellSouth/ AT&T for 40 years as a System Administrator. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be Friday at 3pm at Southern Heritage.
Bill Moody
Class of 76
MOODY, JR., WILLIAM RAY "BILL" of Hueytown, age 55, passed away at his home February 6, 2013. Mr. Moody graduated from Jones Valley High School and UAB School of Engineering. Bill retired from Southern Company Services with 31 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ray, Sr. and Clara Charlene Moody; sister-in-law, Debbie Moody; and grandparents, William Lester and Mary Jane Moody, Joseph Julius and Clara Bruce Beumer. He is survived by his daughters, Ashley Lynne Moody (Danny) and Kristin Paige Moody; grandson, Kinsler, all of Lubbock, TX; sister, Pamela Moody Ellis; brother, Michael Bryan Moody, Sr.; niece, Stephanie Wheat (Mike); nephew, Michael Bryan Moody, Jr.; great niece, Taylor Rae Wheat; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, most especially, Pam Glass and her daughter, Heather Glass. The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM, Friday, February 8, 2013, at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover. Graveside Service will follow at 2 PM in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. The family would like to thank Comfort Care Hospice, Baptist Medical Center Princeton, UAB West, and especially Brenda Echols, caregiver, for their loving care of Mr. Moody. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Comfort Care Hospice. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith; Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." "We love you, Bill; and you will be in our hearts forever," your family
Sara Jane Gary Reid
Class of 60
REID, SARAH JANE Sarah Jane Gary Reid, age 71, of Alabaster, Alabama went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family and friends on Friday night, January 18, 2013. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her. Sarah was born to Everett and Hilda Gary on January 7, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama and was a 1960 graduate of Jones Valley High School. Sarah was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her wonderful, loving husband of 52 years, Harold Reid; three children, Gregory Allen Reid (Sandra) of Alabaster, Catherine Deann Reid Seckinger (David) of Marietta, Georgia, and Randall Lee Reid (Terry) of Pinson, Alabama; grandchildren, Erica Barragan (Antonio), Ashley Reid, Ian Reid, Evan Reid, Audrey Reid, Adam Reid, and Noah Reid, all of Alabaster, and Shelby and Bailey Reid of Pinson; great-grandson, Elijah Barragan of Alabaster; great-granddaughter, Juliett Barragan of Alabaster; brother, Ernest Gary (Diana) of New Carlisle, Ohio; and sister, Betty Hornbuckle of Remlap, Alabama. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 12 noon until the 2 p.m. funeral mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Montevallo, Alabama. Everyone is invited to return to the church for a reception immediately following the committal service at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham, Alabama.
Martha Jo Byram Franklin
Class of 55
FRANKLIN, MARTHA JO BYRAM of Graysville , Al. passed away Friday, January 18th at the age of 75. Martha was born March 3 , 1937 in Birmingham, Al. She was a graduate of Jones Valley High School and was employed by the City of Graysville for 13 years as a dispatcher for the Police and Fire Departments . She was preceded in death by her parents Eston and Lillie West Byram and a brother Jimmy Byram . Martha is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years Mr. Wallace D. Franklin Sr. , her 3 children : Wally (Jenny) Franklin, Cindy (Steve ) Franklin Powell , Selena (Ralph) Franklin Harper. Her younger sisters: Mary Anne Fowler and Sara Ruth Moon. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends . The family will receive friends from 5:30 pm until 7pm on Monday, January 21 with a funeral service beginning at 7 pm from the Chapel at Bell Funeral Home in Forestdale. There will be a graveside service to follow on Tuesday, January 22 at 11 am at Crestview Memorial Gardens. The service will be officiated by Pastor Steven Martin.
John "Bobby" Martin
Class of 76

MARTIN, JOHN "BOBBY" Age 54, of Birmingham, passed away January 10, 2013. He was a member of Union Baptist Church, Lipscomb. He was a member of the Pelham Bass Club. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents Claude and Guindlean, and several brothers. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan Martin; children Brad Martin (Jill), and Anna Martin; grandchild Donivan Wilson; and sister Martha Bice (Leland). The visitation will be Monday, January 14, 2013, from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM, at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at the Funeral Home at 2:00 PM, will Chris Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.  John was the younger brother of Bobby and Martha Hassell.

Gene Allen
Class of 59
ALLEN, GENE age 73, of Hueytown, passed away January 1, 2013. He attended Katherwood Baptist Church, retired from Golden Flake after 31 years. He was extremely active in his children and grandchildren's lives in whatever they were involved in. A loving father, grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed. He is survived by one daughter, Terri Payne; son, Kenny Allen; five grandchildren, Brittny Taylor (Hunter), Brett Payne, Brandon Payne, Corey Allen and Courtney Allen; sister, Margaret Evans; great granddaughters, Brantleigh Taylor and Eden Logan; and a special friend, Virginia "Gin" Hunt. Pallbearers: Kenny Allen, Brett Payne, Brandon Payne, Corey Allen, Hunter Taylor and Jeff Kirksey; honorary; Cecil Terpo and the 2007 Hueytown High School football team. The visitation will be Monday, January 7, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM at the funeral home, with Jerry Curry officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Grove Cemetery.
Juanita McDougal Cox
Class Unknown
COX, JUANITA MCDOUGAL Juanita McDougal Cox, affectionately known as "Nekie." age 94 of Bessemer passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Melton Cox; her mother, Daisy Dean Parsons and father John Lewis McDougal. She is survived by her son, Robert Cox (Sue Stovall); grandchildren, Annorah Jo Vanoy (Steven), Lewis Ridge Cox (Dana), Elllen Bush (Col. Fredrick) and Susan Adams (Dr. Andrew); great grandchildren, Josie Cox, Laura, Bonnie and William Bush, Layne Rowan, Eden and Gavin Adams. A Graveside service will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Valhalla Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.  Juanita graduated from Jones Valley and managed our lunchroom for many years.
Eddie Forester
Class of 69
Forester, K Edward (Eddie), age 61 of Pascagoula, MS, formerly of Birmingham, AL, passed away of respiratory problems on Dec. 25, 2012. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1969 and attended Auburn University before serving in the US Marine Corps. He worked at Coastal Valve & Fittings Co in Pascagoula, MS, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Gautier, MS. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and enjoying time with his family and friends. Mr. Forester was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Forester and Martha S. Forester. He is survived by his daughter Morgan Leigh Dunston, son-in-law Scott Dunston, grandson Justin Nathaniel Gage Gregory, grandson-to-be Connor Edward Dunston, cousins Jo Ann Segrest Garrison and Randy Segrest from Jones Valley, special friend Peggy Delenne, and a host of other family and friends. The family will hold a private memorial service in Pascagoula, MS, on Dec. 30, 2012.
Billy J. Gardiner
Class of 57
GARDINER, BILLY J. Age 73 of Tuscaloosa passed away on November 22, 2012. He was born and raised in the Birmingham area, graduate of Jones Valley High School and the University of Alabama where he was a member of the Million Dollar Band. He later taught at Vestavia High School where he retired and moved to Tuscaloosa. He was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Bertis Gardiner, and his brother Bobby L. Gardiner. He will be greatly missed by his brothers, Donald A and Johnny B and by his loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Per his wishes, no service is planned.
Sue Townsel Mogab
Class of 57
MOGAB, SUE TOWNSEL Sue Townsel Mogab, 73, born April 10, 1935 passed away peacefully at her home in Pensacola, Florida on Sunday, October 21, 2012 in the loving care of her husband, Tommy Eugene Mogab. Preceding her in death were her father, Vernon Townsel, mother, Creola Townsel, brother, Robert Townsel and sister, Nancy Oglesby. Sue is survived by her husband, Tommy Eugene Mogab, daughter, Temmi M. Eiland and grand daughter, Mauri B. Holland as well as various nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive visitors at Valhalla Funeral Home, Birmingham, Alabama, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with graveside service, Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Valhalla Cemetery.
Roy "Lonnie" Putnam
Class of 65
PUTMAN, ROY "LONNIE" Age 65, Wall MS formerly of Birmingham AL, died Nov 4, 2012. He retired from Electronic Sales of IAC. He was also an air force U.S. veteran. After retirement he enjoyed riding motorcycles and photography, traveling and electronics. He is survived by 3 daughters Dawn (Kurt) Richards of Argo, AL, Holly (Jonathan) Dearman, Sylvan Springs AL, Rachel Atto of Foley, AL; mother and stepfather, Waldine Doss Putman Doolittle and Tom Doolittle of Calhoun City, MS; sisters, Shelia (Frank) Hillece, Snellville, GA and Candace (Kenny) Thomas, Lakeview, AL; six grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Henry Roy Putman, Jr., step brother and wife, Barry and Jayne Doolittle and step sister, Susie Wood. Funeral service: graveside service at Old Bethany Cemetery in Webster County, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm. Officiated by Rev. Jimmy Vance. Burial: Old Bethany Cemetery in Webster County, MS. Online condolences can be left at: www.pryorfuneralhome.com
Roderick Andrew "Rod" Wildman
Class of 59
WILDMAN, RODERICK "ROD" ANDREW Roderick "Rod" Andrew Wildman, 71, of Hueytown, passed away September 19, 2012. He was a member of the Hueytown Lion's Club, and the First United Methodist Church, Hueytown. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lanee Wildman; his mother, Lillian Wildman; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. The visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Friday, September 21, 2012, at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, Hueytown, with burial to follow at Valhalla Cemetery. Rev. Al Geise will officiate.
Melvin Wayne Little
Class of 60
LITTLE, MELVIN WAYNE Age 70, of Hueytown, AL, passed away September 18, 2012. Wayne worked as a vending routeman and serviceman all his life. He loved camping with his wife and their two poodles, Pepper and Prissy. The love he had for his family was apparent to anyone who knew him or met him. He was a loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Little; his parents-in law Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parsons; and his granddaughter Christina Pugh. He is survived by his wife Pamela Little; children, Kelly (Kelly) Williams, Susan (Chuck) Pugh, and Tina (Bobby) Sanders; grandchildren, Casey Pugh, Justin Holmes, Molly Williams, and Joey Sanders; sisters, Janice (Jim) Satterfield, Carolyn (Mark) Bishop, and Christy (John) Dailey; and a brother-in-law Rusty (Rachele) Parsons. The visitation will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM, at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Saturday, at 2:00 PM at the funeral home, with Bro. Jon Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.
Caroline Smith Green
Class of
48
GREEN, MARY CAROLINE SMITH Passed away peacefully at home (Daytona Beach, Fl) on Monday, August 27th, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, K.P. Smith and Bebe Smith, brother Kyle Smith, and sister Betty McIntosh. Caroline was survived by her loving husband, Robert "Bob" Green, son John. A. Robinson III and wife Nancy, son David Robinson and wife Maria, and Daughter Crystal Robinson Coleman and Husband Glenn. She is survived by ten Grandchildren and nine Great Grandchildren. Caroline was a long time resident of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of Jones Valley High School. The Family will be receiving friends at Jefferson Memorial Gardens Trussville on September 4th, 2012 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Graveside services to follow at 11:00 am.
Betty Joyce Everett Bushore
Class of 56
Betty Joyce Everett Bushore, 74, passed away on September 15, 2012, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at her home overlooking beautiful Lake Seminole in Georgia.    Joyce asked her family to conduct a private gathering to celebrate her life by sprinkling her ashes across the beautiful waters she loved so much, Lake Seminole. Per her request, there will be no other service held.    Joyce was born February 22, 1938 in Birmingham, Alabama to Elizabeth and Robert Everett. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Steve; daughter, Kim McQuinn; son, Greg McQuinn and his wife, Sue; brother, Robert Everett and his wife, Sandra; sister-in-law, Lin; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Mae; three  grandchildren, Lance, Lauren, and Jason; and three great-grandchildren, Tanner, Tye, and Maggie.

