LOUISE JOHNSON McKEOWN, 80, of Houston, TX was called home to glory on December 5, 2014. She was the eldest of eight children born to the late Cottrell and Lucile Render Johnson in Greenville, Georgia on November 23, 1934. During her childhood, her family relocated to Westfield, Alabama. She confessed her soul to Christ at an early age and joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Westfield. She was educated in the Jefferson County School System, matriculating at Westfield No. 1 and No. 2 Schools, then Westfield High School. She attended and received certification from Miles College and the School of Allied Health at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She was a Patient Activities Coordinator for Jefferson County Department of Health at Western Mental Health Center, for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. Cecil McKeown; two sons, Frederick and Gregory McKeown; brothers, Cottrell, Jr., Samuel, Charles, and David Johnson, sisters, Cora Taylor and Pearlie Denson. She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Dr. Cecilia McKeown-Biagas (Glenn), Sugar Land, Texas and Leslie Michele McKeown, Houston, Texas; two sons, K endra, and Kenneth McKeown, Joshua Parker - all of Birmingham, AL, Javone Bentley (Ladarius), Denise McKeown, of Houston, Texas and; Latricea (Demond) Dickerson, Tydala Cargile, Milo Cargile, all of Detroit, Michigan; four precious great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins. (Adapted from Bham News)
DR MURRAY MORROW JR. died on November 20, 2014. He was 74. A 1959 graduate of Westfield High School. he earned a degree in education from Miles College and began teaching in Georgia. Further matriculation was done at Wayne State University where he earned his Doctorate of Education. While residing in Michigan, Dr. Morrow was a renowned musician for several churches. He was a dedicated member of Hope United Methodist, Southfield, Michigan where he led numerous ministries. He was a Brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and upon returning to Birmingham, he worked for the Alabama Department of Mental Health. Murray served as vice-president and then president of the Birmingham Chapter. He is survived by Annie Brightwell Morrow, his wife of 45 years; daughters, Arnisha Agee and Kornelia (Derrick) McDaniel; siblings, Louise (Roland) Foster, Bernice (Anderson) MaHan, Brenda (Dwight) Beaver, Linda (Gary) Morrow-Olds, Tommy, Samuel (Marcia) and David (Patriece) Morrow; grandchildren, Kaylan, Arielle and Derrick.
ARNESE CLEMONS, age 74, of Los Angeles, California, died on October 27, 2014. She was an honors graduate of Jefferson CouArnese Clemonnty's Westfield High School (Class of 1958) and Miles College (Class of 1962). She taught high school biology in the Los Angeles School System for many years. She received masters degrees from Oregon State University and Pepperdine University. The City of Los Angeles awarded her with a plaque for her work with high school dropouts. On December 23, 1986, USA Today featured her on the front page of its "Life" section as one of its "People Who Made a Difference." She is survived by a brother, U.W. Clemon (Barbara L.) of Birmingham; a sister, Kate C. Thomas of Birmingham; goddaughter/niece Greta C. Knox (Kendrick) of Los Angeles; special nephew Isaac Hunter of Gardena, California; surrogate goddaughters Mikeisha Deason and Shanisha Franklin of Los Angeles, California, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Memorial Service were be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Fairfield Alabama and on December 6, 2014 in Los Angeles California.
