Redwood Class of 1945



Class Pages:

In these pages I have collected information, photos and memorabilia from the classes that I have been able to secure from students and social media. If you have materials from your class, please contact me. I will happily add items to the page. My email is

This was the first senior class at the new Redwood High School. According to Robbie Whitaker there were nive in the class but only seven walked since Charles Oakes and Clifton Burroughs had joined the services.

Robbie (Roberts) Whitaker made up this composite. Donald Oakes provided this photo which has problems due to the glass in the frame. Hopefully a picture without the glass can be made at some point. For the time being, I am posting it for identification purposes.

Class of 1945 Photo Album

Senior Class Play: Jobana Steps Out.
Cast: L to R: H. B. Sanderson, Robbie (Roberts) Whitaker, Gordon Clark, Lurline Dedmon, Carley Hancock, Vera (Owsley) Burroughs, Frank Warnock, Doris (Sanderson) Brock, Theodore Jones, Ruth (Gaunt) Henry, Clifton Burroughs, Ann Ree Hancock, (Robbie (Roberts) Whitaker helped with identification.).
Cliff Burrough and Luther Wells
William Jennings “Buddy” Trusty, 1926-92. Died in East Baton Rouge, LA
Charles Oakes and siblings: Floyd, Donald, Melvin
Charles Oakes in high school
Charles Oakes, US Navy, 1945. Fredrick Charles Oakes (1927-99), enlisted in the U.S. Navy February 22, 1945. Served in the Pacific on the USS Intrepid. Parents given his diploma after his graduation in absentia. He later had a career in the US Air Force.
Charles Oakes, US Air Force
Front: Excel Dunn, Jeff Hearn, Earl McBroom (1927-2005)
Back: George McBroom (1927-2005)
Left to Right: Thomas Henry, Strauss, Shoemaker, Charles Oakes. Thomas and Charles met by accident in a bar in San Francisco in 1946. Charles had just returneed from the Pacific. Photo provided by Thomas Henry and his son James.


Rockets Reunion Pictures. Photos from any year that includes any member of the 1945 Class

L to R: Charles Oakes, Doris Sanderson Brock, Robbie (Roberts) Whitaker, Clifton Burroughs, Vera (Owsley) Burroughs, Ruth (Gaunt) Henry, H. B. Sanderson (Courtesy of Robbie (Roberts) Whitaker.)
Missing: Lurline (Dedmon) Hicks (deceased) and Annie Ree (Hancock). July 2 1988 at Redwood High School.

Rockets Obituaries of Class of 1945

Gone But Not Forgotton


Ruth Gaunt Henry (1927-2010)

Mrs. Ruth Gaunt Henry died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. She was 82.

Born in Redwood, Mrs. Henry was the daughter of the late H.D. and Clara Coddington Gaunt. She graduated from Redwood High School and was a member of the Redwood Homemakers Club and Crawford Street United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Sunday school class and Rachel’s Circle of the United Methodist Women.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Philip Gaunt.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Henry of Vicksburg; son, James Henry and wife Sherry of Vicksburg; daughters, Shirley Williams and husband Randall of Vicksburg and Florence Reames and husband Mike of Baton Rouge; and brother, Paul Gaunt of Vicksburg; grandchildren, Leigh Davis, Jimmy Henry, Michael Henry, Melanie Bates, Melissa Thomas, Rebekah Lovorn, Bradley Reames, Heather Reames and Ryan Reames; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cary Stockett and the Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will follow at Edwards Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight and from 9 a.m. Thursday until service time.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Jimmy Henry, Michael Henry, Brian Davis, Joshua Thomas, Chris Bates, Andy Lovorn, Bradley Reames and Ryan Reames and nephews Lonnie Henry and Ray Henry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Green, Ed Jackson, Burton Boyd, David McClurg, Edward Douglas, Quint Mason and Charles Henry Shelton.

Memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.


George Thomas McBroome, Sr. (1927-2005)

The Franklin Sun Winnsboro, LA November 16, 2005

Funeral services for George Thomas McBroome Sr., 78, of Baskin were held Monday at Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Marion Spence officiating. Interment followed at McBroome Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mr. McBroome was born Sept. 15, 1927 in Oak Ridge, Miss., and passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. He was a resident of Baskin, a retired logger, and a member of the Methodist faith. Mr. McBroome served as a paratrooper in Germany with the 82nd Airborne of the United States Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Mae Lawrence McBroome; father, Wesley Earl McBroome Sr., mother, Rosa Lee McBroome; daughter, Rosemary Thompson, two infant children, Teresa and Lawrence McBroome; brother, Earl McBroome; and son-in-law, James Oglesbee.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Ford Ellerbe McBroome, Baskin; son, Tommy McBroome and and wife, Pam, of Baskin; three daughters, Lana Cowart, Gonzales, La.; Joanie McBroome of Baskin; Tami Oglesbee of Lake Providence; two brothers; Charles McBroome, Jackson, Miss.; Claude McBroome, St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Hazel Allen, Decatur, Ala.; Georgia Kato, Knoxville,
Tenn.; eight grandchildren: Brad Cook, Bridgette Fletcher, Britni McBroome, Alex Cowart, Victor Cowart, Caleb Oglesbee, Thomas Oglesbee, and Mandie Dunn; one great-grandchild, Jamie Oglesbee; and friend, Tim Cowart, Winnsboro.

Pallbearers were Brad Cook, Alex Cowart, Victor Cowart, Caleb Oglesbee, Thomas Oglesbee, Lance Dunn and Denson Fletcher.

Honorary pallbearers were Jackie Hilburn, Willie Remore, Tim Cowart, and Jack McCoullough.

Doris Grace Sanderson Brock (1927-2018)

Doris Grace Sanderson Brock passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Brock was a lifelong resident of Warren County, where she graduated from Redwood High School. Mrs. Brock worked for many years at R.G. LeTourneau as a secretary. She retired as an administrative assistant for Warren Central High School Guidance Counselor Department.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Brock Sr.

She is survived by her sons, J.D. Brock Jr. and Al Brock; brothers, Raymond Sanderson and Sidney Sanderson; sister, Joy Dupuy; grandchildren, Jonathan Brock, Elizabeth Evans and Hayley Vasquez; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Glenwood Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. with services in the chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the cancer or Alzheimer’s charity of your choice.

Frederick Charles Oakes (1927–1999)

Frederick Charles Oakes was born on July 29, 1927 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Fred and Margie Hartley Oakes. His parents owned and operated Oakes Auto Parts in Vicksburg and finally in Kings.

Charles was the oldest of five children, Melvin, Floyd, Donald and Eleanor.

In February, 1945, near the end of WWII, Charles misrepresented his age and joined the US Navy. He thus missed his graduation, but was later awarded his diploma. He was serving aboard the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, when the war ended. After a interval of civilian service, he joined the US Air Force, where he served until his retirement with rank of Master Sergeant in 1971. His tours included Okinawa and one year in Vietnam at the height of the war.

Charles married Mary Jo Gibson in 1948 and they had two children, Linda and Dale.

Charles died October 8, 1999 El Paso, Texas. He is buried in Cedar Hills Cemetery beside his parents.

For more about his life click: Frederick Charles Oakes.