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.)




Monday, May 7, 2018

Bobby Johnson, Deceased

Our friend Bobby Johnson passed away on April 30th.  There was a memorial service held on Wednesday, May 2nd at Williams Southside Chapel-Memorial in Gadsden, Al.  According to Williams Southside, there was no obituary.  I understand that Bobby and Belle Jo were living at a retirement community in Gadsden.  I am copying and pasting below the bio about Bobby from our 2008 reunion booklet.  It was written by Belle Jo.  What a beautiful tribute to Bobby, their marriage and children.

“What a pleasure it is for me to write this bio for Bobby.  Maybe you don’t remember, but we were high school sweethearts since 1956, and in the words of Sarah Palin, “He’s still my guy!”  In the early sixties we moved to South Florida where Bobby became involved in construction, I began a long career in education, and we reared two great kids, Robby and Amy.  We loved our community and were involved for years with the Optimists and our church, Flamingo Road Baptist Church.  Bobby and Robby spent hours fishing in the Everglades, shrimping off the causeways, and were outrageous fans at Dolphin and Hurricanes games, but occasionally took me to Broadway plays, his favorite being “Showboat”.  We were active fans of Disneyworld, Daytona Speedway, and the Keys.  In Florida Robby’s three children kept us busily involved until Robby began his association with Lowe’s and ended up in Gadsden, AL as a store manager.  Amy, meantime, attended Mississippi State, met a Jackson boy, and after graduation married Maison Heidelberg.  This led us to move to Jackson after retirement and loving being near her three children.  Maybe we’ll get restless after awhile, but right now we’re enjoying the slower pace.  We just returned from a three week trip out West where we went to see everything we always wanted to see.  Life is good.  Your classmate has been a wonderful husband and father.  He’s kept me laughing for over fifty years!  See you soon… Belle Jo”

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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 Bobby Johnson, 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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