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June 29, 1990

Moundville’s Troop #26 Boyscoutsof America attend Camp Horse

June 22, 1990

Running the fire hose at the recent water pressure testing are Moundville Fire Fighters: (Front L-R) Willie Burroughs, and Robert Wheat. (Back L-R) Steve Huffstutler and Kennan Childre. Testing consist of running water through the pump and the 2 1.2 inch hose a rule of 750 gallons per minute.

June 15, 1990

The Victorious Tent Revial has arrived in Moundville. Show above are some of the men working to put the tent up.


June 8, 1990

Pictured above are Moundville Elementary’s students of the month for May 1990, Front Row: Ashley Wallace, Marcus Weatherspoon, Johnathan Smithson, Lance McCray, Katie Neill, Steven Sylvers, and Latonda Johnson. Second row: Krystal Boozer, Eddie Brown, Leanne Lake, Jennifer Elmore, Latonya Brown, Jessica Gee, and Valerie Epps. Third row: Tiffany Johnson, Kristy King, Cindi Walker, Don Bell, Robert Beard, Chad Pilkerton, Alana Kelley, and Olivia Fountain. Fourth row: Adam Weeks, Robert White, Jason Skelton, Chad Kennedy, Pam Williams, and Joel McCray, Fifth Row: Latricia Rutley, Patrice Howell, Michelle Stagg, Tracy Bell, Micheal Robertson, and Tammy Scruggs. Photo by Debby Wyatt

May 11, 1990

As appreciation of serving as Miss Alabama Agriculture Queen from Hale County, Melissa Hartley was presented a loving cup by Dan Broussard, Chairman of Hale County Young Farmers. Also present for the presentation were her parents Mr. and Mrs. Buster Hartley.

May 4, 1990

Moundville Police Officer Gerald Spencer is shown displaying a mini 17 automatic, 223 caliber gun and a 38 police special pistol which he recovered from two suspects in Moundville on Friday. While on routine patrol, officer Spencer noticed the two suspects, and stopped their car. He disarmed the subjects and also recovered controlled substances. Police Chief Morrison praised Spencer for his response to a life threatening situation.

May 4, 1990

As part of National Library Week the Moundville Public Library held grandparents day on Wednesday, April 25. Puctured above are two of Moundville’s most loved grandparents, Hazel and Fred Horne, with six of their nine grandchildren. Shown (L-R) Adam Horne, Jedidiah Ralston, Jeremy Raiston, Hazel Horne, Tabitha Shelnut, Jamie Ralston, Fred Horne, and Rboine Horne. Photo by Debby Wyatt

April 27, 1990

Shown above are members of the Moundville Elementary S.E.A. Turtles (Students for Enviromental Action). As part of “Earth Week 90”, the students set out last Friday afternoon to pick up trach at the Mounds.

April 20, 1990

Pictured above are the 1952 H.C.H.S. Cheerleaders. Front row (L-R) JoAnne Marlar, Caroline Tucker, and Edith Richards. Second row (L-R) Betty Taylor, Pat Eeale. Third row (L to R) Ernestine Howell and Margaret Smithson. A fine looking group of young ladies thirty-eight years ago and they all still look good today. Edith Thomas submitted the picture to Ray Chandler for the April 20, 1990 edition

March 30, 1990

On March 21, Mayor Al Dupont of Tuscaloosa was guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting in Moundville at the request of Moundville Mayor Bob Lake, who is the President of the Kiwanis Club of Moundville. Mayor Dupont spoke to the group on the industrial growth of Tuscaloosa.

April 30, 1990

Moundville Elementary’s first grade classes picked a beautiful day to visit the town hall. Shown above are some of the students from Mrs. Condra’s and Mrs. Clary’s classes. Photo by Debby Wyatt

1938 Hale County High School Football Team

1938 Hale County High School Wildcat Football Team
Pictured: front rown (L to R) Ernest Paul McCray, Julian Dockery, Malcolm Hinkle, Hoover Montz, Noel Glover, Ralph Watkins, Frederick Mills, Robert “Slick” Wiggins, Ernest Shipley and Thomas Coley. Second row (L to R) Joe Marlar, Eugene Lewis, Vernon Dockery, McGlaun Terry, Olen Hoggle, Ralh Holliday, Cecil Chapman, Irvin Johnson, and Daniel Phares. Third row (L to R) Ellis Lucky, Clifton Abernathy, Jr., unknown, unknown, Thomas Earl “Junior” Chandler, Will Glover, J D. Terry, Braxter South, Jim Smith, Murray Hamm, and Coach Raymond Christian. Thanks to J. D. Terry and Slick Wiggins who loaned us this picture. Both of these 1938 Wildcats claimed to be the fastest man on the team. I cannot attest to their claim since I was only one year old in 1938. (Ray Chandler March 16, 1990 Moundville Times)

