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Be My SV Valentine on February 13th!

We had a great time at lunch on February 13th at the Macaroni Grill in Vestavia. Visit our Facebook Page to see more photos.


Recent Obituaries

Craig Allen Jr.

Craig Allen(5/19/19) Craig Allen Jr. died on May 17th, 2019. He was 72 years old. Craig was proceeded in death by his parents Christine Headley Allen and Craig Allen Sr. He is survived by his wife Laurie Miller Allen, sons William Miller Allen (Bethy) and Christopher Craig Allen (Stacey) and brother, Charles Headley Allen ("Chip") (Elizabeth).

Craig was born in Birmingham on March 17th, 1947 and attended local schools including: Peter Pan Kindergarten, Crestline Elementary, Mountain Brook Elementary, Mountain Brook Jr. High School, and Shades Valley High School. He attended the University of Richmond, taking time off to attend Alabama National Guard training. Craig graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity.

Upon returning home from college, he became a member of the Bachelor's Club and the German Club. He married the former Laura (Laurie) V. Miller in 1977. Craig worked in his family business Willcox and Allen with partner Charles S. Willcox. Craig was a member of Independent Presbyterian Church, Mountain Brook Club, Newcomen Society, The Club, The Redstone Club, The Birmingham Rotary Club and various history related organizations. He enjoyed his hobbies of history, music, and vintage automobiles.

A private family service will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at Independent Presbyterian Church followed by a visitation at the church from 11-12pm. Memorials may be sent to: Independent Presbyterian Church, The Birmingham Historical Society and Birmingham Jefferson Historical Society.

Read the online obituary and Guestbook here.

Gabriella (Gay) Hansell Hulsey Lynn

Gay Hulsey(4/25/19) Our classmate Gay Hulsey Lynn passed away on April 24, 2019 after an extended illness. We will miss you Gay.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carl Duncan Hulsey and Mary Culp Hulsey and her beloved son, George Gambrill Lynn, Jr.. Gay is survived by her daughter, Hansell Lynn Boehme and her husband, Robert and their children Henry Sharpe, Charles Hulsey and Holman Gambrill Boehme and her longtime companion Morley Alexander, all of Birmingham. She is also survived by her brother, William Cary Hulsey and his wife Millie of Birmingham and her sister, Carla Hulsey Simmons of Jasper. She was the aunt of Carl Duncan Hulsey II, Marilyn Hulsey Dixon, Mary Simmons Evans and Lee Douglass Simmons Christoferson. Gay graduated from Shades Valley High School where she was a member of Theta Kappa Delta sorority in which she made many lifelong friends. She then graduated from The International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida and attended The New School in New York City. She was a past member of The Junior League of Birmingham and a longtime member of Time Step Studio. She was a member of the Mountain Brook Club. Gay had many friends and especially loved traveling and laughing with the DBDBB's. She was a longtime member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church where her parents were charter members.

A graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, April 27 2019 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden at The Birmingham Museum of Art (c/o RMGC Assistant Treasurer, 237 Richmar Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213) or to a charity of your choice.

Read the online obituary and Guestbook here.

Richard "Dick" Ireland Pigford

(4/3/19) Richard Ireland Pigford, known to everyone as "Dick" or "Dickie", passed away unexpectedly at home on March 31, 2019 at the age of 71. Dick was born May 4, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Joseph Harrison Pigford and Jeanne Ireland Pigford. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1970 aboard the U.S.S. Everglades. After his service he attended Auburn University and in 1974 graduated with a degree in Architecture. Following graduation, Dick and his wife, Dana, moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he began to pursue his career in Architecture. After passing the registration exam, he founded his own practice - Pigford & Carraway Architects which later became Highland Partners Architects. In 1995 he founded ArchitectureWorks and, through many years, his talent transformed places such as Highlands United Methodist Church, Independent Presbyterian Church, Camp Desoto, Pursell Farms, Indian Springs School, Birmingham-Southern College, Auburn University, St. Mary's on the Highlands, and Jones Valley Teaching Farm. His work spanned residential, commercial, educational, hospitality, and historic building types. . .

