Redwood Class of 1953



Class Pages:

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Class List:

Billy Wayne Bishop
Phone 601-831-0431

Billy and Johnnie Young Brown
1180 Roy Young Rd
Vicksburg, MS 39183-7805
Phone 601-636-5411

Phares and Dot Griffin
404 Longview St.
Vicksburg, MS, 39180

Tom M. & Sue Dye
2014 Wilson St., Apt. 1
Menomonie, Wisconsin, 54751
Phone 715-309-2114

Second address: 130 Deanna St.,
Gulfport, MS, 39503
P.O. Box 2669
Ph. 228-832-1259

Mona Lee Armstrong (deceased)
Dorothy Hall Breland (deceased)
Will Breland (deceased)
J. C. Oakes (deceased)
Bill Porter (deceased)
Joyce Tompkins (deceased)
Norton Slayton (deceased) (Nov 9, 1935-May 17, 2005) Died in Davenport, Polk, Florida
James Cecil "J. C." Trusty (August 2, 1932-May 25, 1982)































History of the 1953 Graduating Class-Author Unknown

Now the history of the 1953 Graduating Class, of the High School of the City of Redwood, County of Warren, State of Mississippi, is in this wise.

In the beginning, the 50th year of our Lord, in the ninth month, there entered into this Land of Learning, 2 and 30 seekers of knowledge. 25 of this 32 young people were graduates from the Redwood Eighth Grade. These 25 were: Billy Bishop, Betty Ghettie, Raymond Hunt, Guy Barnett, Margie Ferguson, Bobby Jernigan, Patricia Hardin, Norton Slayton, Shirley Bourgoyne, Everett Burton, Phares Griffin, Bill Porter, Mona Armstrong, Red Oakes, Mildred Sadler, Eddie Ghettie, Valda Livingston, Walter Mallet, Jimmie Gaines, J.C. Trusty, Will Breland, Smiley Smith, Clarence Triplet, Vivian Smith and Gene Pough.

These 25 charming and handsome boys and girls were joined in their Freshman year by 7 more equally charming and handsome boys and girls from Oak Ridge Grammar School. Their names were: Johnnie Young, Betty Ann Moore, Dorothy Hall, James Keen, Harold Alexander, Jewell Bryant and Stanley Hannah. These 32 students had for many months been busily engaged in storing their minds with the honey of wisdom, some were green and fresh from a far country, some came from farms where they had been tillers of the soil, and some were from other halls of instruction. And it came to pass as they did enter into this land, that they were received with wild welcoming and rejoicing by those who it was decreed to henceforth lead them by the slippery by-ways of knowledge.

Likewise, it came also to pass that they were received with malicious glee by a certain band of wild beings who were called "Seniors" and who did because of their fierce taste for Freshman blood, did pounce upon them daily and nightly in their initiation, and caused the Freshman to suffer great things and to say in their hearts, "Behold, blessed be the name of Education, for because of it have we endured great torments, both of the body and of the mind. Verily, have we been martyrs to its great and noble cause!" And as they dwelt long in the land, they fell in with the customs of the inhabitants thereof, and their strangeness wore away, and they each became as one among the rest.

Now it came to pass soon after they entered the land, that they were one and all seized with a strange infirmity, which did cause them to act with much fierceness and strangeness of manner and to grapple and wrestle with their fellows in much rage and seemingly ferocity. Wise men were called to look upon them, who did finally pronounce the infirmity in the male "football" and in the female "basketball", and did assure the frightened parents, friends and leaders that the malady, while it needs must be contagious, and likewise, sometimes fatal, was yet a necessary evil, and one that even the wise men knew not the way to cure. So, with many anxious fears, and dire forebodings, did the instructors allow the disease to run its natural course and, lo, none were killed, and few were seriously injured, whereat there was great rejoicing throughout the land. In the athletic field a good many of these boys and girls during their 4 years of high school were greatly responsible for the famous name that the Redwood High School has gained in the sport field.

And it came to pass, after some months, that their eyes were turned toward Freshman graduation, but many, with one consent, began to make excuses. The first group of boys said, "Our Country needs more men in their forces to protect the fruitful land of America so I'll join our forces instead of graduating." Some more said, "I must needs toil at home. Therefore, I cannot graduate." Others said, "I like the Freshman Class so well I think I'll stay there another year."

