In memory of our friends and classmates that have left us way too soon as well as our teachers/mentors who have earned their angel wings for putting up wth us.
Don Reese Aldred
Don Aldred died from complications from Lymphomia June 9, 2014, almost a year after our 40th Reunion. He and Barbara lived in Hoover.
Danny Arnold drowned at Lake Martin in 1999.
Susan Baggett Warr died in a car accident, January 5,1998.
Bobbi Baker Amick
Bobbi B. Amick, born June 21, 1955 passed away on July 28, 2017 at a local hospital surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Gladys R. Baker and Robert E. “Golf” Baker. She was a resident of Vestavia Hills, Alabama and Birmingham native her entire life and was an avid Auburn fan. Survivors include husband, David R. Amick; daughter Lindsey Amick (Robert) Parks, Chattanooga; son, CPL David C. Amick, Camp Pendleton; grandchildren, Adam N. Amick; sisters Jan (David) Wilson and Lynn (J.B.) Monzella; a multitude of nephews, nieces and a host of others who claimed her as their own due to her loving nature, unique wittiness, uncandid smile and unconditional love. A graduate of Berry High School, her proudest moments were having two children, later outdone with a grandson and most recently the ultrasounds of her twin grandchildren that she already adored. To all who knew her, Bobbi was a beloved mom, wife, sister, aunt, and most notably, a best friend to a countless number of people. The family wants to acknowledge everyone at the St. Vincent’s Bruno Cancer Center and the MICU team for their extraordinary care and support of Bobbi. Arrangements are being handled by Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Rd, with visitation at the funeral home from 4:00 to 6:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 1st. Services will follow from 6:00 to 6:30 PM CDT. In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either the St. Vincent’s Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
SUMERLIN, MARGARET ANN BAKER, age 49 of Alabaster died March 26, 2005. She was a graduate of W.A. Berry High School, Life Chiropractor College, Atlanta, GA. She was a doctor of chiropractic in Hoover. She was of the Catholic faith. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Sumerlin; son, Zach Sumerlin.
George Roderick Carden
CARDEN, GEORGE RODERICK, of Alabaster, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the age of 56. He is preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Geneva Carden, and his sister, Elaina Maples. He is survived by two brothers, Johnny Carden (Kathy) and Chris Carden; two sisters, Jeanne Davis (Ronnie) and Joan Bell (Col. M. "Don" Bell); four nephews, Jonathan Carden (Lynsey), Steven Davis, and Lee and Reeves Bell; two nieces, Eva Carden Howard (Matt) and Gina Davis Colby (Greg); and four great nieces (especially his "special little angel," Eden Kathryn Howard). A memorial mass will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover, Father Henry McDaid officiating.
John Church was one of three classmates who were killed by an oncoming train in Columbiana, AL, the summer of 1972. John was an outstanding football player and was to be the starting quarterback for our senior year.
John Clements died November 30, 2001. He was living in Tuscaloosa at the time of his death.
Marsha Crouch Hatfield, Feb. 7, 1955 - Sep. 2, 2015 of Alabaster, AL, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the age of 60. Born in Georgia, she had been a resident of Alabama most of her life. She graduated from Berry High School and attended the University of Alabama. In college, she was on the competitive diving team and was a two time All American. Her greatest joy was her husband, Bill and son, Tucker. She had an extreme affection for cats and had taken in many strays over the years. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, William Hatfield; son, Tucker Stephenson; brother, Tony Crouch; sister, Mandy Adams; several cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday, September 4, 2015, from 1-2 PM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2 PM in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the ASPCA in Marsha's name.
Andrew Stephen Eichelberger, age 57 of Birmingham, passed away on Wednesday January 9, 2013 from a heart attack. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Wirt Eichelberger. He is survived by his wife, Vickie S. Eichelberger; children, Ryan Scott (Gina), Bilan Scott, Sean Eichelberger, and Kenneth Eichelberger; 6 grandchildren and soon to be 7; mother, Valerie H. Wyatt; brothers, Scott Eichelberger, Albert Eichelberger, and Peter Eichelberger; and several nieces. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday January 12, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Walker Chapel Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Walker Chapel Funeral Home, 1200 Ellard Rd. Fultondale, 205-849-5000.
