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The Wenonah High School Grand Alumni Association (WHSGAA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, that embodies the spirit, knowledge and wisdom fostered by the Wenonah faculty, both old and new.  Our members reflect the values, ambitions and knowledge instilled in us by the teachers and staff of the Wenonah High School family.   It is our purpose to ensure the benefits and knowledge we received from our years at WHS are passed on to all current and future graduates.
 

Scholarship Recipients

2008

Amber Jackson

LaToya Jackson

Keiara Middleton

2009

Thomisha Bogus

Tamyra Watkins

Kiara Middleton

2010

Angelique Bogus

Cortez Pickett

Jeremy Turner

Willie Terrell

Gerald Robinson

2011

Jeremy Bogus

Demarcus Pryor

Kiara Cooper

Dejourna Perry

Mahdi Imani

2012

Tiffany Barnes

Keith Middleton

Chase Sadler

Matrell Smith

 

Alumni Bios

 

Distinguished Wenonah Graduate

 

Moody Duff

Class of 1976

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Deputy Police Chief Moody Duff will retire May 17 after 29 years with the Birmingham Police Department. Duff, whose law enforcement career has spanned 33 years and two police agencies, is currently the deputy chief of the BPD's Field Operations Bureau.   "My law enforcement career has provided me the best education I could have ever obtained and taken me to meet people that I otherwise would not have had an opportunity to meet,'' he said. "Thank you, Roosevelt City, Wenonah High School, UAB and the City of Birmingham. I hope I have proven worthy of everything that you gave me."    Complete article

 Barbara Young Huntley

Class of 1961

Academic success followed Barbara to Wenonah High School, where the young woman was voted "Most Likely to Succeed," along with classmate -- and future husband -- Horace Huntley.  She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at Tuskegee University in 1965. Her first teaching job took her to Minneapolis. Huntley and her husband both landed fellowships to work on their master's degrees at Syracuse University. She earned hers in educational administration. After earning their degrees, the Huntleys moved to Pittsburgh, where Horace Huntley, a noted historian, earned his doctorate. In Pittsburgh, Barbara Huntley was director of childcare for Allegheny County schools. They returned to Birmingham in 1976 when he was hired at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Over the years Huntley served in a number of teaching positions, but said she always wanted to be a principal. She was assistant principal at Jackson Elementary in West End, then its interim principal before becoming principal at the old Riley Elementary. She became principal at Wenonah Elementary eight years ago and retired January 1, 2011.

 

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Shellaine Bent
Class of 1997
 

Shellaine Bent attended Wenonah High School from August 1993 to May 1997, she graduated with honors and in the top 10 ercent of her class. During her time at Wenonah she was involved in several clubs and organizations. She was 1 of 4 Birmingham City School students chosen to have the opportunity of going to Korea as an ambassador.  She received an Associate Degree of Science in Mathematics from Lawson State Community College where she also graduated with honors. Currently she's working at Primerica as a representative and as an assistant to one of the Regional Vice Presidents.

Class of 1997 web site

James Carden
Class of 1952

 

James Carden (Class of 1952)

James Carden (in 2007)

James E Carden graduated from Wenonah High School in May 1952. He lived in the Woodward (Lipscomb) community during this time and also attended the State Vocational and Trade School for one year after graduation, after which he volunteered for the U S Army and served as a Military Policeman in South Korea.  He returned and completed requirements for the Associate Degree in Business Administration at Lawson State Community College.  After discharge from the active military service, he joined the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1992 after 33 years service as an Aeromedical Crew Member, serving in worldwide evacuation of sick and wounded military members during Vietnam, Desert Storm and other military conflicts.  He retired from the U S Postal Service in 1990 after advancing through the management ranks to Director, City Operations, responsible for postal operations for the South Georgia District.  From 1987 to 2006, he served as a Consultant to Accenture, LLC in Washington D. C., assisting in developing management software for Headquarters, U. S. Postal Service.

