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 ~

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The 1958 SFXA Graduating Class

First row from front, Joy Canizaro (deceased) and Carol Tuccio (deceased); second, Anita Zorn, Fran Barland, Monetta Coccaro and Rosemary Ellis; third, Pattie Reese, Gloria Childers, Glenda Betts, Kay Stewart and Joyce Brister; and fourth, Frances Powell, Rebecca Bell, Andrea Kelly and Pam Guchereau. Standing is Sister Mary Rita, R.S.M.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Anita

Lora Anita Zorn
After graduation Anita received her B.S. degree from St. Mary's Dominican College, New Orleans, LA (Major English, Minor Education) and her Masters of Theological Studies from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL. She also did post graduate work in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

What she enjoys doing most now is reading, attending her Knit Wit group (they crochet blankets for children in distress), PAK - Omega Chapter meetings, teaching Adult Faith Formation Classes for the Diocese of Jackson, and being a member of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) team at St. Michael. She is currently a member of the Sodality and becoming a member of Mercy Associates.

Her favorite teachers were: First Grade: Sister Cyrena who was so kind and loving; Eighth Grade: Sister Mary John who made coming to school interesting and fun; High School: Sister Mary Rita who always challenged us to think. She also have fond memories of Sister Mary Elise and Sister Mary Annunciata.

A few things about her life: She married James (Jimmy) Hossley on May 29, 1965. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren--2 boys and 5 girls. She taught school full time for 24 1/2 years and part time for 2 years. She is retired now from Vicksburg Catholic School (St. Al/St. Francis) where she taught 21 years full time and 2 years part time.

Her grandchildren bring her great joy. She babysits her daughter Margaret's 3 girls on a regular basis. They are no longer babies but the two youngest--Elise and Anne Stewart (7 and 8) still require attention. Margaret's oldest, Ashleigh, is 13. They all attend VCS. She enjoys her other grandchildren whenever she can. Marcia's three (Rob-7, Meg-5, Mary Elizabeth-3) live in Shreveport, LA now and are moving to North Carolina at the end of the school year. Matt's son James is 5 and attends preschool, and they live in Vicksburg also. Anita and her husband, James, (Jimmy) resides in Vicksburg, MS. E-mail:

Monday, April 28, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Carol Ann

~Class of 1958~
Carol Ann Tuccio
Mrs. Sam Price

Sunday, April 27, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Kay

Barbara Kay Stewart
After graduation Kay attended MSCW which now Mississippi University for Women. She married Joe Clark and with this union had four children. Their names are: Karen, Heather, Wade and Frank. They also have nine grandchildren. Lindsey, Clay, Nick, John, Lily, Thomas, Will, Ethan and Brenna.
Over the years Kay has worked for Jerky Treats, Inc. (Dog Treats), Hutchison School and taught typing and keyboarding (computer). She is retired from all working jobs and volunteers her time. The enjoys playing tennis, bridge, traveling and reading. I try to visit a fitness center several times a week, work one day a week at a homeless center and tutors 4th graders at an inner city school. Since I'll be president of Brooks Museum League next year, I expect my activities will be curtailed.
Her favorite teacher was Sister Mary Cyrena (1st grade) because she gave me a good start and Sister Mary Lucita because she made school fun. Sister Mary Calista was the epitome of grace and dignity even though she scared her. Some of her favorite memories are walking home from elementary school with Monetta and Rosemary (l -1/2) miles; cheering for the Flashes with Becky and Mary Joy; being St. Joseph on a Christmas float and talking in the back of the room during Latin classes. Her husband Joe retired from the Army in 1979 and now represents Toyota in the material handling business. They live on the Mississippi River and she and her husband are taking two grandsons to South Africa in June. It is the best time of my life right now! Kay and Joe resides in Memphis, TN. E-mail:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Patricia

Patricia Ann Reese
Ms. Patti Jones

Friday, April 25, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Frances

Frances Jane Powell
After graduation Frances attended MSCW in Columbus, MS. She received a MA degree from California State, Long Beach, CA; Ed.D from USC. Over the years she has worked for St. Joseph's Hospital in Memphis, TN; Biloxi City Schools; Ft. Benning Dependents Schools; Temple City Unified School District; Huntington Beach Union H.S. District, 6; Pasadena United School District and Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA. She is retired from Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena, CA and Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA. She now enjoys cooking, gardening, exercising, playing Bunko and poker. She loves to travel especially on cruises. She also has spent 46 days on a photo Safari to East Africa and tracked gorilla's in Rawanda in 1985.
Her favorite teachers was Sister Mary Grace because she was strict but fair and got her interested in science teaching which is what she has done most of her professional career. Some of her favorite memories are piano lessons and recitals; performing in her play, "Ghost in The Glass,"; she was sent home by Sister Callista (Principal) when some of us girls wore crinoline's under our a-frame uniforms skirts so our skirts looked like Christmas Trees; meeting our girl friends after children's mass at the Vicksburg Hotel's Drug Store for cherry phosphates; and playing poker and listening to 45's on Becky Bell's front porch for hours. A few things about her and her life is that she has had a successful career in education; co-authored educational materials; ghost writer for children's books and have wonderful friends. She is close to her family; has had a heart transplant and a stroke; she volunteers to help cardiac patients and loves digital photography. Frances resides in Sierra Madre, CA.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Andrea

Andrea Louise Kelly
After graduation Andrea worked for the Rose Oil Company, Merchants National Bank and retired from U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station (USAEWES) as a Budget Analyst after 31 years of service. After retiring she went back to USAEWES for 2-1/2 years. She later married Willie J. Hughes.
Since her retirement she has found her true pleasure in life, quilting. She spends her time with the "Knit Wits" a crochet group for needy children and is a member of the Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority, Omega Chapter. She has also been involved in many of St. Paul Catholic Church activities.
Andrea was inspired by Sister Mary Pius who gave her an interest in accounting that helped her decide the kind of work she wanted to do in life. Willie and Andrea resides here in Vicksburg. E-mail:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

