Nellie M. Marshall, age 65 of Dolomite, passed away on December 24, 2005. Survivors include sisters, Odis and Jeanette Marshall; brothers, Benjamin, Earskine, Anthony, Frederick, Ronald, Raymond and Marvin Marshall; and special nieces, LaBrenda and Angela Marshall.
Eliza Horn Carter , age 83, of Birmingham, passed away December 4, 2005. Celebration of Life was held Saturday, December 10 at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, North Birmingham, with interment in Elmwood. Survivors: son, Earl (Luvera) Dixon; grand-children, Barbara Spragg, Mary La Jene (Ronnie) Tinsley, Wanda Banks, Marla (Roland) Godette, Vanessa Robinson, Jacqueline (Derrick) Moore, and Tyra King; grandsons, Rev. Earl (Pamela) Dixon and Derrick (Sandra) Gullett; 18 great-grandchildren; a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends..(From B'ham News)
Joseph Ellis Jr,. WHS Class of 49. Passed during the week of 1 December after a long illness. He was the brother of Geraldline Ellis Jones from Wylam and a mamber of the Chicago Chapter for many years. Service was held on Monday December 5, 2005.at Cannon A.M.E. Church, Maywood IL. (From C. Sanders)
Otis C. Taylor, Sr,.age 65, of Los Angeles CA, was summoned from this earthly world on November 18, 2005. Born in Birmingham and educated in the public schools there, Otis graduated from Westfield High prior to relocating to Los Angeles in 1962. He married to the former Deloris Jean Richardson in October 1962 and four children were born to this union. He was preceded in death by his father, Rufus Taylor; older brother, Oscar Taylor; and his first born, Otis Taylor, Jr. He is survived by his wife, daughters Sharon and Natasha, son Cedric, mother Melvina, nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives. Homegoing celebration was held on November 25 at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Los Angeles with interment at Inglewood Park Cemetery.
16 August 05 - Jesse (Stick) Bailey died this morning. He was treasurer of the Detroit Chapter. Stick was a frequent attendee to the WHSAA reunions and was a major force in keeping the Detroit Chapter operating. We will miss his presence.
28 July 05 - George Lewis was shot to death early Thursday during an apparent robbery at his west Birmingham club. George was gunned down about 3:30 a.m. while he and a co-worker were closing up King George's Old School Lounge on Third Avenue West. George was a regular attendee to the Westfield High Reunions
23 July 05 - Gloria Ann Kater Prude passed away this date. She was a member of WHS Class of 1965 and of the Christian Fellowship Church in Wylam. Services were held at the church on Saturday, July 30, 2005
10 June 05 - Czar Bush, the husband of Rutha Bush, was killed in a traffic accident on Friday, June 10 in New York. Rutha is the president of the New York chapter.The service will be held on Saturday 11am, at the
1st Church of Wyandanch
85 Parkway Blvd
Wyandanch, NY 11798
If you would like to send condolences, send to:
97 South 24th Street
Wyandanch, NY 11798
1 June 2005 - Buster Brown, Class of 1960 and brother of Mathilda Brown Wren (also Class of 1960), passed this date in Bayshore, New York. Buster went to New York after graduation and worked as a truck driver for a furniture company. He later was employed with the NY Transit Authority for 20 years and Suffolk Transportation for 19 years. He was known for carrying several cameras for snapshots and as the Rib Man for his special ribs. Buster is survived by his wife Rosetta and three children (Deborah, Jeffrey and Tracy). The funeral was held on Monday, June 6, 2005.
7 March 05 - Jessie Rosamond "J.R." Coleman died this date. J.R. was born in Wylam in 1930 and attended school at Westfield. He was a sergeant in the US Army, stationed in Germany and Korea. His wife, Glorodeen, and his children traveled with him around the world. They eventually settled in Toledo Ohio where J.R. worked at Doehler-Jarvis and was an active member of the Golden Rule Lodge of Elks #129. Jessie is survived by his five children and five siblings, including Woodie Coleman of the California Chapter and Norma Mayfield of the Detroit Chapter.
4 March 05 - Oliva (Ellis) Agee, a member of the Chicago Chapter and the sister of Geraldine (Ellis) Jones, also of the Chicago Chapter, died on this date. Services will be Wednesday, 9 March 05, at 10:00 am. at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church of Maywood IL. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to
1116 East 82nd Place
Chicago, IL 60619
18 February 05 - Willie (Sport) Simmons of Yonkers, New York died on February 11. Memorial services were held in New York with interment in Birmingham on 18 February. Sporty was a member of the Westfield High Class of 1960.
