In Memorium

The Tuskegee University Family and the Office of Alumni Affairs extend heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of our departed sons and daughters of Mother Tuskegee.

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Class of 1980
Howard Carter Jr.
Brother of Vickie Carter
Died on July 1,2014
in Tuskegee, AL
Della Davidson Sullins
Mother of Palmer Sullins
Died June 22, 2014 of natural causes in Tuskegee, AL
Funeral was held on Monday, June 30,
2014 at 11:00 a.m., from the Tuskegee University Chapel. 
The recipient of first B.S. in Nursing degree awarded in the State of Alabama
She was an educator,
 civil rights pioneer and community activist.


Class of 1966
Mitchell Edwards
Died April 25,2014
in Birmingham, AL

Class of 1976
Larry Boyd
Husband of Pinkie Boyd
Died January 30, 2014
in Tuskegee, AL 
Memorial service was on Thursday, February 6,
2014 at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. K. G.
Jones, pastor, officiating.

Class of 1958
Willie H. Williams
Father of Romana Burnett
Died January 18, 2014
Born on November 15, 1930

James S. Washington
Father of Aaron Washington
Grandfather of Brenda Chenier 
Died February 8,2014
in  Washington D.C

Class of 1957
Anne France 
Died in Long Island, NY
Robert Lathon
Died February 4,2014
in Houston, TX
Passed  away at 72
The viewing took place Sat., Feb. 15, 2014 from
 10 -11 am at Ebenezer United Methodist Church
 ~7312 N. Main. Funeral services  followed at 11
 am. Interment: Paradise North Cemetery.
Tereem Johnson
Freshman Student
Electrical Engineer
Son of Yolonda Green
Died in December 13,2014
In Tuskegee, AL

Bobby "BJ" Smith
 Senior Student
Finance Major
Passed at 21
On Tuskegee Athletics tennis team
Recent Father of an infant son
Died September 28, 2013
In Tuskegee, AL
Verna Garmon Brinson
Died December 11, 2014
in Orlando, Fl
Thomas F. Holloway
Died December 4, 2014
In Orlando, FL
Class of 1953
Herman J. Russell
November 15,2014
In Atlanta, GA
Majored in Building Construction 
Founder and former chief executive officer of H. J. Russell and Company.
Assisted in building many of Atlanta'slandmarks such as the
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the Georgia Dome and, Turner Field
.Well known philanthropist.
Claudette Massey
Died September 26,2014
Class of 1955
Thomas W. Staples
Died June 17,2014
in Eastpoint, GA
Deacon at Church.
Service was held at St. Stephens
Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, June 21, 2014
Thomas C. Burnette
Died June 18, 2014
In Atlanta, GA
Christian U. Bruce
Junior Student
Died November 11, 2007
In Tuskegee, AL
Memorial Services was held November 16,2007
at the Tuskegee University Chapel
with Dean Gregory S. Gray officiating
Canon Christian Jones II
business administration Freshman Student
Died April 29, 2007
In Tuskegee, AL
18 year old Berkeley High School graduate
Prominent member of the Youth Director Council
Canon had attended the Community Arts and Science
Funeral services were scheduled for Southside Church of Christ in Richmond
Frank J. Joland, Sr.
Died September 12, 2010
In Tuskegee, AL
Class of 1966 and 1968
Willie M. Burnett

Died February 13, 2012
Born in 1941
Passed at 70
In Tuskegee, AL
Director of the office of Alumni Affair
Worked with Alumni office for 40 years
Helped fund many Tuskegee Scholarships
Strong advocate for supporting the community
Funeral was Feb. 18, 2012 at The Tuskegee University Chapel 
James Carlisle
Died December 12, 2014
In Nashville, TN
Jerome Virgil Pearson M.D.
Born February 20, 1953, in Fitzgerald, Georgia
Provided preceptor training for residents from the Family Practice Residence Program at the Medical College of Georgia
Died December 16, 2014
In Detroit, MI
Service was at the Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Dublin on December 22, 2014,

Class of 1968
Kenneth Rocker
Born December 8, 1940
Died December 17, 2014
In Mobile, AL
Visitation, Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at Union Missionary Baptist Church from 12 noon until the 2 p.m.
Funeral Service at Reese Funeral Home

