Katharine “Kitty” Taber Terry

Published 1:58 pm Friday, January 4, 2013

Katharine “Kitty” Taber Terry of Birmingham, a native of Greenville, Ala., was born on Dec. 23, 1955, and died on Jan. 2, 2013.  She is survived by her husband, Joseph (Joe) Daniel Terry, Jr.; a daughter, Anne Hancock Fava (Scott), of Annapolis, Maryland; sons, Charles Phillip Hancock and Michael Joseph Terry of Birmingham, Alabama; grandchildren Charles Hastings Fava and Katharine Taber Fava; parents, John Abercrombie and Frances McKissac Taber of Fairhope, Alabama, sisters Rebecca Taber Williams (Dwight) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Elizabeth Taber Montesano (John) of Fairhope, Alabama; niece and nephews, Frances Taber Bailey, Samuel David Williams and John Taber Montesanto;  uncles, George Longshore (the late Emmie) and Jim Burleson (the late Sis) and cousins, Nancy Christopher (Jeff), Lydia Somerville (Will), and Jane Longshore.

Kitty was a graduate of the University of Florida and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  During her professional career, she was a producer for Alabama Public Television, served as the Executive Director of the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund, Director of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Foundation, Executive Director of the Birmingham Pledge and as Executive Director of Hand in Paw Assisted-Animal Therapy. Throughout her career and personal life Kitty spoke for those who had no voice and inspired others to join her fight for tolerance, equality and justice.

Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, the Reverend Roberts P. Johnson, presiding.  Serving as Honorary Pall Bearers will be Peter Erling Jacobsen, Justice H. Mark Kennedy, Bradbury Emmet LaMonte, Robert Daniel McKenna, Peter Mark O’Connor, and James McGowin Williamson.

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Kitty’s family will greet guests at the Church in Clingman Commons from noon to 12:30 p.m. with a reception following the service at the home of Rebecca and Dwight Williams, 3412 8th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35222.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial gifts be directed to Hand in Paw Animal-Assisted Therapy and the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care.