And still others found other territories that they liked better than they did dear old Redwood so they left empty desks that were filled by new students coming to join the Sophomore Class. The Freshmen who gave these various excuses were: Betty Ghettie, Raymond Hunt, Patricia Hardin, James Keen, Stanley Hannah, Everett Burton, Betty Ann Moore, Eddie Ghettie, Valda Livingston, Walter Mallet, J. C. Trusty and Smiley Smith. And it came to pass at the beginning of the second year that as this class did journey through the land, behold, there were two maidens and two young gentlemen who were fair to look upon, who had strayed far from the companies with which they had set forth, and were much sorrowful. These were Charlotte Boozer, Wilma Hardy, Ottis Sheffield and James Alexander. And as the members of the class did look upon them in their loneliness, their hearts were stirred in pity for them, and did open wide unto them that they should be gathered in.

Now it so happened that this land to which they had come was ruled over by one known as F. S. Franklin, a professor of much wisdom, and at the beginning of the second year, he spake unto them, saying: "Go, gather ye in a body, and organize yourselves into a class, that ye may gain in strength and that your courage may wax hot." And as he spake unto them so was it done, and they chose their wisest ones to be their leaders, and called themselves, with much pride, "The Class of 1953." The whole number of the Sophomores that graduated at the end of that second year was 19. There came more excuses and some more dropped out of the class for various reasons. Some to join the forces to protect their country, more to gain a blissful life of marriage. These who did not join the Sophomores in going on to the Junior Class were: Jimmie Gaines, Guy Barnett, Harold Alexander and Margie Ferguson.

Now in the Junior year, it so happened that another maiden come to join the class, one named Billie Gillis. About this time, a great cry went up from the throats of the greedy class: "Lo, if it doth happen that we are to graduate after many days, it appeareth that there is a need of many dollars wherewith to provide the song and dance thereof." And so thinking these things, the class made many a feast, and the public was bidden that money might be brought into the treasury, and so there would be much money. The first of these was held the 2nd and 50th year of our Lord, in the 10th month, and on the 25th day of the month, in our school where had walked many a great and famous person. And, lo, great crowds did come to the feast, and much money was taken into the treasury. And they called its name a Halloween Social, because it was held at that time. Now it so happened, that this Class of 1952, finding within themselves what nobody else had yet discovered therein — the same qualities which had made the famous Shakespeare of old so great and mighty — did also make utterance to the words of this great man, "To thine ownself be true" — and with one consent did adopt them as their motto, and they, and all their peoples, and all the land far and near, rejoiced thereat, and sang loud songs of jubilation. Now, when the 3rd day of the fifth month of the year of 1952 was fully come, this class did give yet another great feast in honor of the Senior Class of 1952, The Junior and Senior Prom. This class sent messages over all the land, east, west, north and south, to all inhabitants thereof, saying, "Come ye and make merry with us for the 1952 Senior Class is to depart to a far country, and all things are now ready for a feast."

And as they were bidden, so came they in large numbers and did rejoice with the class at the good fortune which had come to them in return for all their long and patient laboring at the tasks that had been set before them. And lo, the whole number at the end of this third year was 18. Those who went to far away places and did not return to join the 1953 Senior Class were Bobbie Jernigan, James Alexander, Vivian Smith and Ottis Sheffield.

Now it so happened that there dwelt in an adjoining country, Tom Dye, Bill Weaver, Joyce Tompkins, and Gene Huskey, people of much learning and good repute who come to join the members of the Senior Class. Now this, the fourth year in the history of this great and wonderful Class of 1953 has been one of much hard labor, and but little resting by the wayside r for preparations have been making ready for them to take their final departure from the land. This band of youths did come up from the former stations in Q the new dignity of their promotion, remembered the days of their own greenness, and as the Seniors of their day had done unto them, even so did they do unto the new Freshman and did show no mercy unto their sufferings in their initiation and paid heed unto their lamentations, until all were bruised and full of much sorrow. And, behold, it did likewise come to pass, at about this same time, that the Class did aspire to present to the people a great and wonderful play, wherein each would act what he was not, and they did choose as a sacrifice a great comedy, named "Papa Says No" which was butchered to make a Senior holiday. And Lo, the awful deed was done, and the multitude did cry out in their hearts, "Heaven help them for they know not what they do". And with their lips, "How grand and wonderful this thing which ye have done," and the heads of the Class did become swelled to their fullest capacity at the praise they did receive for the murderous deed they had done. While they were yet in the Junior Class, their pride grew to a great bigness within them, that this Class did began to wish for badges befitting their station, and many messages were sent to the big cities and all the towns roundabout for samples of their fine jewelry, and at last, after much considering and reconsidering, the Class professed to be satisfied with its choice and beautiful class rings were purchased with which all the Seniors were well content.

