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55th "Combined" Reunion Held on April 13-14, 2018

The Rambler Reunion Band & Elvis

The Class of 1963 hosted a "combined" reunion on April 13-14, 2018 and invited the Classes of 1961 through 1965 to attend the weekend events. On Friday night, a Meet & Greet was held at the ALoft Hotel's WXYZ Bar in Homewood, and on Saturday night, over 200 attended a dinner/dance at The Country Club of Birmingham.Visit the 55th Reunion Weekend Gallery for PHOTOS.


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

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. [Continued . . .]


Email exchange leads to bio/photo update from
Grady Lloyd in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Grady Lloyd, wife Lida & grandchildren - July 2012

(6/5/16) After a recent exchange of emails between Charles Caldwell (husband of Paula Sevier Caldwell '64) and Larry Holt '63, Charles contacted our classmate Grady Lloyd '63 who has lived in Prague since 1990. Grady emailed a bio update and several photos to Charles, who shared them with Larry. Now we are posting them for classmates to enjoy.

Visit this page for the full report - gallery-lloyd.html.

Recent Obituaries

Visit the In Memoriam page for a complete list and links to obituaries.

Charley Fisher
(7/23/18) We are sad to report that Charley Jack Fisher, Jr., age 73, of Birmingham, AL, passed away July 22, 2018. Mr. Fisher, known to everyone as "Charley," spent most of his life in Birmingham, AL where he was in business. He graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He was a member of St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church. Charley was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Charley Jack Fisher and Margaret Zeigler Fisher. He is survived by his wife Pride Foster Fisher, daughter Sara Pride Fisher Moline (Ty), granddaughter Chambers Pride Moline, sister Peggy Miller Douglass (John) and family who consider Charley a brother, James Manon Foster, Carolyne Foster Martin (David), and Lee Foster Nix (Dean). Memorial Service will be held on July 24, 2018 at St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. H. Huey Gardner officiating. Visitation is at 12:45. St. Mary's is located 1910 12th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, to St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, or to the Smile Foundation, restoring smiles and vision to people across the world,, address: Smile Foundation, 1015 Brocks Gap, Hoover, AL 35244.
Obituary and Guestbook Published in The Birmingham News on July 25, 2018

Charles Rogers
(7/6/18)We are sad to report that Charles Pritchett Rogers of Birmingham, AL passed away July 3, 2018 at age 73. A native of Birmingham, he was born June 5, 1945 to Mr. and Mrs. George Pritchett Rogers. He was a graduate of Auburn University and attained a Masters in Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon graduating from Auburn, Charles was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. He served over 20 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard flying the F-4 Phantom. Throughout his military and social career, he left in his jet wash a legendary flight record and a reputation as the Debutante's Delight. He retired as Lt. Colonel. Charles also served as owner of Walter S. White Auto Parts and had a lifelong passion for hunting, fishing, golf, and Auburn Football. Charles is predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Pritchett Rogers and his sister, Anna Lee Rogers Keith. He is survived by his brother-in-law and business partner Brian Thomas Keith; nephew Kevin Patrick Keith (Maibeth); niece Lindsay Rogers Keith Kessler (David); cousins Becky Rogers Goodwin and Betsy Rogers, and numerous Rogers family members. A service of burial will be held Saturday, July 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral Church of the Advent. Visitation precedes the service at 9:00 a.m. Interment is at 2:00 p.m. at the Rogers Family Cemetery in Letohatchee, AL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral Church of the Advent or the charity of your choice.

Obituary and Guestbook Published in The Birmingham News on July 6, 2018

Lyle Key
(5/4/18) We are sad to report that Lyle Key '63 passed away in Nashville on May 2, 2018, at age 72. He graduated from The University of Tennessee and The University of Alabama School of Law. Lyle served as an officer in the United States Navy. He spent his entire career with CSX transportation, combining his passion for trains with his knowledge and expertise in transportation and the law. Lyle was a kind man who was loved by many and known for his love of trains and Big Orange Football. He served as President of the National Alumni Association for The University of Tennessee and also was a well known railroad historian and published two books, Midwest Florida Sunliners and Birmingham Rails.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn; brother, Tom (Beverly) daughter, Alise Ferranti (Joe); son, Carson (Katie); Granddaughters, Lauren, Darden, Ellie, Maggie, and Annie and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors from 4-6 on Thursday, May 3 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville TN 37221. A funeral Mass will be held Friday May 4 at 10 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 330 5th Ave N. Nashville TN 37219. There will be a graveside service at 2 PM Saturday May 5 at Elmwood Cemetery, 600 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Birmingham AL 35211. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to church or charity of choicecharity of choice. Published in Tennessean on May 4, 2018.

Mildred Rebecca "Becky" (Whitmire) Edens
(3/31/18) Becky died on September 5, 2017 in Fairhaven Retirement Home after a long degenerative illness. Until the end, she maintained her cheerful attitude, her love for chocolate, cheese pizza, and the Crimson Tide.