Joyce retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division after 30 years of ensuring that military jet engines had the necessary spare parts to keep them combat ready. She was never one to just sit idle and certainly didn't enjoy the life of retirement. She had to always be busy. She once indicated, "How many times can I paint the same walls of my house?" She loved to be around people and could be counted on to talk your ear off. She decided to join the work force again and spent almost 10 years with Florida Cable and Telecommunications Association. Joyce touched the lives of so many people with her outgoing personality and genuine spirit. Joyce loved listening to county music, fishing, laughing, being with her family, having fun with friends, and playing with her beloved dog, Zoe Zoe. She loved beyond words and will remain always in our hearts. On-line condolences may be sent at www.coxfuneral .net.
Bob R. Forrester, Sr.
Class of 5
6

Bob R. Forrester Sr., 74, of Savannah, MO passed away Saturday August 18, 2012 at a local hospital.   Bob was born April 12, 1938 in Birmingham, Alabama to Zenthen and Jessie (Hartt) Forrester.   He grew up and attended school in Birmingham and later joined the U.S. Air Force where he met and married Beverly Coy in El Paso, TX who was currently serving in the U.S. Army Medical Core. At the age of twenty five Bob became manager of the American Loan Co. in Atchison, KS. He later moved to Savannah, MO where he has resided and owned and operated Frontier Credit Plan for the past thirty six years. He was a Baptist and attended First Baptist Church in Savannah and also was a member of the Moila Shrine. His hobbies included hunting, watching western shows. He also enjoyed sports and especially Alabama football, Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Royals.   Preceding in death are his parents; one son, Bobby Forrester Jr.;one brother, Don Forrester; three sisters, Wynelle Cobb, Anita Davis and Mozelle Grubbs.   Surviving is his wife of fifty four years, Beverly; one daughter, Lori Forrester, two grandsons, Kenny and Robert Forrester, all of the home; one brother, Stanley Jackson, of Alabama; one sister, Lucille Gallagher, of Guadalajara, Mexico; two brothers –in-law, Richard Coy and James Ellis; five sisters-in-law, Sharon Berten, Judy Ellis, Linda Vestal, Trudy Angst, and Gaylyn Coy and numerous nieces and nephews.   Services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Clark-Sampson Funeral Home with interment following in King Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Charles Douglas Gardner
Class of 54
Charles "Doug" Gardner, age 76 of Center Point, AL passed away on August 11, 2012. He was a member of Beulah Avenue Primitive Baptist Church, Leeds, AL. He is survived by his children, Wayne Gardner (Paula) and Tereasa Dodds (Jeff); mother-in-law, Mary E. Watkins; loving companion, Sandra Chesser; grand children, Lindsey Gardner, Rebecca Gardner, Jesse and Olivia Dodds; great grandchildren, Rosemary and Noah Snider, numbous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be on Tue3sday, August 14, 2012 from 2 to 3 PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 PM at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Elder Ernie Stump will be officiating over the services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Beulah Avenue Primitive Baptist Church, Leeds, AL. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Alice Sizemore Lafon
Class of 65
LAFON, ALICE SIZEMORE Age 65, of Hueytown Al, passed away August 19, 2012 after a long battle with a chronic illness. Her family and friends were by her side when she drifted off to be with her Lord. Alice graduated from Jones Valley High School, Class of 1965. She is preceded in death by her brother, Tommy Sizemore; and parents, Jack & V. L. Sizemore. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Lafon; son, Jason (Jessica) Greene of Alabaster, AL; daughter, Alicia Greene-Brown of Concord, AL; step-daughter, Michelle (Mike) Winnett of Hayden, AL; step-son, Jeff (Shellie) Lafon of Cullman, AL; sister, Lois Reeves of Pell City, AL; brother, Norman (Sharon) Sizemore of Bay Minette, AL; ten grandchildren; and her two best friends, Liz Perry and cousin Annis Cantrell. Special thanks to Dr. Terry and Kathy Short and Donna Howard for always giving her the best of care. Also a big thanks for her hospice nurses, Louise and Charlie for their love and empathy. Visitation will be held August 20, 2012 at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home from 5-7 PM. Funeral service will be held Tuesday August 21, 2012 at 11 AM in the chapel. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Carolyn Drake Triana
Class of 50
TRAINA, CAROLYN DRAKE Carolyn Louise Drake Traina passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 after a long illness. She was born March 20, 1932 in Henderson County, N.C. to Elsie Pridmore Drake and Donaldson Lee Drake. She moved to Birmingham with her family and graduated from Jones Valley High School. She later attended U.A.B. Carolyn was predeceased by her parents and brothers-in-law Marion Milford and George Ogle. She is survived by her children, Patti Head; Lisa Hainline (Richard); Chris Gams (Michael); Sam Traina; and former husband Pete Traina. Grandchildren, Jennifer Ransom, Erica Ransom and Will Head. Sisters, Helen Acton (Richard); Doris Milford; Juanita Ogle and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks to Plantation Manor nurses for their loving care. If desired, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's or Hospice Association. For information regarding her memorial please check the following website.
Joe Snow
Class of 68

SNOW, JOSEPH RICHARD 61, of Birmingham passed away Thurs., June 21, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Jackson and Mildred Kerr Snow; and brother-in-law, James Jackson. He is survived by his daughter, Allison Burleson (Kasey); grandson Luke Davis Burleson; sister Patricia Jackson; brother-friend Joseph McClure; and many beloved friends. He was a graduate of Jones Valley High School, Jacksonville State University, and a member of Delta Chi Fraternity. A reception and gathering of friends and family will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 1st at the office of Wiggins, Childs, Quinn and Pantazis, 301 19th Street No. A celebration of Joe's life will follow at 2:30 p.m. In honor of Joe, dress is casual.

Donna Jean Whitten Hilley
Class of
58
HILLEY, Donna Jean Passed away on June 20, 2012 in Brentwood, TN. She is survived by her loving husband, Ray Hilley; daughters, Vickie (Kirk) Arney, Debbie (Mitch) Tenpenny, Whitney (Richard) Stewart; brother, Jim (Gloria) Whitten; sister, Diane (Dr. Sheldon) Whitten-Vile; brother-in-law, Ron Hilley; sisters-in-law, Nelda Hilley Davis and Jeanine Hilley; grandsons, Jay Arney, Mitchell Tenpenny, Rafe Tenpenny, Jackson Stewart; and nephews and nieces, Jason Hilley, Evan Hilley, Jamie Brown, Wes Whitten, Jerrica Beams, Hannah Whitten-Vile and Avi Whitten-Vile. Visitation will be held with the family from four until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 22nd of June, at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 23rd of June, at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 2101 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 with visitation held one hour prior to the service. Private committal to follow in Woodlawn's Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Donna Hilley Scholarship Fund at Belmont University or to Alive Hospice of Nashville.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham native Donna Hilley, the former Sony/ATV Nashville president and CEO, and a powerful executive in country music, died Wednesday after an extended illness, the company announced.

Hilley, a graduate of Jones Valley High School, began her career as a teenage receptionist at a Nashville radio station. She later worked as an assistant at a Nashville public relations company.

Hilley then worked her way up the ranks at Tree International, a small music publishing company that grew to become a giant in the music world.

It was bought by Sony in 1989 and merged with ATV in 1996. Hilley became president and CEO in 1994, the first woman ever to head a major Nashville music company.

She was instrumental in negotiating the acquisitions of Acuff-Rose, Little Big Town and the catalogs of Conway Twitty, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Sony chief Tommy Mottola once called Hilley "the pulse" of the country music industry.

Troy Tomlinson, current president and CEO of Sony/ATV Nasvhille, said, “She was an icon in every sense — an inspiring trailblazer for women executives in the music business, a staunch advocate for artists and songwriters and a genuine competitor who was respected, but never underestimated, by her peers.”

Hilley was 65, according to the The Tennessean of Nashville.

In a 1999 story about Hilley for The Birmingham News, Kathy Kemp said that Hilley’s life was far from the sadness and gloom depicted in many of the songs she shepherded in her career.

“Her story – of rising from ... secretary to become president and CEO of the world’s largest country music publishing company – is far too pleasant to be a hit,” Kemp wrote. “Whiskey never touches her lips. She believes D-I-V-O-R-C-E is just another four-letter word. For 40 years, she’s been married to the same non-drinking, hardworking ‘good Christian’ man from her old Powderly neighborhood in western Birmingham.”

Kemp described Hilley as a colorful character who sang only in the shower, changed hairdos "as often as Dolly (Parton) switches wigs" and dropped the names of her high-school buddies as eagerly as she talked about celebrities.

Kemp said Hilley often fibbed about her age. (According to Kemp's reporting, Hilley was 58 in 1999 and would have been in her early 70s at the time of her death.)

That interview came on the occasion of her induction into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

“Of all the things I’ve accomplished, this means the most,” Hilley said at the time.

Among her many other accomplishments, Hilley was a former board member and chairman of the Country Music Association and the first woman elected to the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

In 1992, Entertainment Weekly ranked her as No. 4 in an article on the "Ten Most Powerful People in Country Music."

Hilley is survived by her husband, Ray Hilley; her brother, Jim Whitten; her sister, Diane Whitten-Vile; three daughters, Vickie Arney, Debbie Tenpenny and Whitney Stewart; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Visitation is planned for Friday evening at Woodlawn Funeral Home and a service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Forest Hills Baptist Church, both in Nashville. Other details haven't been confirmed.

As news of Hilley's death has spread, members of the music community and other journalists have been quick to sing her praises.

Songwriter Gretchen Peters had this to say on Twitter: "Just heard about Donna Hilley. My publisher for 15 years or so. So many stories going through my head. She is indelible. I'll miss her."

From Birmingham's Scott Register, host of the Reg's Coffee House radio program, also on Twitter: "Awful news. So sad. She was a force in the music business. R.I.P. Great Alabama woman."

From Shawn Ryan, metro editor at The Chattanooga Times Free Press and former music writer at The Birmingham News:, via Facebook: "I always found her to be personable, engaging and honest."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Johnny Liles
Class of 72
LILES, JOHNNY age 58, of Pelham, Alabama, passed away on June 4, 2012. Johnny owned and operated Western Sales and Services for 40 years. Beloved husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Mary Liles; daughters, Stefanie Liles and Jessica Liles; brother, Sid (Carla) Liles; sister, Judy (Ken) Hart; numerous nieces and nephews, and other family members. Funeral services will be held at Southern Heritage Funeral Home June 7, 2012 at 2:00pm. Visitation will be held on Wednesday 5:00-7:00 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home
Lawanda Mae Armstrong Lagle
Class of 61
LAGLE, LAWANDA MAE ARMSTRONG age 69, of Shannon, AL, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Katrine Armstrong and her sisters, Shelba Armstrong and Jo Ann Hunt. She is survived by her sons, Jeff Randall (Tammie) Woods, John Wesley (Andrea) Smith and Matthew Smith; her grandchildren, Kristen Denise Woods, Andrew Wesley Smith and William Michael Smith; her brothers, C.O. (Kathryn) Armstrong and John E. (Anna) Armstrong; along with a host of nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Pastor Steve Latham will be officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
William R. Robertson
Class of 51
ROBERTSON, WILLIAM R. William R. Robertson age 79 of Hoover passed away June 10, 2012. Mr. Robertson graduated from the University of Alabama and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member as well as an Elder at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elaine W. Robertson; daughter, Andrea R. Kelley (Matt); grandchildren, Hannah Faith Kelley, William Carter Kelley, and Caroline Laine Kelley. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. A memorial service will be held at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm with visitation beginning at 12:15 pm. A private graveside for the family will be held in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association , 1449 Medical Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213 or the Alzheimer's Association of Alabama, P.O. Box 2273, Birmingham, AL 35201
Charles David Nabors
Class of
53
Charles David Nabors, 77, of Huntsville passed away on Tuesday at home.
Mr. Nabors was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as Division Sales Manager. He was a member of the Sons of Confederacy and past master of Solar Lodge 914.
Mr. Nabors was preceeded in death by son David Hoy Nabors and grandson Joshua Clellon Baeder. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jeanette W. Nabors; one daughter, Deborah Nabors Baeder; one son, Devin Charles Nabors; four grandchildren: Jeb Stuart Baeder, Justin David Nabors, Morgan Kelsey Nabors and Devin Andrew Nabors.
Visitation is Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00pm at Berryhill Funeral Home with services on Friday at 10:30am with Rev. Alan Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens with Masonic rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Cripple Children's Hospital by calling 1-800-241-GIFT.
Roland McDaniel
Class of 40
Roland McDaniel, 89, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012, in an assisted living facility in Cleveland.

He was born April 28,1922, in Cramerton, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ingram McDaniel; parents, Charles J. McDaniel and Amy Rhodes McDaniel; five brothers and sisters: Archie O. McDaniel (who was KIA during World War II), Mildred Pendley, Gordon McDaniel, Lillian Williams and Bill McDaniel.  He is survived by one brother, Charles (Bob) McDaniel; one sister, Sue Jackson; two sons: Archie and wife, Fay, and Clark and wife, Twana; four grandchildren: Matthew Ellis and wife, Pam, Michelle Ellis Bowman and husband, Mike, Marie McDaniel, and Chelsea McDaniel.

His father moved the family to the Birmingham, Ala., area where his father farmed and later worked in the coal mines. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1940. He joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor and served on the USS St. Louis, a light cruiser, and the USS Alpine (PA 92), a troop transport. He participated in many naval engagements against the Japanese — Guam, the Solomon Islands, etc.

After World War II, he graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Betty Ingram in 1948. Upon graduating he worked for Monsanto Chemical in Anniston, Ala. He moved the family to Georgia where we worked for Robert and Co. Engineering Firm of Atlanta in 1953.

In 1955, after being called to preach, he moved his family to Covington, Ga., where he pastored Covington Church of God. While there he graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a master’s degree in divinity.

In September 1964, Lee College contacted him and offered him a teaching position. He moved his wife and two sons to Cleveland where they soon joined the North Cleveland Church of God. He was a devoted member and loyal supporter of this wonderful church until his death. In 1973 he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a doctorate of education in mathematics.

As a faculty member he traveled to several foreign countries supporting the Lee College Singers and other ventures of a Christian nature.

He and his wife, Betty, went on more than 25 STEP trips of the Church of God to the Southwest areas of the U.S., ministering to the American Indian tribes: Navajo, Apache, Zuni, and Arapaho. On several occasions he and Betty would travel to distant states to preach revivals, help with Bible schools, and to further spread God’s word.

He was a very patriotic American. He loved to say he was “proud to be an American” and always taught his children and grandchildren to be respectful of America’s flag, anthem, and other icons that show our heritage and love of country. Those fortunate enough to have met him, who had him as a teacher, worked with him, or to have been his friend will best remember him as a man of deep Christian principles.

He was devoted to the love of his life, Betty, for 60 years until her death in 2010. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who instructed them in Christian ideals and to put God and his Word first in all things. He will be deeply missed by friends and family but have the comfort of knowing he is now and forever more in the presence of God.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Dixon Chapel of the North Cleveland Church of God from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The funeral will follow at 5:30 p.m. with Pastor Mitch Maloney and Dr. Hollis Gause officiating. Members of the Unity Class of the North Cleveland Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Interment will be Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the Roland McDaniel Scholarship Fund, Lee University, Attn: Central Gifts, 1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland TN 37311.