March 9, 1990

Hale County High School recently held its annual science fair in the school auditorium. The students advancing to the West Alabama Regionals are shown above. (L to R), Cassandra Bell, Jan Clayton, and Kenneth Channell. Photo by Debbie Wyatt

March 2, 1990

Shown above are Moundville Elementary’s Student’s of the Month for February (L-R first row) Marlana Tidmore, Perri Childree, Jenna Corely, Bryan Gvillo, Wendy Seale. (Second Row L-R) Sesaly Moore, Cetric Whitsett, Stephanie Norris, Rhonda Epps. (Third row L-R) Ashely Fairchild, Brian Mitchell, Cornell James, Brian McClelland. (Fourth row L-R) Matt Frye, Heidi Scandrette, Davy Skelton, Allison Crout, (Fifth row L-R) Brad Matherson, James Fountain,. (Photo by Debby Wyatt)

March 3, 1978

Mattie Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Collins of Akron, placed third in the Steno 1 division of the FBLA contests that were held in Mobile Saturday, February 25. She is in the 11th grade at Akron High School where she is secretary of the Beta Club and a member of the SGA. Mattie attends the Hale County AVC in the morning; she is enrolled in the Business and Office Education. She is president of the morning FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America.)

Feb. 23, 1990

Severe Weather Strikes Moundville Area for the Second Week

By Debbie Wyatt
For the second week in a row Moundville has been pelted with severe weather. This time in the form of flooding, brought on by torrential rains that fell over night Thursday the 15th. The flood prompted numerous road closings and as a result the Hale County Schools were closed Friday the 16th. Volunteers worked hard to remove furniture and personal belongings from homes in low lying areas. Water damage is expected to be costly in some areas, such as the Powers community. The U. S. Corp of Engineers reported that the Black Warrior River crested at the Oliver Lock area in Tuscaloosa on Saturday at 61.5 ft. President Bush declared Tuscaloosa, Bibb and Greene Counties part of a five county federal disaster area in Central Alabama, but as of yet Hale County has not been added to that list. Residents that need help with disaster assistance are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross. At this time no relief centers have been set up in any of the cities of Hale County. Unfortunately the worst may not be over. As of press time forecasts are calling for periods of rain and thunderstorms, and Hale County is under a flash flood watch.

Feb. 16, 1990
Wind Storm Hits Moundville Hard

By Debbie Wyatt
“And this was only a thunderstorm.” That was the sentiment as Moundville residents emerged Saturday morning after fierce winds struck Moundville around 2 a.m. Winds were reported to be as high as 65 miles an hour, which was evident as trees and limbs littered the road and sidewalks. The parsonage of the Moundville Methodist Church was the center attraction as many traveled into Moundville to survey the damage; a tree split the house right down the middle. Six Moundville businesses were damaged. Most had roof blown off while several had broken windows. Several houses and mobile homes were damaged by fallen trees. The football bleachers on Howell Field were carried into the middle of the field. Fortunately there were no injuries reported. The storm left Moundville without electricity, but Alabama Power worked very hard and had restored most of the town’s power by late Saturday afternoon. The Moundville Fire, Police and Waterworks Departments also worked very hard to get the town into the recovery stages after the storm. Crews and volunteers were on the scene as early as 2:30 a.m. The estimated structural damage figure is about one million dollars.

2014 HCHS reunion stories

Submitted by Clay Chandler & Mindy Pearson

Class of 1944
Irene Hill Lake fondly remembers the Senior play, “The Nutt Family”. She says she wishes we all could have been there to see it because it was so much fun!
Now Irene enjoys being a housewife and enjoying all her family and friends.

William Glover remembers high school football. He made 60 touchdowns in two years and received an All-State Award.
After graduation, William played football at Ole Miss in 1946-47. They won the SEC Conference, and William held the punt return record for Ole Miss for 55 years! After college, he was a Pell City High School coach with five winning seasons. He was honored in July 2014.

Mildred Davis Cockrell has fond memories of all her classmates. Her favorite class was home economics. This class served her well in her years working at Bryce and Partlow as the kitchen supervisor.
For the past ten years, Mildred has lived in assisted living and now Moundville Health and Rehab. She has been blessed with family that visits almost daily and many special caregivers. Living at Moundville Health and Rehab allows her to participate in many activities and be with others. She is thankful to have such a fine place right here in Moundville.

Paul Griffin farmed after he was discharged from the Army. He and his wife Nell have gone on seven cruises and have had a very good life.

