Redwood Class of 1952

 

 

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 oakes@physics.utexas.edu.

 


Faye Coogan, Homeecomeing Queen, Vivian Burroughs & Barbara McDuff

 

Class of 52 List

Joy Sanderson Dupuy
100 Georgann Dr.
Vicksburg, MS, 39180 601-638-1555
Email: joy1555@yahoo.com

Pete and Barbara McDuff Guttery
2205 Brookhill Dr.
Austin, TX 78745
Email: peteguttery@gmail.com

Vivian Burroughs Middleton
601-636-6354

J.D. & Ailene Hays Weldon
10219 FM 2694
Shelbyville, TX 75973
Email: jdweldon@ndemand.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: W. C. Alderman, 1949-50

Right: Charles Wells, 8th Grade, 1947


James D. Porter, Diploma,
May 23, 1952
(provided by Betty Terrell Oakes)

 

1982 Reunion
Back: Barbara McDuff Guttery, Jane Alice Ward, Norman Oakes, Elsa Champion Fought, JoAnne Keen Kelley, Vivian Burroughs Middleton, Joy Sanderson McVan, Gene Huskey

Front: Ailene Hays Weldon, Leroy Evans, Raymond Baker, Faye Cogan Huskey, W. C. Alderman

1988 Reunion L to R: Velma Ferguson Pitts, C. L. Huff, Joy Sanderson McVan, Pete Russell, Elza Champion Fought, Charles Wells, Leroy Evans, Benny Fuller, Ailene Hays Weldon, W. C. Alderman, Raymond Baker, Vivian Burroughs Middleton, Jane Alice Ward, Jo Ann Keen Kelley, Barbara McDuff Guttery, Jesse Wyatt

 

THE HIGH SCHOOL REUNION OF '88 AT REDWOOD SCHOOL

THE FLAG WAS HIGH
AS THE JULY SUN BLAZED THE SKY.

FROM EVERY DIRECTION OLD STUDENTS CAME
TO HAVE A REUNION WAS THEIR AIM.

I SAW THEIR SMILES AND I SAW A FEW TEARS
'CAUSE THEY HADN'T MET IN SO MANY YEARS.

OUR PRINCIPALS CAME AND OUR TEACHERS, TOO
YOU KNOW THEY ALL HAD VISITING TO DO.

OUR LIVES TOOK SHAPE THE YEARS THEY TAUGHT
AND WE LEARNED IT ALL, OR SO WE THOUGHT.

COACH DORMAN SPOKE AT OUR INVITATION,
BUT HE KNEW HE WAS LOVED BY THE STANDING OVATION.

"OUR SCHOOL HISTORY", ROBBIE WHITAKER GAVE,
THEN SHE PUT IT IN A BOOK FOR US TO SAVE.

FOOTBALL PLAYERS, MANY WERE THERE,
BUT THEY HAD CHANGED, AND SOME LOST HAIR.

BEAUTY QUEENS HAD AGED AND SOME WERE GRAY,
SOME GAINED WEIGHT——OR IT LOOKED THAT WAY.

FOLKS LAUGHED AND HUGGED THE FRIENDS THEY MET,
HADN'T BEEN SO HOT, GUESS THEY'D BE THERE YET.

YOU SHOULD FIND MORE LOVE ALONG LIFE'S WAY,
'CAUSE 5OO PEOPLE WENT TO SCHOOL THAT DAY.

IN 1990 AGAIN WE'LL MEET
IF YOU AREN'T THERE YOU WILL SURE MISS A TREAT.

