When a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha transitions to eternal rest, that member is considered an Ivy Beyond the Wall.  Epsilon Gamma Omega bids farwell to the following members:


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth James Chandler

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth James Chandler  joined the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated fifty-seven years ago (1961) in the Gamma Mu Chapter on the campus of Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.  Mary Chandler continued her service to all mankind as an active member of Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter and served tirelessly as both the chapter's Official Hostess and as Chairman of the Courtesy Committee.  Additionally, Mary Chandler served in excellence for countless years in numerous capacities including as a member of the Social Welfare Committee and Sorority Materials Committee.   Mrs. Chandler also displayed her unwavering devotion and commitment through her consistent attendance of Alpha Kappa Alpha Regional and International Conferences.  She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on Tuesday, December 25, 2018.


Yvonne StewartMrs. Yvonne Cable Stewart

Mrs. Yvonne Cable Stewart joined the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 1973.  She received her early education at Council Training School and continued her high school education at Buckhorn High School where she graduated with honors.  She attended Alabama A&M University where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Masters in Library Media.  She joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated forty-five years ago in the Gamma Mu Chapter on the Campus of Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama.   Soror Yvonne Stewart continued her service to all mankind in the Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama.  She perpetuated the purposes and ideals of the sorority through her work and service;   She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on Monday, December 10, 2018.



Evangeline Herndon SpillmanMrs. Evangeline Herndon Spillman

Mrs. Evangeline Herndon Spillman joined the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1942 in the Beta Alpha Omega Chapter in Newark, New Jersey.  She was an active member of our beloved sorority for 76 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Hampton Institute and a master’s degree from Tuskegee Institute (now University).  Diamond Soror Evangeline Spillman continued her service to all mankind as a Charter Member of Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter in 1949 and served tirelessly as both the Chapter President and Vice President.  One of her first responsibilities in Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter was to plan a tea for Gamma Mu Chapter’s first rush.  Diamond Soror Evangeline Spillman was the chapter’s fourth and eighth Chapter President.  She served as its first parliamentarian and from 1985-1988 she served in that position again.  Among her numerous other leadership positions were vice president, Reporter to the Ivy Leaf, dean of pledgees, Graduate Advisor to undergraduates, and official hostess. Diamond Soror Evangeline Spillman also displayed her unwavering devotion and commitment while serving as Co-Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 1973 Regional Conference, Chairman of the Luncheon and Banquets for the 1985 Regional Conference, and Chairman of the 1983 “Silver Memories” Debutante Ball.  For decades, she continued planning food functions for the celebration of special chapter occasions.  For many years she served as the chairman of the Food and Drink Committee for the chapter’s signature program, the Annual Debutante Presentation and Ball.  Diamond Soror Evangeline Spillman perpetuated the purposes and ideals of the sorority through her work and community service and in  2017, she became Epsilon Gamma Omega’s first Diamond soror.  She epitomized finer womanhood and elegance.  On October 9, 2018, Diamond Soror Evangeline Spillman died at age 99.  She is interred at Glenwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama.


Henrene Ellington SmootDr. Henrene Ellington Smoot

Dr. Henrene Ellington Smoot was initiated into Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated in 1959, in Birmingham, Alabama.  Golden Soror Smoot became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on June 12, 2018. Upon moving to Huntsville in the 1960s, she became active with Epsilon Gamma Omega (EGO) Chapter. Soror Henrene served as Chairman of the Arts and Music Committees.  Soror Smoot minored in Music and was a special Julliard student. She was one of EGO’s in-house musicians sharing her piano and organ playing talents for many EGO Chapter events and programs, including the Debutante Ball.  She also served on the Economic Development of the Black Family Committee.  The Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated posthumously extended commendations to Golden Soror Henrene Smoot for her leadership and dedication.


Cora Hamer SpeightMrs. Cora Hamer Speight

Mrs. Cora Hamer Speight was initiated in Madison, Alabama into Rho Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated, in 1997. She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on May 18, 2018.  During her twenty-one years as an AKA, she moved her membership to Epsilon Gamma Omega (EGO) Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama, where she served on the Executive Committee as Pecunious Grammateus; served selflessly on the Newsletter Committee and the Economic Growth of the Black Family Committee.  Soror Cora also served on the Audit, Health Resource Management and the Economic Security Committees. She worked tirelessly as a Board Member of Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter’s The Ivy Center of Huntsville/Madison County Foundation.  She served as treasurer of the foundation.  Soror Speight perpetuated the purposes and ideals of the sorority through her work and community service.  The Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated posthumously extended commendations to Soror Cora Speight for her leadership and dedication


