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, January 29, 2012

Norma Rawlings Webb (Sister of Gay Rawlings Elliott)

January 29, 2012

Norma Rawlings Webb


 Services for Norma Rawlings Webb will be Monday, January 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Meridian, Mississippi with Reverend Eric Stelle and Reverend Brian Ponder officiating . Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Norma Rawlings Webb, 76, of Birmingham, died, Thursday, January 26, 2012, at her home after battling a lung disease.

Norma was born on February 5, 1935, in Meridian, the daughter of the late (C.B.) Dough Rawlings and Alice Rawlings. She has spent the last 18 years in Birmingham, Alabama.

A generous, faithful and active member of the Episcopal Church, Norma graduated from the Education for Ministry program, an intensive study of theology and Christian tradition. She also dedicated much of her time and energy to Love’s Kitchen while living in Meridian and provided philanthropic support to Meridian Community College, St. Paul’s and All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood, Alabama.

Professionally, Norma worked for Sears, Roebuck and Company, USF&G and Employment Services of Mississippi. Personally, she enjoyed the beach, family, friends and travel. Collectively, she was known as a gracious, fair, and loving person with lifelong and rewarding relationships with God, high school friends and her family.

Wife of the late Tommy H. Webb of Meridian, she is survived by her son Lamar Gidden III (Laura); her daughter Fonda Shaia (Ken); her sister Gay Rawlings Elliott (David III); grandchildren Elliott Brown, L.A. Gidden IV, and Zanie Love Shaia; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to express special thanks to Tasha Roberts, Minnie Powell, and clergy Eric Stelle and Glenda Curry for their compassion, care and support throughout Norma’s illness.

Pall bearers: grandchildren—Elliott Brown and L.A. Gidden IV; nephews—David A. Elliott IV, D.A. Elliott V, Duncan R. Elliott, W. Michael Elliott, and Ethan Payne.

The family also request that memorials be made to Meridian Community College, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Meridian) and All Saints Episcopal Church (Homewood).

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at


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 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.

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