24 January 05 - Calvin Harris, Class of 1956, died this date after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. Born on November 15, 1938 to the late Samuel and Mary Lou Harris, in Wylam, Alabama, Calvin confessed Christ at an early age and became a member of St. Paul AME Church, Birmingham (Wylam), AL. After graduating from Westfield High School in 1956, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as an Aircraft Mechanic and flew reconnaissance flights. Calvin attended Dominican College, Rutgers University and graduated from Drake College with a degree in Accounting. He married the love of his life, Mary Ruth Wilkins (WHS Class of 1959) on September 29, 1961. He was the proud father of one daughter, Sonja and had three grandchildren. Calvin and Ruth relocated to New Jersey after his stint in the Navy and began a stellar career with various companies in the rail industry. Calvin was employed for over 20 years with Erie Lackawanna, Conrail and Amtrak and worked his way up to become the first Black Conductor at Erie Lackawanna. After a successful career in the rail industry, he retired in 2002 from the New Jersey Transit. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Nelson and Clyde and sister, Georgia Mae. He leaves a loving wife, Mary Ruth Harris; a daughter, Sonja (Curtis) Tolbert, Birmingham, AL; two brothers, Samuel (Katie) Harris, Williamstown, NJ; Cornelius (Judith) Harris, Birmingham, AL; mother-in-law Mrs. Mattie Wilkins, Birmingham, AL; three grandchildren, Curtis, Jr., CaSonja and Christopher Tolbert; Special Cousin/Friend, Arthur Jones, San Antonio, TX; sister-in-laws, Doris (Robert) Sins, Tuskegee, AL; Bettye Mahone, Cleveland, OH; Barbara Harris, Birmingham, AL; Eddie Mae Wilkins, Birmingham, AL; brother-in-law, Ocie (Ida) Wilkins, Los Angeles, CA; aunt, Mrs. Hattie Favors, Brooklyn, NY; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
12 January 05 - Funeral Service were held on this date for Julia B. Mitchell, age 76, of Brighton, who passed away on this date. A Westfieldian, she was born and raised in Dolomite and is the sister of George Bell, Betty Bell and Walter Bell. Services were conducted at New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dolomite with burial in Dynasty Garden.
6 January 05 - Robert Charles Keith, age 64 of Hueytown died this date. He was a retired school teacher with Jefferson County School System, a member of New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Hueytown, and a graduate of Westfield High School and Alabama A & M University. He is survived by wife, Mrs. Anne Keith of Hueytown; two sons, a sister, a brother, and three grandchildren.
31 December 04 - Mrs Annie Hightower Redrick Grady, age 94, passed away on this date. She was born January 29, 1910 in Montgomery, AL, the daughter of John Henry Redrick Sr. and Beadie McKinney Redrick. She married Robert L. Grady, Jr. on August 30, 1946. She was a faithful member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities. Her educational training consisted of secondary education, Huntsville, Alabama; undergraduate degree, Howard University, Washington, DC; graduate degree, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Further study, Reed College, Portland, Oregon and Atlanta School of Social Work, Atlanta, Georgia. Her leadership consisted of 40 years of dedicated service in the Jefferson County School System, teaching at Westfield High School and retired from Erwin High School. She is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, Robert L. Grady, Jr.; goddaughter, Martha Talley Bennett, Fairfield, Alabama; Frances Howard, Cleveland, Ohio, John Howard, Esp. (Ethel), cousins and other relatives and friends.