Dick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dana Bass Pigford; his son, Richard Ireland Pigford Jr. (Jay), daughter-in-law Courtney Birch Pigford, and grandchildren Harris Rhodes Pigford and Ella Ireland Pigford; brother, Joseph Harrison Pigford, Jr (Betty) and nephews, Scott Pigford (Anissa), Michael Pigford (Chrissie), Patrick Pigford; sister, Catherine Joan Pigford. The family is establishing a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham that will perpetuate Dick's lifetime service to community and philanthropy.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial gifts to the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham "In Memory of Richard Ireland Pigford". Memorial services will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Mary's on the Highlands, 1910 12th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205. Following the service all are invited to a celebration of Dick's life at SawWorks (ArchitectureWorks office) 130 Nineteenth Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233. Read the online obituary and Guestbook here.

Millard "Bud" Seale

(2/6/19) Mr. Millard "Bud" Seale, age 72, of Fultondale, AL was called home on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at U.A.B. in Gardendale. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; George and Florence Seale, sister; Margaret Blackmon, mother and father-in-law; John and Mary D. Giles, and brothers-in-law; John and Tommy Giles.

Mr. Seale is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years; Virginia Louise Giles Seale, one daughter; Debbie Seale Hepburn (Ricky) one son; William Seale (Connie), two grandchildren; Amanda B. Keith (Justin), and Dakota Seale, and two great-grandchildren; Xavier Smith and Paizlee Keith, three sisters; Carolyn Bibb, Marilyn Prator (Jimmy), and Deloris LaShum, and two brothers; James (Ann) and Floyd Seale, one sister-in-law; Jean Schor (Walter), a host of nieces and nephews, and his beloved pets; Prissy and Wiggles.

Affectionatley called "PawPaw" by his grandchildren, Millard was a loving family man and a strong provider, sometimes working two jobs when his children were younger, just to make sure that his family was happy. Bud was also well known in the south by his peers for the creation of the Sherworks spray equipment repair division of Sherwin-Williams.

Funeral Services were held in the chapel at Walker Chapel Funeral Home, Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 1:00 with burial immediately following in Walker Chapel Memorial Gardens. Read online obituary and Guestbook here


Group Photo of All 1949-96 Classmates

There will be a GROUP PHOTO of ALL Shades Valley High School classmates from 1949 to 1996 in Homewood on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11 am.

This photo is to honor the original Shades Valley High School location in Homewood. We would like to involve as many people as possible that attended Shades Valley in those years.

Make plans to be at the Shades Valley original location which is now the BB&T Shades Valley Corporate Office BEFORE 10:30 am. There will be signs directing you to your class. Just in case bring a bottle of water or a snack in case the photos take a while. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/287035918787636/ for more information.

 

Shades Valley 1963, 1964 and 1965 Reunion Committees Donate 1947 Architect's Drawing

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Pictured here are Bill Trotter '63, Debbie Davis Denson '65, Warren Bailes Cain '63,
Pierre Tourney '63, Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65, Shades Valley Principal Dr. Antjuan Marsh,
Avery Sloan '63, Marsha Currie Terrell '63 and Virginia Kelser Jones '64.

(4/19/18) In January 2017, Class of 1963 Webmaster Avery Sloan was searching for early photos of Shades Valley's old campus in Homewood and found a link on Google to an eBay ad for a framed drawing. He contacted the owner of the drawing, Rick Carter, and found that it was by the original architectural firm Van Keuren & Davis and dated 1947, two years before the school opened. Carter had found it in his aunt's attic when preparing for an estate sale at her house. He had no idea as to how his late aunt may have come to own the drawing. She was an RN at UAB Childrens' Hospital and had passed away the previous year.

Sloan then contacted several Shades Valley Reunion Committee chairpersons for whom he does work. Warren Bailes Cain '63, Lynne Epsman Cohen '64, Virginia Kelser Jones '64 and Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65 agreed to share the cost of the drawing restoration with the idea of donating it to the new Shades Valley. Virginia Jones took the drawing to Presentations, etc. Studio in Edgewood for restoration and reframing. After years in a hot attic, several air pockets developed between the drawing and its backing. The result is what was presented to the school on Friday, April 13, 2018, prior to the Class of 1963's "Combined" 55th Reunion celebration that included the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965. After the presentation, Dr. Antjuan Marsh, Principal at Shades Valley, conducted an hour long tour of the new campus for the committees.  See tour photos here.

Class of 1965's 70th Birthday Bash held on August 5th!

Over 100 classmates and guests attended our 70th Birthday Bash on August 5, 2017 at the Vestavia Country Club.  Photos are being assembled and will be posted here soon.  In the meantime. visit our Facebook page to see some of the pictures.

For more information, visit this page.

