Ridout's Valley Chapel

1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL


Kay Joseph "Joe" Tortorice

September 6, 1940May 20, 2020

Joe attended John Carroll High School, graduated with a B. A. from Birmingham Southern College, M. A. The University of Alabama and UAB receiving a AA certificate in school administration. Joe enjoyed travelling to many countries around the world. He appreciated the fine arts especially the opera. He was preceded in death by parents Ben N. Tortorice and Frances Pillitieri Tortorice. He is survived by two sisters, Frances T. Maluff and Mary Grace Burt, long time friend, Herb Satterfield, two nieces, Elizabeth Krebs and Cecelia Jones and two nephews, Joseph and Michael Burt. Joe was the youngest male principal ever appointed by the Birmingham Board of Education. In 1965 he served as principal; in 1968 Wylam Elementary; 1970 Green Acres, and in 1989 Robinson Elementary from where he retired in 1994. Services will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation made to Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hoover, Al or Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis TN..


  • Funeral services will be private for the family

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


Kay Joseph "Joe" Tortorice

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charles jones

May 26, 2020

Joe was a friend. We first meet at BSC. Other than as a friend, the most noteworthy memory involving Joe was that he introduced me at church to his cousin who I thought was a sister. Less than a year later, in 1960, Genifer and I were married. After that, I considered myself as part of a big, big Italian family. From the beginning, Joe seemed to accept me as family and always treated me as such. The marriage has now lasted for almost 60 years. Both Genny and I always tried to stay in touch with Joe through phone calls, e-mails, birthday cards and especially prayers. To sum up, more than a friend and someone who will be remembered and missed every day. Love you Joe...Charlie and Genny

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