WILLIAM C. GRAY, 84, died on October 12, 2914. He was the fourth in a family of seven born to Jim and Minnie Lee Pippen Gray of Westfield, AL. Bill was raised in Westfield and attended Westfield schools before joining the Army at 17/18. The family relocated to Fairfield in 1951 and he married Mary Lois Davis of Birmingham in 1952. Of that union, three children (William. Julius [deceased] and Tiwanna) were born. Later in life he relocated to Detroit and in 1970 married Nancy Adadow. During his early years in Detroit Bill pursued a professional bowling career and he managed the Drome lounge at the Dexter Bowling Alley. He also worked for Chrysler and Ford Motor Company and was a supervisor at the Livonia Transmission Plant. He had a breathtaking bass voice and was a featured soloist with several groups including Harold Smith and the Majestics. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 44 years (Nancy Gray), a son and a daughter, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, sister Mary, brothers Leon and Harold, cousin Andrea Shaw and several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
CLAUDETTE CRUM MASSEY, age 72 of La Palma CA transitoned to Glory on September 26, 2014. She graduated as valedictorian of the 1959 class of Coahoma High School, Clarksdale MS and received a Bachelor of Arts from Coahoma Junior College. She earned a BS in Nursing from Tuskegee Institute and an MS in Nursing from California State University, San Jose. While at Tuskegee she pledged Chi Eta Phi (a nursing sorority) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. After Tuskegee, Claudette was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp and served three years, leaving as a Captain. She also worked as a Headstart nurse in New Hampshire and for 25 years as a staff nurse in Newport Beach, CA. She leaves to cherish her memory Ed Massey, her husband of 48 years; daughters Joycelyn Massey and Kristel Robinson; granddaughters Keira and Elena Robinson, an uncle and aunt, one sister, one brother and a host of cousins.
MELVIN GRANT, age 74 died on July 20, 2014, surrounded by his family. He MGrantgraduated with honors from Westfield High in 1957 . He also graduated with honor from Miles College with a degree in Mathematics. While at Miles he letter in footballk basketball and baseball. He earned his Master's Degree in mathematics with honors from Southern Illinois University. Melvin began his teaching career in 1961 at Hooper City High where he taught Mathematics and coached football, basketball and baseball. In 1973 he transferred to Wenonah High where he was the chairman of the Mathematics Department , coach of the Academic Bowl and Math Teams, served as head football coach and also coached basketball and baseball until his retirement in 1995. He was a lifelong and devoted member of St. Paul AME Church, Wylam where he served as Superintendent of the Sunday School and also served as a Steward. Melvin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Luzadie, his daughter, Attorney Twala Grant Wallace, his sisters Roberta Johnson and Georgia Mayes, sister in law, Doris Grant, brothe-in-law Howad Smith and a host of other family and friends.
NORMA REBECCA COLEMAN MAYFIELD died on March 5, 2014. Born January 30, 1933 in Westfield, AL, she was the fourth of eight siblings born to Matthew Coleman, Sr and Norma Virginia Pippens Coleman, both whom preceded her in death. An excellent student, she graduated from Westfield High School at 16 years old. Soon after she married Allen (A.D.) Mayfield. To this union of 61 years was born four children. Relocating to Detroit in 1950, Norma graduated from Parker Institute as a Medical associate and was employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, She retired as a supervisor and peer review analyst after 23 years of service. Norma was energetic within her church (Temple A.M.E. Zion) and in her community.Among the many positions she held were Director of Christian Education, Vicce-President of Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society and Chairperson of Legislative Affairs for Annual Conference.She was recognized by the City of Detroit for her many outstanding contributions to her community, including President of the Mound, Outer Drive, Ryan, Seven Mile Association President of the We Care Day Committee, and active member of several community improvement, safety and educational organizations. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son and daughter. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one sister, two brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.
LEWIS RUTLEDGE of San Diego died on February 22, 2014. Born on September 27, 1940, he was married to Jessie Mae Simmons of Docena in 1972. Lewis served in US Navy and US Coast Guard for 20 years, retiring on New Years Day, 1980. After retirement, he settled in San Diego and worked at San Diego State University for 20 years.Lewis was an active member of Bayview Baptist Church and loved to travel, especially on cruises. He is survived by his wife, two children, five grandhildren and three great-grandchildren.
ESSIE BRAGG of the California Chapter passed away on February 7 after a long illness. Bragg was a Westfieldian in the late ‘40s.
McDONALD REED of Pittsburgh, PA passed on February 5, 2014. McDonald grew up in the former Westfield community in Birmingham and he was a 1958 graduate of Westfield High School.
