In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

A Tribute and Celebration

We were the class of 1958, members of the Greatest Generation as well as children of the Greatest Generation. Born in 1940, we are also called members of the Traditional Generation.

Our childhood, post World War II, "was the best of times . . . it was the age of wisdom . . . it was the epoch of belief . . .it was the season of Light . . . it was the spring of hope . . . we had everything before us . . .we were all going direct to Heaven . . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.) At least, that's the way I felt about it. We were truly blessed.

- Ouida Tomlinson -

This blog is a place for 1958 graduates of Meridian, Mississippi, High School to stay in touch, post their news, items of interest and photographs.



CLASS OF 1958 MEMORIES (Click to read all posts relating to sports, honors, graduation and other memories of our class in 1957-58.)

FACEBOOK PAGE FOR CLASS OF 1958
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Lost in the 50's

Sent to us from Patsy McDonald -


1950's Slideshow

This is a 3 minute video slide show, and worth the time it takes to watch it. If you lived during the 1950s you will recognize the pictures
And not need captions (since there are none). If you didn't live in the 50's, see what you missed. A little nostalgia, some good memories, some not.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Peggy Joyce Smith King, deceased

A graveside service for Mrs. Peggy Joyce King will be held Friday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Sephus Garrett officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
  

Mrs. King, 76, of Meridian, passed away Tuesday [March 7, 2017] at her residence. Mrs. King loved to dance and listen to country music. She also enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. She will be most remembered for the love she had for her family.
 

Survivors include her son, Jim King and wife, Tracy; daughter, Jeri Walker and husband, Randy; grandchildren, Brandi Stevens and husband, Devy, Dillon Walker and wife, Jennifer, Drake Walker, Kasey King and Katie King; great-grandchildren, Randi Lyn Stevens and Dani Blair Stevens; sisters, Juanita Price, Joan Toler and Tommie Jean Kilgore; sister-in-law, Frances Blackmon and husband, Harold; and brother-in-law, Kenneth King and wife, Carolyn.


She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Effie Smith; husband, Jimmie King; brothers, Truman and William "Sonny" Smith; and sisters, Odessa Lindsey and Helen Blair.


Visitation will be held Friday, March 10, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home. Guests are welcome to sign the online guestbook at
 www.stephensfunerals.com.
O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Peggy Joyce Smith King, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May the souls of the faithful departed
 
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Birthday for March

Walker, Fay Shepard Mar. 4
Tootle, Coty Huggins Mar. 9
Stephens, Mary Spencer Mar. 7

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sandra Hodge Jones, deceased

Graveside services for Sandra Hodge Jones will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

Ms. Jones, age 76, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, MS from complications of diabetes. 

Sandra was employed as a medical records technician by Rush Hospital for many years. She was a graduate of Meridian High School and a graduate of Meridian Community College. Sandra attended Arrowood Baptist Church and State Boulevard Baptist Church. Sandra was a very gracious lady. She was a wonderful decorator and she loved to cook for her family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John "Bo" Hodge and Janice Hodge and her son, William "Alan" Jones. 

She is survived by her son, Jonathan Jones of Bentonville, Arkansas and her grandsons, Chance Jones and Trace Jones. 

She is survived by a brother, Max Hodge, and his family of Toomsuba, MS; a sister, Judy Hodge Eccles and her husband, David Eccles, and their family of Gulf Breeze, FL. and Dallas, TX.; a sister, Pamela Hodge Stevens and her husband, Roy Stevens, and their family of Quitman, MS. The families include numerous nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Sandra. 

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com. 

There will be no public visitation. 



O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Sandra Jones, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May the souls of the faithful departed
 
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mary Virginia Pettey Moore, deceased

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O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Mary Moore, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her

May the souls of the faithful departed
 
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.




February Birthdays



Hudson, Will (MHS)
Feb. 27
Clark, Beth Hobgood (MHS)
Feb. 26
Ranager, Nancy Collier (MHS)
Feb. 23
Rider, Joyce Bailey (MHS)
Feb. 22
Walters, Marianne Stuart (MHS)
Feb. 13
Skelton, Faye Stoudenmire (MHS)
Feb. 10
Stormer, Rosemary Thomas (MHS)
Feb. 10
Edwards, Peggy (MHS)
Feb. 9
Mitchell, Ronnie (MHS)
Feb. 6
Hopkings, Martha (MHS)
Feb. 4
Turnage, Georgia Merle Browning (MHS)
Feb. 4

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Carey Ann Sanford Dalton, Deceased, Video

http://web.photodex.com/view/xb4gc2x4/?watch-xb4gc2x4

Click link to go to this beautiful video on the life of Carey.

