Redwood Class of 1951



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In these pages I have collected information, photos and memorabacklia 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












Left to Right: Harris "Dee" Clark 1946-47, Dan Ward 1950-51, below: Eloise Mallett 1948-49


Front Row left to right: Bennie Fuller, Harold Barker, Kenneth Evans, Lamar Thomas, James Porter
Rear L to R: Caswell Hearn, Vernon Champion, Max Evans, Charles Wells, Gene Huskey, Calvin Tuberville, James Coley











Left: Laura Oakes

Right: Bobbie Hardin, Charles Wells, Laura Oakes, James Porter, Jessie Wyatt, Eloise Mallett












Left: Vernon Champion, Laura Oakes, Billy Fought

Right: Nadin Cook, Laura, Peggy Province, 1949














Left: James Coley and Laura Oakes

Right: Vernon Champion and Harold Barker


Deenie Adams



Kenneth Evans, Harold Barker,?, Lamar Thomas and Vernon Champion, 1951. (Picture provided by Lois Champion Williamson)

Back: Calvin Tubbervile, Kenneth Evans, Max Tripplett, Vernon Champion, Horace Newman, Harold Barker, Dee Clark, Jr., Bernard Fuller, Dan Ward

Front: Billy James, Caswell Hearn, Mary Helen Harris, Loretta Akers Sanderford, Dixie Bliss McMullen, Pete Martin, Patsy Province


30th Class Reunion of 1951

July 18, 1981, Vicksburg, MS

Front row seated, from left to right:

Vernon Champion, Billy James, Mary Helen Harris, Ester Ruth Turner, Peggy Province, Deenie Adams, Patsy Province, James Coley

Rear row standing, from left to right:

Dan Ward, Louis Wright, Harold Barker, Mr. J. D. Crews (Class Sponser and English Teacher), Kenneth Evans, Max Tripplet, Lamar Thomas, Caswell Hearn, Pete Martin, Harris Clark, Pedro O'Conner.

Picture courtesy of James Coley.


At Left:

?, ?, Bernard Fuller, Harris Clark, Harold Barker, Dan Ward 1981



Bk: Harris Clark, Patsy Province, Louis Wright, Kenneth Evans, Lamar Thomas, Harold Barker, Dan Ward
Frt: Billy James, James Coley, Mary Helen Harris, Deenie Adams, 1981













At left: Harris Clark, Peggy Province, Deenie Adams, Louis Wright, Kenneth Evans, 1981
















At Right: Bernard Fuller, 1981











At left: Mary Helen Harris, Esther Ruth Turner, ?, Lewis Wright, Kenneth Evans, 1981

At right: Mrs. Crews, J.D. Crews, Mary Helen Harris & Billy James, 1981











At left: Billy James,At right: Harold Barker

Max Tripplet & Dan Ward 1981




























Rockets Obituaries of Class of 1951

Gone But Not Forgotten


Lilla Havis L. Slayton Knopp
1932-November 6, 2004


Oswego, New York - Lilla Havis L. Slayton Knopp, a resident of 166 W. Third St., Apt. A, Oswego, died November 6, 2004, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Vicksburg, MS., she was the daughter of the late John and Lilla (Thayer) Slayton.

She came to Oswego in 1957. She was a clerk at Wayne’s Drug Store for many years.

Her life resolved around making people happy. She loved to dance and laugh. She enjoyed her family, friends and grandchildren.

Surviving are one daughter, Cindy (Bob) Bellomo of Scriba; two sons, Dan and Allen Knopp, both of Salt Lake city, Utah; and four grandchildren, Bob Bellomo, Emily Bellomo, Matthew Bellomo, and Kassie Knopp.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen F. Knopp, an Oswego fireman.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Nelson Funeral home.

Additional information from daughter Cynthia Bellomo:

“Havis had lived in Oswego New York for the last 47 years of her life. She was married to Stephen Knopp who passed away after 12 years of marriage. Havis raised three children: Cynthia, Daniel, and Allen Knopp. My mother was a very warm, energetic person, always involved in civic events, and working full time as a beauty consultant for Wayne’s Drugs.