50th Class Reunion~Pam

Pamelta J. Guchereau
After graduation Pam attended college at Hinds Jr. College and the University of Alabama. She received a BA degree in Journalism. She married Bobby Melsheimer who is now deceased (03/07/05). With this union they had Robert Ross on 03/23/70. She is the proud grandmother of Sean Aiden born on 06/26/07. Her son Robert and his wife Tammy are both RN's at the University Medical Center in ICU. Over the years Pam has worked for Southern Horseman Magazine; Electric Power Association of Mississippi and St. Dominic-Jack Memorial Hospital. She retired from St. Dominic Hospital with 30 years of service. She now enjoys fishing, reading, playing cards; volunteers at the United Way of West Central MS; help prepares and serves meal at Keystone Ministries; deliverer's Meals-On-Wheels to elderly; a Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael Catholic Church and cuddles and spoils her new grand baby Sean.
Her favorite teacher was Sister Mary Vincent because she taught "expression" in the lower grades. She was so patient and understanding -- always encouraging and non-critical.
Some of her favorite school memories are creating a paper panorama of the Amazon River across the blackboards in Sister Mary John's class; cleaning erasers by beating them on the brick wall across from the bathroom; roller skating in the alley; Mrs. Farish's Hamburger and Dill Paddy and hanging over the wall behind the hedges to throw notes to the soldiers in convoy.
She said, she finally got a grandchild last year; have a spoiled-rotten chocolate Lab named Rusti; moved back to Vicksburg after retiring; love hamburgers -- hate okra and no longer skinny as a bean pole! Pam resides in Vicksburg, MS. E-mail:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

50th Class Reunion~Rosemary

Rosemary Ellis
Ms. Rosemary Eicher
Gulfport, MS 39503-8399

Monday, April 21, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~Monetta

~Class of 1958~
Monetta Mary Coccaro
After graduation Monetta attended Loyola University and Mercy School of Nursing. She married in 1961 to Philip S. Clark. With this union they have five children and sixteen grandchildren. Over the years she has worked for Mercy Hospital, Charity Hospital, Surgical Clinic of East New Orleans, Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She is still working at Catholic Charities and community services. She and her husband resides in Metairie, LA. E-mail:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Gloria

~Class of 1958~
Gloria Jean Childress
After graduation from St. Francis Xavier Academy, Gloria attended college at San Diego Jr. College in San Diego, CA. She married Richard Jackson in 1961. She had 2 children and their names are Richard and Ron. She has no grandchildren. Over the years she has worked for a Savings and Loan Bank until 1964. Has not worked since because her husband was a career Navy man and spent three years in Spain and three years in England where Richard was attached to The Royal Navy. She has enjoyed golf-volunteer work through St. Vincent De Paul, a member of The Local Women's Club and Questers for those interested in antiques. This past year due to asthma her time is taken up with reading and transferring a large movie collection from VHS to DVD, cooking and the computer. Her favorite teacher was Sister Mary Rita because she instilled in her the love and respect of books and literature. Some of her favorite school memories are parties of course, dances, teas, The National Military Park as a playground, Sister Mary Assumpta falling asleep in class, Sister Mary Grace checking the time clock when she came to school late and last but not least all of her fellow classmates who made those three years at SFXA a joy! A few things about her and her life are: I have been so blessed to have the love of my life Richard as my husband. He is extraordinary and has put up with me for almost 47 years. Yes, he deserves another metal! Gloria and Richard resides in Grants Pass, OR. Her e-mail is:

Saturday, April 19, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Joy

~Class of 1958~
Mary Joy Canizaro
~Deceased 2002~
(Mrs. J. J. McCarthy)

Friday, April 18, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Joyce

Joyce Marie Brister
After graduation Joyce attended Hinds Jr. College and received an advanced degree from Mercy Hospital X-Ray School. She married Forrest Howard Jones on December 10, 1960. With this union were four children and their names are: Curtis Lamar, Karen Denise, Kyle Howard and Kevin Monroe. She has seven grandchildren and their names are: Leighton Kelly, Brandon Farr, Raven Jones, Kaleb Jones, Madison Jones, Nicholas Jones and Lauren Jones. Over the years she has worked for Tibbs Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Bolivar County Hospital all in Cleveland, MS. She has spent most of her married life being a housewife and mother. She served as homeroom mother for all her children, PTA Treasurer, Vice President and President. She also spent five years on the State PTA Board. She now enjoys yard work and walking. Mostly she just enjoys resting and relaxing. Her favorite teacher was Sister Mary Grace because she was her best teacher. She could teach her in a manner that she could grasp. She was always available when she needed her even on weekends. She loved Sister Mary John because she was the most fun! Some of her favorite school memories are so numerous that she can't begin to name them all. She truly enjoyed every minute she spent at SFXA. The friends she made and the dedication of the teachers will never be forgotten. A few things about her and her life are: Her life is an open book. She does not think she has changed much. She likes to have fun, go dancing, spend time with friends, family and cook. She enjoys her animals, yard work and even housework! Joyce and her husband, Forrest resides in Yazoo City, MS.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

50th Class Reunion ~ Glenda

Glenda Katherine Betts
After graduation Glenda attended college a Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. She married Victor LaGarde and with that union had six children and their names are Justin, Owen, Victor (deceased), Emile, Clare, and Glynnis.
I have two grandchildren, Justin' s children, whose names are Jeanne and Henry. Over the years I have worked for St. Mary's Academy, South Bend, IN; St. Francis Xavier Elementary; Hinds Community College; as Director the Southern Cultural Heritage Center (former St. Francis); and I'm still working at Hinds Community College teaching English Composition, American, British, and World Literatures. What I enjoy besides teaching is singing in the Mississippi Chorus and the Vicksburg Chamber Choir, gardening and painting. My favorite teacher was Sister Mary Rita Davidson because she was so witty, well-read, kind, and lively. She inspired me to be what she advised I should avoid (too little pay, she said) an English teacher! Some of my favorite school memories are Friday night football at St. Al's, dances at the schools, the nuns measuring the skirt length of our cheer leading skirts, having a great old school with so many interesting alleys, a super-high "sliding board" and gigantic merry-go-round, and a great auditorium for plays, performances and dancing on rainy days, lots of singing and graduation in church. A few things about me and my life are -- having enjoyed living in South Bend, ID and Boston, MA with the snow and wonderful colors in the fall. I enjoyed returning home and sending my kids through St. Francis and St. Aloysius. I've enjoyed seeing some classmates and their families here, and catching up with others at class reunions. I've been glad to have a small part in seeing some of the history, buildings and achievements of the schools, their teachers and students, made known to Mississippians and to folks from all over who visit the former St. Francis Xavier Academy. Glenda and Vic resides in Vicksburg, MS. E-mail:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

50th Class Reunion~Becky

~Class of 1958~
Rebecca Josephine Bell
After graduation Becky attended college at Cornell University and received a BA Degree. She also received an advanced degree from St. John's College (Masters Degree); attended University of Chicago (Fellowship) and the University of Oxford (Seminar).

Over the years she has worked for NBC News (former Network Correspondent, Paris Bureau Chief and a Director at NBC Washington)

She is retired from NBC.

She now enjoys continuing to learn (graduate courses - seminars), small dinner parties with friends, caring for animals and music.

Her favorite teacher was Sister Mary Rita who introduced her to the joys of reading.

Some of her favorite school memories are how caring the nuns were and what a good education they gave her. Also, being a cheerleader, learning to play the piano and making great friends.