Grissom Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Martha Lovelace Brown
Class of 55
BROWN, MARTHA J LOVELACE Brown, Martha J. Lovelace of Clay, AL formerly of Lipscomb, AL passed away Wednesday April 4, 2012. She was a member of Deerfoot Baptist Church where she taught second grade Sunday School for many years because of her love for children and her desire for them to know and love Jesus Christ. She also started a card ministry to the homebound, nursing home residents and the bereaved; she had over 80 individuals that she sent cards of encouragement to on a regular basis. Martha was preceded in death by Megan Nicole Casey her granddaughter. She is survived by her loving husband Otis "Bo" Brown, her daughter Rebekah Casey (Leo), 3 grandchildren Leslie Casey Sansing (Benji), Matthew Casey (Jeni), Hannah C. Lyons (Dan), A special Godchild April Adams, and her mother Anita Adams, 3 great grand children Claire Casey, Ryan Casey, and Elijah Sansing. After retirement Martha worked part time at The Cafe on Main in Trussville where she enjoyed greeting and conversing with customers for several years. Visitation will be Friday April 6, 2012 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Visitation and service will be at Deerfoot Baptist Church Trussville, burial will be at the cemetery adjoining the church (Mount Olive Cemetery). Dr Roger Willmore and Dr. Wayne Scott will be officiating. The family would like to thank Dr. Azita Takeshian, Dr. Brian D. Snoddy, Dr. Shaily Lakhanpal, and Dr. Rohit Malik for their loving care through this difficult time. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing
Raymond Mayfield
Class of 53
MAYFIELD, DR. MILTON RAY 76, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home in Montevallo. Dr. Mayfield was born on January 14, 1935, in Cullman. He was the son of Lawrence and Myrtice Bagwell Johns. Later, following his mother's marriage to Milton Mayfield, Ray's surname was changed to Mayfield. Dr. Mayfield was a graduate of Jones Valley High School, Birmingham Southern College, and the University of Alabama. Dr. Mayfield was a professor of Spanish and director of Continuing Education at the University of Montevallo, where he was employed for thirty-seven years, until his retirement in the year 2000. Following his retirement, Dr. Mayfield taught at Troy University, Troy, AL, and served as a Spanish-language interpreter for the circuit courts and district courts, as well as various municipal courts, in Shelby County. Dr. Mayfield was a beloved colleague, and a highly respected and admired teacher. Many of his students went on to become life-long friends. Dr. Mayfield also served as an advisor to the Sigma Club, which later became the ATO fraternity at the University of Montevallo. Additionally, Ray was always proud of his service in the U.S Marine Corps. Dr. Mayfield is preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, and a half-brother, Dwight Johns. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Shirlie McQueen Mayfield, a son, Dr. Milton Ray Mayfield, Jr. (Dr. Jackie Mayfield) of Cotulla, Texas, and five half-sisters, Paula Mayfield Northcutt, Magnolia, Texas, Annette Brooks, Hanceville, Carol Latta, Doris Faulkner, and Shirley Beshiers, all of Cullman. Visitation will be Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., at Rockco Funeral Home, Montevallo. The funeral service will follow, at 11:00 a.m., in the funeral home chapel, Dr. Terry Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in Montevallo Cemetery. Pallbearers are Don Hughes, Earnest McCarty, Dan McCrimmon, Jim Rasco, Richard Thames, and Bob Watkins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Mayfield Scholarship Fund, care of the UM Foundation, Station 6220, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 35115, or the Shelby County Humane Society, 381 McDow Rd, Columbiana, AL 35051. Please share your condolences online at RockcoFuneralHomes.com, Rockco Funeral Home of Montevallo directing.
Gerdes Henry Whaley
Class of 1960
CULLMAN — Gerdes Henry Whaley

Funeral services for Gerdes Henry Whaley, 71, of Cullman will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Northside Baptist Church, Bro. Richard Trimble officiating.   Cullman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Whaley passed away Wednesday, March 21, at his residence. He was born Aug. 14, 1940, to Gerdes Carl and Emily Naomi White Whaley. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Henry was an avid Auburn fan and he enjoyed hiking and spending time with this family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, John R. Sparks; and a brother-in-law, Robert Sapp.  Survivors include his wife, Betty Sparks Whaley; two sons, Monte (Beth) Whaley Sr. and Timothy Whaley; two daughters, Nicole (Lester) Bryant and Angel-Marie Roan; a brother, James Ira (Carol) Whaley; a sister, Donna (Sonny) Kershaw; his mother-in-law, Evelyn P. Sparks; a sister-in-law, Pat Sapp; eight grandchildren, Monte Whaley Jr., Matt Whaley, Chance Whaley, Parker Roan, Bailey Roan, Leslee Bryant, Houston Bryant and Jeremy Morrison; two great-grandchildren; Ryan Morrison and Lindsey Morrison; his coffee club friends at Jacks and other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Northside Baptist Church.  Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.  Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cullmanfuneralhome.com.
Charles E. Hendricks
Class of 1960

Mr. Charles E. Hendricks, 70, of Panama City, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 at his home. Mr. Hendricks was born November 27, 1941 in Birmingham, AL to Elgin and Lola Hendricks. He moved to the local area in 1973 from Birmingham, AL. Charlie was a member of St. Andrew Baptist Church. All who knew Charlie knew he had a life-long love of fishing and always had a story to tell. Charlie attended Samford University class of 1964 and the University of Alabama class of 1965. He was a teacher at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL from 1965 to 1973. After moving to Panama City, Coach Hendricks taught P.E. for 31 years at Hiland Park Elementary School. Charlie had a great love for lost and needy people. After retiring in 2006, he delighted in serving the Lord through the Benevolence Ministry at St. Andrew Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sybil Hendricks of Panama City; two daughters, Jan Truluck and husband Matt of Panama City and Joy Chambers and husband Matt of Lexington, KY; and mother Lola Hendricks of Panama City. Memorial services will be held today, Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the Church Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrew Baptist Church, Center of Hope program, in Charlie's name.
Condolences may be submitted or viewed at
www.southerlandfamily.com

Joyce Hopkins Baker
Class of 19
57
Baker, Beverly Joyce Hopkins.  Beverly Joyce Hopkins Baker, age 73, of Birmingham, passed away February 5, 2012.  She was a member of Southside Baptist Church.  Graveside services will be on Tuesday February 7th at 3 pm with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.  Tim Headley will officiate.  Visitation will be from 2pm until 3pm Tuesday.  She is survived by her children Dennis Baker, and Cindy needham, grandchildren Rheanna, Brandon, Daniel, Stephanie, Levi, Garrett, several cousins and friends.  Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Kenneth Lynn Battles
Class of 1965
BATTLES, KENNETH LYNN Age 64, of Tuscaloosa, died Feb. 19th. Visitation will be Thursday at Lemley Funeral Home Oneonta. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 AM in the Chapel. Burial in Antioch Cemetery.
James A. Praytor
Class of 1954

JonesValley > The Class of 54 >  Praytor, JamesPRAYTOR, JAMES A. January 28, 2012, James Arthur Praytor passed away in his Chantilly, VA home, leaving a gaping hole in the hearts of all who loved him. Born in Bessemer, Al, 2/24/36, James graduated from Auburn University in 1958. As an electrical engineer, he worked on the Nike Zeus Program, the Apollo and Saturn II space programs. For most of his career he worked at CSC on projects for NASA, the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Bureau of Census. He finished life strong, refusing to let Alzheimer's have the best of him. Instead, he wrote this chapter with courage, grace, and, whenever possible, a sense of humor. In the end, Alzheimer's didn't win this battle, love did. James is survived by his devoted wife of forty-eight years, Donna Praytor; his son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Marjorie Coster-Praytor; his daughter, Debora and husband, Greg Stone; grandchildren Carlin and Aidan Praytor; nephews Brandon Kimball, Matthew Stone and niece, Nicole Stone; his brothers, Mike, Tony, Jimmy, and Ronny Praytor; his sisters, Bonnie Smith, Sharon Belcher and Vivian Wright. The family will hold a memorial in March to bring his ashes home to Bessemer. Condolences may be offered online at http://www.advent funeral.com/services/james-a-praytor.htm

Rodger Manley Nabors
Class of 1965

NABORS, RODGER MANLEY. Rodger Manley Nabors, Age 50, of Fairfield Highlands, AL, died Wednesday, July 9, 1997. He was a member of Crescent Heights Baptist Church and was employed at USX for approximately 30 years. He worked at U.S. Steel in Ensley for 20 of those years as a manipulator and the remaining 10 years at Fairfield Seamless Pipe Mill (Hot Mill Division).  Funeral Services will be Friday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Brown Service West Chapel with burial in Sadler Cemetery. Rev. T.A. Duke and Dr. Marie Blackwell will be officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, July 10, from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Rodger is survived by his devoted wife Wanda Morrison Nabors; sons, Tyler Nabors and Rodger Manley Nabors II; daughter, Brooke Nabors Mullinax; precious granddaughter, Alyssa Blair Mullins; all of Midfield; stepmother, Mrs. Doris Nabors of Midfield; brothers Wayne Nabors of Surfside and Ronnie Nabors of Mobile.  We will remember Rodger as a highly intelligent man who was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved nature and kept God’s Word hidden in his heart. He will be greatly missed by his co-workers, his creek bank buddies and a host of friends. Brown Service West Chapel directing.

Donald Wayne "Coach" Hannah
Class of 1965
HANNAH, "COACH" DONALD WAYNE passed away February 2, 2012, at the age of 64. Don was born in Birmingham, AL; graduated from Jones Valley High School and earned his degree from the University of Montevallo. He loved the Lord and served his country in the Vietnam War. Coach, as most referred to him, spent his career coaching high school football and mentoring students in the Birmingham area. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Addie Mae and Edward Hannah, and a brother, Labron Hannah. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Belinda Hannah, a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Laura Hannah, three beautiful grandchildren, Hayden, Addie, and Emma Hannah, and one brother, James Hannah (Donna), and a host of family who loved him dearly. Coach first and foremost enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved being outdoors, hunting, golfing, and fishing. He was a talented poet as well. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 5, 2012, from 1-2 PM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be a 2 PM with Pastor Steve Franklin officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Don's memory to the American Cancer Society , 1101 Ireland Way, Ste 201, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Vora Lee Harmon
Class of 1922 - probably

HARMON, VORA LEE Vora "Susie" Lee Harmon, age 105, of McCalla, AL died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in McCalla, AL. Ms. Harmon was a native of Lipscomb, AL and lived in Jefferson County most all of her life. She was a member of the second graduating class of Jones Valley High School and formerly worked with Sears for over thirty years. Ms. Harmon was a member of the First Church of God of Bessemer and volunteered with the Salvation Army with many years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie David Harmon, Sr. and three sons, Louie D. Harmon, Jr., Carter Harmon, and Harry Harmon. Ms. Harmon is survived by one daughter, Barbara Roberson; four sons, Jerry Harmon (Carolyn), Neal Harmon, Cecil Harmon, and Barry Harmon (Delbra); twenty-nine grandchildren; fifty-four great grandchildren; and twenty-five great great grandchildren. Services will be Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Valhalla Chapel with James Lee Vines officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. "The family would like to express a special thank you to Plantation Manor and Southeast Hospice for the love and care shown to Ms. Harmon."