"Raising three children on her own, she more that succeeded in giving us a very rich life. I work for a hospital in the telecommunication field, My brother Dan owns a resort hotel and restaurant, Silver Fork Lodge, Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, near Salt Lake City, Utah. (He‘s a big skier.) Allen works for Frito Lay Corporation in sales. We miss our mother daily, and wanted her classmates to rejoice in her life. If anyone has any other information on my mom or her family, I would appreciate if you could forward to me. Thanks for your web site of her class.”


Calvin Lee Turbeville
March 11, 1932-March 16, 2001


Calvin Lee Turbeville, 69-year-old long time Alamogordo resident, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at his home.

He was born March 11, 1932, in Avon, Miss., the son of C. A. Turbeville and Narmie Belle Cooper Turbeville. Mr. Turbeville was retired from civil service where he worked as a computer systems analyst. He was a well-known musician; he played the steel guitar with various local country bands, such as the Rainbow Ramblers, Aggie Ramblers Stagecoach and most recently Wild Card. Right out of high school he played on the Louisiana Hayride with Red Sovine.

Mr. Turbeville is survived by his wife; Marybeth Turbeville of the family home; one son, John Tracy Turbeville and his wife Christina of Alamogordo; one daughter, Kasey L. Rahn and her husband Steven of Alamogordo; four grandchildren, Megan Harrington, Jessica Harrington, Caden Turbeville, and Katie Turbeville; one sister, Betty C. Turbeville of Alamogordo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, C. A. Turbevriie, Jr.

A funeral for Mr. Turbeville will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday March 19, 2001, at the Sears Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel, 2301 First Street, with Dr. Lowell Swisher, of High Rolls Community United Methodist Church officiating.

Friends may call at the Sears Alamogordo Funeral Home, Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Interment will be in the Monte Vista Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be; Verbal Scott, Fred Wood, Gene Guthrie, Jim Wilson, Randal Branscum and Colt Gipson. Honorary Pallbearers are; Jess Harrington, Kenneth Kinder, Emmit Brooks, Calvin Boles, Bob Zachery, Joe Pete Wood and Richard Boss.

Reverend Jack Wright
September 1, 1929-April 5, 2012

On April 5, 2012, Kirl " Jack " Wright (Pawpaw) made a peaceful journey to his heavenly home and no doubt was greeted by his Creator who said, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Jack, the second of five sons, was born on September 1, 1929, in Grenada, MS to Arthur and Bunch Wright. Brother Jack, as he was affectionally called by members of Second Baptist Church in Deer Park, TX, served as pastor of the church for 43 years. Brother Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, his parents, Arthur and Bunch Wright, and three brothers, Luther, Lewis, and Clayton. Jack is survived by "his girls" Sandra Richey of Deer Park, TX and Mary Nichter and son-in-law Max of Trinity, TX, one brother and wife, James and Roslyn Wright of Macon, GA, sister-in-law, Joyce Wright of Winnie, TX. He treasured his seven grandchildren and their families, Thomas Richey of Deer Park, Chris and Brandi Richey and their children, Meghan, Jackson, Nixon, and Lincoln of Deer Park, Zach and Mikah Richey and their children, Madeline, Isabella, Zachary, and Maximus of Pearland, TX, Emily and Dusty Manning of Deer Park, and Craig Richey of Pasadena, TX, Lindsey Battarbee of Austin, TX, and Brooke and Bowie Perry and their son, Gage. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Jack Wright touched the lives of many people with his tender loving heart, unselfish giving, and sense of humor; he will be forever missed by those fortunate enough to have known him. Visitation will be Friday, April 6, 2012, from 6PM to 8PM at Grand View Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2PM at San Jacinto Baptist Church 310 W. P Street in Deer Park. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park. Pastor Chris Richey will be officiating.


Horace W. Newman, Sr.
1932-May 4, 2014


Horace W. Newman, Sr. of Valley Park, MS died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at River Region Medical Center. He was 82. He served in the United States Army. He was a member of Valley Park Baptist Church.

Mr. Newman worked in sales for 18 years with Jackson Cigar and Tobacco Co. He retired from farming in Issaquena County in 1992. Mr. Newman was involved in numerous organizations and held many offices during his tenure including president of Issaquena County Farm Bureau for 26 years, past president of Sharkey-Issaquena MSU Alumni Association, on the national board of directors of the MSU alumni association, chairman of Farm Services Committee-Sharkey and Issaquena County, and commissioner of soil conservation services.

