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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 (updated 10/27/23)

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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.

Johnny Leonard Owsley, Sr.

(10/27/23) Mr. Johnny Leonard Owsley, Sr., age 76, of Vernon, AL, passed away Friday, October 20, 2023, at his residence surrounded by family and friends.

Mr. Owsley was born on December 22, 1946, in Sheffield, AL, to the late Leo Reese and Mary Nell Owsley. Mr. Owsley graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965. He began his college career at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN before transferring to The University of Alabama where he received his Bachelors Degree in 1969. At the University, he was an active member of the college group at the University Church of Christ where he made many lifelong friends. Mr. Owsley moved to Lamar County after graduation where he helped run his father's lumber mill in Millport, AL. He also served in the National Guard for a number of years. For the last thirty years, Mr. Owsley worked as a commercial property appraiser with Southeast Appraisals in Tuscaloosa County and enjoyed long lasting relationships as a result of that profession.

Mr. Owsley was a faithful member of the Kingville church of Christ serving as a Deacon and Elder. He was a lifelong learner and had an extensive library of theological books. Mr. Owsley was a biblical scholar and enjoyed teaching Bible classes and sharing his knowledge through the years. Another one of his pastimes was constantly expanding his knowledge of his family. He would spend hours researching his family genealogy. Mr. Owsley enjoyed watching Alabama football, spending time with his family, and cherished most being Poppy to his grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service Monday, at 11:00 AM, at the Hamilton City Cemetery, with Danny Butler officiating. Pallbearers will be Jack Glyien Williams, Avi Nichani, Marty Gottwald, John Lynn Prater, Danny Tomlin, Josh Harper, Brad Tomlin, and Greg Davis. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Charlotte Gross Owsley, of Vernon, AL; one son, Johnny (Lezlie) Owsley, Jr., of Nashville, TN; one daughter, Emily (Justin) Owsley Williams, of Tuscaloosa, AL; and three grandchildren, Jack Glyien Williams, Levi Craig Owsley, and Emmaline Christine Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Rainbow Omega, Inc., P.O. Box 740, Eastaboga, AL 36260, or online at Visit the online obituary and guestbook here.

James Edwin (Eddie) Rice

(9/5/23) James Edwin (Eddie) Rice passed away on August 26, 2023. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was a good friend to those who knew him. He will be missed.

Audobon Society was one of his favorite charities.

Published by (Birmingham) from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1, 2023.

Deborah "Debbie" Jean (Cochran) Sparkman

(9/5/23)Deborah "Debbie" Jean (Cochran) Sparkman passed away on August 19, 2023. She was predeceased by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Owen L. Cochran, Sr. and brother, Owen L. Cochran, Jr. She is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, William "Fraser" Sparkman; daughter Margaret Jean "Jennie" S. Whitman (Allen); sisters Mary Carolyn Cochran Geary; Martha Cochran Wallace Dawson (Bill); brother George Cochran (Benny); a niece; 3 nephews and cousins; and her "fur baby" Bob.

Debbie was born 1947, in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Mountain Brook at the age of 4. She attended Crestline Elementary School; Mountain Brook Junior High School; and graduated from Shades Valley High School in the class of 1965. She then graduated from Samford University in 1969 where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority; accomplished volley ball player and captain of the Samford swim and the precision water ballet team: The Will-O-Wets. During her pre-college years she was a champion swimmer on the Vestavia Country Club swim team winning over 150 ribbons, trophies, and awards, including participation in the Junior Olympics. During her college summers Debbie was a water ski instructor and councilor at Camp Paul Bear Bryant on Lake Logan Martin.

She then began a long banking career that included Birmingham Trust National Bank and then retiring from National Bank of Commerce. Then she began a second career with Dermatology Partners, Inc.; Debbie held an Alabama real estate salesperson's license for over 30 years; and at her passing she was vice-president of ASRE Group, LLC. Debbie had been a member of Mountain Brook Swim and Tennis Club; The American Legion Auxiliary Post 134; Secretary of the Birmingham Aero Club; Women's Committee of the Birmingham Symphony; The Aquarius Dance Club; and The Club. Debbie, along with her family, was a founding member of Canterbury United Methodist Church Mountain Brook. Debbie was a "cruise addict" having sailed on more than 30 cruises to where it was warm and had a sandy beach. Debbie enjoyed any type of travel and always had a bag packed ready to go. Our family wishes to sincerely thank Drs. Campbell, Forrester, Donahue, and all the compassionate nurses and teams at UAB Hospital ICU , Palliative Care Units, and the team at Brookdale REHAB in seeing that Debbie had the best care over the past 3 months.