50th Reunion photos featured in al.com

We had a great article in Al.com on September 15th by writer Susan Strickland. She said she heard through the grapevine what a great reunion we had and wanted information and pictures. She included 15 of our pictures. Click on this link to see the pictures and article

Reunion Photos available for $20

If you want a large high resolution group picture or CD of the photos that the photographer took, contact Mae Coshatt at mcoshatt@charter.net. The group photo is $20, the CD is $20 or both together are $35.  OR, you can go to http://marvingentry.photoshelter.com/gallery/Shades-Valley-1965-Class-Reunion-8-15-2015/G0000Lk6uiPgUZuc/ to order any of the pictures (all or individuals). 

Senior Pages from Tower are now online


Senior Class Officers - Seated: Susan Atkins, Girls' Activity Chairman; Nan Tucker, Secretary; Louise Moody, Vice President. Standing: Bette McGibboney, Treasurer; Vecihi Basarin, Boys' Activity Chairman; Herbie Stiles, President; Susan Butler, Assistant Treasurer

(9/15/15) We are now posting updates to bios and contact information received after publication of the Tower 1965 50th Reunion Edition. Visit the Classmates Only section.

(8/11/15) A new Classmates Only section has been added.  It is password protected and you'll need the user name and password to access the pages there. In it you'll find PDFs of the 1965 Tower yearbook along with The new Tower 1965 50th Reunion Edition.

Help us find our Missing Mounties

Mountie iconWe've maintained the list of contact information from our 40th reunion celebration in 2005 and used it and recent updates to keep our new database current. A list of Missing & Found Classmates has been created and will be updated as we locate missing classmates.

By making an early start in 2014, we've made a lot of progess and our volunteers have used many tools, but still need your help. Please do what you can to help us find missing classmates and faculty members. Look at the lists to see who you may have information about, let us know, and also spread the word to your friends about our website. Email to reunion@svhs1965.com.


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Obituaries

The Class of 1965 mourns the recent passing of our classmates listed below. Visit the In Memoriam Page to read obituaries.

(5/19/19) Craig Allen Jr. died on May 17th, 2019. He was 72 years old. Craig was proceeded in death by his parents Christine Headley Allen and Craig Allen Sr. He is survived by his wife Laurie Miller Allen, sons William Miller Allen (Bethy) and Christopher Craig Allen (Stacey) and brother, Charles Headley Allen ("Chip") (Elizabeth).

Craig was born in Birmingham on March 17th, 1947 and attended local schools including: Peter Pan Kindergarten, Crestline Elementary, Mountain Brook Elementary, Mountain Brook Jr. High School, and Shades Valley High School. He attended the University of Richmond, taking time off to attend Alabama National Guard training. Craig graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity.

Upon returning home from college, he became a member of the Bachelor's Club and the German Club. He married the former Laura (Laurie) V. Miller in 1977. Craig worked in his family business Willcox and Allen with partner Charles S. Willcox. Craig was a member of Independent Presbyterian Church, Mountain Brook Club, Newcomen Society, The Club, The Redstone Club, The Birmingham Rotary Club and various history related organizations. He enjoyed his hobbies of history, music, and vintage automobiles.

(4/25/19) Our classmate Gay Hulsey Lynn passed away on April 24, 2019 after an extended illness. We will miss you Gay. She was predeceased by her parents, Carl Duncan Hulsey and Mary Culp Hulsey and her beloved son, George Gambrill Lynn, Jr.. Gay is survived by her daughter, Hansell Lynn Boehme and her husband, Robert and their children Henry Sharpe, Charles Hulsey and Holman Gambrill Boehme and her longtime companion Morley Alexander, all of Birmingham. She is also survived by her brother, William Cary Hulsey and his wife Millie of Birmingham and her sister, Carla Hulsey Simmons of Jasper.

(4/3/19) Richard Ireland Pigford, known to everyone as "Dick" or "Dickie", passed away unexpectedly at home on March 31, 2019 at the age of 71. Dick was born May 4, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Joseph Harrison Pigford and Jeanne Ireland Pigford. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1970 aboard the U.S.S. Everglades. After his service he attended Auburn University and in 1974 graduated with a degree in Architecture. Following graduation, Dick and his wife, Dana, moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he began to pursue his career in Architecture. After passing the registration exam, he founded his own practice - Pigford & Carraway Architects which later became Highland Partners Architects. In 1995 he founded ArchitectureWorks and, through many years, his talent transformed places such as Highlands United Methodist Church, Independent Presbyterian Church, Camp Desoto, Pursell Farms, Indian Springs School, Birmingham-Southern College, Auburn University, St. Mary's on the Highlands, and Jones Valley Teaching Farm. His work spanned residential, commercial, educational, hospitality, and historic building types. . .