Antionette Carson Franklin
Wife of Robert Franklin 1963
Born January 12, 1945
Died January 1, 2015
In Huntsville, AL
Retired Information Management
Specialist - U.S. Army Missile Command
Played piano

Service: Jan, 4 2015
at Fellowship Presbyterian Church
3406 Meridian St. N
Huntsville, AL 

Class of 1984
Anthony B. Reid
Died on November 11, 2013
in Tuskegee, AL
Funeral Service was held
on November 16, 2013 at
Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Tuskegee, AL

Class of 1967

Carl Ray
Died September 17, 2014
in San Jose, CA
Funeral Service held
on October 4 at 2pm
South Bay Community Church
47385 Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont , CA 94539
Phone: (510) 490-9500 | Email:
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate
donations to C.A.R.L. (Council for Academic Resources 
and Leadership). Please make checks payable to
his non-profit organization & mail donations to: 
C.A.R.L., 823 Milo Court, San Jose, CA 95133
Class of 1966?        
Edward O. Watts Sr.
Died October 31, 2013
in Buffalo, NY at the age of 70
Memorial Service was held
on Nov. 5, 2013
Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
641 Maston Ave.
Buffalo, NY
He was owner of Watts Architecture & Engineering Co.
Please read article in the Buffalo News.  
Class of 1947
Robert P. Brown
Died on November 7, 2013
in Tuskegee, AL
Funeral Service was held at
Butler Chapel AME Zion Church
Tuskegee, AL

Class of 1947
Daniel R. Salter
Died April 1, 2013
in Athens, AL at the age of 92
Military Funeral was held on April 5, 2013
at Alabama National Cemetery
3133 Alabama 119
Montevallo, AL 35115
Class of 1964
Shirley Lovett Lewis
Died August 17, 2013
in Statesboro, GA at the age of 70
Funeral Service was held on
August 22, 2013
at CrossRoads Community Church
23923 Highway 80 East
Statesboro, GA
Class of 1960
Theresa Snowden Cook
died August 16, 2013
Theresa S. Cook donated her body to Science
Memorial Service: August 31,2013 at 1:00pm
Greater Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church
3403 W. Martin Luther King Hwy
Tuskegee, AL 36083
In lieu of flowers please send to Greater Saint Mark
Class of 1939
Albert L. Murray
died August 18, 2013
in Harlem, NY
originally from Nokomis, AL
He was an acclaimed writer. scholar, and friend of
Ralph Ellison.
Class of 1944
Katherine R. Scipio      
died August 6, 2013
Homecoming Service: Friday, August 9, 2013, 11:00am
New Bethel Baptist Church
1739 9th Street, NW
Interment will be Monday August 12, 2013
in St. Paul, MN.
Arrangements by Johnson & Jenkins
Class of 1938
Gwendolyn Woods Butler
descendent of a Tuskegee Founder
died August 10, 2013
She was the great granddaughter of Lewis Adams
Homecoming Service: August 17, 2013, 11:00am
at St. Andrews Episcopal Church
in Tuskegee, AL
Class of 1957  
Victoria Perry Laney  
died July 3, 2013   
in Washington, DC
orginally from Notasulga, AL
Memorial Service: July 8, 2013
Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church
Class of 1940
Cora Estella Martin Robinson Lawson
died July 15, 2013
in Reston, VA
originally from Fort Worth, TX
Funeral Service: August 10, 2013 at 11:00
St. Andrews Church in Tuskegee
Class of 1966
Richard Tyrone Bowen
died June 29, 2013
in Rockledge, Florida
originally from Birmingham, AL
Funeral: July 6, 2013 at 11:00am
Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
213 Stone St., Cocoa, FL
Stone Funeral Home
516 W. King St., Cocoa, FL
Contributions in memory of Richard can be
made to: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation
P.O. Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623-3827

Class of 1952
Maj. Gen. Titus C. Hall
(Eminent Associate)
died July 28, 2013 in Palm Bay, FL
Wake: Aug. 9, 2013,  5-7pm
Greater Allen Chapel AME Church
2416 Lipscomb St.,
Melbourne, FL
Funeral: Aug. 10, 2013
Eastern Florida State College,
Palm Bay Campus (South Patio),
250 Community College Parkway,
Palm Bay, FL 
He was a two-star general in the U.S. Air Force. 
Class of 1973    
William Roy Sims, Jr.
died May 20, 2013
in Decatur, GA
Funeral was held May 27
Hillcrest Church of Christ
1939 Snapfinger Rd.
Decatur, GA 30035
Class of 1940
Naomi Allen Adams
died June 18, 2013
in Tuskegee, AL
Funeral was held June 22
Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church
1510 Washington Ave.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Class of 1942
Col. Ruth Alice Lucas
died March 23, 2013
in Washington D.C.
Funeral: May 29, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery

She was the first African American
woman in the Air Force to be promoted
to the rank of colonel and who at the
time of her retirement was the
highest-ranking African American
woman in the U.S. Air Force. 