DOLORES SANDERS MITCHELL, 74, passed away on September 9, 2013. A 1957 graduate of Westfield High, she attended Miles College and Miles Law School. She was the oldest graduate of the Law School. Dolores taught in the Jefferson County School System, retiring after 35 years, She was last employed at Sandusky Elementary School. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Dolores is survived by her son, Curtis Mitchell, Jr., sister Alma Sims, brothers, Clarence and O'Neal Sanders, fifteen grandchilcren, threee great-grandchildren, special niece, Jo Ann Jones and special nephew, Joseph Jones.
RUBY GILLISPIE SANDERS, passed on September 9, 2013. She was born and reared in Hissop, Alabama and later moved to Jefferson County where she attended Westfield High School. She was united in holy matrimony to John Sanders, Jr. and to this union six children were born. She was a classroom instructor for over 35 years. She was prede-ceased by parents, Homer and Mary Gillispie; son, Marvin Sanders; and brother, Carnett Gillispie. Her precious memories will be cherished by: husband, John Sanders, Jr.; two sons, Gregory Sanders, Reginald (Janice) Sanders; three daughters, LaCosta (Norris) Banks and Angenetta Overstreet , both of Birmingham, Donna Sanders of Atlanta; two brothers, Roosevelt (Alma) Gillispie of Birmingham, Andrew (Frances) Gillispie of Atlanta, GA and Tommy Gillispie, who was reared as a brother; two sisters-in-law: Amy Gillispie and Helen Davidson; uncle, Thomas Jackson of Youngstown, Ohio; aunt, Bonnie Jones of Youngstown, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
GEORGE W. BELLE, 71, passed on July 11, 2013. A 1960 graduate of Westfield High, George received a BA degree in Education from Monte Valley University and studied further in New York, receiving his Masters degree in English and Fench. He continued his study of French in France. He began teaching in Mississippi, moving to the Jefferson County school system a year later where he taught high school English and French and was a senior advisor for over 20 years while studying for his Ph.D. Later he became an assistant principal and served in that capacity for over ten years. After retiring from the Jefferson County School System, George accepted a position as an English and French professor at Miles College, eventually becoming a career guidance counselor. George traveled extensively, taking yearly trips to France with his French class students. George was active in the Birmingham civil and social rights movements - in his younger years, he arranged a beauty pageant for black women when they were barred from participating in local and Alabama state pageants. He was know for being an outstanding bass singer, having sang with the Carlton Reese Singers.
JANIE PRINGLE MAXEY passed on July 5, 2013. Janie was a graduate of Westfield High, Class of 1959.
GREGORY CHISOLM, 61, died on May 19, 2013. He was born in Adamsville, AL, the 6th of 10 children of Willie Sr. and Minnie Chisolm. Though he didn't attend Westfield High, several of his siblings, including Arthur and Phelan, did. Greg was an accomplished musician, playing piano and trumpet in "Total Destruction", a finalist in a Battle of the Bands contest. Greg had a long history in retail management with Kinney's Shoes, J.C. Penney and Check into Cash and for a short stunt, was a 7-Eleven store manager. He married in 1969 and had 4 children. He was living in Las Vegas at the time of his death. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, six siblings, his mother and a host of nephews, neices and other relatives and friends. Four brothers and his father preceded him in death.
