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September 20th Luncheon Postponed
(8/9/21) Events Chairman Lee Pittman has asked that the following announcement be posted here and sent as an eblast to everyone on our email list.
Due to the dangers surrounding the Covid 19 Delta Variant and the possibility of spreading it to even those of us that have been vaccinated, we have made what we believe is a sound and safe decision to postpone our September 20th luncheon at The Club and Sunday evening at SoHo.
This was a difficult decision to make, but we believe this is in everyone's best interest. When conditions permit us to get together safely, we can reschedule or meet again in September 2022.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Please send your comments to admin@Bama-Pikes-at-Lunch.org
Bobby Fitts '65
(8/23/21) We are happy to report that Bobby Fitts '65 has returned to his home in Jacksonville, FL, on August 31st after a three week bout with the COVID 19 virus in the hospital ICU. Bobby's sister Jane Fitts Hanson has chronicled his hospital stay and Bobby recently posted items on her Facebook page.
Russell Levinson, '56 recently married Trudy Evans.
(11/12/20) Thanks to Tom Caddell for sharing this information. Congratulations Russell and Trudy!
Bama Pikes 2020 Luncheon will not be held.
(8/15/20) Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 luncheon will not be held. The committee considered the situation after the 2020 football schedule was announced several days ago and decided to take this action since it will be next to impossible possible at this time to plan any event for our large group at a restaurant. If the situation improves towards the end of the year, we may consider getting together then or early next year.
More Corolla pages added to website.
(2/27/20) The Gallery page has been updated with additional zoomable photo PDFs of the 1924 to 1949 Pike pages from the Corolla yearbooks Fraternities Sections. Prior to the addition, the Pike PDFs on our website were from years 1950 to 1970. In addition, the page contains Gamma Alpha composite photos from 1964 to 1966. One interesting discovery was a 1926 photo of the chapter residence.
Chip Sanders '64 honored at 50th State Farm Anniversary Reception.
(2/25/20) The 50th State Farm Anniversary Reception on January 22, 2020, for Chip Sanders '64 at The Country Club of Jackson was attended by friends, family and business associates to celebrate Chip's 50 year career with State Farm. Read comments about the event on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chip.sanders.186/posts/10222001159246499
Recent Obituaries - 2019 - 2021
William Brown '65
(8/23/21) We regret to report that our brother William Brown passed away on August 20th in Huntsville after a long illness. Graveside will be Saturday Aug 28th at 11:00 A.M. at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Read the online obituary and guest book here.
William Atwood Brown, 73, a native of Huntsville, Alabama passed away on Friday August
20, 2021. Growing up, William worked at his Grandfather's general store, J.C Brown. The
store was his happy place for many years. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served on the
USS Intrepid. William graduated from the University of Alabama. He made a career selling
office furnishings for many years. He always enjoyed work and loved talking to people. He
was a friend to many, and never met a stranger. William is survived by his wife, Valerie
Thompson Brown; daughter, Lillian Atwood Brown May (Connor J. May); sisters, Helena B.
Hunter, and Nancy B. Fisher. Several nieces and nephews. William is preceded in death by his
parents, William A. Brown and Helena M. Brown; brother, Charles F. Brown. Graveside will
be Saturday Aug 28th at 11:00 A.M. at Maple Hill Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family has
requested memorials be made to The National Children's Advocacy Center. 210 Pratt Ave NE
Huntsville, Alabama 35801 www.NationalCAC.org
Virgil C. "Butch" Powell, Jr. '67
(6/28/21) We regret to report that our brother Butch Powell passed away on June 24th in Birmingham after a long battle with Parkinson's. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover, AL. The Memorial Service will begin from the funeral home chapel at 11:00am with Reverend Reid Crotty officiating.
Read the online obituary and guest book here.
Virgil C. "Butch" Powell, Jr., 74, of Birmingham, AL passed away on June 24, 2021. He was born in Birmingham on October 2, 1946. He died after a long battle with Parkinson's. He grew up in Center Point, graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School and the University of Alabama with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business, and retired from Bell South. He is preceded in death by his beloved son, Hunter O'Neil Powell; parents, Virgil C. Powell, Sr. and Christine Snow Powell; parents-in-law, Robert and Mary O'Neil; daughter-in-law, Alli Powell; and many beloved pets. He is survived by his loving wife, Lynda O'Neil Powell; sons, Tyler J. Powell and Patrick S. Powell; daughter, Summer Powell Aldrich (John); grandchildren, Graelyn Casey Aldrich and John Hunter Powell Aldrich; brothers, Pete Powell (Linda) and Joe Powell; niece, Chrissy Powell; and nephews, Brian Powell (Mary Clair) and Mike Powell (Melissa). A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover, AL. The Memorial Service will begin from the funeral home chapel at 11:00am with Reverend Reid Crotty officiating. Memorial Contributions can be made to Southern Care New Beacon Hospice, Trussville, AL or Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home, Pell City, AL.
