In Memoriam


Juanita Padgett Underwood,’72

 Juanita Padgett Underwood died on June 13, 2022.  A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa, Florida.

Juanita Underwood was born November 16, 1950, in Tampa, Florida, to Rubin Padgett, Sr.and Richiedeen Padgett.  In her adolescent years she would spend weekends with her grandmother, Susie Padgett. Juanita attended Middleton High School, graduating in 1968. That fall she enrolled at Talladega College, having received a full academic scholarship. She was an honors graduate in the class of 1972 with a major in Physical Science Education.  In 1969, she was inducted into Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Juanita married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Underwood, Sr. in Georgia, and they returned to Tampa Bay in 1972.

Juanita was a devoted educator and served in Hillsborough County Public Schools for more than 40 years.  Continuing her love for education, Juanita earned a master’s degree in Administrative Education at the University of South Florida, after which she was transferred to Sligh Middle School and was promoted to Assistant Principal. She became the principal and spent more than 20 years at Sligh Middle School.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving children and their spouses Tracie (Jerome) Lowe and Ralph (LeQuisha) Underwood, II. Grandchildren Lowe - Jessica, Alisha, Jerome Jr, Jasmine, Aussie, Anise, & Alina; Grandchildren Underwood - Gavin & Kyla; siblings James Padgett (Linda), Earl Johnson (Brenda), Rubin Padgett, Jr (Cynthia), Nolan Padgett (Sheila), Rashonda Powe; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and other relatives.

Oscar Faye Davis, '54

Oscar Faye Davis of Atlanta, Georgia died on June 24th. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday July 9, 2022, at Floral Hills Funeral Home, in Tucker, Georgia.

Oscar Faye was born to the late Oscar Wilborn and Faye Jones Wilborn on April 21, 1933 in Tyler, Texas. She was adopted and raised by her paternal aunt Lovie Guthrie and Willie Venoy Guthrie, whom she affectionately called "Big Daddy." She attended Tyler public schools and graduated valedictorian of Emmet J. Scott High School in 1950.  She enrolled at Talladega College and graduated in 1954, with a double major in psychology and biology. While at Talladega she joined the sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  Oscar Faye completed graduate work in counseling and guidance at George Washington University.

Oscar Faye began her professional career as a science teacher at Boggs Academy in Keysville, Georgia. She later moved to Washington, D.C. and sought federal employment. Her entry point for federal employment was as a Clerk Typist with the Civil Service Commission. She later held positions as a personal specialist with the Agency for International Development, and a Personnel Management Advisor with the Civil Service Commission. She was the first Black woman to hold a senior team leader position in the CSC’s Bureau of Personnel Management Evaluation. In 1973, Oscar Faye transferred to the Department of Transportation (DOT) as an EEO Specialist, where she remained except for a six-month period in 1977, when she transferred to Dallas, Texas and became the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s first woman Division EEO Officer. Returning to DOT, in the Departmental Office of Civil Rights, she rose to the level of Branch and Division Chief. During her tenure, she won numerous professional awards and was a trailblazer, particularly for Black women. She retired in 1990 after 33 years of federal civil service.

Oscar Faye found the love of her life, Ira L. Davis (deceased) whom she married in 1983. Her prior marital unions produced four children: Loa Meredith, Lawrence Brown III, Monique Michelle Hilton (deceased) and H. Eric Hilton, Esq. She also was blessed with two accomplished step-children, Dr. Iris L. Davis and Derek J. Davis. Oscar Faye was especially proud of each of her eight grandchildren.

Oscar Faye retired to Newport News, Virginia where she and her husband lived until his passing in 1997.  She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to live closer to her family. For the next 25 years, Oscar Faye continued to live an active life that included many jazz cruises, concerts, family gatherings, birthdays, holidays and precious moments. In Atlanta she served the community through the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and as a longtime volunteer with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Oscar Faye Davis was preceded in death her beloved husband, Major Ira L. Davis (Retired) and daughter, Monique Michelle Hilton. A matriarch, sister and friend, she also leaves children, Loa Meredith (Matthew); Lawrence Brown III (Luvenia), and H. Eric Hilton, Esq., step-children Dr. Iris L. Davis, and Derek J. Davis and eight grandchildren, Clifton Ammons, Lauren Brown, Dr. Lena Brown, Marcus Meredith, Arielle Grace Davis, Zachary Davis, Hunter Hilton, and Juliana Hilton. Oscar Faye also leaves her sister, Diane Foster and brothers, Thomas Wilborn, Willie Larry Wilborn, and James Wilborn along with many other cherished relatives and friends to include her special niece Jennine Foster and her very dear friend Joyce Norman.

Dr. Lucile Ish, '47

Lucile Ish, prominent leader in health administration, medical social work and education passed away peacefully on May 16, 2022 in Hilton Head, SC under the care of her niece and her husband Etta Sue and Jesse Henderson.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lucile Ish was born to Dr. George William Stanley Ish Sr. and Lily Lucille Johnson on May 2, 1927. Ms. Ish worked extensively in the areas of health and social services as a former regional director for the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health. She also held positions with the Chicago Board of Health, West Side and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Ms. Ish served as the Chairperson of Talledega Colleges' Board of Trustees, and Vice-Chair of the President Clinton's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A 1947 graduate of Talladega College, Ms. Ish received numerous honors that include the naming of Ish Hall at Talladega College, to recognize the contribution of the Ish family to the field of education. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration and an Honorary PhD from Talladega College.
After retiring from the Federal Government, Ms Ish sold real estate in Chicago and Hilton Head, SC. For several decades, she maintained two residences living six months in Chicago and six months in Hilton Head.

Ms. Ish was also known for her numerous volunteer affiliations, donating her time and energy to such groups as the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society, United Negro College Fund, The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Smart Set, and founding member of the Hilton Head Sea Island Friends, just to name a few.
Ms. Ish is survived by her God daughter and great niece Jamie Weems, Atlanta GA and other nieces, Marye Ish, Fort Washington MD, Lynn Ish Green, Detroit MI, and nephews Stanley Henderson, Los Angeles CA, Mose Jeff Henderson, Los Angeles CA and Maceo Shaw, Louisville KY.

In her lifetime, she acquired many wonderful and endearing friends and will be greatly missed.

Paul Kelly Cole '67

Paul Kelly (PK) Cole passed away May 20, 2022, in Herndon, Virginia.  Funeral services were held Friday, June 3rd at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon.

Paul Kelly Cole was born December 6, 1945, in Talladega, Alabama, the third of five children of the late John E. Cole, Sr and Willie Mae Cole. Paul attended public schools in Talladega, Alabama. In 1963, he graduated from Westside High School, where he played quarterback on the varsity football team. After graduating from high school, he attended Talladega College. During his junior year, he was selected to enroll in a summer program at Harvard University where he took courses in the fields of Economics and Political Science. He graduated from college with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with a minor in History. While at Talladega College he met his future wife and partner for 53 years, Patricia Holland of Tampa, Florida.

Paul was admitted to the University of Notre Dame Law School in the fall of 1967. His legal studies were temporarily interrupted by an active-duty tour in the United States Marine Corp. Paul returned to Notre Dame and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1971.  He began his legal career when he joined the Corporate Office of General Counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation in New York.  When Mobil moved its headquarters from New York City to Fairfax, Virginia Paul relocated his family to Herndon. He retired from ExxonMobil after 32 years of service.

Paul’s desire to give back to his community led him to do volunteer work with the Legal Aid Society in New York during his early years as an attorney. After moving to Virginia, he served as a deacon at his church, coached Special Olympics sports, served on the board of The Arc of Northern Virginia, an advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities, and was one of the founding members of the Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Reston, Virginia

Paul was predeceased in death by his brother, Calhoun Wilson (Mary Lee) and his sister, Eliza Cole. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Patricia Cole, sons Cedrick Farrior (Cassandra) of Harvest, AL and Byron Cole of Great Falls, VA, brothers John E Cole, Jr. of Talladega, AL, and Clinn Cole (Gloria) of Schaumburg, IL, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and a special Goddaughter, Dr. Georolyn Torkelson (Steve).

