Dr. James P. Bloom was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1928. He grew up in Edgewood Alabama, where his Dad served as mayor of Homewood for three terms. "Jimmy" attended Phillips High School, graduating in 1946. He attended the University of Alabama, earning a BS in Biology, and was an active member of Phi Gamm fraternity. James graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, in 1953. He served in the United States Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, 1953-1954. He went on to earn his Orthodontic degree from Columbia University in 1957. Dr. Bloom was president of Jaycee Toastmaster Club 1962. He met his future wife, Joy Adams Bloom, at a lecture where he was teaching young speech therapists, about the effects of speech and malocclusion. Dr. Bloom practiced dentistry and orthodontics for over sixty-five years. James and Joy resided in in Mountain Brook, raising six children. Dr. James R Bloom is survived by his brother. Earl Bloom, and his six children, and thirteen grandchildren. His children are Jim Bloom, Christopher Bloom(Lori), Helen Bloom Smith(Brad), Joy Bloom Wright(WillD), Bonnie Bloom(Brent), and Mac Bloom(Rachael). His grandchildren are Hannah, Claudia, Wyatt, Thomas, James, Jack, Hoke, Sara Lane, Nick, Sebastian,Maccabee, Ignatius, and Elijah.
Richard Inge Finch, DMD was born in Mobile, AL September 6, 1934 to Anna Luenberg Finch and Gregory B. Finch. Inge left us on March 13, 2018 in Mobile. He graduated from UMS in 1952 and earned his DMD from the University of Alabama in 1960. He served as a dentist for 2 years in the US Army at Fort Bragg, NC and was discharged as a captain in 1962. It was while he was at Fort Bragg that he met his future wife, Shirley Jordan, while attending an event at the Officers' Club. His thinly-veiled pickup line involved selling Shirley, then an elementary school teacher, a fire extinguisher. She didn't buy the fire extinguisher, but she did buy the man. Shirley returned to Mobile with him where they remained happily married for 53 years. Inge practiced dentistry for 38 years. He had a particular interest in facial pain and craniomandibular disorders and became a sought-after expert. He was a member of the American Equilibration Society, the American Association of Craniomandibular Disorders, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American Academy of General dentistry. He was a guest lecturer at UAB, USA, and the Oschner Clinic in New Orleans. He was beloved by patients and staff. He was a man of integrity and great character. He was quick to laugh, relished a good joke, and enjoyed the company of most everyone. Inge was generous to a fault, genuinely concerned for people in need, and would give a total stranger the shirt off his back if they needed it. Inge loved the outdoors and spent many happy hours hunting and fishing. However, his favorite place was his River House with his 4-legged companions by his side. There, he pottered around, "fixing" things, planting gardens, aspiring to grow very large tomatoes, and mowing the lawn. He roared full-throttle around the yard on his mower, drink sloshing in its holder, undeterred by the loud bangs resulting from the mower hitting an occasional stump that dared be in his way. He was a devoted father. Quick to praise, always up for a road trip as sporting events required, and a dedicated cheerleader for all of his daughter's endeavors. He once spent a Sunday afternoon sitting in a lawn chair at a horse show assiduously repairing a badly ripped pocket on his cargo shorts with a borrowed sewing kit, accidentally sewing his "shorts" to his "shorts." Upon standing up and discovering this, he laughed and laughed. Inge had a good time with life. Inge is survived by his wife, Shirley Jordan Finch and his daughter, Caroline Finch. He was predeceased by his parents and his three brothers. He was loved and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, patients, and all dogs down at The River (he kept Vienna sausages for them in his truck and was very popular as a result). A memorial mass will take place Monday, March 19 at 12pm at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Mobile. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Inge's life. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Mobile SPCA or Mobile Baykeeper.
Herbert Milner Snuggs, DMD, age 84, passed away January 27, 2018. Born May 15, 1933, in Birmingham, Alabama, he graduated from Phillips High School, Birmingham- Southern College, and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He was a member of ATO fraternity and OKU national dental honor society. He served in the U.S. Army. For 25 years he practiced dentistry in Birmingham and was affiliated with the University of Alabama School of Dentistry as a part-time and full-time associate professor from 1964 to 2008. A member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church since 1974, he served as a deacon and elder of the church, a board member of Briarwood Christian School and Campus Outreach and a member of the Jethro Council. Deeply devoted to his family as a faithful husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, his concern for others extended far beyond family. He was committed to a ministry of mentoring couples to strengthen them in their marriages and, most importantly, their relationships with the Lord. He was predeceased by his father, Weymon Preston Snuggs, and his mother, Miriam Milner Snuggs. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jane Stone Snuggs, son, William Milner Snuggs (Sandra), a daughter, Emily Snuggs Neel, (David); five grandchildren, Caroline Neel Wesley (James), Isaac Snuggs (Samantha), Jacob Snuggs (Anna), Thomas Neel (Taylor), Emma Snuggs Evans, (George); five great-grandchildren, Nora Snuggs, Ezekiel Snuggs, Wyatt Wesley, Eva Snuggs and Joy Snuggs. He is also survived by a brother, Weymon Preston Snuggs, Jr. (Ann), a nephew, Weymon Preston Snuggs, III (Wendy), and a niece, Allison Snuggs Johnston (Wayne). Visitation will be at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, January 31st at 10:30am, followed by a service in the sanctuary at 12:00pm. Interment will follow at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo at 2:45pm. The family would like to express gratitude to the caregivers at Somerby at St. Vincent's, Aspire Cahaba, Dear Seniors, Southern Care Hospice, and Comfort Care Hospice. Any memorials may be sent to Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 2200 Briarwood Way, Birmingham, AL 35243 or Evangel Christian School, PO Box 1670 / 423 Thompson Road, Alabaster, AL 35007.
Dr. Stephen Norwood Shepherd of Hoover, AL, passed away on Friday, January 12, surrounded by family. Steve was born on December 28, 1951 in Charlotte, NC to Victor and Sarah Shepherd. Steve was a proud alumnus (1974) of The Citadel Military College in Charleston, SC. In 1978, Steve earned his degree in Dentistry from Emory University in Atlanta. Steve loved being a Dentist and had a successful practice until his retirement. Steve is survived by his wife Lynn, identical twin brother, Bob (Ann) of Greensboro, NC, sister Sally West (Steve) of Graham, NC, daughter Julie Hartline (Brian) of Lakeland, FL, son Woody Shepherd of Logan, UT, daughter Farah Holcombe (Eric) of Oneonta, AL, and daughter Kristin Puett (Ryan) of Hoover, AL. He adored his grandchildren Emily, Andrew, Olivia, Alice, Waylon, Wyatt, and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1-2, Monday, January 15, 2018, at Hunter Street Baptist Church. Memorial service will follow at 2:00, Brian Hinton officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Claudia Johnson Gilliland Jayne - of Birmingham, Alabama, born June 9, 1932 in Aliceville, Alabama, passed away December 31, 2017 at the age of 85. Claudia was a long-time member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday school class. She was also a youth Sunday School teacher, youth Sunday school director, and office assistant. Claudia was a graduate of Samson Alabama School Systems (1950), Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn 1954), and the University of Montevallo (Masters 1977). Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Johnson, her husband, Richard Forney Gilliland, and son, David A. Jayne. She is survived by her husband, Dr. John H. Jayne, children, Dr. Richard Gilliland (Gretchen), Gay Gilliland Skinner (Steve), John Christopher Jayne (Teri), Janice Jayne Battle (Frank), her brother, EE Johnson, Jr., and her sister, Emma Sorrells (Ronnie). Claudia, or Mimi as she was called by her grandchildren, is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held in the Chapel at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, January 4 at 1 p.m., immediately followed by the memorial service 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Big Oak Ranch, www.bigoak.org.
Dr. J. D. Biggers - passed away Monday January 8 retiring as a dentist after serving the Southside community for 45 years . Dr. Biggers was born in Florence, Alabama along with a brother and younger sister. His father worked on the dam construction business moving around the country with this family. J.D would see service in the European Theatre during World War II serving in the US Army through the days of the Bulge and beyond where his knowledge of German served him well. He would return to the states graduating from Florence State and followed with the University of Alabama School of Dentistry graduating in 1953. He would marry his lovely wife of Kentucky of 46 years a few months later. He served the majority of his church life at Dawson Memorial Baptist as a Sunday School teacher with succeeding years at First Baptist and Mountain Brook Baptist. He is preceded in death by his siblings and wife Mary Virginia Sisk. Survivors include three sons, Mark (Vicki), Eric and Keith along with a grandson Lucas (Amy). The celebration of Dr. Biggers' life will be at 11am on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday evening from 5pm until 7pm, as well as one hour prior to service time on Friday.