The Juniors again honored the Seniors by giving them a very successful prom, and when the guests did at last depart from the prom they were exceedingly glad that things were as they had been proclaimed and did give thanks to the 1953 Junior Class for the pleasure they had provided for enjoying. Also the Senior Class took a three-day journey to the far away country of Biloxi and did spend their days there eating, drinking, and making merry and the trip was enjoyed by all. Another left to join his previous classmates in the field of battle. This brave lad was Norton Slayton. So the whole number at the end of this fourth year is 18. These are Gene Huskey, Mildred Sadler, Billie Gillis, Jewell Bryan Bill Weaver, Joyce Thompkins, Will Breland, Phares Griffin, Charlotte Boozer, Red Oakes, Mona Armstrong, Billy Bishop, Wilma Hardy, Bill Porter, Dorothy Hall, Tom Dye, Shirley Bourgoyne, and Johnnie Young. So it has come to pass that of the two and thirty that entered this land in 1950 only 18 will depart, for "verily, verily, I say unto you, that broad is the gate and wide is the way that leadeth to the High School, and many there be that go in thereat, but straight is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth to graduation and few there be that find it."

Four years hath this class of '53 sojourned in the land and gathered in large portions the fruits from the Tree of Knowledge. But it is written "In the day when ye shall have eaten of all these fruits, ye shall surely be driven forth from the land." Now, I say unto you, they must depart thence, to go each a separate way to lands they know not of, to do, they know not what. But let us not be weary in well doing, for in due time we shall reap if we faint not.

And now may the blessings that ever attend the noble and good and true follow and abide with us, each and all, now and forever more.


Left to Right: Jewell Bryant, Johnny Young, Dorothy Hall

Left to Right: Phares Griffin (1945-46), Phares Griffin, J. C. Trusty

Left to Right: Walter 'Blue" Mallett, Bob Dye, Red Oakes


Left to Right: Raymond Hunt, Raymond Hunt, J. C. Trusty


Left to Right: Phares Griffin, Phares Griffin, Walter "Blue" Mallett

Left to Right: Jimmy "Killer" Gaines, J. C. Tristy, Red Oakes

Left to Right: Will Breland, Phares Griffin, Vivian Smith

Left to Right: Bill Weaver & Billy Wayne Bishop, Bill Porter, Billy Wayne Bishop

Rockets Athletic Pictures, 1953 Class



Redwood High School Football 1952-53
Back Row: Floyd Oakes, Norton Slayton, Melvin Oakes, Johnny Griffin, Billy Wayne Bishop, Tom Dye, Billy Gene Weaver, Wilson Brent, Gene Huskey, Bill Porter, Will Breland, Coach J. C. Dorman

Front Row:, Paul Alderman, Earl Martin, Todd Huskey, James Wright, Marvin Robbins, Billy Ray Brock, Clayton Wright, ?, Phares Griffin, Bob Dye, Donnie Weaver, Crissler Fuller

Redwood High School Basketball 1952-53
Back Row: Melvin Oakes, Floyd Oakes, Tom Dye, Billy Gene Weaver, Billy Wayne Bishop, Gene Huskey, Coach J. C. Dorman

Front Row:, Allen Earl Martin, Donnie Weaver, Bob Dye, Johnny Griffin, Bill Porter, Will Breland.