ERNEST GRAY, 84, died on May 15. 2013. He was the third in a faily of seven born to Jim and Minnie Lee Pippen Gray of Westfield, AL. Ernest attend Westfield schools and played football for Westfield High. He was employed at US Steel where he worked in the Tin-Mill Fairfield Works for 12 months and Fairfield Coke and Chemical for 39.5 years. In addition, he was a Fairfield police officer for six years and a security officer for 15 years. He was a lover of Gospel music and was well known for his melodious gospel voice. At Saint Paul AME Church in Fairfield he held several office in the choir and Trustee Board. He was preceded in death by one daughter, three sons and two brothers. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife (Annie M. Gray), 12 children24 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
WILLIE MAE CLARK FANIEL, 79,passed away on May 4, 2013. The only child of Norman and Blanche Mincy Clark, she was born and raised in Adamsville Alabama and was a graduate of Westfield High School and Miles College. She married Johnnie B. Faniel in 1955. After moving to Fairfield, she joined First Baptist Church where she was a member of several choirs and served as secretary in several church organizations. She was a memver of the Westfield High Alumni Association and Fairfield Wsinging Seniors. Mae taught high school English in Columbus MS, Tuscaloosa, Leeds and Fairfield. She leaves an uncle and aunt, an adopted daughter and a goddaughter, and a host of other relatives and friends.
BERNIEDINE ROBINSON BROWN, 68 of Detroit passed away April 10, 2013. She is survived by husband, Henry A. Brown; mother, Thelma H. Robinson; sisters, Lucille (Jerry) Lewis and Coretta Jefferson; brothers, Thomas E. (Doris) Robinson and Ralph Robinson. Her siblings, Arlene and Lawyer, preceded her in death
ROBERT C. WOODALL, 52, died on April 13, 2013 after an automobile accident near Atlanta, Ga. The child of the late Raife "Woody" and Ethel Wright Woodall, he graduated in 1979 from Firestone High School in Akron Ohio and received a Bachelor of Accounting from The University of Akron in 1984. He had lived in St Petersburg FL just prior to his death. He leaves to celebrate the legacy of his life: his children, Odessa (Jeremy) Biandudi of Tampa, Fla., Mallory (Tyrone) Williams of St. Petersburg, Fla., Megan (Justin) Hires of Burbank, Calif., Robert (fiancée Logan Gallardo) Woodall of Albuquerque, N.M.; his wife of 29 years, Lora Kyle-Woodall of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his mother, Ethel Woodall of Akron, Ohio; his mother-in-law, Bobbie Jean (Eugene) Murray of Los Angeles, Calif.; Godgrandmother, Mary Culver; Godparents, Robert and Sammie Kate Taylor of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Alyssa Williams of St. Petersburg, Fla., Ethan Biandudi of Tampa, Fla., Jai Hires of Burbank, Calif.; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
MILDRED H. THOMAS, age 77 of Docena, AL departed this life on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in a local hospital. Mrs. Thomas was very active in the community. Prior to her retirement, she taught English at Hueytown High School, she was a member of Tuxedo Neighborhood Association in Ensley and she was also a member of The Westfield High School Alumni Association. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father and four siblings. She is survived by two sisters; Vera M. Fields and Mabel R. Smith both of Detroit, MI ; other loving family members and friends.
STANLEY JUAN DEAN, Age 69 of Fairfield (originally of Dolomite), made his transition on Feb. 28, 2013. He was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, member of Galilee Baptist Church Fairfield and U.S. Air Force Veteran. His survivors include wife Bertha Dean, 5 Children, 6 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandchild and Special Friend, Gwendolyn Davis.
JOHN JOSEPH "PETE" THREATS, age 61 of Hueytown (originally from Dolomite), passed away on January 30, 2013. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lucretia "Ann" Threats; daughter, Tamekia; son, Ivan; sister, Bernadette Johnson; five brothers, Edward (Justine), Walter (Doris), Larry (Loraine), Carl and Eric Threats; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
STEVE H. BENNETT, 70, passed on to eternal life on December 24, 2012. Steve was a member of Wesrfield Class of 1960 and, for several years, drove the school bus from the Johns/Virginia Mines area. Steve moved to New York in 1961 to be near Ruby, his childhood sweetheart. They were married in 1961 From this marriage they had two daughters and one son. In 1968, Steve moved to Detroit where, for 27 years he worked at General Motors, retiring after 27 years as a supervisor.He leaves to cherish precious memories of their lives together his wife Ruby, two daughters (Robin and Stephanie), five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one brother and four sisters. His son, Gerry Lynn preceded him in death.
