Herbert Lee Anderson, WHS Class of 1959, passed on December 29, 2007. He was raised in Mulga, Alabama. Herb joined the Army and served in the Dominican Republic with Co. A5030 MP BN Third U.S. Army. He moved to Los Angeles in 1966 where he married, raised his sons, furthered his education, and provided for his family. He worked for Safeway and Continental Airlines. In 1975, he moved to Bakersfield to work for Mobil Oil and retired in 1995. After a couple of years, he came out of retirement to work for the State of California Corrections in Delano. He was a member of the Masons and the American Legion. Herbert was preceded in death by his father, Bennie, and brother, Curtis. He is survived by his wife, Anna; his mother, Thelma; sons: Herbert Jr., Kevin, Maurice, Derrick; brothers: Sidney, Bennie Jr., Rodney, Marcus; sisters: Shirley, Carolyn; stepson, Brian Boudreaux; and numerous aunts, cousins, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and countless friends. (Adapted from the Bakersfield Californian)
Arthur Turner, a member and long-time Sergeant at Arms of the California Chapter, passed away on 14 December, 2007 after a long illness. T.O., as he was affectionately called, graduated from Westfield High in 1950. He was married to Susie G. hutson-Turner for 26 years before she preceded him in death.After a stint in the Army, T.O. began a career with the United States Postal Service. In 1962 he moved to California where he continued to work for the Post Office until his retirement in 1986.In his retirement, T.O. enjoyed life with his loving companion and helpmate, Cathy Maxwell. After a long and hard battle, he finally succumbed to illness.He leaves to cherish his memory his companion Cathy Maxwell, two special daughters, Roseline Gray and Jacqueline Chartion, tow god-daughters, Felecia Lewis and MoNesha Violette, one brother, Jimmy Lee Turner and a host of best friends.,
Raymond Hunter died on November 16, 2007 in Alburquerque, New Mexico. The 6th of 14 children, he was born to George Hunter and Lee Gavin Hunter in Birmingham. Pastor Ray, as he was called, graduated from Hayes High School. He then briefly attended Stillman College before entering the Air Force in 1968. During his five years of service he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and participated in the Vietnam war, serving in Thailand and Korea. His last base was Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque where he settled after he left the service. In 1994 he married Joe Elizabeth McPherson. He began his ministry in 1999 at the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church. He was ordinated in 2004 and started a new church in SW Albuquerque - the Heavenly Harvest Church where he pastored along side his wife. His funeral was well attended, as was his burial with full military honers, including a military color guard. In addition to his wife, Raymond is survided by eleven siblings, ten attended the homegoing ceremonies. Isaac Hunter, of the California Chapter, is one of his siblings. Arnesha Clemons, also of the California Chapter, is his aunt.
Joe Louis, Clemon, age 63, died on November 18, 2007. He was a foot soldier in the Birmingham civil rights movement. In his senior year at Westfield High School, Joe led a group of students to Dr. Martin Luther King's demonstrations in downtown Birmingham. Assigned to desegregate the all-white restaurant of Holiday Inn Motel, his group was arrested when it non-violently refused to leave the premises without being served. In the spring of 1963, he was jailed for more than two weeks, during which from the same jail Dr. King wrote his legendary "Letter from the Birmingham Jail." His "sit-in" conviction was the lead case testing the constitutionality of Alabama's trespass law in the context of the Birmingham demonstrations. It is reported in the law books as Clemons v. City of Birmingham, 171 So.2d 456 (Ala.1965). Joe lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles. He is survived by three children: Greta Alicia (Kendric) Knox of Los Angeles, Juan Joe Johnson of Boston, and Dante (LaShandra) Johnson of Birmingham; three grandchildren; two sisters: Arnese Clemon of Los Angeles and Kate Ruth Clemon Thomas of Birmingham; one brother: U.W. (Barbara) Clemon of Birmingham; and many other relatives and friends. His nephew, Isaac Hunter, is a member of the California Chapter. (adapted from http://obits.al.com/birmingham)
Willie Mae Horton, a longtime business education teacher at Grissom High School, died Oct. 22, 2007 after a battle with lung cancer. A native of Birmingham, Horton was the eldest of seven children. A 1960 graduate of Westfield High School, she moved to Huntsville to attend Alabama A&M University, graduating with a degree in business education and later earning her master's degree in education. She began teaching at William Hooper Councill High School upon graduation, and started at Grissom when it opened in 1969. She taught business education, including typing, accounting and computer applications. She led a life focused on service, helping people without hesitation. She felt she was blessed and talented with skills and wanted to share them. Willie Mae retired in 2000.
