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.)




Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Monday, December 29, 2008


I have created a blog for the Birmingham Doll Club, of which I am President. We are interested in education concerning collecting and preserving dolls, and their history and appropriate costuming for the period in which they were made. The doll pictured is a reproduction of a French Bru doll;Brus were made in the late 1800's. Our members have many types of interesting dolls - antique and modern, and new posts will appear all along. Check out the site if you're interested.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and blessings to MHS Class of 1958.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

God's Minute

ISAIAH 9:1-2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing . . . .

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jeannette Ferguson Noe

"God has her now. Completely whole." A Classmate.

Our dear friend and classmate Jeanette Ferguson Noe died early this morning, December 14, 2008. As many know, Jeanette had Alzheimer’s for a number of years and has been in a nursing home in Meridian. I pray for God's comfort and blessings for Harold who been a good and kind husband, providing Jeanette with excellent care during this long goodbye.

There will be a memorial service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Meridian at 11 a.m. on Wednesday December 17, with visitation before the service beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Remember Jeanette and her family, Harold, her husband and David, her son, in your prayers.

We commend our friend Jeanette to almighty God,
and entrust her to her creator.
May she rest in the arms of the Lord
who formed her from the dust of the earth.
May she enjoy the vision of God forever. Amen.

Abide With Me

Abide with me fast falls the eventide,
The darkness deepens Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!

Memories of Jeanette & Judy

Edwina sent this clipping and picture of Jeanette Ferguson and Judy McKellar. Edwina writes:
"The article underneath is acknowledging that Judy and Jeanette have both been named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Jeanette was editor of the college newspaper at MSCW and Judy was student body president. The article indicates that both have been friends since elementary school. Indeed Judy, Jeanette and I all met and knew each other from 1st or 2nd grade at Stevenson. At that time she was incredibly bright and also a highly accomplished dancer. She could out hop-scotch anyone in school I know. "


Jeanette Ferguson Noe
Former Congressional Staff Member Services for Jeanette Ferguson Noe will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Noe, 68, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Guardian Angel Hospice. She served as the Meridian district representative for Congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery from 1967 to 1995. Prior to that, Mrs. Noe was a teacher at Meridian and Oxford high schools and was a reporter for the Associated Press, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jackson Daily News and The Meridian Star. Mrs. Noe was a graduate of the Mississippi University for Women, where she was a member of the Hall of Fame, was editor of The Spectator and a member of the Mortar Board. She later received her master’s degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University, where she was selected as the outstanding in-service graduate student. Mrs. Noe was a past president of the Meridian Community College board of trustees, served on the executive board of Mississippians for Educational Broadcasting, was a member of the advisory group of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and was a past administrator of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Chamber Music Series. She was the recipient of numerous honors, including the 1982 Mississippi Press Women’s “Woman of Achievement” award, the 1968 “Silver Inky” award from the Mississippi University of Women’s department of journalism and various writing honors from the Mississippi Press Women. Survivors include her husband, Harold; her son, David, of Tampa, Fla.; sisters Nancy F. Malcolm of Greensboro, Ga., Emily F. Newell of Hattiesburg and Mae F. Johnson of Ft. Worth, Texas; and her excellent companions Hattie Terrell, Christine Russell, Evelyn Edwards, Pearl Gordon and the caregivers of Guardian Angel. She was preceded in death by her father, Eddy Thompson Ferguson, and her mother, Jeanette East Ferguson. The family requests memorials be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1116 23rd Ave., Meridian 39301, or a favorite charity.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

God's Minute

Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God.
I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Here is a photo I took at Mary Ann's during our 2003 Reunion.

Row 1: Carole, Mary Ann, Mary Alice, Jewel, Eula Faye, Myra, and Rita Monette
Row 2: Joyce, Charlotte alexander, Gail Cunningham, ?, Sue, Charlotte Belk, Patsy, ?, Rita Ward

Of course four are no longer with us - Mary Ann, Gail, Mary Alice, and Rita Monette.

I remember it as a very happy day, and this is one of my favorite pictures.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008


Here is Jere Skelton (Faye Stoudenmire's husband and ex husband of Mary Alice Keyes Skelton)


Beth Clark sent these for posting. (1) Eula Fay Neal Latham and Charlotte Belk Giles, (2) Carolyn Tanner Kozman and Linda Thompson Butler, (3) Jewel Partridge Williams, Patsy Ward Rogers, and Margie Godwin Robinson's husband. Thanks, Beth!


Beth Clark sent me these pictures to post. Below are pictured (1)Joyce Thompson Rogers and friend, (2)Ronnie and Patricia Vaughn Norris and Joyce Bragg Weir and Otis Weir, and (3) Margie Godwin Robinson and Fay Stoudenmire Skelton. Click on photos to enlarge.

A Christmas letter from Jesus

As we celebrate Christmas with all the celebrations, parties and gifts, we should never forget what the season is really about. I received this post as an email from a friend that really brings this out. I posted it over on the alumni message board. Click the link to go to it.

Meridian News: Brown Printing To Be Demolished

(Submitted to blog by Peggy Edwards)
Brown Printing to be demolished today

By Jennifer Jacob

The abandoned Brown Printing and Continental Trailways Bus Station buildings in downtown Meridian will be demolished today to increase the visibility of historic City Hall, which is currently undergoing massive renovations, the mayor's office reported Friday.

The neighboring buildings are located on 23rd Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets. A contractor will begin demolition at 6 a.m. today, and anticipates that the front walls will crumble around 8 a.m.

