PAUL ALEXANDER '81, age 43, of Hoover died Nov. 7, 2001.
He was owner and manager of Ranch House Barbecue.
JOHN OTHA BLACK '39, age 85, of Montgomery died Nov.11, 2001.
He pastored numerous churches.
BETH WEAKLEY BROWN '36, age 87, of Birmingham died Dec.12,
2001. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
DANIELL TAYLOR BURTON, Sr. '51, age 72, of Hoover died Feb.
12, 2002, in an automobile accident. He was a past president of
the Greater Birmingham Association of Homebuilders and a member
of the Homebuilders Hall of Fame.
CURTIS DOWLING CROFT '50, age 78, of Belmont, N.C., died
Dec. 4, 2001. He owned Belmont Drug Company. He was a Purple Heart
recipient during World War II and a veteran of the Battle of the
IRMA RUSSELL CRUSE, M.A. '81 and '84, age 90, of Birmingham
died Feb. 10, 2002. She was retired from BellSouth. She was editor
of The Alabama Baptist Historian and active in professional
and civic groups.
R. BILL CULBRETH '44, age 79, of Birmingham died Nov. 6,
2001. A pastor of churches in Kentucky, Florida, Washington, D.C.,
and Alabama, he taught for 20 years in the Samford Extension Division.
DOROTHY HARPER DONOVAN, M.A. '67, of Birmingham died Dec.
14, 2001. She was retired from the Jefferson County Board of Education.
JOHN VICTOR DUCK, L'54, age 75, of Fairhope died Dec. 16,
2001. He practiced law in Fairhope for 45 years and was city judge,
attorney and councilman.
MARGARET McRAE EDWARDS L'79, age 70, of Birmingham died Dec.
19, 2001. She was associate vice president for endowment and planned
giving at Birmingham-Southern College.
JULIE EVANS '74, age 49, of Homewood died Nov. 19, 2001.
BERNICE TAMBLYN WHITE GUY '81, age 93, of Vestavia Hills
died Dec. 2, 2001. She was the author of two books, Tossed Salad
and Take a Break, and was an instructor of Ikenobo floral
KATHERINE LENORE HARRIS '00, age 39, of Montevallo died Nov.
GERALDINE SCOTT VARDAMAN HESTER '71, of Cahaba Heights died
Dec. 30, 2001. She taught in Birmingham and in Pasco County, Fla.
VERTA LEE JOHNSON HICKS '67 of Birmingham died Nov. 6, 2001.
She was retired from the Jefferson County Schools.
SARDIS MILLARD JOHNSON '49, age 77, of Gulf Shores died Nov.
10, 2001. He was a pharmacist and hospital administrator.
ANNETTE ARENDLE KEOWN '85, age 62, of Springville died Nov.
JACK MADISON KING '62 of Marianna, Fla., died May 29, 2001.
Al Garner Left His Imprint on Samford Education School
Dr. Alto L. Garner was a member of the Samford faculty for
34 years and served as the first dean of its school of education.
He joined Samford in 1953 after teaching six years at Georgetown
(Ky.) College. In 1964, he was named chairman of the teacher
education division. Two years later, when the division was
elevated to school status, Garner became dean, serving until
During his tenure, the school earned accreditation from the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [NCATE]
and recognition from the American Association of Colleges
for Teacher Education [AACTE]. Garner was active in both organizations,
serving at the national level. He retired from Samford in
The Dothan native, who died August 13 at age 84, was remembered
for the many lives he touched as an educator and dean. "Students
and faculty continually expressed their appreciation to him
for the positive influence he made to their lives," recalled
his friend and colleague, Dr. Charlotte Freeman of the education
Garner attended Samford and held an undergraduate degree
from the University of Alabama, master's from New York University
and doctorate from the University of Kentucky. An ordained
minister, he also studied at Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary and was pastor or interim pastor of churches in Texas,
Kentucky and Alabama.
Garner served in the U.S. Army during World War II. As a
young man, he played saxophone in a local band, and developed
a lifelong love of Big Band music. He also had an affinity
for poetry, philosophy, history and the Boston Red Sox, particularly
their great hitter, Ted Williams.
CHARLES E. LANGSTON '39, age 87, of Tuscaloosa died Nov.
23, 2001. Pastor emeritus of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa,
he had served congregations in Alabama and Illinois.