A few things about her life is that she worked 24/7 for 23 years, of which 8 were in Paris. She traveled (for work) Europe, North Africa, The Middle East and Russia. She is now enjoying this terrific time of no deadlines and time with friends and loved ones.

Becky recently married George Curlin and lives in Bethesda, MD.

Rebecca (Becky) Bell and Dr. George Curlin (Christmas 2006)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

50th Class Reunion~Fran

~Class of 1958~
Frances Kathryn Barland
After graduation Fran went straight to work for Rose Oil Company. She married her first husband on May 9, 1959 and with that union had three children, Mark, Jeff and Wendy. (Widowed) She re-married on February 24, 1978 to Jessie Ross and she has three step-children with this union. They are Jessie, Jr., Mark and Rick. She also has two grandchildren Blake and Jared (twins) who are now 10 years old. (see picture below)
Over the years Fran has worked for a lawyer, electrician, secretary and private childcare. Most of all she now enjoys flower gardening, reading, her grandchildren and family. Her favorite teacher was Sister Mary Rita because she was so cute and easy. Some of her favorite memories were basketball, dances, going to football games and having fun with friends.
A few things about her and her life is -- she loves living in Kentucky and is a very friendly place. Her favorite years were when her children were small. She did not like it when they grew up and moved away, but she has adjusted now to her husband and herself. She does keep her grandchildren after school for about two hours until their Mom or Dad gets off from work. She really looks forward to keeping them. Fran resides with her husband, Jessie, in Paducah, KY. E-mails: and
Fran Barland Ross with grandsons Blake and Jared. They are now 10 years old. Picture sent to me May 2008.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Miss Frances Herbert

Miss Frances Herbert, who taught for many years in local schools began her career at Jefferson Davis Academy in the Yokena-Redbone community in 1937. The school by then had only eight grades, though it had opened in 1916 as one of the county's vocational high schools. The Jeff Davis facility in 1937-38 was, from left, Mrs. Ellen Hyland Owens, Miss Martha Hommel, Miss Frances Herbert, Principal Miller Matthews and Miss Guion Bowie. The photo belonged to Miss Herbert and is now part of the Old Court House Museum Collection.

Miss Herbert was our 2nd grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier Academy.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Robert

~Robert Wilks Witty~

After graduation from Saint Aloysius High School, Bob attend Hinds Junior College from 1959-1960. He attended The University of Mississippi 1960-1964. He married Sally on January 26, 1963 and with this union they have three daughters, Deborah, Teresa and Robin. They have five granddaughters, Crystal 25, Lauren 15, Danielle 11, Taylor 10 and Sydney 6. Bob went to work for Crawford & Company Insurance Adjusters and was sent to Lima, Ohio, then to Findlay, Ohio and eventually to New York City. He was then transferred to New Orleans and in January 1976 promoted to the Home Office in Atlanta. In October 1985 he was hired away from Crawford by AIG and was CEO of AIAC - The claim arm for AIG. He left AIG in January 1990 and was Vice President of Operations for Lindsey Newsom Claims Service in Tyler, Texas. In August 1991 he was recruited by Nationwide Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio as CEO for Gates-McDonald, a company owned T.P.A. In April 1994 Gay & Taylor/Thomas Howell moved them to Atlanta, GA where he was elected Vice President. The company was sold in 1995 and he went to work for GAB Robins Claims as Southern Regional Vice President in Atlanta. GAB was sold in 1998 and moved to Palm Coast, Florida. He was in the powerboat sales/service industry until 2004 when he went into real estate full time. He works for Hammock Sotheby's International Realty in Palm Coast as a Broker Associate.

Today, Bob enjoys boating, tennis, golf and riding his Goldwing motorcycle. He is active in The Association of Realtors, Goldwing Club, Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity.

St. Aloysius holds fond memories - but he can't say anyone Brother was his favorite. They were all good men on a mission. His favorite school memories was the undefeated 1959 football team and competing in the State Basketball tournament. Also, the closeness of his graduating class because most of them went from the first grade to graduation together.

Bob feels blessed with a wonderful life partner, three great kids and five granddaughters. The Good Lord has been good to him and for the most part everyone has been healthy. He looks forward to seeing his classmates next year.

Today, July 16, 2008, I receive a very nice e-mail from Robert Witty and he wrote and said, "Your web blog is great and I enjoyed reading some of the comments." He goes on to say, I am married to Sally Van Tilborg and we have three daughters and five granddaughters. Our children now are Julie and Jazzie a couple of Yorkies who keep us busy. I ride a Goldwing motorcycle, play tennis, golf and go boating when I have time, as Real Estate is a full time occupation. I invite any of my past friend to call if they are ever in this area. Palm Coast is 1 hour South of Jacksonville on I-95. He looks forward to 2009 and our reunion. In closing, Robert said, "I'm attaching a couple of pictures so I won't get confused with anyone else."

Robert W. Witty, P.A., GRI
Broker Associate
a division of Hammock Dunes Real Estate.
Cell: 386-931-6179/386-246-5700
Toll: 866-749-6934
Fax: 877-246-0958
In GOD We Trust

Saturday, April 12, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Roy

~Roy V. Turcotte, Jr.~
March 3, 1941 ~ June 18, 2012

Roy attended St. Aloysius Grade School and High School. After graduation, he attended the General Motors Institute (GMI), Flint, Michigan, receiving an Industrial Engineering Degree. He joined the Naval Reserves in High School and upon graduation from GMI, (1964) he went to Officers Candidate School. He served active duty on the U.S.S. Turner (destroyer) from December 1964 to December 1967. His rank was LT (jg). Roy married Katherine Meyer (Class of 1959) on December 31, 1960. With this union they have four sons. Jeff (Albuquerque, NM), Greg (Seminary, MS) Tim (Lexington, KY), and Steve (Los Lunas, NM)
He is the proud grandparent of 15 grandchildren are they are: Anthony, Brittany, Ashley, Tessa, Brittany (step-grandchild), Brandi (step), Bridgett (step), BJ (step), Leyvin (step), Tyler, Eric, Elizabeth, Kati Jane, Shane (step) and Phillip (step). Three great grandchildren and they are: Alexis (step), Abagail (Abby) and Nancy Gail (step)
Over the years Roy has worked for General Motors (Buick Motor Division), Chris Posey- Chevrolet/Nissan, George Carr-Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac and The City of Vicksburg. He is retired from The City of Vicksburg.
He enjoys being involved in the Lions Club and trying to recover from a stroke, visiting his sons and grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever possible and participating in Mass at St. Michael with Father Patrick (PJ) Curley officiating pastor.
His favorite teach was Brother Anselm because .... he doesn't remember why.
Some of his favorite school memories are playing in the band, playing Babe Ruth Baseball and attending ball games.
A few things about him and his life is that he has traveled around the world (with the Navy) and around the U.S.A. with Buick Motor Division. On June 13, 2007 he had a stroke and he is presently on the road to recovery. Roy and his wife Katherine resides in Vicksburg.