Please consider making a donation in Debbie's memory to King's Home; 221 King's Home Drive; P.O. Box 162; Chelsea, AL 35043; Debbie will be interned in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, September 8th, at 2:00 PM, at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook (Birmingham), AL, with visitation in the church parlor after the service. View the online obituary and guest book here.

Dorothy Virginia (Sellers) Davis

(7/28/23) Virginia Sellers Davis, age 76, died Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in Birmingham, Alabama. The funeral service will be Monday, July 31, at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3736 Montrose Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35213.

Ms. Davis graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965. She then attended and finished at the University of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Dorothy of Birmingham, her sisters, Nancy and Leigh, and her dear friend and companion of 11 years, Guy Burns, Jr. She is survived by her two children, John H. (Hil) Davis, IV, and Sellers Davis Kennington (Curtis); and her four grandchildren, William Grayton and Henry Sellers Kennington, and Kaitlyn Harper and Lauren Adams Davis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Studio by the Tracks, 301 20th Street South, Irondale, AL 35210 (, or Magic Moments, 1600 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL (
View online obituary and guestbook here.

Kay (Padgett) Ray

(7/28/23) Kay Padgett Ray, 75, passed away May 15th, 2023. She was born in Clanton, Alabama on June 2, 1947. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Guy W. Ray, sons, L. Brian Ray, Bradley N. Ray (Danna), Grandchildren, Stone P. Ray, Sawyer K. Ray, and Lilla B. Ray. Sisters, Lynn P. Johnson (Willis), Joyce P. Melton (David) and brother, Morris E. Padgett Jr. (Debbie). She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris E. Padgett Sr., and Lanette L. Padgett.

Kay attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. After her marriage in 1967, she lived in Charleston, South Carolina; Selma, Alabama; Biloxi, Mississippi and finally laid her roots in her beloved Birmingham, Alabama. In 1972, using her entrepreneurial spirit, she and her sister Lynn opened The Village Peddler on Reese Street in Homewood.

Growing up with a father who was an accomplished developer and builder, Kay realized her true calling was the real estate business. Kay received her broker's license in 1976 which marked the start of a 42- year career helping others navigate through the sometimes-challenging buying and selling process. Kay was a long-time member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors. She also served on the board of directors for her local association, as well as the State and National Association of Realtors. Her awards and achievements ranged from Realtor of the Year awards, Birmingham Association of Realtors President, ongoing Honor Society Member, Board President's Advisory Group, Government and Political Affairs Committee to name a few. Kay connected numerous families and helped them accomplish their lifelong dreams of owning in the Birmingham area, on Lake Martin, and the beautiful beaches of The Gulf Coast.

Her dedication, knowledge and passion in the industry has touched and blessed many generations -past, present, and future. Her success in the real estate business in Alabama will be remembered for many years to come. A highly intelligent, distinguished, and full of energy leader has left very large shoes to fill.

Kay enjoyed her time both at the beach and the lake with her family- which always came first.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 12 pm at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, AL. Memorial Service to follow at 2pm. The family asks that if you make donations that they be made to Shelby County Humane Society, 381 McDow Rd, Columbiana, AL 35051.

Read the online obituary and guest book here.

Calvin L. Spears, III

(5/28/23) Calvin L Spears, lll passed away on April 25, 2023. He is survived by his brother Charles Spears and life-partner, Edie Moore. When Calvin gained his angel wings, he flew into the arms of his mother, Lorene, his dad Calvin, Jr and his precious little sister Linda Spears.

He was a Graduate of Auburn University and Jacksonville State University. Calvin received his Jurisprudence Degree from Birmingham School of Law.

Calvin loved all things outdoors; golf, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, camping, and Auburn football.

