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 ~







Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Classmates!

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas!  God be with you!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Classmate ~ Vera Agnes Marshall Brown Dies

Vera Agnes Marshall Brown, a lifelong resident of Vicksburg, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Select Specialty in Jackson.  She was 75.


She was the daughter of the late Lee Carlton “Teddy” and Vera Agnes Marshall.  A graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy Class of 1959, Vera was trained as a registered nurse by the Sisters of Mercy, receiving her degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, then she worked in her profession for over 50 years in various areas of nursing.
In 1982, Vera was honored as Home Health Nurse of the Year. Vera was a member of Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she served on numerous committees, including the St. Paul Altar Society, chairman of the bereavement committee, St. Paul Choir and several boards, including Parish Council.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Eleanor Bagby; and one granddaughter, Christina Francis.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, George Brown of Vicksburg; two daughters, Andrea Brown (Owen) Francis of 
Mandeville, La.; Julie Brown (Bill) Walker of Clinton; one son, George (Lara) Brown Jr. of Natchez; two brothers, Lee Marshall “Teddy” of Lexington, S.C., and Charles Marshall of Vicksburg; four grandsons and two granddaughters.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Tom Lalor officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with Rosary at 6:30 p.m., and from 9 a.m. Tuesday until the hour of service at the church.
Pallbearers will be Colin Francis, Patrick Francis, Hunter Walker, Michael Marshall, Tim Marshall and Andy Griffith. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority, St. Paul Catholic Church Choir, St. Paul Altar Society and members of the bereavement committee
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford Street, Vicksburg, MS, 39180.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Our Classmate Vera Marshall Brown Dies


It is with great sadness to let you know that our classmate, Vera Marshall Brown, passed away last night.

May she rest in peace in our Dear Lord's arms.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Why Canonisation?

Efforts to have Catherine McAuley, The founder of the Sisters of Mercy canonized as a Saint.

It is God who makes saints. The Church simply ratifies God ’s handiwork and calls it to the attention of the faithful for their encouragement and veneration. When the Church declares that a person is a saint she is saying in effect that this person is with God, that his or her life is worth imitating and that she or he has the power to intercede with God on our behalf. It is the ordinary members of the faithful who bring to the attention of the institutional Church the fact that such and such a person has lived his/her life of Christian virtue in a way that goes beyond what would be expected of an ordinarily good person.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jesse F. Jones III Dies In 2015

Jesse F. Jones III, 76, of Leavenworth, Kan., died, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at St. Luke’s Cushing Medical Center.
He was born on July 28, 1938, in Vicksburg, the son of Jesse F. and Josephine R. (Morrissey) Jones Jr.
Jesse graduated from St. Aloysius High School (Class of 1957) and the University of Mississippi in 1961, where he was commissioned through the ROTC program into the United States Army as a field artillery officer.
He served two tours in Vietnam, graduated from the Command General Staff College, went on to serve with the Joint Airborne Command Post, and then concluded his career at Fort Leavenworth, first as an instructor at CGSC, and served as the director of the Nuclear Chemical Directorate. During his service, Jesse was recognized for his leadership and received various military honors, including the Meritorious Service Award, Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster) as well as numerous foreign decorations.
Jesse retired from the Army in April 1984, and was able to explore his lifelong fascination with technology when he opened Computers ASP, which he operated until 1997.
After that time, he was able to concentrate on what was important to him, his family and finally, grandchildren. Jesse was an active member of the community and served as senior warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
He was active in the Downtown Business Association, founded the Silverback Men’s Book Club, was  a member of the OB coffee group and was an active member of the Democratic Party. He was known for his booming voice and personality. Jesse enjoyed a lively debate, reading, playing on the computer, model trains and sharing a meal and a story or two with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nina Jones Alvarez of Metairie, La., and Mary Jones Kavanaugh of Vicksburg.
Jesse is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Anne Nutt Jones; eight children, Julie Ann Marcus of Prairie Village, Kan., Steven (Katie) Marcus of Vicksburg, Jesse Fuller Jones IV of Weaverville, Calif., Miles (Angela) Marcus of Jackson, Belle (Michael) Morgan of Wichita Falls, Texas, Treadwell (Karin) Jones of Prairie Village, Kan., Thomas (Dr. Jill Urban) Jones of Dallas and Elizabeth (David) Karkosky of Portland, Ore.; 11 grandchildren, Don, Sara, Blanche, Emma, Forrest, Michaela, Sam, Rowan, Patrick, Anna and Catherine. Jesse leaves an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, including Mittie Towne and Josephine Pratt of Vicksburg.
Services will be noon, Aug. 11, 2016, at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Beth Palmer, rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating.
Charles Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
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