He received the 1985 MSU Red Ruffin award, the 1987 MSU distinguised service award, and was on the Board of Directors of MS Farm Bureau for four years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. C. Newman, Sr., and Minnie Bell Prine Newman, two sons, Floyd Newman, Benton Newman, brothers, Carl Newman, Buddie Newman, Floyd Newman,and Jimmy Newman, sisters, Louise Bunch, Rachel Fournier, and Kathleen Lavecchia. Survivors include his wife, Florence Newman, a daughter, Patricia Hughes (Tommy) of Columbus, Ms; a son, Horace "Butch" Newman, Jr., (Sue) of Newton, Ms; grandchildren, Dru Holdiness (Mark) of Vicksburg, Ryan Newman (Laura) of Vicksburg, Cole Shimfessel of Newton; Huck Horace Newman of Newton MS; Amber Hughes Bazzell (Shane) of Columbus, MS; Kala Hughes Leathers (Preston) of Starkville; Price Hughes of Columbus; Dylan Hughes of Columbus; and great-grandchildren; Hunt Holdiness, Hank Holdiness, Hagen Bazzell, Corbin Bazzell, Presley Leathers, Audrey Grace Newman, Elizabeth Ryan Newman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Purser officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Robert Morgan, James Taylor, Ike Sylvester, Ricky Prestianni, Billy Aden, Bert Clark, Joe Gex, Frank Newman, Jimmy Newman, John Correro, James G. Newman. Honorary pallbearers will be James McPhail, Joe Addy, Ray Burroughs, Strat Karatassos, Norman Browning, James R. Carter, Larry Hood, Vernon Keyes, Rob Morgan, Josh Morgan, Brett Morgan, C. J. Clark, Phil Silva, Ron Polk, Hank Moseley, John Brady, Dr. Briggs Hopson, Dr. Joe Ross, Dr. Yoshinobu Namihira, Phares Griffin, Dr. Linda Rockhold, Dr. Daniel Edney, Robert (Sonny) Mathes, Dr. Mark Keenum, Gwin Taylor. Memorial pallbearers are Milton Robichaux, Fred Wells, Leonard Miller.

The Vicksburg Post, November 20, 2011


Peggy Jean Province
January 29, 1932–August 2, 2013


Peggy Jean Province Norwood died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the age of 81.

Peggy was a native of Vicksburg and a resident of Gonzales, La.

She is survived by her sons, John David Norwood and spouse Debbie, and Gary Mason Norwood and spouse Stephanie; daughters, Donna Jean Mizell and spouse Marvin, and Sharon Denise Lambert and spouse Reed; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Brandon (Sharon) Lambert and spouse Ivy and their children Brooke and Brandi, Ashley (David) Milam and spouse John and their children Mackenzie and Ethan, Allison (Donna) Lambert and her children Caleb and Cason Reine, Heather (Gary) and Paul French Jr. and their child Mason, Lindsey (Donna) Echeverria and spouse Cody and their children Bailey and Pasiley, Britnee (Sharon) Lambert and spouse Jordan and their expected son due in May, Jonathan, Bradley (Gary) Norwood and his fiancee’ Brittany Loupe, and Emily (David) Norwood.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Daniel Norwood, Jr.; infant daughter, Carol Diane; twin sister, Patsy Jane Tillston; brothers, Jack and Arthur Province; parents, James Alfred and Emma Province.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.



Thomas Earl Hicks Jr.
October 31, 1933-August 24, 2000


Thomas Earl Hicks, Jr. died August 24, 2000.

Thomas was born October 31, 1933, in Vicksburg to Thomas E. and Sadie Parker Hicks. His siblings were Thelma L. and Sadie L. He was married to Tina M. Hicks.

Thomas was a sergent in the United State Marine Corp.

Thomas graduated from Mississippi State University in Civil Engineering in 1961.

Thomas is buried in Green Acres Memorial Cemetery in Vicksburg.

Thomas Earl Hicks Jr., left end of bottom row. Senior, Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1961

Thomas and James Coley are in this photo. Thomas if fourth from left in third Row. James is fourth from left in second row.