Friday, April 11, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Gordon

~Gordon Campbell Sutton, Jr.~
Gordon and Janet Sutton posing with their Border Collies, Big Dog and Dazy.

I graduated from Mississippi State University in 1963. Sylvia Hughes and I were married that year and blessed with three children: John Michael, John Christopher, and James Allen. We were divorced in 1968 most due to my imperfections.
For the next 20 years, I wandered aimlessly trying to find meaning by catering to my ego and pursuing material and sensual pleasures. I received a few titles and honors but nothing of lasting importance. By the grace of God, I was lead back to the values and morals instilled in me at St. Aloysius and reluctantly started the reformation of my life.
I met my wife Janet Scudder Sutton in May 1991 and we were married in 2001 on the anniversary of our first date. We have continued to grow together in love and spiritual oneness. I am now retired and spending my time with Janet and in meditation, spiritual reading and maintaining our home.
St. Aloysius
I am grateful for being at St. Aloysius for I believe the 19 of us gathered together, perhaps reluctantly, to become a family with all of a family’s quirks and foibles. We are fortunate to be under the watchful and loving care of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. They gave us a formation that is the underpinning of our lives whether we realize, accept, or reject it. Each of us tested, challenged, and strengthened the others. How we responded to this is our own life story.
My most admired teacher was Brother Casmir who, regardless of the disrespect and abuse he experienced at our hands, continued to love, respect and teach us.
My most loved teacher was Brother Farrell who was a loving, gentle man who was never afraid to exhibit his love for God to me in many ways.
My favorite moment was being able to serve as an acolyte at a Christmas midnight mass although I was not an altar boy. Brother Anselm chastised for this act, but I still remember the wonder and splendor of those two hours.
My worst experiences were the ridicule and cruelty innocently inflicted upon me because I could not speak clearly and was extremely shy.
My greatest personal disappointment was lacking the faith and fortitude to pursue my dream of becoming a Brother of the Sacred Heart.
My favorite St. Francis memory was having the unexpected honor of taking Marie Braun Yowan to the Senior Prom.
Web Site:
Gordon and his wife resides in Petersburg, VA. E-mail:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959 ~ Mickey

~Albert L. Sullivan, III~
After graduation in 1959, I attended Hinds Community College and worked summers with the Corps of Engineers. I retired from the Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers in 1995 after 33 years of service including two years active duty military service.

Gloria and I have been together 42 years plus and we have three sons and one daughter, ranging in ages from 30 to 40, who are scattered about in Miami, New Orleans, Nashville and Virginia Beach. All but our youngest son have families of their own and have blessed us with two wonderful grandsons and one fantastic granddaughter.

I enjoy the outdoors and spend a major portion (read all) of my time deer hunting and just being in the woods. I will come out of woods to enjoy college football on Saturdays, especially LSU football and I have taken part in the tailgate experience for home games for the LSU baseball team since 1993. After the college baseball season is over and its too hot to venture outside (other than the necessary evil of taking care of the yard), I like to read and our local library is a dear friend to me.

Gloria didn't begin her working career until our youngest entered first grade, so she's still at it. She began teaching at Jett Elementary, had stints at the Montessori School, Sherman Avenue and is presently at First Presbyterian Kindergarten. Her summers are dedicated to traveling around the country to visit our children, relatives and friends.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Larry

~Loren Laurence Miller, III~
After graduation from Saint Aloysius High School, Larry attend Hinds Jr. College. He then joined the Air Force and, while on active duty, he finished college with a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in Engineering (1967) at the Municipal University of Omaha (Nebraska).
Later, he left active duty and went to work for the Civil Service with the Military Airlift Command (MAC), at Scott Air Force Base and later moved to the U. S. Transportation Command, at the same location. He retired from Civil Service in 2003.
He and his wife, Karen, reside in south St. Louis County, Missouri.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959 ~ Jackie

~Alexander B. Mackey~

A. B. “Jackie” Mackey died Saturday February 13, 1999 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was 58.
A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Mackey was the son of the late John W. and Ethel Ross Mackey. He was preceded in death by a brother, John W. Mackey Jr. and a sister Nancy Smiley.
Mr. Mackey was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and attended Hinds Community College, William Carey College and American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He graduated from Mississippi Military Academy and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He completed the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced courses at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Mr. Mackey was a logistian completing his training at Fort Lee, VA. He also attended the Army's Command and General Staff Officer Training course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Mr. Mackey was the owner of A.B. Mackey Insurance Agency and was a registered representative with John Hancock Financial Services. He served as President of the Vicksburg Association of Life Underwriters and was recognized as Man of the Year in 1981. He also served as past Regional Vice President of the Vicksburg Civitan Club and past Lieutenant Governor of the Magnolia District.
Mr. Mackey was a member of the Mississippi National Guard Association Board of Directors and served with the National Guard for about 32 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. He received the Mississippi Magnolia Medal, the Army commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
Mr. Mackey was a member of Goodrum Baptist Church, serving in the bus ministry maintenance benevolence and finance committees, and also a training union teacher. Mr. Mackey participated in the Christian Troopers Program and was a member of Gideon's International.
Survivors include six sons. Alex Mackey of Tallulah, LA, Doug and Ray Mackey both of Denver, CO, David Mackey of Fayetteville, AR, Jim Mackey of Hubert, NC, and Chris Mackey of Vicksburg. He leave two brothers, Bobby Smith of New Roads, LA, and Joseph Mackey of Baton Rouge, LA. Six sisters, Josie Perez of New Orleans, LA, Tommie Hazzlerigg, Katherine Austin, Rosa Belle Lowery all of Vicksburg, Vivian Pace of Birmingham, AL, and Lillian white of Chicago, IL, and nine grandchildren. Fisher-Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Monday, April 07, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Louis