John Lavender remembers riding on the school bus with John Chandler when he TRIED to climb the Big Mound with the school bus.

Carolyn Seale Chandler enjoyed being a cheerleader and being in school plays. She loved being able to attend Hale County High.

Class of 1954

Thomas Smithson remembers attending all twelve years of school with friends he was able to grow up with. He also remembers the wonderful teachers at HCHS.
Thomas has worked in banking, credit union, and Human Resources at Gulf States Paper Corporation, now Westervelt Corporation. He retired at age 56.

Sue Donaldson Tucker fondly recalls the class play practices.
Sue is a retired kindergarten teacher.

Lillie Windham Duncan remembers all the classmates being together. They had a good time and their faculty were nice and helpful. These are things she still remembers after sixty years.
Lillie recalls that the last class reunion was at the home of Tim and Rhonda Tidmore Evans on August 25, 2012. They were great hosts and the class had a great time. With heartfelt regrets, the class has lost Newell “Possum” Tidmore since then.

Hallie Jenkins remembers playing one year of varsity basketball at HCHS.
Hallie has had two strokes that have left him without the use of his left hand. He is expecting a new great-grandson in December.

Shirley Freeman Payne Fitts remembers being fortunate enough to have had wonderful teachers Mrs. Mary Norma Powers, Mrs. Ola Mills, Mrs. Ruby Jo Chancey, Mr. Ray Richardson, and Mrs. Phillips and Principal Joe Ray. She enjoyed cheering the Wildcats on as a cheerleader her 11th grade year. Her family moved her Senior year, but the Class of 1954 alumni adopted her once again.
Shirley married Oscar Payne in 1956. They have two boys, Larry Payne and Bruce Payne. In 1997 Oscar passed away. Shirley met and married James Fitts. He and his wife Carol had four children: Lisa, Charles, Sharon, and David. Together they now have six children so there is never a dull moment or a spare moment. They enjoy gardening, traveling, and attending the Senior classes at Shelton State Community College.

Class of 1964

Dorothy Tingle Beckham fondly remembers all the teachers and staff that were at HCHS. She says all students were teachers’ pets back then. And all students were close, not just her classmates.
Dorothy and her family have lived in Moundville since Robert got out of the Army. They have two children: James graduated from HCHS in 1982, and Mary graduated from HCHS in 1986. Their only grandchild Callie graduated from HCHS in 2010. Dorothy retired from the museum in 2008 but has gone back to work there part-time. She lost Robert to lung cancer in 2012. She is looking forward to seeing all her classmates.

Marie Cook Hartley’s favorite memory of HCHS is the friendliness of the people. She was met at the door by three students that became what she considers friends for life. She didn’t know anyone, yet they developed memories she’s cherished all these years. She remembers working the candy store together in the school and sitting under the oak trees at break time. The boyfriend that Peggy later married would visit with them under those trees.
Marie has been married to James Robert Hartley for fifty years. They have one son, Robert Laine; one granddaughter, Amber Marie Sutton (Tyler); and two great grands, BaileyAnne Marie (2) and Coltyn Tyler (1). Jesus Christ is still Lord of Marie’s life and she has seen many miracles that have brought her through. It is a wonderful journey with Jesus every day, and she thinks she will be raptured before the next class reunion. She hopes to see everyone this year, and her prayer is that all will be prepared to make the Heavenly Home Going with her.

Patricia Lawson James recalls football games on Friday nights. It seems that everyone from Moundville was sitting in the stands at Howell Field. She also remembers decorating floats for homecoming and wonderful teachers.
Patricia retired after teaching 25 years in elementary schools in Tuscaloosa. She has had some interesting post-retirement jobs: Head Start as the Center Manager here in Moundville, public educator for the Children’s Hands-On Museum in Tuscaloosa, and now director of Golden Years, Inc- Senior Activity Centers in Hale County. Patricia has five grandchildren—3 attend HCHS. The oldest granddaughter is a senior this year. Two grandsons are members of the Hale County Junior High Football team. Patricia has a sixteen-year old granddaughter who lives in Windsor, California. She also has a two-year old granddaughter who keeps all on their toes.
Patricia is looking forward to seeing all of her classmates.

Eldyce Taylor Wyatt says the fun part of her life in the last ten years is watching her grandchildren grow up and attend the same high school she attended. She enjoys watching them with pride as they are “Marching Cats” with dedication and pride.

Rosa Davis Beck recalls cheering at the football and basketball games. She also remembers algebra class with Coach Leo Sumner, the Junior and Senior plays, and being with all her classmates developing a bond their class had.
Rosa retired in 2008 after thirty years of nursing. She has gone through two open-heart surgeries and by the grace of God is still around. She loves working in her flower and vegetable garden. She has spent all summer canning and freezing. Rosa lost her mom in 2010, which has been very difficult. Her dad is in the VA hospital and doing well. She is looking forward to seeing all her classmates again and can’t believe this class is The Golden Year Group.