VAN ROY CROOMS, husband of California Chapter member, Bertha Croom, died on October 21, 2012. Van attended Jefferson High in Los Angeles and after high school, he served in the US Marines for four years. He went on to attend L.A. Trade Technical College where he studied photography. Van was employed with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for 23 years, retiring in November 2008. Van is survived by his wife, Bertha, 10 children, seven step-children, two brothers and three sisters, three step-siblings and numerous grand- and great grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces, in-laws and friends.
REV. GUS HARPER JR., Age 68, of Fairfield, passed away August 29, 2012. Gus, originally from Dolomite, was a 1962 graduate of Westfield High.
JUANITA FORREST, age 94, departed this life August 28, 2012.Ms Forrest, of Dolomite, was the mother of George Forrest, a member of the WHS Class of 1964.
MARY CARTER TYNER, Age 92 of Dolomite, died Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Hannah, as she was known, was the mother of Wilma and Thelma Tyner, both WHS alumni.
ELLEN YEARBY LEWIS, Age 69, of Docena, passed away August 14, 2012. She was a graduate of Westfield High School, Class of 1962
HENRIETTA GRACEY, Age 60, of Bessemer, passed away Sat., Aug. 18th. She was a graduate of Westfield High School, class of 1970. She is survived by her daughter and son, a sister, two brothers and four grandchildren.
WILMA TYNER CARTER, 67 of Dolomite, died Saturday, August 18, 2012.
ROSE TURNER STURDIVANT of Birmingham, AL transitioned from this life to eternity on August 8, 2012. She was a 1961 graduate of Westfield High School. For many years she taught at Holy Family Elementary School. Later becoming the Director of Religious Education for Holy Family Church. Rose is survived by her mother, her husband, Gary A. Sturvidant; a daughter, and a son, an aunt, a sister-in-law, three grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
DEACON EDDIE LEE SANDERS, Age 68 of Birmingham made his transition on Monday August 6, 2012. A native of Hale County, he was a member of New Bethlehem Baptist Church Dolomite, where he served as chairman of the Deacon Board. Eddie was a U.S. Army Veteran, a former salesman at Jim Skinner Ford, and a 1962 graduate of Westfield High School. Survivors include his devoted Wife; Katie Sanders, three children, seven brothers and sisters; and three brothers- and Sister-in-law.
ANNIE M. KING LEE, Age 73, of Pleasant Grove, AL passed away July 22, 2012. Annie was a member of Westfield High Class of 1957. Surviving are 3 daughters; 3 sons; 3 sisters; and 1 brother.
DORIS (FONEY) MAIDEN, of Stone Mountain, GA (formerly Birmingham, AL) died Saturday, July 7, 2012. Doris, a sister of Bill Foney, was a Westfield High graduate. Service were held Friday, July 13, in Stone Mountain, GA 30088.
ARTHUR "PETE" WILKINS passed away on July 5, 2012. He was a Brundidge, Alabama native, Bessemer resident and graduate of Westfield High School. A graduate of Miles College, where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football, and the University of Montevallo. He had been football, basketball, baseball and track coach with Jefferson County Schools, starting at Woodward Junior High then Westfield High prior to becoming basketball coach at Miles College. Further advancement took him to Birmingham City Schools for many years as Athletic Director from which he retired. Pete was a charter member of Miles College Sports Hall of Fame, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an Official with the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Returning to employment, Pete served as Interim Athletic Director with Bessemer Board of Education. Because of his dedication as an Alabama Special Olympics organizer, Bessemer City Schools named their Special Olympics in his honor. Pete took pride in his lawn and any and all horticulture activities. He was Vir Noblis, Lector and Usher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He leaves to cherish his memories wife, Dorothy Groggins Wilkins; two sons and a daughter, brother, James Wilkins; two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Erma G. Robinson and Claudette Wilkins; lifelong childhood friend, Melvin Grant and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. (Adapted from the Birmingham News)
GLADYS BLACKMON MORROW departed this life May 18, 2012. A resident of Southern California, she was a graduate of Westfield High, Class of 1947.