Stephen W. "Wayne" Brett '70
(6/29/21) Graveside service for Stephen W. "Wayne" Brett, age 70, of Decatur, was held Friday, May 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. at Midway Memorial Gardens with Rev. Matt Haines officiating and Shelton Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Brett, who died Tuesday, May 5, 2021, at NHC Healthcare, Moulton, was born April 2, 1951, in Birmingham, to Willard Wayne Brett and Peggy Murray Brett. He was preceded in death by his father. Wayne was a kind and gentle man who lived an adventurous life.
He is survived by his mother, Peggy Brett of Decatur; two sisters, Diane Frey of Springfield, TN, and Karen Wynn (Mike) of Decatur; two nephews, Jarod Richert of Nashville, and Cody Wynn of Decatur; two nieces, Lauren Richert (Christine) of Chicago, and Chelsey Bellamy (Justin) of Decatur; and great-nephew and -niece, Carter Bellamy and Brooklyn Bellamy, both of Decatur.
Pallbearers were his family.
Walter Rhett Woody, Jr. '59
(4/16/21) We regret to report that our brother Rhett Woody passed away in Huntsville on April 12th. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Big Oak Ranch or a favorite charity.
Read the online obituary and guestbook here.
Walter Rhett Woody, Jr., 81, of Huntsville, passed away Monday. He was preceded in death by Lenda Lee Vann Woody, his wife of 56 years and the love of his life. Born in 1940 in New Hope, his family moved to Huntsville during his early childhood, and he was a lifelong resident of Huntsville thereafter. His parents, Walter Rhett Woody, Sr., and Opal Inez Durham, and sister, Jane Ann, preceded him in death. Family was a driving force in his life, and he was a loving and devoted father and grandfather. He leaves behind three children, Kathy Woody, Jenny Ragland (Tom), and Rhett Woody III (Beth); and four granddaughters, Caroline Woody, Marley Holcomb (Matt), Madeline Woody, and Mae Ellen Woody. He's also survived by his loving sisters, Laureen Nelson (Dan) and Millie Sue Wilson, dear in-laws, Glenda and Joe Ed Bragg and Margaret Vann; and many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
Rhett graduated from Huntsville High School in 1958, with the school's "Golden Class." He remained close to those classmates, attending their 60th Reunion in 2018. At the University of Alabama, where he graduated in 1962, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he worked in the retail industry in Birmingham before returning to Huntsville to join his father's furniture business.
In 1967, he joined New York Life as a sales agent. He built a 50-plus year legacy as a successful and innovative agent, qualifying in top production tiers with a number of companies, and establishing long-term relationships with many special individual and business clients. Many men of his childrens' generation remember him as Coach Woody, from his years coaching YMCA football, or as a Sunday School teacher and Youth Group leader. There's quite a large group of people who can say that Mr. Woody taught them how to waterski. He had many other interests and talents, including golf, many sports, singing and dancing. He danced a mean jitterbug, and some Huntsville natives will remember him, as a boy, serenading at "The Kiddy Club" on Saturday mornings. Others were there to witness one or more of his five holes-in-one, and a few can attest to his barefoot waterskiing or that truly rare achievement: a game-winning grand slam.
William Harold Thomas '67
(2/14/21) Thanks to Danny Sizemore for this notice.
We regret to report that our brother Bill Thomas passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, February 7, 2021. He was born on December 4, 1948 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Bill graduated from The University of Alabama and went on to The University of Alabama School of Law where he obtained his law degree. He then moved to Memphis where he was admitted to the Tennessee Bar and practiced law. After practicing law in Memphis for 15 years, he formed an investment company that specialized in real estate, barges and billboards.
Bill was a devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather. Family was the love of his life. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and collecting art and antiques.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Lynn Schadt Thomas; his sons, Christopher Thomas of San Francisco, CA & Morgan Thomas of Tiburon, Ca; two grandchildren, James & Harrison Thomas.
