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Family, friends and residents at the dedication to Richard "Dick" Pigford in the Kingston Teaching Farm
(Ameera Steward, The Birmingham Times)

 

Kingston Teaching Farm Renamed in Memory of Richard "Dick" Pigford

By Ameera Steward
The Birmingham Times

(August 8, 2019) Following a moving ceremony in Kingston attended by family, friends and members from some of the city's leading organizations, the legacy of architect Richard I. Pigford, also known as "Dick," will live for generations.

On Wednesday, the Kingston Teaching Farm located on Center Street North was renamed the "Richard Ireland Pigford Memorial Kingston Teaching Farm" in memory of Mr. Pigford, a Kingston Coalition charter member, who passed March 31 of this year.

"Communities were so important to him," said his wife, Dana. "He loved Birmingham, he loved this area, the people that he worked with here he had a great fondness for … going forward this could be the structure to help other communities that are at risk and even those communities that aren't at risk, teaching them how to come together." (Read more . . .)

Lunch at The Cajun Seafood House - July 17, 2019

What a fun day at Cajun Seafood House, 2531 Rocky Ridge Road, on Wednesday, Wednesday, July 17th! These lunches just get better and better! Thank you to everyone that came! Many thanks to Cajun Seafood House for putting up with us old Mounties!

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The early arrivals for lunch.



Recent Obituaries

We are sad to report the passing of our classmates listed below. Visit the In Memoriam Page for a complete list and many available archived obituary announcements.

Harry Leon McCarter

(4/11/21) Another wonderful classmate has left us. Harry McCarter was such a good friend to everyone he met. He was always kind and doing good things that no one knew about. At our 50th Reunion, Harry donated ALL of the red and black Reunion pens that each attendee received in their packet. It is actually my favorite pen. He would not let me tell anyone. He just wanted to give a gift to each of you. Harry was special. We will miss you Harry. We send blessings and love to Denise and family.
  - Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65

Lt. Col. Harry Leon McCarter
Harry was a Christian and a longtime resident of Southside. He departed this beautiful life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Harry was born in Birmingham and was a 1965 graduate of Shades Valley High School. While attending Jacksonville State University he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was called to active duty during the Vietnam War and continued to serve his country for an additional 34 years.

He was also known as a pioneer within the Air Traffic Control (ATC) community. After serving in ATC for 26 years, he was assigned as squadron commander of the 225th Combat Communications Squadron at Martin Air National Guard Station in Gadsden. Lt. Col. McCarter served with honors throughout his military career. He was awarded numerous medals and continuously recognized for outstanding achievements.

After retirement from active duty, he was a dedicated member of the Coosa Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America serving as a board member and past president. He also served as a board member and former chairman of the Gadsden Etowah Patriots Association. He was selected as the Patriot of the Year and inducted into the Gadsden Hall of Honor in 2007. Lt. Col. McCarter loved entertaining his grandkids, watching Alabama football, and loved life to the fullest. If he were able, he would tell all his friends and comrades thank you for your service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lillie Mae McCarter; and parents-in-law, Henry and Stella Lambert. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Denise; his son Brian Spann (Sandy); daughters Marian Lorimer (Bill), Erica Jones (Daniel), and Christina Cantey (Thomas); and blessed with 12 wonderful grandchildren: Christopher, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Bryson, Daniel, Maegan, Violet, Lily, William, Waring, Harry, and Teige. He is survived by his sisters, Jane Nichols (Daniel) and Sherry Broussard; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held at 2pm Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Williams Southside Funeral Home (in Gadsden). Bro. Lauil Thompson will officiate. Burial will be at Williams Southside Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1pm until time of service. Face masks are required during the entire day. The family appreciates the showing of kindness during this difficult time, but asks all guests to avoid close contact due to the pandemic.

View obituary and online guestbook here - https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gadsdentimes/obituary.aspx?n=harry-l-mccarter&pid=198321249

Rolla Earl "Reb" Beck, III

(3/8/21) Rolla Earl Beck, III, "Reb" to his friends, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on March 6th, 2021. Reb was born in Birmingham, Ala., on October 19, 1947, to Rolla Earl Beck, Jr., and Sarah Alice Wright Beck.

Reb graduated Shades Valley High School in 1965. In 1969 he graduated from the University of Alabama with a business degree and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and the ROTC program. He received a juris doctorate from The University in 1972. Mr. Beck discovered manufacturing and sales to be preferable to law and went to work for his father at Beck Sales shortly after passing the Alabama bar.

