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 ~
STARKVILLE - Mrs. Lori Rae Logue Roberts, 50, died unexpectedly Wednesday at her home in Starkville.
Lori was born in Columbus in 1962, attended elementary school in New Orleans, junior high at Warren Central in Vicksburg, her early high school on the island of Bahrain and graduated from London Central High School in London, England. She attended Mississippi State University.
Lori and her husband and family lived in Germany for eight years. Her husband, Marty, was a commissary manager with the DOD (Department of Defense) Commissary System. Lori and her family moved back to Mississippi nine years ago.
She was the secretary for the Starkville Church of Christ on the Mississippi State campus when she died. Currently, Lori's husband works for the DOD Commissary System in Biloxi. Her daughter, Brigitte, attends Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Her son, Brian, attends Starkville High School, where he participates in cross country; and her son Brandon, is stationed in San Diego, California, with the Navy.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Rachael Finkie; her grandfathers, Harold Logue and Cyril Andrews; and her sister-in-law, Paige Douglas Logue.
She leaves behind her husband, Marty Roberts; her three children, Brandon Roberts, Brigitte Roberts, and Brian Roberts; a grandmother, Gladys Andrews; her mother, Wanda Logue; her father, Louis Logue (Class of 1959); her brother, Layne Logue; and nephew, Forrest Logue, all of Vicksburg. Additionally, she leaves her sister, Dawn Logue Lundien and her husband, Matthew; niece, Hannah Lundien; and nephew, Josh Lundien, who live in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Visitation for Mrs. Roberts was scheduled Friday, December 21, 2012, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Welch Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.
I am truly sorry to announce that our classmate, Louis "Sonny" Logue's daughter passed away. His wife and family are in Starkville, MS, today burying their daughter, Lori, who died suddenly leaving her husband and three children. Please keep Louis and his family close in prayer and we are very sorry for his loss. Obituary will follow~
Verreen Prewitt McNamara died , December 9, 2012, at her home. She was 94.
Mrs. McNamara was a communicant of St. Michael Catholic Church. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization. She served as the president of the Knights of Columbus Women's Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. McNamara; a son, John Patrick McNamara; her father, Yancy Prewitt; and her mother, Fair Lena Jones Prewitt.
Survivors include her children, Sue Fowler, Mary Carol Lundberg, Thomas R. McNamara, Barbara McNamara, Albert L. McNamara and Debbie McNamara; a brother, Billy M. Prewitt; six grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. P. J. Curley officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service Thursday at the church.
Paulbearers will be David McNamara, Michael McNamara, Lonnie Smith, Douglas Sims, Dave Ellison and Don Whittenberg.
Memorial may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church building fund, 100 St. Michael Place, Vicksburg, MS 39180, or Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39183, or St. Joseph Hospice.
Our dear friend Katherine Meyer Turcotte, Class of 1959, passed away recently. In her memory, and in celebration of her wonderful basketball career at St. Francis Xavier, her sons are donating retro uniforms for the girls’ team at Vicksburg Catholic School. Once each year a scheduled game will be played in which the current girls’ team will wear the retro uniforms. The fun part for all of us who cherish our memories of great high school basketball is we are to be the invited guests at this game! The date chosen for this season is January 11th, 2013 against Natchez Cathedral, at 6:00 PM.
PLEASE, if you have phone numbers and/or email addresses for anyone – especially girls from the 50’s and 60’s who would have known Katherine – PLEASE give them the above information OR contact Myrtle Loviza Curro Alvarado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-661-0847.
We’ll have a pot-luck get together for all former players on Thursday night, January 10th in the School Cafeteria at 6:00 PM. It will be fun sharing memories with Katherine’s boys and each other. St. Francis Xavier has an enviable history of girls’ basketball – AND they have a very good team this year, so ALL FORMER SFXA and VCS GIRLS’ basketball players, managers and coaches are invited and encouraged to join us.
