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 25, 2014

Going Home Again!

Dear Friends,

Last Spring Denise, my youngest sister, (she's ten years younger than I) asked if I would like to move into her home or on her property.  This was highly unusual as Denny is as independent as I; we've lived alone for such a long time that dealing with another in the same dwelling was not something I thought she could abide for more than a few days!  I told her I would pray about the invitation and get back with her.  You see, Denny is coping with the effects of Type I diabetes and now has been relegated to living much closer to home, without the freedoms she has enjoyed in the past.

After spending time in Costa Rica I visited with Denny for about three weeks.  At the time she was struggling with the effects of DKA, or Diabetic Ketone Acidosis.  Her stay in the hospital was five days.  It was then I decided a move closer to her was in order, not in her home, but living near enough that I could assist in some of the tasks that have become more difficult for her to accomplish, those that require driving or close eyesight functioning.

We went though a few failed attempts to line up living arrangements for me; however, I'm now set to move into a complex called Olde Poplar Place, apartments that happen to be in my old elementary school neighborhood. It's my desire to provide Denny with whatever she needs in the way of a second pair of eyes, a driver and more than anything, an encouragement to her.

The move is scheduled for January 4, 2015. I have a friend who will be helping me make the move, something that will be a real blessing.  After the last move I made, I truly believed the next move would be to Heaven!   Thomas Wolfe said, "You can't go home again!"  But sometimes going home is not only necessary but can be cathartic, therapeutic and a lovely thing when you're reaching out to a dear little sister who needs you.

So, I'm extending a heartfelt invitation to you to visit.  I will be thrilled to have you spend time with me in Meridian. We can rediscover our hometown; it has changed immensely with some rather exciting additions that give it a progressive direction and look.

My new address is in the signature section of the email [to be sent to class list].  The cell number and email remain the same. I thank you for the part you have played in constructing my history.  It's all been good!

Love to you,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Monday, November 10, 2014

Remember the Days of the Old School Yard

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obituary of Algie Franklin Trussell, Jr.

Algie Franklin Trussell Jr., 74, died Sept. 25, 2014 at the home of his daughter in LaVerne, Calif. of complications from cancer. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1958, was in the U.S. Navy for two years and graduated from Mississippi College and Texas A & M University with a master degree in computer science.
He worked at the University Medical Center in Jackson in the computer department, Stephen A. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas in the computer department, World Vision International in Monrovia, Calif. as Director of Computer Services, Lawry’s as a consultant, in California, Director of International Business Institute (IBI), China, V.P. of Educational Services International, China for 12 years. He lived in Thailand for eight years and traveled to 45 countries.

A memorial service was held in LaVerne, Calif.

He is survived by three daughters, Sheryl Trussell Shwetz (Steve), Julia Trussell McCloskey (Patrick), Suzanne Trussell Ogstad (Brian); 12 grandchildren: Sam Shwetz, Spencer Shwetz, Sawyer Shwetz, Nathan Trussell, Candace Adams, Brad Adams, Jordan Butler, Nicholas McCloskey, Hannah Ogstad, Claire Ogstad, Regan Ogstad and Cooper Ogstad; sister, Debbie Trussell Hunter (Lawrence); nephew, Michael (Mickey), Makamson (Julie); nieces, Claire Makamson Buchanon (Wayne), Danette Parker Crowe (Tim), Lisa Parker Griffin (Tom), Tracy Parker Tillman (Frankie) and special cousins, Allen Clearman Jr. and Sharon Clearman Seal (Al).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Algie Franklin and Mona Correll Trussell Sr. and sister, Julia Ann Trussell Parker.

He moved back to Meridian in October of 2013.


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.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Eternal rest, grant unto Al, 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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thomas Dollnig, Husband of Patricia Rawson Dollnig

Thomas Otto Dollnig, age 81, of Acworth, GA passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Mike Stephens officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Family Lounge at the funeral home.

Born in Chicago. IL, Mr. Dollnig moved to Acworth 15 years ago from Lenoir City, TN. He retired after a career in sales and marketing with Mr. Coffee, and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Due West United Methodist Church, and of the Inventor's Club.

