TowerShades Valley Class of 1963

News & Announcements


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It's official! We're having our 55th Reunion!

We are now accepting reservations for
the April 14, 2018 event
at The Country Club of Birmingham.

We are also extending invitations to
the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965!
All Friends of the Class of 1963 are welcome.

Visit the 55th Reunion page for details.


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.

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).


50th Reunion one of best ever!

Thanks to Chairperson Warren Bailes Cain and everyone on the Reunion Committee for their efforts that made the 50th Reunion the best one ever for the Class of '63! Suggestions for more reunions have been discussed at next committee meeting following the reunion. Stay tuned!

Discussion Board Added - Visit us often to learn about what's happening with our class! On 12/4/13, a new Discussion Board was added to the password-protected Classmates Section. Visit and join the discussion! 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. Use Discussion Forums to keep in touch.

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.

Update your Bio!

If you are not on our MailChimp© mailing list, or did not send in your bio information for the 50th Reunion Booklet, please REGISTER HERE. We need current addresses to send everyone monthly news and announcements about future reunion activities. The online version of the booklet will be updated to include missing classmates and changes to existing entries each month after we receive them.


Recent Additions & Updates


Thank You 50th Reunion Committee!


Image courtesy of Jonathan Haas, Davis Architects, Inc.