GALLANT, JOHN WILLIAM II, "BILLY" age 58, of Birmingham, AL passed away in his sleep, May 21, 2013. Billy was born in Los Angeles, California on November 23, 1954. He was a Berry High School student, an avid musician, and remarkable guitar technician. Billy was a legendary musician since he was a teenager, and shared this passion with others for nearly four decades. As years passed, Billy became one of the most well known guitar technicians around. Everyone knew his work, as he became known as the "Guitar Luthier." His talents were endless, irreplaceable, and he had a heart of gold. We will miss him immensely. He was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and unique friend to many. Billy is survived by his mother, Doris Gallant; "his girls," daughter, Galyn (Kyle) Clayton, and daughter, Rebecca Gallant; two grandchildren, Ryder and Chayce Clayton; his step-mother, Mary Gallant; a sister, Toni Gallant-Cooper; a brother, Ricky Gallant; two nieces, one nephew, and many wonderful friends. His father, John William Gallant, and many other loving family members precede Billy in death. A public Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Steel 1st and 23rd in Birmingham, AL. The celebration will begin at 1:00 PM to honor an amazing man and share his passion of music. In lieu of flowers we would be honored for your donation towards his daughter and grandchildren's college education. The Gallant Guitar Memorial College Fund has been established at Wells Fargo.
Clarence (Chip) Perry Gillespie III, 61, May 5, 1955 - Feb. 25, 2017, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, February 25 at his home in Decatur, AL
Richard Goldner died March 27, 2000.
Billy Green passed away January 20, 2012. He was living in Chattanooga, TN at the time of his death.
Rodney Keith Gump
Rodney Gump died March 13, 2012
Barry Michael Hartley of Birmingham passed away peacefully on April 26, 2019 after a hard fought battle with brain cancer. Barry grew up in Bluff Park where he was a constant presence with the swim and dive teams at Shades Cliff Pool. He graduated from Berry High and the University of Wisconsin. He spent most of his adult life teaching/mentoring at Mountain Brook High. He also managed Shades Cliff Pool for over 40 years. Barry is survived by his wife Patsy, his children Patrick and Caroline(Fortner), his grandchildren Corey Michael and Cooper Joseph, his mother Lorraine and his siblings Sherry, Patty(Clanton), and Rory. His father Marshall predeceased him. Visitation-Thursday, May 2 at 1:30 PM at Prince of Peace Church in Hoover with Service to follow at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please send donations in his name to the American Cancer Society.
Tommy Hilleke died in a car accident in Auburn, AL March 8, 1975.
Glenn Hiromoto died from Leukemia, February 1982
LEWIS, BARBARA ANN, age 49, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Birmingham, died August 23, 2004 from cancer. She graduated from the University of Alabama. The burial will be private for the family at the Lewis family plot at Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday evening, August 27, at Ridout's Valley Chapel.
Laura Jean May
Laura Jean May, age 60 of Helena, Alabama, passed away on June 20, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Laura is survived by her mother, Ms. Jean May; sister, Dee (Mike) Weeks; brother, Richard (Leigh) May; nephew, Wilson May. Laura also leaves behind to cherish her memory many friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Mr. Gene May. Laura attended the University of Montevallo and W.A. Berry High School; she retired as Vice President of Mailsouth in 2003. Laura was an avid reader and loved her family and friends; she hosted Thanksgiving Dinner at her house every year for her family and also hosted the “Haggard Shoppers” at the Riverchase Galleria for her friends for over 25 years. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10am until 11am, with the Celebration of Life Service starting at 11am at Southern Heritage Funeral Home; burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery. Laura was a generous contributor to many charities, in lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Jimmy Hale Mission or a charity of your choice in Laura’s memory.
Tim Mote was one of the three classmates who died in a car wreck wth an oncoming train, June7, 1972, in Columbiana, AL. TIm was on the football team and had earned a spot on the first string of players.
Johnny Ogletree was one of the three classmates who died in a car wreck with an oncoming train, June 7, 1972 in Columbiana, AL. Johnny's family had recently moved from Texas, so he had not been a student at Berry very long. Running on a platform of unifying the splintered groups of students, Johnny was elected as our Sr. Class president in May, 1972.
