Celesta Brockman True, 90, of Hoover, Alabama, passed away on January 12, 2022. She was preceded in death by husband Howard Albert True (CDR US Navy) and daughter Stephanie True Moss (Grady Moss), and brothers Roy Eugene Brockman (Lois Brockman) and Robert Earl Brockman. She leaves behind daughters Mellanie True Hills (David Hills) of Decatur, Texas, and Tracy True Dismukes (Mike Dismukes) of Hoover, Alabama; grandchildren Matthew Moss of Thornton, Colorado, Melissa Moss of Holly Springs, Georgia, Jason Hills (Jessica Hills) of Carrollton, Texas, Jeremy Dismukes (Taylor Dismukes) of Calera, Alabama, and Dalton Dismukes of Hoover, Alabama; great-granddaughters Eleanor Hills of Carrollton, Texas, and Aida-Jace Dismukes of Calera, Alabama; nephews Robert Brockman of Decatur, Alabama, and Fred Brockman of Bessemer, Alabama; and niece Virginia Brockman Allen (Dave Puleston) of Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Celesta was a 1948 graduate of West End High School. She married her midshipman who had just graduated from the US Naval Academy. As a young Navy wife, she moved around the country to meet Howard’s ship when it came in. She and her husband, Howard, subsequently lived in Annapolis, Maryland. He was an electrical engineering instructor at the US Naval Academy, where their first two daughters were born. They later resided in Atlanta, Georgia, where Howard worked for IBM. Then, they moved back to Birmingham, where they lived for the rest of their lives together except for three years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where their third daughter was born, and ten years in Athens, Georgia, when Howard worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency.
She lit up the lives that she touched with her joy and grace and was happy, smiling, and loving to all. She was way ahead of her time, being into health foods in the 1960s and teaching yoga classes at the Y in the 1970s, long before either became mainstream.
Celesta was always a high-achiever, especially in sales. She was consistently a top salesperson in Lady Love Cosmetics and was named the “Queen of Sales” for many years. She built up quite a business in Birmingham so that Howard retired early from the EPA and they moved back to Birmingham to open a product center to fulfill product orders and train sales consultants.
After retiring, she and Howard traveled around the US to the annual reunions of many of the ships he served on in the US Navy during World War II. She loved working with daughter Tracy in her Collage Designer Consignment stores and lived with their family for her last 15 years. In addition, she was an active member of Shades Mountain Community Church, formerly Shades Mountain Independent Church.
The family will receive friends at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, 2701 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244, on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 11 am. The funeral service will follow at 1 pm, with interment at the adjoining Jefferson Memorial Gardens South. Pastor Brian Hinton will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Celesta True Memorial Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Research Fund at StopAfib.org, PO Box 541, Greenwood, TX 76246. Link to donate: https://igfn.us/form/2cgtTQ