27 December 04 - God called Annie Matt Bush Hunter Price to her eternal rest while she sleep on this date. Memorial services for Annie took place on New Year's Day, 2005. Born on April 14, 1922 in Macon, Mississippi, she was the daughter of Addie Bush Clemon.On November 29, 1940, she and her first husband, George Hunter, were blessed with a son, Isaac Hunter. After her first marriage ended in divorce, Annie Matt later moved to Fairfield, Alabama where she eventually met and married A.C. Price. They were blessed with two sons: Terry Price, born in 1953 and Kenneth Price, born in 1957. Mrs. Price's marriage to Mr. A.C. Price lasted until his death on September 21, 1966. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Price moved her family to Los Angeles California in 1968. She lived in Los Angeles until 1973, when she moved to Gardena, California. She operated a day-care facility in Gardena from 1974 until 1989. In the last fourteen years of her life, Mrs. Price was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. In addition to her three sons, she leaves to cherish her memory two grandchildren: Aisha Price and Terry Price II. She is also survived by five siblings: Billie Clemon, Arnese Clemon, Judge U.W. Clemon, Joe Louis Clemon and Kate Clemon Thomas ; and a host of other relatives and friends. Her son Isaac, is a member of the California Chapter
12 December 04 - Tommy E. Green, a member of Westfield High Class of 1967, died on this date. Tommy was the oldest child of Alma Green, Birmingham Chapter president, and the late Ben Green. After leaving Westfield, Tommy served in the US Army for two years. He later relocated to Cleveland OH, where he was residing at the time of his death. In addition, to his mother, he is survived by three children, a brother and three sisters, and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Ben and his sister Alma Elaine Green.
25 November 04 - George E. Forrest passed today. The homegoing services will be Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church - 1432 Mills Street - Dolomite, Al. 35061. The telephone number for the church is 205-744-0450. He was a member of the Class of 1965. Smith & Gaston Southside is handling the arrangements.
23 November 04 - Allen Pace, Sr., father of Allen Jr., Sherman, Tommy, Ocie and Allene, died today after a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 am at Earnest Chapel, 8612 Norway, Cappstown..
8 September 04 - Leonard Hall passed today. Born in 1938, he attended Westfield High and remained an active alumnus in the Detroit Chapter for many years. He was married to Elizabeth Simmons who preceded him in death.For many years he was employed by Bulldog Electric and later retired from Beaver Construction Company. He leaves to cherish his memory three sons, six grandchildren, his mother and five siblings. Funeral services were held in Detroit on 16 September.
1 September 04 - The mother of Linda Evans and Shirley Evans of Gary Ensley passed on Wednesday. Linda graduated in 1968 and Shirley in 1969, Shirley Evans was married to Skint Rice from Wylam, Willie James Rice older brother.
31 August 04 - Dorothy Gunn (mother of Doris Cummings class of 1963) passed tonite..
26 August 04 - I regret to inform you of the passing of one of our members, Phillip Parker, who passed last night of a massive heart attack. Phillip was a member of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter The funeral was held Wednesday 1 September 2004 at Epworth United Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD 21207. The family request donations, in leu of flowers. to Morehouse College, Baltimore Alumni Chapter, 6718 Yataruba Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207.
25 August 04 - .Shirley Jean Mason, Class of 1962 passed on August -10-2004. Her married name is Shirley Jean Weaver. She lived in West Ensley Alabama.Her Home going service was 21 August 2004 at First United Methodist Church,1025 S. Long Beach Blvd, Compton California.
18 August 04 - Learned today of the death of Wiilie(Candy) Calhoun from Dolomite. Candy was a 1967 graduate of Westfield
6 August 04 - Allen McArthur Brand, Sr died today. He was a Westfield and Miles College graduate. He was an Army veteran and a retiree of US Steel. He was employed with the State of Alabama, Department of Forensic Sciences. Funeral services wre held on Friday, August 13 at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama.
4 August 04 - Lula Bell Kimbrough Scott of Birmingham, AL. passed away today. A former resident of Mulga, she was a 1941 graduate of Westfield High.. She was the mother of the following Westfield graduates:
Charlie Mae Scott Hopkins (Deceased) -Class of 1961
Fannie Scott Johnson -Class of 1965
Ella Scott- Class of 1966
Margaret Scott Russell -Class of 1970
Cynthia Scott- Class of 1971
22 May 04 - Home going services for Anthony Hood were held today.at the First Baptist Church of Wylam. Anthony died on May 15. Anthony, a member of WHS Class of 1960, was an all-county running back on the football team. After high school, he served in the Army until his honorable discharge in 1968. He then worked at US Steel until his retirment. His many friends and relatives turned out to honor him - the church was overflowing. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, a boyhood friend, delivered the eulogy.