Jimmy Wren, a 1960 graduate of Westfield High School, passed away on October 14, 2007..After high school he relocated to New York where he has lived since. An aspiring baseball player, Jimmy turned to God in 1962 and has been devoted to the ministry evver since his first sermon at the Unity Temple Church of God in Christ. He served as an assistant pastor at Freewell Church of God in Christ for 18 years. In 1981 he opened the Heaven on Earth Church of God in Christ on Roackaway Avenue and in 1982 he became the pastor of Mount Sanai # 2 COGIC. Feeling a longing for the church he founded, Pastor Wren returned ti the Heaven on Earth COGIC in 1986 and served faithfully there until his death. He was married to Lottie Louise Wren until her death. He later married Patricia Brown. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Patricia, one daughter, three sons, three stepsons, 14 siblings, 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Reported but no further information available:
Lawrence Hall, Class of 1960
Mary B. (Johnson) Harris, originally from Wylam. and a 1952 graduate of Westfield High, passed away August 22, 2007. She was an active member of the Cleveland Chapter until the decline of health. Her funeral was Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at the Watson Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to her family at 1830 Idlewood, East Cleveland, OH 44112
Homegoing Services for Mrs. Doris Faye Cummings, of Decatur, Georgia, were held August 25, 2007, 10:00 A.M. at Mount Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur, GA, Reverend Charles W. Grant, Pastor, Officiating. Interment, Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, AL. Doris, a 1963 graduate of Westfield High, is survived by sisters, Sandra Nixon, of Palm Springs, CA, Valarie (Gary) Bland of Hoover, AL, Rita (Marvin) Johnson of Hueytown, AL; sister-in-law, Jennifer Cummings of Bessemer, AL; uncles, Lester King, Bessemer, AL, Lovell Nash, Chicago, IL; aunts, Delores Sea, Chicago, IL, Thelma McCaslin, Sun City West, AZ, Wilma Cephus, Greensboro, AL, Willie Mae King and Eunice Nash of Bessemer, AL, Mary Nash, of Chicago, IL; a very special godson, Joshua Johnson, Charlotte, NC, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. (Modified from Atlanta Journal-Constitution Obit Notice @ ajc.com)
Carolyn Wright Hall, a former majorette in the Wildcat band and a member of the Class of 1965, died on 8 May 2007 in Los Angeles. After graduation, Carolyn moved to Los Angeles where she met her future husban, Larry Hall - they were wed in Devember 1986 , Carolyn, along with her husband, served in the ministry many years at the First Apostilistic Church of Inglewood. While in the ministry, Carolyn saw the devastaion of drug, depression and homeliness in the community and decided she wanted to do something about it. In 2003, she opened the Lighthouse of Hope Women and Children Shelter, operating it withour government assistance. She was featured in the September 5, 2005, edition of People Magazine article entitled: Safe Haven. The article is about how the former Docena resident turned her home into a refuge where homeless women find a bed, guidance and new beginnings. . In addition to her aid to homeless women, Carolyn was well respected by her fellow church members for a multitude of activities in which she was involved. She was also well known as a great cook, especially for her peach cobbler, macaroni and cheese and barbeque.
Oliver Waters, Class of 1947, died on 5 May 2007 in Birmingham. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife, Clara Waters, daughters Deborah Thompson and La Vonda Mosely, sons Ivery Johnson, Bruce Waters, Benny Waters, Bobby Waters and Christopher Waters and brothers Walter Waters and Lee Bennings. Funeral services were held on 12 May at Christian Walk Chistian Church.
