Send news items to us via email to

Join us for a Dutch Treat Lunch at The SoHo Social Bar
11:30 am / Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018!

  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch with SVHS classmates at the SoHo Social Bar in Homewood.
  • Honoring Classmate Mary Brabston who will be visiting from Canada.
  • Ask your 1965 classmates and other classmates to attend. All are welcome!
  • SoHo Social Bar
    1830 29th Avenue S.
    Homewood, AL 35209
    Map -


Ralph Edward Byram

(11/13/14) Ralph Byram was born on January 29, 1947 and passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018. He was a resident of Dothan, AL at the time of passing. Ralph was a 1965 graduate of Shades Valley High School and later graduated from Auburn University in 1969 where he was a member of the Army ROTC.

Memorial Services will be held 3pm Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Lee officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2pm until 3pm Thursday. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Wiregrass Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd., Dothan, AL 36303, or to the Wiregrass Master Gardener's Association.

View online obituary and guestbook here.

Dr. Alan Breslin Axelroth

(11/13/14) Dr. Axelroth was born on March 30, 1947 and passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018. He was a resident of Inverness, Alabama at the time of passing. Alan served his country in the United States Army. A graveside funeral service was held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL.

Keith Petty

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

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

Read online obit and guest book here -

Group Photo of All 1949-96 Classmates

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

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

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

Visit for more information.



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

presentation image
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

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.

Dr. Vecihi (John) Basarin, '65 to speak at Shades Valley Rotary Club on 8/17/15

(8/5/15) Our classmate Vechi "John" Basarin gave a talk entitled Peace is Possible at the Shades Valley Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Monday August 17 at 12:30 PM.

(5/19/14) Read this interesting update from Vechi "John" Basarin, our Turkish foreign exchange student.

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

Classmates News

E-blast Archives

Read past MailChimp email blasts here.


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

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

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

(3/6/18) Robert Craig Fulford  - So sorry to say goodbye to another classmate, Craig Fulford who passed away on March 2, 2018. See online obituary and guest book here.

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

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

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

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

(12/24/16) Bobby Wilkins who passed away on December 18, 2016. The Memorial Servcie will be held on January 5, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood. Visitation will be 12-1 pm in the large parlor with the service following at 1pm in the sanctuary.

(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 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

Facebook logo
Visit Us on Facebook