Survivors: Wife, Patricia Ann Dollnig; Daughter, Kimberly Dollnig Crawford(and husband, Russell), Kennesaw, GA; Sister, Audrey Vokes, Rochester, MN; Brother, Richard Dollnig, Hilo, Hawaii; Brothers-in-law, Robert Rawson (and wife, Betsy), Jack Herzog; Sister-in-law, Mary Nell Ferguson; 3 Grandchildren, James Thomas Crawford, Anna Grace Crawford and Sara Beth Crawford.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 27th from 10am until 11am at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta.

Online guestbook @

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 Thomas Dollnig, 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.

Prayers for Our Friend Al

Over the last several months we have been receiving sad news from Al Trussell about his cancer condition. (He always thanks us for our prayers.) He has been having ongoing procedures and treatment. Pet scan results in June showed that the melanoma had spread to other parts of his body including the area on his neck where the lymph nodes were removed in February. The other places are his bones, both lungs, spleen, and abdomen, placing his cancer at stage IV.

After the pet scan results in June, he began treatment with VERVOY. Earlier this month he reported great difficulties with side effects. This morning Al's daughter, Suzanne Trussell Ogstad, posted on his Facebook page that he is not doing well. The family is bringing him to Sheryl Shwetz's home (she is another daughter) for hospice care. They ask us to pray for his comfort and for the family.

Most precious Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, we place Al, our dear friend and brother, in your hands, praying for healing, peace and provision for his every need. May the God of All Comfort be present with him and his family and fill their hearts.

* * * 

Remembering all of you, I add these special prayers for Al and everyone who is experiencing sorrows and illnesses, asking for the intercessions of the Blessed Mother.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Southern Women - funny

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tee Mann is Starring in "Margherita"

Tee is cast as Margherita Sarfatti, Mussolini's muse and mistress in the play, "Margherita," in a staged reading of this play at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, August 30th at 1 pm. Those of you in the DC area, please come. Free admission to this annual Page to Stage event. Tell your friends! Here is a clip from the first rehearsal.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jackye Bergemeyer Brooks

Jackye Bergemeyer Brooks 1940 ~ 2006 Jackye Bergemeyer Brooks, much loved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away February 25, 2006 in her home in Salt Lake City. She was born November 28, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Sue and Frederick Bergemeyer. After growing up in Mississippi, she attended Louisiana State University where she met, and later married, Robert M. Brooks, her husband of 45 years. They moved to Salt Lake City in 1967 and Jackye held a succession of secretarial jobs as she raised her family. Among the places she worked were the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Christian Fellowship, The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, and most recently, The Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. Jackye and Bob also spent two years living and working in Mexico. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert; children, Michael Brooks of Phoenix, Arizona; Ian Brooks (Mary) of Baltimore, Maryland; Kristin van Brunt (Jeff) of Salt Lake; foster daughter, Buu Diep (Alan Michelsen) of Salt Lake City; and four grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East. A Vigil Service will held Monday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, where friends may call from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Committal Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 4th Ave. & T Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to the Hand of Help Orphanage in Mexico. (Hand of Help, c/o S.O.L.T., PO Box 1406, Robstown, TX 78380)

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2006


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 Jackye, 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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Marty Davidson: One man’s pipe dream

Marty Davidson is the third-generation owner of of Southern Pipe and Supply, one of the nation’s largest privately held, independent wholesalers of plumbing, heating and air conditioning materials.

(Photo: Mark Whiddon)

Marty Davidson is chairman of Southern Pipe and Supply, the third-generation owner of one of the nation’s largest privately held, independent wholesalers of plumbing, heating and air-conditioning materials.

Davidson has taken his grandfather’s vision — "to see a plumbing supply company in a pile of junk" — and led the company through growth his predecessors never imagined.

In the early 1900s, his grandfather Louis Davidson, then 20, emigrated from Russia, where persecution of Jews was prevalent, to Mobile and the ultimate destination of New York City. Heading north on U.S. 45, he ran out of money in Meridian and stayed. He tried several enterprises with no success before opening the St. Louis Junk Co., a scrap metal business, in 1918. At a friend’s suggestion, he added used bathtubs to his inventory that soldiers returning from the war might need for their houses.

That business became Southern Pipe and Supply. Marty Davidson started stocking shelves when he was 5 and joined the company in 1962 with a bachelor of business administration degree from Tulane University. Southern Pipe had one branch in addition to the Meridian operation. He wanted to build a regional company, something his father and uncle were not eager to do. So, he bought them out, but they continued to work there.