Carol Kirkland, Class of 1960, passed away in New Jersey on 27 April 2007. Born in. 1943 to the Rev. H.E. kirkland and teacher Gladys Derrico Kirkland, Carol was the 14th of 15 children. After Westfield, she received an A.B. in Englich from Stillman College and a Masters of Arts from the University of Alabama. During her career she taught English in the Talladega County and Birmingham City school systems as well as in Irvington Nw Jersey. Carol was very active in her church; she was an advisor to the (Woman's Missionary Society (WMS), president of the Newark District Ministers Wives and Widows, Dean of WMS Institure-Christian Education Congress, recording secretary and president of the New Jersey conference Branch of WMS and President of the 1st Episcopal District WMS. In addition, she was a life member of the Women's Missionary Society of the AME Church.. Her singing and love of music complemented her work as a teacher and in her church. She served in her high school and college choirs and attendees to the WHS reunions will remember her for her work wih Carlton Reese and alone to marshall the disparate voices to form a functioning alumni chorus.. Carol is survived by her husband, Rev. Gladwin A. Fubler, sister Arletia Vandegrift, brothers Bishop Larry Kirkland and Nathaniel Kirkland, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.(Some material from the New Jersey Star-Ledger)
Deborah Clisby, originally from Docena, died in April 2007 in Southern California. She was 56 years old Her contemporaries were in the Class of 1968 or 1969.
Laurelia Trivers Abrams, age 94, passed away on 23 April 2007. She was an educator with the Jefferson County Board of Education, serving many years as a teacher at Westfield High. A graduate of Alabama A&M University, she was a member of its Normalite Alumni Association in Jefferson County She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack S. Abrams and is survived by her daughters, Carman Abrams, Monique Abrams and Vickie Burnett and son, Cyrus Abrams as well as several neices, nephews and cousins.
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Middleton, Class of 1964, died in Los Angeles on 27 February 2007. The youngest of eight children, after Westfield she attended Lawson State and Birmingham Southern University. At an early age, Gwen joined Saint Paul AME Church in Westfield and was a member of its choir. She married Nathaniel Bonner in 1978 and they had two children. She was employed as a secretary at Hayes Aircraft and at the Birmingham Hilton Hotel. In addition to her children, she leaves 5 grandchildren, a sister, two brothers, a host of neices, nephews other relatives and friends.
Otis Roosevelt Smith, Class of 1951, died on 16 February 2007. Born inDolomite in 1934, he was the oldest child of Oltis Allen and Jennie Mae Smith. He attended Dolomite Elementary and Westfield High School. After graduating at 17, Otis enter the US Air Force where he served for 22 years. While in the Air Force, he met and married Geraldine Johnson; they had two children. After retiring from the military, Otis was employed by the US Postal Service, retiring in 2000 after 25 years of service. In addition to his wife and son, he leaves to mourn his siblings Luzadie Grant, Doris Grant and Howard Smith; four step sisters, one step brother, six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Joan Foney, wife of William "Bill" Foney (Class of 1959), passed on April 22, 2007. Her homegoing ceremony was held on April 27 in Washington, DC.
Loretta Reeves, wife of Principal C. L. Reeves, died on March 30, 2007.. A holder of Master's Degree in Education, she married Mr. Reevves in 1935. They had two sons - Clarence Jr. and Everett. She spent more than 30 years as an educator in Alabama and Indiana. After Mr. Reeves died in 1999, Loretta moved to San Francisco to live with her youngest son, Everett. Upon Everett's death she move to Columbia, Maryland where she was cared for by two of her nieces. Her husband and her two sons preceded her in death.
Larrry Mallory, Class of 1959, died on March 28, 2007 in Southern California. Larry, who began his life in Westfield, alabama, was a member of the WHS basketball team. and played both basketball and baseball in college. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Mary in 1961, a marrage that lasted until her early death. To this union four children were born. Larry received the gift of the Holy Ghost in 1974 and served in various positions in the Living Gospel Church, working with his wife for over 25 years until er untimely death. An elder in the church, he served in many capacities including driving the chruch van, cleaing the church, tending the garden and teaching Sunday School. In 1997, he remarried, added Althea tho his life. He leaves to cherish his memory Althea, six children, four brothers , three sisters, six granchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives. Several of his siblings also attended Westfield High.
Willie Lee Harris, a 1955 graduate of Westfield High and a long time member of the California Chapter, passed away on 11 February 2007. He married Barbara Lusain shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1963. They had two daughters. Willie worked for 20 years at Interstate Motor Lines and another 15 years at Overnite Transportation company from where he retired in 1998.Willie was a member of New Philadelphia AME Church where he served as an usher.
James Juke Jordan, President Emeritus of the WHSAA Birmingham Chapter, departed this life on 20 December 2006. A star football player at Westfield High, he served in the US Army after high school and worked for 37 years at US Steel, then another 12 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. Among his survivors are his wife, Essie Mitchell, three children and siblings Elizabeth, Callie, Dorothy and Charles - all his siblings attended Westfield High.
