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    This is the official site for The Shades Valley High School Class of 1964 where you'll find everything about our reunions, how to update your Class of 1964 Directory data, how to buy a Directory, how to order the Official Reunion Photo pictured at right, and how to share news and information about our class. It is free for all to visit and use. Visit the 50th Reunion Page for details.


Last Updated: 4/18/21

    This section includes recent obituaries with links to the online notices and guest books at websites such as If you find a notice has expired, visit our Final Roll Call page for archived obituary notices. If you know of someone who has passed away and is not included on that page, please let us know.

Maureen Curphey Brown

    (4/18/21) Montgomery - Maureen Curphey Brown died at home peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 16, 2021. Maureen was born June 17, 1946 in Cleveland, OH. She moved to Birmingham, AL in her youth, where she graduated from Shades Valley High School and performed with the Town & Gown Theatre Company. She later graduated from Auburn University, while starring in many productions in their theater department. At Auburn, she met her husband of 52 years, Donald Charles Brown. After living in Georgia and Japan during Don's active duty service in the USAF, the couple settled in Montgomery where she lived the rest of her life.
   Maureen was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Tom and Margaret Curphey. She is survived by her husband, Don; daughters, Rachel Brown McCoig (Jeremiah) and Margaret Brown Fox (James); son, Keith Pennington Brown (Angie); grandchildren, Christopher Brady Lassiter, Emma Madison Fox, Virginia Layne Fox, Samuel Keith Brown, Luke Edward Brown, and Andrew Thomas Brown; her brothers, Richard Curphey (Gail) and Tom Curphey (Jini); as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Maureen delighted in her community. She was a mentor in youth programs and a volunteer for multiple civic organizations. She was vibrant, caring, funny, and most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. Visitation will begin at 1pm, followed by a memorial service at 2pm, both at First United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 22. Masks are requested. Interment services will be held privately with family at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Respite Ministry (FUMC Montgomery).
   View the complete online obituary and guestbook here.

Robert Asa "Bobby" Thacker

    (12/11/20) Robert "Bobby" Thacker of Shelby County, passed away suddenly at his home on December 8, 2020.
     He was born to Jock and Martha Thacker on August 12, 1946, in Birmingham, AL. He attended Shades Valley High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1968, where he was President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Bobby continued to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1971 and became a Board-Certified Orthodontist. This was one of his proudest achievements. He was incredibly, and justifiably proud of being driven and self-sufficient enough to support his dreams. He was raised in a household with little financial support, but still achieved great things as an Orthodontist, husband, and father. Bobby found his calling serving others as an Orthodontist in the community, and as a dentist in the Air Force, and later The Leadership Council for the UAB School of Dentistry. He served others without request or desire for compensation, it was what drove him. . . .
     He was preceded in death by his parents, John Russel Thacker (Jock) and Martha Powell Thacker and his brother, Caldwell Thacker. Bobby is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jamie Mosely Thacker; his children, Jock Michael Thacker, Robert Durham Thacker, Brian Burnett Thacker and Jodi Thacker Rogers and his brother, John Russell Thacker (Dawn.)
     Visitation will be Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, followed by a memorial service at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, masks will be required.
     Anyone who is unable to attend is invited to join us virtually via Zoom by using the link Code 8629900991
    View the complete online obituary and guestbook here.

Donald "Don" Millard Roberson

    (10/15/20) Donald (Don) Millard Roberson, age 74, of Hoover, AL passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020. ... Don is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Liz), daughter, Michelle, uncle Lawrence W. Hand, Sr., brother-in-law Charles (Kathy) Glasscock, and sisters-in-law, Ellen G. Wells and Glenda Slay. Born April 25, 1946 in Birmingham, AL, Don graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1964 and the University of Montevallo in 1970. He retired from U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Standards, Wage and Hour Division in Washington, D.C. as Director of Information Technology. ... In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation, or any animal rescue group. The family will have a private Celebration of Life at a later date.
    View complete online obituary and guestbook here.

Gary Alan Boren

    (9/4/20) Gary Alan Boren, 74, of Birmingham passed away on Saturday, August 29th in Douglas, GA. ... Survivors include his son, Alan Boren (Robin) of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Lindsay Day (John) of Douglas, GA; three grandchildren, Ava Boren, Addie Day and Jake Day; mother of his children, Donna Boren; three brothers, Glenn Boren (Patti) of San Antonio, TX, Wayne Boren (Joyce) of Clarkdale, AZ and Jimmy Boren (Felicia) of Mobile, AL; and several nieces and nephews. ... A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date on the Gulf Coast. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gary's honor to St Jude Children's Research Hospital at Sims Funeral Home, Douglas, GA is in charge of arrangements.
    View complete obituary here.