William Morris “Bill” Simmons ‘66

William Morris Osborne Simmons, affectionately known as Billy or Bill, died on January 8, 2022. A celebration of life service was held on February 2, 2022, at Fort Lincoln Funeral Chapel, Brentwood, Maryland.

William Simmons was born May 6, 1942, in Talladega, Alabama, the oldest of four sons of Ada Clara and John Willie Simmons. He attended Westside High School and received his undergraduate degree from Talladega College in 1966. During his undergraduate years, Bill traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for summer employment.  After graduating, Bill remained in Talladega County for a brief period, teaching high school in the county school system. He moved to Maryland where he continued his formal education.  He received his master’s degree from Bowie State College and attended Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington, D.C, where he completed course work to earn his Advance Professional Certificate, qualifying him for positions on the supervision and administration levels.

Bill pursued many career paths before settling down as an educator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. When Bill arrived in Maryland, and while waiting for a teaching position, he took on temporary work as a wine distributor and later the manager of Ginos. In 1973 Bill began his longest career path as an educator with Prince George’s County Public Schools. He worked as a social studies teacher, vice principal, and a principal. In 1996 he began working for the Department of Human Resources and Personnel as a Supervisor of Instructional Personnel. He later moved to the Office of Certification as a Human Resources Specialist until he retired on August 1, 2007. After retirement Bill continued to take on positions in education, serving as a middle school Assistant Principal in the Charles County Public School system. He returned to Prince George’s County Public Schools in 2010 as a substitute Administrator until May 2020. He worked almost 44 years in education

He was the beloved husband of Barbara Anne Simmons for twenty-four and a half beautiful years. Bill and Barbara enjoyed traveling, especially cruising to the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal Zone, and Alaska.  Two of their favorite destinations were Barbados, and Martha’s Vineyard—site of their wedding and frequent anniversary celebrations. Bill was previously married to Marie Shaw Simmons, Talladega College classmate and mother of their son, Titus.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Terry and John David.

He leaves to cherish and celebrate his memory: His loving wife, Barbara Anne; son Titus Rene (Belva); step-son Montego Parker; brother Willie Ed (Olga); nephews Darian (Carla), Terrance, John Ferrold, and Anthony; nieces Tenecia, Terrish Patterson (Stanley), and Nikki; mother-in-law Louise Sweatt; brother-in-law Richard Sweatt (Sara); sisters-in-law Martha Banks(Euirl) and Frances Sweatt; many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins: Taylor Walker, Jorri Simmons, Kobe Simmons, Amber Morris, Adonis Morris, April Patterson, Tyler Patterson, Teana Simmons, Darius Simmons, Alexander Simmons, Mariana Simmons, India Lane, Jaylon Lane, Bobby Steed, Michael Simmons(Vicki), Harvey Hawkins (Mildred), and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sylvester Rickey Powell, ’73

Sylvester Rickey Powell, Jr. died January 15, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama. Graveside services were held on Saturday, January 22nd at Elmwood Mausoleum Chapel.

Rickey Powell was born in Birmingham on October 4, 1948, the son of Sylvester and Cathryne Powell.  He attended Tuggle and Wilkerson schools and Ullman High School. Following graduation from high school he enrolled at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, majoring in vocal music. After a year at Dillard, Rickey transferred to Talladega College, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.

As a boy , Rickey attended 16th Street Baptist Church, where he was a member of the children's choir. He also participated in the Children's Crusade during the Alabama Christian Movement for Human RightsBirmingham Campaign.

Rickey was a talented vocalist and entertainer. In 1969  he was cast as a line dancer in a Town & Gown Theater production of  Hello, Dolly!  directed by James Hatcher. This experience inspired him to pursue a career in theater. He became part of a production of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess that toured Europe for five months.

After graduation from Talladega College, Rickey moved to New York City. He appeared in off-Broadway productions of "Mama, I Want to Sing" and "Hair", and was the understudy for the lead in the Broadway revival of The Wiz. He also performed with Voices Inc., Herbie Mann, the Village People, and the Chic Organization. Powell toured Europe with Gloria Gaynor and twice with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. He stopped touring when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. He returned to Birmingham where he could schedule dialysis treatment and joined Birmingham City Schools' artist-in-residence program.

As a vocalist, Rickey performed with the Birmingham Heritage Band and 6th Avenue Baptist Church's "Men of Distinction" choir. As an actor he starred as "Reverend Johnson" in Harris Wormsby's  The Dream Lives in 1989, and as "Joe Bailey" in Tuxedo Junction. He starred in the Birmingham Children’s Theater production of The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 directed by Chalethia Williams, and in a revival of The Dream Lives in 2014. His one-man shows have included On My Journey Now: Spirituals Through the Ages, and a  musical memoir entitled Rickey Powell's Busy Day for Theatre Tuscaloosa in October 2021. Rickey was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 2001.

He leaves to mourn his passing a daughter, Patrice Powell Gray, a son, Ashley., and numerous professional associates and friends.

Will Arthur Moore, ‘74

Will Arthur Moore died on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at his home in Edgefield, South Carolina.  A Celebration of life service was held on Saturday, December 11th at Pleasant Lane Baptist Church.

Will was born in Edgefield on December 2, 1949, son of Ophelia Covington Moore and the late Leroy Moore, Sr.  He received his education in the public schools of Edgefield County, graduating from WE Parker High School in 1970.  He graduated from Talladega College in 1974with a bachelor’s degree. He retired from New Jersey Commission for the Blind after 39 years of service.

At an early age, he joined Pleasant Lane Baptist Church where he was a faithful member, serving as a deacon and choir member.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by, a sister, Donnell Moore, brothers, Leroy Moore, Jr., Clinton Moore, Carl Kenneth Moore, Robert Lee Moore and Johnnie D. Moore.

He leaves to cherish and honor his memory; his mother, Ophelia C. Moore of Edgefield, SC; son, Willie A. Moore, II of Waterford Works, NJ; two daughters, Beatrice Moore of Waterford Works, NJ and Crystal Moore of Egg Harbor City, NJ; three grandchildren;  brothers, Albert (Bernice) Moore and Richard (Phoebe) Moore  both of Aiken, SC; sisters, Pastor Mary Bean of Aiken, SC, Katie (Raymond) Simpkins, Linda Calliham both of Edgefield, SC; sister-in-law, Eva M. Moore of Edgefield, SC; two aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives. and friends.

Ephraim Stockdale, ‘77

Ephraim Stockdale of Talladega, Alabama died on December 27, 2021.  A celebration of life service was held on January 1 at Rocky Mount Missionary Baptist Church.

Ephraim Stockdale was born in Talladega on December 15, 1954, to the late Brice Stockdale and Bertha Nell Jemison. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. Following his graduation he enrolled at Talladega College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1977.  While at Talladega, he was inducted into the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Beta chapter.

Mr. Stockdale was employed by Alabama Power Company, where he served for 37 years. At the time of his death, he was Project Manager for the Community Development Team within Alabama Power’s Economic Development organization. He served on the Advisory Boards for Auburn University’s Economic and Community Development Institute and the Alabama Community Leadership Network. He was also a member of Alabama Communities of Excellence Associates Council.

Ephraim Stockdale was active in his church community.  At an early age he united with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He later became a faithful member of Rocky Mount Missionary Baptist Church where he served as the Minister of Music, member of the Trustee Board, and the chairman of the culinary committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brice Stockdale and Bertha Nell Jemison; his stepmother, Hannah Stockdale; and his brother, Roderick Stockdale. He leaves to cherish his memories: his beloved daughters, Tesia Stockdale and Terah (Cameron) Thomas; a granddaughter, Ryleigh Grace Phipps; seventeen siblings, Bobbie Jean (Willie) Gray, Franzella Tinker, Lanny (Eva) Stockdale, Vanessa (Daniel) Wilson, Valmetrica Smoot, Frederick Stockdale, Maverick (Gail) Stockdale, Maurice Stockdale, Martin Jemison, Tchalandra (Willie) Taylor, Sandra (Paul) Garrett, Eric Reynolds, Faith Reynolds, Danielia Hubbard, John (Brandy) Reynolds, Brynetta (Willie) Gaddis and Valencia Mitchell; a special aunt, Addie Elston; an uncle, Cleo Truss; a special niece, Tracy Roman; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jean Sharon McClain Porter ‘56

Jean McClain Porter, Class of 1956, died on September 16, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.    A virtual Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Omega Omega Memorial Service was held on October 24th.