Cora Lee Winstead Johnston
Class of 19
42
JOHNSTON, CORA LEE WINSTEAD of Adger passed away peacefully and with dignity, January 7th, with family at her bedside. Born to Daniel and Nancy Lula Winstead of Ishkooda, AL, on October 5, 1923. She was married to Roy Johnston (deceased) and the mother to five children, Frances Johnston-Hampton (Jerry) Madison, GA, Marvin Johnston (deceased), Mary Connie Johnston, Daniel Johnston & Phillip B. Johnston, all of Adger. She was in the Class of 1942, Jones Valley High School, UAB School of Nursing Class 1968 and many other educational credits. She retired from Princeton Medical Center in 1985 with numerous awards and a very distinguished career, including "Nurse of the Year, 1983". She continued her nursing career in the private sector, giving excellent care and love to all she cared for and retired 2007 to volunteer her services at UAB West Hospital in the Surgical Waiting area to be with the families of the patients. She was also treasurer with Alabama State Nursing organization, and held many other positions to benefit nurses and patients. She was most honorably called "Queen Nannie" by grandchildren and family, just because she was. Always ready to help her family in any way, supported and encouraged each to always take the right way in whatever we chose to do. The church, Dogwood Grove Missionary Baptist-Adger, was a major part of her life. She was always ready to do whatever was needed, playing the piano, creating the church bulletin, caring for the sick and shut-ins, teaching Sunday school, working on all of the committees. It is said, she did everything in the church but "Preach" and she would have done that, if asked. She received many awards for her church work, "Outstanding Dedication as a Sunday School teacher", and most recently, "Appreciation of Willingness and Joyful Service she Continuously gave to Our Lord and Savior"? She is survived by her children, 8 grandchildren 13 great-grandchildren. Grandchildren, Lisa Pepe (Richard), Cameron Hampton, Alicia Davis (Bryan), Latisha (Chris) Epperson, Heather Johnston, Jason (Becky) Johnston, Candi Granados, & Nicholas McCay. The family would like to sing the praises of mother's friends, church and family for all the wonderful support, thoughts and prayers. The family offers a special thank you to Comfort-Care Nurses, Sue, Sonia Toni and Roberta. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Jefferson Memorial Gardens South, Hoover, AL. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A celebration and reception to follow at Dogwood Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 8736 Dogwood Grove Rd, Adger, AL.
George Ann Langston Morgan
Class of 1951
George Ann Langston Morgan, age 78, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2011. She was born in Nauvoo, AL, (Walker County) on November 5, 1933; she graduated from Jones Valley High School in Birmingham, AL, in 1951. She was elected by her classmates to serve as Secretary of their Senior Graduating Class, the only female of the four class-elected officers. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, the school choir, and was elected by her classmates as the Best Dressed female in their class. She was an accomplished pianist and was regularly requested to play at special high school and church events. She was a good dancer and much-sought-after dance partner at school proms, at the YWCA and other city dances after graduation from high school. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Maude Lee Wallace, and George David Langston; brother, Eskine Durwood Langston; brothers-in-law, James Murphy, Lee Williams, Bill Williams, and Sam R. Morgan, Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James W. Morgan of Lebanon, TN; daughter, Jennifer Lee Morgan (Timothy Wade) Garnto, and grandson, Joshua Luke Garnto, all of Mt. Juliet, TN; loving sister, Carol Langston Williams (Dewey) Yeager; sisters-in-law, Peggy Morgan Murphy and Nettie Morgan Williams; niece, Misty (Scott) Valentine, and great-niece, Ava Valentine, all of the Birmingham, AL area; nephew, David Langston, and sister-in-law, Ann Kurtz, both of West Palm Beach, FL. She is also survived by her beloved cousins and a host of friends and neighbors from the various cities where they have lived. She had a good work ethic. During her last 2 years of high school, she worked after school 5 days each week, 1/2 days on Saturday mornings, and full-time during the school summer vacation months for the Elton B Stephens Company, which has now expanded to become the international company known as EBSCO Industries, Inc. She traveled to/from work by city bus transportation. Upon graduation from high School, she was employed by U. S. Steel General Office in Fairfield, AL, for the next 17 years. In 1968 she accepted a job with Alabama Power Company for the next 7 years until her husband was employed by Nucor Steel in Jewett, TX. During the 5 years they made their home in Fairfield, TX, she worked part-time for Texas Utilities Generating Company (TUGCO). Upon her husband's job transfer to Tallahassee, FL, in 1980, where they lived for the next 30 years, she worked part-time for the state of Florida and for a local private attorney. In June, 2010, during their retirement years, they moved to Lebanon, TN, to be near their only child and her family. She was an animal lover and was a mother to multiple dogs and cats during her lifetime. She daily filled up their outdoor bird and squirrel feeders with food and water to supplement the nutritional needs of these animals whom she loved and enjoyed. George Ann was raised by Christian parents, publicly professed her acceptance of Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, and was baptized before the age of 10. During the 31 years she lived in the Birmingham area, she was a member, chronologically, of the following churches: Pleasant Ridge Baptist in Hueytown; Powderly Baptist Church in Powderly; South Park Baptist Church in West End; Brookhaven Methodist in Powderly; and, lastly, Walnut Grove Methodist in Midfield. If anyone so desires, the family encourages donations to the American Heart and Stroke Association, the American Lung Association , and /or the Alabama Kidney Foundation. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012, at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel at 11:00 am. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 am. Entombment will take place in Elmwood Mausoleum.
William Ray "Billy" Fields
Class of 19
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FIELDS, WILLIAM RAY Age 66 of Hoover, AL, passed away in his home on December 10, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents Sallie Mae Fields and Richard O Fields, a son, Michael Folmar, and daughter Cindy Fields. He is survived by his wife Clovia "Skip" Fields, one brother and two sisters, daughters Tonya Herring and Nicki Merritt, grandchildren, Brittany Herring, Michael Herring, Max Herring, and Savahnah Lewis. He worked as a police officer at Midfield police department for three years than went to Columbiana for two years and finally retired as a Lieutenant at Hoover Police Department after 36 years. He was loved by many as a friend, father, brother, and mentor. The visitation will be held at Southern Heritage funeral home in Pelham, AL from 5pm to 7pm on Monday the 12th of December , the services will be at 12:30pm on Tuesday the 13th at southern heritage with an escorted procession to Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Hoover, AL
Betty Swinney Chandler
Class of 1955
CHANDLER, BETTY SWINNEY age 74 of Pelham passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011 in Birmingham. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Tri-State Sand Company, Shop a Snak Corporation, and Greenbrook Realty. The true love of her life was her family. She was married for 55years to Don Chandler, Sr. She had one son, three beautiful grandchildren and hundreds of dear friends. She viewed her role as wife, mother and grandmother as the most important work of her life. She will be greatly missed by many people. She is survived by her husband, Don Chandler, Sr.; son, Don Chandler, Jr. (Misty); grandchildren, Zack, Peyton, and Cece; sisters, June Pilliteri (Lee), Patsy Johnson (David), Jackie Cash (James) and Patricia Roden; brother, Ervil Swinney, Jr. (Phyllis); many nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel followed by the service at 3:00 pm with Reverend Bill Bostick officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Calvin Weaver Nivins
Class of 19
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NIVENS, CALVIN WEAVER Age 81, of Calera, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 in Maylene. He graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1948, and was a graduate of Howard College (Sanford) in 1958. Calvin was a member of Union Baptist Church, an Eagle Scout, and he served in the Korean Conflict. Calvin is preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Ida Nivens; an infant daughter; and his sister, Carolyn Jennings. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geneva 'Ruth' Nivens; son, Jeffrey (Anna) Nivens; daughter, Melanie (Robby) Tingle; sister, Juliette Snider; and grandchildren, Dianna, Leah, Dylan, and Brookelyn. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Rockco Funeral Home Montevallo. Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church in Lipscomb. He will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Alabama National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Children's Home and/or Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at Union Baptist Church, 5187 Ave. K, Bessemer, AL 35020. Bro. David Mahaffey, Bro. Dewey Mayfield, and Bro. J.D. Davis officiating. Rockco Funeral Home Montevallo directing.
Ann Mayo Snider
Class of 1962
SNIDER, ANN MAYO age 67 of Adamsville passed away Thursday, November 03, 2011. She retired from UAB as a nurse after twenty five plus years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Snider. She is survived by her son, Bobby Snider (Jeanie); brother, Kelly Mayo (Evelyn); grandchildren, Jennifer Snider, Jason Snider, Joseph Snider; several nieces and nephews; and her loving pet, BJ. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:00 am at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Clarence Edward Gates
Class of 1958

GATES, CLARENCE EDWARD November 30, 1938- October 7, 2011 Clarence Edward Gates, of Jasper, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the age of 72. The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Collins- Burke Chapel, with burial at Walker Memory Gardens. Rick Sherer will officiate. Mr. Gates was preceded in death by his wife, Olabee Gates; father, Clarence S. Gates; mother, Jesse W. Gates; brother, Roy A. Gates; & daughter, Stacey L. Hester. He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Collins of Wilsonville, AL and Diane Ellis of Birmingham, AL; son, Chris Cantrell of San Diego, CA; and grandchildren, Ashley, Chase, Aaron and Abby. Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper directing. 205-384-5571

Donald Reese Mullins
Class of 195
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MULLINS, DONALD REESE Donald Reese Mullins, 67 of Sterrett passed away on September 29, 2011. Mr. Mullins was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an active member of American Legion Post 195. He attended Beulah Baptist Church in Sterrett and was active with Jones Valley High School Reunion Coordinators. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ladonna Carol Mullins. Survivors include his sister, Flora Ann Mullins; an aunt, Charlotte Hammond; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.

Julia Elizabeth Herrmann Butler
Class of 19
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BUTLER, JULIA ELIZABETH Julia Elizabeth Butler, age 91, formerly of Lipscomb died Sunday, October 16, 2011. Ms. Butler was a native and life long resident of Alabama where she lived most of her life in Lipscomb. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church of Lipscomb. Ms. Butler is survived by two daughters, Joan B. McBrayer of Chelsea, AL and Janet B. Smith (Bobby) of Birmingham, AL; one son, James Ronald Butler of Plano, Texas; Five grandchildren, Brett McBrayer (Kim), Kelli Wilkins (Rick), Tara McCallister (Irwin), Keisha Glass (Josh) and Ian Barsch; twelve great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, James Robert Butler and one sister, Willie Lee Smith. Services will be Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at Union Baptist Church of Lipscomb with Brother John Mahaffey officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery of Midfield, AL. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Union Baptist Church, 5187 Avenue K, Lipscomb, AL 35020.

Robert Gerald "Jerry" Harris
Class of 1957

ROBERT GERALD HARRIS
Born October 11, 1938, Birmingham, AL- died September 25, 2011, Albuquerque, NM.  A kind and gentle soul left us September 25 to journey to a better place. Bob died of complications of a massive heart attack, and is now at rest. 

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Cheryl Ann (Prekker Canard) Harris, of Albuquerque, his daughters, Teresa Harris of Catonsville, MD, and Brenna Harris of Salt Lake City, UT, his step-children, Robert B. Canard (Andrea) of West Jordan, UT, and Tracy Canard-Goodluck (LT) of Albuquerque, NM.  He is also survived by 5 grandchildren who will miss their Grandpa terribly: Brandon Canard (Jessica), of Roy, UT, Bobbie Ann, Cassidie, and Cody Canard of West Jordan, UT, and Tawny Harris of Salt Lake City.  Bob is also survived by brothers Michael (Kaye) and David (Nancy) and a sister Carol, brothers and sisters-in-law, his mother-in-law, Gladys Prekker, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Carlyle and Polly Harris of Birmingham, AL, and a brother Randy, also of Birmingham. 

Bob worked for over 32 years for Salt Lake City Corporation in the Transportation Department, where he supervised parking meter operations. He retired in 1994. He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961, serving in a field band. 

Bob loved music of all sorts, especially playing clarinet in the Murray Utah community band and the Albuquerque Concert Band. He played clarinet with a small group of friends every Wednesday, a highlight of his week. 

Bob also loved gardening and home remodeling. His favorite hangout was his workshop in the garage. He was a generous person, always helping someone with whatever needed to be done. He had a great sense of humor, and a quick wit. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Albuquerque Concert Band, PO Box 11205, Albuquerque, NM, 87192-1205. 

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held in the future. Arrangements are with Daniels Family Funeral Services, Albuquerque, NM.

Linda Butler Brown
Class of 1966


BROWN, LINDA BUTLER Linda Butler Brown, 63, of Riverchase, Passed away on September 5th 2011. She was a graduate of Jones Valley High School, and retired from U.S. Steel Mining. She was deeply involved in volunteer work with Operation School Bell, a program of Assistance League of Birmingham. Her interests were family, friends, painting, and traveling. She was loved by many, and a wonderful example to all who were fortunate to have known her. She attended Riverchase United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack & Juanita Butler. She is survived by her husband, Jim, who was her beloved companion for 42 years. She is also survived by her twin sister, Brenda (Mike) Hays, brothers, Joe Frank (Shirley) Butler, and Jack (Marilyn) Butler. She will also be fondly remembered by her nephews & nieces, Matt (Susan) Hays, Julie (Ben) Brousil, Jennifer (Ryan) Strickland, Jesselyn (Todd) Maxwell, Christopher Butler, great nephews, Hudson Hays & Jared Maxwell, great nieces, Melissa Jones & Tessa Maxwell. The family request, that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Operation School Bell c\o 1755 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, Al. 35209, or a children's organization of your choice. There will be a public visitation at Southern Heritage Funeral Home on Wednesday, from 2:00-4:00. Burial will be private for the family. Dr. Jim Savage officiating. "Who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies" Proverbs 31:10. This verse describes "Our Linda" >>
Jo Ann Brasher Eaton
Class of 1971
EATON, JO ANN BRASHER, Age 58, of Lipscomb, AL, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Billy Eaton; her sons, Jeff Eaton and Dustin Eaton; her mother, Evelene Brasher; her brothers, Eddie Brasher, Danny (Nancy) Brasher, Donnie (Anna) Brasher and Ricky (Tammy) Brasher. Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Patton Chapel Cemetery Hoover. Sister Pearl Shelton will be officiating. Visitation will be held Thurs., August 4, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Larry "Wayne" Hill
Class of 1959
HILL, LARRY "WAYNE" Larry "Wayne" Hill, a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather passed away August 6, 2011 at the age of 70. He attended Pelham 1st Baptist Church, retired as a coal miner from Jim Walter Mines; afterward he worked for the City of Helena for 10 years. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Bobbie B. Hill (JVHS Class of '61); sons: Rocky Hill (Natalie) and Todd Hill (Kim); he was known as "Gran" to his beloved and cherished grandchildren: Andrew, Katelyn, Macie, Brock, and Grant; his great granddaughter: Emma; he is also survived by a sister: Charlotte Bailey (Arnold), nephews, and many special friends. To honor the memory of such a wonderful, loving, caring, friendly, compassionate and hard working man; visitation will be held at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home on Tuesday August 9, 2011 from 10-11AM with Chapel services to follow at 11AM. Burial will be held in Highland Memorial Gardens with Pastor Robert Heard officiat
Mary Rhodes Wood
Class of 1960
WOOD, MARY RHODES Went to be with her heavenly father on Wednesday, July 25, 2011. She was a faithful member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, and enjoyed life, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, & grandmother. Preceding her in death are her parents, Louie and Ura Rhodes; and brother, James L. Rhodes. Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Charles N. Wood, Jr.; sons, Norman (Karen) Wood of Pelham, and Edward (Amy) Wood of Knoxville, TN; and granddaughters, Caitlyn, Bethany, and Emily Wood. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thurs., July 28, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. The family request that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund. >
Martha Jean "Tootsie" Stephens Forester
Class of 1948
Martha Jean "Tootsie" Stephens Forester, JVHS Class of 1948 and mother of Eddie Forester ('69) passed away on July 21st, 2011.  Visitation will be at John's Ridout Elmwood Chapel from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011.  Graveside services will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Coach James A. Currier
Faculty 66-67
CURRIER, JAMES A. Coach James A. Currier "Jimmy", age 72, of Pinson, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011. Coach Currier was born in Birmingham, February 16, 1939. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray L. Currier and Evelyn Taylor Currier and his brother Ray Eugene Currier. Coach Currier spent nearly 5 decades teaching and coaching High School football, basketball, and track. His experience included stints at Calera, Jones Valley, Banks, Jacksonville, Pinson Valley, and Springville High Schools. After retiring from the educational system, Coach Currier pursued a very successful career in business before returning to the Birmingham School System. Here he continued to teach and coach students from Hayes and Woodlawn High School until health problems forced him to retire March 1, 2011. He received his education from the University of Alabama, Samford University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he earned his BS in Education and Science; Masters Degrees in Biology and Math; EdS in Superintendency and Administration; he was to receive his doctoral degree this fall in Administration. During his illustrious career, Coach Currier has received many athletic and academic accolades that he and his family are very proud of, such as Who's Who in American Education, Medal of Distinction Honoring Alabama Teachers, and memberships in many honorary and professional organizations. Coach Currier was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife who was his best friend and cheerleader for over 50 years, UnaKing Conway Currier. They have two children T. Dwayne (Jill) Currier of Trussville, Kevyn B. (Mary) Currier of Athens, Grandchildren, Martin, Ethan, Brettlyn, and Keenon Currier. Survived by his sisters, Grace Webster of Marietta, GA; Barbara (David) Sanders of McCalla; brother, Kenneth (Chinae) Currier, Roanoke, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Coach Currier had a tremendous impact on countless numbers of students throughout his career. It has been said, "Jimmy has never met a stranger." He will be dearly missed by all. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. The visitation will be held at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Alabama, Tuesday July 19, 2011 from 5:00 till 7:00pm. Funeral services will be conducted at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Bessemer, Alabama, on Wednesday, July 20, at 1pm at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Bessemer, Alabama. Located at 831 Briarwood Rd, Bessemer, AL 35022, on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 1:00pm. The burial will be at the Salem Cemetery in Calera, Alabama. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Annie Ree Kendrick Allred
Class of 28
ALLRED, ANNIE REE KENDRICK Annie Ree Kendrick Allred passed away on Friday, July 15, 2011 at the age of 100 and 13 days, the third child of seven children born to Joseph Johnson Kendrick of Montevallo and Birdie O. Kendrick of Chelsea, AL on July 2, 1911 in Montevallo, Alabama, Shelby County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorenzo Dow Allred of fifty-seven years; her parents, Joseph Johnson Kendrick and Birdie O. Kendrick Kendrick; sister, Gaynell Kendrick Stovall; two brothers, Gerald Roderick Kendrick and Anthony Wayne Kendrick. She is survived by three sisters, Mildred Kendrick Holliman, Gloria Kendrick Bunn and Joanna Kendrick Harvey; three nieces, Sylvia Kendrick Miller, Kay Wayne Kendrick Oswald, and Susan Harvey Nilipour(Hossein); two nephews, Roderick Leland Kendrick(Rose Ann) and Joel Kendrick Holliman(Kathy). Ms. Allred graduated from Jones Valley High School, Class of 1928 and attended the University of Montevallo, formerly Alabama College. She was included in the oracle of Jones Valley High School "Always ready for fun but never willing to neglect duty" and also Betsy Ross Literary Society of 1925 and 1928. In 1932(at the time of the Great Depression) she began her business career at J. J. Newberry's in Birmingham. She was later employed by Sears Roebuck and Company while her husband, Lorenzo served overseas during World War II after which she, with her husband Lorenzo started their own business which later became Allred's Cloth Barn in Lipscomb, AL. She was a life time member of the Union Baptist Church of Lipscomb, Alabama having taught Sunday School for more than fifty years and was also a leader in Training Union when it was known as BYPU. Services for Ms. Allred will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. from Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Mahaffey and the Rev. Dewey Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Larry David Kizziah
Class of 66