Class of 1965
Bertha Davis Easton
died May 12, 2013
in Tallahassee, FL
Strong and Jones Funeral Home
551 West Carolina St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-224-2139 

Class of 1982
Vincent "Snapple" Brown
of Savannah, GA
died May 20, 2013
at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale, GA.
Sidney A. Jones & Campbell Funeral Services
124 West Park Ave.
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-234-7226 
Class of 1952
Tim Sanders
Funeral Service
was held May 8, 2013
Ross & Clayton Funeral Home
1412 Adams Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-262-3880 

Class of 1948
Margaret C. Talton Billups
died May 2, 2013
in New Orleans, LA
Funeral Service was held May 10
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
2022 St. Bernard Avenue
New Orleans, LA
Class of 1967
George Davis
April 22, 2013
in Cambridge, MA
Gaffey Funeral Home
43 High St.
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 347-996-1087 

Class of 1970
Anthony Taylor
died April 16, 2013
in Miami
Richardson Funeral Home
4500 NW 17th Ave.
Miami, FL 33142
Phone: 305-634-4528 

Class of 1975
Linda S. Harris-Daniel 
died February 18, 2013
Funeral Service held at
Tuskegee University Chapel
Peoples Funeral Home
500 Fonville St.
Tuskegee, AL 36083
Phone: 334-727-0140

Class of 1952 and 1955
Norman Fields
died January 14, 2013
in Southern California 

Class of 1948
Future Surcey
died December 7, 2012
in Jacksonville, FL
J.E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services
5065 Soutel Dr.
Jacksonville, FL
She was the wife of William Stockton Surcey,
a Tuskegee Airman. 

Class of 1964
James M. "Jim" Flournoy Sr.
Funeral Service was held February 25, 2013
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
1199 Utoy Springs Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Class of 1947
Robert W. Frederick
of St. Louis, MO
died November 25, 2012
Class of 1963
George Ware, Jr.
Died October 5, 2012
Funeral Service was held
October 12, 2012
in Philadelphia, PA
He was a gifted Chemist and
lived and worked in Philadelphia.

Class of 1955 and 1969
Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter
Died November 8, 2012
Funeral Service was held
November 15, 2012 at the
Tuskegee University Chapel.
Carter was a member of the
original cadre of the
99th Fighter Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen.
One of the original Tuskegee Airmen who returned
to Tuskegee to celebrate the film premiere
of "Red Tails."  Carter also served as asst. dean
and professor at Tuskegee University.
Carter's wife, Mildred Hemmons Carter died
the previous year on October 26, 2011. 
Both being pilots, they held a mid-air courtship 
that lasted for 68 years.
Class of 1991
Deanna Draper
Died November 15, 2012
Tom M. Wages Funeral Services
Snellville, GA
Phone: 770-979-3200
Class of 1952
John Harris
Died July 19, 2012
Funeral Service was held July 28, 2012
American Marters Catholic Church
Englewood, CA  

Class of 1940
Mildred Hemmons Carter
Died October 26, 2011
She was the wife of
Lt. Col. Herbert Carter,
an original Tuskegee Airman.
Both being pilots, they held a mid-air
that lasted for 68 years.
She was considered a part of the
Tuskegee Airmen Legacy because she
became the first female pilot to join the Alabama State's Civil
Air Patrol Squadron in 1942, and she was the first black
woman in Alabama to earn a pilot's license
Class of 1945
William Stockton Surcey
died May 6, 2011
in Jacksonville, FL
Funeral Service was held
May 14, 2011 at the
St. Paul AME Church
6910 New Kings Rd.
Jacksonville, FL
Surcey was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and
received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.
He was husband of Future T. Surcey.
(Photo courtesy of Bob Self/Florida Times-Union)