~Louis H. Logue, Jr.~
After graduation in 1959, Louis "Sonny" Logue attended Mississippi State and "eventually" got a Civil Engineer degree and went to work for Louisiana Power & Light in New Orleans. However, before he graduated in 1966, he met and married Wanda Andrews from Columbus (a "W" girl). Robert, Jackie, Ivan and Mickey were in his wedding.
Wanda and Sonny had three children in New Orleans before moving back to Vicksburg in 1972 and working with the Corps of Engineers in charge of a Design Unit. In 1976 the family moved to Saudi Arabia with the Corps and he was a Program Manager for construction of a Port in Jeddah and a Military City just south of Kuwait.
In 1981 they moved back to Vicksburg where he was in charge of River Operations with the Corps, Mississippi River Commission and where their three children grew up, got married and they now have 6 grandchildren.
He was involved in Habitat for Humanity for several years, taught CCD at St. Paul's for many years and after retirement, taught "Religion" Class of 9th, 10th, and 11 graders at St. Aloysius. Yea, me -- a real live Brother Ashton, he said. He even gave them some of Ashton's spook lectures.
Last year, as he was enjoying the fruits of retirement, golf, deer hunting, and fishing, when some friends talked him into doing some consulting engineering work back in New Orleans and that's where he is today; at least for another six months. Then, it's back to the tough retirement stuff.
His most memorable memories include, riding in the "Buick" and the "Studebaker", playing football, watching Larry and Walter enjoying their beer, welcoming George back to the Senior trip, seeing how much the milk man grew in one summer, swimming at Redwood, paying a quarter to get in the Joy Theatre, sweeping two leaves around the yard while Matthew worked over Skeeter, recess on the big yard, ordering a hamburger sandwich style at the Dixieland, taking an Irish lass to the Prom and dancing with Vera.
Talked to Jack Hebert (Brother Cecil) last week and he is still living with each of our memories, he said.
Hope to see you all in April!!

Wanda and Louis "Sonny" Logue taken recently. (Posted July 19, 2008)

Photo sent to me via e-mail on October 15, 2008.

2016 ~ Happy Anniversary to my best friend and wife Wanda. 55 years with this beautiful lady have produced 3 great children, (Lori, Layne, and Dawn), 6 fantastic grand children (Brandon, Brigitte, Brian, Forrest, Hannah, and Joshua) and two fantastic grand-in-laws (Tanner and Courtney). God has truly blessed our life with a wonderful family. Thank you Lord. I love you Jesus.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959-Walter

~Walter Pitts Little, Jr.~
After graduation Walter attended Tulane for undergraduate and medical school, graduating from the latter in 1966. After a residency in pathology at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and service in the U.S.A.F., he moved to Birmingham, where he specialized in Dermatopathology and was also clinical professor of pathology and dermatology at UAB school of medicine. Walter has three children, Elizabeth, Walter, and Frances, and has six grandchildren. He and his wife, Jane, who is a lawyer, are retired, and they continue to reside in the Birmingham area. He received a masters in theology from Spring Hill in 2004 and is active in his church’s adult education program. Walter and his wife Janie resides in Mountain Brook, AL.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Joe

~Joseph F. Lindigrin, Jr.~
Service 2 p.m. Monday
July 7, 2008
Glenwood Chapel
Green Acres Memorial Park
3-6 p.m. Sunday

Joe was born in Vicksburg, MS on June 21, 1941 and passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Medical City Dallas at the age of 67, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Geraldine Conn Lindigrin; son, Jeff Lindigrin (wife Andrea) of Rockwall, TX; daughter, Sherry Lindigrin of Vicksburg; mother, Frances Lindigrin; brother, David Lindigrin (wife Elizabeth) of Clinton, MS; and five beloved grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Joe Lindigrin, Sr.; and grandparents, Lawrence and Mattie Storey and Joseph Anthony and Elizabeth Lindigrin. He graduated from St. Aloysius High in 1959, and then attended Hinds Community College and Mississippi State University. He was employed by L.M. Berry Company, where he won many outstanding sales awards. For 21 years, he owned Jackson Specialty Advertising in Jackson, MS, retiring in 2004. Lifelong Mississippians Joe and Geraldine had recently moved from Madison, MS to Rockwall, TX to be near their son and grandchildren. He always told people the youngest, Mackenzie ("Mack") age 2 1/2, had the longest little arms pulling them to leave their home state of Mississippi. Joe and Geraldine traveled extensively throughout the country and overseas. One of his favorite places was St. Andrews, Scotland where he played the old course twice. Joe never met a stranger. He easily made friends wherever he traveled with his unique personality, charm and wit. His infectious grin and laughter made him a friend to many. He was a great storyteller, and loved to tell them to everyone he met. His love for the Mississippi State Bulldogs was deep and unwavering. He never became discouraged. He was always the first to say, with all his heart, "Just wait 'til next year!"A wonderful man known for his honesty, integrity and character, Joe was widely respected for his business acumen and noted for his athletic abilities and accomplishments in football, basketball, baseball, and golf. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He most enjoyed spending time with his buddies at Live Oaks Golf Club and The Shores County Club playing golf for an occasional wager. Affectionately known by his many friends as "Bogey" Joe, he was an extremely talented golfer. He was a Mississippi Walker Cup team member for several years, a senior state champion, and held many course records and club championship titles over the years at various clubs around Mississippi. He also shot his age many times and made eight holes-in-one. Joe was a member of Lakeshore Congregational Methodist Church in Jackson, MS. Services will be held Monday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, MS. Visitation will be Sunday, July 6, 2008, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Monday, July 7, 2008. Pallbearers will be Jack Thompson, Gene Pope, Robert Pope, David Willoughby, Rick Mason and Mike Lewis.
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 7/5/2008.
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August 15, 2010

The last time i saw Joe and Geraldine was in your home in Jackson many years ago.

Joe and i were next door neighbors on Porters Chapel Road in Vicksburg...we had a lot of good times, especially hunting in the woods behind the houses.

I will always remember Joe very fondly...and will see him again.

All the best for the future to you, Geraldine, and the family.

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~ sherry lindigrin, clinton, Mississippi August 20, 2009


It’s been a little over a year now and I still can’t believe you are gone. I miss you so much. I can still see you out on the golf course and hear your voice and words of wisdom. All of your old friends tell me how much they miss you. They say not a day goes by that you are not remembered on the golf course or while playing a game of gin.

You and I were so close in age that we were able to share many things, especially participating in sports together. Even though we were very competitive with each other we were a great team as well. Sometimes we argued and had our share of disagreements, as most fathers and sons do, but for all of the battles we went through we were always able to say “I love you”. I treasure each and every one of those many memories.

You have been a great example of how a man should conduct himself throughout his life. You taught me the values of honesty, integrity and character regardless of the situation, and I am grateful for that.

I was always with you when I was young watching you play baseball, basketball, football and golf. You took me everywhere with you. Some of my fondest memories are all of those times we went fishing. As I got older I laughed to myself that you probably just needed me to weigh down the end of the boat for you!

Now my little one Mack reminds me of us. She loves to go with me to play golf or work in the garden or yard. She misses you so much and she ask’s me all the time “where’s my Papaw?” I tell her you are in Heaven playing golf with Jesus and trying to get a fair bet.