KIZZIAH, LARRY DAVID 63, passed away on Monday June 27, 2011 in Birmingham, AL. He was born on April 24, 1948 and was the son of the late Frankford Kizziah and Alta Kizziah. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda Harmon Kizziah; and his two children, John Christian Kizziah and Lindsey Elizabeth Kizziah of Homewood, AL. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis Earl Kizziah, and sister in-law Dawn Reich of Millbrook, AL; niece, Kristin Michelle Kizziah; and nephew, Christopher Franklin Kizziah. Larry was a graduate of the University of Alabama in 1970 where he received a degree in Business. While at Alabama he enrolled in R.O.T.C. Upon graduation he was commissioned as 2nd Lt in the United States Army. He completed his basic training at Fort Gordon, GA. After returning from basic training he was employed as a police officer for Tarrant City. While working there he attended classes at Birmingham School of Law. He earned his Juris Doctorate on May 28, 1978 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar on September 28, 1978. He went on to practice law for over 25 years. He was an active member of the 87th Maneuver Area Command reserve unit where he served for 15 years on reserve duty. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood, AL. Larry was an avid reader who loved books and history. He was also an Alabama Crimson Tide fan. He was a loving father and husband who will be truly missed. A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 30, 2011 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood at 1pm. Family will receive visitors starting at 12:30 at the church.

Martha Jo Shore Scott
Class of 66
SCOTT, MARTHA JO SHORE age 62, of McCalla, AL, passed away May 12, 2011, in Birmingham. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy L. Scott. She is survived by a son, Bennie Scott (Christy), a brother, Mike Richardson, a sister, Anita Preston, a special granddaughter, Cindy Scott, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. The family will receive friends Monday, May 16, 2011, from 10-12 with funeral services following at 12:00 PM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South
James Edward Stacy
Class of 49

STACY, MR. JAMES EDWARD "JIM" of Opelika, went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2011 following a brief illness. A private family memorial service was held on Saturday, June 18th in the stand of pines near his home where he enjoyed spending time talking with God and enjoying creation, especially the wild turkeys. The Reverend Al Jackson officiated. Jim, affectionately known as "Pee Wee" by his grandsons and "Buddy" by his sisters, was born February 8, 1929 to the late John and Geloma Latham Stacy. He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 54 years, Shirley "Mimi" Williams Stacy. He is survived by his daughter, Christi Stacy Hall and her husband Wayne, and his grandsons Ed and Tom Hall. He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Kines (Joe), Peggy Oglesby, and Frances Orange (Wayne); mother-in-law Catherine Williams; sister-in-law Gaye Reaves (Doyce); brother-in-law Danny Williams (Knoxye); as well as several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. In his retirement, Jim enjoyed living close to Christi and Wayne, who were devoted to his care. Jim loved watching his grandsons grow up, working outside in the lawn, feeding the animals, and working with wood. He turned cedar trees into beautiful creations, whittled, carved and sanded with love. When his wife Mimi was ill, Jim came to know the Lord Jesus Christ; this was the desire of her heart, and the transformation was evident to all. His family rejoices knowing they are together now with the Lord in a place he had longed for since she left his side. Memorial donations can be made to the Lottie Moon Mission Fund (c/o Eric Ellis, Lakeview Baptist Church, 1600 East Glenn Ave., Auburn, AL 36830) so that others may receive the love and forgiveness of Christ that Jim experienced.

James Ronald "Ronnie" Harris
Class of 66

HARRIS, JAMES RONALD "RON" of Pelham, Alabama, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at age 64 on June 7, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cathy; his mother Vicki W. Harris; daughter Robyn (Mark) Bridges; three beautiful grandchildren, Sam, Samantha, and Carlyn Bridges; and a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. Harris served the community as a Birmingham police officer for 20 years and was an attorney at law for the past 25 years. The family will receive visitors at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel beginning at 10:00am with a graveside service to follow at Elmwood Cemetery at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Mt. Signal Baptist Church at 7495 Old Highway 280, Chelsea, AL 35147.

Thomas Edwin Smith
Class Unknown
SMITH, THOMAS EDWIN Thomas Edwin Smith, 85, went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Minnie Smith, and brother, Jack C. Smith. Thomas grew up in Powderly, Al. He graduated from Jones Valley High School and attended Howard College. World War II was winding down but Tom finally was old enough to join the navy and was accepted into midshipman's school at Columbia University in New York. Upon completion of the program, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Kasaan Bay as a Lt. j.g. serving in the Pacific theater. He was given the honor of decommissioning his ship at the end of the war. Tom returned to school and graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in industrial engineering. It was during this time he met and married the love of his life, Edna Mae Williamson. Tom was employed by GMAC and served the north Alabama and Gadsden districts for 3 years. His subsequent employment was with U.S Steel in various capacities. He was especially proud of his supervisory role in coordinating the family tours of the then new Q-Bop furnace at Fairfield Works. After an early retirement from U.S. Steel he was able to have many years enjoying life as a "gentleman farmer" raising registered Angus cattle with Edna Mae at his side on their farm in Shelby county. After retiring from farming, Tom and Edna Mae built a home in Helena where they lived many happy years enjoying, among other things, University of Alabama football. Thomas is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Edna Mae; his daughter, Jane Ellen (Nolen) Otts; 1 granddaughter, Sara Robbins, and 1 grandson, Neil Robbins. Also, he is survived by a nephew who was like a son, Gray (Pam) Smith and many nieces and nephews who were dear to him. The family wishes to thank Dr Ginger Alred and Family Comfort Hospice. A special "thank you" to his caregiver Cecelia and nurse Shirley. Visitation is Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, at 12:00-2:00 p.m. with graveside service at 2:00 p.m., Valhalla directing. Burial will be in Valhalla cemetery.
Bonita Sue Bailey Starnes
Class of 70

Starnes, Bonita Sue Bailey age 59 of Birmingham passed away May 21, 2011. She is survived by her son, James Seth Starnes; brother, Ronald V. Bailey (Paula); and her aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 11:30-12:30 pm at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel. Graveside service will be held following visitation at 1:00 pm at Highland Memorial Gardens.

Robert Frank Costa
Class of 57

COSTA, ROBERT FRANK age 73, of Bessemer, AL, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011. He retired from the State of Alabama with 30 years of service. He is survived by his former wife, JoAnn Costa; his step daughters, Beverly, Sherry and Sammie; his brother, Tony (Rhonda) Costa of Maylene and extended loving family. Graveside services will be held at Highland Memorial Gardens Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Donnie Conn officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home.

Dawn Forester Moore
Class of 73

MOORE, DAWN FORESTER Moore, Dawn Forester, age 55 of Remlap, AL went home to be with the Lord on May 3, 2011. She was a loving wife, mother, Granna, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. A 1973 graduate of Jones Valley High School and former member of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Local 91. Dawn was preceded in death by her mother, Rhea Harris Forester; father, William David "Bill" Forester; husband, Richard Edward Moore; special aunt, Jo Wanstrath. She is survived by her husband, James A. Farley, Jr.; children, Jordan (Justin) Linderman, Regina Farley and Bubba Farley; grandson, Noah Linderman; brother, Dale (Anita) Forester; sisters, Dana (Gary) Minton and Janice (Joe) Duran; nieces and nephews, Laura Thompson, Joey Duran, Susan Herod, Brandy Terrell, Desirhea Forester, Nic Minton, Natalie Barnes and Shea Minton; special uncle, Don Wanstrath, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2011 from 5 PM until 7 PM with a celebration of life to follow at 7 PM at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. In lieu of flowers make donations to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

James Thomas Rasco, Sr.
Class of 41

RASCO, SR., JAMES THOMAS Mr. James Thomas Rasco passed away on May 1st, 2011 at the age of 88. Born in Wilkes, Alabama, Mr. Rasco was a graduate of Jones Valley High School Class of 1941 and attended Birmingham Southern College. He served with the 11th Airborne Division during WWII in the Philippine campaign and the occupation of Japan. Mr. Rasco also served in the Korean War with the Air Force Reserve. He was a retired machinist from U.S. Steel. Mr. Rasco is survived by his wife Miriam, daughter Melinda Murib (Talal), and son James (Jane), grandchildren Richard Rasco (Monica), Brett Rasco, Jared Murib (Jackie), David Murib (Lucy), great grandchildren Lilly Murib and Evan Murib. Visitation is at 12:00 on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at the Elmwood Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the charity of your choice.

Len Edins
Class
Unknown
EDINS, LEONARD E. age 90, of Bessemer, Alabama passed quietly away in his home on April 19, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise H. Edins. He is survived by a son, Ronald Len Edins (Cassa) of Damascus, Virginia and a daughter, Deborah Edins Hill (Don) of Bessemer, three grandchildren: Donna Candler, Keith Hill (Kim) and Lindsey Hill, three great grandchildren, a brother, Belton Edins of Quinton, Alabama and many extended loving family and friends. He was a long time member of Union Baptist Church, a graduate of Jones Valley High School, a veteran of WWII and a retiree from US Steel after 44 years. In addition to being a wonderful husband and father, he will always be remembered for his wit and sense of humor. Service will be held Friday April 22, 2011 at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel at 3:00 pm; the family will receive friends from 2:00pm till 3:00pm. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Bro. Dewey Mayfield will be officiating service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Union Baptist Church, 5107 Avenue K, Lipscomb, Alabama 35020.
Don Green
Class of
59
GREEN, DONALD WAYNE "COACH" "Coach" Donald Wayne Green, 69, a resident of Daphne, died Thursday, April 14, 2011 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his sons, Derek and Chad, their wives, Lisa and Stephanie, who he considered the daughters he never had. Don lived to see three beloved grandchildren born, Stephanie Claire, Wyatt Cash, and Austin Cole. He is also survived by his brother, Michael, his wife, Sherry, his mother and other relatives. Don grew up in Birmingham, graduating from Jones Valley High School where he lettered in baseball, football and basketball. He attended Florida State University and Samford University earning a BS degree and lettered in football. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Alabama. Don's teaching and coaching career began at Banks High School then, Jefferson State Junior College. In his twenty eight years as a baseball coach, his teams compiled a record of 622-428, ranking him as the 27th winningest baseball coach, among the inactive National Junior College Athletic Association of Coaches nationwide. His teams won 10 division championships and 2 regional championships. He was named Northern Division Coach of the Year 9 times and Coach of the Year for Region XXII, two times. In addition to coaching, he promoted baseball in Alabama, serving as President of the NJCAA Baseball Committee. From 1991 through 1996, he held the position of Athletic Director at Jefferson State Community College. His love of sports was further demonstrated by coaching his two sons in the youth YMCA Basketball Program for many years. Since retirement in 1996, he continued his community involvement. Don was a volunteer in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, serving 2 years as co-tournament director and 1 year as president of the Timber Creek Men's Golf association. He has also served on the Eastern Shore Challenge Cup Committee. In 2001, he was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of fame and in 2004, into the Alabama Community College Conference Hall of fame. Services will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, April 18, 2011 at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church with Rev. Julian Walthall officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00pm. A reception will follow at the Green home after the service. The family suggests memorials be made to The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. Online condolences may be made at hughesfuneralservice.com. Arrangements are by: Hughes Cremation & Funeral Service 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL
Edward Preston Watson
Class of
53
WATSON, EDWARD PRESTON, 75, of Mount Dora, passed away Thursday, April 07, 2011. Born in Ashville, Alabama, he moved to Mount Dora in1958 following serving in the U.S Navy. He retired as Corporate Manager with Martin Marietta in Orlando, FL. Mr. Watson was of protestant faith. He was a member of Antique Car Clubs and enjoyed helping others with their classic cars. He is survived by his Wife - Candy M. Watson of Mount Dora, FL; Son - Mark E. Watson of Calhoun County, FL; Grandson - Clint and Justin Watson; Sister - Caroyln Jones of Port Saint Joe, FL; and several nieces. The family will receive friends at the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, 1617 S. Bay Street, Eustis, FL 32726, on Wednesday April 13, 2011 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM with funeral services at 7:00 PM. Interment will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluefield, WV. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to A.L.S. Association (Lou Gehrig's Disease), 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Online guestbook available at www.hardenpauli.com Arrangements by Harden /Pauli
Allan Kelley
Class of
71
Allan Kelley class of 71 passed away in New Orleans, La on Feb. 14, 2011.  He is survived by his Mother, Kathleen Bilgere and Step-Father, Gerald Bilgere
Hazel Turley Ingalls
Class of
54