Rev. Joe O'Quinn died from Leukemia, Deceber 21, 1989. He was a Baptist minister at the time of his death.
Susan Ann Parker
Susan Parker Marshall passed away from cancer June 8, 2014. Susan was living in Hoover at the time of her death.
John Pearson, our Sr. Class President, died in a one car accident in Tuscaloosa, 1975.
Nita Prince Ivey
Juanita Prince Ivey died November 26, 2008 from a sudden illness.
Theodore John Reimann
Ted Reimann died November 30, 2007
Debra Jo Riner-Didway
Debbie Riner Didway lost her long, hard fought battle wih brain cancer in 2014 just months after our 40th Reunion. She was a long time resident of Las Vegas, but was determined to make the trip to our reunion to see everyone.
Alan Bernard Snell
Allen Snell died February 25, 2005 in Tuscalooosa, AL. Allen was a U. S. Navy veteran.
Lois Sparks died from Cancer, June 26, 2002
Garnett Sutton died in a car wreck Febraury 1978.
Jeff Travis died from brain cancer the day before our 40th Reunion, June 21, 2003. He lived in Birmingham.
According to his obituary, Jeff participated in a top secret program that was vital to the security and safety of America during the height of the Cold War with Russia. Some of his declassified missions were documented in the book "Blind Man's Bluff."
Elizabeth Anne Travis-Chastain
Elizabeth Travis Chastain lost her battle with cancer on March 4, 2018.
Dale Gene Wescott passed away October 17, 2014 in Oak Grove, AL. He attended University of South Alabama and UAB. Dale worked for Drummond Coal for 32 years.
Mrs. Anne Bass
Mrs. Anne Bass, Math, passed away from complications of Alzeheimers, August 13, 2015.
Mrs. Nana Christian
Mrs. Nana Christian, Vestavia Hills, died October 30, 2017. Mrs. Christian taught Chemistry at Berry for 22 years.
Mary Ann Culotta
Mary Ann Culotta passed away April 16, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. Mary Ann's life work was bringing a sustainable arts program to children.
She was an artist, art educator, and advocate for quality arts programs for schoolchildren in the greater Birmingham area. She served 34 years at the Jefferson County Board of Education as an art teacher, art supervisor and Director of the Arts Education Department. Throughout her career, she also taught classes at Samford University in Art and Art Education. She retired from Samford in 2016 with her own art exhibition titled "Past to Present."
Partnering with many arts agencies in the city, she served on several Arts & Education boards throughout her life, including the Virginia Samford Theater, Space One Eleven Art Gallery and Joseph Bruno Montessori School. She was a world traveler and believed travel opens one to other religions and cultures bringing the world much closer in life's theme of struggle and success.
Mr. John Edwards
Mr. John Edwards had been principal at Shades Mtn. Elementary School for several years before taking the position as principal of the new Vestavia (Pizitz) Middle School. He was our fearless leader for our 7th grade year at Shades Valley. He then joined us at Berry for our Freshman year when Pizitz Middle School became part of the independent Vestavia school system.
The following year, Mr. Edwards was reassigned to another Jefferson County school.
Coach Bob Finley
Coach Bob Finley passed away from a massive heart attack, June 1994. He was mowing the grass on the football field named in his honor just weeks prior to the move into the new Hoover High School.
Mr. Tom Gann
Dr. Tom Gann, principal, died January 7, 2017. Dr. Gann was Berry's principal when we finally arrived on campus in 8th grade.
Mr. Don Hartman
Mr. Don Hartman, Spanish and Administration.
Mrs. Jo Ann Howell
Mrs. Jo Ann Howell, English,
Mr. Walter Jones
Walter Jones, Driver's Ed., passed away July 28, 2013.
Mrs. Betty Lawler
Mrs. Betty Lawler, Home Ec., died October 30, 2017.
Mr. Richard (Dick) Lovelady
Richard (Dick) Lovelady, Administration, passed away April 5, 1999. Mr. Lovelady's hobby became his passion as he trained German Shepards as guard dogs for individuals and police K9 units. His home, kennels and training center were located on Tyler Rd. near Hackberry Rd., before the intersection with Columbiana Rd.