In 1986, Reb founded Utility Specialists, Inc., from his kitchen table and employed dozens of people over the next 35 years. When not closing deals, Reb could often be found on his boat alongside his beautiful wife, Diane, married in 1999. Many a memorable trip began from the dock of the Lake Guntersville Yacht Club.

Diane survives him along with his children, Daniel (Lyndall) Beck, Laura Beck (Jeremy) Carlson and Matthew (Darlene) Beck; his sister Sarah Beck (Gary) Grace; brother Murray (Diane) Beck; and grandchildren Ann Wright and Alice Carlson; and Boyd and William Beck.

Reb's infectious laughter and spirited love of Alabama football endeared him to many. He loved live music and was a member of the Magic City Blues Society. Reb loved being of service to others; he volunteered for the Red Cross and was a deacon and an elder at Independent Presbyterian Church.

He wished to thank his team of dedicated caregivers, who were by his side in his final weeks. A family man of deep faith with an ever present smile, he will be remembered as a great father, cheerful Poppy to his grandchildren, devout Christian and social butterfly who showed his love through generosity.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, March 10th at 2 p.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church. Due to covid restrictions and in the interest of everyone's well being there will be a limited number of people allowed inside the church. You must be registered prior to arrival. If you plan to attend please sign up at this link: https://ipcbirmingham.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/6a1d035e-ade9-47bb-9cfc-99e0bb7f7e18. A livestream for the service may be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8RUu72hyxNWXO_Ul6OOXZA/live. Private graveside services for family only will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club or a charity of your choice.

View obituary and online guestbook here https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/rolla-beck-obituary?pid=197958524.

Carol (King) Starling

(2/21/21) Carol King Starling, age 73, passed away on Jan. 4, 2021 where she lived in Kansas City, Kansas.

She was born in 1947 in Anniston, Alabama to the late Dr. Don E. King and Janice M. King. She grew up in Mountain Brook and graduated from Shades Valley High School and then the University of Alabama. Carol received her doctorate in nursing and taught nursing at UAB and the University of Kansas. She married Conley Starling and spent most of her adult life in Kansas City.

She is survived by Conley, their son Keith Starling, granddaughter Paisley Starling; also brothers, Don King (Mary), Charlie King (Debbie), Bob King (Sue), Chris King (Adrienne), sister, Martha Fulghum (Bob), stepmother, Janet King and many nieces and nephews. Carol had a quick wit and a ready smile. She was very loving and so loved by many.

A private celebration of life will be held later this spring for her immediate family members. If you wish to honor her memory, please make any donations to UAB School of Nursing or UAB Hospital. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

Published in The Birmingham News from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.  View online obituary and guestbook here.</p>

Denise Anne (Crow) Andrews

(2/4/21) We learned today from Warren Andrews, that his wife Denise Crow Andrews passed away in August, 2018. Our belated sympathy is extended to him and their family.

(9/1/18) Denise Crow Andrews, of Mountain Brook, AL, passed away on August 29, 2018 at home surrounded by the love of her family. She was born January 17, 1948 and was raised in Mountain Brook, AL, the second of four sisters. She graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965 and attended the University of Alabama and Samford University, graduating in Elementary Education. Denise married Walter Andrews, her high school sweetheart, and together they raised three sons. Her family and friends were her greatest joy and bringing people together for shared celebrations was a gift she gave to all who loved her.

Denise approached life with enthusiasm, and found deep satisfaction in serving her community, family and church. She was a long time member of Mountain Brook Baptist, where she loved teaching and attending Sunday School. She worked to support youth sports programs in Mountain Brook and participated in the Service Guild. She was always eager to try new things and loved noticing and sharing beauty with those around her. She had the support of a loving family and many friends during her brave battle with lung cancer for over nine years. (More . . . )

Linda "Lin" Elizabeth (Griffin) Halbrooks

(1/31/21) Classmates, this is a heartbreaking post for me to make.

Lin Griffin Halbrooks SV'65 and her brother Kirk Griffin have succumbed to the affects of Covid. Kirk Addison Griffin, born in 1943 and a Shades Valley graduate, passed away on January 12, 2021 followed by Lin on January 31, 2021. Lin is in the center of this picture and her brother Kirk is to her left.