A private service will be held at Memorial Park in Memphis, TN.
Read the online obituary and guestbook here.
Carl Adams, Jr. '61
(11/15/20) Northport - Carl Adams, Jr., 78, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 9. A native of Northport and lifelong resident of West Alabama, Carl is the son of the late Carl and Catherine Adams. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years Harriet, daughter Courtney Hoke, stepchildren Liza Pate (Jason) and Brandon Cooper (Jane Bailey), grandchildren Milla Hoke, Cela Hamner, Parker Pate and Miriam Cooper. Carl is also survived by brothers Bill, Paul (Peggy) and Glenn, and his sister Jennie Miller (David) as well as many nieces and nephews.
A lifelong scholar with a passion for history, Carl graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School and the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, before earning his pharmacy degree from Auburn University. Serving his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Division, Carl returned home after pharmacy school to join his father at Adams Drug on Main Avenue in downtown Northport.
Over the years, Carl's keen eye for the decorative arts brought high-quality antiques and accessories into aisles and corners of the store, which grew to be a destination of choice for discerning collectors. Later, Adams Drug became Adams Antiques, the cornerstone of an internationally acclaimed business that he and Harriet built, including the Potager and Hawkins Israel Interiors. An ardent preservationist, Carl added other properties to his holdings, keeping a careful watch on the integrity of many historic structures in West Alabama.
Co-founder of Dickens Downtown and a staunch supporter of Historic Shirley Place, Friends of Historic Northport, the Kentuck Association and countless non-profit organizations that support arts, culture and historic preservation, Carl was recognized by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce with the Distinguished Service Award, also receiving a special commendation from the Arts Council of West Alabama and the D.L. Gordon Beautification Award for his work to restore downtown Northport as well as other honors throughout his career. He served on the boards of the Tuscaloosa Country Club and Indian Hills Country Club.
An avid outdoorsman, gardener, world traveler and genealogy buff, Carl collected stories as enthusiastically as fine antiques. His teammates in the Rinky Dink tennis group were among his favorite audiences, along with his children, grandchildren and a wide circle of friends and admirers who span the globe. Due to COVID-19 constraints, there will be no memorial service.
Donations in Carl's honor may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Read the online obituary and guestbook here.
Schuyler Allen Bradley Baker, Jr. '73
(10/29/20) Schuyler Allen Bradley Baker, Jr. of Birmingham passed away on October 28, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Allen was born on September 1, 1947, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and grew up in Birmingham. Allen graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965, the University of Alabama in 1969, and Cumberland School of Law in 1973. He was a partner for Balch & Bingham for nearly 50 years and served as the firm's general counsel. He married Patty Wilson in 1974 and raised their 4 children in Birmingham. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, spending his free time with his family at Lake Martin and in Cashiers, NC. He was widely known as "Big Al" and loved telling ghost stories and creating fun adventures for his grandchildren. He served as coach, commissioner, and chairman of Mountain Brook Athletics and coached many of his children's sports teams throughout the years. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies in the Chiselers dogfight at the Country Club of Birmingham. He was a long-time member of Canterbury United Methodist Church and the Crawford Owen Sunday School class. Allen served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent's Foundation and was a former president of The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society of Alabama and Northwest Florida. He was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. Allen was also a member, president, and king of the Beaux Arts Krewe. He was a fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers, and served on the American Board of Trial Advocates and on the Advisory Board of the Cumberland School of Law. He also served as a long-time House Corp Chairman of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Alabama. He is survived by his wife, Patty; four children: Brad Baker (Sally), Will Baker (Susannah), Mike Baker (Laura), Sally Woods (Patrick); 11 grandchildren: Maggie Baker, Allen Baker, Kathryn Baker, Wilson Baker, Eliza Baker, Annie Baker, James Baker, Caroline Baker, Charlie Baker, Schuyler Woods, Walker Woods; his sister, Katie Lasker (Jim) and sisters-in-law, Cindy Baker and Peggy Pate (Bill). He is preceded in death by his parents Schuyler & Kathryn Baker; his brother, Stephen Baker; and infant grandson, William Woods.
A limited seating memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on October 31 at Canterbury United Methodist Church and streamed online at www.canterburyumc.org/funerals. There will be a drive-thru visitation at the church beginning at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213 or the Bruno Cancer Center/St. Vincent's Foundation at www.stvhs.com/philanthropy/give or 1130 22nd Street South, Ste 1000, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Read the online obituary and guestbook here.