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Brenda D. Gunn
Class of 1969

Brenda D. Gunn graduated from Wenonah High School in May 1969. 
Her education include a B. S., Sociology; Minor in English from the University of Louisville and Legal Secretarial Degree (with honors) from Spencerian College in Louisville KY.  She is currently Office Assistant, responsible for computer billing and related work at Family Focus Counseling Services in Louisville KY.  Prior to her current position, she was employed at the University of Louisville as Director of Community Relations, Office of External Affairs, and other managerial positions from 1975 until retirement in 2006.
She is active in the Business and Professional Women's organization, having served as state president (Ky.) and as a national Board member. She currently is a BPW/USA Issues Management committee member.

Class of 1969 web site

 

Reginald Selma

Class of 1975

CNN Cameraman, Washington DC

I've been living in the Washington,Dc area since 1982.

I'm married with two special daughters who are now in college.

After graduating from Miles College, I worked at Channel 13 as a tv cameraman. Since 1982 I've been a cameraman at CNN in Washington,DC.  I've been blessed covering some of the biggest news events the world over.  On Jan 20,2009, I will be covering the Inauguration of President Barrack Obama.

Class of 1975 web site

 

Wash Stallworth, Jr

Class of 1967

Owner/President Sea'Kings Basketball Team, ABA

Drafted, US Army 1969-Retired 1993

Selected, All Army-Fast Pitch Softball Team 1974

Pacific Armed Forces Champions Basketball and MVP 1974,

Regional Champion Basketball, 1975-1977,

played and coach Professional Basketball,

Europe,Tagea Hanau, 1978-1983

Class of 1967 web site

Ralph D. Cook

Class of 1961 

 

Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice

Admitted: 1968, Alabama; 1973, California

Law School: Howard University, J.D., 1967

College: Tennessee State University, B.S., 1964

Member: Birmingham, American, Bessemer and National (Life Member, since 1970) Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar; State Bar of California; Alabama Lawyers Association (President, 1992-1993); Alabama Association for Justice, (formerly Alabama Trial Lawyers Association; President, 2006-2007); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Law Institute; American College of Trial Lawyers. Currently with law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton LLP, Birmingham.

Former Associate Supreme Court Justice hired as Birmingham City Attorney

Class of 1961 Web Site

Rev. Dr. David Craig

Class of 1972 

Pastor 

Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

143 Seminole Circle

Fairfield Alabama 35064

 

I have served as pastor of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Fairfield Alabama since 1981. I'm the author of two books. I have been married to the lovely Lauraetta Autery Craig since 1995. It is exciting serving God at a time like this, when the world is looking for a witness. I also enjoy golfing and riding my Harley Davidson.

Web Site:  http://mtpilgrimfairfield.com/index.html

Class of 1972 Website

Velinda Johnson Weatherly

Class of 1978

 

Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

 

Associate Member/AL Board of Pardons & Paroles January 2004-July 2009 State employee since June 1983 Current Statewide Division Director of Transitional Facilities...Former Director of Training, Media Relations, Legislation & Personnel. Former President and Executive Board Member Al Council on Crime & Delinquency...Recipient NAACP Beacon Light Award (1998)...First African-American promoted to Probation & Parole Officer V (2002)...First African-American female to be nominated, appointed and confirmed to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles (2004). FBI certified Assessment Center Trainer and Family Life Facilitator...Member OES/NOBLE/NAFE/ASEA ..AL Peace Officers Standards and Training Certified 1988 B.S.S.W. @ UAB. (1982)..Certified Public Managers Program @AUM Motivational Speaker for Lupus Foundation...Community Resource Center Developer and Organizer. Past Director of Christian Education..Exec. Board Member ALADTC (Pearson Hall, Olivia's House, etc.)

Class of 1978 Website

Ronald Marshall

Class of 1966

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Ronald Marshall is a co-founder of Myriad Communications Network, Inc. Ron serves as the host of the highly rated Myriad Gospel Music Countdown and has spent a number of years in the radio business as an on-air personality and sales person. Ron is also the host of Sunday Morning Gospel Sounds; the most listened to radio program in Birmingham, Alabama. His program airs on 98.7 KISS FM, one of the leading urban stations in the country. He has an extensive background in the communications business and has a strong desire to develop programming that will make a positive difference in the lives of all people.

