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 ~







Friday, July 18, 2014

Remembering "The Red Tops"



The (Original Red Tops) "Swanee River Rock"
(Record released in  1957)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Phillip Logue Doiron, Sr. ~ Obituary

Phillips Logue Doiron, Sr. died Friday, July 4, 2014.  He was 72.

Born in Vicksburg, he was the son of Jules Warren Doiron, Sr.  and May Frances Logue Doiron.  He grew up in Vicksburg, graduating from St. Aloysius High School in 1959.  He was of the Catholic faith.

After serving in the United States Marie Corps, he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Mississippi College and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Phillip worked for the Waterways Experiment Station in the Environmental Lab until his retirement in 1996.  After retirement, he continued his career in the private sector until his final retirement in 2012.

He lived most of his life in Vicksburg, where he was involved with the American Red Cross and the Vicksburg Soccer Organization.  Weaver, Alabama was his home the last seven years, where he enjoyed canoeing, hiking, RV camping and being a member of the Cheaha RV & Camping Club, and the Alabama Good Sam's Organization.  Other hobbies included antique train collecting and Civil War history.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a niece, Bobby Doiron Raines and a nephew, Christian Doiron.

Survivors include his children, Julie Doiron Sosebee (Craig), Phillip Logue Doiron, Jr. (Kara), Danielle Doiron Warnock (Brad); grandchildren, Jack Soebee, Elizabeth Sosebee, Anna Kate Doiron, Ally Doiron, Mary Bradley Warnock and Wes Warnock; brothers, Warren Doiron (Camille) and Greg Doiron (Shirley); nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Craig Sosebee, Jack Sosebee, Brad Warnock, Mark Doiron, Mike Jackson, Phillip Doiron.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic Schools and St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Riles Funeral Home with Father Thomas Lalor, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

St. Al Classmate Dies

Our classmate, Phillip Logue Doiron, (Class of 1959) passed away last night, July 4, 2014. Please keep his family in your prayers at this time.  

We are all saddened to hear of the lost of another classmate but we know he has gone to his final reward and to be with Our Lord.  

May he rest in peace! Amen



Update:  Funeral arrangements are ~ Riles Funeral Home on Tuesday.  Visitation begins at 12:30 and funeral at 2:00.   

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Prayers For Phillip

Please continue to keep our classmate, Phillip Doiron, in your prayers.


The 23rd Psalm ~
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside the still waters,
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surly goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 Mercy Babe's Reunion


Recently, my Facebook friend, Margaret Patricia "Patty" Grey, had this picture of her high school friends at their annual get together last weekend on her site.  Left to right, including maiden names are - Lucy Canizaro Williams, Laura Love Ables (my sister), Sandra Jabour Harvey, Nina Coccaro Buell, Helen Melsheimer Gordon, Judy Janes Youngblood, Cathy Barnes Downey, Linda Muffuletto, Patty Hebler Gray, Susan Taylor Yerger. 10 of 24 girls. They have lost five of the girls from the SFXA Class of 1961-- beautiful Rachel Hunt Dixon, Rosemary Woodbury, Mary Grace Tuccio, Michael Ann Penalver Zeh and Ethel Towne Kendrick. Three who planned to come, but had last minute obligations--Joan Kinnebrew Reynolds, Barbara Montgomery Mellon, and Marianne Neal Walley. They were missed so much. To the six others who could not be there--Dottie Brooks Murray, Cecelia Franco Springer, Linda Harwood Oakley, Mary Carol McNamara Lundberg, Deborah Miao Waggoner, Vivian Smith Bell--were truly missed and hope they can make the next one. And to Linda Byrd Killian who spent many years with their class, was missed, too. To Bernadette Luckett Ward, happy to have her with them on Friday. Obviously, Patty loves all her friends and the Mercy Babes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A New Entrance

I drove by our Alma Mater of St. Francis Xavier Convent/Academy which is now the Southern Cultural Heritage Center and saw a new entrance to the auditorium.  I wanted to share the pictures I took and I really like it.  The entrance will be a lot safer to go up and down and very eye appealing.  

