In Memory

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The following is the memory list for our fellow bridge players who have passed on.




August 6, 2013 Harry Butcher Born August 17, 1932, Harry worked at Teledyne Brown with the Apollo Program and Ballistic Missile Defense before retiring.  He enjoyed bridge and always had a smile for everyone.
March 29, 2013 Antoinette "Toni"  Reynolds Born Sept. 15, 1929, Toni was a lifetime volunteer and advocate for Huntsville. She served on the Board of the International Services Council for 45 years hosting numerous State Department visitors, as well as numerous other efforts.  She always brightened the game of bridge for partners and opponents.  We will miss her.
January 13, 2013 Richard Jess Born September 27, 1924, and raised in the Bronx, he was a gunner on a WWII bomber.  An avid bridge player, he had a sharp whit, and outstanding card sense.  He built a career as a self-taught business man. Worked for Benham Corporation in Scottsboro, managed Shainberg's Department Store in Parkway City, owner of Jess Fabrics in The Mall, and helped at his daughterís store, Wood Floors and More. He was executive director of the LIFT Housing Program, which located salvageable homes, oversaw renovation, lobbied for funds and helped families on the verge of homelessness get re-established. He leaves behind 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
April 28, 2012 Richard (Dick) Dillard Dick, born Feb. 16, 1930 was 82.  He was an easy going bridge player and director who enjoyed following a detailed suite of conventions!  He also loved playing tennis and skeet shooting as well as hunting. Mr. Dillard was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and he was a graduate of Millsap's college in Jackson, Mississippi.  We'll miss him!
July 10, 2011 Ruth-anne Sanders Born July 31, 1921, Ruth-anne retired from the government in 1975, made life master and also enjoyed her Japanese and rose gardens, crossword puzzles, opera, family and friends.
April 6, 2011 Valery Styles Valery, born 18Oct1920 in PA, had careers in nursing & education.  She was principal of a Texas Catholic grade school for 25 years.  An interesting bridge player with a sharp wit, she will be missed.
November 8, 2010 Edith Sparkman Edith left us Monday, she was 82.  She'll be missed!
Dec 31, 2009 Anne Badgett  Anne Bartee Badgett, 83, passed away this morning around 2 AM at Huntsville hospital.
August 13, 2009 Ralph Boles Jr. Ralph had health problems for as long as I knew him, finally loosing the battle Thursday at age 65.  Although he didn't get a chance to play often in the last few years, he seemed to really enjoy the challenge and comradery of the game.  He leaves behind a wife and son who have also developed a love for bridge.
Aug 2, 2009 Erskine "Smitty" Smith Smitty, 86, left us early Sunday morning. A retired Army Colonel, he exuded quiet competence and friendliness to all who played at the Smith's table.
April 26, 2009 Jerome Gospodarek Jerome, 68 battled health problems for as long as we all knew him, finally loosing the battle at home. He had a sweet smile and great sense of humor.  We'll miss him.
Mar 20, 2008 Margaret Lee Margaret, 85 of Fayetteville, TN died peacefully Thursday around 7:30 pm.
Oct 21, 2007 Jeraldene Abraham Jeri, 73 finally lost her long and heroic battle against breast cancer.  She grew up in Elkfort and Lexington, Ky and attended the University of Kentucky. A Huntsvillian since 1963, she was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother, homemaker, talented artist and  bridge player. We'll miss her.
July 31, 2007 Judith Jones Judy lost her battle with cancer. She liked to play bridge but the outdoors was her passion.  She was always happiest when she was out going somewhere or hiking.  She was active in the Sierra Club.
Dec 2, 2006 Erlene Singleton Meyers Erline, 81, of Huntsville died Saturday.  She suffered from Emphysema and cancer.  Erline directed many of the bridge games during the 1980's and will be missed!
Nov 7, 2006 Bill Huber Bill, 75 died following a battle with pancreatic cancer and a severe stoke.  Born in Chicago, he graduated from Univ of Illinois. 

After serving in the Air Force, he joined the von Braun team becoming a charter member of Marshall Space Flight Center.  He helped design large launch vehicles & served as the project manager of the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle, retiring in 1994.

Other interests outside of bridge included: skiing, volunteer driver for Trinity Methodist Church travel program, board member for the Huntsville Botanical Garden and supporting the UAH Lifetime Learning activity.

Sep 16, 2006
W. Curtis Brummitt Curtis, 75, of Florence, Ala., died of a stroke while attending the Tunica Mississippi Sectional. Born March 12, 1931, in Toms Creek, Va.

An avid golfer, he graduated from Berea College in Kentucky and had a masterís degree in agronomy from the University of Tennessee.

He retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after  30+ years of extending TVAís agricultural technologies across the nation, as well as Puerto Rico.  Served on TVA technical missions under U.S. Agency for International Development sponsorship in India, Latin America, the Caribbean and other developing nations.
May 6, 2006 Matsuko "Mako" Duffy Mako, 67,  of Madison died Saturday at Crestwood Hospital
  Mary Brooks Sowell  
Jan 24, 2006 William "Stan" Reynolds Stan, 80, of Huntsville passed on after a long battle with cancer.
Jan 24, 2006 Clara French Clara White French, 88, of Athens died Tuesday at Limestone Health Facility.
Dec 31, 2009 Anne Badgett  Anne Bartee Badgett, 83, passed away this morning around 2 AM at Huntsville hospital.