14 May 04 - A beautiful life of service ended today for Doris Ann Massey, WHS Class of 1964. After graduating with honors, Doris moved to Chicago where she worked as a cook and restaurant manager. She returned to Birmingham in the early Eighties after a stint in New York, where she also worked as a cook. In Birmingham, she worked for a while as a baker, but she is best known for her compassionate role as caregiver for family and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Charles (WHS Class of 1965) and sisters Katie Gee and Ellen Hammack. She leaves to cherish her memory brothers Joseph Massey (WHS Class of 1961) and Ed Massey (WHS Class of 1960).
12 March 04 - I did not know if you had heard about the death of Larrry (K K) Tarver. K K was a 1970 or 1971 graduate of Westfield. His brother, a lot of the older alum might know , Robert Tarver who graduated from Westfield around 1964 or 65. They lived in Dolomite. K K played football for Westfield also.
4 March 04 - A Memorial Service for Matthew Coleman Jr. was held today at Arrington Funeral Home Chapel in Birmingham. Matthew was born on August 25, 1931 and departed this life on February 25, 2004. He attended Westfield and Parker High School where he was very active on the football and baseball teams. He is preceded in death by his brother, Captain George Coleman who died in Vietnam. He leaves to cherish his memory five children and six siblings, including Norma Mayfield of the Detroit Chapter and Woodie Coleman of the California Chapter.
13 Jan 04 - Joe Battle of Hueytown, formerly of Westfield and Dolomite, died recently of a massive heart attack. Joe attended Westfield High and was 62 years old.
4 Jan 04 - Leola Wilson Beavers, Class of 1955, died Friday morning. She lived in Heuytown. She will be sadly missed.
Yvonne Williams Rodgers
3 Jan 04 - Milton "Tan" Zimmerman passed after a long battle with cancer. Milton, a member of the Class of 1960, was originally from Dolomite. Funeral Services were held at Saint Francis Catholic Church in Bessemer at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 8, 2004.
31 Dec 03 - Hilliard "Snake" Thomas, Jr. died on New Year's Eve in Nashville, TN. No other details are available. For many years, Snake was a prominent figure in the Booster Club and was instrumental in the development of many young boys in the Fairfield community. He had retired from US Steel after more than thirty years of service.
19 Dec 03 - Kathleen Moore, wife of Johnny Moore, the president of the Detroit Chapter, succumbed to burns she suffered earlier in the week.
Mrs. Pearlie Bone died December 9 and the funeral was held on Saturday at 11 at St Paul Methodist Church in Wylam. Pearlie had celebrated her 100th Birthday this past August.
7 Dec 03 - Jimmie Mae Clark Freeman died on Sunday, December 7th and her funeral was on Friday, December 12th. She was in the Westfield Class of 52 and a 1972 graduate of Miles College. She was raised in Wylam (Number 8 community). She is the sister of the late Rev. Harold and Woodie Clark. She was a retired teacher from the Birmingham School System and lived in Fairfield until her death.
Acy Grayson died recently. It was revealed on December 6, but no more information is currently available. Acy was a member of the Class of 1960.
10 Oct 03 - Annie Lois Bailey Finley died in Buffalo NY after finishing a fall foliage tour. Annie was a 1947 graduate of Westfield High. She went on to graduate from Alabama State in 1951. She worked in the Business Office at Talladega College, was a registrar at Fairfield Industrial High, taught high school, served in the Red Cross in Japan and retired in 1986 as a financial aid assistant for the Los Angeles Community College District. For several years, Annie was associated with the WHSAA California Chapter.
Damon Jacob "Sonny" Atkins. age 60, died Friday, August 15, 2003. Sonny was a member of WHS Class of 1960 and was a faithful attendee at all the class reunions. He was also a prominent figure in the Saturday night banquet at the reunion in Birmingham in 2001. Damon served in many capacities in his church and in the community. A member of the First Baptist Church of Booker Heights, he served in many ways. Among them, he was a deacon, a choir director, Superintendent of Sunday School and a member of the male choir. A few of his many positions in the community were memberships in the YMCA, the Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters, the American Legion and the Bass Anglers Sports Society. Damon graduated from Knoxville College with a BA in Sociology and from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a MA in Education. He was married to Doris Walker and leaves his devoted wife, four sons, five grandchildren and both his parents
Eugene Dobson, died Monday, August 18, 2003. Gene was a member of the New York Chapter. A long-time friend of Annie Rhodes Paschal, he accompanied her to a chapter meeting, liked what he saw and became a member of the chapter, serving in various capacities over many years. At the time of his death, he was the chapters Chaplain. Though not a Westfield graduate, Gene gave willingly of his time to Westfield and will sorely missed by the Westfield family.