Dr. Ronald R. Elliott - Ronald was born on May 29, 1947 in Talladega, Alabama. He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Olga Elliott. He is survived by his husband of 36 years, Randall L. Faulkner and his Sophie-girl. He retired as Director of Dental Department Jefferson County Department of Health. Ron was a gentle, generous man who loved and was loved by his many friends and family who will all miss his laughter and his smile. A private remembrance will be held later. Please make memorials to your charity of choice.
Dr. Conan E. Davis Jr., 92, long-time resident of Mobile, AL passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Dr. Davis practiced dentistry in Mobile for over 40 years. He was the President of the Alabama Dental Association and the first speaker of the Alabama Dental Association's House of Delegates. He was a member of the Fellowship of the American College of Dentists and the Fellowship of the International College of Dentists. Dr. Davis was greatly known for his generous heart, traveling to Chile, Haiti, and Jamaica, among other places, to provide dental care for the underprivileged. Dr. Davis was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Betty Rae Davis, as well as his parents, Conan and Helen Davis. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edna Davis; three children, Dr. A. Conan Davis (Elizabeth), Dr. Beth Davis (Judge Don Davis) of Mobile, Mrs. Helen Kennedy (Neil) of Mobile; three step-children, Mr. Mel Bond (Kimala) of Nashville, TN, Mrs. Anita Roberson (Bill) of Mobile, AL, and Mrs. Carol Cosby (Rev. David Cosby) of Manassas, VA; thirteen grandchildren, Mary Kate Goswick (Michael), John Conan Davis, Allen Donald Davis (Jane), Dr. Elizabeth Davis Hill (Trey), Morgan Kennedy (Jordan), Claire Kennedy, Blair Cosby, Sharyn Cosby Reyes (James), Robert Bond (Sarah), Kathleen Bond McIntyre (Ben), Melanie Bond, Will Roberson (Holly) and Ruthie Roberson Moorman (Cole); three great-grandchildren; as well as other cherished family members and friends. Visitation for Dr. Davis will be held at Pine Crest Funeral Home on Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 2 p.m. with a chapel service immediately following. Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery.
Curtis Mitchell, Sr., was born in Fairfield, Alabama and moved to Dolomite, Alabama at the age of 10. He attended the Westfield Public Schools and Lawson State Jr. College. Curtis passed away peacefully Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Brookwood Baptist Princeton Hospital. Curtis retired from the UAB School of Dentistry in September 2009, after 42 years of loyal service as a Senior Laboratory Technician. While at UAB, Curtis helped countless young men and women become dentists. Curtis retired from the United States Army as an E7 Sgt. First Class, with 30 years, was a lifetime Mason at the Pacific Lodge #32 where he served as Junior Warden, was a lifetime Blood Donor, was Lector for 7 a.m. Mass for over 15 years at Our Lady of Fatima, and was a loyal member of the Westfield High Alumni Association. Survivors include his loving Partner for over thirty years, Sandra P. Hampton; one son, Curtis Mitchell, Jr.; daughter, Tanisha Mitchell; one godson, Harold B. Crumbley; daughter, JoAnn Jones; eleven grandchildren; one brother, Jonathan Mitchell (Shirley); one sister, Betty Ann Mitchell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with interment at Highland Memorial Gardens. Davenport & Harris Directing.
Dr. James D. Reed, 75 passed away on July 9 2017. He succumbed to complications from leukemia.He was the son of Delos Dexter Reed and Evelyn Hester Reed. He was born on February 10, 1942 and grew up in Waco, AL. While attending Russellville High School he played football and baseball. Upon graduating high school in 1960, he entered Florence State University (UNA). Before completing his undergraduate studies, he enlisted in the Alabama National Guard. At the completion of his military service, He worked as a foreman at US Reduction Co. in Russellville, AL. After working for 3 years, he chose to leave the company and continue his studies at Florence State. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 1969. He applied and was accepted to the University of Alabama Dental Program in the fall of 1970 and completed his DMD in 1974. He started his dental practice in the Edgewood community of Homewood and remained there for 44 years. He was beloved by his patients and staff. A prolific artist throughout his life, he was always creating. Whether it was comic caricatures for his Dental School yearbook or canvases that were displayed in his dental office. He enjoyed travelling the world to such destinations as Kenya, Peru, Chile, Alaska, and Lake Tahoe. However, the place he enjoyed most was Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. He is survived by his son, Brandon Delos Reed, Atlanta, GA; granddaughter, Olivia Grace Reed, Atlanta, GA; Sisters Mary Jane Cole (husband Daniel Wayne Cole), Morris AL and Carol Sue Frederick. Spruce Pine, AL; Nephews Daniel Reed Cole, Cullman, AL and David Wayne Cole (wife Karen Cole) Morris, AL; and Niece Farah Michele Frederick, Spruce Pine, AL; He was preceded in death by his nephew, Michael Hugh Frederick, Russellville, AL. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society in memory of Dr James D. Reed. The visitation will be at his dental office; 112 Broadway St. Homewood, AL Saturday July 22 from 11am - 1pm; Call 205-847-1415.
Dr. Joseph (Joe) Charles Schilleci of Birmingham passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the age of 89. He attended Ramsay High School where he met the love of his life Antoinette (Nette) Saia. He had his acceptance and dorm room at the University of Alabama but changed his mind, because he didn't want to leave his sweetheart. He instead remained in Birmingham where he attended and graduated from Howard College (Samford University). One year later he was accepted to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1955. Upon graduation from dental school, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a dentist at Barksdale Air Force base in Shreveport, Louisiana. Upon completion of his military service, he opened his dental practice in 1957 in West End, AL. In 1984, he relocated his practice to Vestavia Hills, Al where it still resides. He practiced dentistry for 58 years before retiring in 2013. In college he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Psi Omega dental fraternity. He was an active member for many years in the Birmingham District Dental Society, Alabama State Dental Association, Vestavia Country Club, Altadena Valley Country Club, Roma Country Club, The Club, Metropolitan Dinner Club and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and was very proud of his low handicap and his 3 hole-in-ones. Like his father before him, besides golf, he loved poker, gin rummy, Alabama football, and a good joke. Joe was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Annie Schilleci. He is survived by his wife and soulmate of 67 years Nette Schilleci; His children: Margaret Henderson (Steve), Charles Schilleci (Christine), and Linda Cencula; His grandchildren: Jeffrey Henderson, Michelle Gordon, Holly Vavrek, Nicole Wyatt, Erika Thompson, Joe Schilleci, Michael Cencula, and Lacey Cencula; His great-grandchildren: Lauren Gordon, Nicholas Gordon, Zachary Gordon; Brother: Nat Schilleci. Visitation will be Friday, May 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Southern Heritage Cemetery.
Dr. Darin Cissell - I do not have the full obituary yet but do have information to pass along. Visitation forDarin Cissell will be held on Sunday, May 7 at Samford University, in the Howard Room at the University Center, from 3:00-5:00 p.m . Memorial service at Reid Chapel, Samford University, at 5:30 p.m.
Nat Tortorici - Aug. 23, 1932 - Jan.17, 2017 Nat Tortorici, age 84, of Mountain Brook passed away on January 17. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, friend and dentist. He was preceded in death by his parents: Samuel Anthony and Mary Leo Tortorici, and by his wife of 52 years, Marion Karpeles Tortorici. He is survived by his children: Sam Tortorici (Kathryn), Natalie Tortorici Gillespie (Robert), and Leigh Leigh Tortorici; and by his grandchildren: Michael Tortorici, Daniel Tortorici, Gracie Tortorici and Rob Gillespie. He also leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Nat was an accomplished musician and well-respected dentist. He graduated from Fairfield High School at the age of 17 and attended the University of Alabama before entering dental school. He enjoyed playing saxophone in bands with Stumpy Falls all over the state during his college days. He served in the Air Force as an officer and spent two years in Frankfurt, Germany as a dentist on the base. He set up his first practice in Wylam in 1958, and in 1967 expanded to a second office in Crestline. He eventually moved it to Homewood in 1988, where he worked with his wife by his side until he retired in 2000. He was a former president of the Alabama District Dental Society, and member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Implant Congress, and Monday Morning Quarterback Club. One of his greatest attributes was his commitment to excellence in everything he did, and he always brought out the best in others. He could paint a beautiful landscape, play almost any instrument you hand him, and cook a gourmet meal from leftovers, never using a recipe in his life. He starred in musicals with his uncles who were close in age, sang barbershop, and played with Baker Knight & The Knightmares, as well as with Joe Giattina & The Bama Cardinals. He loved old movies, Crimson Tide football, and all of his dogs fiercely. Nat was always bigger than life, a man everyone looked up to. He had a wicked sense of humor and enjoyed the occasional naughty joke, but he always stood out as a true example of integrity in every aspect of his life. He will truly be missed by all. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where his visitation will be held on Friday, January 20 at 12:00 and a funeral service at 1:00, followed by burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials are welcome at Jimmie Hale Mission, the Birmingham Humane Society, St. Francis Xavier, or the charity of your choice .