Southern Pipe marked its 75th year in 2013 and now has more than 750 employees and 95 branches in seven states.

Here are some of Davidson’s reflections on his success:

Q: How did Southern Pipe evolve from selling used bathtubs to its current product range?

A: We discovered that small-town plumbers are also the craftsmen for heating and air-condition systems, industrial plant repairs — whatever people need. They value going to one place for all of their supplies, so our customers drove expansion of our product lines.

Q: How do you select branch locations?

A: Our most complex decisions are choosing the right locations, and I did not have a clue of that at first. The number of variables is huge. What is the competition? Can we get good people in that market — employees and customers? What is the employment situation? Unemployed people can’t build and repair houses. And the ground keeps shifting beneath you.

Q: Tell me about your people.

A: People who enjoy their jobs and like the company take good care of the customers, so we do all we can to make our family members, as we call them, immensely happy. Our retention rate is around 95 percent.

Q: Has luck played a role in your success?

A: I was lucky that my grandfather started the business in Mississippi. It doesn’t have the booms of California or Florida, but the economy is stable. Mississippians will give you a chance, and my philosophy of people buying from people they know works particularly well in Mississippi.

Q: Any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

A: Heed successful people like Warren Buffett, who is himself an avid listener. I met with Peter Drucker in California, and he consulted with me for 30 years. I have also sought out other great business minds. That has been my mentoring process. And be ready for the trade-offs one has to make between time devoted to the business and time with family.

Excerpt from "Mississippi Entrepreneurs" by Polly Dement. Published by Cat Island Books, distributed by University Press of Mississippi.

The series
This is the third in a weekly series of excerpts from "Mississippi Entrepreneurs" by Polly Dement.

SOURCE:  Special to The Clarion-Ledger 9:36 p.m. CDT July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Facebook, Snakes and Maxine

(If you are not on Facebook, look at all the fun you are missing.)

Ouida Tomlinson July 23 at 6:00pm · Maxine Strickland there was a S N A K E in my yard today. My sister ran over it with her riding mower, but it is still there. I am running to and fro and don't know what to do. Help - Help! Haven't seen a snake in my yard since I was about 4 years old. EWW. EWW.

Maxine Strickland Name it! It is probably a good snake that will eat your country mice. I know you don't remember, but when I was in 10th grade I brought 2 snakes to school and they were kept in a glass tank in the Biology class. One of them was a Green Snake, and the other one was a Hog Nosed Snake, or sometimes called a puff adder. When I brought them to school, they were very tame, but some of the boys, and I won't name them, teased them so much that the Hog Nosed Snake jumped out of the tank, and the school was evacuated until I could find the snake in Mrs. Davis' desk drawer. I was ordered to take them home that day. I took the snakes and put them into my pocket and headed to the water fountain to get a cool drink of water just outside the office, before I headed home across town and down Old Marion Road. It was a good 5 miles or more. While I was standing there getting a drink of water, Mrs. Horton stopped to get her a drink and she saw the green snake. She screamed as loud as any scared teacher could, and Mr. Pendarvis came running out of the office. I started footing it out of the building as fast as I could without running down the hall. He hollered at me "Hey Blockhead!!!" He called everybody this if he didn't know your name. I didn't stop, because that was NOT my name, so he couldn't be calling me!! He hollered again, and then came running. He asked me "Did you scare Mrs. Horton with a SNAKE?? And then he saw IT! He turned around and didn't say another word. I never heard him be so quiet. I think he couldn't think of any appropriate words at that minute. I will never forget that day, but I never brought any more animals to school.

Ouida Tomlinson Oh Maxine Strickland I knew you would have a good snake story to make me feel better. LOL I knew one would visit me sooner or later and have dreaded the day. I have stray cat who lives under my house - I hope he is taking care of the country mice. Wish he would take on snakes as well.

Martha Markline Hopkins Love your story, Maxine.

Ouida Tomlinson My niece's husband has removed snake!!

