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 1953
Dr. Ruth Hill Gordon-Bradshaw 
Died Friday, October 30, 2015
From Montgomery, AL.   
Class of 1969
Dr. George Cooper
Died July 19, 2015
Hailed from Tallahassee, FL
Dr. Cooper was appointed by President Barack Obama as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He served as former dean of the Tuskegee University School of Applied Sciences from 1978-1985.
Class of 1940?
Dr. Fannie R. Cooley 
Died August 13, 2015
Cooley was also a two-time Tuskegee University alumna and founder of the Huntsville-Decatur Alumni Club. She was also a Distinguished Life Eminent/$1000 Plus Associate. She was Professor Emerita and former head of the Department of Counseling and Student Development at Tuskegee. 

Class of 1969
Albert Joyner
Died June 3, 2015
in Jackson, MS
Service: June 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Tuskegee University Chapel
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL
Albert "Al" Joyner was the brother of syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, and he was a successful owner of several Jackson-area McDonald's franchises. He as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Joyners run My Joy Inc., which is based in Ridgeland. Al Joyner and his wife, Danita are known for their philanthropic work.

Class of 1949
Robert Dickerson 
Died June 11, 2015
Birmingham, AL
Funeral: June 18, 2015
First Baptist Kingdom
4240 9th Ave. N, Birmingham, AL
Photo courtesy of Smith and Gaston Funeral Home Southside.
Coach Dickerson's coaching career began as a student serving as assistant coach under Coach Cleve Abbott. He met his wife, Mildred Thompson, while at Tuskegee. He received the Tuskegee University Merit 
Award and was inducted into the Tuskegee University Athletic Hall of Fame. He later became a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Class of 1967 ??
Antionette "Toni" L. Carson Franklin
Died January 1, 2015 in Huntsville, AL
Hailed from Montgomery, AL
Wife of Robert Franklin-1963
Funeral Service: Jan. 4, 2015
at Fellowship Presbyterian Church
3406 Meridian St. N., Huntsville, AL 
She retired after 25 years of service as an
Information Management Specialist with the U.S. Army Missile Command.
Class of 1935
Louis Adolph “Mike” Rabb 
Died April 23, 2015
Rabb worked for four TU presidents during his 46-year tenure at the institution. He served as
administrator of the former John A. Andrew Hospital, secretary of the TU Board of Trustees under former Tuskegee president, Luther Foster and has also worked in the Office of the President as assistant to the president from 1974 to 1981. He was 101 years old.

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Class of 1980
Howard P. Carter Jr.
Brother of Vickie Carter
Died on July 1, 2014
in Tuskegee, AL

Class of 1949
Della Davidson Sullins
Mother of Palmer Sullins
Died June 22, 2014 in Tuskegee, AL
Funeral: June 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
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. 
She and husband, Palmer Sullins Sr., were plaintiffs in the Gomillion v. Lightfoot legal suit to outlaw gerrymandering in Tuskegee and the school desegregation suit Lee v. Macon County Board of Education for which their daughter was one of 12 black students to integrate Macon County schools.
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: February 6, 2014
Bethel Baptist Church
Tuskegee, AL
Class of 1958
Willie H. Williams
Husband of Patsie Williams
Father of Romana Burnett
Died January 18, 2014
Born on November 15, 1930
Lived in Gwynn Oak, Maryland
Viewing: 8728 Liberty Road (Randallstown)
Class of _____
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

Class of _____
Robert Lathon
Died February 4,2014
in Houston, TX
Passed  away at 72
Viewing: Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:am
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
7312 N. Main. Funeral services  followed at 11 am. Interment: Paradise North Cemetery.
Class of 2017
Tereem Johnson
Freshman Student
Died December 13, 2014 in Tuskegee, AL.
Electrical Engineer major
Son of Yolonda Green.