Jean Sharon McClain was born on November 22, 1934, in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of two children born to the late Mamie Frances Connor and Robert McClain. She is preceded in death by her brother Robert “Bo” McClain, and husband Franklin T. Porter. She grew up in Aiken, South Carolina, raised by her mother and strong aunts who played a pivotal role in her life.  Jean graduated from Schofield High School in 1952.  Jean loved music, learning to play the piano at age nine.  Throughout her life she played the piano at church, home, and social events.

After received her bachelor’s degree from Talladega College, Jean enrolled at Atlanta University where she earned a master’s degree in Social Work.  While at Talladega she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc – Alpha Zeta Chapter. She was very devoted to the sorority with 67 years of service. Jean moved to upstate New York to do her field work, she then went on to Bay City, Michigan to work as a counselor for the YWCA.  She moved to Detroit, Michigan where she began working for the State of Michigan – Department of Social Services. She progressed up the ranks for over 30 years. In July 1972, she married Franklin Tyler Porter, whom she called “My Man”. They retired to Montgomery in 1997. During retirement, Jean and Franklin traveled extensively.  After almost 47 years of marriage, Franklin passed away and Jean moved back to Detroit to be closer to family.

Jean Sharon McClain Porter will be missed. Left to mourn her passing are:  Daughters Annivory Calvert, Mary Ann Lee, Charlotte Decker; grandchildren Coleman A. Young III, Margaret Decker, Michael Angileri, Phillip Decker, Saunders Lee, Andrew Decker; Cousin Sandra Marie Goode; Nephews Kevin and Keith McClain; Devoted friend and caregiver Patricia Barber.

To honor the legacy and memory of Jean Porter the family requests gifts be sent to:

Talladega College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 627 Battle Street West, Talladega,  AL  335160



Dr. Lucille Alethia Simmons Whipper, Class of 1948 

Lucille Simmons Whipper died on Friday, August 27, 2021. Dr. Whipper was the widow of the late Rev. Dr. B. J. Whipper, Sr., and the daughter the late Sarah Marie and Joseph Simmons. She attended private and public schools in Charleston and graduated from Avery Institute in 1944. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 4th, at the Avery Research Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

After being denied admission to the College of Charleston, Lucile attended Talladega College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Chicago (1955), and on her return to Charleston, a certification in guidance counseling from South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Whipper’s first teaching assignment was at Haut Gap School on Johns Island, South Carolina. During her academic career, she served as guidance counselor at Bonds-Wilson and Burke High schools and was elected to serve on the Charleston County District 20 Constituent School Board (1978-1982).

Dr. Whipper was one of the organizers Operation Catch-Up, a tutorial program for high school students. As director of this countywide program, she was instrumental in the placement of many local high school graduates in colleges and universities throughout the country, including Ivy League colleges. Operation Catch-Up was a forerunner of the Upward Bound Program currently found on many college campuses.

In 1972, Dr. Whipper was hired by the College of Charleston as Director of the Office of Human Relations and Assistant to the President. Under the administration of the late Dr. Theodore S. Stern, she was the College’s first African American administrator to develop its first affirmative action plan. In 1975, she took a leave of absence from the College to direct Project ESAA (Elementary and Secondary School Aid Act) with the Charleston County School District. She returned to the College after two years and retired in 1981.

In 1985, Dr. Whipper became the first African American female to be elected to the State of South Carolina House of Representatives from the tri-county area (Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties), serving District 109. During her ten-year tenure (1986-1996), she held membership on various committees, including the Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee; the House Rules Committee; and the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. Her considerable lobbying efforts led to the opening of The Citadel to women. In 1992 she was named “Legislator of the Year.”

Lucille Whipper served as Minister of Music at Saint Matthew Baptist Church for many years and was involved with The Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina (National Baptist Convention, U.S.A.). As President of the Woman’s Convention, she held a seat on both the Benedict College and Morris College Boards of Trustees. She served as Project Director for the Historical Commission of the Convention, which, in 2006, published Born to Serve: A History of the Woman’s Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Dr. Whipper also served on the Board of Directors for the International African American Museum (IAAM) currently being built in Charleston.

A Diamond (75 years) member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lucille Whipper twice served as President of Gamma Xi Omega Chapter of AKA, Charleston, SC. She also attained the platinum status alumni of The Links, Incorporated. Dr. Whipper is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including two honorary doctorates from the College of Charleston. As part of the Multicultural Student Programs (MSPS) at the College of Charleston, the Lucille S. Whipper EXCEL Award (Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership) was established in 2008 to recognize students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. In 2020, during the College’s 250th anniversary celebration, she received the Founders’ Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the College. Other awards included: Doctor of Letters from Morris College (1989), Benedict College, inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame (1995); and the State of South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto (1996). In 2006, a portion for a Charleston highway was dedicated and named the “Lucille S. Whipper Interchange” in her honor.

The matriarch of her family, she is survived by her children: Rev. B. J. Whipper, Jr. (Lucille M. Whipper) of Orangeburg, SC; Rosmond Whipper-Black, Jackson Seth Whipper (Carrie Fulse Whipper), Cheryl Whipper Hamilton, D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis (Rev. James B. Lewis, Sr.) all of Charleston, SC; her sister, Millie Stroud Barnwell of Memphis, TN; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren, 7 Great-great-great-grandchildren; special godchildren: Abrea Capers Greene of Charlotte, NC, and Lee Gilliard, of Charleston, SC; and a host of cousins, special friends, and former colleagues. She was preceded in death by two children: Stanford L. Edley and Ogretta Whipper Hawkins; and four grandchildren, Prince Murray Whipper, Jasiri L.K. Whipper, Benjamin James Whipper, III, and Zaya Whipper Smalls.

Dove Savage Pinkney, Class of 1954

Dove Savage Pinkney, Class of 54, Executive Board Member, Talladega College National Alumni Association, Los Angeles Chapter, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  A Celebration of Life service was held on July 31st.

Dove was born May 18, 1932, in Macon, Georgia to Edward and Mildred Savage. She was the oldest of three children born to that union. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers: Dr. Edward Savage, Jr., and Badger Savage.

She attended school in Macon, GA and entered Talladega College in Alabama where she graduated with honors in Biology.  She completed post graduate work with the degree of Hematology at Case Western University’s Institute of Pathology.

In 1957 she married Samuel Steven Pinkney, Jr., the father of Rhonda and Roderick. She and her family moved to California in 1959.

After thirty-five years, Dove retired as a Supervisor from Children’s Hospital.  After her retirement she volunteered as a member of the Emergency Medical Board and was an Advisor for LA Care.

Dove was a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She served as president of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter and as chair of many sorority committees.  Her civic and social affiliations included the National Council of Negro Women, the Black Women’s Forum, Crenshaw Neighbors, NAACP, Urban League, Common Cause, California Afro-American Museum, YMCA, Hundred Black Women Coalition, and the New Frontier Democratic Club of Los Angeles.

Dove was an active member in her profession. She served as President of the California Association of Laboratory Technology and State Director of the California Society for Medical Technology.

She was a long-time member of Trinity Baptist Church of Los Angeles under the Ministries of the Reverends Elliot J. Mason, Dumas Harshaw, Eugene Marzette and Alvin Tunstill, Jr.

Dove leaves loving memories to be cherished by her son Roderick Stephen Pinkney, her daughter Rhonda Pinkney Washington, grandson Michael Washington, Jr., his father Dr. Michael Washington, Sr.; her nieces and nephews, Rachel Savage Walker and Edward W. Savage III, Dr. Cheryl and Paul Wyrick, Stephanie, Sharon, and Ronald Crittenton, Samuel Stephen Pinkney, Laura Pinkney, and loving friends.

Although Dove will be greatly missed, her family and friends can be proud of her outstanding work ethic and dedication.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Dove loved her Alma Mater, Talladega College, and for those who wish to make a donation to Talladega in her honor, please feel free to do so: Talladega College, 627 West Battle Street, Talladega, AL 35160 in memory of Dove S. Pinkney.