Louise Allen Petrusnek - March 19, 1924- January 5, 2017 Louise Allen Petrusnek, 92, of Tuscaloosa died January 5, 2017. Mrs. Petrusnek was the widow of Dr. Frank Petrusnek. Mrs. Petrusnek was a graduate of Sheffield High School Class of 1942 and the Steiger Business School. She was employed by the IBEW Local 558 in Sheffield. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and secretary of the Women's Auxiliary at Florence State Teachers College. She was also an active member of the Alabama Dental Auxiliary Society. She is survived by her daughter; Anna McIlwain (Chris), son; Frank Petrusnek (Lil), and sister; Nell Roberts and, her special loving friends; Elaine Appleby and Phyllis Snyder. Visitation will be Saturday 10-10:30 a.m at Morrison Funeral Home Tuscumbia, Alabama. Graveside services will be at 11 at Oakwood Cemetery Sheffield. Memorials to Caring Days or West Alabama Hospice in mom's name would be greatly appreciated. An online guest registry is available atmorrisonfuneralhome.com .
B.Q. Scruggs, Jr. August 30, 1935 - January 6, 2017 Dr. B.Q. Scruggs, Jr., passed away at his home on January 6, 2017. B.Q. was born on August 30, 1935, in Wetumpka, Alabama. Growing up in Montgomery and Talladega, he became an Eagle Scout, was active at the First United Methodist Church and worked on the family farm. Upon graduating from Talladega High School, he attended Auburn University graduating with honors in 1957. He attended University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham and graduated in May, 1959. In June of 1959, he married Gwen Gravlee Scruggs. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pensacola and Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, B.Q. and Gwen settled in Mountain Brook. His dental practice was located on Southside for many years and moved to Montclair Road until his retirement. B.Q. served as President and other offices of the Alabama Dental Association. Alongside his practice, he participated in free dental clinics for the elderly, mentored students from the dental school, and spent decades enjoying weekly lunches with his fellow dentists. He was a founding member of the Searching for Scruggs Association (a genealogical organization). He was a devoted member of Canterbury United Methodist Church and the JOY class. B.Q. enjoyed golf at the Birmingham Country Club. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking and Auburn football. He spent many hours sharing these activities with his children and grandchildren instilling wonderful memories for all. B.Q. was an enthusiastic numismatic and enjoyed researching and collecting a variety of coins. B.Q. was predeceased by his wife, Gwen Gravlee Scruggs and his parents, B.Q. Scruggs, Sr. and Margaret Alexander Scruggs. He is survived by his children, Susie Hendry, Lee Scruggs and Sharon Cox (Steve); his sister, Betty Scruggs Gunn; his sister-in-law, Gayle Gravlee Magruder; grandchildren: Gabriel Hendry, Annamaria Hendry, Seraphina Hendry, Samantha Scruggs, Skyler Scruggs, Alex Scruggs, Lane Jacobs, Rory Jacobs, Brian Cox (Nikki) and Laura Cox; and 2 great grandchildren: Landry Cox and Beau Cox. The family appreciates the loving care of Teresa Richardson who was his caregiver. In addition, heartfelt thanks to Mary Thomas, Laquita Thomas and Latirra Payne for their in home support. The family also wants to thank Emily Lawler and Comfort Care Hospice for their assistance. A Memorial Service will begin at 1:30 on Thursday, January 12, in the chapel at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook, followed by visitation and the inurnment. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to American Cancer Society , Canterbury United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice
Betty Jo Travis Davidson - (November 16, 1923-September 29, 2016)
Betty T. Davidson, age 92, of Vestavia Hills, AL passed away on September 29, 2016. She was preceded in death in 2012 by her beloved husband of 66 years, Dr. Roy G. Davidson, Jr. She is survived by her children: Denise Willett (Ken), Dr. Jennifer Davis (Jim), Freddy Davidson and Cecilia Davidson-Farkas (David); grandchildren: Dr. Melissa Nix (Chris), Melanie Seibold, Beth Davis (Eike Bierwirth), Katie Davis, Allison Davidson, Jake Davidson, Priscilla Davidson and Isabella Farkas; great-grandchildren: Frank Nix and Claire Bierwirth. She is also survived by her brother, Robert (Bob) F. Travis, Jr. (Martha)
Betty was born in Parrish, AL and graduated from Bessemer High School. Betty rode the streetcar from Bessemer to visit her great aunt and uncle in Eastlake and met their neighbor, Roy, just before the start of WWII. They exchanged letters during the war and upon Roy's return, after the war ended, the two were married on July 26, 1945. After her four children were born, she went back to school and attended Samford University for two and a half years and was named to the Dean's List.
Betty supported Roy in all aspects of his dental career and was past president of both the local and state Dental Auxiliaries. She was a member of Les Jeune Meres, Antiquarian Society, Les Soirees, Vestavia Hills Garden Club, the Vestavia Hills Beautification Board, Gentilly Forest Sewing Circle, St. Mark Lunch Bunch and the Friends Group. Betty was nominated for Citizen of the Year in Vestavia and helped organize the Vestavia Belles. Betty was active in managing the children's Sunday school at St Mark Methodist during the 1960s. She later became an active member of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church and Trinity Sunday School Class.
Betty, affectionately called "Baby" by her family, was a devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gracious hostess to everyone and loved cooking her family's favorite meals so everyone could gather to celebrate holidays and birthdays. She was famous for her caramel cakes and many breakfast specialties. Betty was the true definition of elegance and a Southern lady. Betty and Roy enjoyed taking their children and grandchildren on educational and historical vacations around the United States, many of which were in their motor home. They enjoyed traveling the world together.
The family would like to give special thanks to Irene Ramsey, Reba Shaneyfelt, Maliria Robinson, Lommie Zene and Pam Marshall for their help and caring for Betty like their own family over the last four years and the staff at Galleria Woods Skilled Nursing Facility. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends starting at 1:00, also at the church. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to The Big Oak Ranch, PO Box 507, Springville, AL 35146.
Ben Hill Smith, Jr. DDS - Dec. 8, 1916 - Aug. 3, 2016, age 99, passed away on August 3, 2016. Dr. Smith was born in Ensley and had lived a number of years in Vestavia Hills. He was a graduate of Fairfield High School and Auburn University (API). He received his dental training at Atlanta Southern School of Dentistry (now Emory University). Shortly after graduation, he was inducted into the Army and served in World War II in the Aleutian Islands, the European Theater, and was in route to the Pacific Theater when the war ended. He remained in the Army Reserves and retired as a Colonel. He practiced dentistry in Birmingham for more than 40 years. Dr. Smith was predeceased by his father, Ben Hill Smith, SR.; his mother, Nell Auston Smith; brother, Roland Smith and his sister, Dorothy Adams. He is survived by his wife, Annette Cheatham Smith; nephews, Rody Smith, Jad Smith (Theresa), Howard Henry English, Hal Cheatham (Judy) and Patrick Cheatham (Donna); nieces, Lynne Isom (Ed), Rachael Pickens, Jan Smith, Cynthia Norfleet Ellis (J.D.), Joan Cheatham and a number of great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his devoted care giver, Dorothy Arnold. He was a member of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church where he served as a permanent usher for many years. In the past, he has been a volunteer for a number of civic and charitable organizations. He was especially interested in camp ASCCA and worked for this group for a number of years. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, 2061 Kentucky Avenue on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. prior to the service, in the ante-room of the chapel. Ted Leach and James Williams will officiate. Any memorial can be made to the charity of your choice.