June 03 - Mr. John Pace, a former mathematics teacher at Westfield High, and the uncle of Sherman, Allen and Tommy Pace (all Westfield graduates) died this month in California after a long illness. His body was cremated and his ashes returned to Birmingham.
Twins Claudia W. Roberson and Claudette W. Gadson passed away in August 2002 and April 2003 respectively. Both sisters attended Westfield High and were long-time residents of Los Angeles. They had been members of the California Chapter. They will be missed by family, friends and sister, Doris Anderson, class of 1947 and a Birmingham Chapter member.
Paterson Loses a Treasure
PROFESSOR LLOYD REESE
Legend of Gospel Music
Treasured Resident of Paterson
by Suzanne LaRobardier
Lloyd Reese passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at his home in Paterson, New Jersey. Paterson has lost one of its treasures. Gospel music has lost one of its greatest musicians.
Reese was an extraordinarily gifted, accomplished, and acclaimed musician. He was a professional songwriter, arranger, producer, choral director, pianist, organist, accompanist, vocalist, instructor, and a prominent figure in the field of black gospel music. His outstanding contributions to the study of the history, musicology, and performance of African-American gospel music, as Professor of Gospel Music at William Paterson University and throughout his career, are legendary. The faith, goodwill and spiritual energy his music inspired testified to a God-given genius and ministry.
Lloyd was born in Westfield, Alabama the birthplace of Willie Mays. He was a member of the renowned musical Reese family. His exceptional talent was evident before his feet could touch the piano pedals. He was awarded three college scholarships for academic and athletic excellence. He was an honors graduate of Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama. He was also a basketball star while at Miles College and, while in the service, was selected for the All-Army basketball and All-Army music programs. He moved to Paterson in 1963.
Paterson will deeply miss him and his music. He was frequently called upon to add his uplifting music to the programs of important community events in Paterson such as landmark addresses by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, and the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Day. While under the direction of Professor Reese, the award-winning William Paterson University Gospel Choir performed nationwide and opened for Walter Hawkins & Family in concert. The Paterson Community Choir and the interdenominational mass choir concerts and annual fellowship concerts which he organized, promoted, and directed were always tumultuously received.
Despite his demanding performance and recording schedule, Lloyd devoted a portion of his considerable energy and talent to directing several Paterson church choirs including The Gospel Choir of United Presbyterian Church of Paterson, New Jersey (formerly known as Central Presbyterian Church), and choirs at the Solid Rock Baptist Church and Community Baptist Church of Love. He also directed a gospel choir for the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Under his spirit-filled leadership and exacting training, all these choirs were dedicated to carrying their music ministry within Paterson, throughout New Jersey, and beyond. Like Lloyd Reese, they were unselfish with their time and talent. Professor Reese also served as Director of the massive Mass Choir at Cornell Universitys Annual Festival of Black Gospel music.
Reeses songwriting credits include national hit gospel music recordings with immediately engaging melodies and rhythms melded with intelligent, witty and heartfelt lyrics, like Whensonever I Pray (national top 10 for 7 weeks), Take Off Your Shoes (national top 20) and I Didnt Have No Doubt (top 30). The popularity of his song, Spread a Little Sunshine, inspired a Washington, D.C. television program. Lloyd Reese wrote and arranged songs and albums for leading recording artists, including gospel great Clara Ward (The Heart, The Faith, The Soul of Clara Ward) and jazz singers Etta James and Mitty Collier. His own recording group, the famed Lloyd Reese Singers, performed at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Apollo Theater and Newark Symphony Hall, as well as in London and Paris. He traveled with and accompanied Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Rev. James Cleveland, Dorothy Love Coates, Mahalia Jackson, the Original Gospel Harmonettes, and numerous other artists.
Lloyd s brilliant talent and versatility were evident in his wide repertoire and remarkable ability to reach all types of audiences with his music. For the past fifteen years, he had led a tremendous annual gospel music concert in South Portland, Maine. Paterson is not the only city that will miss him and his music.
Lloyd Reese and his music will live forever, not only in his recordings, but also in those who treasure the inspiration and training he gave with all his heart.
3 April 03 - Myrtis Merriweather Reyes, Class of "57" passed on this morning. She lived in Hueytown. No other details are available.