Mattie Leslie LaceyMrs. Mattie Leslie Lacey

Mrs. Mattie Leslie Lacey was initiated into Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated in 1950. Upon graduation from Alabama A&M College, she moved her membership to Epsilon Gamma Omega (EGO) Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama.  Soror Mattie became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on May 12, 2018.  During her sixty-eight years in the Sorority, Golden Soror Mattie Lacey served on the Executive Committee as Grammateus.  This Golden Soror also served on the Building and Grounds, Membership, Social Welfare, EAF, and Connection Committees.  In addition, she served on the Courtesy and Protocol, Written History, Telephone, Organizational Impact and Collaboration Committees.  As a very active Soror, she served several times on the Data Bank and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Committees. Golden Soror Mattie worked on several Debutante Ball Committees including Decorations. The Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated posthumously extended commendations to Golden Soror Mattie Lacey for her leadership and dedication.


Mrs. Virginia Caples, PhD

Virginia Caples, PhD was initiated in 1967 into Gamma Phi Chapter on the campus of Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.  She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on February 19, 2018.  Upon coming to Huntsville, Alabama, in the late 1970s, Soror Virginia Caples continued her service to all mankind in the Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter. This Golden Soror served with dedication throughout the years.  Dr. Caples also supported the Alabama A&M University undergraduate Gamma Mu Chapter, by ensuring that each member had whatever was needed in order to continue the chapter’s legacy of excellence.  Soror Caples served, untiringly, on various committees within the chapter.  She was best known as a strategic planner within the sorority and the community.  She was a founding member of Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter’s The Ivy Center of Huntsville/Madison County Foundation.  Golden Soror Caples served selflessly and tirelessly on the Ivy Center Foundation Board as Vice-President and Co-Chairman of the Building and Land Committee.  To honor her legacy and her commitment to her community, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University established the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute, which supports and addresses learning and advanced quality of life for the oldest adult population. Soror Virginia Caples perpetuated the purposes and ideals of the sorority through her work and community service.  The Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated posthumously extended commendations to Golden Soror Virginia Caples for her leadership and dedication. Dr. Caples was the first woman to be named, twice, as interim president of Alabama A&M University.


Mrs. Sandra O'Neal DickersonSandra O'Neal Dickerson

Mrs. Sandra O’Neal Dickerson was born on September 1, 1942 and became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on October 29, 2017.  She joined the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the Beta Upsilon Chapter on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mrs. Dickerson continued her service to all mankind in the Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama and served with dedication in various capacities throughout the years to include chapter Chaplain; Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Debutante Presentation and Ball Training Committee; a member of the Singing Pearls; and the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Committee.  Additionally, as a member of Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, she served on the Ivy Center of Huntsville/Madison County Foundation, Inc. Board, where she also worked selflessly and tirelessly as both Chairman and Co-Chairman of the White Linen Brunch.


Mrs. Cathy Miller-RobinsonCathy Miller-Robinson

Mrs. Cathy Miller-Robinson was born on August 6, 1963 and became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on February 7, 2017.  She joined the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1987 as a Charter Member of Omicron Zeta Chapter on the Campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama.  Cathy continued her service to all mankind in the Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama and served with dedication on the Economic Security Committee and by sharing her musical gift and talent at numerous events including Founders’ Day and the Debutante Presentation and Ball.  Cathy’s daughter, Chelsy Robinson, was presented as a debutante at the 59th Debutante Presentation and Ball on February 17, 2017.


Mrs. Ann Gardner EadyAnn Eady

Mrs. Ann Gardner Eady born on March 6, 1927 and became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on November 30, 2016. Ann became a member of the Alpha Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1973, on the campus of Tennessee State University, in Nashville, Tennessee.   Mrs. Eady was initiated into the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated sixty-nine years ago in the Alpha Psi Chapter on the campus of Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.  Mrs. Eady continued her service to all mankind as a Charter Member of the Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama and served with dedication. Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter was chartered on March 19, 1949 on the campus of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, Alabama.  Ann was the beginning of a rich legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha women to include her daughter, Stephanie Eady Britt; her sister, Faye Gardner Stewart; nieces, Takasha Stewart Coleman, Cynthia Gardner Snyder, Deidre Gardner White, and Felicia Gardner who is an Ivy Beyond the Wall.


Mrs. Geraldine Downing WilliamsGeraldine Williams
Mrs. Geraldine Downing Williams born on April 12, 1953 and became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on July 26, 2016.  Geraldine joined the Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1973, on the campus of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, Alabama.  Mrs. Williams continued her service to all mankind in the Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, Huntsville, Alabama and served with dedication on many committees throughout the years to include Target II, Health Promotion; Target III, Family Strengthening; Reading Is Fundamental; the Arts; Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability; Elderly Outreach; Connections; Collaboration; Founders’ Day; Standards; Graduate Advisors Council; Social; and the Debutante Program Committees of Escorts and Marshals and Program.  Geraldine belonged to a rich legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha women.  Her three daughters, Hope Bradley, Erin Rice, and Heather Williams Branch; three sisters, Dorothy Downing, Vanessa Henderson and Lori Smith; and niece, Ashlyn Downing are all members of this illustrious sisterhood.