Reunion Photos

1988 at Redwood: Front: Johnnie Young Brown, Shirley Bourgoyne Soverns, Mildred Sadler Pugh, Mona Armstrong, Charlotte Boozer Oakes, Billie Ruth Jeffers Barnett, Betty Ann Moore & Biiy Ray Pearce, Margie Ferguson.
Back: Jimmy Gaines, Bobby Jernigan, Billy Wayne Bishop, Wilma Hardy, Red Oakes

1988 at Redwood: Second Version
Back: Jimmy Gaines, Bobby Jernigan, Billy Wayne Bishop, Wilma Hardy, J. C. “Red” Oakes, Biily Ray Pearce

Front: Johnnie Young Brown, Shirley Bourgoyne Soverns, Mildred Sadler Pugh, Mona Lee Armstrong, Charlotte Boozer Oakes, Billie Ruth Jeffers Barnett, Betty Ann Moore, Margie Nell Ferguson.

1989 at Redwood:
Front: Biily Ray Pearce, Bobby Jernigan, Mrs. Bobby Jernigan, Sandra Bishop, Charlotte Boozer Oakes, Mona Armstrong Dukes, Patricia Harding Barker, Ms. Pat Garnett

Back: Billy Wayne Bishop, Dorothy Hall Breland, Betty Ann Pearson, Jimmy Gaines, Johnnie Young Brown, Clarence Tripplet (very back)

2008, Dot Breland’s Home: Front: Billie Ruth Jeffers Barnett, Coach J. C. Dorman, Phares Griffin, Billy Wayne Bishop
Back: Johnnie Young Brown, Jewell Bryant Hallberg, Dorothy Hall Breland, Mildred Sadler Pugh, Charlotte Boozer Oakes, Shirley Bourgoyne Soverns


1953 Candid Photos

At left: Phares Griffin, Japan, 1955. At right: Phares and Johnny Griffin in front of their home at the head mill, Highway 61 north of Vicksburg.


Phares Griffin, Oakes Auto Parts baseball team.


Norton Slayton, soldier and hunter.

At left: Norton Slayton, ca 1936. At right Norton, Norton Sr. & Malcolm Slayton.

Left: Norton & Martha Salyton, 1970. At right: Billy Wayne Bishop & Raymond Hunter, Rear Redwood high School

Norton & Martha Slayton with grandchildren, age order, Jesse Ray, Christopher John, Stephanie, Jennifer, Robert, Holly Rose (held by Martha)

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

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

Dot, Frank Jr., Erma & Mildred, Sadler Siblings

Front, L to R: Floyd & Betty Oakes, Dot and Phares Griffin, Jane Keen Griffin, Sally Cooper Porter, Bettye Oakes

Back: Mel Oakes, Johnny Griffin, Ted Porter, Donald Oakes (Photo 2010 at home of Donald & Bettye Oakes)

Bob and Jerry Dye, Jacksonville, FL

Bob Dye and wife Jerry Ann Dye,
The YMCA in Orange Park, Florida was name for Bob and the Clay Family.

At left: Earl Martin, Billy Wayne Bishop, and Johnny Griffin. At right: Phares Griffin, Earl Martin, Johnny Griffin

Left: Billy Wayne Bishop, Right: Johnny Griffin Billy Wayne Bishop and baby?

















At left: Billy Wayne Bishop, Phares Griffin. Earl Martin, Clyde Segue in back

At right: Back: Betty Jean Alderman, Maud Franklin, Ann Huskey, Hermanell Hearn Front: Dorothy Hall, Mildred Sadler

Left: Billy Wayne Bishop, Johnny Griffin.
Center: Will Breland, Earl Martin, Johnny Griffin, Mel Oakes
Right: Will Breland

At left: Bobby Jack Jernigan, Macon, GA, 1963, prior to flight to Vicksburg. Bobby has been flying since 1961 and got his private license in 1972. He and several partners own two airplanes.

At right: Bob Dye and Jewell Bryant ,1953

Front: Bob Dye,
Middle Row: Phares Griffin, Mildred Sadler,
Back Row: Johnnie Young, Dorothy Hall, 1953

William 'Buddy', Cecil (father), James Cecil 'JC', Charles & Myrtle Marie 'Mae' Damron Trusty ca 1938-39



Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1953

Gone But Not Forgotten


Joyce Tompkins Barnett
1935-September 6, 2009


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Joyce Tompkins Barnett died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Fayetteville, Ark. She was 74.