Griffin FamilyLin was our Reunion Treasurer for ALL of our events. She was so particular about every penny and I LOVED that about her. I knew she would be that way so when I took over the Reunion Committee decades ago, the first thing I did was ask Lin to be Treasurer. She was very hard working and took care of SO many details. I told her many times how much she was appreciated. This link - https://kirkandlin.com/ - is to a blog that was written by her oldest daughter, Libby, during these difficult days. Pictured left to right is Burgin Vernon, her youngest; Libby Glisson, her oldest; Kirk, her brother; Lin; Bill, her husband and Maggie Stroffregen, her middle child.

I have been praying for this entire family for a month. I wish things had been different but God's plan takes precedence. Lin was my neighbor years ago, our committee member and one of her daughters is my neighbor now. This has been a difficult time for all of us. There are lots of our classmates that are Lin's closest friends, bridge and lunch group. May God bless and comfort the family, friends and everyone who is touched by this. WE LOVE YOU LIN, family and friends!
  - Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65

View online obituary and guestbook here.
Due to current COVID restrictions, on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11:00am, a family-only limited service with LIVESTREAM (beginning at 10:50 am was held at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Replay can be seen at https://player.streammonkey.com/5dbc3190472cf.

Schuyler Allen Bradley Baker, Jr.

(10/29/20) Schuyler Allen Bradley Baker, Jr. of Birmingham passed away on October 28, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Allen was born on September 1, 1947, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and grew up in Birmingham. Allen graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965, the University of Alabama in 1969, and Cumberland School of Law in 1973. He was a partner for Balch & Bingham for nearly 50 years and served as the firm's general counsel. He married Patty Wilson in 1974 and raised their 4 children in Birmingham.

He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, spending his free time with his family at Lake Martin and in Cashiers, NC. He was widely known as "Big Al" and loved telling ghost stories and creating fun adventures for his grandchildren. He served as coach, commissioner, and chairman of Mountain Brook Athletics and coached many of his children's sports teams throughout the years. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies in the Chiselers dogfight at the Country Club of Birmingham. He was a long-time member of Canterbury United Methodist Church and the Crawford Owen Sunday School class. Allen served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent's Foundation and was a former president of The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society of Alabama and Northwest Florida. He was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. Allen was also a member, president, and king of the Beaux Arts Krewe.

He was a fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers, and served on the American Board of Trial Advocates and on the Advisory Board of the Cumberland School of Law. He also served as a long-time House Corp Chairman of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Alabama. He is survived by his wife, Patty; four children: Brad Baker (Sally), Will Baker (Susannah), Mike Baker (Laura), Sally Woods (Patrick); 11 grandchildren: Maggie Baker, Allen Baker, Kathryn Baker, Wilson Baker, Eliza Baker, Annie Baker, James Baker, Caroline Baker, Charlie Baker, Schuyler Woods, Walker Woods; his sister, Katie Lasker (Jim) and sisters-in-law, Cindy Baker and Peggy Pate (Bill). He is preceded in death by his parents Schuyler & Kathryn Baker; his brother, Stephen Baker; and infant grandson, William Woods.

A limited seating memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on October 31 at Canterbury United Methodist Church and streamed online at www.canterburyumc.org/funerals. There will be a drive-thru visitation at the church beginning at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213 or the Bruno Cancer Center/St. Vincent's Foundation at www.stvhs.com/philanthropy/give or 1130 22nd Street South, Ste 1000, Birmingham, AL 35205. Read the online obituary and guestbook here.

Norma Gayle (Anderton) Jones

(7/18/20) On Wednesday, July 15th, the loved Norma Gayle Anderton Jones went to sing with the Lord's Angels the way only she could: loud for everyone to hear.

A devoted wife, a loving daughter, supportive sister and the most gracious and caring mother and grandmother lost her fight against cancer that she has fiercely battled for almost two decades. A cancer so rare and "uncommon" that in 2014 she was the recipient as the yearly "Uncommon Action" award. An award that is presented to the person that "has gone above and beyond in volunteering to advance the mission and serve the chordoma community". An action that illustrates just how strong she was to not just overcome such a disease, not once but twice, but to also join the fight against such a terrible illness.