Elza Champion Fought

 

1989 Reunion
Back: L to R: ?, W. C. Alderman,?
Second Row: L to R: Jesse Wyatt, ?, ?, Vivian Burroughs Middleton, Velma Ferguson Pitts?
Front Row: Leroy Evans, Elsa Champion Fought, Ailene Hays Weldon, Joy Sanderson McVan, Jane Alice Ward

 

Candid Photos including members of the 1952 Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara McDuff

Barbara McDuff (Guttery)

 

Barbara McDuff (Guttery)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing L to R:, Leroy Evans, W. C. Alderman, Ailene Hays Weldon
Seate: J. B. and Vivian Burroughs Middleton, 1990

James Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel Oakes (1954), Barbara McDuff Guttery (1952), Roni & Jack Jones (1949), Pete Guttery, Austin, TX, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gene Huskey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane, Karl and Joann Keen, ca. 1938

Lowell Livingston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W. C. Alderman

Sadler Family
L to R: Clint, Mildred, Dorothy, Frank, Frank Jr., Della, Erma, Jean

 

Sadler Siblings
L to R: Clint, Jean, Mildred, Dorothy, Erma, Frank Jr.

Raymond Graham Evans ( second from left), Mississippi State University, 1956 yearbook, The Reveile

Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1952

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Margaret Young Rose
1937-June 27, 2012


Margaret Ruth Young Rose died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at River Region Medical Center. She was 74.

Mrs. Rose attended Redwood High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Vicksburg Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Lillian Ruth Hall Young; her grandparents, Armedage Kent Hall and Nancy Elizabeth Westcott Hall; her husband, Edward Rose; a sister, Bobbie Thompson; and a brother, Billy Young.

She is survived by two sons, Herbert Rose of Ashburn, Va., and Gene Rose of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

 

Bennie Fuller
1933-June 13, 1991

Bennie Fuller

REDWOOD - Bennie Fuller died Thursday, June 13, 1991, at his home in Redwood. He was 58.

Mr. Fuller was a native and lifelong resident of Warren County and a member of the Carpenters Local. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Fuller, and a brother, Forrest Fuller.

He is survived by his wife, Frances C. Fuller of Redwood; one daughter, Carolyn Ann Holman of Vicksburg; his mother, Lillie W. Fuller of Vicksburg; one sister, Faye Stout of Vicksburg; three brothers, Bernard Fuller of Redwood, James Chris Fuller of Tyler, Texas and Bobby Jack Fuller of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Walker and the Rev. Rick Cochran officiating. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Pallbearers will be William Brister, William Brister Jr., Mack McCaskill, Bobby Stout, J.C. Oakes, and Harold Holman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Randy Easterling, Dr. Lee Humble and Dr. P.J. Deer.

 

Frank Edward Cousins
1932-October 13, 2012

 

Frank Edward Cousins died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at River Region Medical Center. He was 80.

Mr. Cousins worked as a towboat captain for more than 40 years for various companies, including Smith Towing and T.L. James. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in Korea.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Cousins; his mother, Ruth Davis Cousins; a daughter, Trudy I. Tero; six brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Rodgers Cousins of Vicksburg; three sons, Frankie Lee Cousins, Glen E. Cousins and Thomas J. Cousins, all of Vicksburg; four daughters, Paula R. Bryant and Rose Stamey, both of Vicksburg, Maxine Cousins of Eudora, AR, and Kimberley I. Davis of Denham Springs, LA; two brothers; one sister; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. John Gallagher officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the service.

Pallbearers will be Frankie Cousins, Tommy Cousins, Joseph Tarver, Robert Dalton, Ben Hearn, Max Hearn, Tony Tero and Mike Harmon.

Honorary pallbearers will be George Leach, Curtis Leach, Bubba Leach, Bobby Leach and Walter Cousins Jr.

 

JoAnn Keen Kelley
1934-August 19, 2010

 

 

JoAnn Keen Kelley died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at River Region Medical Center. She was 76.

Born in Redwood, Mrs. Kelley was the daughter of the late Karl and Frances Cole Keen. She graduated in 1952 from Redwood High School. She was an avid gardener, sports enthusiast and cook.

She was a member of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Donald N. Kelley Sr.; and a grandson, Justin Ryan Field.