Benny Ray McAnnally - Mar 26, 1938 - Apr 3, 2016 Benny Ray McAnnally, age 78, passed away on April 3rd, 2016 with family at his bedside. He was a retired dentist. Mr. McAnnally is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Nell McAnnally; wife, Lollie McAnnally; and wife, Becky McAnnally. He is survived by his son, Mark McAnnally; brothers, Alan and Bill McAnnally; sisters, Grace Hicks (John), Martha Melvin; and aunt, Catherine (Bob) Golla. Funeral service will be at Hopewell Baptist Church, in Pinson on April 7th, at 2:00 pm with viewing beginning at 1:00 pm. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
Dr. James Albert "Al" Nelson, August 3, 1938 - July 15, 2016 Dr. James Albert "Al" Nelson, age 77, of Dr. James A. Nelson Hoover, AL passed away July 15, 2016 after a short, fierce battle with Vascular Dementia. Al was predeceased by his parents, James and Verlon Nelson. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Nelson; son, Jay Nelson (Terry) of Memphis, TN; daughter, Michele Blackmon, Hoover; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Nelson and Luke Blackmon; sister, Judy Mardre (Bob), Opelika, AL; brother-in-law, Larry Gore, Jemison, AL; and nieces and nephews. Al attended Auburn University and The University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-medical honorary fraternity. He was a member of Birmingham District Dental Society, Alabama Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Al practiced dentistry in Birmingham, AL for 44 years. He was a member of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church for many years and Vestavia Country Club. A private graveside service will be on Monday, July 18, 2016. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Music Ministry at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, 2600 Vestavia Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
Richard Gibbs Scholl - died peacefully on Tuesday, November 10 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Birmingham, AL on June 19, 1934 to Lillian Gibbs and Roy Scholl. Dick attended Woodlawn High School and the University of Alabama before serving our country in Fort Knox, KY. He then attended The Ohio State University for his Oral Surgery residency. He proudly practiced Oral Surgery for 45 years before retiring at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife, Frances Goodwin Scholl, children, Rick Scholl, Sheri Scholl Salmon (Mark), Dawn Scholl Hoffman (Jerry), and Lisa Goodwin Cole (Jabo). Grandchildren are Clay Jones (Courtney), Lauren Jones, Samantha Salmon, Hunter Salmon, Noelle Limbaugh (Matt), Will Cole (Annie), and Jake Cole (Brett). Great grandchildren are Maddie James Limbaugh and Colt Limbaugh. He also had many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Roy W Scholl and his brother Roy W. Scholl Jr. (Bubba). He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. He brought joy to so many and loved singing barbershop and in the church choir. Visitation will be Friday, November 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church from 10:00 - 12:00 noon with a memorial service to begin at noon in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Waunita Gillespie Clanton, Jan. 17, 1925 - May 2, 2015 , passed away on May 2, 2015. She was born in Dora, Alabama on Jan. 17, 1925. Mrs. Clanton graduated from Auburn University in 1946. She taught elementary school at Central Park in Birmingham. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty four years, Dr. David K. Clanton and her son Michael S. Clanton. Mrs. Clanton is survived by her children Kay Goggans, Dr. David Clanton and Tim Clanton, as well as her sister Katherine Rigell. She is also survived by her grandchildren, David W. Clanton, Jr., Tatum Clanton, Daniel Goggans, and David Goggans, and one great-grandchild Charlotte Clanton. She will be missed by her family and friends. Visitation for Mrs. Clanton will be Tuesday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ridout's Valley Chapel and there will be a chapel service Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM at Valley Chapel,Homewood, AL, burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
William Barthel Strickland, Jr. (Bill), Sept 27, 1932 ~ Apr 20, 2015, 82 of Gardendale, AL passed away Monday, April 20, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents William B. Strickland, Sr. and Nellie Brown, son William B. Strickland, III and brother Dr. Thomas B. Strickland. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alabama and received his Dental Degree from the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry. He was a mason. Dr. Strickland practiced Dentistry for over 50 years in Gardendale. Survived by his wife Shirley and son Stephen Strickland, brother Dr. Donald Strickland and brother in law John Whitfield and many cousins. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Elmwood Chapel with funeral services following with Rev. Ronnie L. Legg officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Stacey Brooke Ballard (daughter of Dr. James "Jim" Ballard) of Vestavia Hills, AL passed away at the age of 33 on Monday, February 2, 2015. Stacey was a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School, where she was a majorette. She also attended the University of Alabama. Stacey is preceded in death by her grandparents, Boozer and Pat Mowery, and Tony and Corrine Ballard; and uncles, Frankie Mowery and Dr. Fred Ballard. She is survived by her parents, Dr. Jim and Susan Ballard; sister, Jessica Ballard; and her best friend, her dog Dante. Stacey is also survived by some very special aunts, uncles, and cousins, including her special cousin, Grant Mowery. The celebration of Stacey's life will be at 5pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a visitation beginning at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Stacey Ballard may be made to St. Anne's Home, 2772 Hanover Circle South, Birmingham, AL 35205.
DR. JOAN DOUGLAS DOMNANOVICH DMD, Of Birmingham, passed away on December 12, 2014 at the age of 65. Mrs. Domnanovich was born on December 9, 1949 in Jasper, Alabama, to Philip Douglas and Faye Sanford. She graduated from Walker High School. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Microbiology and from Baptist Medical Centers School of Medical Technology before earning her Doctorate from the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry. She was a Dentist for 36 years in Birmingham. She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. She was a long time member of the Canterbury United Methodist Church. Making her children the priority in her life she regularly volunteered with her Church, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Children's Schools & the Birmingham Irish Cultural Society. She is survived by her husband of 37 years Joseph M. Domnanovich; son John David and his wife Kristy Domnanovich; daughter Kathryn Marie and her husband Jonathan Thompson; parents Philip and Faye Douglas; sister Joyce Crump; and brothers Gary and Greg Douglas. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel with Rev. Howard Thompson officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home for procession to Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Dr. Lem H. Rainwater - It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Dr. Lem H. Rainwater. He was 97 years of age and left this world on Saturday, January 24th.
Dr. Rainwater was born and raised in lower Alabama. On the suggestion of a friend, Dr. Rainwater applied to dental school in Tennessee. He excelled and successfully completed his training and was then drafted into the army in 1941. He served in WWII at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home in 1945, married Jean, started a family and they began attending Mountain Brook Baptist Church. At first, Dr. Rainwater practiced dentistry in the Comer building with Dr. Wood downtown. Everyone thought he was crazy when he built and opened a practice south of town in Crestline Village. That was a bold move in 1950, and it turned out to be a grand idea.
Dr. Rainwater practiced there until 1991 and served many people and many needs. He was a people person with a servant heart. And, he was a virtual walking encyclopedia. He also was a committed family man and a mission-minded person. I was the last of at least 5 dentists that Dr. Rainwater helped to get started.
Dr. Donald M. Hamlett passed away peacefully at his home with family present on December 8th 2014 at the age of 78. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sue Hamlett; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Dulsey Hamlett; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Eddie Logan and Kelly and Robert Kuykendall and eight grandchildren; Matthew Hamlett, Austin Hamlett, Jill Mitchell, Jessica Fewell, Jana Fewell, Jackie Fewell, Maddie Kuykendall, and Cade Kuykendall; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Betty and Joe Butler; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a multitude of friends. He retired from ACIPCO dental department after 30 plus years of service. There will be a celebration of life 2 pm December 10, 2014 at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel and a visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church-805 Crest Drive, Gardendale, AL 35071.
Doug and Judy Smith of Bessemer, Alabama were involved in a motor vehicle accident in Boligee, Alabama and died together on the evening of Saturday, November 29th, 2014. Dr. Frederick Douglas Smith, age 73, attended Bessemer High School, the University of Alabama, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham, graduating with a doctoral degree in dental medicine. Judith Pascoe Smith, age 60, attended Choctawhatchee High School, in Destin Florida. Together, the couple worked during the week at his dental practice in Bessemer and often enjoyed the outdoors on the weekends, as they were on the evening of the accident. Doug, known for his lively good humor, and Judy, for her friendly social spirit, will be greatly missed by anyone who has enjoyed their company. The couple will long be remembered for their partnership at work and enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. They will be sorely missed by their four grandchildren who knew them as "JuJu" and "PaPa". Doug is preceded in death by his parents Margeret Kaetz Smith and Douglas Smith of Bessemer, Alabama . Judy is preceded in death by her parents David Pascoe and Mary Bailey of Destin, Florida and survived by her brothers Lee Pascoe of Destin, FL and Daniel Pascoe of Atlanta, GA. Together, Doug and Judy are survived by son Doug Smith and daughter Denise (Chris) Donohoo, and four cherished grandchildren Kylie, Ryan, Kelsey, and Max Donohoo of Birmingham, Alabama. The family will receive friends from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at The Baptist Church at McAdory, 4954 Eastern Valley Road, McCalla AL, 35111. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the church. The couple will be buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Bessemer, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Big Oak Ranch (www.bigoak.org) or Donations to Safari Club of Birmingham Scholarship Fund in memory of Doug and Judy Smith.
