Born in Mobile, Alabama, King Popsi moved to Birmingham at an early age. He attended Mountain Brook Elementary, Mountain Brook Junior High and graduated from Shades Valley High School. He was President of the Chi Sigma Chi fraternity.
King Popsi attended the University of Alabama, where he was President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Jason’s and Editor of the student magazine, “Alabama’s Farrago.” After college he joined the U. S. Navy, serving in a series of positions, the last one being ship’s Navigator. Our King guided his ship across the Atlantic Ocean using a watch, a sextant, and a nautical almanac. King Popsi attended the University of Alabama Law School. He graduated with honors as a member of The Order of the Coif. He joined Balch & Bingham with a practice in Litigation and later Nuclear Energy. He was General Counsel of Southern Nuclear and held a series of Executive positions with The Southern Company at Alabama and Georgia Power. He was Chairman, President, and CEO of Southern Nuclear with the responsibility of safely operating three commercial nuclear power plants. King Popsi is an enthusiastic proponent of nuclear energy. After retirement, our King returned to Balch & Bingham where he is Of Counsel, which is possibly the best job he has ever had.
King Popsi has been active in the Birmingham community with service to Lakeshore Foundation, the United Way, the Boy Scouts and The Rotary Club of Birmingham. He is a member of The Redstone Club and The Order of St John. He served as a Municipal Judge in the City of Mountain Brook. He is a member of Mountain Brook Club where he plays golf with The Strokers dogfight and greatly appreciates their tolerance of his game. He is on the Board of Directors of Willow Point Country Club.
Our King is devoted to the Krewe and its support of the Museum of Art. He served as Captain and President of the Krewe. Three of his four daughters, Kate, Grace and JuJu, have been Ladies in Waiting and daughter, Libba, was Queen. He is deeply honored to represent the Krewe as its King. King Popsi has been married to his beautiful wife Kathy Bushnell, also a Krewe Presentee, for 45 years and counting. They have four daughters and eleven grandchildren. King Popsi wishes his subjects a fun and merriment-filled evening.
“We make a Living by what we get, but we make a Life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Eleanor Claire Martin
Queen Ellie Queen Ellie was born into the Beaux Arts Krewe, being the fourth generation of her family to participate in its royal pageantry. Her great-grandmother, Sallye Dewberry Martin, was the beloved Grande Dame of the Krewe from the beginning. Her grandfather, the late John Higgins Martin (Jack), served as chairman of every committee of the Krewe before serving as King in 1994 and then as Czar until his death. Her grandmother, the late Claire Williamson Martin, was always by his side. For over 50 years the Krewe has been nurtured first by her great-grandmother and then by her grandfather and her beloved great-aunt Winston Martin Carl.
Queen Ellie is the daughter of Mr. and Dr. John Higgins Martin, Jr. (Bo and Sandy). Her maternal grandparents are Mrs. Eleanor Rose Hartmann Balk and the late Mr. Robert Frederick Balk of Huntsville. Ellie’s two Royal brothers are John Higgins Martin III (Jack) and Robert Williamson Martin. Her very active childhood was spent traveling, hiking, camping and exploring with her family. Ellie’s first experience with the Beaux Arts Krewe was in 2005 when she served as a train bearer for Queen Sally Baker (Woods). She was presented at Holiday Assembly in 2016.
Ellie began pursuing her passion for professional modeling when she was 15. She is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School. She was one of the first students to take advantage of their Virtual School program while living and working in Los Angeles. Ellie stays busy balancing work and school and this has led to amazing opportunities. She works with outstanding clients and agencies on both commercial and editorial projects worldwide. Ellie’s work has taken her to Greece, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Miami.
Ellie started her college experience at Pace University in New York City and is currently working on a degree in business from the University of Alabama through the Bama by Distance program. She plans to combine her experience in the fashion industry with a degree in business after graduation. Ellie currently lives in New York City and is a member of the New York Cares organization which allows her to connect and give back to the community.
Queen Ellie would like to thank all of the members of the Krewe who work year-round to make this organization so successful. The Beaux Arts Krewe’s contributions to the Birmingham Museum of Art are enjoyed by visitors near and far.
Ellie is honored to be a part of tonight’s celebration and would like to dedicate this evening to her late grandparents, Jack and Claire Martin. Their love and devotion for this fine organization live on through their granddaughter Queen Ellie and the entire Martin family.