A wider view.

I'm sure this light fixture was here when we went to school except for the light bulb of course.  

New sign on the entrance wall.

Monday, April 14, 2014

SFXA/SAHS 55th Class Reunion


Our SFXA/SAHS 55th Class Reunion was held at the B'nai B''rith Literary Association, (B.B. Club) on Friday, April 11, 2014, honoring the Class of 1964 and the Class of 2014.  It was disappointing that none of our SAHS (Class of 1959) classmates were able to attend the banquet.

Billie Marie Price Clarke and Ina Carol Lott Whittington getting ready to go to the Banquet.  

Left to right ~ Myself, Marian Love Phillips, Sue McNamara Fowler, Rita Martin Holland, Kay Hess Simms, Theresa Martin Kitowski, Ina Lott Whittington and Billie Price Clarke.  Photobomb by Chuck Kitowski!

Front row ~ Billie Price Clarke, Sue McNamara Fowler, Kay Hess Simms and Ina Lott Whittington.  Back row ~ Myself, Marian Love Phillips, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Theresa Martin Kitowski, Vera Marshall Brown all Class of 1959 and Rita Martin Holland, Class of 1960.

George Brown and Jim Simms.

Gene Martin with his lovely wife Cindy.

Gene showing off his Miller Lite beer while Cindy shares in the laughter!

Bobby and Myrtle talking to a guest.

Kay Hess Simms, Theresa and Charlie Marshall with Vera Marshall Brown.

Barbara with her sister Sue McNamara Fowler and classmate, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado.

Kay Hess Simms talking to George Brown.

Chuck and Theresa Kitowski having a good time.

Friends of mine, Karen Gordon with her husband Trey, who's son, John Gordon, was graduating in Class of 2014.  

Karen and I were so glad to see one another again!  

Very nice table arrangements and the food was very delicious.

Sue McNamara Fowler with her youngest sister Barbara.

We had two reserved tables for the Class of 1959.


Full view of our classmates before the Banquet.

Reverend P. J. Curley, Pastor, St. Michael Catholic Church who gave the Benediction.

OUR BRUNCH

Our Brunch was held at the lovely home of Myrtle and Bobby Alvarado's at noon, Saturday, April 12, 2012.  

A delicious fruit tray.

Banana nut bread made by Vera.

Devil eggs galore by Ina!

A beautiful Easter egg centerpiece!

Large pretty bunny rabbit statue on the coffee table.

Rita Martin Holland, Vera Marshall Brown, Ina Lott Whittington and Theresa Martin Kitowski chatting.

Enjoying Bloody Mary's and Momosa are left to right, Jane Cathey Wilkerson, Marie Menger Renaud, Rita Martin Holland and Sue McNamara Fowler.

Louie Renaud and Albert McNamara laughing/enjoying each others conversations! 

Sisters, Barbara and Sue enjoying a hotty toddy together.

Lots of breakfast food to be enjoyed by our classmates.

Vera Marshall Brown, Billie Price Clarke, Ina Lott Whittington, Theresa Martin Kitowski and Kay Hess Simms posing for the camera.

All eight SFXA Alumni girls (Class of 1959) attended the Brunch.  
Sitting ~ Vera Marshall Brown and Ina Lott Whittington.  
Standing ~ Sue McNamara Fowler, Marian Love Phillips, Theresa Martin Kitowski, Kay Hess Simms, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado and Billie Price Clarke.

Marie Menger Renaud smiling for the camera!

Theresa Martin Kitowski looking pretty in turquoise.

A beautiful butterfly glass in the kitchen window.  

Lovely home with a nice staircase!

A beautiful tapestry hanging on the wall!

A cute rabbit holding business cards.

Sitting ~ Vera Marshall Brown, Ina Lott Whittington, Kay Hess Simms, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado and Sue McNamara Fowler.  
Standing ~ Theresa Martin Kitowski, Billie Price Clarke and Marian Love Phillips.

Hopefully, next year some of us can get together again at the 2015 Alumni Banquet to visit and catch up on our lives and old times!  
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