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, April 28, 2015

Louis Ray “Lou Lou” Thompson, Jr.

Memorial services for Lou Lou Thompson will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 12:00 pm, at Church of the Way, with Reverend Jack Giles officiating and Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Thompson, 75, of Meridian, passed away April 26, at Regency Hospital.

Mr. Thompson spent more than 45 years coaching various sports in the community. He touched the lives of many young men, and even coached the children of former players. He deeply loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was also a very active member of Church of the Way.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Thompson; children, Barry (Laura) Thompson, Cindy (Johnny) Perez, and Bobby (Sharon) Thompson; step-children, Tony (Joyce) Sylvester and Diana Keith; brothers, Billy Thompson and Lloyd Thompson. He’s also survived by fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Ray and Willie Mae Thompson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Calvary Christian School coaches, football, and baseball players.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Visitation will be from 10 am until 12 pm prior to service.

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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 Louis Ray Thompson, Jr., 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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dotty Pigott Garrett

Dotty Pigott Garrett
Dotty has been married to Houston Garrett for 57 years.

Justin Michael Bynum
Great Grandson

Branson and Garrett Reynolds
Great Grandsons 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Forever or Always?

Ouida Landreth Tomlinson and Ben Pettis

Ben Pettis is named after my Oxford childhood friend Ben Pettis
who lived next door to my family on University Avenue.
I told Ben that I was naming my dog after him
and that he is the sweetest dog ever with sugar dripping from every hair on his body.
Ben said that he had never had a dog named after him
but if that made me happy, then it was ok with him.

Michael Davis

Michael's Yorkie - adorable!!

Ivan and Joanne Burnett & Family in Ireland

Frank & Leila Keeton Martin

Mildred Majors Jones

Patsy Craven Carlisle

Patsy Craven Carlisle with her husband
at wedding of grandson Talbert Goldman and wife Jessica

James A. (Nic) Nickols and wife Pat

Madeline Ray Croxdale and her son

Cal and Frances Ousley Johnson

Ron and Mary Jane Kelly Heisterkamp

Jimmy & Natasha Satterfield

Joe & Rose Cornett Morgan

Nancy Young Morgan

Jerry and Nancy Young Morgan and Grandchildren

Jerry and Joyce Bailey Rider

Denny Powers and his best friend Connie Powers

Pansy McCarra Mosby

Pansy and grandchild in Paris, 2014

Pansy with grandchildren at zoo in New Orleans

Coach Billy Lamb

Coach Billy Lamb
Sports Hall of Fame

Ella Kappes Edwards with Oldest Granddaughter Caroline 12-14

Ella Kappes Edwards and Grandson Daniel (2-15)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Lydia Jane Brand and her Great Grandmother Pat Stewart Brand

Martha Markline Hopkins

Harry & Martha Markline Hopkins

Jere & Faye Skelton

John and Diane Chancellor

Howard DuBose

James Minor Smith

Family picture made in the Philippines in 1969

Lyle Morehouse

Great Auntie Lyle playing
 with Sadie in baby gym.

Anne Stallworth McKeown

Gloria Brown Bruister

The Dude and His Lady

Larry & Charlotte Tyner

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ray & Linda Russell

Lyle Morehouse

Great Aunt Lyle with Sadie Lyle
(My favorite picture of Lyle.)

Pat Stewart Brand & New Granddaughter

Peggy Edwards

Peggy on her birthday in 2014

Tee Mann Long & Grandson Simon

In the French Quarter, New Orleans

Nancy Collier Ranager and her Granddaughter Mary Ranager

Marty Davidson

Denny & Connie Powers

40th Class Reunion


David & Gay Love Rawlings Elliott

Gay & David