Laird J. Sharpe
(2/13/18) Chief Laird J. Sharpe passed away on December 29 at age 73. He began his career in Homewood and retired as Chief of Fairfield in 2001, after 37 years of service. Chief Sharpe was a distinguished member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. He was also an avid Harley Davidson rider and a graduate of Samford University. His service was held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 2:00 pm at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel.

Leath (Stigler) Pearce '63
(11/18/17) Elizabeth Leath Stigler Pearce, 72, of Waverly Hall, GA, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Mrs. Pearce is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 44 years, Neil A. Pearce of Waverly Hall, GA; three nieces, Kemberly Stigler Bennett, Elizabeth Stigler Bradford, Anna Stigler Rodgers and a nephew, Dr. William Stephen Stigler, Jr, all of Birmingham. There are also several grandnieces and grandnephews who survived Mrs. Pearce. Early in her marriage, Mrs. Pearce was diagnosed with systemic Lupus, a painful debilitating disease, which attacks the organs in the body. She bravely battled this disease throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, To sign Mrs. Pearce's online guest registry, please visit
Graveside Services were held at 10:30 AM, Nov. 22, 2017 at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, AL.

Mike Batchelor '63
(9/1/17) We learned from Jim Hard that Mike Batchelor passed away on August 31st at home in Venice, FL, from complications from a recent stroke.  Funeral arrangement can be read here . . .

Marcia (Jones) Barwick '63
(8/30/17) We learned today that classmate Marcia Jones passed away on August 29th. There will be a memorial service at 6pm on Wednesday, September 6th at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles in Hoover. Read obituary here . . .

Daniel Thomas Fulton '63
(6/13/17) Classmate Dan Fulton '63, a retired high school social studies teacher and Bluff Park resident who was active in the fights to save Hoover school buses and to elect a new group of city leaders in Hoover in 2016, died on March 2, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He was 72. Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, who honored Fulton in his state-of-the-city address to the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce in December, today described Fulton as "a great citizen of Hoover." "He truly loved our city. He loved our school system. He saw the importance of public safety all the things that go into running a city," Brocato said.

Fulton chose to be cremated and will have a private burial service, said Arnold Singer, a friend. Later, friends held a Celebration of Life Service in his honor on Saturday, March 25th at the Artists on the Bluff auditorium located at 571 Park Avenue. . Read Hoover Sun article here.

James Malcom "Jim" Speeker, Jr., MD '63
(2/24/17) Classmate Jim Speeker '63 passed away on February 22, 2017 in Hanceville, AL. Visitation will be at Hanceville Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 24 from 5-7 pm. Services will be Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 pm, Hanceville Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at a later date at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Read complete obit and guestbook at

Aleta (Dumas) Schanbacher '61
(2/24/17) Shades Valley graduate Aleta Dumas Schanbacher passed away February 21, 2017. She was the sister of the late Larry Dumas '63, Berry Dumas '65 and John Dumas, and the sister-in-law of Betsy Acton Dumas '63. Aleta attended Ramsey High School and graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1961 where she held more than one class office. There was a memorial service held Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11:00 AM at Ridout's chapel in Homewood. The burial at Elmwood Cemetery was private for the family following the service. Read complete obit and guestbook at

Anne (Harper) Arrasmith '64
Class of 1964 member Anne (Harper) Arrasmith passed away on February 1, 2016 in Birmingham.Read online obit at

Robert C. "Bobby" Wilkins
SVHS graduate Bobby Wilkins passed away on December 18, 2016 at his home in Birmingham after a long illness. Known to friends as "Wilkins", he was a unique person, loved by all who knew him over the years. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife Sylvia and their family. A Memorial Service was held on January 5, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood Read the obituary and Guestbook here.

James "Jimbo" C Hall, Jr. '63
Our classmate Jimbo Hall, age 71, of Winter Haven, FL passed away Monday, October 17, 2016. In addition to his parents James Carlisle Hall, Sr., and Mary Thurman Hall, Jimbo was preceded in death by his brother, William Howard Hall (Hoover, AL). He is survived by his wife of 44 years: Sherry Hall (Winter Haven, FL), daughters: Jamie Brabant and husband Tom (Bartow, FL), and Brandy Brown and husband Chris (Lakeland, FL), grandchildren: Abbie, Kymber, Colt, Remington, Krista, Samantha, Elizabeth and Nathaniel, 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Services are Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 am at the South Side Assembly of God, 4750 Cleveland Heights Blvd., Lakeland, FL. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823. Read the obituary here.

Christopher Alan Collins, Sr. '63.
(5/2/16) Our classmate Chris Collins passed away on April 26, 2016 after a long illness. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, May 4th at 3 PM at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. Read the obituary here.