Johnnie McCray Counts is married to Don Counts. They have one son, Scott. Johnnie has been a hairdresser for 50 years.

Judy Nevin Elmore remembers working in the library with Mrs. Marie Abernathy and reciting poems in Mrs. Lona Mae Wilson’s English class.
Judy is living in Moundville on the farm where she has lived all her life. After she retired to be a caregiver for her mom, she has not reopened her hair salon. She has five grandchildren and enjoys helping them. Hunter Elmore, pre-k at Moundville Elementary; Julia Elmore, at Taylorville Primary; John Nevin Elmore, at Englewood Elementary; Brayden Elmore, at Duncanville Middle School; and Karli Elmore at Gordo High School. There is a lot going on among all five of them. Judy loves to travel when she can. She hopes the class of 1964 will have a great group come together this year.

Arlen Kelley remembers when many of the boys and girls would go up to the west end of the school next to the church. They would talk and look at each other’s cars and talk to the girls. They all got along real well and had good clean fun. He thinks about that many times when he rides by the school. He hates that the trees had to be cut down, but it is for a good cause—getting a new school building.
Arlen retired from his job with the city of Tuscaloosa after thirty-two years. He had a good job but has really enjoyed his time off. His wife Carol and he joined the Moundville Methodist Church in 2007 and enjoy going there. They have eight grandchildren and are expecting a great-grandchild in March 2015. They have two grandchildren who will complete college this year and one who will finish high school. The sad part of the last ten years is Arlen lost his mother in 2005 and Carol lost her mother in 2006. Arlen lost his youngest brother Eddie in 2011 and his oldest brother Bubba in August of this year. But the Lord has blessed them in many ways and they thank Him for that.

Buddy Mills writes that he is ten years older than the last reunion and has four more grandchildren.

Charlotte Johnson Spence remembers driving a 1949 Chevrolet pickup with her best friend Molly Hoggle prior to ever having drivers licenses and going down to the river to go swimming on hot days.
Charlotte retired from a long career as an LPN in 1998. She has been married to her husband Thomas Spence for forty-eight years. They have two children, Toby and Michelle, and five grandchildren: Kaylee, Summer-Linn, Ty, Courtney, and Caroline. Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family and baking. Her granddaughter Courtney is the Freshman Homecoming Maid for HCHS this year. Charlotte is also a lung cancer survivor.

Betty Lucas Novak is now retired. She volunteers two mornings a week at a church-run thrift store. She still plays the organ at her church.

Larry Glover remembers climbing into the oak tree in front of the school with Pat Sharp and throwing acorns at students getting off school buses.
Larry married Brenda Kay Johnson, and they have three daughters and six grandchildren. Larry graduated from the University of Alabama in mechanical engineering and worked in eight paper mills in six states and British Columbia, Canada. He is now retired and lives in Tuscaloosa. He builds toy trucks and keeps an old wooden boat on the river for hobbies. He and Kay love to spend time with family and travel.

Sharon Johnston Self loved being a cheerleader for HCHS and spending Friday nights on the football field with fellow cheerleaders and the team. The junior and senior plays were great fun; the nights they spent at the Teen Center rocking the night away are great memories.
Sharon retired in 2006 from a job of 23 years. Her husband Vann and she have traveled. They went to England, Scotland, and Wales. In Scotland, they researched their roots and traveled by her Johnston ancestors. They have spent many hours and made many memories with their two beautiful grandchildren, LeeAnn (13) and Benton (10). They have attempted to be in as many activities as possible where they are involved. Sharon is the Ticket Chairman for the Living Christmas Tree at First Baptist Montgomery and is a 40-year choir member as well. Both of these jobs keep her extremely busy.

Bonnie White McKinley remembers all of her years at HCHS and time spent with her classmates. It was four years of a good thing.
Bonnie retired in 2007 after the manufacturing facility where she worked closed its doors and moved their operations to China. She had not planned to retire that early but is grateful that she could. Now they are remodeling their house getting it ready to sell so they can return to Alabama. They love Texas but family is in Alabama. In 2010 they traveled to China for nine days to visit the friends they made during the closing of the facility. It was a great trip. Those are the exciting things that have happened to Bonnie in the past ten year. She is sorry she can not attend this reunion but is hoping to see everyone in 2024.

