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, August 13, 2017

Memorial Service For Bertha Dearing Hull

Visitation from 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Mass at 11:00 A.M.
Luncheon to follow in Parish Hall

Friday, August 11, 2017

Two 1960 Classmates Die Within Two Days

The sad news was reported today by Pat Millett that two of her classmates, Bertha Dearing Hull (SFXA-1960) and David Kinnebrew (SAHS-1960), had passed away in the past two days. 

We have reached an age where such news should not come as a shock, but it does, she said. Our thoughts and sincerest condolences for the families of both.

David C Kinnebrew ~

David Clark Kinnebrew, 75, went home to our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Visitation is 5-8 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon. Services are 12:30 pm Friday at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with a 3 pm graveside in Greenlawn Gardens in Vicksburg. Rev. Steven Clark will officiate.

David was a native of New Orleans and has been a longtime resident of Pearl. He was an Army Veteran and was an active member of Skyway Hills Baptist Church in Pearl. David retired as a supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service in 1999 and was currently working with Mississippi Mortuary Service in Pearl. 

Survivors include his wife, Diane Lawrence Kinnebrew of Pearl; sons, Wesley E. Kinnebrew (Kelly) of Denham Springs, LA and Hal Kinnebrew of Walker, LA; daughter, Patricia Lee Kinnebrew of Jackson; sister, Joan Reynolds of Greenville, AL and grandchildren, Dylan Earl Kinnebrew, Leah Diane Kinnebrew, Hailey Jade Kinnebrew and Levi Garrett Kinnebrew. David was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Veda Kinnebrew, and daughter, Cynthia Ann Kinnebrew. 

Bertha Dearing Hull ~ 

Visitation from 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Mass at 11:00 A.M.
Luncheon to follow in Parish Hall

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Alley Of The Poor

Sisters of Mercy:  Their cloister was "the alley of the poor" by Patrick McNamara, Ph.D. ( 

“God knows I would rather be cold and hungry than that His poor should suffer want.”
— Venerable Catherine McAuley (1778-1841)

Pamela Mahoney Cook (Class of 1960) ~ Hopefully, I will be able to share this with Facebook friends who attended S.F.X.A. and loved the "sisters" who helped shape our young lives.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Class of 1961 Mercy Babes

Great weekend with this great bunch of girls. St. Francis Class of 1961. I think these Mercy Babes look awesome.
L to R: Cathy, Helen, Joan, Sandra, Lucy, Nina, Judy, Barbara, and Susan.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SFXA Graduate ~ Carolyn Ellis Staton Dies

Vicksburg native, graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy in 1964.

First UM Female Provost, Carolyn Ellis Staton, Passes Away At Age 71 -

Carolyn Ellis Staton, 71, died May 19, 2017, at her home in Oxford, MS. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Paris-Yates Chapel on the Campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS (parking will be available in the circle). Visitation will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home. In conjunction with her easy-going spirit, the family welcomes casual clothing.

Born in Vicksburg, MS, to the late John and Marguerite Shibley Ellis, Mrs. Staton received her Bachelor’s degree at Tulane University, her Master’s degree at Columbia University and her Juris Doctor at Yale University. At the University of Mississippi, she served as a Law Professor, Interim Dean at the Law School, Associate Provost and retired as Provost in 2009. Staton became the first female to hold the title of Provost at the University of Mississippi. As Provost, she facilitated the creation of the University of Mississippi residential colleges and the Croft Institute. She expanded on the ideas of others in the creation of the Honor’s College.

She was a dedicated and loving wife of 33 years and a loving mother to three boys. She found great joy in her travels overseas and prided herself on enabling her children to travel. She was a veteran of the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps where she achieved the rank of Captain.  She served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service in the 1990s at the Pentagon.

She is survived by her husband William Staton of Oxford, MS; sons, William “Will” Staton and his fiancĂ©, Katrina of Washington, DC, Thom Staton of Asheville, NC and Michael Staton of Hooksett, NH and brothers, David Ellis of Hilton Head, SC and Robert Ellis of Memphis, TN.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Staton’s memory may be made to the Carolyn Ellis Staton Scholarship in Law Endowment, University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655 in lieu of flowers.

Monday, May 01, 2017

SFXA Class of 1957 ~ 60 Years

Alumni Banquet of St. Al/St. Francis Catholic School in Vicksburg, MS.  Class of 1957 who were 60 year graduates. Left to right: Rad Styron and wife, Linda Jones Styron, Shirley Farish, Paula Brichetto Noble, Mary Nell Garvin McMaster and her husband, Wayne McMaster.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet

(Click on pictures to enlarge)

~50 Year Graduates~

~Class of 2017~

Banquet held at Farrell Hall.

Pretty table arrangements.

Only three Class of 1959 graduates attended the 2017 annual alumni banquet.  Left to right, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Marian Ann Love and Sue McNamara Fowler.  No classmates from St. Aloysius High School attended.

Mrs. Lauderdale, her daughter, Jane Lauderdale Flowers and daughter Christin Flowers Matthews sat with us at the table.

Mrs. Lauderdale getting a big hug from Father P. J. Curley.

Peter Pikul speaking at the banquet.

Roll Call of Classes by Lindsey Doyle Bradley, '02
Secretary/Treasurer, Alumni Association

Introduction of the Class of 2017 by Chesley Sadler Lambiotte, '96
Senior Sponsor, St. Aloysius High School

Message from the Class of 2017 by Olivia Curtis
President, Class of 2017

Remarks from the Class of 1967
by Tricia Guider Sadler ~ St. Francis Xavier Class of 1967
by Peter Pikul ~ St. Aloysius Class of 1967

Charitable Trust Presentation by Rob Amborn, '01
President, Alumni Association

Development Foundation Report by Ann Farrell Roberson, '94
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
Vicksburg Catholic School

Benediction by Reverend P. J. Curley
Pastor, St. Michael Catholic Church
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