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, August 25, 2010

A Car Magazine

Thought you would be interested in this American car magazine by Hans Tore Tangerud, who lives n Kristiansand, Norway.  He has info on American cars back in the 40's and 50's that you may enjoy looking at.  This is what Hans had to say about himself...

I work as an IT-consultant in the local newspaper Faedrelandsvennen.  I also work as a freelance automotive journalist for the newspaper. I write stories about special interest autos, focus on American products. I am very passionate about hot cars.  Especially classic American cars, but any hot ride will start me up. :-) This site is mainly made for auto enthusiasts, but I have added additional info on some other subjects that I enjoy as well.
Go to his site and click here

Enjoy The Ride!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vandals Hurling Rocks At Old SFXA School

Gary Hardy replaces a broken window at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center Monday.  Meredith Spencer~The Vicksburg Post

Vandals are throwing rocks from a gravel drive across the street from the old gym at Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (SCHC) our old school S.F.X.A. 

When Heidi Chausse arrived at the SCHC to teach karate classes one afternoon this month, shards of glass from a window broken by rock-hurling vandals lay among the mats where barefoot students practice kicks and chops.

The police were called.  Class was canceled.  "We didn't want anyone to get hurt," said Chausse, whose business, Vicksburg Tang Soo Do karate, has leased space at the SCHC for about five years.

Annette Kirklin, executive director of the foundation that owns the center, said the vandalizm was a particularly annoying example of an ongoing problem at the complex, which consists of the buildings bounded by Adams, Cherry, Clay and Crawford streets that once housed St. Francis Xavier Convent and Academy. 

Since 2008, The SCHC has spent $860 repairing glass and Plexiglass windows broken or otherwise damaged by rocks Kirklin said.  She estimates about 30 windows have had to be replaired.  The money to repair or replace them is diverted from an annual budget of about $200.000 funded by national, state and local grants, as well as dues from individual and corporate members. 

"For us, thats painful," Kirklin said.

And, she said, the problem has intensified over the past year.  Since last August, the center had norified Vicksburg police eight times about individual incidents of vandalism, according to Kirklin and copies of police reports documenting the center's complaints.

All but one of the reports are from July or August - months when area schools are out.

Kirklin said neighbors of the center have dialed 911 after seeing youth throwing rocks at the center.

In a recent 911 call, the neighbors "described everything from the shirts that (the vandals) had on to the underwear that they were showing," Kirklin said.  "I mean, what else can you do?"

Last week, Kirlin said, she urged Police Chief Walter Armstrong to step up patrols around Adams and Clay streets, where a patch of rocks across from the northern side of the complex offers an arsenal to would-be vandals. 

She also said she's mulling the possibility of installing borrowed security cameras on the SCHC's premises, as long as the center's insurance carrier provides assurances that damages to the equipment will be covered.

Armstrong said police are stepping up patrols.

"Of course, Clay Street is a main throughfare, so we're patrolling through them frequently anyway," Armstrong said.

"We don't have anyone posted at the particular, but I have asked for more attention to be paid to "the SCHC itself, he said.

Armstrong said the problem is one that defies easy prevention.

Meanwhile, Chausse said she and husband, Bill, have no plans to let the vandalism run them off.

The SCHC is "a good location," Chausse said.

"And I'm really not afraid that a rock is gong to come flying through our windows in the middle of a class," she said.  ~The Vicksburg Post

Friday, August 13, 2010

William Floyd Whittington

William Floyd Whittington died Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson.  He was 73. 

Born in Crystal Springs, he was the son of the late Grant W. Whittington and Alma Leigh Taylor Whittington.  He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1964.  Mr. Whittington served in the Army and the National Guard and was a graduate of the Officers' Training School in Fort Benning, GA. 

Mr. Whittington owned and operated the Green Thumb Nursery for a number of years and was the owner and manager of the "The Hut" Restaurant prior to his retirement in 2005.  He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 3, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus Council 898, where he was a past grand knight and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.  Mr. Whittington was a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge.  He was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bobbeye Sue Whittington and Betty Lou Whittington.

He is survived by his wife, Ina Carl Lott Whittington of Vicksburg, a daughter, Rhonda Whittington of Vicksburg; a son, David Grant Whittington, (Mary "Charlie") of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Jesica Wright, Shelby Wright and Katherine Tipton; two sisters, Carolyn Vinzant of Crystal Springs and Aletha Gibson (Joe) of Brookhaven; two brothers, Alton Whittington (Aline) of Crystal Springs and Jerry Whittington (Phillis) of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with Monsignor Patrick Farrell, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, officiating.  Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 10:000 until the service.

Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus Priests' Education Fund, P. O. Box 1003, Vicksburg, MS  39181.

Condolences can be sent to 3208 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS  39180

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Funeral Arrangements

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning for Ina's husband, William Floyd Whittington, with visitation at 10:00 until the hour of service at 11:00 at Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Avenue.
After the service there will be a luncheon at the K.C. Home on Fisher Ferry Road for family and friends.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


If you wish you can send condolences to Ina's address at:  3208 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS  39180

Ina's Husband Died

Just received a call from Ina Lott Whittington at 1:15 today from VA Hospital in Jackson, that her husband Floyd passed away a few minutes ago.  They are getting his body ready for an autopsy.  Please keep her and her children, David and Rhonda in your prayers at this difficult time in their lives.  I will keep you updated on all the arrangements.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Agenda

We are celebrating from August, 2010 to May, 2011. We kicked off the celebration with the Car for Christmas Raffle, that started August 2nd and runs thru Dec. 10th.

Next is Mercy Day, September 24th when we have a schoolwide Mass honoring the Sisters of Mercy.

Sept. 30th (Thurs.) - is the School's Homecoming Parade. We were encouraging any Alumni that could to have a float in the parade. We are celebrating the 150 years all school year, so we were hoping to make this a big parade. Following the Parade there will be a Pep Rally in the St. Al gym. The parade usually begins at 5:00, but we do not have a confirmed time yet.

October 1st (Friday) - Homecoming Football Game vs. Dexter - Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime.

The brochure for the Mega Reunion Week-end is being printed at the Printer's this week. We are going to try really hard to get that mailed out next week so that everyone can see the itinerary for October 29th & 30th and also see what hotels will be offering good rates!


October 29th (Friday) - Block Party, Football vs. West Lincoln, & Teams of the Century & Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honored before the game and during half-time.

October 30th (Saturday) - Tours, Air Show, Sisters of Mercy Silver Tea, Mass at St. Paul, and Gala w/ Memory Lane!

I hope this helps. The brochure will explain everything in detail. I am going to forward you a copy of the ad we ran on Saturday, July 31st in another email. That has a good bit of detail also.

Let me know if you need anything else, and thank you for all of your help!


Patty S. Mekus
Development & Alumni Affairs Director
St. Aloysius High School / St. Francis Xavier Elementary
1900 Grove Street / 1200 Hayes Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
(601) 630-9762

Update On Ina's Husband, Floyd

Floyd had a heart attack over the weekend and is in Intensive Care at the VA Hospital in Jackson.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.  Ina, their son, David and daugher, Rhonda need your prayers as well for strength at this time.  

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

How Hot Is It In Mississippi?

So hot it melted the ice cream truck!

150 Celebration!


At the Homecoming Game this fall, the Football Team of the Fall of '58 (which is us) will be recognized as one of the teams of the Century. This is part of the celebration Friday and Saturday of homecoming week celebrating 150 years of catholic education in Vicksburg. I have attached an ad that ran in The Vicksburg Post last week telling all about the celebration. The homecoming game will be played on Friday, October 29, 2010.

If you were a member of the football team, Patty Mekus should have already sent you a letter asking if you plan to attend and asking who will attend with you. If you didn't get that letter and you plan to attend, please let Patty know at

Hope all of you classmates can come and be part of the celebration.

Louis Logue

Click on ad for better viewing.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Prayers Are Needed

Please keep Ina Lott Whittington's husband, Floyd, in your prayers.  He is critically ill and is in the VA Hospital in Jackson. 

Also, my husband, Bob, started having chest pains yesterday afternoon and had to be admitted to River Region Hospital for observation.  He has a history of heart disease.

My brother, Marion E. Love, Jr., (Buster) has been in River Region West "Promise" to get extra nursing care after he was transferred from River Region Hospital about a month ago.  He is very ill and may soon be transferred to Shady Lawn Nursing Home for extended medical nursing care. 

I will keep everyone updated on their conditions.  If any classmates need prayers for illnesses or whatever, feel free to email me at: and will post here on our blog.

Update on 8/4/2010: 
Husband, Bob, was discharged from hospital yesterday.  A block artery but not life threatening. 
My brother was transferred to Shady Lawn Nursing Home for extended nursing care on Monday, August 2nd. 
Ina's husband, Floyd, is not doing well.  Please continued your prayers for him and for Ina and family.  He's in the VA Hospital in Jackson, MS.
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