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Jerry Grammer from Dora High School Class of 1959

April 7, 1942 - December 6, 2016 Jerry Grammer of Birmingham, AL passed away December 6, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by parents A.J. & Lorraine Grammer of Sumiton, Al. Jerry was born into a musical family.

By the time he was in high school he began playing with the Dixie Travelers. After attending Walker College he played trumpet and drums in various bands including The Cavemen & The Nomads supporting Charlie Rich, Dan Penn, Joe South, and many others. After a stint working on the Country Boy Eddie Show he teamed up with Jerry Woodard who had a hit with "Long Tall Texan".

They traveled the South performing for years before settling in St. Simons, GA becoming the house band for The Gilded Cage. After losing his wife to cancer he made his way back to Birmingham eventually meeting and marrying his wife, Rita. He is survived by his wife Rita Grammer; his children Jerry Grammer Jr., Kim Perrin, Lanny Grammer (Clara), Lisa Grammer Johnson (Chopper), Julie Coleman Chapman (Seth); his grandchildren Cashel Grammer, Parker Cruz, Caleb Cruz, Sarah Abigail Chapman, Coleman Chapman, Ivan Grammer, Olivia Grammer, Clinton Grammer; his sisters Barbara Smith (Jack), Patsy Shipman (Jim) Jan McCracken as well as a host of nephews, nieces, and great grand children.

Service will be officiated by Dr. Gary Fisher of South Roebuck Baptist Church. 205 Mountain Drive Birmingham, AL 35206 -



Mrs Dorothy Ellison, Beloved Teacher at Dora High School passes away

Curtis Ellison confirmed that he mother passed away last night and her funeral is being planned for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at New Horizon. There will be visitation ahead, probably from 12:30 to 2:00 but the visitation hour is not yet confirmed.
OBIT: Dorothy Iola Stanfield Ellison, age 100 formerly of Sumiton, Alabama died Friday December 9, 2016 at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing Home in Florence, Alabama. She was born October 5, 1916 in Clay County, Alabama. She was the daughter of William Stead Stanfield and Carrie Belle (Dunseith) Standfield. She was a member of the Sumiton United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities for nearly seven decades. She was a graduate from Judson College and held a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. She taught at Dora High School for thirty years before she retired in 1977, instilling a love of science in many students. She was named “Alabama Teacher of the Year” in 1959. In the same year, she was honored by McCall’s Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten teachers. 
An avid reader, Mrs. Ellison served on the Alabama Library Services Board. She chaired the Carl Elliott Regional Library Board and the Sumiton Public Library Board for many years. For her service to the Sumiton Public Library and her community, the town of Sumiton proclaimed January 16, 2011 “Dorothy Ellison Day”
Funeral service will be held Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel in Dora, Alabama. Rev. Tom Salter and Rev. Mark Adams will officiate. Burial will follow at Morgan Cemetery. Family will receive friends for visitation from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ira Ellison and son, James M. Ellison.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Curtis (Celia) Ellison of Oxford, Ohio; daughters, Anne (Lowry) Hobbs of Mooresville, North Carolina; Jeanne (Dean) Baughman of Florence, Alabama; daughter-in-law, Marguerite (James) Ellison; eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Sumiton United Methodist Church or the Sumiton Public Library.

Below are some of the comments left on Facebook for Mrs. Ellison after her death.

Karen Deaver Loved her. One of the best teachers I ever had.
Beverly Jones Moore · 35 mutual friends
One of the sweetest people I have ever known.
Gary Wells Great lady,great teacher
Ron Nesmith A fantastic lady and a great teacher. She was one of my favorite teachers in high school. Everyone loved her...
Mary Whalen · Friends with Rebecca Phillips Thomas
Such a wonderful lady. Love and Prayers.
Frances Rice Mason · 18 mutual friends
Great lady. Sorry for her family's loss.
Elesia Cordell · 98 mutual friends
Beautiful lady with such a sweet disposition. She was an inspiration and a blessing to all who knew her. Rest in peace and may God continue her familym
Denise Harden Adair When I think of Dora High School, I think of Mr. Gant and Mrs Ellison 🎓
Phil Lovelady Such a great lady and wonderful teacher. She meant so much to me.
Martha Cordell I was spoiled by being her first 2nd generation student. Loved that lady!
Sydney Mims · Friends with Janice Nesmith and 2 others
Such a special lady and teacher. She was so gracious and will be remembered with love. Praying for her loved ones today.
Ricki Patton Mrs. Ellison was a very sweet lady and a very good teacher . Anyone could see why she was so honored.



Class of 1967 Planning 50 year Reunion


The Dora High School Class of 1967 is beginning planning stages for their 50 year reunion. If you are a member of that class, please contact Bruce Capps at 205-616-3074 or 205-221-2151. Successfully planning a reunion requires a team effort so please give Bruce a call today to help make the 50 year reunion the best ever.

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