Marie Howell Scott enjoyed everything about high school. She has learned to appreciate the freedoms they had at lunch and other breaks. They could sit under the trees and visit during lunch and break. They had a beautiful campus to enjoy.
Marie graduated from Huntingdon College in 1968. She majored in Home Economics. She taught school in Prattville, Millbrook, and the last twenty-one years at Stanhope Elmore High School. Marie married Mark Scott of Elmore in December 1966. They have two children, Mark and Christy. Mark has two children: Taylor, 15, and Emmi, 8. Christy has two children also: Joey, 19, and Brody, 8. Christy is married to a marine Chris Denham. They are living in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Marie retired in 1997. She has been active in the Garden Club, the Civic Club, UMW, and the Red Hatters. Last year she had open-heart surgery and has been doing great. She is thankful to be here to enjoy life. She is looking forward to seeing everyone today.

Class of 1974

Steve King remembers playing for the Wildcats and making lasting friendships.
Steve has been married twenty-four years to his wife, Vickie. They have two daughters; one is a graduate student at Asberry College and one is a junior at the University of Mobile. Steve spent twenty years coaching in junior college, high school, and American Legion baseball. He is currently self-employed in petrochemical sales.

Eunice Bester Badie fondly recalls attending the May 1974 commencing exercise – graduating!
Since graduation, Eunice has endured a few heartfelt memories, but overall, her life has been filled with numerous exciting and pleasant experiences. Her husband (Gregory) and she have four children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. Residing in Oakland, CA has been an eye opening adventure for her. She is now comfortable in viewing life from various perspectives and to a certain degree she is appreciative and receptive without being judgmental. To say the least, her life has been deeply enriched by the things she has seen and heard.
Some life changing moments in her life since graduation are as follows: observing the 1986 nude CAL Berkeley protestors marching up and down University Avenue under escort by the Berkeley Police Dept; experiencing the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the devastation it caused upon the Bay Area; experiencing the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Fire Storm and the number of deaths the storm engulfed; experiencing the 2009 riots and unrest caused by the killing of Oscar Grant. A test of her faith in all of those experiences, but she will forever be grateful for all of them because her faith has been strengthened and encouraged by them all.
Some of the most exciting moments of her life since graduation are as follows:
Eunice had the pleasure of touring Africa (Nigeria) in 1990 (10 days) and again in 1994 (8 days). She toured Abuja - the capital of Nigeria. Both trips to Africa were filled with mixed emotions – a journey that she will never forget.
In 1992 she visited relatives in London, England and toured the many attractions in London. The month of May was not an exciting time for a visit to London, England – gloomy and overcast the entire visit.
In 2004 and 2005, Eunice completed two marathon races in Hawaii on the Island of O’ahu. In 2006, she qualified for the Boston Marathon, but was unable to compete because her body could no longer endure the training regime.
In 2009, she visited the Island of K’auai for a little rest and relaxation.
In 2010, her sister (Brenda) and she had an 8 day tour of Europe on Horizon Tours. They toured Italy for 6 days and toured Paris for two days, including St Marc’s Square (the historical center of Venice) and enjoyed a gondola ride in Venice, the Vatican (the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum), and got a bird’s eye view of Pope Benedict XVI during one of his weekly audience on St. Peter’s Square. They had a walking tour of Florence – tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo.
In Paris, they saw the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and toured the Fragonard Perfume Museum, visited the Eiffel Tower, and toured the Art collections of the Louvre Museum (please remain with your tour group when visiting the Louvre Museum because you would not want to get lost in this place – just ask Brenda
In 2011, Eunice retired from the Port of Oakland – Oakland International Airport where she was employed as Airside Operations Assistant. She now spends most of days caring for her family, visiting her siblings, biking and enjoying her animals.

Cindy Englebert Johnson liked all of her teachers at HCHS. She enjoyed hanging out with her friends.
Cindy is still teaching at Taylorville Primary School. Since the last reunion, she and her husband have become grandparents for the first time. Their granddaughter, Camila Ryan Sanders was born on May 20, 2014.

Lynn Beckham remembers sports and skiing after baseball practice. He also remembers his teachers Mrs. Tubbs, Mrs. Mills, Coach Kennedy, and Mrs. Ryan and Principal Mr. Leo Sumner.
Lynn retired December 2013. He has two grandsons, Garrett and Price. He and his wife of 35 years, Wendy, still enjoy the river and the beach and cookouts. They had the football team up from the Class of 1974 two years ago and had a blast. They also go to all the Alabama home games. Lynn enjoys being able to have time now to spend with family and old friends.

Deborah Bradshaw Hughes has many fond memories of HCHS. She moved to Moundville when she was eight years old. She has thought of her classmates often throughout the years. She loved her classmates. Although she will not be able to attend the Homecoming activities this year, she will look forward to the 50th reunion.
Debbie is married to Darrell Hughes. They live on Market Street. She has a son Michael Wyatt, a daughter-in-law Hollie Wyatt, and a ray of sunshine in her granddaughter Avery Grace Wyatt.