Class of 1967
Edward Menifee

Died February 7, 2014 in Stockbridge
Hailed from Auburn, AL
Memorial: February 8, 2014 at 11am
Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
He served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict. He founded the Southwest Atlanta Youth Business Organization (SWAYBO) for youth 12-18 yrs old.
Class of _____
Verna Garmon Brinson
Died December 11, 2014
in Orlando, FL
Passed at 73
Mitchell's Funeral Home
Class of _____
Thomas F. Holloway

Died December 4, 2014
In Orlando, FL

Class of 1953
Herman J. Russell
Died November 15,2014  in Atlanta, GA
Founder & former CEO of H. J. Russell and Company.
Assisted in building many of Atlanta's landmarks such as the
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the Georgia Dome and Turner Field
Well known philanthropist.
Class of _____
Claudette Massey
Died September 26, 2014

Class of 1939
Virlee Hill
Died June 16, 2014 
Funeral: June 26, 2014
Plymouth United Church of Christ
600 East Warren Ave., Detroit, MI
He studied with and was mentored by George Washington Carver while attending Tuskegee. He had a passion for agriculture and started the Hill's Landscaping business in 1955. He was 99 years old.

Class of 1974
Willie Jame Weatherly
Died June 10, 2014 
Stone Mountain, GA
Funeral: June 16, 2014 
Greenforest Community Baptist Church,
3250 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA
Weatherly served as Chaplain of the Dekalb County Tuskegee Alumni Club. He trained as a NCO at Fort Benning, GA, and obtained rank equivalent to Sargent. He was assigned to the AmeriCal Infantry Division and served as squad leader in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart.
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
Class of _____
Thomas C. Burnette
Died June 18 ??, 2014
In Atlanta, GA

Class of 1954
Bernice Blackmon Armstrong
Died April 22, 2014
Funeral: May 3, 2014
St. Ruth Baptist Church
145 NW 5th Ave.
Dania, FL
Class of 1990
Carolyn Elaine Pearson
Died February 17, 2014
Washington, DC
Funeral: March 1, 2014
Alfred Street Baptist Church 
301 S. Alfred Street 
Alexandria, VA 22314
Class of _____
James Carlisle
Died December 12, 2014
In Nashville, TN

Class of 1975 ??
Jerome Virgil Pearson M.D.
Died December 16, 2014 in Detroit
Provided preceptor training for residents from the Family Practice Residence Program at the Medical College of Georgia
Service was at the Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Dublin on December 22, 2014,
Class of 1968
Kenneth Rocker
Died December 17, 2014
In Mobile, AL
Born December 8, 1940
Visitation, Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at
Union Missionary Baptist Church from 12 noon
until the 2 p.m.
Funeral Service at Reese Funeral Home

Class of 1967
Carl Ray
Died September 17, 2014
in San Jose, CA
Funeral: October 4, 2014 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 

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Class of 1947
Daniel R. Salter
Died April 1, 2013 
Athens, AL
Funeral: April 5, 2013
Graveside services with military funeral honors were held
at the Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Alabama 119, Montevallo, AL 35115 

Class of 1960
Dr. Alvin Garfield Foster, DVM
Died June 22, 2013
in Shrewsbury
Funeral: June 29, 2013
Dr. Foster worked at Merck for 25 yrs., became the Director of Animal Science Research, and founded the  HBCU Summer Program which has grown into the Merck-UNCF Scholars program.
Class of 1973
William Roy Sims Jr.
Died May 20, 2013 in Decatur, GA
Hailed from Birmingham, AL
Funeral: May 27, 2013
Hillcrest Church of Christ
1939 Snapfinger Road
Decatur, GA 30035   
Class of 2014
Bobby "BJ" Smith
Senior Student, Finance Major
Died September 28, 2013
in Tuskegee, AL.
Was a member of Tuskegee University Tennis Team.
Recent father of an infant son.
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 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 U.S. Air Force Read more... 
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 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

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Class of 1965
Barbara Jean Lee-Richardson
Died November 24, 2012
Chesapeake, VA
Funeral: November 28, 2012
Metropolitan Funeral Service
7246 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA

Class of 1966 and 1968
Willie M. Burnett
Died February 13, 2012
Born in 1941--Passed at 70
In Tuskegee, AL
Director of Office of Alumni Affairs
Worked with Alumni office 40 yrs.
Helped fund many Tuskegee Scholarships.
Strong advocate for supporting the community.
Funeral: Feb. 18, 2012 at Tuskegee University Chapel  
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 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  


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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)

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Class of 2010
Canon Christian Jones II
Business Admin. Freshman Student
Died April 29, 2007 in Tuskegee, AL
Prominent member Youth Director Council, Canon attended Community Arts and Sci.
Funeral Service: Southside Church of Christ in Richmond 
Class of 2009
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