A visitation will be Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 10:30am until 11, with a celebration of life to follow at 11 at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home in the Celebration Chapel.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation to EpiscopalPlace.Org

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared here for the Spears family.

Paul Theodore "Ted" Huck, Jr.

(5/15/23) Nobody loved a SV lunch or reunion better than Ted Huck! He will be missed.

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Paul Theodore (Ted) Huck, Jr., Vestavia Hills, AL, passed away May 2, 2023 at the age of 75. He was born May 13, 1947, son of Dorothy and Paul Huck. Ted graduated from Shades Valley High School 1965, University of Alabama 1970 and UAB MBA 1985. Ted was employed at Alabama Power from 1973-1995.

Ted served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Special Forces (Green Beret) National Guard and Army Reserves to become a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1974, Ted and his first wife, Carla, were in an airplane crash. Ted's lungs were damaged and later Carla died from her injuries. Ted had significant lung damage the rest of his life and on May 2, 2023, succumbed to pneumonia.

While in the army, Ted enjoyed motorcycles, dirt bikes and later white water canoeing. He loved growing Bonsai Trees and antique cars, especially his 1949 MGTC.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, wife Carla Whitfield Huck and step-son Jason Hurley. Ted is survived by his loving wife of many years, Pamela Huck, son Emmett Paul Theodore Huck, step-son Talon Kollars, two grandchildren, sister Carol Huck Stiener and family.

A Celebration of Life will be at a later date.  View photos and comments on Facebook HERE.

Lucy Chapman

(4/5/23) Lucy Taylor Chapman passed away peacefully Monday, April 3, 2023. Lucy was born July 25, 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama, to William Alexander Chapman and Mary Lena Taylor Chapman. She graduated from Shades Valley High School and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Lucy worked in broadcasting and advertising for many years in Birmingham after college, but her great love was writing. She was an avid reader and a talented and creative writer. Lucy pursued a career in Pacific Palisades, California, writing screen and TV scripts. Returning to Birmingham in December 2008 she continued to write and submit scripts. In spite of a lifelong acute hearing loss, she was bold, determined, and fiercely independent. She believed in herself and never gave up.

Lucy is survived by eleven cousins. No memorial service is planned at this time. If you wish to remember Lucy, memorials in her memory can be made to The Emmet O'Neal or Homewood Libraries, which were vitally important to Lucy. Visit the online obituary here to post tributes and share memories.

John Timothy "Tim" Mitch

(3/14/23) John Timothy "Tim" Mitch, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away on March 11, 2023, at the age of 76. He was born on December 17, 1946, the son of William E. and Mary A. Mitch. Tim grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from The University of the South, Sewanee, in 1969, and completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University in 1984.

While a student at Sewanee, Tim was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and played on the football team. Immediately following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972, completing his service in Fort Meade, Maryland. It was at this time that he met his beloved wife of 50 years, Muffy Mitch, of Baltimore, Maryland.

He commenced his professional career in the construction industry in 1972, spending most of this time in Jackson, Mississippi. Over the course of his forty-year career, he rose through the ranks from superintendent to project management to the executive level but loved nothing more than mentoring young professionals entering the industry, as well as fostering relationships with field personnel.

Tim spent years running the roads and levees of Jackson, Mississippi, competing in several marathons. He cared deeply for Muffy and was especially proud of his four grandchildren. He was loyal to family and loved friends from Birmingham to Jackson. He especially loved his college friends, forever known to his family as the "Sewanee Boys."

Tim was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Muffy; his son, John Timothy Mitch Jr. of Chattanooga; Katherine Mitch Stanley (Clayton) of Corinth, Mississippi; four grandchildren, Timmy and Joe Mitch; John and Annie Stanley; his brother, Dr. William E Mitch (Lexie) of Houston, Texas; and his sister, Mary Ann Carey of Spruce Head, Maine.

Mr. Mitch's family offers their deep gratitude to the nurses, caregivers, and staff of Life Care Center of East Ridge and Hearth Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11 A.M. EST, with a reception to follow in Key Andrews Hall. A graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 11 A.M. CST. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 West 7th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Chattanooga Autism Center, 1400 McCallie Avenue #100, Chattanooga, TN, 37404.