Charles “Charlie” Elliott, Class of 1969

Charles Elliott, Class of 1969, died on July 12, 2021 in Clarksville, Tennessee. A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 17th at Burt-Cobb Community Center.

Charlie was born June 26, 1947, one of six children of Mary (Thomas) and Joe T. Elliott, Sr.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joe T. Elliott, Jr., George Elliott, and Donald Elliott, and sister, Pamela Vernon.

Charlie was educated in Montgomery County, TN and graduated from Burt High School in 1965. After high school he attended Talladega College in Talladega, AL on an academic scholarship where he became a top basketball star. Charlie pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity while at Talladega. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1969. On July 30, 2015, Charlie was united in Holy Matrimony to Janice Shelton.

In 1973 Charlie returned to Talladega College to become assistant basketball coach. He became head coach in 1974 and was thought to be the youngest head coaches in the conference.  Coach Elliot led the Talladega Tornadoes Basketball program until 1980.  After a profound career of coaching, Charlie accepted a position with the City of Clarksville’s Parks and Recreation as Director of Clarksville’s first black community center, the Burt-Cobb Community Center. In this leadership role he mentored numerous children, youth, young adults and adults through disciplined and organized activities. Charlie was promoted to Director of Parks and Recreation where he served until his retirement in 2008.

Charlie was a faithful member of St. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church where he served in several different capacities. Charlie loved his church.

Charles is survived by  his wife, Janice Everett Elliott; daughters: Dara Shawn Elliott, Nikki Charlese Elliott-Russell (Mel), Cleveland, OH, Amber VanMansfeld, Daytona Beach, FL, Ereka Elliott Clark (Charles) Clarksville, TN; son, Eric Shelton (Quinika), Bermuda; sister, Gwendolyn Elliott Hale-Gunn (John) Hampton, VA; grandchildren: Layla Reese Clark & Jackson Charles Clark, all of Clarksville, TN, Savannah Adara Goins, Jonathan Charles Goins, Donald Andrew Goins, Nicholas Handsel Graham and Immanuel Adam Poindexter, all of Cleveland, OH, James Elliott-Wallace, Richmond VA, Tailor Shelton, Danielle Golden and Blake Shelton, all of Atlanta, GA, Yasmin Rathur, Alexandria Rathur and Preston VanMansfeld, all of Daytona Beach, FL; two great-grandchildren; cousin, Robert “Red” Warfield, Nashville, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


LeRoy Goff, Jr.  Class of 1975

LeRoy Goff, Jr., 67, of Richland, WA, passed away on June 2, 2021.
Born on August 20, 1953 in Charleston, SC LeRoy was a son of the late Leroy Bub Goff and Gloria Edwards Goff.  LeRoy graduated from Rivers High School as valedictorian, matriculated to Talladega College and earned a Master's Degree in Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon graduation, his career in engineering has taken him to reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melbourne, Florida, Los Angeles, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, Augusta, Georgia, Manhattan, New York and lastly, Richland, Washington State, where he spent the last seventeen years as a Nuclear Engineer.

LeRoy has enjoyed his travels in and outside of the United States. He was a health and exercise enthusiast, skier, motorcyclist, and loved to visit and entertain friends and relatives.  A strong believer in education, he was a major scholarship contributor of HBCUs, contributing his time and resources to Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations. LeRoy attended St. Joseph's Parish in Kennewick, Washington, and was very proud to be a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

LeRoy is survived by his sisters and brothers, Cynthia Goff Neal, Marva Goff, Darryl G. Goff, and Kendel Goff, along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Pastor Maurice Perry Dukes

Pastor Maurice Perry Dukes passed away on February 1, 2021.  A private Celebration of Life services was held February  9th, at Willie A. Watkins Chapel in Lithonia, Georgia.

Pastor Maurice Perry Dukes was born on January 18, 1946 in Perry County, Marion, Alabama.  She was a National Honor Society student at Ullman High School (Birmingham, Alabama), graduating in 1964.  She enrolled at Talladega College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Economics, and a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education. Maurice also studied at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) and Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire.)

Maurice began her professional career as an economist at the US Department of Labor and the Department of Energy.  After serving ten years with those agencies, she founded M. Dukes and Associates Real Estate, a leading firm in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.  She was a life member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. Although she specialized in residential properties she served as a consultant on church expansions and financing.

While at Talladega she was inducted into Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Incorporated.  Realizing the importance of advocacy and social change she emerged as a charter member, and one of the first Basileus of Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter, Decatur, Georgia of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated.

Pastor Maurice Perry Dukes was licensed to minister in 1991 and ordained in 1994, appointed local pastor of Faith Center Church (1999), and later on emerging as pastor of Cornerstone of Faith Christian Ministries.  She was active in many ministry organizations including the International Fellowship Churches (IFC), ELAH, and the Pastoral Ministry Group.

Pastor Dukes is survived by her children Brian Elliott Dukes and Stacie Lauren Dukes, grandchildren  Kaleb Dukes and Aunjere Dukes, six siblings(a sister and niece who are also Talladega College alums), and a host of other relatives and friends.

Charles Brightharp '70

Mr. Charles Brightharp of Trenton, South Carolina died Friday, March 5, after an extended illness. A memorial service was held on March 11, at the Mount Canaan Baptist Church Campus Grounds.

Charles was born on November 5, 1952, the son of Viola Broadwater Brightharp and Rev. Robert Brightharp, Sr.  He attended school in Edgefield County, graduating in 1970 from W. E. Parker High School.  He enrolled at Talladega College in the fall of 1970, graduating in 1974 with a degree in History. On July 1, 1974 he married Mary Alice Turner.

Charles was employed at the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site where he served as Manager, Nuclear Procedures. He retired from that facility in 2010. In retirement he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Trenton, where he served as a member of the Trustee Ministry.

In addition to his parents and beloved wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jesse Brightharp and son, Darius Hightower. Survivors include his children, Charles Jamall (Irricca) Brightharp, Robert Rashad Brightharp, MD, Shayla Hightower, and Terrance Taipa (Shannon) Brightharp; two brothers, Robert (Katie) Brightharp, Jr., Rev. Dr. John R. (Brenda) Brightharp; four sisters, Blanche B. Reynolds, Rev. Dr. Sallie B. (Calvin "Leon") Cooks, Beverly Brightharpp and Phoebe B. (Deon) Dunbar: sisters-in-law, Dorothy T. Dunn, Martha T. Williams, Dr. Myrtis Y. Brightharp-Walker, Linda Turner, and Elizabeth T. Wheeler; brothers-in-law, Willie J. (Janice) Turner, Robert (Gail) Turner, Jr., Calvin Turner and David Smith; 8 grandchildren, one great grandchild, a devoted friend, Ruby B. Cain, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Herbert H. Greene M.D.

Dr. Herbert H. Greene of Miami, Florida passed away on December 25, 2020.  Funeral services were held on January 8th at Christ Fellowship Church, Palmetto Bay, Florida.

Dr. Greene was the oldest of three children born to Daniel and Elnora Green in Roanoke, AL. He graduated from Talladega College in 1955 and Howard University College of Medicine in 1959.

In 1958, he married Vivian M. Buggs and this union bore three sons. He served as a medical officer in the United States Navy and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital - Flint, MI. Dr. Greene moved to Richmond Heights and opened his private practice in 1964. In 1970 he joined two other doctors to form South Florida Emergency Physicians Group which staffed the doctors for the Emergency Room at Baptist Hospital. He practiced in the Emergency Department until he retired in 1998.

Dr. Greene served as Chair of Baptist Health Medical Group Board of Directors, on the Baptist Health Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Homestead Hospital. He was a charter member and Deacon at Second Baptist Church of Richmond Heights and served the last 20 years faithfully in ministry at Christ Fellowship. He was recognized by numerous medical and civic organizations and was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc for over 65 years.

Dr. Greene is survived by his wife Vivian, three sons: Herbert (Pamela Perry), Jeffrey (Dr. Toya Dotson) and Howard (Natalia Chin) and nine grandchildren: Jordan, Charmaine, Solomon, Nicholas (deceased), Joel, Christen, Kayla, Grace, Kyle and Emmanuel.