Stephen Bradley Baker '73
(8/7/20) Stephen Bradley Baker, 71 was welcomed by his Heavenly Father on July 30, 2020. Stephen lived on Dog River in Mobile, Alabama with his wife of thirty four years, Cindy Bailey Baker. Stephen and Cindy were avid travelers particularly enjoying cruises all over the world. Stephen was a lover of music, concerts, Alabama football and the Beach especially Orange Beach, Alabama. Stephen was raised in Birmingham where he attended Shades Valley High School and graduated from Lyman Ward Military Academy where he played football. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. Following college Stephen received his post graduate degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California which lead to his career in commercial photography. Stephen and Cindy were blessed with an abundance of nieces and nephews - Brad Baker (Sally), Will Baker (Susannah), Mike Baker (Laura), Sally Baker Woods (Patrick), Alex Newell (Caitlin), Parker Newell, Emma Newell, Sam Key, Bailey Key, and many great nieces and nephews that they adored. Stephen is survived by his wife Cindy Bailey Baker, his brother Allen Baker (Patty), and his sister Katie Baker Lasker (Jim). Stephen is preceded in death by his mother Kathryn Whittingham Baker and father Schuyler Allen Bradley Baker. Cindy would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Southern Cancer Center in Mobile Alabama. A special heartfelt thank you for the love and care given by his nurse, Sharon Williams. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude's Hospital, Tunnel 2 Towers or a charity of your choice
(Read the complete obituary and guest book here.) .
Clive McMurchy Mason '69
(6/10/20) Thanks to Charles Woodall for this notice.) We regret to report that our brother Clive Mason passed way on June 8, 2020. Our condolonces to his family and friends. There is an
obituary announcement for graveside services on June 15th at Elmwood Cemetary. His nephew Mason McCulley posted a nice tribute today on
his Facebook page.
Clive "Skeets" McMurchy Mason, was born on June 26, 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama and passed away peacefully on June 8, 2020 at age 73. Clive is preceded in death by his grandparents Ellen Sheard of Batley, Yorkshire England and John McMurchy of Brampton, Ontario, Canada and Dr. and Mrs. James M. Mason, Jr. and by his father and mother, Dr. James M. Mason, III and Gladys McMurchy . He is survived by his sister, Sheard McCulley (Tommy), nieces Ellen Faust (Stephen) of Birmingham, Lacey Watson (Robert) of San Antonio and nephew Mason McCulley of Los Angeles. His grand-nieces and grand-nephew include McCray, Lee Lee and Lovelace Faust and Emmy and T Watson all of whom were his favorites. He attended Mt. Brook schools, The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a true Bama fan. Clive served his country proudly in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and completed his service with the rank of Captain, and he was cited for Meritorious Service. He always held deep respect for those who served our country to preserve its freedom. . . .
(Read the complete obituary here.)
Harlan Hobart Grooms, Jr. '50 - 5/5/20 Obituary
We regret to report that our brother Hobart Grooms passed away on April 25, 2020. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Hobart's wife Julie, their children and grandchildren, and to other family members.
Harlan Hobart Grooms, Jr., age 88, died April 25, 2020. He was born May 30, 1931 in Birmingham, AL. He attended Birmingham public schools, graduating from Phillips High School in 1949. He received a BS in Law from the University of Alabama in 1954 and a law degree in 1955. While at Alabama he was president of Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership honorary), a member of Jasons (senior men's honorary) and of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He worked as university sports correspondent for the Birmingham Post Herald, the Birmingham News and the Montgomery Advertiser. His senior year he was the male recipient of the university's Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for character and service to humanity. On June 11, 1955, Hobart married the former Julia Claire Walker of Covington, TN. The couple had met working at Canyon Lodge, Yellowstone National Park while he was in law school and she was attending Rice University. They retained many friends from their days at Canyon. Hobart is survived by his beloved Julie and sons Hobart (Bart) Grooms III (Lynda), Richard Grooms, and William Grooms (Martha); sisters Elizabeth (Betsy) Grooms Edmonds (Jim) of Washington, DC and Angi Grooms Proctor (Kirk Hyde) of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Grandchildren are Walker Grooms, Owen Grooms, William (Wilkes) Grooms, Julia Grooms, and Edwards (Ward) Grooms. Hobart was predeceased by his parents, U. S. District Judge Harlan Hobart Grooms, Sr. and Angeline McCrocklin Grooms and his brother, John Franklin (Frank) Grooms. (Read the complete obituary here.)