Mrs. Bettye McGee
Ms. Bettye Watson McGee, History, passed away January 21, 2012, in Sylacauga, AL.
Mrs. Daphane Morgan, Shades Mtn. Elementary teacher and principal, died November 9, 2013.
Mrs. Marquette Murray
Mrs. Marquette Murray, French, died July 11, 2015.
Mr. Lee Ousley, Jr. Band, died April 24, 2015.
Mr. Lonnie Pollard
Mr. Lonnie Pollard, Band, passed away July 19, 2017.
Mrs. Frances Presson
Mrs. Frances Presson, Bluff Park Elementary teacher and mother of our classmate, Robin.
Frances Donehoo Presson (93) passed away peacefully on December 12, 2016. She was born December 17, 1922 to the late Ralph Montgomery Donehoo and Frances Ethel Scott in Cobb County, GA. Frances was preceded in death by her brothers Patrick Benjamin Donehoo, Ralph Scott Donehoo, William Montgomery Donehoo, Samuel Young Donehoo, John Timothy Donehoo and her loving husband of 59 years, Robert G. Presson. She is survived by her son Robert "Robin" G. Presson Jr., MD; his wife, Susan K. McIlwain and their children Elizabeth (Andy) Cochran, Katharine Presson and her daughter Elaine Frances P. Ethridge and her children Rachel Martin, MD, Joshua (Kari) Ethridge, Sarah Ethridge and Rebecca Ethridge. She is also survived by her sister Sarah D. Chapman of Vidalia, GA. Frances obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her master's degree from Samford University. She was a retired school teacher with the Jefferson County Schools. Frances was a member of Shades Crest Baptist Church, Sunset Rock Chapter of the DAR, previous member of the Shades Crest Literary Club of Alabama and the Shelby County Art Association. Her services will be officiated by Reverend James Auchmuty at Southern Heritage (Pelham, AL) on December 20th at 2:00 with graveside services to follow. Visitation for family will be from 12:00 to 1:00, with visitation open to the public from 1:00 to 2:00. Frances was a lover of the arts and her family has requested, in lieu of flowers, to send donations in her honor to the Shelby County Art Council.
Mrs. JoAnn Pritchett
Mrs. Jo Ann Pritchett, Green Valley Elementary teacher and principal and later principal at Berry High School, passed away from cancer April 23, 2012.
Mrs. Marina Rudolph
Mrs. Marina Rudolph, Biology
MARINA B. RUDOLPH, of Birmingham passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2007. She was a retired public school teacher with the Hoover Board of Education. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Tarpley City. She is survived by her daughters, Miss Pamela Rudolph and Mrs. Rosalind Young
Mr. Terry Sanders
Mr. Terry Sanders, Vocational Ed
Terry Floyd Sanders, age 67, passed away on March 31, 2014. Terry grew up in Bessemer, Alabama. He graduated from Bessemer High School in 1964, attended Snead Jr. College, Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama, receiving his MA degree in Vocational Education, Bus. Adm., Ed Administration and Superintendency Ed.
Terry was married to Deborah Basenberg Sanders of Hanceville, AL in 1972. He was a longtime member of Helena United Methodist Church, holding various positions, including Chairman of the Administrative Board for several terms. He retired from the Jefferson County Board of Education having served as vocational teacher at W. A. Berry H.S. (1970-1977), Assistant Principal/Principal at Leeds High School (1977-1984), Greenwood Junior High School (1984-1990), Pleasant Grove High School (1990-1995), and Greenwood Elementary School (1995-2000), concluding a total service career of 32 years.
