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 ~

Friday, March 16, 2018

Classmate's Brother Dies

Russel Curtis Baker, Jr.

JANUARY 1, 1932 ~ MARCH 10, 2018 (AGE 86)

Russell C. “Rip” Baker, Jr., age 86, of Montgomery, Alabama passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Jackson, Mississippi.

Rip was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on January 1, 1932. He was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University where he was a member of the wrestling team. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. He served in the United States Air Force as a navigator and instructor navigator. He retired as a Major from the USAF with 20 years of active and reserve service.

Rip was a lifelong educator. He taught at the college level and worked as a consultant in the areas of education and development. He retired from the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission in Montgomery, Alabama in 1994.

In his retirement, Rip enjoyed outdoor activities and traveling the world. He loved sharing his travel adventures with his family. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong Auburn fan.

He was preceded in death by his mother Susan H. Baker and his father Russell C. Baker Sr.

Rip is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary Frances Baker, sons Stephen Baker (Shelley), Timothy Baker (Wilda), Michael Baker (Arlene), and daughter Suzanne Starnes; grandchildren Ashley McCain (Jonathan), Benjamin Baker (Lauren), Emaline Brady (Beau), Caroline Baker, Evan Baker, William Baker and Molly Starnes; great-grandchildren Gavin Burton and Fisher McCain; and brothers James “Tommy” Baker, John “Jack” Baker (Judy), and David Baker (Carolyn).

Inurnment will be at the Biloxi National Cemetery on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sierra Club.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

On Top Of The World - St. Al Wins 3-0

On Top Of The World:  St. Aloysius soccer players celebrate after beating Starkville Academy 3-0 on Saturday to win the MAIS Class AAA championship.

STARKVILLE — When the first goal went into the net, the St. Aloysius Flashes felt pretty good. The second one made them breathe a little easier, and by the third one, they were on top of the world.
Ryan Theriot scored twice and set up Jack Dowe for a third goal as the Flashes routed Starkville Academy 3-0 Saturday night in the MAIS Class AAA boys’ soccer championship game.
It’s the first boys’ soccer state title in St. Al history and the end of a long chase that spanned not only this season but decades of frustration. The Flashes finished this season with a 14-5 record that included a semifinal victory over four-time defending state champion Central Hinds.
This was also the first time the program had ever reached a state championship game.
“We worked hard all season and this is fitting. Central Hinds has won five years in a row or something like that and now we’re getting our chance. We showed everyone tonight,” Theriot said.
Saturday’s game started slow. Neither team had a shot on goal in the first 20 minutes, and it wasn’t until the late stages of the first half that St. Al started to generate some scoring chances.
In the 38th minute, it finally cashed in.
A foul at the top of the goal box set up a free kick for the Flashes. Theriot teed the ball up at the 18-yard and sent a low grounder through the defense and past keeper Zak Kelly for the icebreaker.
“Once we got that, we broke through,” Dowe said.
The goal gave the Flashes a boost of confidence that they carried over into the second half. After Starkville Academy (9-8) put some pressure on St. Al keeper Chuck Beamish, Dowe cleared the ball with a long broomball pass ahead to Theriot.
Theriot deked Kelly at the 18-yard line and shot into the open net for a 2-0 lead and a huge cushion with 31 minutes to go.
“The first half, I saw how this team was playing and how that team was playing, and I told them to just take it over,” St. Al coach Scott Mathis said. “That’s all they did.”
While the Flashes’ offensive stars were shining, the less-heralded members of the defense were doing their job to maintain the lead. Three times in the second half, defenders cleared loose balls off the goal line when Beamish was caught out of position.
In three playoff games, the Flashes only allowed three goals — one of which deflected off their own player.
“They missed a couple of balls while they were getting the jitters out, but after that, it was lights out,” Mathis said. “That’s how they’ve been playing these last five or six games. Everybody, collectively, has done a great job. I’m proud of them all.”
Dowe scored off an assist from Theriot in the 63rd minute to push St. Al’s lead to 3-0, and the countdown was on to a championship. The final minutes ticked away without a serious charge from Starkville and, when the final whistle blew, the Flashes stormed the field in celebration.
They hoisted the championship trophy high and celebrated with raucous students who made the three-hour trip for the game, hugged each other and wore smiles filled with awe at what they’d just accomplished.

Held High:  St. Aloysius' Jack Dowe holds up the state championship trophy after the Flashes beat Starkville Academy 3-0 Saturday in the MAIS Class AAA title game.

“It was dominating, too. They had a couple of shots that almost went in, but 3-0 … the scoreboard doesn’t lie,” said Dowe, the team’s only senior. “My first year was Coach Scott’s first year. We’ve been through it all together. This means so much to me.”
By Ernest Bowker ~ The Vicksburg Post

Saturday, February 24, 2018

St. Al Goes For First State Soccer Championship Tonight In Starkville

Chasing A Championship:  St. Aloysius' Jack Dowe, right fights his way past Central Hinds' Nick Lauderdale during Wednesday' MAIS Class AAA semifinal.  

MAIS Class AAA Championship
St. Aloysius (13-5) at Starkville Academy (9-7)
Saturday, 6 p.m.
At Mississippi State Soccer Field

In the postgame euphoria of Wednesday's state semifinal win, St. Aloysius' Jack Dowe did what any player would do and said he felt like the Flashes would go on to win in the championship game.  A second later he took it back.  "I don't want to jinx it," he said with a laugh.

It was probably a wise move.  For all their success and skill, it wouldn't hurt the Flashes to have luck on their side as well when they returned to the field on Saturday.

