Redwood Class of 1956

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Senior Class 1956

Redwood Homecoming, L to R: Wilma Allison, Kathryne Brewer, Queen, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn

Addresses of Class Members

Robert E. and Jimmie Faye Biedenhorn Neblett
98 Cotton Acres Dr.
Clinton MS 39056-9514

Claude and Mary Guion McBroom
28872 North Oak Rd.
Wright City MO 63390
Email: mcbroomclaude@yahoo.com

Sandra Robbins Mcmellon
Tyler, TX

 

Standing L to R: Wayne McMasters, Jimmy Allison, Josephine Bradshaw, Betty Porter, Richard Allen, Mrs. Maud Franklin, Claude McBroom
Seated: Sally Cooper, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Raymond Allen. Sadly there were no black students to play Sally Cooper’s role.

 

1954 4-H Boys 4-H Club (picture from Lois Williamson)

 

 

At Left:Alice Faye (Tooter) Stinson, 4th Grade

At Right: Alice Faye (Tooter) Stinson, 3rd Grade
Parents ran Redwood Plantation

 

Betty Jean Porter, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Pansy Jue

 

Front Row, L to R – Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Juanita Martin, Stella Harris
Middle Row, L to R – Vera Lee McBroom, Elsie Mae Cook, Mildred Moore, Joan Adams, Florence Gaye Hearn, Jean Redditt, Zula Kate Harris
Back Row, L to R – Margaret Young, Robert Ernest King, Dan Hall, Jimmy Ward, James Howard Hearn, Joseph Harris, Claude McBroom, Carolyn Brent

 

 

 

 

1988 Reunion of Class of 1956
Back Row: Richard Allen, Johnny Brewer, Donnie Weaver, Wayne Fields
Front Row: John Douglas Harmon, Florence Hearn Newman, Sally Cooper Porter, Joan Adams, Claude Warnock

 

 

 

Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1953

Gone But Not Forgotten

 

Johnny Brewer
March 8, 1937-May 27, 2011

 

Johnny Brewer, a football standout described Saturday as “a credit to his family and Vicksburg,” died Friday at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison. He was 74.

A native of Redwood, Brewer had been a football star on local, state and professional fields before becoming a businessman and politician in Warren County.

“He told us football practice was the easy part,” son, Sean Brewer said Saturday. “He just had a common sense about him and he never forgot about hard work.”

"Johnny Brewer was born in 1937 on a houseboat near Steele Bayou," his son said. To get to school every day in Redwood, he hiked a gravel trail and crossed the Yazoo River on a ferry. As a teen, before school each morning, he had to pull up fishing nets and, as a senior, he drove the school bus."

At Ole Miss, Brewer led the Rebels to their two most recent national championships, in 1959 and 1960. As a member of the Cleveland Browns team, Brewer was a lead blocker for NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown during the team’s 1964 NFL championship.

J.C. Dorman, who coached Brewer at Redwood High School, said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound high school was a natural.

“He was a football coach’s dream,” Dorman said. “You just put him on the field and he did the rest. I would not hesitate to put him on the football field at any position.”

Originally, Brewer signed to play college ball with Southern Miss, but John Pruitt, a Vicksburg lawyer and family friend, along with other Vicksburg residents were part of a group of Ole Miss alumni who convinced Brewer to change his mind and head north.

“He was just a natural athlete, a real physical specimen,” said Kayo Dottley, who played at Ole Miss in the late 1940s. “He was a man among boys. He could run like a deer. Half of the guys he played against didn’t even come up to his waist. Anything he wanted to do athletically, he’d do. He was a real credit to Vicksburg and to his family.”

When he joined Ole Miss as part of a 55-man signing class, of which only 19 lasted until their senior seasons, Brewer quickly worked his way up the depth chart as a sophomore. During a 26-13 win over Tulane, he caught three touchdown passes.

“Even in college, he was like a man among boys,” Dottley, who was watching the game from the stands. “He had three guys on him and he flopped them off him like a dog shaking fleas off.”

To city attorney Bobby Robinson, who had to practice against the mammoth, well-sculpted end when Brewer was a senior and he was a freshman, it was a humbling experience.

“He was very intimidating, both on and off the field,” said Bobby Robinson, Vicksburg’s city prosecuting attorney who was a freshman at Ole Miss when he had to practice against the senior Brewer. “He was a physical specimen and had exceptional speed for his size.”

For the 1960 NFL season, Cleveland picked Brewer in the fourth round, 41st overall. He played tight end for the Browns until 1966, when he switched to linebacker.

“He had so much confidence, but wasn’t one to talk about himself,” Dottley said. “They asked him to switch positions to linebacker and warned him it might take him two years to learn the position. Johnny told them that he’d learn it in two weeks and two weeks later, he was starting at linebacker.”

He was traded by the Browns to the Saints in 1968 and spent the final three years of his professional career as a linebacker and defensive end in New Orleans.

Mr. Brewer was inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. After football, he returned to Vicksburg, where he started a life insurance company, a restaurant and later was elected to the Warren County Elections Commission.

Along the way, Brewer started the YMCA youth football program at Redwood Elementary School.

Brewer was preceded in death by his parents George and Ruby Brewer, a sister, Catherine, and a brother, Arnold.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Anita Wood Brewer; daughter, Jonnita Barrett and her husband, Chad, of Clinton; sons, John Brewer Jr. and his wife, Crissy, of Vicksburg and Sean Brewer and his wife, Margaret, of Ridgeland; four sisters, Louise Ellis and her husband, George, Mary Checkler and her husband, Kerry, Alice Brewer and Shirley Brewer; 10 grandchildren, Tyler and his wife, Katia, Fallon, Drake and Ariana Barrett, John Lee, Hanna, Christopher and Austin Brewer, and Abney and Macey Brewer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Culkin Road.