Born and reared in Utica, Mrs. Barnett had lived in Fayetteville for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Guy Barnett, Sr.; and two brothers, Earl Tompkins and Archie Tompkins.

She is survived by two sons, William Guy Barnett, Jr. and wife Sherry of Vicksburg and Michael W. Barnett and wife Cindy of Fayetteville; two brothers, Robert Tompkins and wife, Ailene and John M. Tompkins and wife, Ann, all of Utica; two sisters, Alma Dean Brantley of Utica and Emma Sue McNair and husband, Jimmy of Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Sue Tompkins of Utica and Betty Hubbard of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Cemetery in Hinds County with Scotty Dodson officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home in Vicksburg from 9 a.m. until the service.


Norton William “Jess” Slayton
November 9, 1935-May 17, 2005


Davenport, FL — Norton W. Slayton died Tuesday of respiratory failure, May. 17, 2005, at Winter Haven Hospital. She was 69.

Born Nov. 9, 1935, in Vicksburg Miss, he came to Florida from Lebanon TN 25 years ago. He served in the U. S. Marine Corp from 1951-63.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Frances Tribble Slayton; sons, John Slayton, Haines City, and Frank Slayton, Davenport; daughter, Paula Pelt, Davenport; and nine grandchildren.

Additional information added by Martha Slayton.

Norton joined the Marine Corps in 1953. Shortly after he went to Korea, where he spent three years, he picked up the nickname Jess. Upon his return stateside he was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY and his nickname followed and remained. There he met Martha Tribble in July 1957, and was married Aug. 1, 1957. They had their first child, a son, John Raymond Slayton, born July 1, 1958. He then transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC, where a daughter, Paula, was born July 4, 1960.

In Oct. 1960, he was injured in a car accident that caused him to be stationed at Millington Naval Hospital for the next three years while he under went 11 surgeries to repair damage to his right arm. In 1963, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps with a crippled arm. Also in 1963 another son, Jess Frank, was born Dec. 24.

The family moved to Lebanon, TN, where Norton worked in different phases of construction as an electrician, then as a project manager for Church Building Systems. He was later transfered to Orlando, FL to build churches. He eventually got his general contractor's license and worked for several construction companies before going on his own. In Oct 1980, the family moved to Davenport, Fl. where they were when Norton went to his rest due to respiratory failure May 17, 2005. Martha wrote, “He was loved so very much and we miss him still.”


Walter “Blue” Mallett
1932-July 29, 1990


Gloster. — Walter Charles “Blue” Mallett died Sunday, July 29, 1990, at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville. He was 58.

Mr. Mallett was born in Warren County. He was the son of the late Willie E. and Clyde Tucker Mallett. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Gloster.

He is survived by his wife, Aleska Mallett of Gloster: two daughters Rosanne Mallett of Slaughter, LA and Terry Lynn Golden of Las Vegas: three stepchildren, Frankie Robertson, Lee Robertson and Misty Roberston, all of Gloster; two sisters Lonnie Ervin of Jackson and Hazel Sterling of Gloster; one brother Howard E. Mallet; two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist church in Gloster with the Rev. Wilford Giegor and the Rev. Tom Boycel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Brown Funeral Home in charge. Visitation will be 2-10 p. m. today and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Dorothy Hall Breland
1935-August 13, 2009


Dorothy Hall Breland died Thursday, August 13, 2009, at Central Mississippi Medical Center. She was 74.

Mrs. Breland was born in Redwood and was a lifelong resident of Warren County. She owned and operated Breland Bail Bonds and was a former justice court judge for a number of years. She was member of Redwood United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband William “Will” Breland, and her parents Dan Hall and Mildred Cooper Hall.

A funeral service is scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Barbara Hite, pastor of Redwood United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be today at 3 PM.


Billy Gene “Bill” Weaver
July 9, 1935-January 16, 2015


Billy Gene "Bill" Weaver, 79, passed from this life Friday, January 16, 2015, at Brandon Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Bill was born July 9, 1935, in Des Arc, Arkansas, the eldest child of the late Lee and Marie Weaver. He retired in 1995, after working 39 years for the FAA as an electronic specialist. Bill loved to hunt, fish and anything outdoors.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jean Marie Weaver; daughter, Donna Pollard of Auburn GA; sons, Mitchell Weaver (Elizabeth of TX) of Auburn, GA and Michael Weaver (Beth) of Fairburn, GA; aunt, Ethel Weaver of Waco, TX; brothers, Donny Weaver (Virginia) and James Weaver (Bernedette) all of Vicksburg; sisters, Carolyn Childs of Arkansas and Margie Hatcher (Hayes of Pascagoula; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Flowers, and son-in-law, Wayne Pollard.