Edward James McDevitt June 28, 1922 - Oct. 3, 2014 a long time resident of Homewood, Alabama passed away on October 3, 2014 surrounded by his family and loved ones. Ed was born on June 28, 1922 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and served in the United States Navy from 1940 to 1964. The youngest ever to achieve the rank of Chief Petty Officer, he served in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. Following his Naval Service he received an appointment as Instructor at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Ed was instrumental in the creation of Four Handed Dentistry, a novel use of dental assistants in the practice of dentistry. He also started the Dental Television Department and pioneered the use of audio visuals in the teaching of dental students. He was a devoted member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and led many fundraising efforts as well as leading the design, construction and administration of the Our Lady of Sorrows columbarium. Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and wife Veronica. Survived by his loving wife Jane, of 5 years and children Kathleen Babb (Bruce), JoAnn Camp (Richard), Mike McDevitt (Suzanne) and Mark McDevitt; grandchildren Tracy, Jennifer (Scott), Alan (Shelly) and Kevin; great grandchildren Tori, Taylor, Connor, Elizabeth, Kailey, Andrew and Ethan; step sons John Abts (Kathy), Phil Abts (Karen) and Eric Abts (Elizabeth). Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 7th at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (St. George Orphanage, India) or Children's Hospital of Alabama.
Roy Lon Shelton, Jr. D.M.D., passed away April 23, 2014 after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Opal Jones Shelton and Roy L. Shelton, Sr., and sister and brother-in-law, Shella and Frank Lewis. Roy Shelton, Jr. grew up in the Center Point community and graduated Hewitt-Trussville High School. He won a National 4-H Scholarship and spent one year studying agriculture in Uruguay, South America. His letters home were quoted often in the Birmingham News "Vulcan" column. Roy Shelton, Jr. attended Auburn University and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. After two years of service in the Army, he returned to Howard College (now Samford University) for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Shelton graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1962 with ODK honors. Dr. Shelton was a member of the Alabama Dental Association and the America Dental Association. He was honored with being presented with membership in the International College of Dentist, the America College of Dentist and Most Excellent Fellow in the Alabama Dental Association and was "Life" member in the American Dental Association. Dr. Shelton practiced dentistry in Birmingham and later Ashville for over 45 years. He was always a farmer at heart and enjoyed raising Landrace Hogs and later Black Angus Cows and his beloved Treeing Feist Dogs. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Joye Wright; son, Roy Lon Shelton, III; daughter, Susan Shelton Romei (Phillip); grandson, John Mitchell Romei; stepson, Brian Wright (Mindi); and step grandchildren, Laura, Leigh and Lindsey. Dr. Shelton spent the last 5 years at The Village of Cook Springs where he frequented the Chapel for worship. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at The Village of Cook Springs and a special thanks to Oasis Hospice. Dr. Shelton's wishes were to be an anatomical donor to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A private memorial service for the immediate family will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11 a.m. at The Village of Cook Springs Chapel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contribution be made to your favorite charity .
Dr. Michael Edward Ford, age 70, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, April 10, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Ashley Ford; his son, Scott Ford (wife, Tommie); grandson, Julian Ford; and brother, Addison Eugene Ford (wife, Linda). Dr. Ford also leaves behind his long-time companion, Sue Thompson, and her children, Bridget Bemis (husband, Barry), Tim Thompson (wife, Renee), Todd Thompson (wife, Susan), Kristi Renneker (Fred), and Brandi Hodges (husband, Spain). Dr. Ford graduated from Auburn University and the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry in 1969. He spent his career caring for patients in Shelby County. He founded Shelby Dental Center in Calera, AL and practiced dentistry for 44 years. Dr. Ford loved spending time on his farm in Montevallo, AL, where he resided for 38 years. He loved riding motorcycles, hiking, golfing, and boat rides on Lake Mitchell. Dr. Ford has touched many lives with his compassion and generosity. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, immediately followed by the private graveside service at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham.
Mrs. Carole Sadowsky of Birmingham, passed away March 25, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Lionel Sadowsky, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cyril and Fay Sadowsky. She was the beloved aunt of Louise and Brigitte. Graveside service will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00AM at Elmwood Cemetery. Rabbi Laila Haas will be officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hannah Home. Johns- Ridout's Funeral Parlor, Southside Chapel directing.
Jean Keltner Kracke 86, of Birmingham, died peacefully. She was a graduate of Woodlawn High School, Gradwohl Medical School of Laboratory Technicians in Saint Louis Missouri and attended the University of Alabama Birmingham. She married the late Dr. Roy R. Kracke Jr. with whom she lovingly spent the next 60 years. She and Dr. Kracke operated a successful pediatric dental practice where Jean worked as a Hygienist, Chair Side Assistant and Receptionist. She and Dr. Kracke were faithful members of Canterbury United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Thurman Keltner, Matte Belle Johnson Keltner, and a brother Thurman Keltner. She is survived by her four sons,Roy KrackeIII(Juanita),Walter Kracke(Donna),James Kracke, and Stuart Kracke(Vicki). She is also survived by a sister Joy Keltner Wallace of Yorktown Virginia. Three Grandchildren, Creede Kracke, Susan Kracke and Carter Kracke. A memorial service will be held at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds on Monday March 31st at 7 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Parkinson Association of Alabama, P.O. Box 590146, Birmingham, AL 35259. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Alacare Hospice for their compassionate support.
Dr. Raymond Chee Cheuk Tso, age 48 passed away peacefully on Monday, February 17, 2014. He is survived by his father, Eric Tso, his mother, Agnes Tso, his sister, Dr. Sylvia Tso, his brother-in-law, Keith Moon and his nephew, Ryan Moon. Raymond graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Dentistry. He was an a avid runner and loved American history. Ray touched many lives with his generosity, compassion and big heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family will receive friends at Ridout's Valley Chapel on Sunday, February 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service will follow at 10:00.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Raymond C. Tso, D.M.D. Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be mailed to:
Raymond C. Tso, D.M.D. Memorial Scholarship c/o UNR Foundation Mail Stop 0162 Reno, NV 89557-0162 ATTN: Keiko Weil please make note on the check memo line "Raymond C. Tso, D.M.D. Memorial Scholarship"
Dr. Morris "Cliff" Hodges-April 20, 1937 - Dec. 9, 2013 "Doc," as he was known to his family and close friends, was a Hoover, AL, resident. He passed away at age 76. He was born in Amory, MS and graduated from Amory High School in 1955 before he continued his education at the University of Mississippi until 1959. After graduating from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1962, Doc enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served until 1965. He continued his military service in the Alabama National Guard, where he achieved the rank of Bird Colonel. Following his military service, Doc started a private dental practice in Kosciusko, MS, where he worked until 1973. Accepting a position of staff dentist at the Birmingham (Alabama) VA Medical Center, he moved his family to Hoover, where he practiced until he retired in 2004. He was also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the UAB School of Dentistry until he retired from that position in 2009. The "work" that brought Doc the most joy was coaching girls ASA and Hoover High School softball. He had a full and active career coaching from 1981 until 2009. With numerous winning records, he was inducted into the Central Alabama ASA Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Doc was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Molly Morris Hodges of Amory, MS, and two grandsons, John Clifton Watson and Trey Hodges. Survivors include Doc's bride of 56 years, Joan Mize Hodges; three daughters, Leanne Williamson (Garry), Lisa Donahoo (Donnie), and Molly Nelson (Bryan); one son, Morris Hodges, Jr. (Elise); and five grandchildren, Mason Donahoo, Kristin Donahoo, Chanse Nelson, Jacob Hodges, and Laura Williamson. Visitation will be at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. The funeral service will be in Ridout's Southern Heritage Chapel, Pelham at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 with Dr. Buddy Gray of Hunter Street Baptist Church officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. Ted Evans, Dr. Tom Peaspanen, Dr. Bill Purdy, Dr. Tim Heaven, Jim Brown, and Hugh Hines. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association or your favorite charity .