Maxine Strickland Maxine Strickland We have carpet in our bedrooms only. Several weeks ago, our black lab was sniffing curiously at the foot of our bed. I didn't see anything, but occasionally a bug will come through our French Doors that lead out onto our patio. After a few minutes of watching her chase "Nothing", I decided to investigate myself. I saw what looked like a small brown worm. It was about the size of a toothpick. It wasn't a centipede, because it didn't have legs. I picked it up to put it back outside in the planter, and then I saw a teeny-tiny tongue come out of one end. I went and got a magnifying glass and sure enough it had teeny-tiny eyes and a teeny-tiny tongue. It was a snake. I headed for my Field Guide Book on snakes, and it was a Blind Snake, and they eat ant larva. I took him in to show my husband, who is a big weenie when it comes to snakes. He jumped back and said, "Will it BITE, and Is it POISIONOUS?" I had to laugh at him. What part of our human body could it possibly bite? And how much venom could it have? HaHa

Ouida Tomlinson I'm with your husband. We would have to sit on the weenie bench.

James David Harwell I talked to a preacher today who said a MOCCASIN crawled in a window on them. Did you ever identify the species of said snake?

Sue Clinton Russell We'll when you live in the country you will see snakes. We have copperheads, I killed 4 last year with Y l

Sue Clinton Russell My long handled hoe. Go buy a hoe ouida . It makes me feel safe.

Ouida Tomlinson J A M E S - call Shelia.

Ouida Tomlinson Sue, what is a Y I

Sue Clinton Russell That was a mistake. My fingers are always messing up. You really do need a hoe. That's what we always use when we don't need a gun.

Ouida Tomlinson I think I have a hoe - under the house as I have no place to put such things yet at this Oxford house. I guess I need to put on porch, huh?, Sue Clinton Russell .

Sue Clinton Russell Yes so you can reach it quickly.

James David Harwell But still keep that gun handy - the big one, too.

Barbara Panagiotou You can also put moth balls around the house. That's what i do and it works great, at least for us.

Ouida Tomlinson Thanks Barbara. I think I have some. Does anyone else have any suggestions to keep snakes out of my yard. I have a large yard.

Cherryle Fruge Mothballs all over your yard & close to the house too. This will run them off.

Ouida Tomlinson Going to spread mothballs and also want a gun for my birthday to kill invaders including snakes. Decided rather have gun than a hoe because I can be further away - hoe puts me closer than I want to be.

Maxine Strickland When I was growing up, I remember my Daddy and brothers peeing around our campsite. He said snakes and varmints would not cross this line! So if you know enough men and boys, you might try this method. I don't know how you can go about asking a group of males to come to your house and do that. It could make for an interesting party. I googled this to see if there was any truth to it, and it was factual. I doubt if the snakes can tell the difference between male and female urine. It is just a suggestion. HeeHee

Maxine Strickland Can you read this? M R Snakes! M R Not! O S M R, C M E D B D Eyes? L I B ! M R Snakes! Translated: Them are Snakes! Them are Not! Oh Yes Them Are, see them itty bitty Eyes? Well I'll Be, Them are Snakes!

Ruby Wallenzine · Friends with Maxine Strickland
Knowing Uncle Arnold lee that is. Just one of his Jokes .

Ouida Tomlinson Maxine Strickland as to pee, does dog pee and bull pee count? If so, should not be snake within 3 miles. U R so funny.

Maxine Strickland I think pee is pee! HaHa. We have a lot of it around here too.

Lost in the Fifties - Another Time, Another Place

Thanks to James Smith for providing.
Also posted in right column.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prayer and Thanksgiving

To the Class of 58.
Thank you for all the kindness shown me in our WONDERFUL years attending school in Meridian. A prayer I received via e-mail sums it up well:
Father, Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth. Thank You for Your tender mercies and for giving us friends and family to share joys and sorrows with. I ask You to bless my friends, relatives, brothers and sisters in Christ and those I care deeply for. Where there is joy, give them continued joy, Where there is pain or sorrow, give them your peace and mercy forever.  In Jesus' name, Amen.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bobbie Tyner Morgan, Sister of Larry Tyner

Funeral services for Bobbie Tyner Morgan will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, with Dr. Raymon Leake and Rev. Jack Kern officiating. Officiating graveside will be Dr. Carl White. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

Mrs. Morgan passed away at her home on Friday, July 11, 2014. She was the daughter of Leroy and Estelle Tyner and was born on August 3, 1930.

