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May 19,  2019

Craig Allen Jr.

Our classmate Craig Allen Jr. died on May 17th, 2019. He was 72 years old. Craig was proceeded in death by his parents Christine Headley Allen and Craig Allen Sr. He is survived by his wife Laurie Miller Allen, sons William Miller Allen (Bethy) and Christopher Craig Allen (Stacey) and brother, Charles Headley Allen ("Chip") (Elizabeth).

Craig was born in Birmingham on March 17th, 1947 and attended local schools including: Peter Pan Kindergarten, Crestline Elementary, Mountain Brook Elementary, Mountain Brook Jr. High School, and Shades Valley High School. He attended the University of Richmond, taking time off to attend Alabama National Guard training. Craig graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity.

Upon returning home from college, he became a member of the Bachelor's Club and the German Club. He married the former Laura (Laurie) V. Miller in 1977. Craig worked in his family business Willcox and Allen with partner Charles S. Willcox. Craig was a member of Independent Presbyterian Church, Mountain Brook Club, Newcomen Society, The Club, The Redstone Club, The Birmingham Rotary Club and various history related organizations. He enjoyed his hobbies of history, music, and vintage automobiles.

A private family service will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at Independent Presbyterian Church followed by a visitation at the church from 11-12pm. Memorials may be sent to: Independent Presbyterian Church, The Birmingham Historical Society and Birmingham Jefferson Historical Society.

Published in The Birmingham News on May 19, 2019.
Read the complete online obituary and guestbook here.

70th Birthday Bash Photos

We've posted the photos from our August 5, 2017 event to the website.  See all the photos at

50th Reunion Slideshow and Photos
The 50th Reunion Slideshow is posted on our website here for all to view. I hope you will enjoy revisiting the reunion.
If anyone has any photos that are not posted please send them to
If you want a large high resolution group picture or CD of the photos that the photographer took, I have several at my house. Contact me at and I will send it to you. The group photo is $20, the CD is $20 or both together are $35.  OR, you can visit the photographer's website at to order any of the pictures (all or individuals).

I am still collecting photos from the Reunion Weekend from other classmates and would like to have yours too, so please send them via email to me and I will put them in a slideshow on the website.

Let me know if you would like to get together before the next reunion. Contact me at  to let me know your thoughts and ideas.

UNTIL THEN . . . take care, my Shades Valley friends!

Mae Bayliss Coshatt
Thank You Reunion Committee Members!

JuJu Miller Beale
Harold Ceitlin
Debby Davis Denson
Lin Griffin Halbrooks
Mike Jared
Sharon Pardue
Kay Padgett Ray
Janet Goldstein Reagan
Johnny Robinson
Carol Lee Slaughter
Linda Trotter Swalley
Phil Teninbaum

Class of 1965 Announcements

50th Edition of 1965 Tower
If you were unable to attend the reunion, please open the Reservation Form because there is a place where you can order a copy of the 50th Edition of the 1965 Tower memory book.
There is also a place where you can make a small donation to keep the website open for the coming years.  Any amount you would like to donate will be greatly appreciated. Just add it to your check. Our website gives us a place to view the pictures from all of our reunions as well as to read class news and announcement.
We want to add a website picture gallery of families and friends through the years, not just at reunion time. It will be a great way to keep up with our Shades Valley “family”.
If you did not fill out your Bio Form on the website, please do so. Even though the memory book has been printed, we want to include bio and contact information updates to our password protected Classmates Only Section on the website. See below.

Updates to Classmates Only Page

We've added a PDF version of The 1965 Tower Yearbook to the website in a Password Protected section, along with the 1965 Tower 50th Reunion Edition memory book and recent bio/contact updates after publication.  Go to this page to sign in as follows:

Website Updates

Our website includes pages for News, post Reunion Information, Updating Your Classmate Directory & Bio Listing, Classmates - Lost & Found, and In Memoriam, just to name a few.  New information is added on a regular basis.  Visit today!

Missing Classmates
We have contacted as many of our classmates as possible but some are still “missing”.  We need you to help us find email addresses and contact information for Missing Classmates listed at  If you know how to contact any of the missing classmates, send data to .

Comments & Feedback
Let us know how we're doing. Send your comments, suggestions and photos to the Reunion Committee in care of Mae Bayliss Coshatt at  or call 205.967.9491. 

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