So sad to get news within a week that another classmate's Mother has passed away. Sue McNamara's Mother, Mrs. Verreen McNamara, died yesterday afternoon and arrangements are incomplete at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home, 1830 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, MS. Her obituary will follow. www.fisherfuneralhome.net
St. Aloysius Dean of Students Mike Jones, second from left, stands with children of John J. and Mabel H. Loviza at the future site of the Loviza Garden in the courtyard at St. Aloysius, where two 5-foot-tall statues they donated will be installed. Jones said the statues will be of St. Francis Xavier and St. Aloysius Gonzaga and will arrive in about three months. From left, Myrtle Loviza Curro Alvarado, Jones, Joseph Loviza and Blanche Loviza Irby. Other siblings are the late Dottie Loviza Vedros and John W. Loviza.
Elizabeth C. Melsheimer ~ Elizabeth C. "Libby" Melsheimer died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at the Vicksburg Convalescent Home. She was 90.
Born in Vicksburg, Mrs. Melsheimer was the daughter of the late John Ira Cronin and Harriet Katherine Metzger Cronin.
She was active in community service, including serving as chair of the Arthritis Foundation of Vicksburg, chair of the Vicksburg-Warren March of Dimes and other service organizations.
She was a longtime "Pink Lady" with the Mercy Medical Center and ParkView Medical Center Auxiliary.
Mrs. Melsheimer was a past member of the Mother's Club of St. Francis Xavier Academy and St. Aloysius. She was a member of the PAK Alpha Chapter Sorority and the Green Hills Garden Club. Mrs. Melsheimer was an avid bridge player and the last surviving member of the "Twenty Dinner Club." She as a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church and a member of the St. Paul Altar Society.
She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline "Jackie" Melsheimer Doiron (Class of 1959) of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Julie Lizabeth Doiron Sosebee (Craig), Jacqueline "Danielle" Warnock (Brad) and Phillip L. Doiron (Kara); and six great-grandchildren, Jack Sosebee, Elizabeth Sosebee, Mary Bradley Warnock, Wes Warnock, Anna Kate Doiron and Ally Doiron.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Julius Daniel Melsheimer; and a brother, A. J. Cronin.
A funeral Mass will be at 11:00 Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church with Monsignor Patrick Farrell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. Friday until the hour of the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Vicksburg Convalescent Home, 1708 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180 and to the Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39182.
Pallbearers will be Craig Sosebee, Jack Sosebee, Mike Jackson, Philip Doiron, Brad Warnock and Jerry Cronin.
Former members of the Carr Central High School football team - players from 1942 through the school's last year in 1958 - were honored during the school's reunion in October. Players and the years they graduated are, seated from left:
First row - Thomas Logue ('53); Bucket Joseph ('50); Richard Price ('57); Coach Gene Allen; Billy Shaw ('57); Durwood Graham ('51); and Miller Mathews ('56).
Second row - George Nasif ('51); Leland Ferguson ('58); Charles McBride ('57); Phillip Bass ('58); unidentified; Selby Parker ('52); Ray Roberts ('57); Bobby Temple (56); Freddy Abraham ('53); Bill Fenwick ('54); unidentified; Eddie Fowler ('59); and George Hunt ('51).
Third row - David Speyerer ('48); Billy Shirley ('43); Eddie Lee Jeter ('43); Erwin Baylot ('47); George Rogers ('44); and Leroy Wells ('48).
Fourth row - Russell Curry ('55); Jimmy McGowan ('55); Jimmy Harris ('57); Skippy Speyerer ('51); Thomas Arnold ('53), J.M. Stanley ('55); Jack Carter ('57); Eugene Hampton ('57); Edgar Simpson ('58); Bill "BoRob" Robertson ('53); George Cronia ('44); Bobby Potts ('55); and Wesley Lominic ('49).
St. Aloysius' Forrest Logue carries the ball earlier this season against Hinds AHS. The Flashes host Mount Olive Friday in their season finale. Forrest is the grandson of our classmate Harold "Sonny" Logue.
The Rev. James Brendan O'Riordan, former pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church and canonical administrator for Vicksburg Catholic School, died Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the age of 72.
Rev. O'Riordan was born July 18, 1940, in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. He was ordained on June 6, 1964, at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow, Ireland, for the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson.