Charles Hunter, Jr.

Charles Hunter Jr. of Houston, Texas died on November 30, 2020. Private funeral services were held on December 9th at Carl Barnes Funeral Home in Houston.

Charles was born on June 15, 1947 in Selma, Alabama. He was the only child of Charles “Charlie” Hunter Sr. and Lillie Belle Burroughs Hunter. Charles was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of an Eagle Scout. He was educated in the Mobile, Alabama public school system and graduated from Central High School in 1965. He then attended Talladega College and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While there he met the love of his life, Jewell Thompson. Charles and Jewell married in July 1969. To this union two sons were born, Charles Hunter III and Vernon David Hunter.

Charles served two years in the US Army, honorably discharged in 1971. His 33-year career with Texaco, Inc included time as a Marketing Representative in Birmingham, Alabama, and as a Credit Representative in Houston. Charles retired in 2004 because of declining health.

Charles was a faithful Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was a devoted father and participated with his sons in Boy Scouts, was President of the PTO when they were in high school, and President of the Willowridge High School Band Boosters.

In 1982 Charles became a member of the Brentwood Baptist Church in Huston, Texas serving as a deacon for 13 years. He was a faithful bass in the church choir from 2006 to 2016 until his health no longer permitted him to continue. He Traveled with the Senior Adult Ministry and went on numerous trips around the United States.

Charles leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Jewell Thompson Hunter; sons, Charles Hunter III (Shondra) and Vernon Hunter (Timberly Gilford); brother, Kayser “Billy” Dunning (Helen); sisters, Bobbie Jean Blount (Wilson), Martha P. Beard (Savoyd) and Rose James; grandchildren, Karell, Kaya, Dayja, and Brea Hunter; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and “extended family friends”.


Shirley Ann Simmons-Sims

Shirley Ann Simmons-Sims died on October 26, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama.  Graveside services were held on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Pine Hill Memorial Park.

Shirley Ann Simmons-Sims was born on August 3, 1945, in Talladega, AL. She was the oldest child of Robert Simmons and Erie M. Simmons. Shirley attended Talladega City Schools, graduating from Westside High School in 1963. In 1967 she graduated from Talladega College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Shirley earned a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama; a Special Education AA degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama; Educational Specialist (ED.S) degree from Jacksonville State University. She did additional studies in English at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

In her career Ms. Simmons-Sims served as an English and Social Studies teacher and Chair of the Special Education Department for the Talladega City Board of Education as well as Adjunct Professor of English at Talladega College. Ms. Simmons-Sims was a member of numerous educational, civic, social, and religious organizations. She served on the Talladega City Board of Education as Chair from August, 1999-2019.

On November 18, 1989 she married Horace Edgar Sims of Ashland, AL. They were married for 27 years. Ms. Simmons-Sims was a member of the Mount Canaan Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Mass and Inspirational Choirs, Deaconess and Assistant Sunday School and Bible Study teacher.

Shirley Simmons-Sims is survived by three sisters: Pearl Elaine Smith of Lincoln, AL; Deborah Simmons-Jones (Houston) of Talladega, AL; and Mary Oden of Talladega, AL; a brother, Michael Swain of Virginia; adopted son, Dr. William David Scott of Atlanta, GA; a special friend and teacher, Mrs. Rachel Pace-Jones, of Atlanta, GA, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, god children, cousins, other relatives, and cherished friends.


Rinzee Stansberry, Sr.

Rinzee Lee Stansberry, Sr.  died on October 27th, 2020. Graveside services were held on October 31st in Newberry, South Carolina.

Rinzee Stansberry was born December 20, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Daisy C. Moore and Luke Stansberry.  A product of the Indianapolis Public School System, Rinzee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College in 1991. He was inducted in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1989. Rinzee attended Miami University in Oxford, OH and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio where he completed graduate course work towards a Master of Divinity degree. While at Talladega College he met the love of his life, Pamela Andra Daffin of Linden, AL.  They were married on May 9, 1992 at Jacob’s Chapel CME Church in Talladega, AL. Their union was blessed with three children.

After entering the Ministry in 1996, he served as an Associated Minister at Union Baptist Church (Columbia, SC), Zion Baptist Church (Lebanon, OH), and the Brookland Baptist Church (West Columbia, SC).  In 2015, Rev. Stansberry became the Pastor of New Enoree Baptist Church, Newberry, SC.  He was also past under-shepherd of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ridgeway, SC.  Over the years, Rev. Stansberry has been active in Prison, Brotherhood, Christian Education, and Preaching Ministries.

Reverend Stansberry had over 28 years of professional experience in Information Technology including his service as Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Miami University, Oxford, OH; IT Manager at NCR Corporation, Dayton, OH; Teradata Specialist at Teradata Corporation, Columbia, SC; Independent Verification and Validation Consultant at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; and IT Program Manager at the South Carolina Judicial Department, Columbia, SC.

Rinzee Stansberry was an extraordinary husband, father, friend, and minister of the gospel. Reverend Stansberry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pamela; two daughters, Briana Ulaire Stansberry, and Kimberly Andra Stansberry; a son, Rinzee Lee Stansberry, Jr.; mother, Daisy C. Moore of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister, Jacqueline Young of Indianapolis; Dr. John Stansberry (Debra) of Gaithersburg, Maryland;  James Moore of Oakland, California; trusted companion, Lady "Pup Pup" Stansberry; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Dr. Charles B. Fancher, Sr., Class of 1941

NASHVILLE, TN —Influential Higher Education Leader, Dr. Charles B. Fancher, Sr., age 99, was born October 19, 1920 and transitioned peacefully on Monday, October 5, 2020, two weeks before his 100th birthday. He graduated from Talladega College in 1941, and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Fancher, a native of Brighton, Alabama, was deeply involved in his adopted city. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill and was ordained as a Deacon in 1987 and served on numerous church committees.

Following a career in higher education that spanned nearly 30 years, Dr. Fancher retired in 1985 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Tennessee Board of Regents, which governs 40 colleges and other post-secondary institutions across the state.

His service at the Board of Regents included a leadership role in one of the most consequential events in Tennessee higher education history. Between 1977 and 1979, he oversaw the complex, and often contentious, federal court-ordered merger of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville. The merger, which was closely observed in national higher education circles and reported in national news media, was unusual because it was one of the rare situations in which a historically Black university emerged as the surviving institution.

Prior to joining the Board of Regents, Dr. Fancher served as Interim President of Tennessee State University after holding a series of other leadership positions of increasing responsibility at TSU, beginning in 1962 as Coordinator of Student Teaching. He was subsequently named Assistant Dean of Faculty, Dean of Faculty, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Fancher is survived by his wife of 73 years, Dr. Evelyn Pitts Fancher; two sons, Charles B. Fancher, Jr., of Sciota, Pennsylvania, and Mark P. Fancher, of Ypsilanti, Michigan; a daughter, Adrienne L. Fancher, of Nashville, Tennessee; and a grandson, Toussaint B. Fancher, of Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is also survived by two sisters, Mildred (Fancher) Cross, of Bessemer, Alabama, and Jacqueline (Fancher) Edwards, of Birmingham, Alabama.

A Celebration of Life service was held Monday, October 12, 2020 at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill.

Audrey Christler Reynolds, Class of 1965

Audrey C. Reynolds was born in Atlanta, GA on April 13, 1944.  She attended Washington High School, graduating in 1961.  Audrey was an excellent student, a musician and member of the high school marching band.   Following high school, she attended Talladega College, graduating with a degree in Mathematics in 1965. While at Talladega she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Alpha Zeta Chapter.