John "Floyd" Dyar - passed away November 10, 2013. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born in a rural farming community near Boaz, Alabama in 1931, he was the eldest child of Elbert" Floyd Dyar and Agnes Gerstman. For the family of ten children, especially in the height of the Depression, life was difficult. Large families were all but a must to produce enough on the farm for survival. After managing to finish Mount Hebron elementary school and Douglas High School by making up farm labor absent class, the day of decision was at hand. Should he stay on the farm to help provide for the large family or better serve by pursuing an education? The decision was made to enroll in Snead Jr. College in Boaz on a full workship to pay for all expenses, due to the gracious kindness of then president, Dr. F.M. Cook. After five quarters and a near A average (and no money) Floyd applied for admission to University of Alabama School of Dentistry. A Trailway bus ride to meet with Dr. Joseph Volker, Dean, and his admissions committee yielded a conditional fall admission, after classes in the summer at Howard College (even through his Biology professor at Snead said he was crazy to apply). Dr. F.M. Cook drove him to Birmingham to meet with Roscoe Whatley, Director of the Birmingham Regional Red Cross. There he secured a job manning the blood bank nights and weekends, which provided a room and a stipend to cover school expenses. Upon graduation from Dental School with honors, Floyd competed for and received an academic internship (one of thirty in the nation). There were nine training hospitals in the U.S., and recipients could list their priorities, 1 through 9. He selected New Orleans first and Seattle, last. He was sent to Seattle. The hand of providence was in action, however, for that's where he met his future sweet wife of 54 years. After the one-year internship in Seattle, he was transferred to the Coast Guard base in San Fransico for six months, then to the Coast Guard Air Base in Port Angeles, Washington. After Port Angeles, he was transferred to the U.S. Health, Education and Welfare regional office in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1958, he and Betty were blessed with the birth of "John" Floyd Dyar, Jr. In the summer of 1959, the three made their home in Center Point, Alabama, where he established his dental practice. The following year, their daughter, Susan Strickland Dyar, was born. Dr. Dyar felt so blessed and was so proud of his sweet, kind, compassionate and Christian wife and two wonderful children. He was also blessed with 45 years in dental practice in Center Point and was so spiritually rewarded to be able to relieve pain and improve appearances for so many. He loved his patients, and they loved him. His beloved first grandchild, Danielle Elizabeth Dyar, born in 1987, and brought him unimaginable joy. In 1996, his grandson, Michael Gregory Parris, Jr. was born, bringing more joy. Fifteen months later, his third grandchild, Megan Marie Parris, came into his life and blessed him immensely. The last years of his wife Betty's life were fraught with declining health issues. Diabetic complications and inoperable knee and hip problems left her wheelchair-bound and eventually entirely bedridden. Dr. Dyar would retire from his dental practice in 2003 to become her full-time, loving and compassionate caregiver. He prayed to his Savior, that if possible, he would outlive her and be healthy enough to care for her with love and compassion. That this was allowed was such a joy and relief and blessing. Dr. Dyar was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Franklin D. Dyar and Bobby Jack Dyar, and his precious wife Betty Dyar. He is survived by sisters Mary Berry and Judy Baker; by brothers Milton Dyar, David Dyar, Ben Dyar, Jesse Dyar, and Thomas Dyar; by son "John" Floyd Dyar, Jr.; by daughter Susan Dyar Parris, by three grandchildren Danielle Dyar, Michael Parris and Megan Parris; and by son-in-law Michael "Mike" Parris, Sr. (Note: Dad wrote this obituary entirely himself and told us soon after his Betty's death that it was ready when we needed it. It brings a smile to our hearts that, knowing we would eventually have to face this sad day, he wanted to leave his preparedness here for us in his stead. We are also comforted in knowing we've told his story exactly the way he wanted it to be told. We love you and miss you, Dad, Granddaddy, "Grinchy"). Visitation will be on Thursday, November 14 at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a brief service by Rev. Tom Parrish of Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church. Immediately following, the body will be transported to Friendship Baptist Cemetery in Boaz, Alabama for a private graveside service, Rev. Tom Parrish officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Dr. Roy Rachford Kracke D.M.D - Age 87 passed away. Dr. Kracke attended Oxford College of Emory University where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He served in the United States Army during WWII and graduated from the University of Alabama in June of 1952, afterward, he worked at Durr Surgical Supply in Montgomery. Dr. Kracke graduated from the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry and was the first Dentist in Alabama to receive Certification from the American Board of Pedodontics to practice children's dentistry. He played a vital role in bringing Fluoridation to Alabama. He was involved with the Southeast region Optimist Club International and served as a Secretary Treasurer for many years. He was a faithful member of Canterbury United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Jean Keltner Kracke; four children, Roy Rachford Kracke III, Walter Douglas Kracke, James Clarence Kracke, and Stuart Keltner Kracke; and three Grandchildren, Creede R. Kracke, William Carter Kracke, and Susan Kracke. He is also survived by siblings: Rachel Kracke Drennen, Henry Minter Kracke, Robert Russel Kracke, and Virginia Carolyn Peelen. He is preceded in death by his parents: Virginia Minter Kracke, Roy Rachford Kracke and Brother William Gunter Kracke.
ROUSS, ANGELO - Dr. Angelo Steve Rouss, D.M.D. of Hoover, Alabama died August 10th, 2013 at the age of 87. He was born July 24th, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama. Services were Tuesday August 13, 2013 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Sorrows. He is preceded in death by wife Faye Rouss, parents Samuel and Josephine Rouss, brother and sister-n-law Vincent and Frances Rouss. He is survived by sister JoAnne Mills, sons John and Chuck Nolan, nephews Patrick Rouss and Jeff Mills, niece Leigh Ann Murray and several grandchildren and a great grandchild. He was in private practice of general dentistry from 1957-2002. He was the Assistant Professor of Dentistry of the University of Alabama, School of Dentistry. He was a member of the of the Birmingham District Dental Society. He was the past International Director of ToastMasters. He was a longtime member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church a member of the choir, and a member of the Community Bible Study.
BALDONE, DR. PASQUAL ANTHONY "PAT" - age 90 of Mountain Brook, affectionately known as "Doc" passed away June 30, 2013. Born in Birmingham, he attended Norwood School and Phillips High School. He served his country in World War II from 1943-45. During his tour of duty, he flew on a B-24 Liberator as the radio operator and machine gunner in the European Theater. After the war, he returned home to complete a Bachelors of Science degree from Birmingham Southern College. Pat graduated in the second class of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1953 and was an active member of the Alabama Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. He was a strong proponent and advocate for the fluoridation of water in the City of Birmingham in the 1960s. He was on numerous committees and spoke at hearings in support of this endeavor. Pat was an active parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for over 40 years. His hobbies and interests included photography, bird watching, stamp collecting, and military history. Even at the age of 89, he enjoyed looking at pathology slides under the microscope with his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter Patricia Baldone Naro (Philip) and son David Baldone (Rhonda); grandchildren Elizabeth Ann and Michael Naro, Matthew and Patrick Baldone; Sister-in Law, Betty Antonio Baldone, cousin Angelina Cascio and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillie Mazzara Baldone; his mother Francesca Ferlise Baldone; father Charles Joseph Baldone; brothers, James Charles Baldone, Sr. (Lillian) and Joseph Charles Baldone. The family would like to thank Pat's caregivers, Judy, Shirley, Vivian, Shevell and Tahmine for all their love and support. Visitation will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Tuesday from 5:00 until 6:30 PM. Vigil Service at 6:30 PM Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 10:00 AM with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2 Xavier Circle, Birmingham, Alabama 35213.
PALESTINI, STEPHEN L. age 42 of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, passed away on May 30, 2013. Steve is survived by his children, Nikki, Ryan, Paige, and Drake Palestini. Steve is also survived by his parents, Joan and Wayne Palestini of Vestavia, and his brother Mike Palestini of Helena, Alabama. Survivors also include his aunts, Gaynell Pinson of Vestavia Hills and Carleta Tombrello (Joe) of Pelham, five cousins and other relatives and friends. Steve was a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School and Western Culinary Institute of Portland, Oregon. He completed an internship at Pebble Beach, California and worked as an Executive Chef in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Marine Corps at the NAS on Whidbey Island, Washington. He was a former member of Vestavia Hills Methodist Church and more recently at Solace Church in Tulsa. Visitation will be Friday, June 7,at Vestavia Hills Methodist Church at 2:00 with services at 3:00. The family suggest that memorials be made in Steve's memory to the Solace Church, 6607 W. 42nd Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74107.