27 February 03 - Marvin Posey, Jr., the son of Marvin and Ann Posey (WHS Class of 1960) died earlier this week. A nationally renowned artist, he specialized in live performances, completing an entire painting in front of an audience while a jazz group plays. Posey Jr., a 1985 graduate of Austin Peay State University, had been in Atlanta for a performance at the Velvet Underground when he had a heart attack and died. Funeral services were held in Clarksville, Tennessee. A scholarship fund in the name of Marvin Thomas Posey, Jr. has been set up for Austin Peay State University which is where Marvin Jr. matriculated. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, make a check out to Marvin Thomas Posey, Jr. Scholarship Fund and mail to:
Marvin Thomas Posey, Jr. Scholarship Fund
PO Box 31631
Clarksville TN 37040
23 January 03 - Lawyer Robinson, Jr., WHS Class of 1960 died today as the result of an aneurysm suffered last Sunday. A Westfield native, Lawyer obtained a degree in Biology from Tuskegee Institute and enjoyed a successful career as a chemical technician at US Steel. "The Rock", his zest for life and his charming wit will be sorely missed.
16 January 03 - Lillie Steele, WHS Class of 1956, died today. A graduate of Tennessee State University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Ms Stele taught Business Education at Westfield High for five years. She was employed at IBM until retirement. After retirement, she was involved with Holy Family Elemtenary and Holy Family High Schools.
1 December 02 - Mary Louise Williams Fowlks died in Los Angeles today. Mary, more affectionately known as "Bay", attended Westfield High where she excelled on the girls' basketball team. Over the years, Mary was a regular attendee at Westfield High School reunions. She moved from Alabama to California in the mid-1950s where she met and married Essex Fowlks II. They had two children. In her working career, she owned a beauty salon and worked as a plant manager for the Los Angeles Unified School District from where she retired in 1997 after more than twenty years of service. She was a member of Brookins Community AME Church, joining when it was guided by Reverend (now Bishop) T.L. Kirkland, a lifelong family friend. Mary was a doer, not a joiner, and was a visible and vocal activist in her neighborhood.
10 November 02 - Jimmy Render Jr, a long-time member of the Los Angeles Chapter, passed away today. Born in 1935, Jimmy graduated from Westfield High School and joined the Army during the Korean conflict. After being honorable discharged, he attended Miles College. He married Margaret Ann Mitchell in 1958 and they eventually settled in the Los Angeles CA area. Continuing his education in California, Jimmy attended Compton Junior College and Southerwestern Law School. They had six children, two preceded him in death. Jimmy retired from Metropolitan Transit Line for Public Transportation in 1999.
19 Sep 02 - Willie Roosevelt Hampton, Class of 1959 and formerly of Hueytown, Alabama, passed away today. Click here for photo and more information, courtesy of Isaac Hunter
27 Aug 02 - Mr John Hudson, Sr. of Dolomite died recently and was funeralized today. He was the father of John Jr., Class of 1961; Shirley, class of 1960; & two younger sons James, and Dennis. (Submitted by Gwen Hagler)
9 July 02 - Carlton Reese, Class of 1960, suffered an aneurysm on 6 July and was on life support until it was removed today. He died without regaining consciousness. Carlton could truly hold the claim as WHS musiciologist. He was already an accomplished musician while in high school, performing at several churches and serving as the organist/choir director for the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dolomite. Carlton went on to receive degrees in music from Miles College and taught at the high shcool level in the Birmingham area. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, he wrote several songs of protest, several are now in the Library of Congress. He has been the musician of choice for several WHS reunions. In the Birmingham area, whenever there was a need, whether asked or not, Carlton was there to lend a musical hand. Just three weeks ago, he was on the program for Mrs. Penny's funeral.
15 June 02 - The funeral for Mrs Eliza Lee Penny was held today at the Antioch Baptist Church in Bessemer. A long-time teacher at Westfield High School, she was a graduate of Wilberforce University and had done additonal studies at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Fisk University, the University of Georgia an Springhill College. Including her stint at Westfield, she serve 41 years as a social studies teacher and assistant principal in several schools in the Jefferson County, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa school systems. She was a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and had served as president of the Birmingham chapter. She was also very active in various other civic enterprises, including the Ladies Limited Cultural and Civic Club of Brighton, the American Heart Association, and the NAACP, among others. But, her service and dedication to education has been the epitome of excellence.