(2/6/19) Mr. Millard "Bud" Seale, age 72, of Fultondale, AL was called home on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at U.A.B. in Gardendale. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; George and Florence Seale, sister; Margaret Blackmon, mother and father-in-law; John and Mary D. Giles, and brothers-in-law; John and Tommy Giles.

Mr. Seale is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years; Virginia Louise Giles Seale, one daughter; Debbie Seale Hepburn (Ricky) one son; William Seale (Connie), two grandchildren; Amanda B. Keith (Justin), and Dakota Seale, and two great-grandchildren; Xavier Smith and Paizlee Keith, three sisters; Carolyn Bibb, Marilyn Prator (Jimmy), and Deloris LaShum, and two brothers; James (Ann) and Floyd Seale, one sister-in-law; Jean Schor (Walter), a host of nieces and nephews, and his beloved pets; Prissy and Wiggles.

(11/14/18) Ralph E. Byram, a resident of Dothan, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at his residence. He was 71. . . .Mr. Byram was born January 29, 1947 in Irondale, Alabama and he lived the early years of his life there. Mr. Byram was a 1965 graduate of Shades Valley High School. He later graduated from Auburn University in 1969 and he was a member of the Army ROTC. Mr. Byram joined the United State Army and served with the Corp of Engineers during his military service. He worked with the Social Security office in Birmingham for twenty years prior to his retirement in 1995 and moved to Dothan in 2000. Mr. Byram was a whitewater raft enthusiast and traveled to rivers throughout the world to test his skills. His favorite river by far was the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Mr. Byram was a member of the Master Gardeners Association. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Byram; his sons, Charles (Melinda) Byram and Robert (Jamie Lynn) Byram; his grandchild, Claire Byram; his sister, Judith Graham; his nieces, Lisa Entrekin and Christy Alvis. Robert Byrd of Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home (334) 983-6604

(11/12/18) Dr. Alan Breslin Axelroth was born on March 30, 1947 and passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018. Dr. Axelroth was a resident of Inverness, Alabama at the time of passing. He also served his country in the United States Army. A graveside funeral service was held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL.

(9/26/18) Keith Petty - So many will miss our classmate Keith Petty who passed away on September 22, 2018. He was a great SV Mountie, had a heart of gold and the best smile. He loved his Eva, family, friends and we LOVED him! View Facebook photos HERE.

If you would like to make a donation in Keith's memory, his family told me how much he loved the Wounded Warriors Project

(8/6/18) Marjorie Anne "Margie" Weinstein -Margie passed away on July 31, 2018. She had a vivacious personality and was beautiful both inside and out. You knew when Margie was in the room and she was always the life of the party. A long-time teacher and former interior designer, Margie had a myriad of interests and talents. She was an avid gardener, amazing cook, and made beautiful hand-sewn dresses. She was a lover of folk music and art and had an affinity for antiques and her two adorable pugs, Harry and Sally. But her greatest achievement was that of a devout mother and her children, her greatest source of pride. Margie worked hard her entire life, was a self-described survivor. Even in the last decade as she suffered from dementia, she still managed to make others smile.

(6/23/18) James Calvin "JC" Rush  - JC Rush died at home Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, surrounded by family. JC, a lifelong resident of Birmingham, grew up in Cahaba Heights and attended Highlands United Methodist Church. He graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965 and was a 1969 graduate of Alabama College, which would become the University of Montevallo... The family will receive friends and remember JC on Tuesday, June 26th, at the House at Aldridge Gardens. Visitation will be from 3-6 with a short celebration service at 4. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in JC's memory to the Jimmy Hale Mission or Children's Hospital of Alabama.

(4/3/18) Michael Breed (70) took his last bicycle ride on the hills of Rocky Ridge on March 9, 2018. Michael, son of John T. and Louise Breed; brother of Roger (Marilyn), John (Melanie) and Brandon (deceased); father of Kenneth Breed (Ashley) and Breca Breed and grandfather to four wonderful grandchildren, embraced life with both hands and defined it on his own terms.

(3/6/18) Robert Craig Fulford  - So sorry to say goodbye to another classmate, Craig Fulford who passed away on March 2, 2018.