Clarence Lee Brown, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed on November 23, 2006. He was the fourth of five children born to the late David Brown and the late Birlie Mae Tolbert Brown. A 1958 graduate of Westfield High School, He earned his BA Degree in History at Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. He did further studies at the Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C. and the University of Alabama-at- Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. He studied Personal Finance at the Primerica Financial Services University (PFSU), Birmingham, Alabama. He was the owner of Clarence Brown and Associates, Primerica. He was a devoted member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Ensley where he served as a trustee and the president of the local Lay Organization. Clarence was co-founder and Executive Director of Bethel-Ensley Action Tasks, Inc. (BEAT), Birmingham, Alabama. In September 2000, he retired from the U.S. Department of Labor with 30 years of Federal service. He had also taught at Wenonah High School and Jefferson State Community College. Clarence was a strong and active brother of the Alpha Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is survived by his beloved wife, Geraldine Matthews Brown, Westfield High Class of 1960; sons, Clarence Lee Brown II and Dana Garth Brown; and a host of nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins, in-laws, godchildren, and friends.
Margaret McCamble Glaze was called to rest on November 13, 2006. Born in 1941 to the late Hattie McCamble and Cleveland Washington, Margaret attended Westfield High, graduating in the Class of 1959. After high school, her employment included working at Winn-Dixie, in private duty nurse and as a florist. Sje ;eaves to cherish her memories a brother (Thomas McCamble), three sisters (Jeanette Washington, Christine Washington Crews, and Mary Washington) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Alexander Hasberry, age 91, of Bessemer's Shades Valley community died Saturday, September 16, 2006. He was a graduate of Westfield High School, a veteran of World War II, and a member of Burstall Masonic Lodge #768. Following more than thirty years of employment, he retired from U.S. Steel. Mr. Hasberry was a member of Greater 14th Street Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, member of the Male Chorus, Sunday School Superintendent and member of the Christian Union. He is survived by a loving wife, Omega B. Hasberry; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Wayne Coleman, three grandchildren, Jasmine, Jalyssa, and Richard; one brother, Glenn Hasberry.
Yvonne W. Rodgers passed on September 7, 2006, after a long illness with cancer. Graveside service only, will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at Memory Hill Garden Cemetery, 2200 Skyland Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, Al. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to her husband at their home:
William Rodgers or daughter, Lisa Rodgers
3811 27th Street
Tuscaloosa, Al 35401
Tel # 205-752-9321
Henry Dean, age 65, the son of the late Reverend Lewis and Annie Kate Dean, died on 6 August, 2006. Funeral services were held on 12 August at St. Johns Baptist Church in Dolomite, AL. Sonny Boy, as he was called, was a supervisor/foreman for Domino Sugar for 31 years, and, after leaving Domino, moved to Stone Mountain Georgia and started the successful Dean Janiorial and Associates. Henry, a member of Westfield High Class of 1959, attended many of the annual reunions. He was well known for assisting others, particulary in fixing things around their houses, Sonny Boy leaves to mourn his passing three daughters (Trenna, Adrienne and Lisa), three sons (Donald, Deyon and Darrell), four sisters (Mary, Lula, Sandra and Vernelda), three brothers (Lewis, Jr., Stanley and Eddie - Brother Robert preceded him in death) and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and relatives and friends.
Sandra Jean Bryant Jones, age 59, died on 3 August, 2006 in Dolomite, AL. A graduate of Westfield High School (Class of 1965), she attended Alabama A&M University, where she received a Bachelor's and several Masters degrees. Ms Jones was a long-time community servant and educator in the Huntsville City School System, retiring from Rolling Hills Elementary School after 30 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Jones, and father, James Bryant, Sr. Survivors include her son, Kelvin Dominic Jones Esq.; mother, Mamie K. Bryant; sister, Beverly B. Redrick; and brother James Bryant, Jr. Sandra also leaves to cherish her memory a host of in-laws, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins, classmates, students, colleagues and friends. A celebration of her life was held on 12 August at First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. (Excerpted from the Birmingham News, 8/11/06)
Louise Reed Fortson, of Dolomite, AL, passed away at her home on May 23, 2006. Louise, age 73, was raised in Westfield and was a 1950 graduate of Westfield High. Her gift for music, discovered at an early age, was a lifelong passion that she pursued at several churches in Ohio and the Birmingham area.She was employed for eighteen years by the US Postal Service in Birmingham. A sister of Edwena Reed, Leah Reed Thompson and Floretta Reed Driver, she was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur James and Flora Reed, and her brother, James McArthur Reed.