Harold Wade Ward '70 - 2/2/20 Obituary
(2/5/20) Thanks to Charles Woodall for this notice of Harold Ward's death. Our condolences to the Ward Family. Read the obituary here.
According to the obituary, funeral services for Harold "The Fighter" Ward, 71, were held on February 5, 2020 at Radney-Smith Chapel in Sylacauga, AL, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. He passed away at the VA hospital on February 2, 2020. Harold was a member of Gamma Alpha in 1970.
William C. Robinson '70 - 1/2/20 Obituary
(2/11/20) Thanks to Doug King for this notice. Our condolences to the Robinson Family. Read the obituary here.
William C. Robinson, 70, of Bradenton, FL, passed away on January 2, 2020. Born on December 26, 1949 in Bradenton, Florida to Harry and Genevieve Robinson, he was a graduate of Manatee High School and then the University of Alabama with a degree in marketing. Bill and his brother, H.L. "Penny" Robinson built Robby's Sporting Goods, which was founded and had its corporate headquarters in Bradenton. After selling Robby's, Bill purchased Pursley Tree Farms, re-branded it to the Treehouse and supplied quality-grown trees to landscapers throughout the southeast United States. Bill was especially proud of the Robinson Preserve, which was made possible by his and Peggy's donation to Manatee County. Today, the Robinson Preserve is one of Florida's preeminent recreational parks located in northwest Bradenton with over 680 acres of coastal wetland habitat. Later, with his son Parks, Bill created Fit2Run, the Runner's Superstore, a family owned and operated running specialty store. Bill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, was on the Board of Directors of Rawlings Sporting Goods, Palma Sola Botanical Park and the Chair of the Board of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association.
James Wallis Elliott '63 - 12/10/19 Obituary
(12/12/19) Thanks to Bob Bentley for sending this news to us. Read the obituary here.
We are sorry to report that our brother Wallis Elliott passed away on December 10, 2019. He was a 1963 pledge at Gamma Alpha, an active member until his graduation, and attended our recent Bama Pikes Luncheons in Birmingham.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Dede, their children and grandchildren, and to other family members.
Services will be held Dec. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 130 E. North Street Talladega, AL 35160. Visitation: 10 am, Memorial Service: 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Caravan Class care of First Presbyterian Church.
Gregory Curtis Rhinehart '72 - 11/28/19 Obituary
(2/11/20) Thanks to Doug King for this notice. Our condolences to the Rhinehart Family. Read the obituary here.
Gregory Curtis Rhinehart, 65, of Tallassee, Alabama passed away November 28, 2019. He was born
March 27, 1954 in Panama City, Florida. He graduated from the University of Alabama and spent his
career at the Alabama Historical Commission as an archaeologist. He is survived by his wife of 42
years, Jennie Rhinehart; sons James Gregory Rhinehart, Geoffrey T. Rhinehart (Ashley) and Andrew
Brown; sisters Stephanie Dawson and Ruthie Hatch (David) and grandchildren Jaiden, Luke and
Sawyer Rhinehart. He is preceded in death by parents, Evelyn and Clarence Rhinehart, brother, Geoff
Rhinehart and brother-in-law, Ben Dawson. He loved history, vintage cars, photography, music,
cartoons, movies, Christmas and Bama football.
Douglas Terry Martin '71 - 10/19/19 Obituary
(10/20/19) Thanks to Doug King for this notice. Our condolences to the Martin Family. Read the obituary here.
After a very unexpected illness and three weeks at Emory Hospital in Decatur, GA, Doug Martin passed away due to a hemorrhagic stroke on October 19, 2019. Doug's surviving family includes his daughter Christina Martin Robinson and her family of Elkin Park, PA; step-mother Lucy Price Martin and step-brother Kevin Price, both of Andalusia, AL; in addition to his extended family of friends in Atlanta, GA exceeding over 100 close friends. A Celebration of Life Event was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Huey Luey's in Sandy Springs for family, friends, business partners, and fraternity bothers/sisters. Doug will be greatly missed and always remembered. Our condolences to the members of his family.