She is survived by four children, Donna and Bill Field Jr., Renee Flaharty, Karleen Wigley and Nelson and Angi Kelley; seven grandchildren, Amanda Campbell, Trey Field, Kayla Kelley, Kaci Flaharty, Dee Kelley, Sara Wigley and Malynn Kelley; five great-grandchilden; one sister, Jane Griffin; and two brothers, James D. “Sonny” Keen and Keith Keen.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rusty Keen officiating. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the hour of service.

Pallbearers will be Bill Field Jr., Trey Field, De Kelley, David Keen, Tony Irwin, Larry Burroughs and Paul Flaharty.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Griffin, James D. “Sonny” Keen, Keith Keen, Judy Sibley, Hosie Thomas Jr., Virginia and Glenn Wells, Mike McCullough, John McCullough and Glenn McKay.

Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.

 

Evelyn Colleen Hart McCord
August 18, 1934-December 22, 2008


EVELYN COLLEEN HART McCORD, Valparaiso, Indiana. Age 74, passed away on Monday, December 22, 2008, in Hobart, IN.

She was born on August 16, 1934, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Orvis and Lillian Hart, who preceded her in death. She was married on June 12, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois, to Donald McCord for 54 years, who survives. Evelyn is also survived by her son, Bruce McCord of Florida; daughter, Patricia Wood of Lake Station, IN; brother, Orvis Hart; sisters, Mary Waklawick of Whiting, IN, and Patsy Trager of Florida; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Donna Garcia and Kay Johnson, and son-in-law, Vern Johnson.

Evelyn was an area resident since 1951 and was a homemaker. The family of Evelyn McCord would like to thank the doctors, nurses and technicians who participated in her care at Portage Dialysis. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN, with Pastor Bob Burton officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, IN. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 26, 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.

 

James Duaine Porter
1932-February 24, 1975

 


James Duaine Porter, born 1932 in Anguilla, Sharkey Mississippi, passed away February 24, 1975, in Vicksburg, MS.

From Vicksburg Evening Post, Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, February 25, 1975

Seizure Is Fatal To James Porter

James D. Porter, 42, died last night while participating in a basketball game at the new First Baptist Church Activities Building.

Mr. Porter, member of the Calvary Baptist Church team, had played the first quarter against Woodlawn Baptist Church. He was sitting on the bench when he slumped over.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital. Coroner Charles Riles said the cause of death was apparently an massive heart attack.

Mr. Porter was born at Anguilla and had lived most of his life in Vicksburg. He was the manager of the auto center of Sears Vicksburg Store. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Betty T. Porter, a son, Stanley D. Porter; a step-son, William Dalton step-daughter, Debbie Dalton all of Vicksburg; his mother, Mrs. Melvin J. Porter Sr., of Valley Park; three brothers, William R. Porter of Simi, Calif.; Ted Porter ad M.J. Porter Jr., of Valley Park; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Kober, Mrs. Sue Nappier and Mrs. Lucille Wooley, all of Vicksburg.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 pm., at the Fisher Funeral Chapel, with the Rev, Charles Funderburk, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Patrick, Joe Collums, Anthony Pilgrim, Otis Shirley, Dan Ward, Irwin Marshall. Honorary: Dalton Smith, Walter Beall, Dave Owen, Junius Williams, Curtis Evans of Anguilla; Louis Bennett of Anguilla; Jack Mims, W. F. Strickland, Sack Davidson, Ellis Cummings and Joe Curtis.

 

Lowell Thomas Livingston
December 16, 1933-November 25, 2000

 

Lowell Thomas Livingston died in Ridgeland, Madison, MS.

Lowell was born in Longbeach, CA on December 16, 1933 to Burley Suber and Annie Mae Edwards Livingston. Burley was a crane engineer. He had two sisters: Valta and Emma Mae Livingston (1936-2008). Lowell was at Redwood 1949-50. He played football. He later lived in Jackson and Brandon. Lowell attended Mississippi State University where he studied civil engineering. Picture below is of Lowell with his father. They are on the right of the photo. At right is Lowell in 1935.

