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, April 20, 2012

Rosalie Leigh Lovett Coats (Mother of Tommy Coats)

Rosalie Leigh Lovett Coats
January 20, 1920 - April 10, 2012
Services for Rosalie Leigh Lovett Coats will be held Saturday [April 14, 2012], at 10 a.m., at Webb Chapel with Pastor Jack White and Father Frank Cosgrove officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Coats, 92, of Meridian, went to be face to face with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Poplar Springs Nursing Center. She was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Coats attended St. Aloysius School and Meridian High School. She and her husband were active members of the Utopian Club, where they enjoyed dancing and traveling, First Nighters of the MLT, and members of the Northwood Country Club. She was an avid bridge player. She worked with her husband in their business, Coats and Coats Personnel Consultants, where she helped many people find good jobs. Mrs. Coats was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Descendants of the American Revolution. Our heartfelt thanks and prayers are extended to the Management and staff of Poplar Springs Nursing Center for their love and care for Mrs. Coats.

She is survived by her son, David Lewis Coats and his children: Sherry, Denise, David, Kim and Gene; son, G.C.”Tom” Coats III, his wife Genie and their children: Elizabeth Leigh, Graham, Ninette and Lela; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and was a gracious and loving “Mamaw” to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G.C. “Jiggs” Coats Jr.; her father, James Lovett; mother, Aileen Lovett Morton; sister, Elizabeth Blanchard; and her aunt, Ninetta Park.

Pallbearers will be Bubba Buchanan, Stu Bosarge, Wendell Cook, Jere Skelton, Richard Gough, Ronny Pfeifer and Jimmy Hoffer.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

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

SOURCE:  James F. Webb Funeral Home

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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