Raymond D. Jones, age 56 of Mulga, AL, passed away May 4, 2006. He was a construction worker with Alabama Power Company and a member of Peace Baptist Church of Mulga. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Mae Jones of Mulga; son, Raynard Jones; sister, Ms. Loette Jones; brothers, Anthony Jones; and granddaughter, Jamia Roberts. Loette (Pookie), . a 1971 Westifeld graduate, is active in the Alumni Association.
Earl Dixon, Sr., husband of Luvera Johnson Dixon (WHS class of 1960) died April 29. 2006. He was born to the union of the late Mr. Curley Dixon and the late Mrs. Eliza Horn Carter in Choctaw, Alabama. Earl accepted Christ early in life and moved to Birmingham, AL. He later moved to Detroit, MI where he was employed by General Motors. After retirement he moved back home to Birmingham and joined the Parkshill Full Gospel Church where his son, Earl Dixon, Jr. served as Pastor. He was preceded in death by his biological father, Curley Dixon; brother, Charles Robinson; step-father, Mr. Gabriel (Big-Daddy) Carter; and his mother, Mrs. Eliza Carter. (Adopted from Bham News)
Geneva Madden Birton, 65 (WHS Class of 1959) of Lynwood California, died on April 27, 2006. The second of nine children born to Joseph and Lillian Pearl Madden, Geneva was a majorette at Westfield High.. Geneva .worked at the Arleta House for four years, where she was responsible for caring for handicapped children. Her father, mother and two brothers preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Valerie (Duane), six siblings, five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends..
Allen Morris Logan Jr., 59, of Huntsville, lost his lengthy battle with scleroderma on April 15, 2006 at Huntsville Hospital. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Morgan Logan of Birmingham and the late Mr. Allen M. Logan Sr. Mr. Logan was a 1964 Graduate of Westfield High School in Birmingham. He began his collegiate studies at Alabama A&M College before being inducted in the U.S. Army in November 1965. While in the Army, he became a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, 327th Infantry Division. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was a member of the Tiger Force Recon Platoon. Allen earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, two Bronze Stars with Valor, and a Purple Heart. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return from Vietnam, he was a hand-to-hand combat instructor for the Airborne Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. After three years of service, he was honorably discharged and returned to Alabama A&M, where he earned his B.S. degree in elementary education and a M.S. degree in special education and his certification in administration through the University of Alabama. Mr. Logan served 35 years as a devoted educator in the Huntsville city school system. For 17 years he was a teacher at Stone Middle School. He then served one year as the assistant principal at Morris and Rolling Hills Elementary schools. The last 17 years of his career were spent at Terry Heights Elementary School as principal. He leaves to celebrate his memory a devoted and loving wife of 36 years, Gloria Y. Logan; daughter, Amelia Logan of Hazel Green, mother, Mary Morgan Logan of Birmingham and a host of other relatives.
Josephus Jackson, age 60, of Dolomite, died March 25, 2006. Known as Lonnie Jr. to his family and friends, Josephus was the sixth of seven kids born to Flozell jackson and Frances Hughes jackson in Clinton, Alabama. Both parents preceded him in death. A member of New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Dolomite, his survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, a grandchild, five sisters and one stepsister.(Dorothy, Fannie, Bernice, Olivia, Earnestine and Cora) , and one brother (Flozell).