Norma was born October 17, 1947 in Hartselle, AL as the first child to Norman and Mary Anderton. She grew up one of three siblings. Upon graduating High School at Shades Valley, she embarked on her collegiate career to The University of Alabama. In Tuscaloosa she found the people that would define her life for years to come. First her roommate and best friend Karen Campbell who she shared many adventures. Then her sisters and forever friends in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Every year she talked about and looked forward to the annual reunion. Lastly, through Karen, she met Tom Jones from Valley Head.

Tom and Norma were married May 31st of 1969, and after a road trip Honeymoon to Daytona Beach, began 51 years of marriage. They had three children, and all were loved and cared for by the most compassionate mother one could hope to find. Her love and devotion to her family was unwavering.

For those that know Norma, she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, compassion, her strong will, her love of travel, hiking, the beautiful rose bushes around the pool, her bridge group, the opera like voice, and one that would always be there ready to talk through all of life's challenges. To her family, she will always be the loving wife that was there with nurse like care and compassion, the trips to Hawaii and gentle reminders of how much she cared. The mother that would always be there to listen or give advice. The "Nana" that would spoil and shower her grandkids the way only she could.

Norma, Wife, Mom, and Nana: we all miss you, but you will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Norma was preceded in death by her father Norman Anderton and her second son Michael Jones. She is survived by her husband Tom Jones of Valley Head. Her son Thomas (Ellen) Jones and granddaughter Nora Jones all of Greenwood, SC. Her daughter Marianne (Lamar) Jester and grandchildren Allison, Trip and Rebecca Jester all of Homewood, AL. Her mother Mary Anderton of Vestavia, AL, brother Keith (Francis) Anderton of Vienna Austria, sister Mary Ann Clover of St. George, UT, nieces & nephews Ellen, Alexandria and Liam.

Serving as pallbearers will be Pat Taylor, Sterling Franks, Bob Thomas, Larry Hooks, Robert Wilson and Sid Jones.

The Family requests no flowers, instead please make contributions to the Norma Anderton Jones & Michael Norman Jones UA DeKalb BAMA Club Memorial Scholarship. Send the contributions to: National Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 861928, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486 (Attn. Deborah Parr). Make checks payable to "Alumni Fund".
Date of Funeral: Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Valley Head Cemetery, Funeral Time: Graveside Service at 11 a.m.,Officiating: Rev. William Dexter Bender

William Robert "Bob" Merrill

(6/13/20) After two decades of fighting Parkinson's disease, Bob Merrill (73) of Auburn passed away at home the afternoon of June, 11th leaving behind his beloved nurse and head cheerleader, Barbara Burns Merrill, his wife of 38 years. . . .

Born in Mobile, Bob grew up in Anniston and Birmingham -- where his fondest memories were of playing football at Homewood Jr. High and Shades Valley High School -- where he met his wife. Following in his father's footsteps, he attended the University of Alabama where he was an early member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Bob earned his bachelor's degree in education (1969) and a Master of Public Administration (1972). He was preceded in death by his parents Desmond and Elizabeth Merrill. He is survived by his brothers Tommy Merrill of Birmingham and Buddy Merrill of Auburn. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the missions of First United Methodist Church of Opelika, 702 Avenue A, Opelika AL. Read the online obituary and guest book here

Marilyn "Mikki" Alice (Miller) Satterfield

(5/17/20) Marilyn "Mikki" Alice (Miller) Satterfield age 72, of Ocean Springs, (MS) passed away, Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Marilyn, first and foremost, was a Christ follower and that influenced every other aspect of her life as wife, mother, teacher, and friend. She had a special calling to love and serve the disenfranchised and influenced countless lives in doing so. She enjoyed church fellowship and ministry, gardening, painting, and Bible study. To her it was little things that were important, not the big things. She leaves behind a legacy of the impact she had on the lives of those around her. Her view of life was: Love God, love one another, and be kind.

She was born October 25, 1947, in Hopkinsville, KY and married to Paul Parsons Satterfield March 15, 1974.

She attended Shades Valley High School, Birmingham, AL, 1965; Auburn University, Auburn AL; and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, 2005. She was employed by Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN, as a Teacher and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, as an Adjunct Professor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Parsons Satterfield and her parents, Henry and Martha (Meriwether) Miller.

She is survived by her children, Evan North (Angela) Satterfield of Murfreesboro, TN, and Emily Tyer Satterfield of Ocean Springs, MS; her grandchildren, Jackson, Sophia, and Samson Satterfield of Murfreesboro, TN; and her brother, Henry Ross (Norene) Miller.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Marilyn to First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs, "Helping Hands Ministry" 921 Ocean Avenue, Ocean Springs MS 39564 or www.fpcosms.com.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, West Jackson County is serving the family. Read the online obituary and guestbook here.