Sylvia Clark White, Deceased, Video

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I found this video on Sylvia's page at the funeral home, looking for information on Tommy White. Video has lots of good videos of both of them.  Sylvia passed away in April 2016.

If the above video will not open for you, here is link to funeral home video:  http://www.rosemortuary.com/obituaries/Sylvia-White-3/#!/PhotosVideos/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001/TributeVideo

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Meridian High School Baseball State Champions 1957


CLICK PHOTO TO SEE LARGE, FULL IMAGE


Posted in memory of all, but today especially in memory of James Tillman, 2nd row, third from left.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Obituary for James Tillman, Husband of Rita Monette Tillman

Graveside services for James Tillman will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Tillman, age 77, of Meridian passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at his son’s home in Madison, Mississippi.

James graduated from Mississippi State University and married Rita Monette on December 18, 1959. He practiced accounting and was a well-respected CPA in Meridian for over 55 years. He was a loyal Mississippi State Bulldog and proud father and grandfather.

He is survived by his sons, James “Jim” Tillman Jr. (Emily) and Steve Tillman (Dana); grandsons, James “Tripp” Tillman III, Jacob Tillman, Isaac Tillman and Elijah Tillman; brother, Joe Tillman; uncle, Ray Little; and numerous other cousins and family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Monette Tillman and parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Tillman.

Pallbearers will be Selby Salter, Will Hudson, Richard Clayton, Frank Brewer, Wayne Anders, Billy Anders, Johnny Herrington, Irvin Martin, Ronnie Massey, Charles Hurst, Clay Tillman and Eric Tillman.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 1957 State Baseball Championship Team.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home.

Monday, December 19, 2016

One in Heart and Mind, Now and Forever

May your days be merry and bright,
filled with God's blessings on you and your family.
A Menorah in front of Christmas tree
at Brandenberg Gate, Berlin, Germany.

 Two Symbols One God

My prayer is that as these December days come again,
year after year, may our class continue
 to be one in our affection and care for one another.

Peace and All Good, Ouida

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“As Christians and Jews, following the example of the faith of Abraham, we are called to be a blessing to the world. This is the common task awaiting us. It is therefore necessary for us, Christians and Jews, to first be a blessing to one another.”  - John Paul II on the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising

James Tillman, Deceased, Husband of Rita Tillman


James and Rita Tillman
Married December 19, 1959


James Tillman continued his journey December 18, 2016, at age 77,
 joining Rita who preceded him on December 2, 2008.


Love & Prayers for their sons, James and Steve.

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O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto James Tillman, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.


May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Anthony Victor Mann, Deceased, Brother of Tee Mann

From Tee's FaceBook page.

We are the issue of Justine and Isham Mann, pictured here on a happier day. From left, Anthony Victor, Tarpley Blair and Timothy Isham. Last night Tim and I lost our brother to interstitial lung disease. He came to visit for Thanksgiving, developed shortness of breath, was hospitalized and remained in ICU until he died. In addition to his siblings he is survived by three nieces, a nephew, and six great nieces and nephews and his girlfriend of ten years, Joy Sawyer. Life events alter one's perspective. Basically, all I need is the air that I breathe. And, to love.




O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Anthony Victor Mann, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.


May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Philip W. "Billy" Horn

May 05, 1940 - September 14, 2016
A Memorial Service for Philip W. “Billy” Horn will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Holy Savior Menard High School Activities building beginning at 2 pm and lasting until 6pm.

On Wednesday September 14, 2016, Billy, age 76, passed away while surrounded by family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bessie Horn and sister Charlene Lawley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 33 years, Priscilla Joubert Horn; his children , Doyle Horn (Crystal) of Alexandria; Dr. Greg Horn (Karen) of Ocean Springs, MS; Jennifer Hill (Gary) of Prairieville, LA; Angie Goudeau (Kenny) of Colfax; Vicky Sandoval (Tony) of Pineville and Tony Soileau of Tioga, La; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Billy was born May 5, 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Meridian High School in Meridian, MS where he received All-American Honors as a Running Back. Graduating in 1958, Billy played as a freshman running back on scholarship at Mississippi State. In 1959 Billy transferred his scholarship to play football at Louisiana College, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1962 with a minor in social studies.

Billy became Assistant Coach at Arcadia High School in 1962, moved to Welch High School, then to Menard High School in 1964 also as assistant coach. His classroom expertise was in American History.

In 1968 Billy became the Head Football Coach at Menard and continued until 1977. He enjoyed great success during that period with several District Championships.