Click for Class of 1966 Website

Horace Huntley

Class of 1961 

 

1961-1965 United States Air Force
1965-1966 Control Data Institute
1966-1967 Employed by Control Data
1967-1970 University of Minnesota, B. A. Degree in African American Studies
1970-1972 Syracuse University, M. A. Degree, in American History.
1972-1973 Instructor @ University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1973-1976 Univ. of Pittsburgh, Ph. D. American History with emphasis on        Black Labor.
1994-2009 Director, Oral History Project, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

1976-pres Professor, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of History

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Steve Taylor

Class of 1975

Steve Taylor, married, with three daughters and one grandson, Masters in Education, Master Plumber, Master Gasfitter, Plumbing Instructor for a Post Secondary Educational Institution, and member of the world renowned “Birmingham Sunlights”. The Birmingham Sunlights have performed as cultural ambassadors under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State and have toured Canada, Italy, France, five African countries, seventeen Caribbean countries, and Australia. They also dedicated special performances for the Queen of England and the Prince of Monaco. They have performed at numerous Birmingham City Stages events. In 2009, they were recipients of the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, for their artistic excellence and contributions to their respective artistic traditions, whose lifetime of service and dedication help preserve our nation's diverse cultural heritage."

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Gwendolyn Jackson Smith, PMP, MSTM

Class of 1977

The founder and CEO of Cornerstone Association, Inc., a non-profit community service organization, with 501(c) 3 tax-exemption. Has more than 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Business Development, and Training/Facilitation.  Professional education and certifications include: - Masters of Science in Technology Management (MSTM), Mercer University - Atlanta, GA
- Bachelor of Science: Major: Mathematics; Minor: Computer Science
University of Alabama in Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama
- Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) - Federal Grantwriting Certification- Federal Contracting Certification

Gwendolyn’s consulting career includes contracting with federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and faith/community-based organizations. As a certified business development / entrepreneurship trainer, she also serves as an adjunct professor for Atlanta Metropolitan College where she provides instructional workshops and seminars at local venues throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan. Cornerstone Website

Teachers

Ella McCain, former Wenonah teacher, is a 1945 graduate of Alabama A&M and is a huge supporter of the school.

Birmingham News Magic City Classic Article

Wenonah School

Wenonah School Bhamwiki

School was located on the current site of the East Brownsville Park (Wenonah # 9 mining camp) and burned in 1945.

Wenonah School Memorial Plaque

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Wenonah School Plaque

 

WHSGAA Message Forum

 

In Memory

 

Coach Melvin Grant

Teacher 1973-1995

Visitation for Mr. Grant will be from 6:00 – 7:30 on Friday, July 25, 2014 at St. Paul AME, Wylam. Funeral will be Sat., July 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM at St. John Baptist Church, Dolomite, burial at Highland Memorial Gardens. Obituary

John Bruce

Class of 1956

John passed Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Viewing and funeral will be Friday, July 25, 2014 @ Valhalla Chapel and Cemetery, 5317 Bessemer Super Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35228, (205) 425-9898. Viewing will be at 1:00 pm and service @ 2:00 pm.

Henry Marable

Class of 1965

Homegoing is 1:00 Saturday at St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal, 2571 Goss Street-Oxmoor. Pastor R.U. Brown, Officiant.  Obituary

Brenda Hubbert Matt

Class of 1964

Brenda Hubbert Matt, Class of 1964, of Midfield, passed away Mon. July 7th . Funeral service Sat. July 12th at 1:00 PM from New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, East Lake, 7400 – London Ave. South, Birmingham.  Obituary

Col. Russell J Suther

ROTC Instructor

In 1975 he started the Wenonah H.S. JROTC Program and retired permanently ten years later. Services with military honors will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. Friday. Obituary

Clifton T Griffin

Teacher

age 69, passed away. He was a retired educator for the Birmingham School System for over 35 years.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12 Noon at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. An Omega Service will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014, 6PM at Bushelon Funeral Home.  Obituary

Ronnie C Willis

Class of 2002

Ronnie C passed Saturday, May 24, 2014. Funeral service will be held Sat., May 31, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Faith Memorial Chapel, with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens.  Obituary

Ruthie Underwood Hale

Class of 1957

She attended Wenonah High School and Miles College.  Services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:00 noon, at Renewed Hope Ministries, 2700 11th Ave. No. Bess., Pastor A. L. Underwood, officiating  Obituary