Shades Valley 1963, 1964 and 1965 Reunion Committees Donate 1947 Architect's Drawing

Pictured here are Bill Trotter '63, Debbie Davis Denson '65, Warren Bailes Cain '63,
Pierre Tourney '63, Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65, Shades Valley Principal Dr. Antjuan Marsh,
Avery Sloan '63, Marsha Currie Terrell '63 and Virginia Kelser Jones '64.

    (4/19/18) In January 2017, Class of 1963 Webmaster Avery Sloan was searching for early photos of Shades Valley's old campus in Homewood and found a link on Google to an eBay ad for a framed drawing. He contacted the owner of the drawing, Rick Carter, and found that it was by the original architectural firm Van Keuren & Davis and dated 1947, two years before the school opened. Carter had found it in his aunt's attic when preparing for an estate sale at her house. He had no idea as to how his late aunt may have come to own the drawing. She was an RN at UAB Childrens' Hospital and had passed away the previous year.
    Sloan then contacted several Shades Valley Reunion Committee chairpersons for whom he does work. Warren Bailes Cain '63, Lynne Epsman Cohen '64, Virginia Kelser Jones '64 and Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65 agreed to share the cost of the drawing restoration with the idea of donating it to the new Shades Valley. Virginia Jones took the drawing to Presentations, etc. Studio in Edgewood for restoration and reframing. After years in a hot attic, several air pockets developed between the drawing and its backing. The result is what was presented to the school on Friday, April 13, 2018, prior to the Class of 1963's "Combined" 55th Reunion celebration that included the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.
    After the presentation, Dr. Antjuan Marsh, Principal at Shades Valley, conducted an hour long tour of the new campus for the committees. See presentation and tour photos here at the website.


Class of '64 Celebrated 7 Decades on April 23, 2016 - "Let's Shake, Rattle & Roll! "

    Most of us will be turning 70 years old and it was appropriate to celebrate that milestone together. Our    70th Birthday Bash was held on Saturday night, April 23, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Homewood. Catering was done by Ruth's Chris.
   The party was a fantastic celebration and the food was delicious. Everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed visiting with the 73 people who were there for the buffet dinner plus a few who joined us later for drinks.
   Visit the 70th Birthday Bash Gallery to view photos from the event.
   Thanks to everyone who attended and to the committee members and volunteers who worked to make the event a success!

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50th Reunion Recap

50th    Our 50th Reunion has come and gone! Approximately 200 classmates and guests enjoyed themselves at the Friday Meet & Greet at the Embassy Suites Hotel and over 300 folks celebrated the next night at the Dinner/Dance at the Birmingham Country Club. The weekend of May 16-17, 2014 will be remembered for a long time by all! Visit the 50th Reunion Page for details.

Website Updates - In Memoriam, Classmates Section & Directory, Gallery

  • In Memoriam Page - (10/15/20) Updated.

  • Classmates Section- list updated frequently - help us find the missing!

  • Classmates Directory - (5/1/16) password protected section with our 50th Reunion Directory and recent 2016 updates

  • Gallery Section - (5/1/16) added 70th Birthday Bash photos; 50th Reunion Slideshow added June 2014.

    (6/16/14) See gallery-50.html to view hundreds of photos in several slideshow albums and a video of of our dear friend Kathleen Liles leading the Reunion Committee singing Rah Rah Shades Valley. Sadly, Kathleen passed away on June 16, 2014 after a brief illness.

40th Reunion Photos and Video Slideshow

    (7/6/13) See gallery-40.html to view 79 photos from the 40th Reunion, and a video slideshow created back in 2004 that we've posted to You Tube for fast streaming. On 7/5/13, a new video version was added that will play on Android and iPhone devices.


    The Gallery Section on our website features our reunions and school activities way back when, plus web links of interest to everyone. You can help us by contributing content to these pages. Start now - scan your old photos and email them to us. Try to include the names for captions and approximate dates and descriptions.
    Send us links to your favorite websites about SVHS communities (Birmingham, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Irondale, Cahaba Heights, Vestavia Hills and Hoover), people in our class, and places of interest from our school days. We've copied some of the links from the Class of 1963's website for starters and added a few of our own to the Links Page.

Let us hear from you!

    Email the Reunion Committee with your comments and suggestions. I'll read every one of them and do like to receive hugs every now and then.

Virginia Kelser Jones
50th Reunion Committee Co-Chair