Funeral services will be held at the Pavilion at the Mississippi Veteran's Cemetery in Newton at 1:00pm, Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at or to the donor’s charity of choice.


Mona Lee Armstrong Dukes Guthrie Guimbellot
August 5, 1934-June 10, 2000


Mona Lee died June 12, 2000 She was 65.

Mona Lee was born August 5, 1934 to Jesse Arthur and Alma Byron Hundley Armstrong. Her siblings included Jesse Harper, Lynn Gail and Jennye Armstrong (Hughes). She attended Redwood High School and Hinds Junior College. Her husbands were Billy R. Dukes, Delmar C. Guimbellot and William Earl Guthrie. She is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS.


Clarence M. Triplett
January 25, 1934 - April 19, 2017


Mr. Clarence M. Triplett passed away April 19, 2017 at the age of 83.

He was born in Humphreys County and lived most of his life in Warren County. He belonged to the Carpenter's Local and retired from Anderson Tully. He served in the Korean War from 1949 until 1954. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Cordelia Triplett; one brother Lawrence Triplett and one grandson Ken Parker, III.

He is survived by his wife Warrene Triplett; one son Ken Parker, Jr. (Debra) of Greenville, MS; two brothers Clyde Triplett (Lena Mae) of Leland, MS and Max Triplett of Vicksburg; two grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at Glenwood Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Brumfield officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be the Deacons of Immanuel Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers are the members of his Sunday School Class.

The family would like to extend their many thanks to Marissa Carver, his caregiver, from Amada Senior Care and St. Joseph Hospice and their staff for talking such good care of Clarence during his lengthy illness.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 6949 Hwy 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or a charity of your choice.



Charlotte Boozer Oakes
June 24, 1935 - November 5, 2017


Charlotte Boozer Oakes went to be with our Lord and Savior on Nov. 5, 2017. 

Charlotte was born in St. Gabriel, La., on June 24, 1935, and was raised in Jackson until the age of 15.  She moved to Vicksburg where she graduated from Redwood High School.  She was employed at Westinghouse for several years before attending cosmetology school.  She became a self-employed beautician until her retirement in 1992.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, J. C. “Red” Oakes; parents, Sam and Ethel Boozer; one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Boozer Owens and Donald; one brother, Samuel “Sammy” Boozer.

She was survived by three daughters, Shirley Oakes McNamee (Reggie) of Lowndesboro, Ala., Sandra Oakes Wright (George) of Daleville, Ala., Barbara Oakes Vance (Paul) of Redwood; one brother, Lee Boozer (Belinda) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Troy Diccaluga officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Greg Mitchell, Jeff Pickel, Ricky Evans, Robert Owens, Jamie Boozer and Nathan Oakes. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Soverns, Alan Owens, Robert Alexander, John Oakes, Thomas Oakes and the members of Redwood United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Redwood United Methodist Church, 447 Redwood Road,  Redwood, MS 39156.


Billy Wayne Bishop
August 23, 1935 - December 4, 2017


Billy Wayne Bishop passed away Monday, December 4, 2017, he was 82.  

He was born in Aberdeen, MS, on August 23, 1935, to Grady Clifton Bishop (1901–1986) and Ruby James Bishop (1905–1992). Both parents were born in Louisiana. He had two brothers, the late Tommy Bishop and the late James Bishop, and two sisters, Barbara Bishop Traylor of Hernando, MS and Ginny Bishop Amico of Buffalo, NY. Biily held his siblings in great affection.

Grady, his father, was a mill worker and sometimes minister. He moved the family to Vicksburg to work at the heading mill in Kings. Billy Wayne was a young boy. He made friends easily and spent his early life roamig the hills, creeks and lakes with them. He attended Redwood High School where he participated in all sports. He especially loved baseball where he was a formidable first baseman. In addition to the school team, he was a member of the Oakes Auto Parts team which played each Sunday during the summer months. Billy served in the military in the Air Force. He was an automobile salesman for many years, and was later the General Manager of Rivertown Lincoln Mercury. Later in his career, he owned and operated Billy Bishop Motor Company until 2016, when he retired.