Hazel T. Ingalls, born in Brighton, Ala., on March 9, 1936, to Wallace and Lena Mae Turley, passed away at the age of 74 on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in San Leandro.  Hazel attended Jones Valley High in Birmingham, Ala. and graduated in 1954. She worked as a supervisor for Bessemer Alabama Housing Authority for 27 years. She also volunteered for a reading tutor program for several years and worked at religious retreats for AIDS patients. Hazel moved to California to be near some of her children, LeAnne and Bob Iacampo, Suisun, Calif.; Marcy and James Bomboy, Brewton, Ala.; Bill and Margaret Ingalls, Montgomery, Ala.; Wallace Ingalls, Vallejo; Andrea and John Gooden, Lebanon, Ill. She thoroughly enjoyed her life in Napa.  Hazel is survived by her children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and a granddaughter.

Dean Wilemon Richard
Class of 49
RICHARD, MRS. DEAN WILEMON passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the age of 80. She is survived by three daughters, Julie R. Maddox (Michael), Leigh R. Caglarsu (Fevzi), and Jill R. Saigusa (Mak); and four grandchildren, Hunter Maddox, Elizabeth Caglarsu, and Johnny and Jack Saigusa. Those who knew her loved her dearly. Dean was more than a wonderful mother and friend. She had a heart of gold and was a helper to any person that crossed her path. Dean was filled with compassion and her deep generosity touched many lives. Her true calling in life was to help others and she did that to the utmost of her ability. She was the wife of Wayne B. Richard, and at his side founded the family business, Ensley Apothecary, in 1958. After his death in 1982, she continued the legacy until its closing in 1998. We daughters and family will miss her desperately but we find great comfort in knowing she is now at peace. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Highland Memorial Gardens. The visitation will be from 5-7 PM Sunday at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home.
Lil Walls Gordon Robertson 
Class of 46
ROBERTSON, MRS. LIL WALLS GORDON, age 83, of Midfield, Alabama passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 in Douglasville, Georgia. She was born July 11, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama the daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Forrest Walls and Mrs. Alice Burgess Walls. She worked in the Medical Records Department of the Baptist Medical Center in Princeton for over 30 years. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church in Bessemer. For many years she did volunteer work in the gift shop of Lloyd Noland Hospital in Fairfield and volunteered for the Midfield Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Gordon; second husband, Frank Osborne; third husband, Clyde Robertson; and one infant son. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dr. Richard Kinsey of Douglasville; son and daughter-in-law, John Hilton Gordon and Pam Self Gordon of Texas; 3 grandchildren, Adrienne Gunselman and her husband David of Arley, AL, Kathryn Kinsey of San Francisco, and Robin Gordon of the University of Alabama; several step-children, nieces and nephews also survive. A private graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Crumly Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery at 336 Crumly Chapel Road, Birmingham, AL 35214. Messages of condolence to the family may be sent from www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Inc., Cremation Services and Memorial Gardens of Douglasville in charge of arrangements. 770-942-2311
Bill Hardin
Class of 67
HARDIN, BILL "PAW PAW", of Trussville, formerly of Hueytown, passed away April 2, 2011 after a most courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Preceded in death by his father, William Roy Hardin. Survived by his "Bride" of 41 years, Cindi Allen Hardin; sons, Scott Hardin and Corey Hardin (Laura); the three absolute delights of his life, Davis and Nathan Hardin and Luke Hardin; mother, Beatrice Hardin Walls (Gene); brother, Larry Hardin (Gail); sister, Valerie Franks (Keith); his dearly loved nieces and nephews; his great nieces and nephews; and his much devoted sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Served on the USS Coral Sea during the Vietnam War. He recently retired from AT&T after 39 years service. He had many special friends from Woodward Golf and Country Club, Trussville Golf and Country Club and Grayson Valley Country Club and Gwen Haynes Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Trussville. Very dear to his heart were the years he coached his sons, and his "twins" teams, and watching Davis and Nathan playing sports. He would like to be remembered as a man of great faith, always trusting in his Savior, and to us, he was the greatest "Paw Paw". His deep courage and faith made a tremendous impact on all who knew him. May his example of these virtues always remind us to "never give up". In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to March of Dimes for preemie's, in honor of our miracle preemie, Luke. Pancreatic research or the American Cancer Society . Visitation will be Monday April 4, from 5 - 7 pm. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm. at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers; Bobby Morris, Matt Mitchell, Joel Morris, Josh Beam, Tony Carpri and Keith Hager. Honorary pallbearers; Mike Lancaster, Steve Parsons, Brent Morris, Hank Fisher Chris Rigdon, Art Temples, Matt Herring, Mark Plunkett, David Crowe, Larry Oliver, and Phil Foster.
Freida Louise Cox Padgett
Class of 59

NORFOLK - On this day, Jan. 22, 2011 Frieda Louise Padgett entered the gates of heaven. When the Master called her she answered. She fought a four-year battle with a very ravenous cancer that slowly and painfully took over her body. She didn't give in to self-pity and very few times did a tear touch her cheek. She prayed for God to send her to the right doctors, nurses and new treatments. Through it all, she never lost her sense of humor and always lived her motto of "keep moving and doing."  Frieda was predeceased by her husband, Jack Padgett; her parents and brother.   Her main force in pushing herself was the great love she had for her precious family left to cherish her memory: her wonderful son, Shawn Padgett, his wife Mary and their children Jessica and Jack; her precious daughter, whom Frieda lived with the last four years of her life, Stephanie Santos, her husband David, and their children Madison and Matthew. Frieda never tired of being Meemaw, and knew how to get to every fun kids spot in the Tidewater area. Also left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Margaret Cox and husband John, Susan McPhate and husband Ted, along with many nieces, nephews and special friends.   There is no doubt in my mind that when Frieda entered the gates of heaven the Master said, "Well done my good and faithful servant, come unto me and I will give you rest and a wonderful everlasting life." The gates closed behind her and her new adventures have begun.   The family would like to give special thanks for the wonderful doctors, nurses and friends that helped care for her, especially Dr. Feliberti, her home care nurse Jodie Cuttle, and Sharon Dowell, her lifelong friend.   A memorial service will take place in Hollomon- Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, Monday at 7 p.m. where the family will remain until 9 p.m. to receive friends. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

Tommy Cox
Class of 54

COX, TOMMY L. age 74, of Birmingham, AL, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Tommy was a paper carrier for 60 years. He was also a Mason for the Powderly Lodge. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret (John) Kines of Bessemer, Frieda Padgett of Virginia and Susan (Ted) McPhate of Locust Fork. Memorial service will be held Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home.

Ronnie Pitts
Class of 65

PITTS, RONALD PAUL "RONNIE" (JVHS Class of ’65)  age 63, of Hoover, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2011. He was an active member of Shades Crest Baptist Church where he taught children's Sunday school for many years. He began his career at channel 42 television in Birmingham before going to Alabama Power Company where he retired after more than 24 years of service. He was employed by O'Neal Transportation for the past ten years. He was a hang-glider pilot, a member of the Amateur Radio Club and a member of the Dixie Railroad Museum. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He will be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his father Paul E. Pitts. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Theresa H. Pitts; son, Matthew R. Pitts; mother, Betty Sue Pitts; sister, Carol Pitts; brother, Terry Pitts; and his most beloved grand daughter, Harmony Grace Pitts. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 9 am until 11 am at the Shades Crest Baptist Church in Bluff Park with a memorial service to begin at 11 am. Graveside services will follow at noon at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. Dr. Dennis Foust officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Hospital, American Heart Association or Shade Crest Baptist Church.

Jane Brooks Butler
Class of
58

 

Brooks, Jane - 58.jpgBUTLER, JANE BROOKS (JVHS Class of 58),  Age 70, of Hueytown, AL, passed away February 2, 2011. She is survived by her son, Hugh Butler; daughter, Beth Butler; step-daughter, Kathy Barger (Donald); granddaughter, Karys Butler; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brothers, Tom Brooks and Clinton Brooks. Visitation will be Friday, February 4, 2011 from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. with funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery.

Jonathan Veasey
Class of
48

VEASEY, JONATHAN OBED, age 83, of Pleasant Grove, passed away Friday, January 28, 2011. Jon was born in Tarpley City, AL on August 22, 1928. After graduating from Jones Valley High in 1948, Jon served in the United States Air Force. He pitched in the Bessemer Amateur Baseball League. Preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Natha Deane Cofer Veasey; parents, Arthur and Velma Le Chien Veasey and sisters, Frances Pauline Holsenback and Marguarite Veasey. Jon is survived by his children: Becky Taylor of Nashville; David Veasey of Calera; Theresa Gottlieb of Nashville; Allan Veasey of Morris; grandchildren Thaddeus, Blake, Heather, Tara, Susannah, Jonathan (Alex) and Nicholas. Visitation January 30th 2-6 PM at Elmwood Chapel. Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 31 at 2 p.m. at Elmwood Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Johnny Pruitt
Class of 74

PRUITT, JR., JOHN F. age 56, of Bessemer, Alabama, passed away on January 9, 2011. He was preceded in death by his Father & Mother; John F. Pruitt, Sr. & Betty Ree Daughtery Pruitt. Survivors: wife of 37 years, Rhonda Leslie Pruitt; sons, Scott Pruitt (Lynn), Jason Pruitt (Ashley); sister, Donna Moore; brother, Shawn Wesley Pruitt; beloved grandchildren, Kaylee Petal Pruitt & John Thomas Surtees Pruitt; and a host of very close friends. Memorial services will be held at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 5:30 p.m. until service time.

 

Betty Sue Johnson
Class of 48

Johnson, Betty Sue, of Birmingham, AL passed away Saturday, December 11, 2010. Betty was born September 13, 1930 to Raliegh Sidney and Mamie Gwin Johnson in Cherokee County, Alabama. She was a member of Union Baptist Church in Lipscomb, AL and graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1948. She is preceded in death by her parents Raliegh S. Johnson and Mamie J. Dotson, her step-father James T. Dotson, brother Sidney Gwin Johnson, and niece Cynthia Ellen Johnson. She is survived by sisters Colleen Johnson Grider (Ken), and Norita Jones Cannon (Ed), nephews Gwin Johnson(Pam), Kenneth Tip Grider (Vickie), Michael Cannon and niece Beverly Grider Hawes (Bill). Services will be Tuesday, December 14 at Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Valhalla Cemetery. Visitation from 12 noon until 1:00 PM. Funeral service to follow at 1:00 PM. Pastor Dewey E. Mayfield officiating. The family would like to express a special thanks to Betty's wonderful friends and neighbors for their love and kindness during her illness. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741; Greater Birmingham Humane Society or American Cancer Society .

