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.)




Friday, May 20, 2011

Roy Elbert "Tom" Tomlinson

We send our sympathy to Ouida in her time of sorrow.

Roy Elbert "Tom" Tomlinson

Roy Elbert "Tom" Tomlinson, age 87, of Diamondhead, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at his home.

Tom was born in Newark, Arkansas but grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in Italy during World War II. During this period of service, he was a B-24 pilot, 757th Bomb Squadron, 459th Bomb Group. He also flew in Korea.

He retired from Houston Engineers in 1991.

Tom was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church and the Secular Franciscan Order with Our Lady of the Pearl fraternity.

He was an avid bridge player and sports fan. He and his wife, Ouida, shared a great love for dogs, especially Maltese. They were foster parents for rescued dogs.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Edna Tomlinson; his daughter-in-law, Laura R. Tomlinson; and his beloved Maltese, Poppy.
Survivors include his wife Ouida L. Tomlinson; children, Stuart R. Tomlinson, Laura Tomlinson, Jeff Tomlinson and Susan Tomlinson; grandchildren, Owen R. Tomlinson and Brooke L. Tomlinson; and numerous other loved ones, friends and pets.

Visitation will be Monday, May 23, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church (new church building). Burial with military honors will follow at the National Cemetery in Biloxi.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Annunciation Church Building Fund or to Northcentral Maltese Rescue ( Arrangements by Riemann Family Funeral Home and memories may be shared at

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