The automobile business was an ideal business for Billy Wayne, he loved people and always had a good story for them. He was forever cheerful and upbeat. Despite a recent stroke he made the effort to attend the All-Warren County Reunion and visit with his many friends.
He is survived by his wife Betty Reeves Bishop, his daughter Cindy Hilton of Brandon,MS , son-in-law Greg Hilton, grandson Billy Hilton of Bridge City, TX and wife Keri, granddaughter Mary Hilton Matherne of Brandon, MS and her husband Hunter, great granddaughter McKynlee Hilton. In addition to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by marriage all of Vicksburg, MS Sandy Reeves, Tucker Reeves, Stephanie Reeves, Melissa Reeves, John Shelby Reeves, Amanda, Natalie, Garret, and Rudy. Last but not least his beloved dog, Jack.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Glenwood Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Honorary Pallbearers are Phares Griffin, Kelly Cummins, Don Morton, George Tweddle, Danny White, Bobby Todd, David Williams, Pete Roper, James Comans, Donald Wells, Ray Reggins, Philip Frierson.
Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Church, 6541 Paxton Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39180 or to the National Stroke Association, 9707 Easter Lane, Suite B, 
Centennial, CO 80112 or visit


Johnnie Louise Young Brown
 1935 - January 31, 2018


Johnnie Louise Young Brown passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. She was 82.

A lifelong resident of the Oak Ridge community, Johnnie was the daughter of Roy and Alma Young. She was a graduate of Redwood High School and retired as a registered nurse.

Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Roy A. Brown.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Billy Ray Brown; two daughters, Darinda Gruchy (Phil) of Starkville and Darlene Hattaway (Alan) of Vicksburg; two grandchildren, John Gruchy and Steven Gruchy; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Ivey officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Pallbearers will be John Gruchy, Steven Gruchy, Troy Goss Jr., Mark Vance, Kevin Brown and Keith Brown.


Stanley L. Hannah
 July 8, 1935 - January 31, 2016


Stanley L. Hannah passed away Jan. 31, 2016, Alexandria, Louisiana.. He was 80.

Stanley was born in Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri on July 8 , 1935 to Granville Fox and Florence Hazel McCrary Hannah. His siblings included Richard Granville, Illene Virginia, Therrell F. , Claudia June Hannah (Scheider), John Henry , Gaston Rudolph, Rahel Maebeth Hannah (Crooks) and Marlin Augustus Hannah.

Stanley married Bertie Westberry. They had a son, Clifford Duane Hannah (1965–2011).

Funeral services for Stanley L. Hannah will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the Chapel of Rush Funeral Home with the Reverend Grady Blackwell officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Gardens, Pollock under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville. Stanley Hannah, age 80 of Alexandria, entered eternal rest on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Naomi Heights Nursing Home, Alexandria. Stanley was a native of Navada, Missouri. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving his country with pride. He worked for the Army Ammunition Plant in Texarkana, Texas. In his leisure time, Stanley loved planting his garden, was an avid fisherman, and loved watching baseball and football. He was well-known for his hilarious character and never met a stranger. He is preceded in death by his son, Clifford Duane Hannah; parents, Randall and Hazel Hannah; sisters, Ilene Hannah, Rachel Crooks and June Schneider; and brothers, Richard Hannah, Rudolph Hannah, Billy Hannah and Therrell Hannah. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, Bertie Hannah of Alexandria; daughter, Patricia Tyson (Johnny) of Alexandria; sons, Keith Hannah (Janet) of Tioga; sisters, Margie Hannah and Hazel Michiels, both of Alexandria; two grandchildren, John Tyson, Jr. (Jennifer) of Emily Hannah; and five great grandchildren, Kloey, Lakin, Madox, Rylan and John Luke. Pallbearers will be Melvin Tison, Tim Clouatre, Carlton Crooks, Rodney Flowery, Justin Kees and Garrett Robinson. Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Rush Funeral Home, Pineville from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


James Walter Alexander
 February 7, 1935 - October 8, 2019


James Walter Alexander passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Merit Health River Region Medical Center at the age of 84.

