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11 March 2008

Ex-JSU Professor Remembered
for His Love of Outdoors

By Matt Kasper
Star Staff Writer

Reprinted here in its entirety.

Former Jacksonville State University chemistry professor A.L. Studdard loved the outdoors and wanted his ashes scattered in Terrapin Creek, family and friends recalled Monday.

Studdard, 67, an Ellisville native, died Saturday at his home in Piedmont of complications from cirrhosis and cancer of the liver. Services were Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Piedmont.

Friends and family recalled Studdard as a kind person, as comfortable doling out business and academic advice as hunting deer.

"He treated everyone fairly and with respect. I never heard him say a harsh word to anyone," said his daughter, Suzanne Haney, an English teacher at Piedmont High School.

Studdard told Haney and her sister, Angie Harper, that the first semester in college was a key to determining future success: If you make all A's you'll never settle for anything less.

Over the course of her father's 34-year career at JSU, Haney said, he taught both of his daughters in a general science class.

Both are educators. Her sister teaches at Piedmont Elementary School, she said, but chemistry studies did not make the cut for either of them. "We didn't get his scientific mind."

Piedmont resident Waylon Kisor, who also grew up in Ellisville, remembers going on double dates with Studdard in the early 1960s, when the two were courting the women who would become their wives.

"Our lives have just been intertwined," Kisor said, explaining that the man others knew only as a chemistry professor had a "sixth sense" when scouting game in the woods.

"He was the best friend I ever had in this world," he said.

Bobby Tucker of Jacksonville knew Studdard most of his adult life as a fellow church member and, when necessary, a business consultant.

"He is the one I always went to for advice or assistance with filling out applications," he said, explaining that Studdard also helped him determine formulas for processing eggs when he ran a pickled-egg factory.

An avid Alabama fan, Studdard enjoyed spending a day on the creek cooking with friends, Haney said.

"He had a place called the shed, and he got together with his creek buddies and they would grill chicken, and he liked that."

Studdard is survived by his wife, Millie Lee Studdard; father, Amos L. Studdard Sr.; daughters Angie Studdard Harper and Suzanne Studdard Haney, of Piedmont, and stepdaughters Selina Johnson of Anniston and Shanda P. Cotney of Wadley.

About Matt Kasper

Matthew Kasper covers Jacksonville, Piedmont, Ohatchee and Alexandria for The Star.

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