Audrey pursued her graduate education at Howard University where she earned a master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Technology in 1968. She met her husband, the late Dr. Terry James Reynolds, while she was enrolled at Howard.   Audrey started her professional career as a computer programmer for IBM. She was one of only two Black female computer programmers in the Riverdale, Maryland office.   During her tenure at IBM her husband Terry completed dental school.  Audrey and Terry relocated to Sacramento, California, then to Atlanta, Georgia.  Audrey was a chaperone and volunteer with various organizations that her daughter, Stacy participated in from elementary school throughout high school. After Stacy finished college, Audrey began a full-time teaching career in Mathematics at Grady High School in Atlanta. After retiring in May 2009, Audrey took the new role of grandmother to her beloved grandson, Austin. Whether listening to music, dining out, shopping, or spending time with friends, she lived her life to her fullest.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving daughter, Dr. Stacy Terrelle Reynolds; grandson, Austin Reynolds Kinlaw; sister in law Karla Stringfellow; cousins Mignon Morman Willis (Bill), Shelia Williams and Wanda Smith; nieces Regina Christler and Ante’ Stringfellow; nephew William Stringfellow; great niece Yael Jones; and a host of devoted friends, family and caregivers.

Her Celebration of Life Service was held October 29, 2020 in the Chapel of Smith, Dennis-Smith Funeral Home In Atlanta.

Otis Holloway Owens, Class of 1958

Otis Holloway Owens passed away September 7, 2020 following a long illness.  Her Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, September 19th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, Florida.

Otis was born on January 29, 1937 in Tuskegee, Alabama.  She spent her early years in Union Springs and Mount Meigs, Alabama.  She graduated from Southern Normal School, one of the state’s few accredited high schools for black children.  Following graduation Otis attended Talladega College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in History.  Otis spent the summer of 1960 at Howard University where she did graduate work in the School of Education.  She earned a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Syracuse University.

Otis‘ early professional career included time as the Director of Counseling and Residential Living for the Women’s Job Corps Center in Charleston, West Virginia. and as Inspector for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, DC.  Her family moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she served as an associate in the Institute of Higher Education Research and Services.  In 1984 Otis and her family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. There she was employed by the University of North Florida as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.  She retired in 2002.

Otis is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dr. Charles E. Owens, her son Bryant H. Owens (Maria), a sister Florence Marie Perry (Bertram), granddaughter Mya M. Owen,  grandson Maxwell H. Owens, stepsons Chris Owen (Lynn) and Charles Owens (Thila), Step-grandchildren CJ ,Aaron, and Ben.  She is also survived by countless other relatives, students, and friends.


Mary Alyce Martin Baughman, Class of 1949

Mary Alyce Martin Baughman passed away on August 23, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Her Celebration of Life service was held in Cincinnati, Ohio at Carmel Presbyterian Church.

Mary Alyce Martin was born September 11, 1928 in Covington, Kentucky.  Her life reflected a strong commitment to excellence, faith and service.  From an early age Mary Alyce was known for her intellect, photographic mind and as a gifted pianist.  In high school she advanced two grade levels and graduated as valedictorian in 1945. She then attended Talladega College on a full scholarship graduating magna cum laude in 1949. While there she pledged Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.   Mary Alyce received her Master’s in Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1963 and spent 35 years serving the school system as a teacher, vocational coordinator, guidance counselor, assistant principal and grants administrator.  She also had the distinction of being the first woman appointed principal of a secondary school in the Cincinnati Public School district.  She received numerous awards for her service to church, community and youth including:  The Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Friends of the Amistad, The Kentucky House of Representatives and The Ohio General Assembly.  She was also appreciative of her designation as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor for an individual’s outstanding service to community, state and nation.  As well, she held dear being named a Legendary Lion by the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio as a leader who changed the face of the region by their words, actions and deeds.

Mary Alyce was married to loving husband, Anderson Louis Baughman Jr. (deceased), and was mother to five adoring daughters who all attended HBCUs:  Lynne Carol Baughman Wells, Angela Baughman Bowie – Dega‘76 (David-Dega’74), Beverly Baughman Mallory – Dega ‘78, Adriane Baughman Alexander (Frankie) and Patrice Baughman Borders, Esq. – Dega ’86 (Keith).  Cherishing her memory are her daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, sons-in-law, extended family and a host of friends.

Aaron Harris, Class of 1952

Aaron Harris, age 89, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on May 13, 2020 spending his last weeks surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Moses and Fannie Harris. He attended Parker High School, graduated from Talladega College in 1952 and married Edna Mabel Turner at the Mother AME Zion Church in Harlem, New York. He is a proud lifetime member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., pledging the Gamma Psi chapter in 1950.

Mr. Harris served in the armed forces as an intelligence officer during the Korean War. He later attended Columbia University to obtain his Master's degree in library sciences, and continued his studies at Princeton University in management. He worked for IBM Corp. in San Jose, California as both a technology manager and educator, leading the team that developed the computer systems used for several moon missions, and leading the education program for managers throughout the entire company. Mr. Harris is listed in Who's Who in America for his societal contributions.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin Harris and Edwin Harris; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Harris; grandchildren, Aaron, Adam, Alisa and Andrew Harris. Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his wife, Edna. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Michelle Andrews Foster, Class of 1978

Michelle Andrews Foster, Class of 1978, passed away on February 10, 2020.   Memorial service was held on Monday, February 17th, at Nazaree Full Gospel Church, Mobile, Alabama.

Michelle was born on October 6, 1956 to the union of Dr. William Wallace Andrews, III and Mrs. Nancy Mildred Butler Andrews in Tampa, Florida. Michelle was the third child of four daughters: Johna, Lillian, and Sharon. She graduated from H. B. Plant High School in 1974.

Michelle followed in the family tradition and attended Talladega College. There, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. At Talladega College, she met the love of her life, Dr. Kendal Irwin Foster. Their union was blessed with three devoted children, Kendal Irwin Jr., Michael Andrew, and Kelli Michelle, who were her pride and joy. These college sweethearts celebrated life to the fullest for their 41 years of marriage.

Michelle was a devoted wife and mother. She worked as a teacher, raised her children, and furthered her education at University of Michigan-Flint.  In July 1985, the family moved to Mobile, Alabama and made it home. Michelle began her long career of over 30 years managing Dr. Foster’s medical practice, from 1985 until her retirement in July 2019.

Michelle was very active in professional, civic, social and religious organizations. Her affiliations include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated, The Order of Mardi Gras Maskers, Incorporated, and Jack and Jill of America. She was a loyal member of Franklin Street Baptist Church, and a patron of the arts. She sang in the church choir and with Bella Voce. Her life was grounded in commitment to her church, charitable organizations, and community service. Michelle served humanity in a special way.

She leaves to cherish her memory and continue her legacy: her loving husband, Kendal I. Foster, M.D.; three children, Kendal Irwin Foster, Jr., Michael Andrew Foster, and Kelli Michelle Foster Makerson (Dr. Reginald); two grandchildren Kendal Irwin Foster, III and Ava Grace Foster; a grandpuppy Bailey; three sisters Johna Andrews Treadwell (Garold), Lillian Andrews Ponquinette, and Dr. Sharon Andrews Gray (Stanley); one aunt Gloria Adams Andrews; two nieces Kathryn Treadwell and Lindsey Marcie Harding; one nephew, Atty William “Billy” Treadwell; two godsons Kerry Bush, Jr. and Julian Little; one godbrother, Burton Maben (Nancy); and a host of cousins, Gayle Andrews, Sybil Kay Andrews, Dr. Susan Andrews Blanchette, C. Blythe Andrews (Sylvia), Dr. Nancy Andrews Collins, Cheryl Jones Byrd, Rhonda Jones, Nancy Jones, Marissa Marion, Garland Butler, Barbara Glaude, Julius Foster (Angelica), Cleta Catherine Burns (Alton), Raymond Foster (Faye), Marvin Foster, Bernadette Smalls (Michael), Tilda Foster, Fran Foster, Sandra Foster (Watson), Ray Olivet Richardson, Kim Washington, Lisa Washington, Keith Hylton (Maria), Kevin Hylton (Emmy), William Miller, and Crystal Kelly; and a multitude of friends, both near and far.


Johnnie Ann Brown Henderson, class of 1965

Johnnie Ann Brown Henderson, class of 1965, passed away on October 30, 2019.  Funeral services were held November 9th at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

Johnnie Ann was the eldest of two daughters of Leslie E. and Johnnie Bertha Brown.  She was an avid reader, an excellent student, and an accomplished pianist.  She graduated with honors from the historic Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama.  In the fall of 1961, she enrolled at Talladega College where she continued to excel.  She was named to the “Who’s Who” society and joined other high achieving young women of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.  At Talladega she met her classmate and future husband, Jesse Henderson.  She graduated with honors in May 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Later she did graduate work at Bryn Mawr College.