Danny Calhoun recalls playing football on Friday night and growing up in a great little town like Moundville.
Danny and his wife Susan reside in Fairhope, Alabama. He is beginning his 32nd year of law practice in Fairhope and Susan is beginning her 34th year of teaching. She currently teaches AP History at Fairhope High School. Their oldest son Brad resides in Birmingham, where he is a Bank Manager for PNC Bank. Their youngest son Clay also resides in Fairhope with his wife Courtney. Clay works for A.J. Gallagher Insurance Company and Courtney teaches math at Fairhope High School. They are expecting a first grandchild in October. Susan and Danny are looking forward to being grandparents for the first time. They also look forward to attending the 2014 Homecoming festivities.

Elizabeth Jones remembers Junior prom and all the fun she had.
Elizabeth recently retired after 27 years from the University of Alabama where she worked in UA Libraries as a Catalog/Database Management Specialist. However being only 48 at the time, she soon realized that perhaps she wasn’t really ready to retire. She has since come out of retirement and presently works in Shelton State Community College Libraries as their Catalog/Database Management Specialist. Elizabeth is the mother of one daughter, TaNeezia Cook; grandmother of three, Michael, Tori, and Taylor Cook; and wife of her high school sweetheart, Gregory Jones, also of Moundville.

Debra Sumner Campbell fondly recalls being a cheerleader at HCHS. Homecoming was always her favorite time of the year. She enjoyed cheering at football and basketball games.
Debra is now the principal at Bryan Elementary School in Jefferson County. Bryan Elementary is a K-5th grade school with 720 students. She has been an administrator for the past twelve years. She and her husband Thurman still live in Hoover. They have three grandchildren: Sage (5), Griffin (4) and Tucker (2). Their children both live in Hoover. Britt is a CPA, and Ellen is a Hoover Police Officer.

Beverly Davis has many favorite high school memories. She remembers traveling with the volleyball team, impromptu field trips to the Mounds, pep rallies, being with her friends, walking to school with her sister and friends, and morning watch.
Beverly is expecting her first grandchild in just a few weeks, so that’s the most exciting thing happening to her right now. She retired from one position last year and is now working at Hospice of West Alabama as a staff nurse part time and is working full time as a Clinical Denial Analyst for Peninsula Regional Center in Maryland. In the past years, Beverly has been very fortunate to be a part of a volunteer medical team providing free medical care globally. Since their class last met together, they have lost classmates and many of them have lost one or both parents. They have experienced births, deaths, marriages, divorces, joys, and heartaches. Beverly is looking forward to seeing everybody.

Clay Chandler enjoyed playing sports and going to football games on Friday nights. He remembers playing football behind the bleachers as a kid and hearing his dad call the high school games on the loudspeaker. He also enjoyed trying out Mr. Gann’s paddle on the first day of Ag class.
In 1983, after deciding not to run for governor of Alabama, Clay went in to farming with his father. Now he is working at Moundville Feed and Seed with his father and cousin. He enjoys raising dogs. He is the owner of Rusty The Famous Possum Dog, who holds the Alabama state record with thirty possums. He had a stroke in January 2013 but is doing fine now. Clay currently serves as back up organist at Moundville Methodist Church. He is also doing research and contributing scientific data on the Mars Curiosity Rover Mission.

Vicki Terry Hall has way too many favorite memories to list and really enjoyed being a cheerleader for HCHS.
Not much has changed in Vicki’s life since the last homecoming reunion. She and her husband do a little traveling in their motor home. Since 2009, they make a yearly trip to Orlando, Florida, in the spring to watch Atlanta Braves play at Wide World of Sports on Disney property. They have a timeshare condo at Orange Lake Resort.

Billy Hoggle writes that he “sat down to try to describe one memory of going to school at Hale County High School and found it impossible. There are too many wonderful memories to select only one or even a few. Being from a small town where I knew all my classmates, neighbors and leaders of our community was a great experience. Attending school with my friends allowed me to develop close relationships that carried me through good times and bad times that are all part of growing up. Having smaller classrooms allowed my teachers to give of their time to each student. I am very proud to be an alumni of Hale County High School. God bless you.”

Joe Chancey remembers going to the lab in Mr. White’s chemistry class and riding in the old yellow school truck. Prom was also interesting, especially if Ken Ryan was there.
Joe is married to Darlene Selman. They have one son, Justin. Joe works at BF Goodrich in quality assurance. They live in Havana and enjoy living on the farm and spending time outdoors with their two dogs, Max and Scooter.
Jean Bibby Key works at Tuscaloosa Surgical Center. She has two grandsons.

