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, August 9, 2017

Theo Tootle, Deceased, Husband of Coty Huggins Tootle

Theo Tootle, 81, of Jasper, GA, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 6, 2017.
Theo was the 2nd son to Harold and Lillie Tootle, born August 30, 1935 in Evans County, Georgia.  He was one of eight children raised in Tattnall County.  Theo’s siblings included his four living brothers, Jimmy, Carroll, Ray, and Marcus.  Theo also had 3 sisters who preceded him in death, Janice, Betty, and Sue.
Theo graduated from Reidsville High School in 1953.  He attended Georgia State University and achieved both under and post-graduate degrees in Business Administration.
Theo married Coty Huggins on June 9, 1962, and they just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.  They were blessed with four children, Leigh Anne, Craig, Tom, and Julie.  A loving family was raised, centered on faith, family, and fun.  Theo loved playing sports, including tennis with Coty and all his children as they grew up.  Golf was also a passion, as well as fishing with anyone, especially grandchildren.
Theo had a 40-year career with the AT&T family, starting with Western Electric and ending with BellSouth as Director of Procurement.
In retirement Theo continued his love of golf and fishing while enjoying being an active grandparent.  Affectionately known as Poppa, Theo watched his grandkids Jay, Mark, Grant, Anna, Alex, Grace, and Carley grow into young adults.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 12th at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, GA at 1:00 p.m.  with a reception following.  There will also be a service at the Reidsville United Methodist Church in Reidsville, GA on Saturday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Theo’s parents and siblings who preceded him in death, the family asks any donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association. (
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

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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.

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

Eternal rest, grant unto Theo, 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.

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