BOYKIN, DDS, DR. JOEL S., -A man about people who loved & lived life to the fullest July 23, 1926 - March 31, 2013! Dr. Joel Samuel Boykin, DDS born July 23, 1926 to Juliette & Dr. Joel A. Boykin (Dentist). For 86+ years, he succeeded in getting every ounce out of life and gave of himself to the fullest. A graduate of historic A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, member of the famed Morehouse College Class of 1948 which included Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., and later, matriculated for advanced science study at Atlanta University and then on to Meharry School of Dentistry '56. He also practiced "manly deeds" as a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A Dentist - he was efficient and effective meeting his patient's needs with such high standards that he was honored in 2001 as a "Pioneer" by the Alabama Dental Association for outstanding service contributions to the industry. A jazz aficionado - he followed the jazz greats to the ends of the earth, from close friends Cleveland Eaton and Clark Terry to the legendary Duke Ellington. LOVED & RESPECTED GOD - he routinely acknowledged and frequently said "in spite of myself, I am a lucky so & so... through GOD's Grace and Mercy in my life." Joel is survived by his sister Verlena and sons Stephen J.(Judith), George, Joel Jr.(Bambia), and Joel Allen(Elyse) Boykin; daughter Lisa Bolden; grandchildren & greatgrands (19). A Memorial Service will be held at 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday - April 7th at 3pm CST. In lieu of flowers, please make Offering to the 16th Street Baptist Church Stewardship Campaign.
DICK, FAYE TYNES A longtime Vestavia Hills resident, died November 16, 2012 at Kirkwood by the River after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease complicated by a recent stroke. Faye was born to Eunice Armstrong Tynes and Hubbard Creighton Tynes on June 30, 1928, in Shuqualak, Mississippi. Faye will be remembered as a devoted wife to her husband, Dr. Marion F. Dick, and as a nurturing mother, loving grandmother, and faithful friend. An active leader in the Birmingham community and education circles, she made many friends at Norwood School, Shades Cahaba School, Phillips High School, Vestavia Hills PTA, Birmingham Dental Auxiliary, Friendship Force, Seed and Weed and Sprig O'Holly Garden Clubs, and Amulet Club. When her health permitted, she was a longtime, active member of First Presbyterian Church, where the Presbyterian Women named her an honorary life member in 2010 in recognition of her faithful service. She also was an ardent supporter of the arts as a former member of the Birmingham Music Club Guild, Opera Guild, and Symphony Volunteer Council, among others. She was a past president of the Vestavia Hills PTA, Amulet Club, and Sprig O'Holly Garden Club. Faye completed her freshman year at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia, and sophomore year at Southwestern (Rhodes College) in Memphis. She attended Birmingham-Southern College after meeting and later marrying Marion, the love of her life. After devoting 18 years to their growing family, she earned her B.S. degree at Birmingham-Southern, teaching certificate at the University of Montevallo, and M.S. degree and A.A. certificate at UAB. She discovered her passion for helping learning-disabled children while serving in the IPC Powell School tutoring program. When she completed her education, she worked for 13 years as a Special Education Teacher in the Birmingham School System. Faye always radiated a caring charisma that touched her students, family, and friends. Faye was predeceased by her parents and brother, Hubbard Tynes. Survivors are her husband, Dr. Marion F. Dick, sister Jeanne Plaxco (John), sister-in-law Allene Tynes. Also surviving are her children: Ricky Dick (Amy), Robert Tynes (Bette Bates) of Black Mountain, N.C., Danny Tynes (Kathy), Marci Wheeler (Roger), and Debbie Dick Glasgow. Her surviving grandchildren are: Eric and Janet Dick; Alison and Robin Tynes; Creighton Tynes (Melissa), Andrew and Jacob Tynes; Britney Young Dickson (John) and Jonathan Young; and Morgan, Audrey, and Julia Glasgow. Rev. Shannon Webster will officiate at a memorial service to be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 2100 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham, 35203, with a reception to follow in Matthews Hall. Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, to First Light Homeless Shelter at the same address, or to a charity of your choice . "God saw that she was getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around her and whispered, 'Come with Me.'" Anony
SMITH, IV, ROY AUSTIN - Roy Austin Smith, IV, 40, died on February 2, 2013. Roy was a graduate of Pelham High School and UAB. Roy was preceded in death by his grandparents Roy and Mary Lou Smith, John W. Staley and Norma Jean Martin, and his uncle John D. Staley. He is survived by his parents Kathye J. Reily and Dr. Roy A. Smith, III and his step-parents Richard Reily and Susan Smith, his brothers Justin Smith, Matthew and Brandon Reily, his sister Jennifer Smith, and his grandfathers Theodore K. Martin and Henry Segars. Roy is survived by his aunts and uncles Sherry and Eddie Webster, Tommy and Kim Smith, Jim and Karen Smith, Leslye Cathell, Norman and Marsha Staley and Beverly Staley. He is survived by many loving cousins Blake (Theresa) Webster, Whitney (Steve) Anderson, Jake Webster, Alexis and Olivia Smith, Jimbo Smith, Haley (Kevin) Dees, Karlee Ledlow, Mason Griffith, Wesley Cathell, Rebecca, Kathleen and John R. Staley, Julie and Bo Buis and Avree and Sydney Buis. A celebration of Roy's life will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3775 Crosshaven Drive, Birmingham, AL 35223 at 3:30 on Saturday February 9, 2013. Memorial gifts may be made to the Cline Smith Trust at 530 Bayhill Ridge Circle, Hoover AL 35244. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
DR. JACK HILL NOLAN - Jack Hill Nolan, 90, died on September 25, 2012. He was born and raised in Tarrant City, Alabama. He was a veteran of WWII and Korea and was a dentist in Birmingham his entire career. After retiring from dentistry he worked with his wife Connie Nolan in her antiques business, Birmingham Antique Mall. Although born a Southern Baptist, he converted to the Episcopal faith and never looked back. He was very active in his church, All Saint's Episcopal Church in Homewood, where he served in a variety of capacities over his 50+ years there. He will be remembered as a person who never met a stranger. He was generous to a fault and was always interested in what others were doing. He cared for others more than he did himself. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Connie Nolan, and by his infant son, Jack Hill Jr. He is survived by his two children, Bill Nolan, Mountain Brook, and Jackie Nolan Felkins, Homewood and by his grandsons, William Nolan and Ramey Felkins. A memorial service will be held at All Saint's Episcopal Church, Homewood on Saturday, September 29 at 1:00 PM, followed by interment of ashes in the Parish Garden. Visitation at the church 1 hour prior to service time. It would be Jack's wish that those wanting to honor his memory make a donation to the building fund at All Saint's instead of giving flowers.
PETRUSNEK, DR. FRANK 91, of Tuscaloosa, passed away September 16, 2012 at DCH Memorial Hospital. Dr. Petrusnek lived in Vestavia for most of his adult life. He was born in Plains, Pennsylvania to Charles and Esther Petrusnek. He graduated from Plains High School in 1939. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He was stationed in Sheffield, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, and in the Central Pacific. He graduated in 1948 from Florence State Teachers College and in 1952 from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Dr. Petrusnek was a member of the Staff of Lloyd Noland Hospital. While on staff he served as secretary of the Medical Staff. He was also an Associate Professor of Dentistry at The University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, Honorary Mathematics Association, Psi Omega, Dental Fraternity, and the Pierre Fushard Society. He was active in the Wald Park and Toy Bowl baseball and basketball programs. He was a statistician for the Vestavia Hills High School basketball team in the 1970's. Other community involvement includes the Young Men's Club of Sheffield, the Civilian Club of Birmingham, St. Appoiionia Sodality and St. Peter's Catholic Church. Dr. Petrusnek is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Louise Allen Petrusnek, children Chris and Anna Mcllwain and Frank and Lil Petrusnek grandchildren Christopher Mcllwain, Elizabeth and Andy Kennemer, John Petrusnek and Kate Petrusnek, sister Margie Roach. In lieu of flowers Dr. Petrusnek requests memorials be made in his name to St. Francis University Parish Building Fund, 811 5th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401. Visitation will be held at 10:00 September 18th at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, Alabama with graveside services following at 11:30 at Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield, Alabama.