Class of 1984

Class of 1994

Rachel Ward Johnston fondly remembers cheering on Friday nights and pep rallies.

Matt Pearson continues to work in the structural engineering field. Her married Elizabeth Ganey Cameron on January 26, 2008. They welcomed a son, Charles Bradford Pearson (Charlie) into the family February 12, 2012.

Kristi Johnson Renfroe recalls cheering and friends at HCHS.
Kristi has been married 17 years to Sonny “Bo” Renfroe and they have two boys. Hayden is 13 and attends Echols Middle School, and Connor is 9 and attends Huntington Place Elementary. Kristi is the office manager for Northriver Timber Company in Tuscaloosa. Her boys keep her busy with football and baseball.

Michelle Burroughs Gibbs remembers when she and Shane Johnson had to put their gum on their noses in Mrs. Whatley’s room. Thanks Seaborn!
Michelle has been married to Ricky Gibbs going on sixteen years. They have two wonderful boys: Mason, 13 and Carson, 11. Ricky graduated from Family Nurse Practitioner School in May 2013. After his great success, Michelle was inspired to go back to school. She is currently attending the University of Alabama to become a special needs teacher—go figure! They live every day to the fullest and always honor our family motto of “Keep Moving Forward!”

Rhonda Townsend remembers school dances, football games and band, and Senior Prom.
Her life since graduation has been kind of normal. She attended Shelton State Community College from 2004-2006 and graduated with an Associate’s in Applied Science degree. Her boys are in the Sipsey Valley High School Marching Band and that takes up a lot of her time during football season. They are also members of the Jazz Band. Her son Christian will be graduating this year from Sipsey Valley High School and her son Addison will be graduating next year.

Shane McCray recalls being a member of the 1994 State Championship Baseball Team.
Shane and Beth have two children: Dylan, 4, and Brooklyn, 1.

Rochelle Elliott Coleman remembers gathering at the lockers and in front of the school under the big tree before school started. She also loved the pep rallies, especially if their class won the spirit stick. Her most favorite memory is homecoming, seeing all the alumni returning and the festivities.
Rochelle has been married to Eugene Coleman for the last seventeen years. They have three children: Blake 15, Evan 7, and Ava 4. Rochelle graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelors of Science degree in education. She is currently a pre-k teacher for Headstart at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary. She is also a research assistant with the PATH program with the University of Alabama. She is a member of Powers Chapel CME Church. She is a Sunday School teacher and Children’s Church director. Rochelle loves working with families and children.

Addie Tooson remembers when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma as her family was hollering.
Now Addie is the proud parent of a 12-year old boy. She is currently attending Ashworth College. She is also Vice-President of Westlawn Middle School PTA and assistant secretary and assistant teacher for grades 6, 7, and 8 at her church.

Deborah Croxton Spence remembers being so glad to be getting out of high school!
Deborah still lives in the big town of Moundville. She is married to Ricky Spence, Sr. with two wonderful kids, Ricky Jr. and Rictoria.

Theron Gardner recalls being a member of the Power of Positive Students Committee (POPS), being area football champs, and state baseball champs.
Since graduation, Theron has gotten married and become a deacon in his church. His family lives in Moundville, and he works at HCHS and coaches girls basketball. Their daughter graduated from HCHS last year and is in college now. They also have two sons, an 11th grader and a 6th grader.

Doreena Herron Mink’s favorite high school memories would have to be the years she was in the band in color guard and the year that she was a cheerleader. She also enjoyed all the festivities surrounding homecoming week and performing in the senior play was a blast!
Doreena is now a busy mom with three wonderful kids. Her oldest son has already graduated high school and is married. She has one son that is a Junior in high school and a daughter in the eighth grade. She also has two beautiful step-daughters. Doreena works at the University of Alabama as a Program Assistant for the Crimson Ride Transit Program. She has also owned and operated her own business for the past ten years providing scholarships to young ladies through pageantry.

Class of 2004

Michelle Kennedy Whitley recalls the many hours spent in extracurricular activities, such as cheerleading, playing softball, and fellowship with friends. She will never forget the one cheerleading practice they attempted to build with Willie the Wildcat as the flyer…that didn’t turn out so well!
Michelle graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2008. She was then accepted into the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. Following graduation from pharmacy school, she married her husband, Josh, and completed a one-year post-graduate pharmacy residency at DCH Regional Medical Center. Michelle is currently employed as a pharmacist within the DCH Health System and lives in Hoover.

