Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~







Saturday, October 31, 2015

Classics In Courtyard & Grammar Grade Pix

Classics in the Courtyard was held yesterday with the Patrick Smith Band playing and lunch was enjoyed and catered by Palmertree Catering Service. Afterwards, I was able to go inside our old school and take some pictures. I hope to go upstairs next Friday and take pictures of our high school classrooms. 

Long hallway to the gym - First door on right at end of hall was our first grade taught by Sister Mary Cyrena. 2nd Grade was directly across and was taught by Miss Frances Herbert.  3rd Grade by Sister Mary Josephus. 4th Grade by Sister Mary Angela and 5th Grade by Sister Mary Giles.

6th Grade Classroom taught by Sister Mary Freda.

7th & 8th Grade Classroom taught by Sister Mary John.

We would buy our supplies here at this door on left.  Not sure what the smaller door was for unless it was a break room for the nuns.  

Decorative chairs along the side of the wall next to our 7th & 8th Grade Classroom.

Looking down the hall towards the auditorium.

Principal's Office and Nurses Station was next to one another.  Next two doors was our Biology and Chemistry rooms together.

Room to the left was our choir room where we practice singing.  Most of the classroom now are used for ballroom dancing, art and cooking classes, guitar lessons, workshops or whatever.  

Staircase to high school and the door was opened to the auditorium.

Standing on the stage in the auditorium.  We had many graduations, plays, dances, spaghetti dinners and at one time was used as a church when St. Paul's Catholic Church was destroyed when a tornado hit December 5, 1953.  Also, a scene from the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was filmed here. Weddings, receptions, performances, reunions, lectures, business meetings, arts and crafts shows are held here now. 

Going out the back door to the upper courtyard where the Classics in the Courtyard are held.

Looking down towards the tunnels leading in and out of the buildings that cover a whole city block.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Classics @ Our Old Alma Mater & Pix


The 8th Annual "Classics in the Courtyard" started last Friday at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, formally S.F.X.A.  This coming Friday will be Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith Band; lunch provided by Palmertree Catering.  On Friday, November 6, it will be Classics Pop and Country performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; lunch provided by Martin's at Midtown.  It is always great to come back home to my Alma Mater.  It brings back a flood of happy and long-ago memories for me of 12 years in one whole city block.  

Looking towards the right...

...and left on the top court. 


The Classic Blues, Rock and Originals was performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers with lunch provided by Goldie's Express.  

The old grammar school bathroom that's in need of repair.

Pictures of some familiar scenes of our former S.F.X.A.


Bottom court is a parking lot now.


The O'Beirne Gymnasium 

The old incinerator collapsing. 

Lots of writing on the walls in the tunnels.





I noticed a wooden brace in place midway.


Our old sewing room on left and cafeteria on right. 

Side gate going towards Crawford St. entrance.  

Mercy sign above the doorway.


Easier to walk on with half-paved sidewalk and the other half of the old bricks.

The big playground as it looks today.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Some Old Songs





Some old songs you might enjoy listening to again.  


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Classmate's Brother Dies

John William Loviza 

Nashville, Tennessee ~ John William Loviza age 84, passed away unexpectedly September 27, 2015.  He was born June 1, 1931, to John Joseph and Mabel Harris Loviza in Vicksburg.

His initial employment was with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, which sent him on projects throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Greenland.

He joined Hercules Powder Co. in 1958 as a demonstration blaster.  John advanced through successive assignments in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, West Virginia and Delaware.  He was employed in the explosives industry up until the time of his death, spending the past three decades with Hermitage Explosives Corp. of Nashville.

Mr. Loviza was a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers and The Moles.  He was a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Donelson, Tennessee, for many years.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Emily Pierce Loviza, and two sisters.  He is survived by his sons, Bill (Ann Crecelius) Loviza of Joelton, Tennessee, Tom (Carol) Loviza of Midlothian, Virginia, Mike (Mary) Loviza of Bear, Delaware, and a daughter, Alise Loviza of Madison, Tennessee; sisters, Blanche (tom) Irby of Madison, Alabama, and Myrtle (Class of 1959) (Bobby) Alvarado of Vicksburg; and a brother, Joe Loviza of Vicksburg; six grandchildren; and special friend Katherine Bryan of Nashville.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, 2707 Gallatin Road in Nashville, and Friday for one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Spickard and Father Phillip Halladay officiating.  Internment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and family friends.  Honorary Pallbearers will be the employees of Hermitage Explosives Corp.
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