Lamar Thomas
January 1, 1933-June 16, 2015


Lamar Thomas, 82, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded with his immediate family and a few close friends. Visitation will be held from 5-7 Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Wright & Ferguson in Raymond, MS. Funeral Services will be held on Friday June 19, 2015, at the Wright & Ferguson Chapel in Raymond, MS, beginning with visitation at 12 noon and service beginning at 1pm with graveside service to follow at the Raymond Cemetery on Dry Grove Street in Raymond, MS.


Lamar was born January 1, 1933 in Carthage, MS. He was affectionately known to his friends as "STICK". He served his country in the U.S. Army for teo years prior to transitioning back to civilian life. Lamar spent most of his business life involved in the sales of truck and off road tires. He worked for B.F. Goodrich prior to opening his own business called G&L tire. The last years of his professional life were spent as an employee of Hinds Community College.

Lamar had a love for the outdoors that was only rivaled by his love for his family and friends. He would use his love for the outdoors as a tool to convey his love of the Lord to his son and grandson. His favorite area to be was called "The Farm". This is an area in Copiah County where the family enjoyed the outdoors together and also where Lamar raised his son and grandson and taught them to appreciate even the smallest of God's creatures as well as develop a huge respect for nature. Although Lamar's earthly form is no longer with us, a large part of his soul will always remain at "The Farm". His friends were as family. He would always make a point to keep up with events in their lives as well and would be first to make a call to check on them or their family. Always quick with a joke or comment, with the intent to create a smile on someone else's face. He was beloved by all that were blessed to have been part of his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, A.E. Thomas; his mother, Edna Thomas; his brother, James Thomas; and his sister, Fannie Jean Thomas.

Lamar is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Jean Thomas, his son, Stacy Thomas, and his beloved grandson, Timothy Thomas as well as many other family and friends.

The family would also like to extend special thanks to Dr. David Wheat of Clinton and Dr. Justin Baker of Jackson. Their compassionate care and attention will be forever appreciated.


Vernon N. Champion
1932-September 9, 2015


BILOXI — Vernon N. Champion, 83, of North Biloxi, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

Mr. Champion was a native of Isola and a resident of the Mississippi Coast since 1967. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, and retired from Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center as an angio supervisor. Mr. Champion was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene in Biloxi and an avid hunter. He was a Godly husband and father.

He is preceded in death by his parents, O. H. “Jack” and Leona Champion.

Mr. Champion’s survivors include his wife of 59 years, Annette Champion; his daughter, Karen (Mark) Howie; his son, Daryl (Hilda) Champion; his sisters, Elza (Billy) Fought, Angie (Jimmy) Perry, Marie (Bill) Sullivan, Lois (Harold) Williamson and Jeanette (Stan) Spikes; his brother, Rusty (Maryann) Champion; and his grandchildren, Lauren Howie, Jessica Champion, Jonathan Howie and Josh Frazier.

Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to the Gulf Coast Family Church of the Nazarene, 14700 Big Ridge Rd., Biloxi, MS 39532.

Funeral Services will be at the Gulf Coast Family Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at noon. Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until the service. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park.
The Ocean Springs Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth Duane Evans
1932-February 21, 2015


Kenneth Duane Evans, 82, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Chadwick Nursing Home in Jackson, MS. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9am until the 11am funeral service all at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram, MS. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.

Ken was longtime resident of Raymond. He graduated from Hinds Community College and went to work for IC Railroad as an electrician until he retired in 1986. He was a past Worshipful Master of The Forest Hill Masonic Lodge No 613. He was an avid deer hunter and member of Raymond Road Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Cleo Evans; brother Van Evans; and sister Cleo Harrison.

He is survived byh is sons, David Evans of Raymond and Keith Evans of Baton Rouge, LA; daughter, Melanie (Korey) Wales of Baton Rouge, LA; brothers, James W. (Connie) Evans, Jr. of CA, Max Evans of Vicksburg, MS,Leroy (Sue) Evans of Raymond, MS, and Raymond (Wandra) Evans of Vicksburg, MS; and 5 grandchildren.

He will be buried in Cedar Hills Cemetery.