Meagan Morrison Gurley remembers playing softball for Coach Matt and going to state four years in a row. She also recalls being Willie the Wildcat and going to Disney World with Coach Jamie Lee for cheer competition.
Meagan married Brian Gurley in 2007. They had their first daughter Danah Kate in 2008. Meagan then graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2009. They had their second daughter McKenna in 2011. Meagan began working at HCHS in 2012.

John Eric Davis is employed by Jim Walter Mines. He is married to Ashleigh Jones Davis. They have three children: Zoey (5), Emerson (3), and Tucker (1). They are members of Taylorville Baptist Church.

Stephanie Mitchell Free remembers playing softball with some great teammates and an awesome coach, Danny Matherson.
Stephanie is now married with two beautiful children. She has an associate’s degree from South University in Criminal Justice.

Wendy Clements Kizziah married Josh Kizziah in 2011. Their son Ezekiel was born October 17, 2012. Wendy worked at MBUSI from graduation until February 2013.

Megan Matherson Waters has many favorite memories from her time at HCHS. One of her favorite memories is traveling to Orlando during their junior and senior years to compete at the National High School Cheerleading Competition. Another favorite high school memory is winning the 2A State Cheerleading Competition her senior year. Homecoming was always a favorite time of year for Megan. She loved the many homecoming traditions; for example, dress-up days, decorating the float, the parade, and the football game. Furthermore, she will never forget getting to experience their last game on the sidelines at Howell Field together with her dad. Lastly, it was an honor being chosen as Miss HCHS. All of these special memories and lasting friendships with her classmates will always hold a special place in her heart.
After graduation, Megan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Education from the University of West Alabama. In the summer of 2011, she married Thomas Waters. This past summer, they welcomed their first son, Remington, and Megan started a new job as the Library Media Specialist at Maxwell Elementary in the Tuscaloosa County School System.

Keri Sealy remembers being with her friends and hanging out with friends that she still talks to today.
Keri has worked since graduation. She had her first son Landyn in April 2014.

Jennifer Hughes Simmons remembers friends, softball, and prom.
After graduation, Jennifer earned an Associate’s degree in medical technology. She is employed at the University of Alabama. She plans to return to school to receive her Bachelor’s degree soon. Jennifer has one daughter, Bailey Simmons, who will be one year old at the end of September.

Trey Stevens has many favorite high school memories: beating Carrollton High School in their last varsity football game, beating Gordo High School in their last varsity baseball game, playing hand-ball in the gym with Coach Matt, hanging out with the cheerleaders in the cheerleading room, and getting ISS with Eric Washington and Todd Payne for checking each other out of class.
Trey graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree. He started working for Alabama Power as an Environmental Specialist. He is married to Leandria Stevens and they have bought their first home in Northport, Alabama.

Rindy Harrell Hodges’ favorite high school memories mostly consist of Friday pep rallies and Friday night football games. Their Senior year they only won one game but they all had so much fun that you would have thought they were undefeated! She also remembers being the first squad to compete at a state and national level. They were the 2A State Cheerleading champs.
Rindy went to Shelton State Community College after graduation. She cheered for the Shelton Bucs while taking classes there. She then did an apprenticeship at Tera Lane Salon and got a license in Cosmetology. She married Danny Hodges in December 2011, and they welcomed their baby boy Danson in December 2013. Rindy now works at Salon Five 01 as a hair and makeup artist. She has been at this salon for five years. She loves to be able to set her own hours so she can still have all the time she wants to spend with her family.

Shaniqua Williams remembers pep rallies, prom, and graduation. Homecoming was always memorable because it was a fun-filled week. Their class enjoyed decorating the float, participating in the parade, and going to the game.
After graduation, Shaniqua attended Shelton State from 2004 to 2007. Then she was accepted at the University of West Alabama where she received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education K-12. She went back to UWA to pursue her Master of Education degree, which she received in December 2013. She taught at Fayette Middle School the 2013-2014 school year, and is employed this year as an Alternative teacher at Sprayberry Education Center.

Shatonya Hall fondly recalls Senior Day when she received the FCCLA scholarships. She also remembers Mrs. Neill’s class parties and being a teacher’s aide.
Shatonya is currently employed with Moundville Public Library as the assistant librarian for the past two and a half years. She is also employed with Travel Centers of America, where she has been for one year. She still lives in Moundville and enjoys spending time with her niece.

Olivia Glover Helms recalls her favorite memory of HCHS is playing softball.
After graduation, Olivia attended Auburn University for undergrad and veterinary school. She graduated in 2012 as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She also married in 2012 and moved to Greenleaf, Kansas. Her son was born in 2014.

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The edition included New Year Resolutions for 1990 from Lynell Skelton, Alice Brown, Mary Ruth Johnson, and Judy Elmore, among others.


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