During Rev. Riordan's ministry, he served as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Gulf in Bay St. Louis, Our Lady of Fatima in Biloxi, Immaculate Conception in Laurel and St. Mary Cathedral in Natchez. He served first as substitute vicar and then as administrator at St. Charles Borromeo in Picayune. He served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Shaw, Annunciation in Columbus, St. Michael in Vicksburg, All Saints Church in Belzoni and its mission, Our Mother of Mercy in Anguilla. He also served as an extraordinary confessor to the Sisters of Mercy at McAuley Home in Vicksburg. He retired from active ministry in January 2009, at which time he returned to Vicksburg and made his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Catherine Moriarity O'Riordan; and a brother, Michael Riordan.
Rev. O'Riodan is survived by a sister, Joan O'Riordan O'Shea (John); three brothers, Dan Riordan (Mary), Charlie O'Riordan (Noreen) and Timmy O'Riordan (Katie); 12 nephews and nieces; and 17 grand-nephews and nieces.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, followed by interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday with a wake service at 7.
Pallbearers will be members of the clergy.
Memorials my be made to the St. Michael Catholic Church Building Fund, 100 St. Michael Place, Vicksburg, MS 39180
Senior maids, front, from left, are Adria Piazza, the daughter of Donald and Norma Piazza; Anna Grant, the daughter of Thomas Grant and Rosemary Ashley; Mary Hannah Campbell, the daughter of Jerry and Joan Campbell; and Katelyn Jones, the daughter of Mike and Karen Jones, Back left, are Ann Garrison Thomas, the daughter of Gary and Dani Kay Thomas; Mallory McGuffee, the daughter of Barry and Renee Mcguffee; Madeline Thornton, the daughter of Thomas and Joan Thornton; and Alexa Engel, the daughter of Richard Engel and Odie Sijin.
Maids, from left, are freshman Shelby Bottin, the daughter of Bobby an Amy Bottin and Elizabeth Counts, the daughter of Chris and Lisa Counts; sophomores Cameron Curtis, the daughter of mike and Denesha Curtis and Laura Phillips, the daughter of Greg and Eleanor Phillips; and juniors Julie Mabry, the daughter of Steve and Karen Mabry and Camille Bexley, the daughter of Bill Bexley and Weesie Biedenharm.
Laura Phillips, granddaughter, will be in the Saint Aloysius Homecoming Court. The court will be presented and a queen crowned October 5 at halftime, during the Flashes' 7:30 p.m. game against Resurrection Catholic. A parade will roll along Washington Street at 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. Our congrats to Laura! We are so proud of you!
Members of the honor court, from left, are seniors Stephanie Riveros, the daughter of Guillermo and Evelyn Riveros; Clara Grace Turner, the daughter of Mike and Renee Turner; Elie Welp, the daughter of Tim and Nan Welp; Blakele Palmertree, the daughter of Barry and Andrea Palmertree; and Madison Lumbley, the daughter of Ken and Anita Sue Lumbley.
Laura Phillips (Step-granddaughter)
Laura in a 2007 Porsche Boxster as Sophomore Maid in the Homecoming Parade.
Our classmate, Vera Marshall Brown's brother, Charlie, is having his toe amputated this morning because of melanoma. He is in surgery now at Woman's Hospital in Jackson. Please keep him in your prayers that it will be a successful operation and he will be on the road to recovery very soon. UPDATE: Came through the surgery and on his way back home to Vicksburg per Vera. He's in good spirits and please continue your prayers!
Katherine Meyer Turcotte died Thursday, September 13, 2012, at River Region Medical Center. She was 71.
Mrs. Turcotte was the daughter of the later Edward C. Meyer and Dorothy Jones Meyer and the widow of Roy V. Turcotte, Jr., who died on June 18, 2012. She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy in the class of 1959. She was a Chemical Dependency Counselor, Level II at Marian Hill Chemical Dependency Center in Vicksburg for the past 18 years and served as counselor at Pine Grove Chemical Dependency Unit in Hattiesburg and St. Dominic Chemical Dependency Unit in Jackson.