Harold Francis Barker
June 25, 1933-November 25, 2005


Harold Francis Barker died, Nov. 25, 2005, at his Vicksburg home. He was 72.

Mr. Barker was born on June 25, 1933, in England, Ark. He retired from Entergy in 1995 after 42 years of service. He was a Mason and past member of the Elks Lodge No. 95. in his younger years, he was an avid hunter and softball player.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertie and Viola McBee Barker; and three sisters, Louise B. Fiser, Geneva B. Duncan and Dean W. McAlpin.

He enjoyed life, and his children and grandchildren were the love of his life. Mr. Barker was a member of Bowmar Baptist Church. He was married 52 years and served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Barker's survivors include his wife, Patricia “Pat” Harden Barker of Vicksburg; two daughters Donna B. and husband James “Bubba” Rowland Jr. of Vicksburg and Cheryl B. and husband John Hite Jr. of Vicksburg; two sisters, Birta B. Fiser of Sheridan,Ark, and Sally B. Fiser of Fort Smith, Ark, six grandchildren, Cristi R. and Nick Wolfe of Gulfport, Jay Rowland of Vicksburg, and Wes Rowland of Oxford and Andy and Phil Hite of Starkville; two great-granddaughters, Emmaline and Merritt Wolfe of Gulfport; and nieces and nephews, including Stan McAlpin of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 2 pm. today at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry White and Dr. John G. McCall officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. today until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jay and Wes Rowland, Andy and Phil Hite, and Nick Wolfe and Joey Wolfe. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Andrews, Phares and Dot Griffin, Theresa and Al Ford, Betty and Jim Davis, David and Carolyn Wylie, David and Nina McBee, Wallace and Janice Goza, and Leon and Gloria Kennedy.

Memorials may be made to Bowmar Baptist Church Building Fund, 1825 U.S. 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180, or a favorite charity.






Gerald "Gene" Eugene Huskey, Sr.
November 30, 1932 - May 15, 2017


Gerald "Gene" Eugene Huskey, Sr.
November 30, 1932 - May 15, 2017
Gerald “Gene” Eugene Husky, Sr., 84, passed away May 15, 2017 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, Ms. Born in Carraway, Ark., lived in Huntsville, Ala., for many years, but lived in Utica for the last 25 years. He was a member of the Utica Baptist Church, and a graduate of Redwood High School. He is retired U.S. Army National Guard after 37 years of service. He is preceded in death by father Homer L. Huskey and mother Callie Riggs Huskey, and Brother Delbert “Todd” Huskey. He is survived by his wife Faye Huskey of Utica, Ms., two sons Gerald “Jerry”(Pam) Huskey, Jr. of Utica, Ms. and Mark (Ellen) Huskey of Sacramento, Ca. three brother Robert “ Bob”(Jessie) Huskey of Utica, Ms. Jimmy D. Huskey of Kosciusko, Ms., and Jerry (Beth) Huskey of Brandon, Ms., one sister Ann Lott of Clinton, Ms., two grandchildren Ashley Huskey and Brandon Huskey, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be Friday May 19, 2017 at Utica Baptist Church in Utica, Ms., visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the church.



Billy Gene James
April 3,1934-January 22, 2005


Billy Gene James died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at his home in Brandon. He was born in Carrollton, MS on April 3, 1934 to George Lee (1901-63) and Mary Lottye Scarbrough (1904-85). James. His siblings included George L. (1926-69), Barbara Ann (Shumaker) (1930-97) and Bruce David (1935-2010). He was reared in Redwood. He had been a Brandon resident for the past nine years.

He served seven years with the Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by United Press International and the Bureau of Land Management.

Mr. James was a member of Pinelake Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mildred B. James of Brandon; one daughter, Denise Tallant of Brandon; one son, Mike James of Brandon; a brother, Bruce James of Carthage; and three granddaughters.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison. Burial will follow at Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.

Below is a picture of Billy’s maternal grandparents, William David and Martha Virginia Blue Scarbrough. Billy’s mother Lottye is on her mother’s lap.









At left: George Lee James, father of Barbara, Billy and Bruce.

At right: Mary Lottye Scarbrough James, mother of Barbara, Billy and Bruce.