Calvin (Vin) Argyll Campbell

(4/20/20) Vin Campbell, SVHS'65 passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, of Covid-19 at UAB in Birmingham. Vin's ashes will be interred June 6, 2020 with his parents ashes in the Memory Garden at All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood with a private family gathering. The ceremony will be available on Facebook live. Calvin had a special love for Alabama's lakes, rivers and streams. Read the online obituary and guestbook here - https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/birmingham-al/calvin-campbell-9136777

The following is a post made by his daughter Catherine the night before:

How do you spend the last night with your dad during the pandemic when you can't be together physically?
With the help of generous friends with connections (Cam Ho) you send special things to his room, like Holy water from Lourdes (Lupita Bilbao), a candle, and love letters from my family.
You keep vigil in the night with a matching LED votive candle in his room and in mine, to bring light into the darkness. You have a nurse play his special music playlist of songs for all night long and listen to it side by side with him in the night. This is the closest I can get to being in the same space with him, where we can listen to the same songs at the same time.
You also offer special prayers to prepare him for today. Prayers that fortify, comfort and bring us peace. Prayers to hold my family, my siblings, Susan, and all those that love Calvin. Prayers of gratitude for all the blessings we have received, for the medical care team, and kind words, messages, love and light sent by friends, family and even strangers near and far.
And you cry. A lot. (More...)


Other News

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 (2014 to present)

We are sad to report the passing of our classmates listed below. Visit the In Memoriam Page for a complete list and many available archived obituary announcements.

(4/11/21) Harry Leon McCarter - Harry was a Christian and a longtime resident of Southside, AL near Gadsden. He departed this beautiful life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

(3/8/21) Rolla Earl Beck, III, "Reb" to his friends, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on March 6th, 2021.

(2/21/21) Carol King Starling, age 73, passed away on Jan. 4, 2021 where she lived in Kansas City Kansas.

(2/4/21) Denise Anne (Crow) Andrews  - Denise (Crow) Andrews passed away on August 29, 2018, after a nine-year battle with lung cancer.

(2/2/21) Linda "Lin" Elizabeth (Griffin) Halbrooks passed away on January 31, 2021 from COVID-19.

(10/29/20) Schuyler Allen Bradley Baker, Jr. of Birmingham passed away on October 28, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

(7/18/20) Norma Gayle (Anderton) Jones  - On July 15, 2020, Norma lost her fight against cancer that she has fiercely battled for almost two decades.

(6/13/20) William Robert "Bob" Merrill - After two decades of fighting Parkinson's disease, Bob Merrill (73) of Auburn passed away at home the afternoon of June 11, 2020 leaving behind his beloved nurse and head cheerleader, Barbara Burns Merrill, his wife of 38 years.

(5/17/20) Marilyn "Mikki" Alice (Miller) Satterfield age 72, of Ocean Springs, (MS) passed away, Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

(4/20/20) Calvin (Vin) Argyll Campbell passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, of COVID-19 at UAB in Birmingham.

(11/9/19) Robert "Bobby" Ervin Luckie III, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

(9/30/19) Dorothy C. Siegel, beloved Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toledo for 33 years, died at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

(5/19/19) Craig Allen Jr. died on May 17th, 2019.

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

(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

(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.

(11/14/18) Ralph E. Byram, a resident of Dothan, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at his residence

(11/12/18) Dr. Alan Breslin Axelroth was born on March 30, 1947 and passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018

(9/26/18) Keith Petty - So many will miss our classmate Keith Petty who passed away on September 22, 2018. 

(8/6/18) Marjorie Anne "Margie" Weinstein -Margie passed away on July 31, 2018.

(6/23/18) James Calvin "JC" Rush  - JC Rush died at home Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, surrounded by family.

(4/3/18) Michael Breed (70) took his last bicycle ride on the hills of Rocky Ridge on March 9, 2018.

(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.

(10/30/17) Richard Larry "Rick" Gorman, 72, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.

(8/15/17) Robert C. Norvich passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Monday, February 13, 2017.

(5/8/17) Don Wood who passed away on May 4, 2017 in Birmingham.

(3/3/17) Samuel Ledbetter McDavid passed away surrounded by his wife, children and close family on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

(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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