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Robert (Bob) Wayne Armstrong, Sr.

(3/14/23) Robert (Bob) Wayne Armstrong, Sr., age 77, of Vestavia Hills passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2023 in his home surrounded by his wife, children and grandkids.

He was born in Birmingham on March 24, 1945 to the late Joel Franklin Armstrong and Idell Bullock Armstrong. Bob spent his life in Cahaba Heights where he owned and operated Armstrong BP Gas Station and Armstrong Automotive Repair. Bob was a long time member, deacon and trustee of Cahaba Heights Baptist Church. He never met anyone who he didn't ask "do you know Jesus?" He was a valued business owner in the Cahaba Heights community and many customers and friends would come sit and visit with him for hours. He loved being in the outdoors and enjoyed sharing his passion for hunting with many family and friends. Bob's lasting legacy is his passion for Jesus, his caring heart for others and his tender spirit. He will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his devoted loving bride of 56 years, Judith Bearden Armstrong. He was a loving father to Robby (Sandi) Armstrong, Julie (Billy) Tapscott, Joel (Julie) Armstrong. His grandkids Sam (Cassidy) Armstrong, Rebe Armstrong, Emily Armstrong (Jack Reed), Caroline Armstrong, Sophia Armstrong, William (Delaney) Tapscott, Duncan Tapscott, Caitlin Goris and Addison Armstrong and his great granddaughter Abigail Armstrong were the light of his life. Bob is also survived by his sisters Linda Armstrong, Idell (Tim) Raths, Adell Armstrong and his beloved nieces and nephews.Bob is preceded in death by his daughter Julie Ann Armstrong, his father Joel Franklin Armstrong, Sr, and his mother Idell Bullock Armstrong, his brothers Joel Franklin Armstrong Jr, Aubrey Lee Armstrong and his sister June Elizabeth Armstrong.

The family will receive friends on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ridout's Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209. The funeral service for Bob will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2023 beginning at 11:00 AM at Cahaba Heights Baptist Church, 3800 Crosshaven Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 with the service being officiated by Cas McWaters. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Bob Armstrong can be made to the Legacy of Hope, Alabama's organ and tissue donation alliance. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Armstrong family.

Charles Robert Lawerence

(10/13/22) Charles Robert Lawrence, age 75, went home to be with our Lord in the evening of Tuesday, October 11, 2022 with all his family by his side. Please keep this wife Rebecca and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

He was born October 27, 1946 with a twin brother, David A. Lawrence. They grew up in Homewood, Alabama and attended Shades Valley High School. Charles graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1972 and married Rebecca "Becky" Nelson in 1974.

Following in his dad's footsteps, he owned the Hickory House Restaurant in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida for over 12 years. The rest of his career was spent with the National Federation of Independent Business - NFIB.

He loved fishing and family events, but more than these, he loved telling everyone about his Jesus!

Charles is preceded in death by his grandparents, Clemont Carlyle & Edna Thomas Lawrence and Dewey Cletis & Hilda Holloway Amberson; his parents, Charles Clemont Lawrence & Mattilene Amberson Lawrence; sister-in-law, Caroline Nelson Keever; and brother-in-law, Frank Phillip Nelson. Charles is survived by his wife, Rebecca N. Lawrence; his children, Paul Monroe Lawrence (Kristal), Charles Phillip Lawrence (Michelle) and Sarah Lawrence Aldridge (Mark); his beloved grandchildren, Peyton, Landen, Jesslyn, Mitchell, Skylar, Ann Louise, Amelia Rose, Dean, Adrey and Sadie; his brothers, David Amberson Lawrence (Babs) and James Michael Lawrence; brothers-in-law, William Henry Nelson (Sandy) and Tom Keever; sister-in-law, Patricia Nelson Hewlitt (Bud) and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Charles will be held Monday, October 17, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, Alabama 35124, followed by a funeral service at 12:00 PM. Pastor Paul Lawrence will officiate. Charles will be laid to rest in Southern Heritage Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Lawrence family.

Jack Phillips Mills, Jr.