WINSTON LEGGE, Sr. '34, age 88, of Talladega died Nov. 2,
2001. He was a businessman and president, chairman of the board
and CEO of Talladega National Bank. He was active in civic organizations
and the Motor Sports Hall of Fame. At Samford, he was a boxing champion
and member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
AMELIA ROSE LEVINE '40, age 82, of Montgomery died Jan. 17,
2002. She had a long career with Regions Bank.
KENNETH BYRON LOWERY '57, age 71, of Eclectic died Dec. 1,
2001. He was retired administrator at Community Hospital, Tallassee.
JAMES W. McLANE '49, age 81, of Birmingham died Feb. 1, 2002.
During his 34-year military career, he was commander, 167th Infantry-National
Guard, Birmingham. He owned Dewberry Drug Company and served 19
years as secretary of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy.
DON HAYES MILAM '49, age 82, of Ruston, La., died Oct. 21,
2001. He retired after 30 years as pharmacist at Milam's Prescription
THOMAS D. MOTLEY L'84, age 51, of Dothan died Dec. 12, 2001,
in an airplane crash in North Carolina. He was a partner in Motley,
Motley and Yarbrough trial lawyer firm, and was a founding member
of Cyber Service Technology, LLC.
JOHN EDWARD O'TOOLE '61, age 64, of Palmerdale died Jan.
1, 2002. He was the retired owner of O'Toole Engineering. He played
football and ran track at Samford, and was active in the Kenny Morgan
GAIL JOYCE PEDEN '64, age 64, of Hoover died Nov. 20, 2001.
She worked in real estate after retiring from the American Red Cross
and Carraway Hospital. She also owned Diagnostic, Inc.
JOSEPH NEIL POOLE III, L'76, age 51, of Pike Road died Dec.
9, 2001. He was a district judge in Butler County prior to practicing
law in Montgomery.
ANNA MAE REEVES '42, age 80, of Jasper died Feb. 9, 2002.
She taught at Walker High School for 40 years and was a member of
Delta Kappa Gamma.
RUTH CLARK SCHATZ '70, age 85, of Pelham died Nov. 12, 2001.
She was a master flower show judge.
JACQUELINE GOGGANS McKENNA SCUCCHU '81, age 54, of Cordova
died Oct. 20, 2001. She was a nurse.
SYLVIA RUTH COCHRAN SOUTHERLAND '62, age 61, of Albertville
died Dec. 17, 2001. She was a teacher and an Arlington Lady at Arlington
MARK J. STEVENS '97, age 28, a native of Mobile and resident
of West Dundee, Ill., died Dec. 22, 2001. He was a captain in the
U.S. Army, and active in triathlon competitions.
WILLIAM H. STICKLES '41, age 86, of Alexandria, Va., died
Aug. 19, 2001. A career soldier who fought in World
War II, he was also facility administrative officer for Control
Data corporate headquarters. He was a journalism major and edited
ROLAND A. THORNBURG '49, age 78, of Jacksonville died Jan.
12, 2002. He retired from Jacksonville State University after 30
years as director of student teaching, dean of the graduate school
and dean of the department of education.
McKELLER TOWNES, Jr. '50, age 74, of Morganton, Ga., died
Dec. 22, 2001. He taught English at Samford, Troy State, the University
of Alabama and Darton College in Albany, Ga.
ALLEN CARROLL VAUGHN '73, age 50, of Homewood died Jan. 24,
2002. He was a self-employed insurance appraiser with ACV Enterprises,
Inc. He was an avid Scottish rudimental drummer who competed nationally.
KRISTIE LYNN WILLIS '96, age 29, of Birmingham died Jan.
30, 2002. She had been a reporter for The Decatur Daily,
The Brewton Standard and The Alexander City Outlook.
She was the fourth person in the world to receive a double lung
lobe transplant. She suffered from cystic fibrosis.
RAYMOND YOST '29 of Cullman, age 94, died March 9, 2002.
A businessman, he was organizer and first president of the Cullman
Chamber of Commerce and a 60-year member of the Kiwanis Club with
perfect attendance. He was The Cullman Times' 1999 Distinguished
Citizen of the Year. A member of the Samford Alumni Council, he
was Class Agent for the decade of the '20s.
CHARLES WAYNE ZUIDERHOEK '67, age 60, of Birmingham died
Nov. 8, 2001. He was active in the Alabama Cerebral Palsy Association.