Sarah Pullom, age 60 of Docena, passed away April 6, 2006. A member of WHS Class of 1963, she is survived by her daughter, Lisa Brown; grandchildren, Emanuel, Cruz and Latonya of Tupelo, MS; three sisters; two brothers; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Fannie Mae Sanders departed this life on March 17, 2006. Born in Birmingham, she attended elementary and high school in Birmingham and was a graduate of Alabama State University. She later received a Masters in Secondary Education from Governor State University in Chicago.She married Alford Johnson in 1950 and they had one child. Before moving to Chicago in 1961, Mae taught at Booker T. Washington Business College and Westfield High School. In Chicago, she was employed at Lincoln Elementary School and Bloom Township High. After retiring as a guidance counselor at Bloom Trail High School, she returned to Alabama where she became an active in various groups including the Bethel Baptist Church of Collegeville, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Ladies of Leisure Social Club. Mae leaves to mourn her son Norman R. Johnson, two brothers, a sister, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Dorothy Wilson Clemons died February 26, 2006. Born in May 1942, Dorothy was a 1960 graduate of Westfield High. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Daniel Payne College. She was married to the late Moses Clemons; they had one son, Billy Lamar Clemons. Dorothy taught in public schools in Alabama and Michigan. She came to Atlanta in 1974 where she eventually oined Mt. Carmel AME Churches. At her death, she was serving as an Associate Minister. In addition to her son, her survivors include Ruth Wilson Mays (WHS61), and Rev. Omega Wilson Price (WHS65).
Rev. Lewis Dean, Sr., age 88, of Dolomite, died February 16, 2006. He was the father of Louis, (Jr.), Mary, Lula, Henry, (Jr.), Stanley, Vernelda, Sandra, Eddie and the late Robert Dean.. Funeral Services were held February 21, 2006 at St. John Baptist Church, Dolomite, with burial in Carver Memorial Gardens (From B'ham News)
Charles Wesley Edwards, age 59, of Dolomite, died Tuesday, February 14, 2006. Survivors include daughter, Tammy Johnson; sons, Victor Edwards and Charles Edwards, Jr.; mother, Mrs. Annie Lett Edwards; sisters, Juanita Houston, Vivian Edwards, Sandra Odom, Deloria Magloire, Brenda Edwards and Veronica German; brothers, Grady Edwards, Jackie Edwards, Algrin Edwards, Neuburn Edwards and Delanford Edwards; and grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Poole Funeral Chapel, with burial in Carver Memorial Gardens. (From B'ham News)
Marvel Jean Martin, age 62, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died February 8, 2006. Funeral Services were held Saturday, February 18, at 1 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Dolomite with burial in Lassie Cemetery in West Blocton. Rev. Bryant officiating. Marvel, a sister of Loretha Martin Sturdivant, spent her freshman and sophomore years at Westfield High before transferring to Abrams, where she graduated. Survivors include one daughter, Ms. Katara Sharpe (From B'ham News & email).
Billie Clemon Sr., age 82 of Birmingham, died Tuesday, February 6, 2006. He was a retired roofing contractor and deer hunting was his avocation. He was a member of Bethel AME Church. He is preceded in death by his wife, Susie Louise Clemon. He is survived by his sons, Billie Clemon, Jr., William Clemon (Tanya) and Darnell Clemon; daughters, Dorothy Clemon, Arthurene Clemon and Venessa Tucker (Michael); stepsons, Morris Scott (Carolyn) and Bernard Long (Veronica); stepdaughters, Velma Doreen Sloan and Toni L. Johnson; sisters, Arnese Clemon and Kate C. Thomas; brothers, U.W. Clemon (Barbara) and Joe Louis Clemon, as well as 24 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 at Bethel AME Church, 1000 Alexander Street, Dolomite. (From B'ham News)
Va Ellen Bowman Passes
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Va Ellen Virginia Bowman, charter member and long-time president of the California Chapter. Va Ellen passed on Sunday, January 1, 2006 after a long-time illness. She had attended every reunion until she became too ill to travel. Va Ellen, 73, was born in Fulton, AL, later moving to the Birmingham area where she attended Westfield High School. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1952 where she joined the Hays Tabernacle CME Church. In the church, she served as captain, vice-president and ultimately, president of the Usher Board.She was elected first president lf the Ushers at the Connectional level and as a member of the Annual Conference Women's Missionary Society and Conference Hostess Committee, Over the years she received many prestigious awards, including Usher of the Year, Woman of the Year, Interdenominational National Ushers ACC Pauline Award. She served as treasurer, vice-president and president of the California Chapter of the Westfield High School Alumni Association. Va Ellen was the widow of Leonard C. Bowman and a devoted mother to five children, Beatrice Huff, Linda Johnson, Diane Clay, Annie Pearl (deceased) and Farley Lanier (deceased).Services were held on January 13 at Hays Tabernacle CME Church with internment at Inglewood Park Cemetery.