(10/6/22) Jack Phillips Mills, Jr., died on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Jane Busenlener Mills, his daughter Carolyn Mills DeLong (Jed) and his son Gregory Jay Mills (Carrie), along with his 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and other family members. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Annette Mitchell Mills and Jack Phillips Mills, Sr.

Jack was born in Birmingham, AL and attended Auburn University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and met his wife, Jane. After graduation, he joined the Army and was a First Lieutenant. Jack married Jane in 1971 and was stationed in Fort Belvoir, VA.

Later, while working in Atlanta for Southern Bell, Jack received a Master's degree in Business from Georgia State University. After a 20 year career at Southern Bell, Jack started his own consulting business in 1991. In 1998, he received a patent for a fluid inventory control management system. He was a Freemason, enjoyed growing vegetables and fruit trees, loved playing cards and spent the last few years playing duplicate bridge.

For those who wish to make a donation in Jack's memory, please consider the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

A family gathering & reception for Jack will be held Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM. Services have been entrusted to the care of Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Mills family.

(10/7/22) Read "Jack P. Mills - An Appreciation" by his friend Will Quinby.

Charles "Henry" Wells

(9/6/22) Charles "Henry" Wells April 23, 1947- Sept 3, 2022 Charles Henry Wells (Henry) passed away Saturday, September 3 at home in Hoover, Alabama at age 75. Henry was an avid outdoorsman and loving husband and father. He was born April 23, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama to Charles and Alba Wells. He had two sisters, Shirley Welch and Rosemarie Trumbly. Henry served in the Navy during Vietnam and was General Contractor-Owner of Milton Construction Company and co-owner of R E Grills Construction Company. Henry is survived by his wife, Claudia Goggans Wells, and children, Tiffany Wells (Charles) Polmatier of Mountain Brook and Leslie Wells (Chance) Johnson of Hoover. Henry, or "Papa," will be missed by his grandchildren, Mary Slayden Polmatier and Claudia Polmatier, and Wells Johnson. Visitation will take place Thursday, September 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association. form=FUNELYZXFBW
Published by The Birmingham News from Sep. 5 to Sep. 7, 2022.

James L. Fletcher III

(5/26/22) James (Jim) L. Fletcher, III, 75, passed away May 17, 2022 at St. Vincent's Hospital, in Birmingham, AL. He was born and raised in Birmingham, graduated from Shades Valley High School, and worked for the Birmingham Water Works Board for 37 years. Jimbo enjoyed swimming, scuba diving, waterskiing, deep sea fishing, and hunting. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jeanne Fletcher and James L. Fletcher, Jr., and daughter, Jeanne "Jeannie" Fletcher. He is survived by his daughters, Mischelle Marcrum (Gary) and Callie Huffstutler (Todd), and their mother, Sara Fletcher; sisters, Mae Cummings and Harriet Sudderth (Harold); granddaughters, nieces, nephews and other relatives. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the YMCA Camp Cosby - 2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road, Alpine, Al 35014.

Click here to read online obituary and guest book published by The Birmingham News from May 25 to May 27, 2022.

Juliet deVilliers Miller Beale

(2/23/22) JuJu went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 20, leaving behind a devastated and huge group of family and friends.

Born in Mobile, she and her family moved to Birmingham in 1957, where she lived until her death. After graduating from Shades Valley High School, she attended the University of Alabama and delighted in being a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She met her husband of 53 years, Mac Beale, in 1968 and they were married the same year.

She is survived by her husband Walter McFarland Beale, Jr. (Mac), her daughter Miller Beale Girvin (Josh), brothers James Hugh Miller, III (Kathy) and Robert Boyd Miller (Ginger), sister Ashley Miller Crosier (Rick), granddaughters Juliet Hamilton Girvin and Margaret Bibb Girvin, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

JuJu loved everyone and everything, developing a wide swath of friendships across the country and a plethora of animals that depended on her. She had a servant's heart, dedicating time to work with the Junior League of Birmingham, the Cathedral Church of the Advent, and The Linly Heflin Unit, where she served as President. She made her debut in Mobile and was a member of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, the New Era Study Club, and the Order of St. John.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cathedral Church of the Advent or your favorite charity. A service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, followed by a Celebration of Life at The Club atop Red Mountain.

