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.)




Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Birthdays

Ouida Landreth Tomlinson – August 1
Carolyn Gipson Falcon – August 9
Jinny Curran Walz – August 15
Judy Johnson Foil – August 20
None Parker Rhodes (deceased) – August 28
John Chancellor – August 31

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nona Parker Rhodes

July 29, 2011
Mary W. Parker Rhodes
The Meridian Star


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Memorial services for Mary Winona Parker Rhodes will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Augusta, with the Rev. Paul Sherwood officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rhodes, beloved wife of Melton E. Rhodes Jr., died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at home. She was 70 years old. Nona was born in Birmingham, Ala. in 1940 to Dr. and Mrs. (Sudie McLemore) Paul Harmon Parker. She was raised to be a fine lady by her father and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. McLemore. As a majorette and flutist for the Meridian High School, she caught the eye and won the heart of Mel Rhodes. She followed him to the University of Mississippi where she became a Kappa Kappa Gamma. They were married at First Presbyterian Church in Meridian, Miss. on Aug. 4, 1961. Their first home together was in San Diego. John was born in Meridian. Subsequently, they moved to Marietta, where Rick was born. They established residence in Augusta in 1965 and Melanie was born here. Nona was a devoted member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church where she was an Elder and a Deacon and she was a faithful member of the Howington bible study. She loved church fellowship and she lived in her Lord’s grace. She was an active member of the Ladies Golf Association, the Titleholders Association, the Greenbrier Garden Club and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. Nona’s ever-present smile and positive attitude will be long remembered by her family and friends. She touched lives and demonstrated Christian love in her every encounter. She loved Augusta, her many dear friends and enjoyed their fellowship here, in the mountains, at the beach and on regular travels to new destinations. She relished being on the go and seeking new adventures.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Melton E. Rhodes Jr.; her brother, Dr. Paul H. Parker Jr. (Kerry); her three children: John Parker Rhodes (Lisa), Richard Evan Rhodes, and Melanie Rhodes Congdon (Jeff); three grandchildren: John Parker Rhodes Jr., Sadie Nannette Rhodes, and Melissa Katherine Rhodes; a niece, Mrs. Suzy Parker Johnson (Bruce); and three nephews: Lee Barnett Parker, Ben Barnett Parker, and John David Parker (Kelly).

She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother, Mr. Walter McLemore Parker Sr.; and her nephew, Mr. Walter McLemore Parker Jr.

The family will receive friends at the home of John and Lisa Rhodes today, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Please park on Henry Street or Hillcrest Avenue.)

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church or the University Healthcare Foundation.

Please sign the guestbook at

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Meridian Star

July 24, 2011

Patsy D. Bradley

The Meridian Star

Services for Ms. Patsy D. Bradley will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home. Burial will be in Little Rock Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Bradley, age 71, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Hospital in Meridian. She was retired from Bellsouth Telephone Company.

She is survived by her Two Sisters, Ann Irby of Meridian, MS and Jerry Lynn Odum and her husband Riley of Laurel, MS; Brother in law, Paul Clark; Niece, Tammy Irby of Meridian, MS; by numerous other nieces, nephews and friends; and by her two loved pets, Sassy and Samantha.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Cora Lee Bradley; Sisters, Emma Jo Prather and Nan Clark.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Irby, Brad Woodruff, Billy Joe Clark, and Dennis Parmer.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Carmichael, Harold Cross Grove, and Ricky Odum.

Visitation will be held on Monday at James F. Webb Funeral Home from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Family and friends may sign the online memorial or leave a personal note for the family at


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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

News from Jimmy Satterfield

Jimmy Satterfield posted to Ouida Tomlinson on FaceBook:

Thanks Ouida for the birthday greetings. Sorry to be late but celebrated my birthday (July 9) with Natasha hiking up a mountain in her home country of Kazakhstan to see a beautiful waterfall and then to have wonderful picnic with Russian friends along the rushing white water river next to a trout farm. Most of time while in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Natasha's home town - look up in your Atlas) did not have access to computer. Thanks again and hope all is going good for you, Have a great day, Jimmy

(Note from Ouida: Sigh! Would that I could have a picnic on a mountain top beside a river in Russia on my birthday.)

Monday, July 11, 2011


It is with sympathy and sorrow that we post Jo Ann's obituary:

Jo Ann White, 71, a long-term resident of Destin, Fla., died July 7, 2011, after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

She loved to travel the world, enjoyed being with her friends, and cherished the Destin area.

Jo Ann is survived by one brother, Jim Mills; one sister, Betty Sharman of Meridian, Miss.; two sons, David and Brad White of Hattiesburg, Miss.; a daughter, Connie White of Destin; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. downstairs at Harbor Docks in Destin.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jo Ann's name may be made to the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners, 302 N. Wilson St., Suite 302, Crestview, FL 32536. The funds will go to the local Okaloosa Emergency Management Agency to help support disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 9, 2011


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.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Everette Woodley Clayton, Jr., Obituary

Everette Woodley Clayton, Jr., 71, of Headland passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 3pm on Monday July 11, 2011 at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Wright officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Clayton was born June 5, 1940 in Meridian, MS and lived there the early part of his life. He served in the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard. Mr. Clayton moved to Dothan in 1965 and was employed with Girly Refining Comp-any for 18 years and later with Hathcock Remodeling for 18 years until his retirement in 2006. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Mr. Clayton was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Dothan.

He was preceded in death by his father Everette Woodley Clayton, Sr., his mother Mary Alice Clayton Dearman, and his stepfather Robert Earl Dearman. Survivors include his wife of 51 years Carol Clayton of Headland; sons, Everette W. Clayton, III (Becky) of Dothan and Cory Clayton (Brittney) of Dothan; his daughter Candy Jordan (Stephen) of Fernandina Beach, FL; 6 grandchildren, Cole Clayton, Clint Clayton, Reese Jordan, Libby Jordan, Turner Clayton, and Caroline Clayton; a brother Jimmy Clayton (Ginger) of Gulf Port, MS; a sister Patsy Reynolds (Jack) of Avon, IN; several nieces and nephews also survive.


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 Everette, 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.