Combs Amerson--I live
in Union Chapel with my husband L.J. I have 3 stepsons and Mark,
the youngest, lives with us. My mother Helen Combs still lives in
Dora at the old home place. I graduated from Dora in 1967.
I have 2 high school memories--Graduation night--I was born with
Cerebral Palsy which affected my legs-and I wore leg braces and
crutches but most of the time I had to have 2 people help me walk.That
night, I led the graduation class coming into the gym with Billy
Joe Cummings on one side of me and Mike Prince on the other side
of me. Boy, I had reached one of my goals in life, to graduate from
High School and Glen Gant giving me my diploma! Another memory is
going to the Beta Club Conventions with Mrs. Josephine Andrews and
her husband, Paul.
I had no favorite teacher--all of my teachers were great and I was
treated no different than any other student--as far as learning
, grades or anything else.
This is what I wanted to be treated like "everyone
There were (and still are) great people who attended Dora High School---in
attending school with my classmates and other students, I was taught
that a person with a handicap didn't have to be treated as such--I
was one of the gang!!
I am semi-retired. I went to Jeff. State Jr. College, University of
Montevallo and received a double major in Speech Pathology and Psychology.
I worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for the Walker County Board
of Education for 27 years. I came out of retirement to work for the
Board as a Contract SLP for the County School System. The reason I
went into speech pathology is as a child, I would go to the CP telethons
in Birmingham and be a theme child. I often sat with the adults or
children that had Cerebral Palsy and I could understand what they
said. God opened the door for me to let me know what I needed to do
with my life. I wanted to help people like I had been helped throughout
my life. I have not regretted my decision on my career for one minute.
It has been very rewarding!
My parents were and are still my heros. Dad died 10 years ago and
Mother is still in Dora. They instilled in me that I was no different
than anyone else just because I walked different. They taught me courage,
understanding and the meaning of determination in order to succeed
in life and to try and never give up. I followed their advice...I
tried, and I did succeed. Yes, my parents were and still are my heroes!!!!
I am doing what I wanted to do--and I am still fulfilling my dreams
I want to be remembered as Sandy Combs who never let anything get
in her way--she met everything and every obstacle head on--showing
determination, understanding and love for her family and friends and
or any person she came to know.
I love to talk and anyone who knows me knows THAT. I enjoy getting
on the Dora High Alumni Website and look up old friends.