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.)




Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nancy is Home!

Ella writes that Nancy is at home as of this past Wednesday. She is using a cane and will start physical therapy next week. She can drive short distances.

Tommy is still doing pretty well. Yesterday, two of his Millsaps football players came to see him along with Clay. Nancy said he really enjoyed their visit.

Madge Moore Ethridge, Mother of Gerard Ethridge

Services for Madge Moore Ethridge were held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home in Meridian with Joseph Hallman, Danny Pinter and Hal Bates officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Ethridge, 90, of Collinsville, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was a retired bookkeeper for Bill Ethridge Lincoln Mercury and worked at Memorial Park Cemetery at its beginning. The phrase "nothing the heart gives away is gone…it is kept in the hearts of others" describes Mrs. Ethridge best, as she spent her life caring for, helping, and giving to her family and friends. She loved to garden, grow flowers, collect stamps, and read. She attended Antioch Southern Methodist Church and was a member of the Keenagers Sunday School Class and the Victoria Love Women's Circle.

She is survived by her son, Gerard Ethridge and his wife, Phyllis, of Collinsville; daughter, Linda Dulaney and her husband, Robert, of Collinsville; grandchildren, Brent Ethridge and his wife, Julie, of Brandon, Kim Ethridge of Madison, Caleb Dulaney and his wife, Madison, of Ridgeland, Sam Dulaney and Bonnie Blue Dulaney; great-grandchildren, Haley Ethridge and Sarah Ethridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claiborne Ethridge; parents, Samuel Oscar and Sula George Moore; sister, Mazelle McAlister; brother, Jack Moore; and niece, Sue McAlister Ammon.

Pallbearers were Dr. Richie McAlister, Brent Ethridge, Richie McAlister, Caleb Dulaney, Sam Dulaney and Kirby Keith.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Lynette Mayatt Odom Scholarship Fund at West Lauderdale High School. Funds should be made payable to The Lynette Mayatt Odom Scholarship Fund and mailed to Rayvenne McDonald, c/o Lauderdale County School System, P.O. Box 5498, Meridian, MS 39302.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Gerard Ethridge


Monday, January 25, 2010

MS-FACT: Mississippi - Fighting Animal Cruelty Together

The following is copied directly from MS-FACT website here.

"MS-FACT was formed in 2009 by animal advocates who joined together from across the state to meet in Jackson, MS at the capitol to fight for tougher laws to be passed in Mississippi for cases of animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect to cats and dogs. It is our goal to join forces with affiliate shelters, animal rescues, and other organizations to promote community awareness, support and involvement to put an end to the inhumane practices of puppy mills, dog fighting, cock fighting, and abuse/neglect of cats and dogs by helping pass tougher laws for inhumane treatment in animal cruelty cases. Join us in our mission and be a voice to help the cats and dogs that suffer endlessly that cannot speak for themselves!

"Join Facebook. Join in on our discussions, view cases, photos, and be an advocate to help stop animal cruelty to cats and dogs. Click on the Facebook link and become a member to join our group "Mississippi - Fighting Animal Cruelty Together" and help us make a difference!"
Click here for FaceBook.

See earlier post on this subject below.

The Night We Drink That Dixie Down

Happy Birthday Jimmy Lewis

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 28 - 31

News of Nancy Ranager

Ella Edwards went to see Nancy yesterday at the nursing home. Nancy is lots better. She was visiting Tommy in his room. Ken came by while Ella was there. Nancy is using a walker, but walking very well. She hopes to start using a cane more and perhaps go home this week.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Support Historic SB 2623 to Make Mississippi the 47th State with a felony animal cruelty law!

Mississippi has one of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the country. In fact, the Animal Legal Defense Fund recently ranked the state as one of 2009’s “Five Best States to be an Animal Abuser.” Only three other states lack felony penalties for the worst crimes committed against animals. Local advocate group Mississippi Fighting Animal Cruelty Together (MS-FACT) has said that, in Mississippi, torturing a defenseless dog or cat often carries the same penalty as stealing a DVD.

Sen. Billy Hewes wants to make Mississippi the 47th state with a felony animal cruelty law. With your help, he can.

Mississippi is not immune to heinous incidents of animal cruelty, as illustrated by the recent case in which a Natchez man tied a dog to a tree and set the dog on fire. Suffering from burns on more than 75 percent of its body, the dog was later euthanized. The man received a mere misdemeanor (a maximum six-month jail sentence and a maximum $1,000 fine).

The detrimental impact that Mississippi’s weak animal cruelty law has on animals is tremendous. The Link® between animal abuse and other forms of societal violence is nationally recognized in research studies. Threats or actions against animals are strong indicators that violence against humans may follow. Now is the time to change the law in Mississippi to protect everyone from harm.

Senate Bill 2623, introduced by Sen. Hewes, would make aggravated cruelty to cats and dogs a felony with a maximum five-year imprisonment and a maximum $10,000 fine. In addition, the court would be required to order the convicted offender to pay restitution to the owner of the animal(s) and to the shelter/releasing/law enforcement agencies directly involved in the case. The court could require 1) psychological evaluation of the offender and necessary treatment; 2) that the offender’s right to own any other animal is forfeited for a certain period of time; and 3) that animal control could make periodic unannounced visits to the offender’s home to inspect any animal that the court may have allowed to stay with the offender.

Please ask your district senator to support historic SB 2623.


Source: American Humane: Protecting Children and Animals since 1877

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Al Trussell

Happy Birthday Al

Freeing the Fish
to Prolong Your Life

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

News of Nancy and Tommy Ranager

On January 14, 2010, Nancy Collier Ranager had back surgery at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood, MS. She left the hospital on January 19th to go to Brandon Court for two weeks. This is the same nursing home where Tommy is, so she'll be able to just get in her wheelchair (or use her walker soon, we hope) to go see him. She will be doing physical therapy there. The address for Brandon Court is 100 Burnham Road, Brandon MS 39042. She would enjoy receiving cards from us. Please keep Nancy and Tommy in your prayers.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI for Haiti

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI for Haiti

News from Ouida Landreth Tomlinson

Saint Francis of Assisi

As many of you know, I am Secular Franciscan. The Secular Franciscan Order is a third order of lay people, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 1200’s along with the first order of Friars and second order of Poor Clare nuns. The SFO is organized by local, regional, national, and international fraternities.

This last Saturday, I attended the Saint Joan of Arc Regional Fraternity meeting in Baton Rouge. This region covers all of Mississippi and Louisiana and parts of Tennessee and Texas. I was elected as secretary to the region. I would appreciate your prayers, as I begin my three-year term, that I may meet the numerous responsibilities of this office and do exceedlingly well for the benefit of my brothers and sisters in our region.

Ouida Tomlinson, SFO

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Field of Dreams - New Orleans from Chris Schultz on Vimeo.

In New Orleans, in "the summer of 2008, 30 students emerged from seven classroom trailers and courageously took to the field as a football team. Their field? An abandoned lot in the shadow of their hurricane-devastated high school. These students have inspired a group of young, ambitious individuals to resurrect a community and change the outcome of a forgotten neighborhood. Together we can prove that against formidable odds, a few people crazy enough to believe in their own power to create change can overcome a seemingly impossible challenge."

See website: 9th Ward Field of Dreams

Happy Birthday Denny Powers

Happy Birthday Denny Powers!
May your wishes come true
and may you live happily ever after!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Michael Oher