J.W. "Hank" Snow
Class of 59
   SNOW, JR., J.W. "HANK" age 71, of Hueytown passed away December 4, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for Merita Bakery for 34 years. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Linda Snow; daughter Beverly Snow; step-sons, Phillip Melton (Raquel) and Randy Melton (Katherine); and sisters-in-law, Jean Franks (Hershel) and Nell Eaton; and five step-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 12:00 noon at Elmwood Cemetery. Beverly Snow and Jean Franks will speak at the service. Family and friends will gather at Elmwood Chapel thirty minutes prior to service.
Coach Herbert Hanes
Faculty
 
HANES, HERBERT "HERB" BLANCHARD Herbert "Herb" Blanchard Hanes, passed away September 5, 2010, at the age of 83. He attended Minnie Holman Grammer School and was a graduate of Woodlawn High School. Herb was a World War II veteran serving in the Pacific and the Phillipines. He served in both the Merchant Marines and the Army. After his tour of duty he received his Bachelor degree from Howard College (now Samford University) and his Masters degree from Peabody University in Nashville, Tenn. Herb was a member of the Quarter Back Club, on the Board of Director of the Kenny Morgan Scholarship Foundation. The Herbert Hanes Foundation was established by the Ensley High School alumni Association to award scholarship to students who excelled in academic and sports. Herb was also a member of Canterbury united Methodist Church. Herb was preceded in death by his parents Momie Lee Holladay and George Elmer Hanes Sr.; brother George Elmer Hanes Jr.; sister Lucy Hanes Higginbotham; nephew Mark Everett Hanes and his wife Kim Hanes. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Melba Boner Hanes; daughter Amanda Leigh Hanes; sister in law Joanne Hanes of Marietta, Georgia; nieces Natasha, Julia, Maggie and Leah. The funeral service will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Ridout's Valley Chapel. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Herbert Hanes may be made to the Kenny Morgan Scholarship Foundation or the Herbert Hanes Scholarship Foundation. Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood, AL (205.879.3401).
James Donald Rittmann
Class of 63

Memorial service for Mr. James Donald “Jim” Rittmann, Jr., 65, of Rockford, will be Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church with Father Joseph Thekkethala officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Church social hall.
Mr. Rittmann passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Russell Medical Center. He was born on December 23, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to James Donald Rittmann, Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Wintter Ponder. He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, where he loved to sing. He owned Hatchett Creek Woodworks. He was highly involved with the Boy Scouts of America for almost 20 years. He was Scoutmaster of the Junior Leader Training Conference for 5 years. Mr. Rittmann enjoyed talking with friends and drinking coffee.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Martha Belshaw Rittmann of Rockford; sons, James Derwin Rittmann of Louisville, KY and John Wintter Rittmann of Calera; and sisters, Catherine Gilbert (Ed) of Katy, TX and Donna Rhoden of Calera.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America – Tukabatchee Area Council, 3067 Carter Hill Rd., Montgomery, AL 36111-0106 or to the Coosa County Science and Technology Center, Route 2 Box 52, Rockford, AL 35136.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family at
www.radneyfuneralhome.com.
Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Kathryn Deason Boteler Lacey
Class
of 43
LACEY, KATHRYN BOTELER 84, of Birmingham, AL went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Kathryn was a graduate of Jones Valley High School and Howard College. She owned Oak Hill Kindergarten for 7 years. After 20 years of service she retired from Southern Research Institute. Kathryn was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and was active until her death. She was preceded in death by her husbands Buddy Boteler and Robert Lacey. She is survived by her children Craig Boteler (Trina), Jasper, GA, Becky Smith (Jim), Lenoir City, TN, Barbara Foshee (Butch), Indian Springs, AL; grandchildren Catherine Smith, Kendra Giddens (Kevin), Kerri Courtley (Scott), Whitney Adams (Johnny), Alex Hughes, Callie Boteler, Heather Darling (Alan), Patrick Foshee; great grandchildren Sarah Kate Giddens, Elyana Courtley, Emma Darling. There will be a visitation on Friday, August 27, 2010 beginning at 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM with the services to follow at 11:00 AM at St. Mark United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mark United Methodist Church Youth Ministry, 2901 Columbiana Rd. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
Roy Lee Lamons
Class of 60

LAMONS, ROY LEE, (JVHS Class of ’60), age 68, of Hueytown, AL passed away August 20, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. His lifetime career consisted of many years as Greens keeper and Golf Course Superintendent with the state of Alabama, including Joe Wheeler State Park and Oak Mountain State Park, Frank House Golf Course and retiring from the City of Hueytown Parks and Recreation. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin E. Lamons and Ona Fletcher Lamons; brothers, Albert Lamons, Coy C. Lamons and L. B. Lamons; nieces, Donnis Carlee Borden, Kristin Popee Key; and great niece, Carlee Huffman. He is survived by his wife, Lannette Parker Lamons; his children, Tim Lamons of Hueytown, Jeff Lamons (Jennifer) of Trussville, Brian Lamons (Betsy) of Pelham, and Amanda Lamons Smith (Paul) of Hueytown; five grandchildren, Gracie Kate, Jackson, Benjamin, William and Mary Fran; brothers, Richard (Nick) Lamons of McCalla and Melvin Lamons of Hueytown; sisters, Wilda Lamons Mitchum of Columbia, SC and Shirley Lamons Carlee of Hueytown; several brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Roy was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. He was "Daddy," "Paw Paw" and "uncle Roy" and greatly loved by all. Roy loved his garden and Alabama Football, but his most favorite thing was watching his children and grandchildren play football, baseball and cheerleading. Funeral service will be Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10am at the funeral home with burial at Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Monday, August 23, 2010 from 5-7pm.

Kermit "Ralph" Stuckey
Class Unknown

STUCKEY, MR. KERMIT "RALPH" JR. 1933-2010 (JVHS graduation year unknown) Funeral service for Mr. Kermit "Ralph" Stuckey Jr., 76, of Eclectic, will be Monday, August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Mt. Hebron Church of Christ, 4530 Mt. Hebron Road, Eclectic, AL. He will lie in state for one hour prior to the service at the church. Minister Edwin Walker, Minister Tommy Colley and Minister Don Myers will officiate. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home. Mr. Stuckey passed away on Friday, August 20, 2010 at East Alabama Medical Center. He was born on October 23, 1933 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Kermit Samuel Stuckey and Helen Louise Rankin Stuckey. He was a very active member of Mt. Hebron Church of Christ. He was also very involved in his community, Kowaliga Retreat. He was very generous with his time and talents and would do anything for anyone in the community. He retired from US Steel and then became a bus driver for the Elmore County School System for 10 years. He faithfully served his country in the US Navy. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Martha Gilliland Mizzell Stuckey of Eclectic; children, Debra Adair Buttram of Bessemer, Kenneth Ralph Stuckey of Childersburg, Mike Mizzell (Jennie) of Goodwater, Pat Mann (Bobby) of Goodwater and Ed Mizzell (Gwen) of Birmingham; grandchildren, Haley Adair of Bessemer, Damien Adair of Bessemer, Mallory Stuckey of Childersburg, Madison Stuckey of Childersburg, Mike Mizzell of Alexander City, Tara Mann (Kris Josephson) of Wayland, MA, Brian Mann of Alexander City and Matthew Mizzell of Birmingham; great-grandchildren, Ian Josephson and Isaac Josephson, both of Wayland, MA and Austin Mizzell and Maggie Mizzell, both of Cordele, GA; siblings, Billy Joe Stuckey (Betty) of Bessemer, Sue Chandler of Fultondale and Lynn Stepke of Pahrump, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eva Ann Stuckey Bozeman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Mt. Hebron Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 240159, Eclectic, AL 36024. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com. Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

George Betros
Class of 56
BETROS, GEORGE NICHOLAS age 74 went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2010. George retired after 30 years of service with Alabama National Guard. He is survived by wife, Shirley McKinney Betros; son Michael G. Betros; daughter Tina Betros Hall; 4 Grandchildren; sister Chris Hopkins; sister-in-law Alice Barger Morrison; 4 Great Nephews; 4 Nieces; 2 Great Great Nephews; and numerous wonderful friends. Memorial Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010, 10:00AM, First Baptist Church of Pelham. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Jane Johnson
Class of 59
JOHNSON, JANE age 69, of McCalla, AL, passed away Monday, June 28, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Armster Christo "A.C." Browning, Jr.. She is survived by her husband, Otis Johnson; sons, Robert (Michelle) Browning and Jeff (Hope) Browning; grandchild, Lea Madison Browning; eight step-grandchildren; her brother, Glenn Davis; sister, Margaret Harmon; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 11:00 am with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Jerry N. Stokes
Class of 58
 
Jerry N. Stokes, age 62 of Houma, LA, a former resident of Birmingham, AL., passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002.  Mr. Stokes was a 1968 graduate of the University of Alabama and attended the University of Kentucky.  He was a member of the American Society of Metals and a member of the American Welding society.  He was a retired professional Metallurgical Engineer.  Funeral Services for Mr. Stokes will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 22, 202 at Angwin Mortuary Center's Birmingham Chapel with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens.  Reverand Jay Barrett will Officiate.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 21 from 1 P.M. until 4 P.M.  Mr. Stokes was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry E. Stokes and Jeannie Pruett Stokes.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Turner Stokes of Houma, LA;  daughters, Deirdre S. Stokes of Houma, LA, Kelly S. Dupeire of Jarreau, LA and Shannon S. Ramirez of Austin, TX; son Bart N. Stokes of Newport, OR; sister, Rebecca S. Goins of Ooltewah, TN;  brother J. Paul Stokes of Texarkana, TX; and grandchildren, Nicholas Dupeire and Marsha Dupeire and Marisa Ramirez.  Pallbearers will be Paul Stokes, Wayne Turner, Jim Turner, J.C. Goins, John Dupeire and Damiano Ramirez.  Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.  Angwin Mortuary Center's Birmingham Chapel directing.  ANGWIN MORTUARY CENTER, Birminahgm, AL, 205-781-3631
Marilyn Cox Belew
Class of 76

 

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BELEW, MARILYN COX, 52, of Westover, Al went to be with the lord on Monday, May 3, 2010. She is survived by her husband Andy; children Dennis and Andrea; brothers Floyd Cox Jr., Joe Cox, and Jason Cox; sister Becky Davis. There will be a visitation on Saturday, May 8, 2010 beginning at 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM with the celebration of life at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home.

Aileen Stovall Parr
Class of 30

PARR, AILEEN STOVALL Parr, Aileen Stovall, age 97, died on Friday April 23, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband T.T. Parr, her Father Lewis S. Stovall, her mother Omma Vandergrift Stovall and all of her 5 brothers and sisters. She is survived by one Sister-in-law Clara Stovall, nieces and nephews. Aileen was known for her love of people, especially at Brookhaven Methodist Church and in Powderly, AL where she and her husband owned Parr Grocery Store. She has spent the last 5 years at South Haven Nursing Home and we thank them for their love and kindness. We also wish to thank Comfort Care Hospice, how would we have done, it without you, you kept her comfortable when we couldn't. Thanks also to chaplain George Hill who prayed for her and with her. Graveside service will be Monday April 26, 2010 at 11:00 am at Elmwood Cemetery, with visitation 1 hour prior, at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel.

Carolyn Black Woods
Class of 51

WOODS, CAROLYN ANN BLACK, died on March 20, 2010. She was a resident of Fairhope, Alabama but spent most of her life in the Green Valley area of Hoover, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Woods, and her son, Mark Woods. She is survived by her oldest daughter, Karen Woods (Brian) McGuire of Granite Bay, California and their son, David and daughter, Alison. Carolyn is also survived by her youngest daughter, Lyn Woods (Charles) Carr, also a resident of Fairhope, Alabama and formerly of the Green Valley area of Hoover, Alabama and their children, Katelyn, Chase, Conley, Casey and Colby. Carolyn is also survived by her mother, Mary Louise Heaton of Birmingham, Alabama and brothers, Sherman (Pat) and Randy (Debbie) Heaton and sisters, Marilyn (Gene) Sellers and Myrna (Charles) Burleson. She will be remembered daily and missed by all of her many loving friends and family. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 2:00PM at the Mausoleum Chapel I of Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00PM until time of the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to your favorite charity. Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.

James Stephen Segrest
Class of 66 
SEGREST, James Stephen, 62, of Riverview, Fla., passed on April 1, 2010. He was born and raised in Lipscomb, Ala., and lived the rest of his life to the fullest in Tampa, where he had raised his family since 1988. He graduated from Jones Valley High School and went to Jeff State University in Birmingham, Ala. He was in the transportation business and last worked with Florida Tank Lines/Hyway Corp. He was preceded in death by his father, James "Jimmy" Segrest, and his loving grandaughter. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his mother, Marceline; daughters, Stephanie and Leah; sons-in-law, Tim and Robbie; grand-son, Tyler; great-grand-daughter, Jayden Brooke; sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Jerry; brother, Randy; and many loving nieces and nephews. Steve was a faithful, loving friend, father and son. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at EG Simmons Park in Ruskin. There is a $2 admission fee per car. Dress comfortably. "Roll Tide . 
Tommy McCarty
Class of 60
 
JonesValley > Class of 60 >  McCarty, Tommy

MCCARTY, THOMAS WILLIAM, born September 25th, 1942, died March 28th, 2010, after an extended illness. A resident of Clanton, AL, and formerly a long-time resident of Hueytown, AL, Mr. McCarty was originally from Birmingham. He was a graduate of Jones Valley High School, attended Howard College, and retired from J C Penny department store, and Ernest McCarty Ford. He was a member of Hueytown Baptist Church, a Mason and a Shriner, and an enthusiastic fan of Nascar and Alabama football. Tom was kind, loving, and generous. Mr. McCarty was predeceased by his parents, Ernest Lee McCarty, Sr., and Irene Shaw McCarty. Survivors include wife, Ann Till McCarty, of Clanton, daughter Dora Jo "Dodie" Lewis (Michael), of Hoover, and her children Amanda "Mandy" Gibbs (Kourey), and Matthew Lewis; stepdaughter Annette Carter and her son Shane Sammons, and her grandsons Christian and Joseph Sammons; stepson David Till; sisters Joyce McCarty Kirkley, of Guntersville, AL, Thelma McCarty O'Quinn (G. Brown), of Chesterfield, VA, and brother Ernest L. McCarty, Jr. (Edna), of Vestavia Hills, AL. Family and friends invited to visitation Thursday, April 1st, 2010 from 5:00PM to 8:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home Chapel, AL Highway 22 (1300 4th Ave. North), Clanton, with a memorial service on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at 11:00AM at the chapel, Rev. G. Brown O'Quinn officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Zamora Shrine Temple, Children's' Hospital Fund.