TIMOTHY WALTON, a member of the WHS Class of 1957 passed away on April 11, 2012 in University Heights, Ohio. Tim, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, is survived by his wife, Shirley, and sons, Kenneth, Terrence and Robert.
KING A. SMITH, JR., Age 79, of Buffalo, New York, passed away Feb. 27, 2012. He was a member of Fairfield's St. Paul AME where he was a member of Usher Board. Mr Smith was a graduate of Westfield High School, and a huge fan of sports, especially baseball. Surviving are his sister, Mrs. Carrie Sumpter; brother, Jodie Smith; and nephew, Donald (Janie) Smith.
EDGAR J. "SONNY" TERRY, Age 76, of Hueytown, passed away Thurs., Feb. 16, 2012. A graduate of Westfield High, he was a past president of the Birmingham Chapter. Sonny, a Marine Corp Veteran and a retired laborer of Conner Steel Company, was a member of St. Paul A M E Church in Fairfield. Surviving are his son, Roderick Lewis; sisters, Claudette Arrington & Danetta Dew; grandson, Rashad Lewis; and very special niece, Kimberly Walker.
RAYMOND COCHRAN’s remains were discovered on February 13, 2012 in an area off 20th Street, Ensley, near a county sewage treatment plant. Raymond, a 1959 Westfield High School graduate, suffered from dementia and was reported missing on June 17, 2010. Coroner's officials were able to identify Cochran through a variety of medical records, including an MRI that showed a rare split in Cochran's skull.
SANDERS, ANNIE RUTH THOMAS, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 1, 2011. She is survived by her children: Faye Groom of Huntsville, Antoinette Halsey, Andrew Thomas (Cathy); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, John Sanders; one sister, Helen Davidson; a host of other relatives and friends.
ETHEL HALL, English teacher at Westfield High and the first African-American woman ever electedto the Alabama Board of Education, died on November 12, 2011 after a short illness. A resident of Fairfield, Mrs Hall was first elected to the Board in 1986 and served for 24 years - until she retired in January of this year. A Democrat, Mrs Hall served for ten years as the Board's vice-president, even enjoying the support of Republicans who respected her grace and sense of fair play. Mrs Hall spent 12 years as a teacher at Westfield before working with dropouts for the US Department of Labor. Afterwards she was the only Black instructor at the University of Montevallo. Subsequently, she was recruited by the University of Alabama and retired from there in 1999. In 2010, she released a book, "My Journey: A Memoir of the First African American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education," which she co-wrote with Carmelita Bivens. Much of the book recounted her work on the school board. Alfred Hall, her husband of 55 years, preceded her in death.
ANN LUCILLE BLACK, Age 77, of Birmingham, AL, passed away on October 12, 2011. Ms Black was a long-time teacher at Westfield High.
PEGGY HEAD MASTIN passed on September 20, 2011. A Westfield High graduate, she was the mother of Ronald Mastin (WHS 67) and the late George Mastin (WHS 65).
WILLIAM HAWES, age 86, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away September 10, 2011. He was a dedicated educator for over forty years and worked in both the Jefferson County and Birmingham City School Systems. He served as Principal of Pipe Shop Elementary, Westfield High School and Wenonah High School. He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He leaves to cherish his memory: a daughter, Debra (Darryl) Crook; an adored granddaughter, Jordan Alexandra Crook; one uncle, three nieces, and three god-grandchildren. Viewing will be held Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 11:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. with the Phi Beta Sigma homegoing ceremony and family visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Smith & Gaston Southside Chapel. Graveside service will be held Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Elmwood Cemetery.
GEORGE MURPHY MASTIN JR., of Birmingham, died on September 2, 2011. George, age 63, was a 1966 graduate of Westfield High.