In 1994 she was awarded the Hilda Dehan Award, and in 2000, Mrs. Turcotte was awarded the MAADAC Counselor of the Year Award. She served as SE Regional Vice President of the National Association for Addiction Professionals. Mrs. Turcotte was an Internationally Certified Clinic Supervisor. Since 2007, an award named after her has been given to the Addiction Professional of the Year. Mrs. Turcotte was founder of the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals and had served as past president of the organization. She was a member of the Pi Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter and the Vicksburg Lions Club. The Turcotte was a communicant of St. Michael Catholic Church.
During her high school years she was known throughout the state as a premier athlete, highlighted by her outstanding basketball talents for the St. Francis Xavier Blue Streaks and was known as Katherine "Speedy" Meyer.
She is survived by four sons, Jeff Turcotte, and wife Doris, of Albuquerque, N.M., Greg Turcotte and wife, Sherrie, of Seminary, Tim Turcotte and wife, Lisa, of Lexington, KY, Steve Turcotte and wife Candy, of Vicksburg; a brother William Charles "Buddy" Meyer of Savannah, GA; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Garner and husband, Jack, of Oxford, and a brother-in-law, Randy Turcotte of Vicksburg.
A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. P. J. Curley as celebrant. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. with prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation will be from 1 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove Street, Vicksburg, MS, 39183 or to National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Central MS Chapter care of Jenny Crutchfield, 875 North Park Drive, Suite 600, Ridgeland, MS. 39157
Pallbearers will be Randy Turcotte, Tyler Turcotte, Tessa Turcotte, LaShay Meyer, Darrell Jones, Michael Jones, J.B. Edwards and Dr. Robert Lee Giffin, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Vicksburg Lions Club and members of the Pi Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter.
Katherine is now soaring with the angels in heaven with Roy. She passed away at 10:21 this evening... She was certainly one of a kind, that truly left this world and the people she touched a better place...
With my Love and Respect!
Katherine has now rejoined Roy, she is happy and at peace. There are memories that are left with us left behind to comfort and bring smiles to us. She will always be there to guide you as a mother. I will continue to keep the family in my prayers to guide them through this rough time. Bill Adams Class of '59 I just knew God wanted her and Skeeter was watching over her. She just did not want to be without him. Patsy Glass Duncan (Former classmate) Katherine will be missed by all of us who knew her. She was a special person and always fun to be around. Anita Zorn Hossley Class of '58 It was with deep sadness that I read Katherine had lost her long fight, but as we all know she is in a wonderful place with her dear husband, family and God. My prayers are still continuing although I know that she is at peace, so not for her, but all those that she left behind. Rest in Peace Katherine... Lynda Kennedy Vince (Former classmate)
We hope that if you are in town, you run by and see KATHERINE and sign the guest book. I spent this morning reading her all the messages that you are sending. Keep them coming daily.... There is really no change for today. Her blood pressure is very low today 90/38. Donna from the MAAP office went with me and told her she needed to make the board meeting this weekend... Her Aunt Mary was there and we just enjoyed being with Katherine and reading to her. Her nurse today is Robert. I was able to see Tim and check in on him and he and Greg were coming back this afternoon to meet with her Case Manager. Jeff will be coming soon from New Mexico and Buddy is coming on Weds. I called Dr. Cronin who Katherine use to work with and her send his love too.... I spoke to JB Edwards this afternoon and he is going to challenge the wonderful staff at Marion Hill to sign her guest book with funny stories about Katherine. So today for Katherine, we are posting one of her favorite sayings.
September 3, 2012
"Before you do something stupid, wait 24 hours..."
I remember hearing the phrase, "We are not a glum lot" when I was new in recovery - I didn't believe it. I mean, here I was sentenced to attending meetings, prohibited from partying, and forced to believe in God. Things looked pretty glum to me. If it wasn't for the laughter I heard in the rooms, I may not have stuck around.
At first I couldn't understand what they found so funny. People would share embarrassing, demoralizing and even tragic experiences, and the room would burst into laughter. "I don't get it," I said to my sponsor. "Those who can laugh at themselves tend to last," he told me. Boy did I find that to be true.
One of the most valuable lessons I've learned in recovery is not to take myself so seriously. I allow myself to make mistakes today, and if I step on someones toes I'm quick to make amends. Because of this my life is lighter today, and I find it easy to laugh at myself. This not only makes the journey more enjoyable, but it's what's made it last so long, too.