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.)




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Amtrak to NYC

My cousin Denise Markline Dengler and I took a sleeper on Amtrak to NYC recently in order to attend the opening reception of the exhibition "Bound" at Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea in NYC, where my painting "Corinthian White" was hanging. 24 works were chosen by Cora Rosevear, Curator at Museum of Modern Art.  The title of the painting is the commercial color name of the wall paint (Picasso also used house paint - ha); I am concerned with the idea of what a painting should be.  I managed to get a good photo of the Jefferson and Washington Monuments as we passed through Washington, but didn't react quickly enough to get the Capitol, though the train passed very close by.  Denise said, "Let's do this while we still can," and I'm glad we went.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Jimmie Rogers Parade 1957 or 58

(Photo provided by Jere Skelton)
Driver - Bobby Joe (Big Red) Stewart, shotgun Bill (Chubby) Ross.
  On top L - R, Jere (Mahony) Skelton, my cuz Bill Johnson, Bobby Kyle, Jerry (Skyty) Gurney, Ducey Warren and Ray Crawford

So how many GREAT grandchildren do you have?

 Great Grandchildren of Minor Smith
Hannah and Alexandria Permenter

 Bill Tatum has 2, ages 6 and 8

Martha Hopkins has 1,
Mason Camp, almost 5 months old
Jinny Walz has 1 on the way
due by September 30th
Bob and Amanda Bailey have 9 grandchildren,
7 here and 2 were called by God in 2000 and 2003
to dwell with Him in the heavenly places.
Annie Kinkead Dent---17 Denver, CO
Hayes Dent III---16 Yazoo City, MS
Cary Dent---15 Denver
Margaret Dent---14 Yazoo City
Knox Dent---13 Denver
Kindead Dent---12 Yazoo City
John Montfort Jones---30 Leland, MS
Maggie Jones---With the Lord since January 2, 2000. She was 15.
Stokes Jones---With the Lord since August 31, 2003. He was 22.

Dotty Pigott Garrett has 2 with 3rd on way
Branson Reynolds, 3 1/2 and Justin Michael Bynam, 2 months

Patsy and Louis McDonald have 3,
Megan age 12, Coey age 8, and Brittany age 15

Tommy Glover has 2,   
Peyton age 8 and Pryce age 5
Jere Skelton has 4,
Cole Laird 6, Luke Laird 4, Kenna Laird 4
and Grayson Skelton (just arrived)
Mary McLemore Weaver has 1,
great granddaughter who is 3

Carolyn Falcon has 28,
great grandchildren
33 grandchildren
and 12 children

Pansy Mosby has 5
great grandchildren

Beth Hobgood Clark has 10
great grandchildren
4 boys (Austin 7, Blake 5, Bryson 4, Damien 3)
 6 girles (Anna 6, Savanna 6, Ryleigh 1, Mackenzie 5, Macey 3, Violet 1).
The two due in June are girls.

(Continue to send great grandchildren info for posting here)


Guy Winston Rawson, III, Son of Pansy McCarra Mosby

February 25, 2013

Guy Winston Rawson, III


Memorial services for Guy Winston Rawson, III will be held today at 4 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home.

Mr. Rawson, 53, of Meridian, died Saturday at Rush Hospital.

He is survived by his son, Guy Winston Rawson, IV; daughter, Virginia L. Harmon; grandchildren, Guy Winston Rawson, V; Lee Harmon, Sara Belle Harmon, James B. Harmon, II, and Elijah C. Harmon; mother, Pansy Mosby; brothers, Steve Rawson and Charlie McCarra; and sister, Jennifer Davis.

He is preceded in death by his father, Guy Winston Rawson, Jr.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Eternal rest grant unto Guy Winston Rawson, III, 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.

Friday, February 22, 2013

This is Our Shirley

(click photo to enlarge)
The following was copied from Shirley's memory book on the funeral home site, found here.  This is the Shirley we know and love - this is the Shirley we will remember: 

"Everyone at Azalea Gardens will miss Shirley stopping by to visit her sister Annette. Our last memory of Shirley was at our Valentine's Day dance on Thursday the 14th where she danced the afternoon away with her sister, staff and residents! We all had a great time and are truly thankful she spent the afternoon with us! Everyone here will miss her dearly."

           Posted by: Lori. Hannah - Oxford , MS - friend of Shirely and Annette Feb 20, 2013

4th Grade, Stevenson School

Front row:
Barbara Shirley, Patsy Bradley, Judy McKellar, Jean Cunningham, Billy Manny, Shirley Broadhead, Marianne Stuart, Kathleen Bustin

Second row:
Stanford Daniels, Martin Reese, Harriet Blum, Judy Houseman, Phyllis Beckman, James Slay, Gail Dennis, ?, Patricia Gulley, Miss Phillips

Third row:
William Betts, David Barrett, Wendell Cook, Harry Vorhaben, John Loomis, Roland Davis, ?, John Vorhaben, ?, ?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Shirley Broadhead Turner Hamilton

Shirley Broadhead Turner Hamilton

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memorial services for Shirley Broadhead Turner Hamilton will be held Friday, at 1 p.m., at Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis. Canale Funeral Directors of Memphis is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hamilton, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, after suffering a brain hemorrhage due to a fall. Her kind spirit, generosity and exuberance for life touched everyone she met. Her upbeat personality and outstanding humor made her hard to forget. She was raised in Meridian, Miss., and attended the University of Mississippi. Following college, she earned a master’s degree at Memphis State University and remained in Memphis for the next four decades. During that time, she held a variety of positions in both the education and legal communities. Likewise, she was a committed volunteer for Les Passes, the Memphis Symphony, the Memphis Opera and more. In recent years, she moved to Oxford, Miss., where she attended First Baptist Church, participated in the Republican Women’s League and reconnected with college friends. Her lifelong passion for entertaining and traveling were rivaled only by her love of raising her two daughters.

Survivors include her daughters: Alex Turner and Christian Turner, both of Memphis; her husband, Jerry Hamilton of Oxford, Miss.; and, sisters: Annette Broadhead Farmer of Oxford, Miss., and Dolly Broadhead Pittman of Jackson, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Virdie Broadhead; and, her brothers: Norris (Martha) Broadhead, and Paul (Sherry) Broadhead.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to a charity of your choice.

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 Shirley, 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.