James was born in Vicksburg on February 7, 1935 the son of James P. and Alice Mae Ward Alexander.

He worked as a Supervisor at Cooper Lighting for 44 years. He was an avid hunter and loved to ride his four wheeler. He was a member of Bovina Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Joan Alexander and his sister Gladys Gates.

He is survived by his daughter Anna Gillis (Chris); sons, Mitch Alexander (Barbi) and Mike Alexander (Brandy); grandchildren, Mitchell, Kaitlyn, Becky Jo, Andrew, Rachel, Carly and Matthew; 4 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Glenwood Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Burns officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Wells, Jerry Stuart, Greg Hawkins, Mike Coomes, Sonny Hickman and Lee Bruce.


James Cecil Trusty
 August 7, 1932 - May 25, 1982


James Cecil Trusty was born to Cecil Bryan and Mae Marie Damrron (Brown) Trusty on August 7, 1932, in Mississipp, likely Vicksburg. Cecil Bryan, his father, was a carpenter who wss born in Illinois.

James' siblings were William Jenning Bryan Trusty and Charles Edward Trusty. William was born in Clarksville, Arkansas on November 18, 1926. William enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 2, 1943 in Jackson, MS. He served on the U.S.S. Viburnum (AN-57). He was discharge on May 16, 1946. He next enlisted in the U. S. Army on January 9, 1947 and was discharged October 5, 1948. William died in East Baton Rouge on May 19, 1992. Charles Edward was born in Edgewood, Texas on September 30, 1930. Charles married Kay Ellen Ulmer in Harve, Montana on June 6, 1964. It was his second marriage. He was 33 and Kay was 19. They were divorced in 1978. Charles served in the U. S. Airforce. Charles died on June 11, 1998 in Great Falls, Montana. He is buried there in the Highland Cemetery.

JC enlisted in the U. S. Navy around 1946, serving on the U. S. S. Lanier. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force on May 12, 1950. He was dischared on September 11, 1953. He re-enlisted on June 1, 1956 and served until May 31, 1960. He served in Vietnam. He also served in the Air Force from Dec. 20, 1970 until September 30, 1975.

Buried in Biloxi National Cemeter, Biloxi, Mississippi

Obit below for JC's brother.


Mildred Sadler Pugh
 September 26, 1934 - January35, 2023


Mildred L. Pugh passed away on January 3, 2023, at her home.  She was 88.

Mildred was born on September 26, 1934, the daughter of Frank Sadler and Della Brown Sadler.  She graduated from Redwood High School and then worked for Kellogg's Cereal Company for 21 years.  She loved to travel.  She was a people person and made many friends when traveling.  She was a dedicated Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Kimlyn Carol Bell and brothers Frank Sadler, Clint Sadler, sisters Erma Evans and Jean Anderson.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years Kimbel Curtis Pugh, sons William Wayne Pugh and Michael Curtis Pugh, sister Dot Barfield, adopted daughter Glenda Cobb and very special caregiver Christi Prescott.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2023, at Cedar Hill Cemetery.  Roger Cresswell will officiate the service.  Glenwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Anderson, Bill Jeffers, Brad Davidson, Fred Newcomb, Rush Neal, Jason Cheney, Alan Cheney, Rev. Leonard Pugh, Ken Grant and Doug Brown.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Hospice care workers that took such excellent care of Mildred.  She looked forward to their daily visits.



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


Gerald “Gene” Eugene Husky Sr., 84, passed away May 15, 2017, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Born in Carraway, Ark. He was a graduate of Redwood High School. He lived in Huntsville, Ala., for many years, but lived in Utica for the last 25 years. He was a member of 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 Cogan Huskey of Utica; two sons, Gerald “Jerry” Huskey Jr. of Utica and Mark Huskey of Sacramento, Calif.; three brothers, Robert “Bob” Huskey of Utica, Jimmy D. Huskey of Kosciusko and Jerry Huskey of Brandon; one sister, Ann Lott of Clinton; 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. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.

Jerry Huskey, Fay Cogan Huskey, Gene Huskey, Mark Huskey.