St. Al (13-5) will take on Starkville Academy at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi State Soccer Field on the MSU campus, in the MAIS Class AAA boys championship game.

It's the first time St. Al has ever played for a state title in boys soccer.  Starkville Academy (9-7) is in the Class AAA final for the second year in a row.

"I've been dreaming of this since I was in the seventh grade.  It's crazy," said Dowe, a senior forward who has had three goals --- including both game-winner --- and two assists in St. Al's two playoff victories so far.

The biggest challenge for the Flashes might be putting their last game behind them.  They knocked off four-time defending Class AAA champion Central Hinds, 2-1 and ended the Cougars' 71-game winning streak in the process.  Central Hinds had not lost since the 2013 state championship game.

St. Al had lost five times to Central Hinds over the past two seasons, including an embarrassing 8-0 defeat earlier this year and in the 2017 state semifinals.  Wednesday's victory was one that is players will never forget - - but also one they have to, in order to avoid a letdown when the stakes grow even bigger on Saturday.

"I think it is (tougher) because of pressure," said St. Al coach Scott Mathis, who led the school's girls team to the Class AAA championship in 2015.  "If they can keep everything in check, they're going to be fine.  I've been in that championship game with the girls, and they almost gave it away.  But we held on and did it, and I think the boys can do the same."

Mathis didn't have to go back too far to see how the right mindset can affect the outcome of a game.  The Flashes, perhaps looking ahead to their nemesis Central Hinds, struggled to get past Adams County Christian School in the first round of the playoffs.  They trailed 2-1 at halftime before scoring twice in the second half to wind 3-2.

Mathis said that was a bit of a wake-up call.  "After ACCS, I'm not going to rule anything out," Mathis said.  "What we've done is beat the top team in the state, and we're going to play off of that and focus on what we're going to do next."

Although it is in the championship game for the second year in a row, Starkville Academy took a similar route as St. Al to get there.  The Volunteers beat Indianola Academy 5-1 in the first round, then won 1-0 against a Heritage Academy squad that had beaten them twice in the regular season.

Brody Pierce, who spent most of the winter with the basketball team, has scored four of the Volunteers' six goals in the playoffs.  His total includes the game-winner against Heritage.

Now both the Flashes and Volunteers have one final obstacle to clear before they can truly celebrate.

"We've got to get over the hump sometime," Mathis said.  "I told them, 'You guys have got what it takes to do it,' so let's just do it."

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Michael T. Morrissey Jr., Dies

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosalie Biedenharn and Alice Woody; and a brother, Tommy Morrissey.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Hawkins United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Riles Funeral Home and Monday at Hawkins United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be at St. Albans Episcopal Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ed Carruth, Ralph Abraham, Joe Loviza, Roeland Bell, Hardy Warren, Roger Gunn, Roger Cliburn, Richard Price, Bill Lovelady and Jimmy Kendrick.
Memorials may be made to Love a Child, Post Office Box 60063, Fort Myers FL 33906 and to Samaritans’ Purse, Post Office Box 3000, Boone, NC 38607.
(Florence Murphy Morrissey Boren (Class of 1959) married Michael T. Morrissey , Jr. (Class of 1958) in 1962 They had three children.  Kelly, 1965, Norma Ann, 1966 (deceased) and Michael, III "Bo" in  1968)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Prayers For Ina

Please keep our classmate, Ina Lott Whittington in your prayers.  She is seeing a hip specialist at the University Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) today.  Her surgeon who did her last two replacements last year cannot help her anymore and has referred her to UMMC for further medical care.  She will need your ongoing prayers.  I will keep you updated here on her progress and that she will get the medical attention she needs at this time.  

02-04-2018 ~ Ina was seen by a Doctor at UMMC and had an infection in her hip and was put on an antibiotic.  She will return to UMMC for further tests to see if the infection has cleared on February 26th  Her operation has been scheduled for April 11th because her Doctor has a scheduled overseas assignment. Ina is resting at home in bed and can sit up in a wheelchair.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers.  

If you like, you can send a card to cheer her up.  Ina's address is 109 Colonial Drive, Vicksburg, MS  39180  I'm sure she would deeply appreciate it.

03-02-2018 ~ Ina got word today from her Doctor that the infection has returned in her hip and will have to be removed before she can have her surgery in April.  She also may have pneumonia in her right lung as well.  She will go Monday to have more x-rays to check her lungs.  I will keep you posted.  Please continue to keep Ina in your prayers daily.

03-09-2018 ~ X-rays showed that it was not pneumonia in her right lung but enlarged blood vessels instead.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In Memoriam ~ Lois Marie Sullivan

Lois Marie Dungan Sullivan passed away last Saturday night in Vicksburg, which was her lifetime home.  

She would have been 97 years old this year.  

She is survived by her beloved four sons, Mickey (Class of 1959), Bobby, Jimmy, and Mike.  A private graveside family service was held.  

Lois was a sweet, elegant and lovely lady with a beautiful smile.  

Praying that God will comfort the family through this time of sadness and may she rest in peace. 

Published in The Vicksburg Post 

Lois Dungan Sullivan died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. She was 96.
Mrs. Sullivan was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Albert L. “Chink” Sullivan.
She is survived by four sons, Mickey Sullivan, Bobby Sullivan, Jimmy Sullivan and Mike Sullivan; seven grandsons; one granddaughter; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Private services were held under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.
Her family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials are made to a charity of choice.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Classmates Mother Has Died

I received word today that Mickey Sullivan's Mother, Lois Sullivan, has died.  Please keep Micky and his family in your prayers.  I will post Obituary as soon as I receive it. 

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