Jan Michael "Tex" Hawley '63
(3/11/16) Classmate Jan Michael "Tex" Hawley passed away on March 10, 2016, in Homewood. Tex retired from the City of Mountain Brook Fire Department. Tex is survived by his wife Patricia Thorpe Hawley; sons: Michael Hawley and Jimmy Hawley (Allison); and by his sisters: Carol Collier (Felton), Julia Wilkoff (Jay), Roanna Payne and Maureen Allen (Larry). The family received friends at Ridout's Valley Chapel on Sunday, March 13th from 5pm until 7pm. The Funeral service was held at Baptist Church of the Convent on Monday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Tex may be made to Baptist Church of Convent Music Fund. Read the obituary here.

Larry Deagon
(12/30/15) We read today with regret that former band director and teacher Larry Deagon passed away on December 28, 2015 in Birmingham. The family received friends on Thursday, December 31, from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home with a memorial service following at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to your favorite charity . Read the obituary here.

Michael Nicks "Mike" Williams '63
(11/8/15) We are sorry to report that classmate Mike Williams passed away on November 4, 2015 in Birmingham. He attended Shades Valley along with his twin sister Mary Pat (Williams) Claussen who graduated in 1963. Read his obituary here.

Dixon Forrester '63
(8/16/15) We are sorry to report that classmate Dixon Forrester passed away unexpextedly in Marietta, GA on August 13, 2015. A Memorial Service was held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta on September 10, 2015, at 11:00am. Read his obituary here.

A second Memorial Service for Dixon Forrester was held at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham on September 16, 2015, at 11:00am. The family received friends from 10:00am until the time of the service.

Larry Pennington '64
(6/7/15) We learned today that Larry Pennington '64 passed away on June 2, 2015. A memorial service was held at Ridout's Valley Chapel on Wed., June 10, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Read his obituary here.

Coach William Lee "Bill" Legg
(2/15/15) Longtime Shades Valley coach and teacher William Lee "Bill" Legg passed away on February 13, 2015. Visitation for Coach Legg was on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 from 5 PM until 7 PM at Ridout's Homewood Chapel. Funeral service was held onWednesday, February 18th, 2 PM, at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. Read his obituary here.

Nicky Pounds '65 and David McLeod '65
(12/17/14) We learned this week of the passing of Nicky Pounds '65 on December 13th and David McLeod '65 on December 16th. Nicky was a friend to many in our Class of 1963, and David was the brother of Tommy McLeod '63.

Herbert Peyton "Herb" Walker
We also learned recently that former faculty member Herbert Peyton "Herb" Walker passed away in Huntsville on November 19th. Visit this Class of 1965 page to read their obituaries.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame names executive offices
after retired Executive Director Bill Legg

Coach Bill Legg
Bill Legg poses at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
Legg retired weeks later as the executive director of the Hall of Fame.
(Michelle Williams/The Birmingham News)

By Solomon Crenshaw Jr. / February 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - After 24 years of honoring others, William Lee "Bill" Legg is being honored himself.

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame has named its executive offices in honor of Legg, who served as executive director for the organization from 1985 to 2009.

"Coach Legg," as he is affectionately known, was the second executive director of the Sports Hall of Fame since its inception in 1969, a prepared release said. Since 1985, under his direction, the Hall of Fame experienced a tremendous increase in the functions, activities, and operational budget.

The release went on to say that Legg played a major role in the planning and overseeing of the construction, and then the move in 1992 into the Hall of Fame's outstanding present facility, considered one of the best in the country. He was also instrumental in the development of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program and served as its first administrator.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, our inductees and the entire Hall of Fame family, we are excited to honor Coach Legg in the naming of the 'William L. Legg Executive Offices,'" said Edgar Welden, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

"Coach Legg set a great example for me to follow as Executive Director of this outstanding Hall of Fame" said current Executive Director Scott Myers. "This is a fitting tribute to honor his years of service in the place where he served."

Legg was honored by the Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as its 2001 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman. He has also been inducted into the Woodlawn High School Hall of Fame, the Birmingham-Southern College Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama High School Coaches Hall of Fame.

(PDF version available here).


55th Reunion one of best ever!

Thanks to Chairperson Warren Bailes Cain and everyone on the Reunion Committee for their efforts that made the 55th Reunion the best one ever for the Class of '63!

Updated Gallery Section - Visit us often to learn about what's happening with our class! Check out the updated Gallery Section and send us your photos, videos and links to your personal photo galley sites such as Flickr or Picasa.

Mr. MountieThe Classmates Page was created on May 5, 2013 as a place to provide documents and other information to members of the Class of 1963 in a password protected directory. Members of the Class of 1963 must use a password to log on to the actual page. If your name and address are in our MailChimp database, a password was emailed to you. If you did not receive it, email with your name and address.

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Image courtesy of Jonathan Haas, Davis Architects, Inc.