Doug was born in Montgomery, AL. After attending the University of Alabama where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, Doug moved to Birmingham. In his many years, Doug moved around including working in New York but he finally resided in Sandy Springs, GA since the early 2000's. Doug's occupation was a commercial lender. Doug's nickname at the University was "DOC" where he was a member (1971) of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. The family wishes to thank all of his fraternity brothers for reaching out during DOC'S illness and for their generous comfort and support.
Rebecca Pinkston Caddell - 10/18/19 Obituary
(10/19/19) We are sorry to report that Tom Caddell's wife Becki passed away on Friday after a brief illness. Our condolences to Tom and the Caddell family. Read the complete obituary here.
Rebecca Pinkston Caddell was a graduate of Decatur High School and the University of Alabama. She was a member of the Chi Omega Fraternity at the University and received a bachelor's degree in Arts and Sciences. After graduation, she was a high school mathematics teacher in Decatur for many years. Becki married her loving husband, Tom, of 57 years at First Presbyterian Church in Decatur, where she was a lifelong member. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend to many people.
Royce Sanford Shew '64 - 9/15/19
Lee Pittman reports that Sanford Shew '64 passed away on 9/15/19 in Marietta, GA. Burial was private and no obituary is available at this time. Our condolences to his wife Jamie and family.
George Milton Beason, Jr. '63 - 8/13/19 Obituary
(2/10/20) Thanks to Jimmy Wakefield for this report. Our condolences to his wife Lynda Beason and other members of his family. Read the obituary here.
George Beason died at home in Huntsville on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. George grew up in Huntsville and graduated from Huntsville High School and the University of Alabama where he was a 1963 pledge at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Upon graduation from Cumberland School of Law, George joined the FBI as a Special Agent. In 1972 he returned to Huntsville and, with Doug Martinson, Sr., founded the law firm of Martinson & Beason.
Jack L. McKewen, Jr. '65 - 7/8/19 Obituary
We are sorry to report that Jack McKewen passed away om July 8, 2019. Our condolences to Jack's wife Betty and the McKewen Family. Read the obituary here.
(7/9/19) Jack Leard McKewen, Jr. of Birmingham passed away on July 8th, 2019 surrounded by his family. Jack was born on February 9, 1947 in Birmingham, AL to Jack and Ruth (Peeples) McKewen. He graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1965 and obtained his degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama in 1969 while also lettering in football under Coach Bear Bryant. He married his loving wife of 49 years, Betty Bates, while getting his MBA from the University of Alabama. Jack was active in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Following in his father's footsteps, Jack had a lifelong career in the life insurance industry. He was a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, served as President of the Alabama Chapter of CLU, and was a member of the Alabama Insurance Planning Commission of the University of Alabama. Jack was a member of the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Jack was passionate about sports, especially coaching and teaching youth the value of sportsmanship. He coached little league football for over 17 years, coached numerous of his daughters' teams and served as commissioner of softball for many years. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and spent most of his free time with his family in or near the water on the Gulf Coast, hiking and zip-lining in Mentone, and at his grandchildren's sporting events all over the country (most recently at a grandson's baseball tournament in Cooperstown, NY this past June). He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies in the Chiselers dogfight at the Country Club of Birmingham. Jack was known for his quick wit and tough persona. He courageously fought his battle with cancer and never complained. He served on the administrative board and was an active member of Canterbury United Methodist Church as well as his church in Cloudland, GA. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters: Betsy Byars (Will), Katie Smith (Doug), Ginny Paul (Bryan); seven grandchildren: Jack Smith, Alice Byars, Lula Byars, Reed Smith, Gigi Byars, Mary Addison Paul, Mack Paul; his twin sisters, Debby Ferguson (Bob) of Charleston, South Carolina and Peggy Kyzer of Anna Maria Island, Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 11th at 11:00 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213 or to the Jack L. McKewen scholarship fund, University of Alabama, The Office of Advancement Services, G14 Rose Administration, Box 870101, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
Milton Sim Price '61 - 6/7/19 Obituary
(6/10/19) Thanks to Ken Dawson for this report. Our condolences to Milton's wife Zeta and members of the Price Family. Read the obituary here.