Our mother was a member of many groups and organizations throughout her life in Meridian. What she will be remembered best for, as her friends can attest to, is her love of her Lord and Savior, and being a fierce prayer warrior. Even her great-grandchildren knew to call on “Mimi” when prayers were needed. That is her legacy. She taught Sunday school to young people for 25 years at First Baptist Church Meridian and co-taught adults at Highland Baptist Church Meridian. At 60 years old she began international lay mission work in Russia, Kagastan and the Ukraine. She spoke in many churches around the state about her mission work encouraging others to carry out “The Great Commission.”

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Witherington of Clinton, and Lynne Compton and her husband, Robert of Meridian; son, Yates Morgan of Texarkana, Texas; grandchildren, Lori Sturgis Dodson and her husband, Patrick, Kathryn Monsour and her husband, Greg, Tyner Mikell and her husband, Jeremiah, Geron Morgan, Maj Morgan and Chad Morgan III; great-grandchildren, McCall Morgan and Miller Sturgis, Hays, Anniston and Stelynn Monsour, and Audrey Mikell; sister-in-law, Gayle Tyner; brothers, Fred Tyner and Larry Tyner and his wife, Charlotte; sister-in-law, Lena Morgan and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chad Y. Morgan, Sr.; her parents, Leroy and Estelle Tyner; her brother, Jack Tyner and her sister-in-law, Ann Tyner.

The family requests memorials to be made to Blair Batson Children’s Hospital or Highland Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pallbearers will be Jeremiah Mikell, Greg Monsour, Patrick Dodson, Lee Tyner, John Williams, Robert Compton, Lewis Tyner, and Clyde Serton. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard James, Rex Allman, Trevor Tyner, Houston Pearce, Stephan Pearce and Morgan Sturgis.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to her caregivers, Darlene Gibbs, Teresa Gates, Juanita Newell and Lois Hudson and also to Hospice Compassus for the excellent care, love, and compassion they showed our mother, grandmother and sister.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at

Source:  The Meridian Star


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 Bobbie, 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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Great God Our King

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sue Carolyn Shannon Martin

Mrs. Martin, age 73, of Meridian, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.     She was a graduate of Meridian High School.    She is survived by her husband of 39 years, John Martin of Meridian; son, Steve Frederickson and wife, Lisa; daughter, Janice Guenther and husband, Jeremy; grandsons, Kyle, Kris, and Jared. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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 Sue, 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.


Phyllis Beckmann Ainsworth

Phyllis Beckmann Ainsworth, age 73, of McLean, VA died on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Reston Hospital Center.

Loving mother of Sterling Ainsworth and his wife, Charlotte; grandmother to Ryan Ainsworth and his step-brother and sister, Daniel and Cynthia Katz.

Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, Christian and Myrtle Beckmann; and by her sisters, Barbara Ethride and Edith Moulds.

Relatives and friends are invited to Phyllis's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Sunday, June 22 from 2 PM until time of service at 2:45 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests a memorial contribution be made in honor of Phyllis Ainsworth to Make-A-Wish South Carolina, 225 South Pleasantburg Drive B8, Greenville, SC 29607 (

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 Phyllis, 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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014



SOURCE:  The Meridian Star

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 Justine, 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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Rosa Frances Rowzee Pettey, Mother of Mary Pettey Moore

(Died February 13, 2014)

Graveside services for Rosa Frances Rowzee Pettey will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with Dr. Carl White officiating. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pettey, age 101, of Meridian, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Golden Living Center. She was born on February 27, 1912, in Decatur, Mississippi and graduated from Decatur High School and from the second class of East Central Junior College. Mrs. Pettey retired from the Department of Human Services after 25 years of service. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church for 75 years where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years.

Survivors include her children, Leneal Massey (Hookey), Mary Moore, and Joe Pettey (Judy); grandchildren, Donnie Massey (Charlotte), Beth Dorman (Anthony), Isabel Corley (Phillip), Carol Fletcher (Brent), David Pettey (Heather), Bobby Wallace (Missy), and Tracie Hallberg; seventeen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sister Lina Sartor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Carson Pettey; parents, Samuel Joseph Rowzee and Maryanne Rebecca Brewer Rowzee; son-in-law Thomas K. Moore; sister Emma Addy; and brothers Samuel and Harold Rowzee.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to Highland Baptist Church.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook 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 Hunter, 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 7, 2014

Who are these old hippies?

Guess Who!!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014