The youngest has gone on to become a nurse anesthetist and has recently been accepted into a doctorate program in her field. There were no alternative school options or any other means for my mother to continue with school while pregnant with me, so two weeks into the 10 th grade, she dropped out and later obtained her General Education Diploma. They understood education was the key to opportunity. Fineburg has positively affected the lives of thousands of students and teachers in Alabama and across the country. In the ensuing weeks, as college acceptance letters and other correspondence for me began to come in the daily mail, Daddy made a habit of opening my mail for me in his excitement. They dined with us over white tablecloths and fine silver and inquired about our classes, our dreams, our goals.

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My family lived without a lot of material khrisit and services when I was growing up, but as a child I was mostly unaware of our poverty.

Khristi Doss-Driver

I will always remember his walking into the gymnasium at my school, carrying the envelope announcing my Linly Heflin scholarship, and the tears and hug we shared in that moment. Khrisri January, Heflin, who was expecting her second child, came down with the flu and died. My father was born to Papaw Raymond and his wife, Mary, inand was brought up in Fultondale.

Both of my sisters later attended college, becoming registered nurses. She has established standards for teaching high school psychology that are used all over the nation. From this program, we have seen women prosper and succeed to later make an impact in the lives of others. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. It was always the intention of the Unit to keep membership small and today it stands at ; the membership is limited to members. In some of the members of the Red Cross unit decided to found a philanthropic organization as a memorial to their dear friend and leader.


Amy Maddox Amy felt from some of her earliest years that she was born to be a teacher. Her father, Sam Cole, one of 8 children, had completed the 8 th grade before spending his khridti working as a carpenter.

Through the help of scholarship money from Linly Heflin, she was able to attend and graduate from the University of North Alabama in Florence. Her mother, Lena Mae Cole, who was also one of 10 children born in Walker County, had completed only the 6 th grade and gave birth to her first child at the age of Because they believed in me, I grew up with extraordinary confidence that probably surpassed my actual abilities.

When Papaw Raymond was 12 years old, his father was murdered, leaving his children and their widowed mother to struggle through the Great Depression alone. They encouraged me to apply for all possible scholarships and financial aid. I will never forget the day of my Linly Heflin interview. They were so determined that my life course would turn out differently than theirs. They understood education was the key to opportunity. After that, Daddy continued working full time, got into an apprenticeship program, and eventually became a licensed electrician, while Mama worked at home, caring for and teaching me.

My two sisters 6 and 10 years younger than I am were brought up with the same encouragement and expectations. To understand my belief in the Linly Heflin mission, you need to know a bit about my family history. Tremendous sacrifices were made by my folks to ensure that I felt as little of it as possible.

Home for the Holidays. Through grit, hard work, tremendous self-discipline, and strength of character, my parents worked and saved their khristl over the years into the middle class. MaryLou Overby, gave me an application for the Linly Heflin scholarship. The organic, yet structured designs portray the creations of the universe versus those that are man made. Because of the generosity of those who gave to the Linly Heflin Unit, as well as the generosity of others who were responsible for other academic scholarships I received, I was able to attend the University of Foss B.


Khristi Doss-Driver

Currently 94 young women are attending college with the help of Linly Heflin. Daddy drove me from rural Blount County where we moved when I was 10 years old to the appointment in downtown Birmingham, but got the location wrong at first and worried we would be late and that I would lose the opportunity as a result. Birmingham clothier Gus Mayer will again partner with the Linly Heflin Unit and provide additional fashions. Immediately following the runway show, you will be able to purchase your favorite pieces from Nha Khanh at Gus Mayer at The Summit.

After returning home from the war, Papaw Raymond became an iron worker and had a long career out of the iron workers local union in Birmingham, where he performed services over the years for companies including U. In Septemberthe Unit marked its 50th Anniversary and recognized a 25—year partnership with well—known Birmingham clothier Gus Mayer. For three decades, Gus Mayer has been coordinating and implementing the highest level of fashion shows for Linly Heflin, which has been instrumental in raising multiple yearly scholarships to help educate woman in our community.

In the ensuing weeks, as college acceptance letters and other correspondence for me began to come in the daily mail, Daddy made a habit of opening my mail for me in his excitement.