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We are sad to report the passing of members of our Alumni group. Please report any others who have passed on so that we can honor them here as well.

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James Allison "Al" Brown was born in Cordova, Tennessee on January 16, 1929 to Mr. Harry McKinley Brown and Mrs. Gypsy Oakes Brown. Mr. Brown passed away in his home on Monday, November 22, 2010 with his loving family by his side. Al Brown is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Leake Brown, two daughters, Allison Brown Coates (John) and Elizabeth Brown Dunn, and four grandchildren, Margaret Lindsey Coates, Samuel Pettus Coates, Brook Louis Dunn, and Brien Christopher Dunn. He is also survived by his brother, Harry Montague Brown (Grace) and was preceded in death by his sister, Gypsy Brown Cooley. Beloved by family and friends, Brown left a lasting legacy as an exceptional athlete, coach, and commentator. A veteran of the United States Army, Brown was an outstanding athlete at Central High School before playing baseball for then Memphis State College and the Chicago White Sox minor league system. While coaching at Central, Overton High School and Memphis State, he was a part-time baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox organization until 1978. In 1962, Brown became the Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach at Memphis State University. During those days, he was the Color Commentator for the University of Memphis for basketball, football and the Memphis Chicks Double A Baseball with WMC-TV, WKNO-TV and Radio from 1963-1996. During this time, Brown authored two books, Coaching Isn't Easy and Basic Thoughts in Coaching Baseball. Following his coaching career of 20 years, Brown was Director of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the entire Fairgrounds for 20 years. He was a founder and served 14 years with the Mid-South Stadium Managers Association. He returned to the University of Memphis in 1991 to become the Executive Director of the University of Memphis M Club (former letter winners) for 15 years. In 1984, Brown was awarded the Billy J. Murphy Award from the University of Memphis Athletic Department. He was inducted into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the College Athletic Business Managers Association in 1991. Brown is a past President and Director of the College Athletic Business Managers Association. He was President of the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame twice. Brown has been a board member for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame for 26 years. He has served as President twice and had a hand in 42 nominations that became inductees of the TSHF Hall of Fame. Brown was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

former coach


ARTHUR MOSES HULL, 68, of Memphis, retired principal of Memphis City Schools, 1960 graduate of Melrose High School, alumnus of Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., member of NAACP, National Alliance of Black School Educators, and an Exemplary Educator for the State of Tennessee, and member of The Memphis Moles and Mules, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at St. Francis Hospital. Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 3-5 p.m. at Harrison ’s Funeral Home Chapel, 2647 Carnes Avenue . Visitation, Monday, March 22, from 10-10:55 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah CME Church, 2490 Park Avenue with Funeral Ceremony at 11 a.m. where he was a member. Pastor Willie Ward officiating. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery , 5668 Poplar Avenue . He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 34 years, Everlina Hammond Hull, his daughter, Lisa Maclin (Pechone) Love, his grandson, Justin Edward Maclin, his father, Brother Moses A. Hull, his sister, Doris Hull Walker, his niece, Robin Walker Stepp, his aunt, Cora M. Cutler and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Arthur Hull.

former vice principal of Overton

Wesley Haze LINDER

WESLEY HAZE LINDER, 56, of Cordova, died Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the Regional Medical Center leaving his parents Elizabeth Archer Linder of Cordova and Richard N Linder, Sr. of Germantown. He also leaves two brothers, Richard, Jr. (Judy) and Scott (Amy); one nephew, three nieces, one great-niece and one great-nephew. Wes graduated from Overton High School and attended Memphis State University. He grew up as an active member of First Baptist Church of Memphis, later becoming active at Heartsong Methodist Church. A talented musician, much of Wes’ professional career was in the music industry.


Theresa Rose MAZZONE Newpoff

Theresa Rose Mazzone Newpoff (1972), 56, of Memphis, passed away Friday, February 25, 2011.

Daniel Merriweather


Staff Sergeant Merriweather, 25, of Collierville, TN, Killed in action in Afghanistan, January 13th, 2010.  SSG Merriweather was assigned to the assigned to the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.  SSG Merriweather was on his 3rd tour in Afghanistan, having already completed two tours, 1st in Afghanistan, then in Iraq.  He is our 13th Hero from the Memphis, TN area killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the conflicts began.
He was a graduate of Overton High School, his family then moved to west TN shortly after he graduated.  He is survived by his loving wife, Rachelle, two sons, Kale Rausch and Daniel Jr.; his sister, Adrienne; brother, Darryl Finnie Jr; parents, Pamela and Darryl.

Reported in the Commercial Appeal


Ginger Kay SANDERS Barton

Ginger Kay Sanders Barton Passed from this life on December 19, 2010, and went to be with her Heavenly Father, and her earthly father and mother and husband. She left behind two brothers, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. She was loved by all who knew her and took in every stray dog, cat, or child. Her legacy is the love that all felt for her and she will be greatly missed.


William Russell WRIGHT

WILLIAM RUSSELL WRIGHT, 61, of Memphis, passed away on March 6, 2010 in Memphis. He attended Sherwood and Messick Elementary, Colonial Jr. High and graduated from Overton High School in 1966. He enlisted in the Marines in 1967, served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He attended Memphis State University and graduated with a BFA in painting in 1978.

Mr. Wright worked for a silk-screen T-shirt company, ran a printing press at WKNO TV, was an art director for a fiber-optic sign company, worked at Art Center Supply, at later worked for FedEx Express as a technical illustrator, transferring to the Communications department where he developed web pages and e-mail announcements for FedEx management.

He was a lifetime member of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Mid South Fly Fishers, (MSFF 2000 Fly Tyer of the Year, MSFF 2006 Special Recognition Award, MSFF 2009 Life-Time Achievement Award) Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the First Marine Division Association, Webmaster for Mid-South Fly Fishers and VVA Chapter 875.

Reported in the Commercial Appeal




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