If 1968, following a brief stint as a math teacher, Johnnie Ann went to work for IBM in its Federal Systems Division (FSD) in Endicott, New York. She was quickly promoted to Associate Programmer.  The company increased her responsibilities and transferred her to IBM FSD in Houston.  There her team performed groundbreaking, award-winning work to support the Johnson Space Center’s Onboard Space Shuttle operations. During her long IBM career she witnessed the evolution of technology from punch cards system to interactive programming.

In the winter of 1982, she traveled to Europe with the Bay Area Chorus, an organization that she joined in 1978. This trip sparked a love of travel that led to many other exciting trips with her choirs, friends, and family.  Her other travels included trips to West Africa, South Africa, Hawaii, and across the continental United States.

Johnnie Ann Henderson’s life was a life well lived.  She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter Teresa L. Henderson; her sister Alice G. Walker; nieces Nichole M. Garner and Natalie M. Walker; two first cousins Horace Huntly and Patricia Lewis; numerous other relatives and friends, and members of the Talladega College family.


Ray Griffin, class of 1971

Ray (Babe Ray) Griffin, class of 1971, passed away on September 5, 2019.   Funeral services were held on September 14th at the Christian Life Church in Eufaula, Alabama.

Ray was the son of Ida Bell and Francis Griffin of Eufaula.  He attended Dr. T.V. McCoo High School in Barbour County, Alabama. He was part of the class that integrated Eufaula High School, graduating in 1967.  In the fall of that year he enrolled at Talladega College, earning the Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Social Studies.  While at Talladega, Ray was inducted into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Following a stint in the United States Army Ray attended Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where he earned a Master of Education Degree in Social Studies and a Master of Business Administration.

After serving in the U.S. Army Ray joined the Alabama National Guard where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant.  Ray was employed as one of the first African American salesmen with Phillip-Morris International. He also worked as a warden in the Georgia Correctional System.  When he retired from the National Guard he returned to Eufaula where he taught at Eufaula High School, while continuing his family legacy of farming. During this time Ray reunited with and married his high school classmate and friend, Dorothy Stanford.

Ray leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 17 years, Dorothy;  three daughters;  Vivian Richardson, Chacasglo Ferguson (Cecil), and Andrea; one son, Evan; eight grandchildren; Jewell Caden, Sienna , Jordan, Aubriny, Londen, Paris, and Ziveon; two great grandchildren; Aubria and Ayven; his mother, Mrs. Ida Bell Griffin; siblings;  Betty,  Shirley Thompson (Adolphus), William E. (Diane), Sandra Mahoney (Charles), Ida Agee (Ronald),  Jacob (Pearla),  and Antonio (Deriea). Also mourning his death are a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, students, friends, church family, and Talladegans.

Fannie Ella Frazier Hicklin, PhD

Fannie Ella Frazier Hicklin, PhD, of Madison, passed away at home on October 18, 2019 while under Agace HospiceCare. She was born on July 21, 1918 in Talladega, AL, the daughter of Demus and Willie (Pulliam) Frazier.

Fannie was a very well-educated woman. She graduated from Talladega College with a B.A. in Foreign Language. She then received her M.A. in Speech from the University of Michigan, and went on to get her PhD in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She spent her professional life as an educator, teaching at high schools in both Vicksburg, MS and Charleston, SC. Fannie was a professor at the Tuskegee Institute, and Alabama A&M College.  In 1964 She became the first African-American professor at UW-Whitewater. She also served as an administrator there before retiring in 1988.  In 1996 The Whitewater campus dedicated the Hicklin Studio Theatre in her honor.

In her spare time, Fannie had many interests. She was a world traveler, who traveled both domestically and internationally and had visited over 42 countries. She was active in many organizations over the years including; the Friendship Force of Wisconsin, UW-Whitewater Board of Visitors, the State Historical Society (past president), FRIENDS of the State Historical Society, Professional Fraternity Association (past national president), Madison Civics Club (past chair), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (past president of two graduate chapters), Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (past vice chair), Zeta Phi Eta National Professional Fraternity in Communications Arts and Sciences (past president), Board of Directors Fairhaven Retirement Community, and First Congregational Church (past moderator).

A memorial service to honor Dr. Hicklin's life will be held in spring.

Jeanette H. Judkins, Class of 1954

Jeanette Higgins Judkins passed on October 12, 2019. Funeral services were held October 24,2019, at St. Albans Congregational Church, UCC, in New York.   Jeanette grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and was the oldest of four children. Her leadership ability and dedication to service were evident at an early age as she made time to participate in church work while excelling in school.  Following her high school career, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Talladega College, where she graduated with honors in 1954.    Mrs. Judkins furthered her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earning a Master of Library Science degree.

Jeanette started her professional career at the Brooklyn Public Library.  She worked in a myriad of positions during her forty-three-year tenure, eventually becoming Chief of Branch Administration with responsibilities overseeing services at fifty-eight branch libraries through the borough.  She held memberships in professional library organizations and was a consultant on funding projects to the New York State Library systems.

Mrs. Judkins always loved and supported Talladega College. She initiated countless fundraisers for the institution and served as a board member of the national alumni association.   She was an active, reliable member of the Greater New York Chapter of the association.  Jeanette was equally dedicated to St. Albans Congregational Church, where she served as a trustee, served in its Archives and Lay Worship Ministries, and worked on special projects.  Her extensive service was recognized when she was honored as Woman of the Year and inducted into the church’s Heritage Hall of Fame.  Late in her retirement she provided start-up funding and served as coordinator for the Because We Care Food Pantry and Clothing Boutique in the Southeast Queens community —an organization with 100+ volunteers.

Jeanette Higgins Judkins will be sorely missed by family, friends, community associates, and her Talladega College family.


Angylean V. Smith, PhD. Class of 1965,

September 14, 1943   --   September 25, 2019

Angelean V. Smith, adoringly called “Angie”, passed on September 25, 2019. Funeral services were held in her hometown on October 3, 2019. Angie lived to celebrate her 76thbirthday on September 14th.  Dr. Smith grew up in Douglasville, Georgia,   graduating from R.L. Cousins High School in 1961. The following fall she enrolled at Talladega College, graduating in 1965.  Angie attended Atlanta University, and Emory University where she earned the Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies. She completed additional studies at the University of South Carolina and the Universite’ de Dijon in Dijon, France. She later taught English and French.


Dr. Angelean Smith spent 35 years teaching at different levels - at Martin County junior & senior High Schools (Florida); R. L. Cousins High School (Georgia); Port Salerno High School (Florida); Claflin College (South Carolina); and at Lithia Springs High School (Georgia) where she spent 22 years.  After her retirement in 2003, she sponsored book scholarships for seven graduating seniors at Lithia Springs.  Dr. Angelean Smith was valedictorian of her class at R.L. Cousins High School, where she also served as recording secretary, and later as Reunion President. She was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1964-1965 while at Talladega College; Outstanding Young Women of America in 1978; Lithia Springs High School Teacher of the Year in 1987; Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2002; and Lithia Springs High School Star Teacher in 2003. She joined the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. at Talladega College and was a charter member of the Douglas- Carroll- Paulding Counties Alumnae Chapter where she remained active until she passed. She was also a member of the Lithia Spring High School Retired Educators, Douglas County Retired Educators Association, Georgia Educators Association, and West Metro NAACP. Angie stayed true to her nature as she mentored and always encouraged the youth in the community where she grew and thrived.


Robert S. Knight, D.D.S., Class of 1949.

We recently received word of the death of Talladegan Robert S. Knight, D.D.S., who passed away on July 20, 2019.

Robert Stanley Knight was born on August 10, 1929, in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in Athens, Georgia.  Dr. Knight attended Talladega College and was a member of the graduating class of 1949. After graduation he enrolled at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree.  Dr. Knight served in the United States Army as a dental officer with postings around the country and overseas in Okinawa, Japan. He retired from the United States Army Reserves in 1989 having achieved the rank of Colonel. 