He then coached at Bolton, Grant and finished his primary coaching career at Tioga High School where he coached from 1982 until 1996 when he then retired from coaching. Coach Horn continued in the classroom with experience at Dry Prong Junior High, Pineville High School, and finally retired from teaching in 2013 at Alexandria Senior High.

Billy loved the “game” and his legacy will forever live on in the many lives that he has touched. His true love was his family; he will forever be our Coach.

Friends and family will be welcome to share in his memories on October 1, 2016.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Memorial Service
Saturday, October 01, 2016
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Holy Savior Menard High School Activities Building 
4603 Coliseum Blvd 
Alexandria, Louisiana 71303
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O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Philip W. "Billy" Horn, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Carey Ann Sanford Dalton

Carey Ann Dalton of Waco, Texas, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016 with her family at her side. Her memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at First Presbyterian Church with the Dr. Leslie King officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.

Carey was born July 5, 1940, in Meridian, Mississippi, to Anne and William Carey Sanford, Jr. She graduated from Baylor University in 1961. She taught special education students for several different schools in Waco for many years. Carey then pursued a career in real estate before becoming the Director of the Arthritis Foundation where she began the fundraiser known as The Margarita and Salsa Festival and The Jingle Bell Run. 

She was an avid gardener, loved reading, walking, cooking, and entertaining guests as well as spending time with her family and friends who she loved dearly. Carey was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she volunteered for many church activities in Waco.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her husband, James Dalton; two daughters, Laura and husband, Joel Patterson, MD, Frances and husband, Horacio Lucero, Jr. DDS, son, Carroll W. Sturgis III and wife, Gabriela, DDS; two step-sons, Daniel B. Dalton and wife, Brandi and Steven H. Dalton and wife, Staci; nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter; and her brother, A.D. Sanford and wife, Sallie. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Annie Chang with Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital for her care and amazing compassion. They would also like to thank Doris and Emily Ballard for their help and assistance and the many hospice nurses from Providence Hospice Care, specially Michelle Chinn, RN.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice. 

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O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Carey Ann Sanford Dalton, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.


May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Friday, April 8, 2016

My Prayers

That those in our class who have died and shall die and all spouses, children, friends and family may see the face of God and dwell in his presence forever, we pray to the Lord.

That those who mourn may be comforted, we pray to the Lord.

That we may journey on with peace in our hearts until we have eternal rest in the arms of God who formed us from the dust of the earth, we pray to the Lord.

All praise, all glory and all honor to you, O Lord, for you are holy, all good and humble, bending over to embrace the world in love. For you are rich in mercy and are all love, totally love.  Amen.

Ouida Tomlinson, OFS

"Divine Light" by Bill Ferry

Sylvia Ann Clark White

Sylvia's Story
Sylvia Ann Clark White - age 75, went to be with her Savior on Thursday, April 7, 2015 after a 14 year walk with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born November 6, 1940 in Meridian, Mississippi. She was nurtured in a loving family who was active at Highland Baptist Church. After graduating from Meridian High School in 1958, she pursued a teaching degree at Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW) and then later earned her Masters at the University of Alabama.

She spent 10.years teaching at West Hills Elementary in Meridian and then later 23 years in the Knox County school system at Cedar Bluff Primary and Ball Camp Elementary both in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She was a long time member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville where she was the 2nd grade children’s choir director and enjoyed singing in the adult choir.

She was also a member and officer of Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority and thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of fellow teachers and educators. She will be remembered as a true Southern lady with a contagious laugh.

She is remembered with love by her devoted husband of 45+ years, James Thomas (Tommy) White; her faithful brother, Dr. Bobby Clark and his wife Cherry, sister-in-law, Debbie Baker and her husband Frank; her daughters, Virginia White Carter (Brett) and Allison White Little (Jason); her grandchildren, Ella, Libby and Andy Carter and Hudson, Maddox, and Sarah Katherine Little, and her sister-like cousin Faye Carol McElroy Hughes Ferguson, along with many other cousins and extended family.

Preceded in death by: her mother, Gladys Virginia McElroy Clark, her father, William Franklin (W.F.) Clark and her brother, William Charles (Billy) Clark.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made towards a cure to Alzheimer’s disease for those who follow: www.alz.org/partthecloud. Part the Cloud specifically directs these funds towards research with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or ultimately curing Alzheimer's disease. We are honored that you would remember Sylvia in this way.

We grieve not like those without hope, but as those whose only Hope is in Jesus. Sylvia’s Hope was in Him and for that above all else, we are thankful.

A graveside service will be held at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian, Mississippi on Sunday at 3:00 pm. The family will then receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Central Baptist Bearden in Knoxville. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com
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O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Sylvia Ann Clark White, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.