Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Sunday, November 12, 2017

1959 Class Ring

I'm proud to say that I still have my S.F.X.A. 1959 Class Ring.  

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Obituary ~ Laura Alice Guchereau Portwood

Laura Alice Guchereau Portwood, 78, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Visitation will be held at Riles Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, and from 9 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Riles Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Alice was born Sept. 24, 1939, and was a life-long resident of Vicksburg. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy in 1957 before attending the University of Mississippi where she was voted “Campus Cutie”.
She was a loving mother to three children, five wonderful grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Alice hosted every family Christmas and Thanksgiving gathering in her home for more than twenty years.
For decades, Alice worked as the office manager for the City of Vicksburg Water and Gas. She was an active member of Hawkins United Methodist Church and the Vicksburg Art Association.
Like her mother, Alice loved to paint and was wonderful with oil paints. She enjoyed playing bridge and golfing in her younger days.
Alice was deeply rooted in her Vicksburg heritage as the great-great-granddaughter of Dr. William T. and Emma Balfour, John Alexander and Elizabeth Klein, who were instrumental in establishing Vicksburg as a thriving community.
She is preceded in death by Laura Russell Guchereau Jacobson, Charles Miller Guchereau and Bob Portwood.
Survivors include her sister, Pamela Guchereau Melsheimer of Vicksburg; three children, Pamela Portwood McFerrin and her husband, Elvin of Vicksburg, Robert Portwood and his wife, Leigh of Clinton, and Jeff Portwood and his wife, Tracy of Lufkin, Texas; nephew, Ross Melsheimer of Brandon; grandchildren, Barry Barnett and his wife, Beth of Vicksburg, Katie Barnett of Smyrna, Ga., Shelby Portwood of Dallas, Texas, John Portwood of Lufkin Texas, and Marleigh Portwood of Clinton; and great-grandchildren, Hali Klein Barnett, and Lexi and Lili Kistler, all of Vicksburg. 
Pallbearers will be Barry Barnett, John Portwood, Ross Melsheimer, Mike Gatti, Rusty Davis, and Michael Castelane.  
Honorary pallbearers include Windel Wilson, Alice Daniels, and Janice Harrison.  
The family would like to give special thanks to Private Home Care caregivers, Delta Dialysis, and Camellia Home Health and Hospice. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation is made in Alice’s name to the Vicksburg Warren Humane Society or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Prayers For Classmate & Prayer List

Please keep our classmate, Ina Lott Whittington in your prayers.  She will be having another hip replacement next Tuesday.  She had her first one in 2010 and her second one a few weeks ago.  A part had to be made for her upcoming surgery because the last one failed.  Ina is resting at Heritage House Nursing Home in Vicksburg and will be returning there after her surgery to recuperate. 

 UPDATE on Ina Lott Whittington. She is through hip surgery and there was not much bone to work with so she will have to heal for 6 weeks before she can try to walk to let some bone heal around what they put in per her daughter, Rhonda. Thanks for all the prayers and please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers while she recovers.

Prayer List:
Also, for classmates, Florence Murphey Boren, Theresa Martin Kitowsky and myself, Marian Ann Love.  We are having some health issues as well and for all our classmates who need prayers.  Please contact me at and will add you to our prayer list. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Prayers For Our Classmate, Ina Lott Whittington

Our classmate, Ina Lott Whittington is having hip surgery again today in Jackson.  Please keep her in your prayers.  I will be updating you on her progress.

Prayers for all our classmates who are suffering from health issues as well.   May God bless and heal you! 

Update:  10-4-2017 - I talked to Rhonda, Ina's daughter and said the Dr. could not repair her broken hip and had to put in a new hip implant.  She is resting well and will be going to a nursing home in a few days to continue her recovery.  Please continue to keep our classmate in your prayers.

10-7-2017 - Ina was moved to The Bluff Rehab & Healthcare by ambulance from Jackson to Vicksburg.  If you would like to send get well wishes, please send to her home address at 109 Colonial Drive, Vicksburg, MS  39180.  She is recovering well and in good spirits.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Paranormal Investigation Fundraiser Event

Mississippi Paranormal Society will be co-hosting a paranormal investigation fundraising event with the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Saturday, October 28th at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center from 7pm-2am.

Tickets are $50 per person. There will be a limited number of tickets available, and you must purchase tickets in advance! All proceeds will go to the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation/Center.

Event details include:
~ 7pm: Meet & Greet to kick things off
~ An introduction to paranormal equipment
~ A Halloween costume contest
~ A full hands-on paranormal investigation with the MPS Crew
~ A raffle
~ Cash bar
~ Snacks will be provided
~ We may add a few more things to the event so we can try to raise more money, so BRING YOUR CASH!

This is a HUGE event! Huge as in investigating 3 buildings that take up an entire city block! This is the paranormal event you do not want to miss!

#MsParaSociety #SouthernCulturalHeritageFoundation #Paranormal#Ghosts #Vicksburg #Mississippi #GhostHunting #Fundraiser#HalloweenEvent

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sister Margaret Ann Clearing the Roadways After IRMA

Miami-Dade Police Department added 2 photos and a video.
One of our off duty officers was happy to find Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School pitching in by cutting trees to clear the neighborhood roadways. As we recover from #HurricaneIrma, these acts of kindness remind us all that we are #OneCommunity in #MiamiDadeCounty🙏 Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this! #MiamiDadeStrong

Way to go, Sister Margaret Ann!

Monday, September 04, 2017

An Update On Classmate and Cousins

I just talked to Theresa and she said that Chuck made it to their lake house fine driving three hours from their home in Katy.  All the homes in the neighborhood had gone under water but their house was saved. She said it came up to the lip of the back door.  Only one of their vehicles got water in it. The neighbors are putting all their wet furniture out of their lawns.  A horrible sight to see!  I have been there years ago when our home went under water with three feet.  We finally moved out of the Hamilton Heights subdivision closer into town and FEMA bought the house and tore it down.

In my cousin's own words - John has been working very hard along with his son doing rescue. Finally gets to bring his wife and child back to their home (Cullen Park & Estates) which had very little mishap but he is having some problems with his feet from being in the water so much and it worries me. I've told him to go see an army medic at one of the setup evacuation centers ASAP to get it checked out because not all doctors are available. Many even have been flooded. Pray hard for all those in harm's way with waters from the dam still coming.

The Addrick Reservoir and the other is the Barker Reservoir both on the west side of Houston. My son lives near the Addrick's Reservoir which would be above him and the Barker is slightly below his home they are both releasing water to get the levels down in the event of future rain and said this say can go on for anywhere from another 2 weeks to a month or more. So a large area on the west side is still flooded and everything is emptying into the Buffalo River. You can check on Houston news live to see exactly the areas flooded.

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