I Love You Daddy,

~ Jeff Lindigrin, Rockwall, Texas

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To all of Joe's friends and loved ones that have signed this book, our family is humbled and grateful. Joe was such a vibrant person that filled our lives with wisdom and joy . He was my life for almost 49 years and yes I spoiled him beyond anyone's comprehension.He has left such a hole in our lives that it can never be filled. He has also left us with such wonderful memories that we still can know what he would say or do when occasions arise. He is missed every day and sometimes the days are very long without him. I heard the angels sing when they came for him that morning so I know he is in heaven and telling his stories to all that will gather round. He must be making a lot of holes-in-one on the heavenly golf course! We will see him again one day and rejoice in the life we had on earth but we know our life in heaven will be the perfection of all our dreams. Until we meet again, my love.

~ Geraldine August 19, 2009

Dear Papaw,

Hi Papaw I still cry for you and I miss you. I miss playing the game where I pour the water on your head from the cup you gave me with the fish and water in it. You always made me laugh when we played that game and you were so funny.

Papw guess what? Daddy has been taking me to play golf with him. I can hit the golf ball really good and loud!

I just miss you so much snd I loveyou so much!

Daddy says you are in heaven with Jesus but I still miss you.

My 4th birthday is October 7th and I wish you can come to my birthday party.

Bye I love you,


~ Mackenzie "Mack" Lindigrin, Rockwall, Texas
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August 04, 2009

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009

~ sherry lindigrin, vicksburg, Mississippi
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I haven´t know the daughter of Joe Lindigrin very long since nov. -08 to be exact. I saw her great lost and her sadness when talking about her father. He must have been larger than life, a wonderful person just like you Sherry.

I´m so proud now on and forever to be a friend of Sherry.

Even though I´m far away.

Lot´s of love to Sherry and her family

~ Caroline Bengtsson, Ängelholm Sweden August 13, 2008

I have not had any contact with Joe since high school. He is remembered by me as he was then. I remember the enviable thick blond hair which he carefully combed in his own distinctive style. He always had an infectious mischievous grin and a wide affable smile with an easy going personality and a slow southern drawl and gait. What was not to like! Judy and I extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

~ Ed Habert, st. louis, Missouri
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Aunt Geraldine, Sherry, and Jeff, your husband/father took over a room as few were capable. His warmth for whom he loved was beyond measure. We are fortunate to have been part of his world. He will always be remembered, loved, and appreciated for many different memories. Love from our family to yours, David and Stacey Willoughby

~ Stacey Willoughby, Brandon, Mississippi
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Sherry, I love you and your family dearly. I'm so sorry. I think of your dad and can hear him laugh and see such a huge grin on his face. Hold on to all those precious memories. Just remember....he's finally free to run with the angels on streets made of gold. There are wonders that you've never known. You'll always remain in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.

~ Annett Autrey, Pearl, Mississippi
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August 03, 2008

Sherry, I am blessed to have been able to spend time with your dad over Memorial Day and your birthday family gathering. Your mom and dad have been like a second family for me. I will remember your Dad as a vibrant, passionate man who loved his life and his family. It makes me smile to remember him telling us how he tried to play our money in Vegas...he really wanted us to share his joys. He will surely be remembered. Your family will always be in my prayers.

Geraldine, My deepest sympathies for your loss. May you have peace, comfort and strength in this time.

~ Nelda Wolf, McKinney, Texas
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The Lindigrin Family ~ I have a blog as a gift to my classmates and posting pics of Joe, etc. He would have had his 50th class reunion next year. We will honor him and his life. Visit:

~May God Bless Your Family~
~ Marian Love Phillips, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Sherry, my deepest sympathi, I did not know your father, but I know you and I guess he was just like you ,a wonderful person. My thoughts will be with you. love Berit

~ Berit Thomasson, Helsingborg Sweden
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Sherry, I have prayed for you and your family. Thank you for letting me know about your loss. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. Your dad must have been really proud to have a daughter like you. In Christ, Don

~ Don Cox, Springfield, Missouri
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Sherry, I am still praying for you and your family. Although I didn't know your Dad, I know he must have been very special (along with your Mom) to raise such a sweet daughter as you. Keep in touch.

~ Lois Jacobs, Allen, Texas
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July 31, 2008

Dear Geraldine, Sherry and family

Our deepest sympathy in your great loss.

"So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounden for him on the other side."
John Bunyan 1628-1688

Maria with family (Germany & Sweden)

~ Maria Simre Rohm, Germany July 26, 2008


Joe was special to me. I loved him. The big kalutz. He could throw the ball a mile. I believe he threw me about eight passes and seven went for touchdowns off reverses. He could shoot a basketball. He and Logue were about the only ones who could. And could he hit a golf ball. He tried to give me a few tips when I played with him against Hennessey and Witty at the last class reunion I was able to attend but to no avail. He was good enough that we still won without help from me. Enough, he was kind and a friend. I'm sorry I'm so late but Carol and I have been out of town for the last two weeks. I will pray for Joe and for you and the family. God keep you in his warm embrace and carry Joe directly into his bosom.

~ George Evans, Jackson, Mississippi
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Geraldine, Joe threw'em and I caught'em (sometimes). Will keep you and your family in our prayers.

~ Louis Logue, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I was sadden to hear of Joe's passing. I was a classmate at SFXA graduating in 1959. I recently lost a son and know the pain and sorrow you are feeling. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

~ Marie Braun Yowan, Shelby Township, Michigan
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Geraldine and family,

May God bless you and your family in your time of sorrow.George and I are saddened by his death I will always remember his contagious smile and friendly words always present when we would see you occasionally. I also remember 50 years ago when we graduated from St. Al and St. Francis . He was a friend to all of us and always ready to help.

Our prayers are with you.
George and Vera Marshall Brown

~ Vera Brown, Vicksburg, Mississippi 
July 20, 2008

I was both surprised and saddended when Marian told me that Joe had passed away. I had not seen Joe since our days at St. Al, but I remember him as a talented and fun loving guy. My condolences to his family; may God receive his soul with joy.

~ Paul Booth, Madison, Mississippi
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~ Larry Miller, St. Louis
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Geraldine, I can not believe this about Joe. It seems like yesterday that we were working on EMS shirts, talking hunting and football, and getting golf tips from him. Like you, I consider him to be a wonderful friend that will be missed. Thinking of you, Wade

~ Wade spruill,jr., hattiesburg, Mississippi July 14, 2008

Dear Geraldine & Family --What a loss! Joe made work fun -- if he didn't have a big grin on his face, he meant to not have a big grin on his handsome face; most of the time, he was only kidding! My prayers for God's merciful help for you through this process will continue as I myself thank God that I had the pleasure of knowing you both. May God's peace comfort you, with joy!

~ NancyKay Sullivan Wessman, Jackson, Mississippi July 10, 2008

I am so saddened to hear of Joe's death. I will never forget his kindness,generosity and wide smile. Mississippi State lost one of its' biggest fans. My prayers are with Geraldine.