HENRINELL WASHINGTON MATTHEWS, age 70, of Columbus, OH, died on August 30, 2011. Henrinell was born in Birmingham, AL to the late James Henry and Geneva Washington and was a member of Westfield High Class of 1959. She was a cosmetologist at Chibamba's and owner of Coiffures By Nell. Elder Matthews was a member of the Triedstone Baptist Church where she served on the Ministerial Staff. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her grandmother Easter Williams. Left to cherish her memory husband, Walter Matthews; son, Sirron (Aundrea) Matthews; daughter, Shikena (Taaven) Jones; nine grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
MRS. MONTERESA BURTS SANDERS ( "RE BABY") , age 58, was called home to rest on August 29, 2011. She was a 1970 graduate of Westfield High School and also attended Lawson State Community College. She had retired from the Department of Public Safety after 30 years of service. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Mulga, AL for many years and later united with Trinity Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Survivors include her husband, Cloviece T. Sanders, Sr.; three sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
SHERRI BLACKMON JOHNSON, Class of 1971, passed August 23,2011. Born on December 23, 1952, Sherri was the 15th child born to Mark and Eloise Blackmon. Graveside services were held in Perris California on Thursday, September 1, 2011.
ANNIE HART POSEY, a member of WHS Class of 1960, exited this life on August 6, 2011. After Westfield, Ann studied at Booker T. Washington Business College in Birmingham and Austin Peay University in Tennessee where she became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Married to Marvin Posey, also of the WHS Class of 1960, the two were variously described as exceptional parents and "gap fillers" for many, particulary students at Austin Peay. Memorial services were held on Saturday, August 13, 2011.
WARREN MALLORY died on July 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of the class of 1942. He is survived by his wife Elease, 2 children, 3 sisters (Ruth, Margie and Dean) and 3 brothers ( Ivory, Harold and Leslie).
LEOLA COACHMAN COWAN of the Westfield community passed away on July 1, 2011. She was the aunt of Lynette Coachman Bryant and Delores Coachman Bryant, both Westfield graduates and consistent WHSAA reunion attendees.
JAMES ZINNERMAN, 64 of Dolomite exchanged time for eternity on June 9, 2011. James was a 1965 graduate of Westfield High and, for many years, was very active in the Westfield Booster Club.
DR LILLIE KING, 88, died on May 16, 2011. A native of Birmingham, Dr King was a nationally known higher education develeopment administrator who retired as Vice-Chancellor from North Carolina At&T University in 1997. A graduate of Parker High School, she received a BS degree from Alabama State University, a MS degree from Tuskegee University and a PhD from the University of Alabama. A one-time teacher at Westfield High, Dr King also held positions at Miles College and Florida A&M University. Dr. King is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter, a grandson, a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews and a host of great- and great-grand nieces and nephews and many loving friends.
VIRGIE STEED BOSWELL of Decatur, GA, passed on May 14. She was a member of WHS Class of 1959. She is survived by her husband, Calvin Boswell, Sr.; five children, three sisters, three brothers, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
ALLAN D. MAYFIELD, a WHS graduate and member of the Detroit Chapter, passed on June 2, in Detroit Michigan. He was married to the former Norma Coleman, also a WHS graduate and member of the Detroit Chapter.
MAE BELLE COLEMAN WINN, a 1945 graduate of Westfield High, passed away on April 27, 2011. Born on January 13, 1928, she was the eldest of eight children born to the late Matthew and Norma Coleman in Union Alabama. She grew up in the Wylam Community. She married Luther Winn Sr. in 1947. She was employed as a nurse with a private physician for more than forty years. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, three brothers and a grandson. She leaves to cherish her memory five children, five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, two sisters (Norma Mayfield and Sylvia Webster), two brothers (Morgan Coleman and Woodie Coleman) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
ROBERT LEE UNDERWOOD, age 76, passed away on March 26, 2011. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, a former member of the Birmingham Black Barons and an employee of Connors Steel and Meadow Craft. He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Underwood, his step-father, Godwin Bishop, mother, Fannie Bishop and son, Robert Lee, Jr. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Betty Hill Underwood, two daughters and a host of grands and other relatives.
