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HR228 192029-2 By Representatives Hall and Daniels RFD: First Read: 22-FEB-18 192029-2:n:02/22/2018:AR/ar LSA2018-984R1 MOURNING THE DEATH OF DR. VIRGINIA CAPLES. WHEREAS, it is with profound sorrow that we note the death on February 19, 2018, of Dr. Virginia Caples of Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of 72 years; and WHEREAS, her passing leaves a void in the lives of her loving family, many friends, and the entire community, where she was highly regarded; and WHEREAS, Dr. Caples was born on January 25, 1946, in Doddsville, Mississippi, to Wiley Caples, Sr., and Ruth Viverette Caples; she was the youngest of three children; and WHEREAS, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education from Alcorn State University, her Master of Arts Degree, and Doctorate Degree in Home Economics Education from Iowa State University; and WHEREAS, Dr. Caples had a great passion for education that led to a distinguished career as a administrator, professor, scholar, and mentor; in 1995, she had the distinction of being chosen by the Board of Trustees as the first female interim President of Alabama A and M University in Normal, Alabama; and WHEREAS, during her 40-year career at the University, she held leadership positions including, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean, and Distinguished University Professor; and WHEREAS, her numerous awards included the First Annual Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award by the Huntsville Madison County NAACP, the Mentor of the Year Award by the 100 Black Men of America, Incorporated, Huntsville Chapter, Oakwood University Community Hero Award, the AL.com 30 Women Who Shape the State Award, and the Martin Luther King Unity Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Theta Lambda Chapter; and WHEREAS, Dr. Caples was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Church Street Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she was a dedicated Sunday School teacher and chair of the Diaconate; and WHEREAS, one of her greatest honors came when Alabama A and M University established the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute on campus; this center addresses the needs and quality of life of the older adult population in the Tennessee Valley; and WHEREAS, she was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Wiley Caples, Jr.; and WHEREAS, survivors include her devoted husband of 34 years, Hundley Batts, Sr.; brother, Eddie Caples; niece, Cassandra Johnson; nephew, Anthony (Linda); great-niece, Layla; niece, Michelle Caples; stepchildren, M.D. Batts, Hundley Batts, Jr., (Janet), Sonya Batts-Martin; granddaughter, Nia; sister-in-law, Delores Stewart; brother-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family; and WHEREAS, although her presence will be greatly missed, the memory of Dr. Caples will be cherished in the hearts of all who knew and loved her; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That the death of Dr. Virginia Caples has been recorded with deep sadness, and this resolution is offered in tribute to her life and with heartfelt sympathy to her family, whose grief is shared by many.