~ Tim Clarke, Tampa, Florida 
July 10, 2008

Dearest Geraldine. it has been a long time since I've seen you but I remember how much in love you were with this big guy. I know you are hurting right now and I hope God will comfort you and that you will receive solice from these wonderful messages from the many people Joe's life touched. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Anne and Jody McWilliams, Richmond, Va.

~ Anne Crockett McWilliams, Richmond, Virginia
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Geraldine and Family: Our deepest sympathy in your great loss. We were out of town and are sorry that we didn't get to the funeral home. Please remember us to John and Lynda as well.

Marie and Louis Renaud

~ Marie Menger Renaud, Vicksburg, Mississippi July 08, 2008

Geraldine, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family for I know this will be a big adjustment to you all!

With Christ's love, Libba Johnson

~ Elizabeth JOHNSON, Jackson, Mississippi
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Very sorry to hear of your loss. Joe will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

Tommy Guilbert

CCHS 1958

~ Tommy Guilbert, Richardson, Texas
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Geraldine and Family,

We at Beech Chitta Hunting Club was sadden to hear about the passing of Joe. Although, we only knew "Big Joe" as he was known to us, for a very short time, he was our friend and hunting buddy. Whenever Joe came over to the club he always had a story to tell but, most of all he loved to talk about his Family, Friends and his Mississippi State Bulldogs. We will always cherish the memories and the time spent with Big Joe. Again we are sorry for your loss.

~ Wade McCulloch, Ackerman, Mississippi
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Geraldine and family,

I was so sad to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a great and loving friend and boss. I'll never forget the 4 years I worked for you two. I loved him as if he was my own family. I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

~ Cori Wilson (Brown), Granbury, Texas
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My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

~ Angie Manning Wilson, Madison, Mississippi July 07, 2008

I haven't seen you or Joein many years, but was surprised to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Phillip Doiron, Weaver, Alabama
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~ Phillip Doiron, Weaver, Alabama
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July 07, 2008

I have not had the opportunity to see or talk to Joe for many years, yet I miss him all the same. My thoughts and sympathies are with his loved ones. Soon enough, I pray that we will all be together in the fellowship that never ends.

~ Walter Little, Birmingham, Alabama July 06, 2008

Geraldine and Family,

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

I have always considered Joe one of my best friends even though we haven't see much of each other in recent years. I will really miss his smile and sense of humor.

Mona and I were surprised to read that you and Joe had moved to Rockwall. We moved to Arlington in Sept. 2006.

~ Jimmy and Mona Cathey, Arlington, Texas
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I often ran into you and Joe around Jackson. This news of Joe leaving us was a big surprise and shock to Dot and I. I know you will miss him greatly. He always seemed to be such a healthy guy. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during these times and in the future.

~ Ivan Cunningham, Jackson, Mississippi
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~ Leland Ferguson, Tyler, Texas July 06, 2008

Geraldine and Family:

Deeply saddened to hear about Joe's untimely passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Charles & Carol Lagg Guion

~ Charles & Carol Guion, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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July 06, 2008

Our prayers and sympathy to you in your loss.

Ann and Tommy Jackson

~ Ann Hardin Jackson, Brandon July 06, 2008

For a number of years, JOE and I were neighbors on Porters Chapel Road...he was a great guy who I will always remember.

~ RONALD Foley, Fountainville, Pennsylvania July 06, 2008

Dearest Geraldine, we were shocked to hear of Joe's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Joe. Much love, Bobbie and "Doc" Halliday

~ Bobbie Halliday, Plainfield, Massachusetts
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I remember Joe as a friend to my older sister, Kay, and my brother, Buddy. When telling stories of the fun times in Vicksburg in the 50's, Joe's name is always mentioned so fondly. I do know he was considered to be so sweet and cute and even as a little girl, I recognized how nice he was to children my age.

~ Libby Hess, Denver, Colorado
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I haven't seen Joe in many, many years. From our days at St. Aloysius to Hinds Jr. College to MSU, I'll always remember Joe's smile and his very friendly personality. I know you all, his family, will miss him greatly. You can be assured he's smiling down on all of you from a better place. God bless you all and we hope you can remember all the good times in the celebration of his life.

~ Danny Hossley, Hideaway, Texas
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Dear Geraldine, I waqs deeply saddened to learn of Joe's passing. We go back a long ways as you know and have been friends for over 50 years. We shared many memories at St. Al on the football field, basketball court and on the baseball field. Joe and I shared many good times and he will be missed not only by his family but by his many friends. You and your family are in my prayers.

~ Robert Witty, Palm Coast, Florida
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Geraldine- We can't express in words how much sympathy we feel for you and your family. Joe was a wonderful friend and we will miss him dearly. Our prayers are with you and the entire family.


Jack & Barbara Thompson

~ Jack Thompson, Rockwall, Texas July 05, 2008

I'm very saddened to learn of Joe's untimely passing and my prayers are with him and his family. Joe and my brother were classmates, and I had the good fortune to be a member of St. Al's undefeated football team when Joe was a senior and I was a freshman. Joe played tailback to perfection, and wasn't referred to as "Golden Arm" for nothing. As well as I recall, he didn’t throw a single interception his senior year. His hard work and dedication were an inspiration to all.

~ Philip Little July 05, 2008

Through and after high school at St. Al, Joe was a friend with whom I enjoyed playing football where he was quite a good passer. In high school he even set me up with my first blind date. I regret that I lost touch with him over the years. My sympathies and best wishes to all of Joe's family.

~ Pat Downey, Pearl River, Louisiana
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Joe was a good friend at St. Aloysuis.

My prayers are with his wife Geraldine and his family.

With Empathy,

~ Gordon Sutton, Petersburg, Virginia
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July 05, 2008

So sadden to hear about Joe's passing away. He was a classmate of mine graduating in the Class of 1959 from SFXA. May God Bless you and your family and give you strength in this time of sorrow.

~ Marian Love Phillips, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Dear Geraldine

I don't know if you remember me. I am AnnFreutel Gilman and I lived next door to you on Cherry Street. I remember you and Joe dating in high school. Y'all would sit on your stoop after school. I am living in Irvine Ca. for the past 30 years. My husband , Bruce was a Captain with American Airlines and I fly for Alaska Airlines. So Sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and your family. Ann & Kay Freuter.

~ Ann Gilman, Irvine, California
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Geraldine, My heart aches for you. God is with you right now. Lean on Him.

~ Carolyn Strassheim, Cocoa, Florida July 05, 2008

Sherry, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. His Life My Life Sunday school class has you all covered in prayer as well. Love you from John and Barbara and His Life My Life.