Photos from Mississippi State University yearbook, 1955.

Burial:
Parkway Memorial Cemetery
Ridgeland
Madison County
Mississippi, USA

 

Charles N. Cockrell
1934-September 25, 2015

Charles N. Cockrell died Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Merit Health River Region Medical Center. He was 81.

Born in Warren County, he was the son of the late Charlie Cockrell and Minnie Hearn Cockrell. Mr. Cockrell was a truck driver and a member of Northside Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sisters, Flora Allison and Lora Wilson (Windy); a brother Wilford Cockrell (Janie); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Truesdale Cockrell; two sisters, Gracie Emfinger and Aileen Brooks.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Frank Lescallette, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, officiating. Visitation will be at Riles Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Pennington Sr., Ricky Pennington Jr., Dusty Pennington, Tristin Coats, Robert Wells and Jimmy Cockrell. Honarary pallbearers will be members of the Hearn Family, Sandy Rainer and Dr. George Abraham II.

 

Webster Cleveland “WC” Alderman
September 20, 1932-January 12, 2015


Webster Cleveland (W.C.) Alderman of Raymond passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 12, 2015. A child of a large family of Mississippi Delta sharecroppers, he graduated from Redwood High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, which trained him to be an air traffic controller. He also became a skilled card player during the year the Air Force assigned him to the icy paradise of Greenland.

Upon his honorable discharge, he attended Hinds Community College where he played collegiate baseball but more importantly, met his future bride, Dot Pickett of Utica (at right). W.C. subsequently earned a degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He recalled fondly the MSU student life in the congested Old Main Dormitory as well as his good judgment and preparedness demonstrated by his escape of the fiery destruction of Old Main with all of his meager worldly possessions intact. As to that one engineering course which he found so difficult at MSU, W.C. was grateful that the same course at the Ole Miss School of Engineering was not nearly so challenging.

W.C. entered the engineering workforce with the Mississippi State Highway Department in Jackson, then moved to Memphis to work for a large construction company. After a relatively short stint, he returned to Mississippi and formed Alderman Engineering which he built into a long-time successful engineering business in Jackson. W.C. was also a public servant. After several attempts, he unseated a fixture of Hinds County politics and served a very productive term as District 4 Supervisor of Hinds County.

W.C is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Dot Alderman; daughters Rhonda Floyd of Clinton and Cheryl Thaggard of Meridian; and grandchildren Web Floyd, Anna Floyd, Cooper Thaggard and David Thaggard. He is also survived by brothers Howard Alderman of Picayune, Frankie Alderman of Pace, FL, and Paul Alderman of Vicksburg, as well three sisters, Jean Thomas of Raymond, Gayle Neihaus of Vicksburg and Faye McCulley of Vicksburg. W.C. was preceded in death by his daughter, Norma Fulgham, and his parents, Mamie McCormick and Albert Alderman.

Among many other things, W.C. will be remembered as a loving spouse, treasured father, loving brother, religious mentor, respected engineer, farmer, dedicated public servant, veteran, mentor of two generations of civil engineers, Bulldog, an athlete, quail hunter, fisherman, formidable card and dominoes player, fantastic storyteller, very creative handyman, and the type of father-in-law of which most can only dream. He will forever be “Papa” to four adoring grandchildren who received a vast, loosely-supervised (and unscathed to their parents’ amazement) education about such things as fishing, hunting, guns, machetes, cows, cards, tractors, cars, music and cooking.

Funeral services will be held at Wright & Ferguson in Clinton on Friday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Gardens South in Jackson. Pallbearers will be Stacy Thomas, Paul Floyd, Web Floyd, Lee Thaggard, Cooper Thaggard and David Thaggard.

In lieu of flowers, donations in W.C.’s memory may be made to the Morrison Heights Baptist Church Mission Fund, 3000 Hampstead Blvd, Clinton, MS 39056.