Dr. Constance Yvonne Craft DeesConstance Dees

Dr. Constance Yvonne Craft Dees, initiated into Alpha Rho Chapter in 1958, was a Golden Life member. She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on November 19, 2013.  Dr. Dees was selected Soror of the Year and also served as Membership Chairlady.  She was a School Coordinator for Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and served on the following committees:  Elderly Outreach, Fundraising, Health, Resource Management and Economics, Ivy AKAdemy, Math and Science, Membership, Music, Nominating, Printing, Public Relations, and Telephone.  She also served as chair of the Audit Committee and co-chair of Reading is Fundamental (RIF). Dr. Dees chaired the Mother-Daughter Brunch, as well as Debutante Training; and served on Get Acquainted Tea, Decorations, and Coordinating committees.



Mrs. Mary McCray ChambersMary Chambers

Mary McCray Chambers, was initiated into Epsilon Gamma Omega (EGO) in 1950, one year after the chapter was chartered at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.  She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on October 23, 2011.  Mrs. Chambers was privileged to serve as International Supreme Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition to her service to the sorority, she spearheaded the committee which was responsible for establishing the Cleveland Job Corps in 1965; and became the corps’ first director, where she served for many years.  She was extremely active in EGO.  She held many offices in the chapter, including President (1951-1955, 1972-1974), Secretary, and Graduate Advisor. She also served on strategic committees several times, such as:  Basilei Council, Written History, Archives, Building and Properties, Constitution and By-Laws, Standards, Undergraduate Activities, Education, Health, Black Family, and various committees of the Debutante Presentation and Ball from its inception in 1958. That service included: 1977 Debutante Presentation and Ball (Script and Cotillion), Program, Fundraising, Souvenir and Hobby Talent Tea, Scrapbooks, Debutante Training and Publicity.  Her daughter, Dr. Vivian Hicks, and granddaughter, Mary Aboko-Cole are legacy members of the sorority.


Anita BurnsMrs. Anita "Neet" Lewis Burns

Mrs. Anita "Neet" Lewis Burns became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on October 14, 2009.  She was a 36-year silver/legacy member of Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter, initiated in 1973.  Anita served on various chapter committees including Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Archives, Social Welfare, Elderly Outreach, Telephone and several others.  During the Debutante Ball season, she chaired the Get Acquainted Tea, and worked several times on the Decorations and Mother-Daughter Brunch Committees.  She also served on the Pre-Ball Activities and Breakfast Committee during the 1977 Debutante season.  Her daughter, Anita Garner is a member of Epsilon Gamma Omega, as well as her two granddaughters, Danielle and Thomasena Garner. 


Mrs. Mattie Draper BattleMattie Battle

Mattie Draper Battle, two-time President of Epsilon Gamma Omega (EGO) became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on September 1, 2008.  She was a dedicated Life member, initiated in 1967.  She served on the Chapter Executive Committee in several capacities.  She was chapter President (1993-1996 and 2001-2004), having presided at eight Debutante Presentation and Balls. She also co-chaired one Debutante Ball.  She served on several committees including Basilei Council, Founders’ Day, Ivy AKAdemy, Scholarship, Health, Elderly Outreach, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Music, Standards, EGO Data Bank, Public Relations, Undergraduate Activities, Education, and Special Projects. Mattie was Reporter to the Ivy Leaf, and was selected to be a 1958 EGO. Debutante.  Besides presiding over several Debutante Balls, she also worked on the Mother-Daughter Brunch as Chair, as well as a member of the Deb Training Committee.  Mattie became a Legacy member when her daughter, Detra Battle-Blue was initiated into the sorority.  Her granddaughter, Lauren Blue is also a member.


Ms. Willie Mae HortonWillie Mae Horton

Willie Mae Horton, an Epsilon Gamma Omega Financial Secretary and Treasurer, became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on October 22, 2007.  She pledged Gamma Mu in 1962.  This thirty-five-year Silver soror co-chaired the Debutante Presentation and Ball in 1987.  Although she served on the Executive Board as treasurer and financial secretary many times, she still worked untiringly on the following chapter committees:  Black Family, Chapter Directory, Education, EGO Data Bank, Elderly Outreach, Finance, Fundraising, Program, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Social Welfare, Undergraduate Activity, and Telephone.  Her additional Debutante Ball service included the Mother-Daughter Brunch, Finance Committee Chair, and Publicity.  Willie Mae was a legacy member, having two sisters, Josephine Gray and Mary Jean Horton in the sorority.