Milton Sim Price, 77, of Winston-Salem, NC passed away peacefully on June 7, 2019. He was born to Sim and Mamie Price, January 21, 1942 in Decatur, Alabama. Milt graduated from the University of Alabama and became a lifelong die-hard Bama football fan. In 1965, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Upon graduation from the University, Price entered the Navy's Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode, Island and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve and received orders to the USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). Mr. Price served as radio officer while on board and after two years was transferred to the operational test and evaluation force as the Commands Communications officer. Price retired with the rank of Captain in 2006. Mr. Price had a long career with Wachovia Bank. After his career with Wachovia, he enjoyed working at Belk menswear where he had many satisfied customers. Milt zealously volunteered with Crisis Control Ministry and delighted in his service to the Lions Club for many years. Milton and his wife were devoted members and loved their church, Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Surviving are his wife, Zeta Price; one daughter, Allyson McNiff (Jim); one son, Les Price; stepdaughter, Nicole Lynch (Jerry) and five grandchildren. A very special heartfelt thank you to Milt's devoted caregivers at Almost Home Group. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to Winston-Salem Host Lions Club or Crisis Control. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 183 Fork Bixby Rd., Advance, NC 27006. Milton will be honored with a United States Navy Burial at Sea. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel 3315 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Older Obituaries Prior to 2019
(2/20/20) Recently, we have received reports of brothers who passed away in 2018 or earlier and appreciate the updates. Searches of old Shield & Diamond Chapter Eternal pages have resulted in many finds as well. See our local Chapter Eternal List for a complete list of all known deaths and copies of obituary notices, if found.
(Names here are listed by the Pledge Class or Initiation date, newest first. )
Richard Gargus '04 - 12/5/14
Paul Michael Meyer '02 - 8/18/18
Jeffrey Keith "Jeff" Atkins '82 - 2/27/12
John Christopher Traylor '76 - 9/4/17
Joyce Paul Bailey, Jr. '72 - 10/27/05
(2/11/20) Thanks to Doug King for the report.
John Michael "Mike" Clonts '70 - 6/6/13
(10/20/19) Thanks to Doug King for this report.
Donald Carter Cornell '70 - 10/4/16
(10/20/19) Thanks to Doug King for this report.
Rodney Allen Stephens '70 - 12/23/17
Louis Vincent "Louie" Musso, Jr. '69 - 5/12/09
(10/20/19) Thanks to Doug King for this report.
James Robert "Bobby" Baker '68 - 8/18/06
(10/20/19) Thanks to Doug King for this report.
Charlie C. "Bud" Smith '66 - 6/14/18
(7/3/18) Thanks to Sonny Craig for this notice.
Richard Floyd "Dickie" Adcock '62 - 7/7/12
(10/20/19) Thanks to Jimmy Wakefield for this report.
Harold Williams '62 - 3/8/18
(3/10/18) Thanks to George Gaines for this report.
William David "Bill" Baldwin '61 - 3/11/18
(3/13/18) Thanks to Stan Rogers for this notice.
Gene Kise '61 - 2018
(3/20/18) Byrd Latham reports that Gene Kise '61 passed away a couple of months ago.
James M. "Jim" White '59 - 7/31/18
(8/3/18) Thanks to Zack Studstill for this report.
Clarence Robert Askew '58 - 2/18/18
Dr. Ralph Yarborough '58- 12/13/17
Ronald Derrick Cope '57 - 2/24/17
(2/9/20) Thanks to Jimmy Wakefield for this report.
George Alan Dubois '55 - 3/8/17
John Paul "Johnny" Fox '55 - 12/19/17
Harvelle Benjamin Goodwin '55 - 9/10/13
Robb Milton Ezell '54 - 3/16/10
Joseph Balfour Morrow '52 - 5/9/15
Talbert Finney Griffin '51 - 8/20/09
William Preston Lampley '51 - 5/27/15
Robert Llewellyn Christian, Jr. '50 - 3/25/13
Robert Victor Wood, Sr. '50 - 9/28/14
Robert Bailey Coats, Jr. '49 - 12/5/13
Robert Carden Turner '49 - 12/11/15
Edward C. Tyndal '49 - 11/15/17
C. Wesley Day '48 - 6/26/17
John Haynes Newman '48 - 12/12/16
Richard C. Carter '47 - 12/4/14
John C. Curlee '47 - 1/6/17
Wilmer C. Garrett '47 - 11/8/10
Charles Earl Davis '46 - 11/28/16
Robert M. Alton '45 - 10/19/16
John Davis Lavender '44 - 7/27/16
James Van Hoose '43 - 12/13/14
James Brooks Brown '39 - 1/4/18
James E. "Red" Clarke '39 - 5/28/05
John Jackson Sparkman '24 - 11/16/85