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 Maters, 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 ~

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Classmate's Daughter-In-Law Dies

Mrs. Charlotte (Charlie) Harrel Whittington died Monday, July 27, 2015, at her home.  She was 43.

Charlie was the daughter of the late Randy W. Harrel and Ruth Jamison Harrel.  She was a graduate of Vicksburg High School and attended Hinds Junior College.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.  Charlie was a member of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, David Whittington; two daughters, Shelbi Wright and Jesie Wright; two grandchildren, Remi Jamison Wright-Weber and Malea Ariel Jones; and sister, Niki Harrell Little (Joe).

Services will be today at 11 a.m., July 30, 2015, at Riles Funeral Home with visitation from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial will be at Cedar Hill cemetery.

Memorial may be made to Paws Rescue, P.O. Box 13, Redwood, MS 39156.

Ina's New Address:
Ina Carol Lott Whittington
1014 Poplar Street
Greenwood, MS  38930

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

James R. Hossley Dies

James R. Hossley died Saturday, June 14, 2015.  He was 78.

Born in Vicksburg, he was the son of the late Harry Halpin Hossley Jr. and Lucille Mondelli Hossley.

He was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School in the Class of 1955 and received his degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University in 1960.  Mr. Hossley was employed in the structures lab at the Waterways Experiment Station, retiring January 2, 1993, with 31 years of service.

He was a skilled woodworker and an avid gardener growing vegetable to share with his friends.  Mr. Hossley was a dedicated family man with a deep love for his wife, daughters, son, grandchildren and brother. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anita Zorn Hossley (Class of 1958), whom he married on May 29, 1965; one son, William Matthew Hossley (Katie); two daughters, Marcia Kay Shingleton (Dr. Bruce) and Margaret Carl Piazza (Mike), eight grandchildren, Ashleigh Nichole Piazza, Anne Stewart Piazza, Elise Michelle Piazza, Robley Bruce Shingleton, Margaret Merriman Shingleton, Mary Elizabeth Shingleton, James Will Hossley and John Matthew Hossley; one brother Joseph Earl Hossley (Mimsey) and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his grandson, William Michael Shingleton.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father P. J. Curley, pastor, officiating.

Visitation will be from 9:30 am Thursday until the Mass at 11 am.

Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Vicksburg Catholic School, 1200 Hayes Street, Vicksburg, MS  39183

Pallbearers are Willie Hughes, Adam Hossley, Richard Hossley, Charles Haley, Eric Holland, Tom Patin, Mark Vispi and Joe Loviza.  Honorary pallbearers are George Zorn, Henry Zorn, Charles Miller, Michael Piazza, Dr. Bruce Shingleton and Mike Reed.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Browns ~ Three Bells

Another great voice from Country Music has been silenced:
Jim Ed Brown passed away on 06/11/15 at the age of 81.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Classmate's Step-Mother Passes Away

Lucille Blackledge Logue (11/14/1931 - 6/4/2015)

Lucille Blackledge Logue died Thursday, June 4, 2015 in the Merit Health River Region Medical Center. She was 83.

Born November 14, 1931 in Sandersville, MS, she was a graduate of Agricola High School. She was employed as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Waterways Experiment Station and the Jackson District Recruiting Command. In "retirement" she was president of her own furniture factory near Tupelo, a very successful realtor on the Gulf Coast and later with Jones and Upchurch in Vicksburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hopp and Tressie Lucille Waldrop Blackledge; her husband, Louis Harold Logue, Sr.; all of her siblings and a granddaughter, Lori Roberts.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Logue of Tioga, TX; her 3 sons, 
Louis Logue (Class of 1959) (Wanda) and Michael Logue (Becki) both of Vicksburg and Keith Logue (Susan) of Longview, TX; and 6 Grandchildren Amanda Boone (Jonathan),Adam Logue (Rachael), Kimberly Logue, Kyle Logue, Layne Logue, and Dawn Lundien (Matthew). 10 Great-Grandchildren Ella Kate Boone, Amelia Jo Boone, Lily Logue, Emma Logue, Brigitte Nichols (Tanner), Brandon Roberts (Courtney), Brian Roberts, Josh Lundien, Forrest Logue, Hanna Lundien.

Family graveside services were held at 4:00 PM Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Louis Logue officiating.

There was no visitation.

Honorary pallbearers were the Staff of Heritage House, the ICU team at River Region, Drs. Lee Giffin, Calvin Masterson, Mac Jarmon and the staff of Jones and Upchurch Real Estate.

Memorials to favorite charity. Glenwood Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cancer Fights Makes Us Stronger

Nina Coccaro Buell graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Academy in the Class of 1961.

In 1958, while getting ready for bed, I noticed a small lump in my left breast. Looking in the mirror it was noticeable, and I called my mom into my bedroom.  Dr. A. P. Messina was married to my aunt and, lucky for me, he came over to the house the next day, a Saturday.  He immediately suggested that I go to the Messina Clinic, where his brother, a surgeon, examined me.  I'll never forget the look on his face as he told my mom, "that's got to come out of there."

