The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education has announced the death of James Minyard, a school board member serving District 1 of West Tuscaloosa.

He was born in Chicago and moved to Tuscaloosa at the age of two when his father was killed in World War II. He attended the Tuscaloosa City Schools, graduating in 1961 from Druid High School. Minyard received an Associate’s degree from Shelton State Community College (C. A. Fredd Campus) and his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Alabama.

He was the produce manager for Piggly Wiggly and an active member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. He is the father of five children, James II, Melonie, Michelle, Michael and Deidra.

“James loved the children of the City of Tuscaloosa and it was a joy to work with him on the school board,” said Lee Garrison, board chair.  “His many years of service to the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education will never be forgotten and his family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Vice chair and District 2 school board member Earnestine Tucker echoed those sentiments.

“Not only have we lost a knowledgeable board member, but I lost a friend,” said Tucker.  “I will truly miss him.”

A dedicated school board member, James Minyard had completed the Alabama School Board Association’s School Board Members Academy, logging 294 training hours.  Additionally, he served on AASB’s Multicultural Committee in 2009.  Minyard served as the elected school board member for District 1 since 2001.  He was 72 years old.

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