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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


Amber Jackson

LaToya Jackson

Keiara Middleton


Thomisha Bogus

Tamyra Watkins

Kiara Middleton


Angelique Bogus

Cortez Pickett

Jeremy Turner

Willie Terrell

Gerald Robinson


Jeremy Bogus

Demarcus Pryor

Kiara Cooper

Dejourna Perry

Mahdi Imani


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.


Members Listing


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.



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 


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


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


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


Catherine Shelley McGhee

Class of 1951

May 18, 1934 - Nov. 21, 2015,  Life Celebration is 11:00 Saturday, Nov 28, at Sixth Avenue Baptist, 1101 Martin Luther King Drive, SW Birmingham


Barbara Fisher Winston

Class of 1954

May 30, 1936 - Nov. 21, 2015 Remembrance Hour is 11:00 Saturday at New Mt. Moriah Baptist, 330 Marsh Avenue, Hueytown. Obituary

Helen Shaw Hawkins

Class of 1975

November 9, 2015 Age 58, passed. Funeral will be Sat., Nov. 14, 2015 at 11:00am at Hopewell Baptist Church, Hillman Station   Obituary

Pamela Rodgers Mathes

Class of 1975

Nov. 26, 1956 - Oct. 11, 2015 Age 58, Funeral Services will be October 24, 2015, 11:00 AM at New St. James Baptist Church  Obituary

Mr. William "Bill" Harris

Former Band Director

Mr. Harris passed, Friday, September 18, 2015.Funeral services will be Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.  Visitation will be all day Friday at Davenport and Harris Funeral Home, 301 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211.

Mr. Robert Bell

Longtime Coach & Supporter

Mr. Bell passed Friday, August 21, 2015.  Homegoing service will be Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ the Wenonah High School Dragon Auditorium.  Mr. Bell is the father of Coach E Bell. Obituary

Devine Chambliss

Class of 2003

Nov. 30, 1983 - Aug. 18, 2015 Age 31, of Birmingham, AL. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 PM at the Wilma C. Harris Chapel with burial at G. W. Carver Memorial Gardens. Davenport & Harris Directing. - Obituary

Authorities today released the identity of a man found shot to death Tuesday afternoon in Hoover, possibly the victim of an accidental shooting at the hands of his toddler son. Complete article

Leodis Boggan

Class of 1970

Dec. 20, 1951 - Aug. 3, 2015 Homegoing Hour is 11:00 Friday at The Chapel of Johnson Memorial, 2601 Ninth Avenue, Bessemer. Inhumation follows at Alabama National Cemetery, Obituary

Gladys Williams Gaston

Class of 1950

January 29, 1934 -July 22, 2015

She graduated from Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 16. In 1954, she graduated from Alabama State University with a bachelor's degree in education.

Albuquerque Journal Obituary

Marquetta Brittain Murray


Ms. Murray, a mother, educator and friend, transitioned peacefully on July 11, 2015 Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, July 18, 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church, Fairfield.  Obituary

George Merriweather

Class of 1980

Oct. 8, 1960 - Jun 10, 2015 Life Celebration is 11:00 Saturday at his home church, Petty's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion, 916 18th Street Bessemer. Pastor Morris Reese


Robert Dickerson


A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 p.m. at Jackson Olin High School Auditorium,. located on Avenue F, in Ensley. Attendees will be able to share their fond memories of him. Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 18, 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Kingston.

AL.com Article    Obituary

Herman Lewis

Class of 1970

age 64, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Mount Zion Baptist Church (Ishkooda), Dr. Walter Sims, officiating. Obituary

Joseph Shearer

Class of 1956

Joseph passed April 2, 2015 in Cleveland (Paiesville) OH.  Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Cleveland.

Michael Lewis

Class of 1972

10/19/53 - 4/4/2015, 61 Public Potluck Memorial: 1661 Cedar Ave SW 35211 4/10/15, 6:00pm - Donate: gofundme.com/MCLsr   Obituary

Matthew Howard, Jr


Dec. 9, 1928 - Feb. 28, 2015 Matthew Howard, Jr., a career educator and life-long native of Bessemer, AL, passed Saturday, February 28, 2015. Mr. Howard was a graduate of Dunbar High School. . He ltaught at Brighton HS and Wenonah HS in Birmingham. Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12:00 Noon at Macedonia Baptist Church, Bessemer Obituary


Charlotte Landreth Price


Feb. 20, 1941 - Feb. 22, 2015 Charlotte Price, of Homewood, Alabama, passed away in the home of her daughter on February 22, 2015. Funeral service Friday, Feb 27th at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, 2017 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. Obituary

Anthony Myatt

Class of 1968

Anthony passed Feb2, 2015..He enlisted in the Airforce for 4 years with an honorable discharge. Service will br Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 10:00am in Jamacia NY. Obituary

Delores Tarrant Washington

Class of 1953

WASHINGTON- Delores T. Washington passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Services from the Heart in care of Sarah L. Carter's Funeral, Jacksonville FL. (904) 399-4150.Obituary

Judge Lacey

Class of 1970

Oct. 26, 1950 - Jan. 24, 2015  A 1970 graduate of Wenonah High School and completed studies at Lawson State. Judge served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Service of Memory is 11:00 Saturday at Petty's Chapel, 916 18th Street, Bessemer. Obituary

Cleester Farley McCray

Class of 1963

Oct. 30, 1945 - Jan. 9, 2015 Cleester "Esther" J. Farley McCray was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde and Annie Belle Farley in Woodward, Alabama. . Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Liberty Faith Christian Church, 4th Ave. Bessemer.

Complete article


Connie Andrews Tarrant

Class of 1974

of Richmond, KY formerly of Birmingham passed away. She was a graduate of Wenonah High School, Booker T. Washington Business College, and Lawson State Community College. She also attended Lamar University of Beaumont, TX. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:00 am, at St. James Independent Methodist Church in Grasselli Heights, Rev. Juan Thornton, Pastor, with burial in the Hopewell Cemetery, Oak Hill, AL


Velma Dobbins Shoemake

Class of ?

of Jacksonville FL, passed December 13, 2014. She was a native Birmingham, AL, graduating from Wenonah High School and furthered her education at Lawson.  Obituary

Linda Packer Wormley

Class of 1966

Linda passed Thursday, December 4, 2014.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Greater Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 5409 Wintergreen Avenue, (Cairo) Birmingham AL 35228. Scott-McPherson Funeral Home, Fairfield AL Directing.  Obituary

Claude Williams

Class of 1950

Claude was born January 3, 1932 in Columbus, Mississippi. He attended Wenonah High School and moved to Gary in 1950. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Korean War. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. followed directly by service at 11:00 a.m. at Guy and Allen Funeral Home; 2959 W. 11th Avenue, Gary, IN.  Obituary

Conroy Cottrell

Class of 1972

June 30, 1953 - Dec.1, 2014 He was a resident of Jefferson County. Service of memory will be on Saturday, 1 P.M. at Peace Baptist Church Riley, with interment in Alabama National Cemetery on Monday.    Obituary


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