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.)




Wednesday, July 31, 2013


      (Hope you like chocolate)


Date:  Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Location: The new Holiday Inn on North Frontage Road by the Interstate in Meridian, Ms

Cost:  $65 per person

A block of 75 rooms @ $89 per night has been reserved at Holiday Inn, 100 North Frontage Rd. Their phone number is 601-693-0160.  Also a block of 25 rooms @ $75 per night has been reserved at Comfort Inn, 701 Bonita Lakes Dr.  Their phone number is 601-693-1200.   The deadline for making reservations at these rates is September 18th, 2013, which is 4 weeks before the reunion. Be sure to tell them you're attending the Meridian High School Class of '58 Reunion to be held October 18th & 19th, 2013 to get these rates.



OCTOBER 18-19, 2013


City/State/Zip Code
Email Address

Phone No(s)

(Circle or check above information you want printed out on list for classmates)

I will be attending the reunion in October                                      Yes                  No

I will bring a guest with me                                                              Yes                  No

            Name of guest___________________________________

Enclosed is $65 per person                               Total amount enclosed:  $____________

(Check or money order made out to MHS Class of ‘58 Reunion)

Mail to:  MHS Class of ‘58 Reunion
                c/o Beth Clark
                3205 Grandview Ave
                Meridian MS  39305

Monday, July 22, 2013

Merre’dithe Williamson Welch

Merre’dithe Williamson Welch passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Gulfport, MS at the age of 72. She was born to Donald and Beatrice Williamson December 13, 1940 in Meridian, MS.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Jessie Floyd Welch and one son, Bobby Joe Koonce, Jr.

Merre’dithe is survived by her loving children: Teresa Magee, Donald Koonce, and Shannon Favre; five grandchildren: Jason Armstrong, Jaimie Armstrong, Spencer Armstrong, Brittney Koonce, and Lacey Lawson; three great grandchildren: Isaac Reese, Chloe Koonce, and Hannah Lawson; and her two loving dogs: Jo Jo and Shiloh.

She was a member of the Elks Lodge of Gulfport # 978, and served as past Loyal Knight. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 119 in Gulfport and a member of the 8/40 Salon 218 of Gulfport where she served as past Chaplain and Department President. She was a member of the Woolmarket Baptist Church.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1907 Dunbarton Dr., Suite C, Jackson, MS 39216.


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 Merre'dithe, 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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Flynt Lamar Smith, Brother of Minor Smith

Lamar Smith passed away on July 5, 2013, and services were held on July 9th at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home with burial in Meridian Memorial Park. Lamar was 85 years old.

Lamar was a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the 186th ARW Mississippi Air National Guard. He was also a retired city and rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was a Merit Life Deacon at Highland Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for over 60 years.

Survivors include his daughters, Sandra Kay Eubanks and husband, Jim, of Collinsville, MS; Deborah Ann Braswell and husband, Graham, of Jackson, AL; his son, Gary Lamar Smith of Ridgeland, MS; grandchildren, Aaron Shaun Eubanks and wife, Kim; Shannon Leigh Bedsole and husband, Shane; Ashley Randolph and husband, Jason; Wesley Braswell and wife, Nicole; Braeden Smith, and Carruth Smith; great grandchildren, Erin, Ethan, Sydney, Caleb, Kaylee, Delaney, Jacob, and Olivia; brother, James Minor Smith; sister-in-law, Ruth Easter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Frances Tims Smith; parents, Flynt and Ethel Smith; brother, Lester Smith, and sister, Claire Powers.

Memorials may be made to the Highland Baptist Church Building Fund, Music Ministry, or Child Development Center.

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 Lamar, 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.

Edna Ruth Fisher Blythe, Mother of Patsy Fisher McDonald

Many of us have fond memories of Patsy's mom from high school when we were in her home.  I still see her as a vivacious and fun person, with eyes that twinkled and a caring heart.  With great sorrow, I am writing to let you know that she died at Popular Springs Nursing Center on Saturday, July 6th.  She is survived by one daughter Patsy Fisher McDonald (Louis), and one son Sonny Fisher (Harriett), grandchildren, great children and great-great grandchildren. Services were held on Tuesday, July 9th, at Pine Crest Funeral Home, 1939 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile AL, with burial in Pine Crest Cemetery.

Please pray for Patsy and all the family during this time of sadness.
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 Edna Ruth, 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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hemingway's Connection with Piggott, Arkansas

Harry's hometown Piggott, Arkansas, is where Hemingway's in-laws, the Pfeiffers, lived. He wrote "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in the carriage house. Paula, a Vogue editor, was instrumental in getting his work published, and probably responsible for his fame. After their divorce, his career dwindled. Harry's father Marcus was a favorite hunting buddy of Hemingway, and he was invited to go on a 1932 African Safari with him, but Nellie, Marcus' wife, told him, "If you go, don't bother to come back." It seems that Hemingway was a big drinker and risk taker.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I Wish I Was In Dixie

Thursday, July 4, 2013

This is what America is all about - people helping people.

55th Class Reunion

He was a widower and she a widow. They had known each other for a number of years being high school classmates and having attended class reunions over the last 50+ years without fail.

This anniversary of their class the widower and the widow made a foursome with two other singles.

They had a wonderful evening, their spirits high, the widower throwing admiring glances across the table. The widow smiling coyly back at him.

Finally, he picked up courage to ask her, "Will you marry me?"

After about six seconds of careful consideration, she answered, "Yes, yes I will!"

The evening ended on a happy note for the widower. But the next morning he was troubled. Did she say "Yes" or did she say "No?" He couldn't remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. He went over the conversation of the previous evening, but his mind was blank. He remembered asking the question, but for the life of him could not recall her response. With fear and trepidation he picked up the phone and called her.

First, he explained that he couldn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the past evening. As he gained a little more courage, he then inquired of her. "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say 'Yes' or did you say 'No?'"

"Why you silly man, I said, 'Yes. Yes I will.' And I meant it with all my heart."

The widower was delighted. He felt his heart skip a beat.

Then she continued. "And I am so glad you called because I couldn't remember who asked me!"

The Price the Founders Paid

On July 4, 1776, fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to approve the wording of the Declaration of Independence, which boldly stated,
"…these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown…"
The fifty-six men who signed the Declaration knew that they would be considered traitors to the crown and would likely become targets of the British army. They also knew they could become targets of their own neighbors, as not everyone in the colonies agreed there should be separation from the Empire.  
Here are a few details, based on historical evidence, about some of those brave men…
  • Richard Stockton is believed to have been the only signer imprisoned by the British specifically for signing the Declaration of Independence. 
  • Four others were captured during the Revolutionary War while engaged in warfare against the crown and were held as prisoners.
  • Seventeen held commissions in the army or did medical duty during the war. Many saw their properties and livelihoods destroyed while serving.
  • Two would become President of the United States:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
These were committed patriots who firmly believed that their cause was just and right. They unequivocally said as much in the Declaration’s opening statements…

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."


Classmates, today we celebrate our nation’s birthday. I hope you will remember the bravery and sacrifices of the Founders. We should also pay tribute to all Americans who have paid, or are paying, a price for our freedom.