Dr. Knight was employed at Howard University for three decades. During that tenure he served as a professor, associate dean of Student Affairs, and dean of the College of Dentistry.  He retired in 1995.

Dr. Knight is survived by his wife of 63 years Patricia Tyler Knight; their children Lynn, (Markus Bussmann), Robert, (Janet), Joan and Stephen (Vanessa); grandchildren: Chanel, Tyler, Christopher, Gregory and Rebecca; and loving relatives.

A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, August 24, in Dunbarton Chapel at the Howard University School of Law. 



Mary Turner Brightharp, Class of 1976, passed on December 18, 2018. Mrs. Brightharp resided in Trenton, South Carolina with her husband, Charles, a 1974 graduate of Talladega College. She formerly served as Director of Social Services & Activities along with Discharge Planning for Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield, South Carolina.




Jesse Henderson Sr., Class of 1965
Jesse Henderson departed this life on July 28, 2017.  His many years of invaluable time, talent and treasure dedicated to Talladega College included service as President of the Greater Washington, DC Chapter of TCNAA, TCNAA Eastern Region Member-at-Large and TCNAA President.  Jesse is the only National Alumni President to have served beyond the prescribed tenure, and that, as a decision of the Board.  He was a member of the College Board of Trustees in the position of National Alumni President and was elected to continue on the Trustee Board beyond that time.  He was an aggressive and successful fundraising champion whose efforts motivated other alumni to increase their giving.  Mr. Henderson spent 18 months as a volunteer staff person for the Office of Enrollment Management at the College.  In July 2011, Jesse was presented the Alumni Association's highest honor: the Franklin W. Thomas Outstanding Alumnus Award.  In addition to his wife, Carolyn Walker Henderson, son Jesse Henderson III. and daughter Teresa Henderson, Jesse leaves a host of other relatives, fellow alumni and Trustee Board members, former co-workers and friends to celebrate a life lived with exuberance.  A memorial service is planned for September 30 at St. James United Methodist Church in Roswell, GA.

George A. Peasant Jr., RPh., Class of 1963
George Peasant was called to Glory on June 27, 2017.  A native of Talladega, AL, he left the College with a degree in Chemistry, and served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in Vietnam.  He graduated from Mercer University's School of Pharmacy and spent 42 years serving the Atlanta community as a pharmacist.  He was a member of the National Pharmaceutical Association, the Empire Real Estate Board, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  He leaves to cherish his memory: sons Lt. Col. George A. Peasant III (LaVivian), Patrick B. Peasant (DeNedra), a daughter Jessica P. Mncube (Nkosinathi) and stepdaughter Tongi Green, six grandchildren, a brother John M. Peasant Sr. (Carol), a sister Gloria Boyd (Robert), two nephews, two nieces and  many other devoted family members.  Friends and family celebrated his life at St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Atlanta on July 15th. 

Orpheus Lee Jones, Class of 1955
Orpheus Jones passed away during the summer of 2017 in the Los Angeles, CA area.  We will supply additional information when we are able to gather it.

Bruce S. Wallace Sr, Class of 974
Bruce was a native of Chicago.  He graduated from Talladega with a Bachelor's degree in Blind Rehabilitation.  After earning a Master's degree in Hospital Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo. Bruce worked for Veterans' Health Administration in North Chicago and at Highland Park Hospital in Highland, Il.  He ended his successful career retiring in 2006.  Bruce was the father of two sons: Bruce S. Wallace II and Khafra S. Wallace (Shannon) and beloved grandfather of three.  He married Rev. D'Jaris Canty-Wallace, Class of 1976, in 2008 and together they were active in ministry at Rice Memorial Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.  Bruce was a Stephen Ministry Leader, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American Society of Christian Counselors , Christian Community Development Association, and an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.  A memorial service was held at Rice Memorial on July 8th. 

Weldon Alexandria Beasley Davis, Ed.D,, Class of 1952
Dr. Weldon Davis devoted her life to enhancing the academic achievement of students from the public schools of Gary, Indiana to Fulton County and Gwinnett County schools in metropolitan Atlanta.  She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Lifetime Member of the NAACP, a Deaconess and a Sunday School teacher at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta.  She entered into eternal rest on May 16, 2017.  Friends and relatives gathered for a memorial service in College Park, GA on May 22nd.  Dr. Davis was preceded in death by her sister,(Williamette Beasley Moore) and her brother (Eugene "Sonny" Beasley.  She leaves to celebrate her life a son, Robert Edward Davis III (Daphne), a daughter, Weldon Alexandria Davis Jones (Jarvis), a sister,
Frances Beasley Peck, and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Oscar I. Hillman Jr, Class of 1972
A native of Jacksonville, FL, Oscar Hillman passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2017, in Marietta, GA. Oscar was married 44 years to his college sweetheart, Jacquelyn; Owens Hillman also a member of the class of 1972.  A devoted husband and father, he leaves to celebrate his life daughters, Cameryn Hillman Rivers of Marietta, GA and Whitni Coleman of Atlanta; a son, Irving Hillman of Los Angeles, a sister, Irvlyn Kennebrew, of Jacksonville, FL. and three grandchildren. Special tributes to Oscar's memory were presented at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, in Decatur, GA on Saturday, May 20, 2017.Alma Washington Foster, Class of 1947

Alma Foster, a native of Tarpon Springs, FL and a longtime resident of Mobile, Alabama made her transition on March 14, 2017.  She was an educator in public schools in Macon, GA, Flint Michigan, and in Mobile, AL and retired in 1994 having served as a counselor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.  Her list of memberships and honors is extensive and includes American Cancer Society Board, History Museum of Mobile Board, Symphony Concerts of Mobile Board, Charter Member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.  A Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. , she won the Sorority's Woman of the Year Award.  Alma Foster's celebration of life service was hosted by Franklin Street Baptist Church on March 25th. 

She leaves to cherish memories of  a life well lived a son, Dr. Kendal I. Foster '77 and daughter-in-law Michelle Andrews Foster '78, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren,  and a host of other loving family members and friends.


Jewell Plummer Cobb, M.D., Class of 1944
Dr. Jewell Plummer Cobb passed away at her home in Maplewood, NJ on January 1, 2017. Dr. Cobb was 92 years old. In 1981 she was appointed president of California State University, Fullerton. She was widely reported to be the first Black woman to head a major university in the western United States. After retiring from Fullerton she was president emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles until 2004 when she relocated to the East Coast. She leaves to celebrate her life one son, Jonathan and many friends and admirers.


James Marshall Jones, Jr., M.D., Class of 1950
Dr. Jones, an accomplished physician, served the Winston-Salem community for 42 years.  He was an active member of several organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Boule, Old North State Medical Society and Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church where he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for many years.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Butler Jones, also of the class of 1950.  Dr. Jones' life was celebrated at Goler Metropolitan on January 12th.  He leaves to cherish his memory daughters Cheryl Jones (Charles) Byrd '77, Rhonda Jones Scott, and Nancy Lynne Jones, 3 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.


Carl Barbaran, Class of 2014
Carl Barbaran was a trumpet player and music arranger for the Talladega College Marching Band. He made his transition on December 24, 2016


Roslyn Smith Jackson, Class of 1967
Roslyn Smith Jackson passed from this life at North Shore Hospital, Miami on December 24, 2016. Roslyn was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Eta Phi Beta Sorority and served as treasurer for the South Florida Chapter of the Alumni Association. Her funeral service was held on December 30th at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hillandale, Florida.


Mattie King Washington, Class of 1939
Mattie Washington made her transition in October in Detroit. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence, also an alumnus. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Michael (class of ’78) and granddaughters Dianne Brown and Nancy Austin who are both alumni.


Felicia Hill Boykin, Class of 1990
Felicia Hill-Boykin passed away on September 26, 2016. Minister Felicia, a member of Faith Chapel Christian Center, Birmingham since November 2000 leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Philip and daughter, Morgan Robinson.

Jacquelyn Stephens, Class of 1972
Jackie Stephens entered into eternal rest on September 12, 2016 having valiantly battled cancer. Her home going service was held at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Among other family and friends who will miss her loving spirit, Jackie leaves one son.