~ Barbara Newman, Wylie, Texas

Friday, April 04, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~Eddie

~Edward Rene Habert~

After graduation from St. Aloysius I attended L.S.U. on a football scholarship from 1959-1963. I have a degree in Zoology which was a big premed favorite in those days. I played for Paul Deitzel and Charlie McClendon. We won the SEC championship in 1961 and the Orange Bowl in 1962 and the Cotton Bowl in 1963.
I entered L.S.U. Medical School in July of 1963 and graduated with an M.D. degree in 1967. I began my internship at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans in 1967. Yes, the same famous or infamous hospital of Katrina fame. I was chosen the Outstanding Intern on the L.S.U. service for that year. This is an honor I still hold dear. During this time Judy and I lived in public housing projects for three years with our three kids one block off Canal St. on Rampart with no air conditioning. The first year of medical school we lived with her parents. Great experience with great people!
I had been selected for a residency position on the Ob-Gyn service at L.S.U. under the guidance of an All American football player at L.S.U. named Abe Michael . . This may reek of a form of nepotism and it certainly was. I did deliver 500 babies during my senior year in medical school and internship, however, and I like to believe this had something to do with this appointment.
Alas this was not to be. Uncle Sam called. I had three children at the time which didn’t seem to matter if you were a physician. 1968-1969 I was an admit room/emergency room physician at Fort Gordon, GA Army Hospital and 1969-1970 I was attached to the 69th Engineer Battalion at Can Tho in the Mei Cong delta in the Republic of Viet Nam. What a year. We all came home to a pretty confusing time. The Ob position was gone. I became an Emergency Room Physician in St. Louis, MO in 1970 on a physician connection I made in Viet Nam. I continued to work as an Emergency room physician during my radiology residence at St. Louis University. Yea, I had two jobs and one wife and the same three children. I finished the residency in 1975 and became Board Certified in 1976. Now I had the same wife and the fourth child. I worked at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis for twenty-five years as a radiologist in an eleven man group and on Jan. 1st , 2001 started another journey at an Outpatient Imaging Center owned by thirty plus Orthopedic Surgeons about two blocks from the hospital doing primarily MRI and CT services and X-Ray. I retired in the perfect storm on the last day of June this year.
I met the love of my life on the third day I was on the L.S.U. campus in Baton Rouge. I made up my mind I was going to marry her. She doesn’t believe it either. She was dating my football roommate at the time which was somewhat awkward. We have four children Renee 45, Mark 44, Kristen 41 and Eric 33. We have 11 grandchildren from 17 to 4 years of age named Cassie, Henry, Charlie, Sidney Gus, Will, Corrine, Olivia , Emma, Sidonie and finally Jonas. I am still counting on Eric for an even dozen. We are a family that thrives on being together. Judy and I have taken all 21 of them, count ‘em, children, spouses and grandchildren on multiple family adventures. Our philosophy is that we would rather share it with them than leave it to them. I love spending their inheritance if you know what I mean.
Medicine has been my hobby for forty-one years. I like to cook however. Judy hasn’t cooked in over ten years. I owed it to her for the first twenty years when I was never home or if I was I wasn’t conscious. I really am enjoying reading anything but medicine and exercising when I want.
My favorite teachers were Bros. Farrell, Cecil, Matthew and Mark. I only have good thoughts about all of the men who taught us- Victor, Raymond, Neil, Casmir, Anselm.
Some of my favorite high school memories:
Hanging out with John Hennessey and Joe Lindigrin
Recess and handball and the occasional fist fight (there were no guns or knives)
Playing football for Brother Cecil and changing in the old barn
Sonny Logue sweating down for junior football weigh in. He made it but couldn’t walk
Playing baseball after school with Brother Cecil and getting clocked by a fly ball in the eye
Joe Balzi and his baggy shorts, his cigar, his raspy voice and his unflappable persona
Raymond Ray and Frank Logue and making Miss. High School All Star football team.
George Q’s tales of ‘Friday Night Lights’- rivaled by tales of Donnie Riddle
Brother Cecil’s sex talks
Sitting behind Walter Little in Cecil’s class. Pure terror!
Jackie Mackey’s grit
Brother Ashton’s crash pictures and stories
Red top dances
Mandatory Stations of the Cross at St. Paul’s on Friday afternoon
My sweet Mom telling me I wasn’t going to play football anymore when I chipped my
front tooth at football practice in the ninth grade.
Hanging out with a great bunch of girls: Marlene, Agnes, Myrtle, Ina, Vera, Sue, Theresa,
Rita, Kay, Mrs. Banchettil and Martin- I know I’m at risk but remember I am as old
as you are so cut me some slack.
Nuns in long flowing black cassocks gliding along the halls of St. Francis with beads
rattling- it was surreal.
Serving mass for Monsignor O’Beirne
Riding with Father Glynn to Linda Angelo’s house in Edwards for mass and breakfast
There were many, many others that decorum dictate that I omit!!!
Judy and I have been married for 46 years and we have been blessed. We have had the usual life experiences as everyone else and the exceptional challenges that all of face at one time or another. We laugh and cry about trying to retire in a perfect economic storm- who knew. Life’s good if you don’t weaken! Good Lord willing we look forward to seeing all of you in 2009. Ed

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959-Wayne

~Maurice Wayne Evans~
Wayne has been a lifelong resident of Vicksburg and is married to the former Sue Brooks. With this union they have two sons, John Paul Evans of Vicksburg, Jeffrey Wayne, Deceased, four daughters, Rachel Harrell, Erin Mathews, and Megan Evans all of Vicksburg, and Kristi Acuff of Baton Rouge, La.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

SAHS Class of 1959~George

~George Quinn Evans~

After graduation from St. Aloysius High School, George attended college at Notre Dame, (1963) and Conception Seminary from 1964 to 1968. He has an advanced degree from JD University of Mississippi Law School (1970). He is married to Carol and with this union they have two daughters. Their names are Jennifer Evans Salvo and Anne Elizabeth Evans. He also has two granddaughters and their names are Natayla Elizabeth Salvo and Olivia Quin Salvo.
Over the years George has worked for Wise Carter Child & Caraway. He is retired from Wise Carter but still works at Saint Richard Catholic Church as a Pastoral Minister.
What he enjoys most is travel, very little golfing and theology. His favorite teacher was Brother Matthew.
Some of his favorite school memories are Robert Witty coming to football practice when he was late, Brother Casimir in general, Eddie Habert and Monk Monsour crunching people in front of him making running the ball pretty easy, the girls basketball team, Joe Balzli and the smell of his cigar and the taping area, John Hennessey trying not to get tickled in Brother Basimir's class and St. Al at the Dixieland.
He has practiced law for 36 years, mainly health care law defending doctors and hospitals in med mal cases and for the last two years have been a Pastoral Minister at St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson, primarily involved in adult formation, Catholic Social Teachings, advocacy and tutoring programs. George and his wife Carol reside in Jackson, MS.

George and Carl Evans (August 2015)
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