Keary Hollis

Class of 1998

Age 34, of Birmingham, passed away May 10th.  Arrington Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements for Hollis. His viewing will be held Friday, May 16 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. The funeral home is located at 520 Cotton Ave. SW in Birmingham. Hollis' funeral service is planned for Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. It will be held at the Greater New Antioch Baptist Church located at 2900 Avenue G. in Ensley. Obituary

Keary's Last Profile Update

AL.Com Article

Ervin Batain

Class of 1972

Age 60 of Birmingham, AL passed away. Funeral service will be held at Friendship Baptist Church, Brighton, Alabama at 3:00 p.m. Eastside Funeral Home, 5523 First Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35212.  Obituary

Gwendolyn Steele

Class of 1972

age 60, of Bham, passed away Sat. May 3rd. Funeral service Sat. May 10th at 1:00 PM from Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Grasselli Heights, 3753 – Carver Ave. SW. Burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. Obituary

Taft Perry

Class of 1978

age 53. Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Kirksey's Mortuary Chapel at 12 Noon with burial in Valhalla Cemetery. Rev. Carlos Suggs officiating. Obituary

Reginald Tipton

Class of 1976

Life Celebration is 11:00 Friday at New Pilgrim Baptist, 708 Goldwire Place, SW Birmingham 35211. Pastor J.H. Brooks, Celebrant. Inhumation follows at Elmwood  Obituary

Typhosa Lawrence Franks

Class of 1971

61 of Philadelphia, PA, passed away April 10, 2014. Funeral service will be held Sat. April 19, 2014 at 12 noon at 1st Baptist Church Roosevelt City with burial in Valhalla Cemetery.  Obituary

Bennie Harris Robinson

Class of 1964

The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Elmwood Chapel. Services will begin at 2:00 PM at Elmwood Chapel. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Obituary

Alfred Brown

Class of 1964

Alfred passed Wed., 2 April 2014. Funeral service will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ Friendship Baptist Church, 4819 Main Street, Brighton.  Obituary

Tony Carter

Class of 1982

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 1PM at Doers of the Word.  Burial will follow at Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. Obituary

Samuel "Bo Bo" Wilkins

Class of 1973

passed on March 1, 2014 at the age of 60. Funeral services will be held at the Wilma C. Harris Chapel at 12 noon on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Davenport & Harris directing. - Obituary

Roberta Ramsay Dillion

Class of 1948

age 83, passed February 25th.  Memorial Services will be on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 5365 Old Springville Road, Pinson AL 35126. Obituary

Christine Maddox Solomon

Class of 1951

81, of Bham transitioned on February 22, 2014. Homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:00 P.M. at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church. Obituary

Cecil Montgomery

Class of 1970

Age 61, of Birmingham, passed away Sat. Feb. 8th. Funeral service will be Sat., Feb. 15th at 1:00 PM from Arrington Funeral Home Chapel. Viewing is Friday from 1-7 PM. Arrington Funeral Home, Inc. Directing. Obituary

Luke Fencher

Class of 1973

Member of 1972 Final Four and 1973 State Runner-up Basketball Teams.  Funeral service will be held Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 12pm at Southside CME (B'ham) with burial in Elmwood. Viewing will be Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 from 2pm-6pm. Obituary

Gwendolyn Nelson Abraham

Class of 1969

Gwendolyn lpassed January 14, 2014.  Funeral details to follow later.

Gertrude Davis Bloom

Class of 1951

departed this life Jan. 13, 2014. Funeral services will be held Sat., Jan. 18, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Mount Zion Baptist Church-Riley with burial in Valhalla Cemetery. Davenport-Harris directing..  Obituary

Henry Starks

Class of 1990

Obituary

Aaron Elder

Class of 1962

70 of Roosevelt City (Birmingham) passed away Jan. 5, 2014. Funeral service will be held Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Faith Memorial Chapel (Bess)

Obituary

Russell Shearer

Class of 1964

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, January 3, 2014 @ Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 4916 55th Street SW (616 Wenonah Road), Birmingham (Brownsville) AL 35221. Burial in Alabama National Cemetery. Obituary

 

       
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