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.)




Thursday, December 22, 2011

Giggle With Goats

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Virginia Horton Carmichael, Teacher, MHS

Mrs. Carmichael, 82, of Meridian, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in Asheville, NC. She taught school for 37 years with 35 of those years at Meridian High School, where she was chairperson of the business Education Department for 20 years. She was also an Intensive Business Training instructor and Vocational Office Training Coordinator. Mrs. Carmichael received a Masters’ Degree and Ed.s from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi & Pi Omega Pi honor societies in education. She also received her AAA teaching certification in 1973. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma for 44 years, serving as president of Gamma chapter for 4 years. Mrs. Carmichael was a member of Retired Teachers Association for the past 23 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over 55 years. Survivors include her daughters, Debra Carmichael Scheer and her husband Tom of Asheville, NC, Janet L. Carmichael of Madison, MS; granddaughter, Jennifer L. Patty of Charlotte, NC; nieces, Dianne Wood and Denise Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rolfe M. Horton and Vada McDill Horton; brothers, James M. Horton and Marcus O. Horton; nephew, Douglas Horton. In lieu of flowers and gifts memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at


December 18, 2011

The Meridian Star


Private services will be held for Virginia Horton Carmichael. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Carmichael, 82, of Meridian, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in Asheville, N.C.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Visitation will be held today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Eternal rest grant unto her, 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.

(Mrs. Carmichael taught typing and shorthand at MHS in the 50's.  She was one of my teachers, and after we graduated, she later became a good friend of my mother.  I would see her from time to time, and she remained always so very kind and caring towards me and my mother.)

Obituary of Jackie Houston Tyner

(brother of Larry Tyner)
December 13, 2011

 The Meridian Star


Funeral Services for Jackie Houston Tyner will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, December 13 at Central United Methodist Church with the Reverends Jimmy Harrison and Bob Rambo officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Tyner died on Sunday, December 11, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born in Hillsboro, Mississippi On December 18, 1934, to Leroy and Estelle Houston Tyner. He moved to Meridian in 1953 and graduated from Meridian High School where he lettered in basketball. He served in the US Army for two years active service and four in active reserve. He was stationed in Fort Sills, Oklahoma as a Specialist in the Honest John Rocket Division. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS degree in marketing. He enjoyed a successful career with Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals for 32 years, being one of the first five recipients in the company to receive the distinguished Director’s Award and earned many other professional awards throughout his career.

Jack was a member of Central United Methodist Church, the Shields Sunday School Class and a past Sunday school teacher and the MSU alumni club. Jack dearly loved his family and enjoyed many trips to the beach with them, his real estate investment friends, and golf trips with his golfing buddies. He also loved Mississippi State sports, both attending and watching or listening to all MSU sports.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Gayle Gebhart Tyner, daughter Stephanie Tyner Pierce and four grandchildren: Amanda, Payton, Houston and Stephen Pierce all of Fairhope, AL.; a sister Bobbie Morgan and her husband Chad of Meridian; brothers Larry Tyner and his wife Charlotte of Oxford, Ms and Fred Tyner and his wife Ann of Madison, MS; bothers in law and sisters in law Dean and Margie Gebhart and Dave and Sally Perkins of Jackson, MS. and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law Smylie Gebhart.

The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses and caretakers at Anderson’s Hospital, Bedford Care, and Infinity Hospice who were devoted to his care as well as his many physician friends over the years.

Visitation will be at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home on Monday December 12 from 5-7pm and 1 hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

We commend Jackie to almighty God,
and entrust him to his creator.
May he rest in the arms of the Lord
who formed him from the dust of the earth.
May he enjoy the vision of God forever. Amen.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah

Peace & All Good
December 20 - December 28

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saluting Meridian's Oldest Living Tree

Saluting Meridian's Oldest Living Tree

This tree is in front of my son's home on Poplar Springs Drive.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dion DiMucci - Great musician from the 50's and today!

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Dion Dimucci - from the 50's and still performing

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1958 Track Team

This group picture of the 1958 track team appeared
in the following year's annual so perhaps you have not seen it.
You may right click your mouse to save to your computer.