DR. JOHN FINLEY, JR. died on the night of March 8, 2011 after a short illness. He was a member of Westfield High Class of 1960. He received his Bachelor's of Arts degree from Miles College in 1964, a Masters of Science from Tuskegee University in 1967 and his Ph.D from Georgia State University in 1977. John's career was in education at various levels, included a position as Assistant Professor of Education at Tift College of Education, Mercer University in the Atlanta area. Dr. Finley is survived by his wife, Eleanor H. Finley, daughter, Lynn Finley-Davis (Marvin), son, Darrin G. Finley, grandsons, Kyle & Nicholas Davis and Hudson Finley, four sisters, three brothers and a host of relatives.
BARBARA BAGGETT PORTERFIELD, Westfield High Class Of 1959, passed away on the morning of March 8, 2011. A graduate of Miles College and Alabama State University, Barbara was a retired educator in the Jefferson County School System.
HAROLD (FAIRWAY) FINCH passed away February 16, 2011. A former teacheratWestfield High, Mr. Finch also worked for the IRS. He enjoyed golf and was an avid collector of African-American stamps. His daughter, Charmin Michelle, is a jazz vocalist, based in Minneapolis.
ANNIE JEAN YARBROUGH SIMS, Westfield High School Class of 1961, died on February 15, 2011. Affectionately known as "Baby Sister", Annie was 66 years old and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Wylam, where her funeral was held on February 26. In addition to Westfield High, her education included attendance at Miles College. Annie is survived by her husband, Albert L. Sims, Jr.; one daughter and two sons; eight brothers and sisters; and three grandchildren.
BETTIE JEAN WILLIAMS, age 68 of Graysville, AL made her transition on Feb. 14, 2011. "Jeanie", as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was a member of the Westfield High Class of 1960. Jeanie was involved in an auto accident - a car that had been involved in another accident crossed the median and collided with the car driven by Betty. She died a half-hour later at UAB hospital.
Pastor CALEY L. PARKER, SR., age 66, of Fairfield, AL, passed away February 12, 2011. A 1962 graduate of Westfield High, he is survived by a loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Mamie "Tina" Parker, four children, 11 grandchildren, 12 brothers and sisters, a host of other relatives and friends.
WILLIE J. "BILL" SIMMONS, age 75, of Docena, AL.,died on January 27, 2011. Bill was a member of Westfield High School Class of 1956.
BEATRICE TRAYLOR, a member of Detroit Chapter of Westfield Alumni Association since 1980, made her transition on December 31, 2010. She was born in Westfield, Alabama to Henry and Etta Smith on December 10, 1939. She graduated from Westfield High School and alos receuved an Associate Degree from the Lewis College of Business. She worked for the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department. She retired from the Fire Department in 1994 as a Fire Dispatcher Lieutenant. She was the first female in the North Central Regional of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighter. She leaves to mourn one son, a step-daughter, three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
MRS. VIOLA B. PARKER, age 57, of Dolomite, passed away Fri., Jan. 7th. She attended Bessemer #1 Church of God in Christ, graduated from Westfield High School and was employed at Birmingham-Southern College in the Dietary Department. Survivors are her husband, Robert Parker, Sr.; daughters, Monica (Deitrich) Storey and Likesha Parker; sons, Robert, Jr. (Kendra) and Quanta (Alexis) Parker and Frank (Likesha) McGrue; mother, Mrs. Ida Bell; sisters, Hattie Merriweather, Rebecca (Joseph) Robinson, Dorothy (Willie) Johnson, Mary (Richard) Burks and Carol (Timothy) Paul; brothers, Bishop Lee (Jeanette) and Frank (Joyce) Bell; and 11 grandchildren.