Dr. Scokel was born in Birmingham and earned his medical degree at UAB. He served as a Navy fight surgeon and became well known in the local medical community, first as an obstetrician and gynecologist and then as a family doctor. His wife, Mary Lou, attended nursing school at the Mississippi University for Women and served as a city councilwoman when the family settled in Graysville, Alabama, just north of Birmingham. William Honeycutt was born in Louisiana but grew up in Birmingham’s Bluff Park community, and his wife, Christine, attended Birmingham-Southern College.