The Brown Printing building was built in 1920, according the Lauderdale County Tax Assessors office. The building was in operation as a restaurant called the Triangle during the 1950s and '60s, then became the location of Johnson Printing. It was purchased by the Brown family in 1973, who used it to house their printing company until they moved at the city's request in 2006, according to Brown Printing co-owner Benji Brown.

People with the Lauderdale County Tax Assessor's office and the Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History said they did not have records of what the building was used for before it became the Triangle Restaurant.

The Brown's exchanged the building for one on Front Street next to the Union Hotel building, turning over ownership of their old building to the city.

Brown said Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith began talks with Brown Printing about moving to a new location as far back as 10 years ago.

City Hall was built in 1915, and is currently being renovated to replicate its original look and style as much as possible while accommodating current building codes and technology. Past renovations have removed or destroyed historical aspects of the building that are now being restored.

Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith hopes to create a landscaped park that stretches from City Hall on 26th Avenue to the Threefoot Building and the MSU-Riley Center on 22nd Avenue. A portion of the park would be in the space once occupied by the Brown Printing and Trailways buildings. Brown said he hopes some part of the park will be named after his parents, Joe and Choxie Brown, who founded Brown Printing Company.

As they currently stand, plans for the park, or "City Green" are contingent on the city council passing a deal with developer HRI Properties to restore the Threefoot building into a Courtyard by Marriott hotel. A portion of the financing for the restoration would be in the form of a $14 million city-backed loan.

The Threefoot building was recently declared a public safety hazard by consulting group BioPure, who were hired by HRI to assess damage to the building's facade. They reported that parts of the facade were in danger of falling from the building onto nearby pedestrians or vehicles.

HRI has been considering hiring BioPure to further analyze the facade if the council accepts HRI's proposal. A letter released by the mayor's office Friday stated that the city is now requesting a proposal from BioPure to do a similar study. "This study will cover the elements of the facade that present a public safety concern and what recommendations they have to perform immediate repairs to stabilize those elements," the letter read. The letter was addressed to Smith from HRI V.P. Josh Collen.

The mayor's office also released a letter from White Construction Company to Collen. White provided an estimate of more than $7.3 million for the restoration of the Threefoot building's facade.

The Meridian City Council is expected to vote on HRI's proposal to restore the Threefoot building at their Tues., Dec. 16 meeting. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the courthouse in the police station.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

God's Minute

Saint Ambrose, in the funeral discourse for his deceased brother Satyrus:

“Death was not part of nature; it became part of nature. God did not decree death from the beginning; he prescribed it as a remedy. Human life, because of sin ... began to experience the burden of wretchedness in unremitting labour and unbearable sorrow. There had to be a limit to its evils; death had to restore what life had forfeited. Without the assistance of grace, immortality is more of a burden than a blessing."

“Death is, then, no cause for mourning,
for it is the cause of mankind's salvation."

Friday, December 5, 2008

Funeral Arrangements for Rita

Visitation from 5-8 on Thursday, December 4th.

Funeral at 10:00 on Friday, December 5th.

Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery next to the Funeral Home.

Barham Funeral Home
7774-A Hwy 39 North
Meridian MS 39305
Donations/memorials for Rita may be sent to:

Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100
Ridgeland, MS 39157


Central United Methodist Church
1004 23rd Ave.
Meridian MS 39301

Our Dear Friend Rita

(Posted 12/3/08)

Beth has written us this morning that Rita passed away last night about 10:15 p.m. James said they are going to Barham Funeral Home to make arrangements this morning. The address of the funeral home is 7774-A Hwy 39 North, Meridian MS 39305. The phone number is 601-485-5071.

Remember James and the family in your prayers.

We commend our friend Rita to almighty God,
and entrust her to her creator.
May she rest in the arms of the Lord
who formed her from the dust of the earth.
May she enjoy the vision of God forever. Amen.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"To Her Bravery"

For James and Rita:

To Her Bravery

In tears I saw you sinking,
I watched you fade away.
You suffered much in silence,
You fought so hard to stay.
You faced your task with courage.
Your spirit did not bend,
And still you kept on fighting
Until the very end.
So when I saw you sleeping
So peaceful, free from pain.
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again.


Kathleen Bustin Willis & Family on Thanksgiving

Here are Ronnie, Kathleen, daughter Heather Williams and grandson Manley.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cover of the Rolling Stone - Sung by George Cummings at the Reunion

When You're In Love With a Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook



Trees are marching along the fence,
Red flags flying.
Where's the band?
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This is one of many items and clippings in my scrap book from high school days. Come on, now. I'll bet there are others who have some stuff like this to post, right? Go, Cats, Go!


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Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?' 'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. ! 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.' By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it : Some parents NEVER! owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died. My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 5. It was, of course, black and white, I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had. We didn't have a car until I was 4. It was an old black Dodge. I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line. Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day. Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing. Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it? MEMORIES from a friend : My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.How many do you remember? Head lights dimmer switches on the floor. Ignition switches on the dashboard.Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall. Real ice boxes.Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. Older Than Dirt Quiz : Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom. 1 Blackjack chewing gum2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 3. Candy cigarettes4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles 5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes 6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 7. Party lines8. Newsreels before the movie 9. P.F. Flyers10. Butch wax 11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels) 12. Peashooters 13. Howdy Doody 14. 45 RPM records 15. S& H greenstamps 16 Hi-fi's17. Metal ice trays with lever 18. Mimeograph paper19 Blue flashbulb20. Packards21. Roller skate keys22. Cork popguns 23. Drive-ins24. Studebakers25. Wash tub wringers If you remembered 0-5 = You're still youngIf you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt! I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.