News & Announcements

Last Updated: 1/14/19

This is the official site for The Shades Valley High School Class of 1964 where you'll find everything about our 50th Reunion that held on May 16-17, 2014, 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.

Laurence "Larry" Ingram Duncan

(2/15/19) We learned today that Larry Duncan passed away suddenly at his home in Birmingham on February 9th. The visitation will be from 10-11 on Monday, February 18th, 2019, at Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church, 3405 Brookwood Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35223, immediately followed by the funeral service at 11 o'clock. Read the online obituary and guestbook here -

Jean Fargason Gordon

(1/14/19) We learned today that Jean Fargason Gordon died Thursday, January 10, 2019, at home in Tuscaloosa. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church with The Reverend David Meginniss, The Reverend Dr. Catherine Collier and The Reverend Hoyt Winslett officiating. Visitation and reception will follow the service in Randall Hall. Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Gordon was born March 7, 1946, in Birmingham, Ala. Jean grew up in Birmingham, Ala. and graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1964. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Alabama. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and remained an active alumna and advisor throughout her life. Jean was a beloved kindergarten teacher at Woodland Forrest Elementary School for many years and was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa, Honorary Organization for Women Educators. After retiring from elementary education, she taught classes in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Alabama. View obituary here.

William Durall Dobbins, III

(10/1/18) We learned today that Bill Dobbins passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017. He was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. Bill moved to Baldwin County where he lived for many years. For the past 20 years Bill had three kidney transplants and was a huge advocate for organ donation. Bill is survived by his wife, Anne Wilhelm Dobbins; two sons, Philip W. T. Dobbins of Daphne, AL and William D. (Amy) Dobbins, IV of Birmingham, AL; daughter, Shelby Dobbins James of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Harrison and Bryson Dobbins of Birmingham, AL and Georgia James of Atlanta, GA. View obituary here. -

Hubert Green '64

Hall of Fame golfer and Birmingham native Hubert Green, who won a U.S. Open playing portions of the final round despite a threat against his life, has died. He was 71.

Green won the 1977 U.S. Open and the 1985 PGA Championship in a career that included 19 PGA Tour victories and four on the seniors circuit. The PGA Tour announced that Green died Tuesday after battling throat cancer.

Read the entire 6/19/18 news article here and the 6/21/18 Obit/Guestbook 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

50thOur 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
    Jean Fargason Gordon - 1/10/19; William "Bill" Durall Dobbins, III - 10/15/17; Hubert Green - 6/19/18; Fred Holmes - 3/31/18; Brenda Waigand - 7/12/17; Terry Haltiwanger - 5/8/17; Anne (Harper) Arrasmith - 2/1/17; Robert C. "Bobby" Wilkins - 12/18/16; Grady Prosch - 11/7/16; Chris Collins '63 - 4/26/16; Warren Porter - 4/18/16; Longtime band director and teacher Larry Deagon - 12/28/15; Larry Pennington - 6/2/15; Longtime coach and teacher William Lee "Bill" Legg -2/13/15; Former science teacher Herbert Peyton "Herb" Walker - 11/19/2014; Ellen Cameron (Hodges) Powell - 11/6/2014; Mike Blake - 7/20/14; Bruce Cox - 7/20/14; Kathleen Liles - 6/16/14; Evelyn Eugenia Spotswood - 10/9/96 in Glover, Vermont.

  • 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