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Class of 1944

Gilda Johnson Gilham August 2007

Howard Griffin from the Class of 1944 passed away on December 21st 2002

Robert W. Steading passed away in 1998.

CREEL, MRS. MARY JO BARLOWE, age 79, of Graysville went to be with Jesus on Friday, February 3, 2006 at a local hospital. She was a longtime member of Graysville Church of God and a retired school teacher. Funeral services will be Monday, February 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel with Rev. Mark Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Empire Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2006 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include her husband of 58 years Charles D. Creel; sons, Charles Alan Creel and Rick J. Creek and wife, Pam. Sister, Nina K. Henderson and husband, Jim. Grandchildren: Jason, Hunter, Stone and Carman. Also many nieces, nephews and many, many dear friends. New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home, Dora 648-2323.
Published in The Birmingham News on 2/5/2006.

L.B. Owens, Former DHS Graduate Passes Away
By Lacy Barnett
L.B. Owens lived in Coon Creek. His Dad owned a store that was not far from the river. His Dad also worked for IBM.
L.B. was a terrific guy and drove the school bus, in 1943 and 1944, to and from Dora. His route also included Flat Creek after he dropped us off at Dora. We had dinner with he and his wife at the 1944 class reunion which was held in April 1993. His brother, Leon, died a couple of years ago.

OWENS, MR. LUTHER B. "LUKE", age 79, of Vestavia Hills, AL, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2006. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was employed by Alabama Power Company for 38 years. Mr. Owens was a member of the Merchant Marines and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Faye Owens; daughter, Leslie Hotzfeld (Rick); son, Ben Owens (Anne); grandchildren, Wesley Hotzfeld, Allie Hotzfeld, Luke Owens, Hannah Owens, Brandon Busby and Savannah Busby; brother, James I. Owens (Charlotte); sister-in-law, Norma Owens; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Rev. John Verciglio officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to Cahaba Heights UMC Building Fund, 3139 Cahaba Heights Road, Birmingham, AL 35243, or to the American Parkinsons Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305. Ridout's Valley Chapel Funeral Home directing.


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