Jimmy Ray "Foots" Glasgow
Class of '51

> JonesValley > The Class of 51 >  Glasgow, JimmyGLASGOW, JIMMY RAY 1932 - 2010 Jimmy Ray Glasgow passed away March 15, 2010. With blessed assurance he is celebrating today in his Father's house. He died after a long battle with frontal lobe dementia. He was 77 years old. Jimmy was born in Heflin, Alabama on June 1, 1932, to Ralph and Vera Glasgow. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Joyce. Jimmy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irona; his son, Rusty; daughter, Gina; brother, Harold Glasgow (Carol); sister, Jeanene Lowery (Lamar). He also leaves several nieces and nephews. Jimmy cherished the many friends he had through his life but his extended family of Madge Glaze, Laura and Doug Mahle, Beanie and David Dwelle and Ophelia McCall meant so much to him. He had an especially close relationship with his adopted grandchildren, Terry Powers and Melisa Muslin. Terry spent hours with Jimmy in his workshop talking and drinking coffee. Jimmy graduated from Jones Valley High School. He attended the University of Alabama on a football scholarship before entering the US Air Force where he played service football. He continued his education at Jacksonville University where he excelled on the football team. He was selected to the All American Team and was later inducted into the Jacksonville University Football Hall of Fame. After college, he played football professionally. He lived in Pensacola for 46 years where he coached football and worked in the family business, Warrington Special Order Company. He coached at Warrington Junior High, Escambia High, Woodham High and retired as an Administrative Dean. Jimmy's last "thank you" would be to his care givers from Care First Hospice, Connie McDonald, Melisa Dixon, Mike Higgins and Linda Adams. They were wonderful and very caring to him. Visitation will be Friday, March 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Faith Chapel Funeral Home,100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola, Florida 32505. The funeral will follow at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Vaughn Stafford from St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama will be officiating. Immediately following the funeral service, all are invited to lunch at the Glasgow's home at 332 East Sunset Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32507. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to Fultondale United Methodist Church, Sanctuary Renovations, P. O. Box 123, Fultondale, Alabama 35068. This was Jimmy's home church and where his son, Rusty, is the pastor. Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Parkway, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be placed online @fcfhs.com

Coach Ernest Hardy
Faculty
1955-1965
HARDY, ERNEST A. "ANDY" ED.D. Ernest A. "Andy" Hardy, Ed.D., (known as "Coach Hardy" to many former students) passed away on February 27, 2010, aged 84 years, in Birmingham, Alabama, after a brief illness. He was born on May 5, 1925, in Wayne County, Michigan, to the late Ernest Adam and Caroline (née Klanowsky) Hardy. Dr. Hardy was preceded in death by an infant twin, Richard, brothers Alvin, Gary and Harold Hardy, sisters Olive Hardy, Ruth Reaville, and Mary Ellen Soulliere, and his first wife, Constance Joy Hardy (née Brown). Dr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Sarah Frances Hardy (née Holcombe); children Deborah Stone (and husband Terry), Richard Hardy, Michael Hardy, Daryl Hardy (and wife Jennifer) all of Birmingham; stepchildren Calvin Cox, of Cumming, Georgia, and Cheryl Russell (and husband Kevin) of Birmingham; grandchildren Nicole Ponce of Texas City, Texas, Dallas and Jason Russell of Birmingham, Grayson Glidewell of Birmingham, Sara and Julia Hardy of Birmingham, Jason Stone (and wife, Trina) of Mason City, Iowa, Lawren Stone (and wife, Julia) of Long Beach, California; sisters Irene Henning of Alanson, Michigan, and Delores Rankin of Pontiac, Michigan; brothers Marlin and Larry Hardy of Lewiston, Michigan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dr. Hardy was a veteran of World War II, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and was injured parachuting into the Ardennes Forest in France during the Battle of the Bulge. Dr. Hardy was a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a bachelor of sciences degree, as well as a graduate of the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) with a masters and a doctorate in Education. He served as a teacher at Sayre Junior High School and a teacher and coach Jones Valley High School in Birmingham. For many years, he coached Little League at Shades Mountain Ball Park in Birmingham. Later in his career, Dr. Hardy served as principal at Jackson Elementary School in Birmingham, and as Director of Research at the Birmingham Board of Education, retiring in 1995 with 47 years of service. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, and was a great fan of the Detroit Tigers baseball team, among others. He liked to travel with his grandkids and to visit with his family in Michigan. He was an avid and skilled Scrabble player. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 3, at 11 a.m., Pastor Julie Holly officiating, at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama. Interment will follow at Currie-Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Hoover, Alabama. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Discovery United Methodist Church, 5487 Stadium Trace Parkway, Hoover, Alabama, 35244 or to the Church of the Reconciler, 112 14th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203.
 
 
Clarence Milton Hodges
Class unknown

HODGES, CLARENCE MILTON "MILT", of Hoover, Alabama passed away on February 8th 2010 at the age of 88. He was a loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Millie. He is survived by one son, Porter. He was a varsity football player and graduate of Jones Valley High School. He attended Auburn University until the start of the World War II. He was a B-17 Pilot and 1st Lieutenant in the 490th Bomber Group during the war. Stationed in England, he successfully piloted 32 Combat Bombing Missions over Germany without losing his plane or his crew. He and his crew were hand picked by General Doolittle to personally fly Paul Tibbits back to the U.S. from the European Theater for Tibbit's to prepare for his mission in the Pacific Theater. He returned to Europe and flew relief missions over France and Germany for 3 additional months. His original Pilot logs are held in the Southern Museum of Flight. After the war, he returned to Auburn University and graduated in 1948 with a Bachelors' Degree in Civil Engineering and Land Surveying. He was employed with US Steel Corporation and headed various Engineering and Safety Divisions until he retired as the General Superintendent of Railroads and Material Handling after 40 years of service. He was a former member of Woodward Country Club and one of the original members of Hoover Country Club where he past served on the Board of Directors. He was an avid golfer with 3 holes-in-one. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. The family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care and especially thank his two care givers, Bennie Miller and Sharon Kendrick's, both of whom showed so much love, respect, and caring in his final years. One of his final requests was to have he and Millie's ashes spread together in a private spot that they picked out many years ago and requested that no memorial service be held.

Bobby Carr
Class of 46

CARR, ROBERT "BOBBY" MORROW, age 81, of Hueytown, AL, went home to be with his Lord Thursday, January 14, 2010. He was a member of The Baptist Church at McAdory and Woodward Golf and Country Club. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Carr graduated from Jones Valley High School, and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he was named to the "All Century Baseball Team". He went on to play professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians. He was a proud supporter of the University of Alabama Athletic Program. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Beth Carr; his daughters, Susan Harrison, Laura Anderson, Barbara (Doug) Walker and Amy Mink; his grandchildren, Angel, Beth, Hannah, Ryan, Karson, Cassidy and Holden; his great grandson, Trey and his nephew, Bobby Carr of Columbus, GA. Funeral Services will be held at The Baptist Church at McAdory Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Bill McCall officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, January 15, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the church. The family requests that Memorial Contributions be made to The Baptist Church at McAdory "Building Fund" or the Big Oak Ranch.

Beulah Miles Wilkerson Veitch
Class Unknown

VEITCH, BEULAH MILES WILKERSON Beulah Miles Wilkerson Veitch, 106, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 11, 2010. She was born, at home in Birmingham, on November 12, 1903 and is the daughter of the late John A. Miles and Maggie Patton Miles. She attended Jones Valley High School.  Beulah married John Ward Wilkerson in 1922, had four children and was widowed in 1941. In 1936 she accepted the Lord at a tent revival in Birmingham, led by Dr. Glenn V. Tingley of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination and later joined West End Alliance Church where she was a member for 50 years. In 1943, she married Joe C. Veitch and together they had a prison ministry at Kilby and Draper Prisons. She was head deaconess in the church and they entertained many missionaries in their home. Beulah loved to cook and was always busy cooking, cleaning or helping other people. She also had a green thumb and had a beautiful flower garden. In later years, she even found enough ground around her apartment to grow tomato plants and flowers and did so until the age of 97. She joined Hunter Street Baptist Church in 1992 and was a member of the Joy Friendship Sunday School Class until her death. Her crowning achievement was being a loving, mother and grandmother to her family. Her life produced a remarkable legacy of 4 children, 2 step-children, 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Gladys Craig (Dick) of Helena, Peggie Gaston (Wilbur) of Montevallo, step-daughter Mary Sorrell of Summerville, Fl, daughter-in-law Merrie Wilkerson of Powder Springs, GA. and two nieces, Doris Miller of Helena, and Elsie Hayes of Sylacaga. Her grandchildren, Lynda Brannon (Fred) of Hoover, Pam Thrasher (Randy) of Marietta, GA, Brenda Gant (Lloyd) of Townsend, TN, Britt Gaston (Melody) of Trenton, GA, Deborah McNamee (Mike), Sharon Pearson, JoAnne Cofer (Randy), Cheryl LaFontaine (Joe), all of Birmingham, and Donna Ratcliff of Summerville, Fl, Becky Hill (Gary) of Provo, Utah. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Ann Miles and Thelma Smith, and brother, Charlie Miles, her son, John Ward Wilkerson, Jr., daughter, Betty Campbell, step-daughter, Betty Jo Noel, granddaughter, Glenda Wells, grandson, Reggie Campbell and great-granddaughter, Erin Gaston. Funeral services will be held at Hunter Street Baptist Church in the Chapel on Friday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. with Dr. Buddy Gray, Rev. Chris Sullivan and Rev. Brom Cowser officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 before the service and burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to New Beacon Hospice to Lucy, David, Gayle, and Bev. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hunter Street Baptist Church, 2600 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL 35226.

 

Alvin Hugh Vick
Class of 58

JonesValley > Class of 58 >  Vick, Alvin

Funeral for Alvin Hugh Vick, 70, of Decatur will be Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Hoover and the Rev. Dr. Scotty Hogan officiating.  Burial will be in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one and a half hours prior to the service.  Mr. Vick, who died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Birmingham to Roy Douglas Vick and Ina Grady Vick.  He was a member of Westmeade Baptist Church. He was retired from General Electric.  He is survived by his wife, Walterene Jones Vick; one son, Michael Vick of Decatur; two sisters, Janet Atkins of Birmingham and Ann Liner of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one granddaughter, Savannah Vick of Decatur.  Pallbearers will be John Landers, Jackie Burney, Terry Steele, Brad Hamilton, Brad King and Rusty Smith.  In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to Alacare Hospice, Gideons International or Westmeade Baptist Church.

Billy Eugene McBrayer
Class of 47

JonesValley > The Class of 1947 >  McBrayer, Billy

MCBRAYER, BILLY EUGENE, passed away January 4, 2010.  He graduated from Jones Valley High School class of 1947,  a Korean War veteran, a member of Springville First United Methodist Church and a longtime member of West End Baptist Church. He enjoyed square dancing for many years with the Birmingham Solos, Eastern Wranglers, Kurly Q's, and Logan Martin Swingers, Campers and Dancers. He was retired from US Steel with 42 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mamie and Herman McBrayer. Services will be Thursday, January 7 at 2pm in the Chapel with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Visitation will be from 5 until 7pm Wednesday. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Verlie McBrayer; children, Richard E. "Ricky" (Donna) McBrayer, Thomas A. "Tommy" (Tamara) McBrayer, Donald F. "Don" (Autumn) McBrayer, Pamela McBrayer (Ramón) Arias; grandchildren, Staci Butler, Kevin McBrayer, Brooke and Jason Johnson, Brent and Jennifer McBrayer, Matthew Arias, Christopher Arias, Daniel Bahkle, Bruce Bahkle, Ben McBrayer, and Hannah McBrayer; great grandchildren, Madison Johnson, Rylie Johnson, Derrick Butler, Isabella Butler, and Colton McBrayer; stepchildren, Jim Hyatt, John and Susan Hyatt; and step-grandchildren, Michael Hyatt, Hayden Hyatt, and Kirsten Hyatt. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Springville First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.

Charles Hamilton Cunningham
Class of 64

JonesValley > Class of 64 >  Cunningham, CharlesCUNNINGHAM, CHARLES HAMILTON, age 63, of McCalla, AL, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 25, 2009. Charles was born on May 27, 1946 in Fairfield, AL. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969. His last year of service was in Vietnam. Charles was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and his church. He was married to the love of his life Sidera Elaine Patterson on April 9, 1974 for 35 years. Charles was a member of Loveless Park Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Travis and Dorothy Cunningham. Charles is survived by his wife, Sidera; children, John D. Ratliff (Barb), Jennifer E. Clark (Glynn) and Michael S. Sumerlin (Wendy); grandchildren, Andrew Ratliff, Matthew Ratliff, Kalee Slater, Kandice Ratliff, Kyle Ratliff, Zane Ratliff, Gracean Ritliff, Seth Sumerlin and Brandon Sumerlin; great-grandchildren, Lily, Poppy, Sweet Pea and Gabriel Ratliff; sister, Janet Berry (Craig); nieces and nephews, Amy Musgrove, Grant Berry, Ashley Smith and Abbey LeCroy. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Loveless Park Baptist Church with burial to follow in Hickman Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, December 28, 2009 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the church. Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cunningham family.

Wanda Wilbanks Miller
Class of 59

JonesValley > Class of 59 >  Wilbanks, Wanda

MILLER, MRS. WANDA K., age 69, of Huntsville, Alabama passed away December 7, 2009. She was a loving mother and grandmother who spent years with her husband working with the youth in the church and community. Mrs. Miller will be greatly missed by many but is celebrating with her Savior in Heaven .She was a member of Willowbrook Baptist Church. Receiving of the friends will be Wednesday at 2:30 PM at Elmwood Chapel, with funeral services at 3:30 PM and burial immediately following. Rev. Robert Gray of Oak Ridge, TN, will be officiating. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, George Miller; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Shelley Miller of Atlanta, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Traci and Jim McClanahan of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Chase, Madison and Alexis Miller of Atlanta, GA; and David and Kaylee McClanahan of Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law, Jean Wilbanks of Birmingham, AL; sister-in-law and husband Edna Erle and Ernest McCarty of Birmingham, AL; sister-in-law Maryann Miller of Virginia Beach, VA; and many nieces and nephews. Ms. Miller was preceded in death by sisters, Carol Pridgen and Mildred Bradley; brothers, Robert Wilbanks, Johnny Wilbanks, Henry Clark Wilbanks, Jr.