ASKEW, BILLIE CHILDERS Billie Childers Askew, age 81, died Saturday morning August 18, 2012 at home after an extended battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Kentucky to Gladys and John Childers. Upon graduating from Burnside High School she joined the Air Force where she served at Boling Field in Washington D.C. as a Dental Assistant. There she met and married Dr. Harold Cochran Askew, a dentist in the Air Force. They established their home in Birmingham in the mid 50's. Billie was active in the Dental Auxiliary Wife's Club serving as President and helping to author the cookbook "Crowning Touch" whose proceeds benefited the Smile Mobile. Billie was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She is survived by her husband of sixty years and daughter, Lenora Askew Hunter (John). The family thanks Jan Davis, Rita Siglar and the care providers from Countryside Hospice for their care and devotion in these last years. A Visitation/Celebration of Life will be held at Ridout's Valley Chapel, Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation, www.alz.org or the charity of choice
ISENBERG, MARY SPENCE 69, of Birmingham, passed away on August 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her father Nolen Spence and her brother David Spence. Mary is survived by the husband she honestly loved, Dr. Barry Isenberg. They spent their time traveling the world and enjoying their homes in Murphy, NC, and Punta Gorda, FL, with their two golden retrievers. Mary is also survived by her mother Ruby Spence, her brother George Spence (Rhenda), her daughters Haden Ridlehoover (Ben) and Ashley Arthur (Fred), her stepsons Joel and Jason Isenberg, her grandchildren Avery, Davis, Mary Katherine, Mac, and Nolen, and many other family and friends. The funeral service for Mrs. Isenberg will be Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Homewood with visitation Wednesday evening, August 8, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, The American Cancer Society , or the UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit.
LOWERY, JR., DR. DANIEL HOWARD of Fairhope, AL, passed away at home on August 3, 2012. He was the son of Margaret Lowery Forrester and the late D. Howard Lowery. Dan was a native of Birmingham, attended Woodlawn High School, Marion Military Inst. and Auburn University. He was a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and UAB School of Dentistry and practiced dentistry over 40 years in Birmingham and Daphne, Alabama. Dan was a US Army veteran who enjoyed motorcycling, camping and Auburn football. He was predeceased by his son, Daniel Patterson (Patt) Lowery. Dan is survived by his wife, Donna Reed Lowery, daughter, Ginger Kay Lowery, mother, Margaret Lowery Forrester, (Howard), brother, Wayne H. Lowery, (Mary) sister Peggy L. Rickles, (Joel) and several nieces and nephews. Private arrangements will be held later in Fairhope.
FARMER, Dr. DON LEE - 77, of Springville, AL died July 19, 2012. Dr. Farmer was born March 14, 1935 in Birmingham, AL. He graduated from Shades Valley High School, Auburn University with a BS degree in Agriculture and continued his education at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Don practiced 40 years in Birmingham, Cullman, Springville, Odenville and Columbiana. He was a lifetime member of the Alabama Dental Association and the American Dental Association and also a member of the Birmingham Dental Society. Don had a full life with loving family and many friends. His passions included quail hunting, fishing, woodworking and his birddogs. As an orthodontist of many years he created many beautiful smiles and cared for many cleft pallet patients through his practice. A kind and generous Christian man with a dry humor, he left an imprint on us all. His faith was galvanized through the years as his church family played an increasing role in his life. Heaven has gained a fine man with his passage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Willard T. Farmer and Frances Byers Farmer, along with his brother, Dr. William Farmer. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Templeton (Wes), Donna Farmer and sons, Lee Farmer (Robyn), Greg Farmer (Lori), Art Ard (Sarah) along with 9 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jan Witt. The family will receive friends Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at Springville First United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Leukemia Society. Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel (879-3401) Homewood, AL.
BRISCOE, JR., JOSEPH MARTIN Age 67, Of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He is survived by his daughter Paige Briscoe Daniel (John) and his grandson William Jonathan Daniel, Jr. He received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College. He went on to attend the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and maintained a dental practice in Birmingham for 30 years. For many years, he was also an active member in the Shades Valley Rotary Club. There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shades Valley Rotary Club Foundation or any charity of one's choice .
JACOBS, DR. WILLIAM PARKS, D.D.M. Birmingham - Memorial services for Dr. William Parks Jacobs, 68, will be held at Ridout's Valley Chapel, at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Visitation will be held at the funeral home immediately following the service. Dr. Jacobs passed away on June 2, 2012 at his residence. His parents, the Rev. Allen C. and Agnes Hope Jacobs, preceded him in death. As a young man, Dr. Jacobs earned the Eagle Scout Award, was a member of the Order of the Arrow in The Cheaha District Boy Scouts and graduated from the Talladega City School system. Dr. Jacobs attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and received a Bachelor of Science Degree. While a student at the university, Dr. Jacobs was a trainer for the football team and worked for the legendary Coach Bear Bryant. During this time he was inducted into the university's "A" Club. In 1967, Dr. Jacobs entered the United States Navy and graduated from Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL as a Lieutenant, j.g. He went on to spend 4 years as a Navy Pilot. Upon completion of his military service, Dr. Jacobs attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham and received his Doctor of Dentistry Degree. He practiced dentistry for many years in Fairfield, Homewood and other areas in Birmingham. In addition to his career, Dr. Jacobs also was an avid sportsman; enjoying tennis, snow skiing, fishing, sporting clays and golf. Dr. Jacobs is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Robertson Jacobs of Birmingham; brothers, Allen C. Jacobs, Jr. and Patti of Talladega, Leslie Charles Jacobs of Talladega, Robert Mitchell Jacobs and Sandy of Salado, TX; sisters Jeanne Hope Buckner and Bob of Austin, TX and Lucy Lynn Milligan and Jay of Houston, TX; twelve nieces and nephews and eight grand nieces and nephews. Flowers may be sent to Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood or Memorials Contributions to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, 300 Snow Drive, Birmingham, 35209.
Davidson, Jr., Dr. Roy Grady- Dr. Roy G. Davidson, Jr., age 90, of Vestavia Hills, AL passed away on May 16, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty T. Davidson; children; Denise Willett (Ken), Dr. Jennifer Davis (Jim), Freddy Davidson and Cecilia Davidson-Farkas (David); grandchildren; Dr. Melissa Nix (Chris), Melanie Seibold, Beth Davis (Eike Bierwirth), Katie Davis, Allison Davidson, Jake Davidson, Priscilla Davidson, and Isabella Farkas. He is also survived by his sisters; Sarah Richwine, Betty Sue King and Sandra Daniels.
Dr. Davidson grew up in the Eastlake neighborhood of Birmingham, AL and graduated from Woodlawn High School. Roy believed that he could do anything he set his mind, and proved this by teaching himself tennis and winning a state championship his senior year at Woodlawn. After World War II began, he enlisted in the service and achieved rank of First Lieutenant, became a member of the 94th Bomb group, 333rd squadron, 8th Air Force and became a pilot. On Black Thursday, October 14, 1943, he was shot down while flying a B-17 during the raid. After a crash landing, he was in the French underground for three months until his capture during an attempted escape to England. He was held as a POW and sent to Stalag Luft III in April 1944, and then Mooseburg until the liberation by General Patton and his army. Upon return, he received a Purple Heart for his service.
After the war he returned to Birmingham and married Betty Travis in 1945. He attended Howard College, and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1950. Upon graduation he returned to Birmingham and started his general dentistry practice in Homewood. He worked for 47 years and the practice remains open today, run by his daughter Jennifer Davis and granddaughter Melissa Nix.
Dr. Davidson's professional and personal activities included: past president of the Alabama Dental Association and the Birmingham District Dental Society, former member of the Shades Valley Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and an active member of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church and Trinity Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a member of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society, and a local POW group. Dr. Davidson recently had the privilege of taking the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
He was a devoted husband, brother, father, and grandfather and enjoyed his time with his family during birthdays, meals and holidays. He was proud of his family, profession and country, and truly had a passion for serving and helping others. He never missed an opportunity to laugh with anyone around him and never spoke an unkind word about anyone. He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Irene Ramsay and Reba Shaneyfelt, who helped care for Roy and his wife Betty like their own family over the last three years. Also a special thanks to Maliria and Qui Ana for their help and care.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 on Friday, May 18, at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends starting at 12:30 also at the Church. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to The American Diabetes Association or "Rotary Foundation" at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.