(2/9/18) Hugh Quinton Gibbs, III passed away at home in Los Angeles, California on January 5th, 2018. A forty year resident of southern California, he was a physician's assistant who served as the long-time director of Occupational Health Care at the University of California at Los Angeles and spent much of his retirement in pain management consulting. In his last year he was in the care of the head of the liver unit at UCLA. His passing was sudden and unexpected, finally succumbing to liver disease. He was well until the last months of his life. Predeceased by his parents Hugh Quinton Jr. and June Essberg Gibbs, he is survived by his two brothers, Brad Gibbs of Charleston, South Carolina, Charles Gibbs, of Birmingham, and his nephews. He was cremated in Los Angeles and returned to his family in Alabama. Services will be private. The family, at his request, will spread his ashes in the places he loved as he grew up. And he'll be missed by a wide community of friends and brothers.

(10/30/17) Richard Larry "Rick" Gorman, 72, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with Rev. Allan Murphy, a longtime friend and pastor of North Shelby Baptist Church in Birmingham officiating.

(8/15/17) Robert C. Norvich passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Monday, February 13, 2017. Robert and his wife recently moved from Codvallis, OR to Ashland, OR where he was a Psychiatrist in nearby Medford. He is survived by his wife, Nikki Miller and their two sons, Blake and Chase. Nkki said that she would love to hear from Robert's friends. Her address is 11099 Corps Ranch Road, Ashland, Oregon 97520, email nicolig@mad.com and telephone (541) 207-8877.

(5/8/17) Don Wood who passed away on May 4, 2017 in Birmingham. According to Mae Coshatt, "Don had several medical issues as well as cancer. I spoke with Don a few months before our 50th Reunion and expressed to him how much we wanted him to attend. He was feeling ill at that time and was unable to come. Don is survived by his two children, grandchildren and a sister. There will not be a service at this time but possibly a memorial in October."

(12/24/16) Bobby Wilkins who passed away on December 18, 2016..

(12/24/16) Vic Stark who passed away on December 3, 2016.

(12/30/15) Larry Deagon, former band director and teacher who passed away on December 28, 2015 in Birmingham.

(8/2/15) Missy (Denton) Wooldridge who passed away on July 31, 2015.

(7/31/15) Lee Whitmire who passed away on July 9, 2015.

(6/20/15) Peggy Ann (Little) Mitchell who passed away on May 17, 2015.

(6/11/15) Larry Pennington who passed away on June 2, 2015.

(5/18/15) Drucilla Ann Rochester who passed away on May 15, 2015.

(3/17/15) Lucile (Cook) Orr who passed away on March 12, 2015.

(2/14/15) William Lee "Bill" Legg, longtime Shades Valley coach and teacher who passed away on February 13, 2015.

(1/28/15) Tim Perry on December 31, 2014, David McLeod on December 16, 2014, and Nicky Pounds on December 13, 2014. We also learned recently that Partha "Pat" (Wells) Terrell passed away on November 8, 2014 in Frisco, Texas, and former faculty member Herbert Peyton "Herb" Walker passed away in Huntsville, Alabama on November 19, 2014.

Send us your photos!

flatbed scannerAlong with providing 50th Reunion information, our photo Gallery Pages give a look back at previous reunions (we have none for the 10th) and school activities way back when, and the Links Page should be of interest to everyone. You can help by contributing to these pages. Start now - scan your old high school photos and email to reunion@svhs1965.com. Please keep the size to 640 x 480 / 100dpi max resolution, and try to include the names for captions and approximate dates and descriptions.

Bookmark us and spread the word

We'll be posting news and announcements here as things develop. The coming months are going to be very interesting and exciting as we plan and announce reunion events and make contact with old friends and classmates. Occasions such as a 50th reunion come around only once and we're going to make this one very special. So, add our address to your Favorites or Bookmarks and tell your classmate friends, too. Please email your comments or suggestions to us at reunion@svhs1965.com.

Important: Our official site is free to use

There are several commercial Internet sites that, among other things, provide classmate and reunion information for schools and colleges all over the country. Classmates.com is one of the well known ones and many SVHS alums enjoy using the free and paid subscription services there. If you see any references to The SVHS Class of 1965 Reunion on any of these sites, please make certain that they are showing the link to our official site - svhs1965.com - and not asking you to register, RSVP, subscribe or pay a fee to get information. You do not need to register or subscribe to any of these commercial websites in order to get information about our reunion. Do not RSVP on any of these sites. Your Reunion Committee will have our own reservations procedure in place and will coordinate any listings and announcements on these commercial websites should the need arise. Bookmark our site - svhs1965.com and make us your source of official information.

     - Mae Bayliss Coshatt / Reunion Committee


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