Mr. Harry Slagle
Mr. Slagle, administration/principal
Henry Robert “Harry” Slagle, Jr. age 76 of Birmingham passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012. He was born in Birmingham to Henry Robert, Sr. and Augustus Ruth Kyle Slagle, August 10, 1936. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s in Sciences and a Master’s in Arts from UAB. He worked in the Jefferson County and Hoover City School Systems for 30 years. He was a 50 year member and Past Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias. Harry is survived by his wife of 26 years, Gayle Malone Slagle; sons, Kyle Slagle (Bennie Polo), Harry Slagle, III (Kendra), and Thomas Slagle (Cindy); daughters, Amy Slagle Roberts (Michael) and Kimberly Louise Brashier (Craig); grandchildren, Skyler and Sarah Slagle, Thomas Slagle, Jr., Robert Slagle, and Hunter and Hannah Brashier. Visitation will be Monday, October 22, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Ridout’s Elmwood Chapel. Graveside services will be Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Elmwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Barbara Smith
Barbara McDowell Harris Smith Randle, age 90, Councelor.
Born in Birmingham, AL on March 9, 1925, she was the daughter of Charles Lawson Harris and Sabra Martin Harris. She is preceded in death by Robert F. Smith and her beloved William S. Randle. She is survived by her daughters, Shelby S. Smith and Cynthia S. Cifuentes; three grandchildren, Alexander Smith, Shelby Turnbough and Eve Jakoboski; five great-grandchildren, Alexandra Turnbough, Claudia Turnbough, Mallory Smith, Zachary Smith and Cordelia Jakoboski; and two step-daughters, Jane Sligh and Barbara Reaves. Mrs. Randle held a Master's degree from the University of Alabama and an undergraduate degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music and the Actor's Theatre Summer Playhouse in Nantucket, MA. She taught music and drama at Fairfield High School and was a Counselor at W.A. Berry High School. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL, The Jamestowne Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution – Princess Sehoy Chapter, Belvedere Study Club, Sprig O' Holly Garden Club and Delta Kappa Gamma. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 13th at 1:00 p.m. with a reception following the service at Ridout's Valley Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to National Public Radio or Alabama Public Television.
With a heavy heart, the family of Travis Jordan Tindal, announce his passing this morning, September 11, 2019. Rosalyn Tindal was by his side holding his hand and singing to him. We are confident of his salvation and rejoice that he is no longer suffering.
Funeral arrangements are scheduled for this Saturday, September 14th at First Baptist Church Alexander City. Visitation is scheduled from 9-11 am with services at 11:00. Graveside services are immediately following the service at Tallapoosa Memorial Gardens in Camp Hill, AL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Alexander City to support their building fund.
Mrs. Lois Truss
LOIS ROGERS TRUSS, Age 84, of Hoover, passed away quietly at home this Saturday morning, January 31, 2009.
Mrs. Jean Wright
JEAN ROWE WALSTON WRIGHT, Sr. English
Mrs. Wright, age 82, of Hoover, AL passed away on December 5, 2010, from cancer. A life long resident of Birmingham, she was the eldest child of Charles Rowe Walston and Catherine Henderson Walston. She is survived by her three children.
Mrs. Gladys Zuniga
GLADYS INES ZUNIGA, Spanish,
"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." Gladys Ines Zuniga was welcomed home to heaven on Sunday, May 15, 2011. During her final days and hours, she was surrounded by family. Gladys was born and raised in Cuba, the youngest daughter of Fernando and Ines Gonzalez. She met her husband, Manuel, when she was 18, and after completing her college education at Holguin Institute, she married him at age 22. They left Cuba to come to the U.S., settling into the city of Birmingham. Gladys touched the lives of many people. She was known for being a woman of faith and prayer. She will be remembered for being a godly woman, a loving mother who would gladly sacrifice herself for others, and as a beautiful and loving wife who was loyal and dedicated. She also loved to listen to music and dance, never letting age or illness get in the way of enjoying these things. She leaves her beloved husband of 59 years, Manuel Zuniga; her son Manny and his wife, Terry of New Orleans, and her son, Alan and his wife, Shannon of Birmingham. She also leaves behind her daughter, Alina and her husband Verne of Santiago, Chile, as well as her daughter, Lizette of Birmingham. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 2 brothers in Cuba, nieces and nephews and many good friends. She is now with the Lord Jesus Christ, the One she loved all her life. A private committal will be at 10 AM, Thursday, May, 19, 2011, at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM, Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. A memorial Service will follow at 2 PM in the church. In lieu of lfowers, please make donations to Covenant Presbyterian Church Missions Committee, Homewood, AL.