Laura Gail Luker Allred has lived all her life in Santa Rosa & Escambia County, Florida. Her parents were Leonard & Maunette Hayes Luker & she is the wife of Bill Allred. Gail graduated from Chumuckla High School as class Salutatorian. She holds an AA degree from Pensacola Jr. College and B. A. degree in art education and one for elementary education from the University of West Florida.
She taught art (K-12) for five years and fifth/sixth grade for 25 years. She was named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year in 1991. That year she met at an educational round table with then Commissioner of Education, Betty Castor, to discuss the future of education in the state. Gail also served as assistant principal at Chumuckla Elementary for 12 years. She retired from the Santa Rosa County School system 15 years ago.
Since retiring, she & Bill have enjoyed traveling to more than 25 countries. However, a great deal of her time has been spent in genealogical research. Gail has presented genealogical research programs to numerous local organizations.
Gail started working on her family tree over 45 years ago. As a result of that work, she has become a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She is an organizing & charter member of Three Rivers Chapter NSDAR. She has served as Organizing Regent, Regent, Vice-Regent, Registrar, Historian, Librarian & Chaplain. Gail has proven 16 ancestral patriots. She has another twenty ready to go. Two of those ancestors were established as DAR patriots by her research. She has assisted about 70 women in obtaining membership in this society.
At least four of her ancestral families were pioneers of the state of Florida. Another four were Alabama pioneers.
She is also an organizing & charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter Simpson Mounted Rangers. Her confederate ancestor was first recognized by UDC through her research efforts.
More recently, a great deal of time has gone toward assisting over 500 individuals in establishing their lineage to their Native American ancestors. She is chair of membership for the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe and is a council member. Her Native American ancestry comes thru the Dannelleys and Lukers. “I have learned a great deal about the number of Creek descendants we have in this area. This heritage is the most difficult to prove since it was hidden so well.”