On Sunday, after Mass, I was admitted into Mercy Hospital.  By early Monday morning, it was all over.  I knew nothing, other than I was having a small lump removed, until I came out of the anesthetic.  I can still hear Dr. A. J. say "it was cancer, and we removed the breast."  I was 15 years old.

This diagnosis was almost unimaginable at that time for a teenager, and reconstruction was unheard of.

After 10 days in the hospital, it took an additional three days for me to have enough courage to look at myself.  I remember standing in front of the mirror, peeling the bandage back a little at a time.  All that was left was a scar from my shoulder to my waist and skin over bone.

At 15, it's hard to imagine what goes through your mind if you've never been there.  Some girls think it's a catastrophe to have a "zit" on their face.  For me, all had been right with the world.  I had just gotten my driver's license.  My mom had just given birth to a beautiful baby sister, whom my 11-year-old sister and I thought was the only baby in the world.  I had loving, caring parents, great extended family and wonderful friends.  I was looking forward to my sophomore year in school.  In one short weekend, my life changed.  I found myself cleaning out closets, because I couldn't wear cute little sundresses or certain tops any longer or even two piece bathing suits.

In 1965, I found out that God had someone special in mind.  I always said that my sweet dad said so many prayers, I received a bonus that only God could send.

After meeting and dating my future husband for only three months, he asked me to marry him.  Before I gave him my answer, I told him my story.  After looking at me for a few seconds, he said "You look like the same girl to me," - - and I guess I looked like the same girl 48 years later!

Our first beautiful "miracle," a girl, was born nine months later, and a son, born three years afterwards.  At age 40, I gave birth to a 10 lb. 4 oz baby girl.  They were all healthy and natural births.

In 2011, my yearly mammogram detected another tumor in my right breast, which resulted in a second mastectomy.  Being the man that he was, my husband took over my care, the house, the cooking and the grandchildren, never complaining, always willing and able.

They say "what doesn't kill you makes you strong."  I'd like to think I'm a little stronger and hopefully a little better person.  It definitely made me who I am, who keep God at the forefront of her life.

Written by Nina Coccaro Buell and dedicated to her amazing husband, Jimmy, who lost a courageous battle with lung caner in November 2013.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet

The Annual St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet was held last night honoring the 1965 classes as well as the Class of 2015, but all alumni and guests were invited to attend.  Mass began at 5:30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, and the social and dinner was followed in the Parish Hall.  

Class of 2015
Sarah Ruth Andrews
Alexa Baldizon
Travis Blanche
Jacob Breeden
Bash Brown
Ken Cook
Cameron Curtis
Megan Davis
Luke Dial
Derek Dolan
Drake Dorbeck
Luke Dial
Derek Dolan
Drake Dorbeck
Luke Eckstein
Alyssa Engel
Anna Fletcher
Clare Gamble
McKaylan Gray
Brandon Harrell
Meredith Hull (President, Class of 2015)
Joseph Jabour
Nina James
Mary Kalusche
Jacob Kitchens
Casey Landers
Taylor Lee
Aaron Mathis
Beth Newman
Sydnie Palmer
Michaela Parham
Avery Parman
Charles Keith Pendleton
Laura Phillips (Step-Granddaughter)
Haylee Prescott
Connor Smith
Dixon Stone
Gabe Stuckey
Zach Taylor
John Tillman Thomas
Tori Thomas
Geoge Tzotzolas
Maggie Waites
Taedrin Warnsley
Katrinka Wayne
Caroline Webb
Allie Willis

Charlie and Jeanette Ring with Jeanette's brother, Mike Jones.

Myra Coccaro Logue and Vera Marshall Brown.

Vera Agnes Marshall Brown with husband, George.

Marian Ann Love Phillips and Billie Marie Price Clarke.

Class of 1959  - Only four classmates attended last night after being out of school for 56 years.  Left to Right ~Vera Marshall Brown, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Billie Price Clarke and Marian Love Phillips.

Saint Xavier, Dear

St. Xavier, dear, we'll think of thee
When classroom days have passed away
Those happy days to us will be
A bond of love when far away.


St. Xavier, dear, St. Xavier, dear
Your colors rare of blue and white
Will always be as dear to me
As on this very happy night.
Your daughters, too, are always true
Oh, Alma Mater fair
A hymn of praise to you we raise
For you our love declare.

We love thy halls, St. Xavier, dear
The friends we made there long ago
They come again in vision clear
To grace the scenes we used to know.

Class of 1965 

Left to Right ~ Elaine Kowaluk McKay, Sue Adams Simmons, Clement Schaff, Johnny Sanders, Ronnie Beard, Bill Sadler, Tommy Buell, Harry Piazza, Joe Tuccio.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Who Are They?

The one in the middle looks like Sister Mary Grace to me and the nun smiling big looks like Sister Mary Josephus who taught us in the 3rd grade.  Do you have a clue who they are? Leave a comment if you do.  
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