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Dr. Philip Craig Benton, MD

(1/10/22) Our beloved husband, father, soon to be "Doc" grandpa, friend, and doctor to many in the community, passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2022. Philip loved his family dearly, especially family gatherings, where he was recently in Grayton Beach enjoying Christmas.

He dedicated himself to serving others. Early in his childhood, he was recognized as one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in America, and throughout his life and career, left no stone unturned, to help not only his patients, but anyone that was in need.

Philip graduated from Florida State University with the original intention of becoming a Marine Biologist. His compassion for others led him to the University of Alabama, where he studied to become a doctor of medicine. He was awarded the student research award, before becoming an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating the spine, where he then became a partner and practiced at Southern Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, P.A. in Pensacola.

He also dedicated himself to his country and served as an officer in the United States Navy. During his more than 35 years in medical practice, he received numerous awards, recognitions, and wrote many papers of distinction that have been published in various medical journals.

Philip had a deep love of music and he was an acoustic guitar flatpicker, he had a passion for bluegrass music which he shared with all who would listen, and he took great pleasure in spending time with his group of dear friends enjoying fine wine monthly.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and companion of 23 years, Susan; his step children, Caroline and Reed, and their respective spouses, Joiner and Hope.

Philip is preceded in death by his parents Philip Maxwell Benton and Virginia Clair Simpson, as well as his sister Margot Benton Summers Williston.

Dr. Philip Benton's memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church on Six East Wright Street in Downtown Pensacola. Reception to follow. Masks are encouraged.

There will be an additional burial service at a later date at the Benton Historic Cemetery in Alabaster, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UMCOR at
Read the online obituary and guestbook here

Walter Wilbur Boyles - September 1, 1947 - September 21, 2021.

(10/27/23) Walter was born in Birmingham, Alabama, September 1, 1947, (Labor Day) to K.W. and Elizabeth Perry Boyles. He attended public schools in Birmingham and graduated from Shades Valley High School. Upon graduation, he attended his beloved Auburn University (War Eagle) where he earned a BS in Wood Technology. After graduation he was employed by Georgia Pacific and later by Timber Products Inspection in Conyers, Georgia, until his retirement in 2012.

In 1979 he met and later married Nancy Farmer Boyles having been "set-up" by his cousin's wife. The rest is history. They shared a lifetime of happiness and celebrated 42 years of marriage on March 21, 2021. In 2005 Walter and Nancy built their forever home on the site of the 100-year-old property of Nancy's maternal grandparents, E.M. and Birdie Clay Moon.

In 2007 Walter developed a limp that progressed into a debilitating condition. It was not until 2013 after years of surgeons, specialists, including treatments at the Mayo Clinic and Shepherd Spinal Center, that he received an answer from Emory University Neurological Department. Walter was diagnosed with Pulmonary Lateral Sclerosis, a slow-moving form of Anthropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was a fighter, never giving up, never complaining, always with a positive spirit. After diagnosis, he continued to pursue welding bottle trees, working in his raised bed gardens, building wooden trivets and coasters, making candles, and finally handcrafting beautiful wooden bowls. No challenge was too great.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, K. W. and Elizabeth Perry Boyles. Survivors include wife, Nancy; brother, Karl; children: Kimberly Boyles Romport (Ron), Walter Wilbur Boyles, Jr. (Nikki), Jeffrey Streetman Boyles, (Elyse), Angela Bernstein Hand (Tyler), eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Walter's final gift was his body to Emory School of Medicine leaving a legacy which will ultimately save lives of others. We will celebrate his life, Sunday, October 10, 2021 at The Farm he loved so much at 2825 Black Shoals Rd. NE, Conyers, Georgia, 30012. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, 4900 Lewis Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

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.

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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: A livestream for the service may be accessed here: 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

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 Walter 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 - - 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

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 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 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

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 -

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...)

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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 5, 2017

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

We had a great article in 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 The group photo is $20, the CD is $20 or both together are $35.  OR, you can go to 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

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We are sad to report the passing of our classmates as we become aware of their obituaries. Visit the In Memoriam Page for a complete list and many available archived obituary announcements.

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 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

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. 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 - - 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 - and make us your source of official information.

     - Mae Bayliss Coshatt / Reunion Committee

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