 

Joan Elizabeth Adams Alexander
June 27, 1938 - August 18, 2016


Joan Elizabeth Adams Alexander, a lifelong resident of Vicksburg, passed Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.

She was the daughter of the late Prentiss and Lucille Adams. She was the pastor’s secretary for Woodlawn Baptist Church for 25 years. She was a member of Bovina Baptist Church, along with her husband of 60 years, James Alexander.

She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother and grandmother. Even though Alzheimer’s had taken most of her mind, she could still quote the 23rd Psalm and sing along with many of her favorite hymns.

Joan is survived by her daughter, Anna Gillis (Chris); sons Mitch Alexander (Barbi) and Mike Alexander (Brandy); her sister, Mary Jane Adams; grandchildren, Rachel and Andrew Gillis, Becky Jo Alexander Holt (Chris), Mitchell Crawford (Amy), Carly and Matt Alexander and Kaitlyn Alexander. She also has three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Glenwood Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. with the funeral service Tuesday, August 23, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Wells, Brian Wells, Sonny Hickman, Lee Bruce, Charles Hill, and William Cook.

The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Pierce III, Camellia Hospice and Private Home Care for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Bovina Baptist Church building fund.

 

Jimmie Faye Biedenharn Neblett,
February 8, 1939 - January 18, 2018


Jimmie Faye Neblett, after a lengthy illness, was called into the loving arms of her lord and savior on Jan. 18, 2018. Visitation will be held Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5–7 p.m. at Wright and Ferguson Clinton. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at First United Methodist Church, Clinton, where she was a long time member at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan.23, 2018 with visitation an hour before the service. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Jimmie Faye was born February 8, 1939 in Vicksburg to James (Jim) and Mable Biedenharn. She attended Oak Ridge Elementary School and graduated from Redwood High School. After attending Hinds Community College, received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Guidance degree from Mississippi College.

She had a career in teaching, coaching and counseling and turned her hobby of picture framing into a part-time flea market business, later opening the first small retail location in 1974. She left her career in education in 1976 to devote full time to the family business, “Nebletts Frames” growing it from that part-time endeavor into a mega framing industry with 13 locations and hundreds of distributors all over the world. 

As an inventor, she revolutionized the picture framing industry with the patented “Layout Template” for picture framing mats.

Here is a description of her patent: "Layout template for picture framing mat United States Patent 4936020 Abstract: A template is provided for marking a picture mat blank in preparation for subsequent cutting. The template is comprised of two planar arms, a mat-opening design cut into the re-entrant corner of the arms, and graduation lines on the arms for measuring the widths of the mat borders. The template is placed in position on the back of a mat blank so that the arms are parallel with the edges of the mat blank and the edges of the mat blank line up with the appropriate graduation lines for the border widths desired. The inside edge of the template is then traced onto the mat blank with a pencil. Layout marks which show users of mat cutting machines where to start and stop cutting may also be traced. In addition, mat-opening designs incorporating cut out circles and ovals in the mat blank may be laid out using the template. Neblett, Jimmie F. (100 Cotton Acres Dr., Clinton, MS, 39056" Filing date 1989.

During each of her careers she received accolades of the “Education Service Award” and “Mississippi Business Woman of the Year.”

She is preceded in death by her parents and a niece (Connie Rene’ Boyd Bailey). Survivors include her husband of 50-plus years, Robert (Bob) Neblett; and sons Jim, Rob (Renee), Pat (Tara), five grandchildren who lovingly called her “GanGan” Granger, Garrett, Gunner, Robin and Robsen, sisters Carolyn Biedenharn Boyd (Lonnie) Mary Biedenharn Majors (Penn), nieces and nephews Kim Mclaughlin, Carol Cook, Penn Majors IV, Justin Majors, Adams Majors, nine grand nieces and nephews and her very best friend and cousin Lyn Irvin.

In all her business and professional life she still had one motto, “nothing is as important as family” and she loved each and every one more deeply than most.

 

Jimmy "Tinker" Huskey
June 27, 1938 - February 10, 2018


Jimmy "Tinker" Huskey, 78, died February 10, 2018, at the Baptist Medical Center, in Jackson. 

Mr. Huskey was a United States Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Master Electrician at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant in Gulfport, MS; and he attended Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Mr. Huskey is survived by his wife, Barbara Huskey, of Kosciusko; two sons, Jimmy D. Huskey, of Kosciusko, Skeet (Jennie) Huskey, of Trenton, IL, step-son, Anthony (Alicia) Fowler, of Ethel; daughter, Debra Rodgers, of Kosciusko; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Huskey, of Utica, and Jerry Huskey of Florence; a sister, Ann Lott of Terry; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Those preceding him in death are his parents; Homer Skeet and Callie Riggs Huskey; and two brothers, Todd Huskey and Gene Huskey.

 

 

 

Class Candid Photos

Jimmie Faye (Biedenharn) and Bob Neblett
Ole Miss Tailgate Party

 

Jimmie Faye (Biedenharn) and Bob Neblett
with children and grandchildren

Left: Family of Mary Biedenharn,
Middle: Family of Carolyn Biedenharn with her mother Mable Hamilton Biedenharn, Right: Jimmie Faye (Biedenharn) and Bob Neblett Family

Johnny Brewer, played for Cleveland Browns, photo given to J. C. and Dot Dorman

 

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)

Front, L to R: Edith Brent Robbins with her children: L to R: Sandra, Gail in front of Marvin, and Cathy Sue in arms.

Coach Dorman with Annie Rose Jue, 1999