Redwood Class of 1958



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


Back Row: Sue Porter Nappier, Barbara Nell Hintson Park, Thomas Wooley, Richard Bounds, James Keen, John McGarrh, Joe Cust

Front Row: ?, Joyce Ferguson Gray, Jerry Burroughs, Audrey Redditt, Lovie Pugh, Patricia Hinson Ball, Martha Barrentine Warnock, Peggy Simpson Cust, Wilma Allison Cooper, Mattie Heggins Alexander, Bobbie Jean Hall McGarrh, Patricia Smith Simpson, Donald Wilson, James McClusky


Sonny Keen in above two photos.




Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1958
Gone But Not Forgotten

Jerry Lane Burrough
1940-Sept. 22, 2009

Jerry Lane Burrough died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Covenant Health and Rehab. He was 69. Mr. Burrough was born in Phoenix, Miss., and lived in Vicksburg since 1947. He was a graduate of Redwood High School and was a retired Security guard. He was a member of Redwood United Methodist Church. Mr. Burrough was preceded in death by his father. James K. Burrough. He is survived by his mother, Doris H. Burrough of Vicksburg; two sisters. Molly McCluskey of Senatobia and Kay Oliver of Hernando; a brother, Ray Burrough of Vicksburg; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.rn. Thursday at Riles funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. James McCluskey and
Kerry Burrough officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the service ThUrsday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Frank Johnson, Donnie Burrough, Jack Cooper, Donnie Frith, Larry Burrough and Leon Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Burrough, James Harper, Mike Johnson, Billy Carl Irwin, Don Johnson, Marty Hilderbrand, Sadler Hilderbrand, Roland Barnett. Horace Newman, David Wright. Wes Burrough, Charles Burrough, Bob Bailer, Raiford Hancock and Jimmy Dye.

Memorials may be made to Redwood United Methodist
Church, 101 Redwood Road, Redwood, MS 39156.


Charles W. Taylor
1940-September 11, 2012

Charles W. Taylor died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at River Region Medical Center. He was 72.

Mr. Taylor was born in Vicksburg and was the son of the late James Wesley Taylor and Myrlee Kirkley Taylor. He was a graduate of Redwood High School and served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Taylor was an avid outdoorsman with a devotion for hunting and nature. He owned and operated Jolly Heating and Air Conditioning prior to his retirement. Mr. Taylor was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Stacy Eugene Taylor; two sisters, Bernice Louise Taylor Kuhnert and Rosalie Taylor Murray; and a sister-in-law, Myra Ervin Willis.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha Taylor of Vicksburg; sons, Charles B. Taylor of Vicksburg and James W. Taylor (Heather) of Flowood; two grandchildren, Kelsey Elizabeth Lewis and Kaitlin Devon Taylor; great-grandson, Gavin Lane Lewis; two brothers, Lawrence James Taylor (Zula) of Flowood and John Carroll Taylor (Melba) of Vicksburg; sister-in-law, Julie A. Ervin of Vicksburg; and two brothers-in-law, Sidney C. Ervin (Pat) of Vicksburg and Malcolm Ervin (Debbie) of Bossier City, La.



Vam Aibrey Evans
May 22, 1940-June 12, 2014,

RAYMOND – Van Aubrey Evans, 74, of Raymond, went to be with his Lord on June 12, 2014, after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home, 106 Cynthia St., Clinton, MS, with services conducted by Rev. Billy Brumfield at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel and followed by interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Miss.

Born on May 22, 1940, in Valley Park, Miss., Van was the son of James William and Cleo Evelyn Hale Evans. He attended Raymond High School, Hinds Junior College, Mississippi State University and received a master's degree in Business Administration from Mississippi College. He retired from the Dept. of Economic & Community Development, State of Mississippi, in 1999, and had served on several boards in the Jackson area, most recently as President of the Board of Trustees for the Hinds County Economic Development District.

Van was very active in the Masonic Lodge since 1966. A 33rd degree Mason, he also served as presiding officer of the three Grand York Rite bodies in Mississippi, Honorary Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi and in various positions nationally. His Masonic friends were a large part of his life and most dear to his heart.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Murrah Evans; sons, Dusty (Kim) Evans of Flowood, Robert W. (Mari) McCord of Zachary, La., Edward S. (Lynne) McCord of Spring, Texas, Steven W. (Becky) McCord of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Brittany and Brandon Evans, Cory, Casey, Adam, Elizabeth, Alex and Bobby McCord.

He is also survived by brothers, James W. (Connie) Evans of Rowland Heights, Calif., Max Evans of Vicksburg, Kenneth Evans of Jackson, Leroy (Sue) Evans of Raymond, and Raymond (Wandra) Evans of Vicksburg; sister-in-law, Wanda Murrah Durossette of Raymond; and several nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces and cousins.

Van was predeceased by his parents; brother, John David Evans; sister, Cleo Evelyn Evans Harrison; brother-in-law, Ronald W. Harrison; and sister-in-law, Erma Sadler Evans. His grandmother, Cora Moore Hale, who raised the younger children after the death of his parents, also predeceased him.

Serving as pallbearers will be nephews, Keith Evans, David Evans, Gene Evans, Carl Evans, Mike Evans and Jimmy Dwyer.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Masonic fraternity.

Special thanks and love to Drs. George Smith-Vaniz and Martin Newcomb, their staff and the nurses and staff at CMMC.



Estrell "Red" Hambright
February 10, 1938 ~ June 17, 2022,

Estrell "Red" Hambright passed away Friday, June 17th, 2022, in his home of Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was born February 10th, 1938, to George Fred Hambright and Birdie Lee Dedmon Hambright. Red grew up working as a sharecropper for Oakland Plantation in Redwood, Mississippi. He worked for Rose Oil and Anderson Tully before he spent 48 years driving and distributing Miller Lite beer for Rivertown Beverages. He was known around town as the “beer man”.

After his retirement, he spent the rest of his years as a repair man with Robert Smith. His greatest passion was music. He was a self-taught musician who held a love for the saxophone and drums. Red played in several bands for over 70 years. He established Little Red and the Reversables, who went on to play in almost every juke joint in Vicksburg, as well as a variety of television shows. They were known statewide and were even used as backup for well-known artists. He met the love of his life, Sally Jeanette Emfinger Hambright, playing one night. They were married for 62 years and leave behind four generations of family.

Red enjoyed the outdoors, especially if it meant he could spend his day on his tractor. He loved dogs, his beautiful wife and family, restoring and collecting old cars, blues music, and being a jokester. He could bring a smile to all faces.

Estrell Red Hambright left a rather large mark on the City of Vicksburg. Red is survived by his four children, Anna Jones (Bill), Wayne Hambright, Linda Johnson (Marion/Bo), and Julie Baxely (Bill); seven grandchildren, Karie Lynch (Wayne), Catherine Roy (Josh), Tabatha Keen (Jay), Dustin Jones(Shelley), Corey Jones (Corrie), Joseph Stubbs(Anna), and Justin Baxley (Heather); eighteen great grandchildren, Caetlyn Roy (Johnathan Brown), Landen Johnson, Preston Lynch, Dalton Roy, Maddox Lynch, Macie Jones, Jaxin and Kamdyn Fulgham, Paxton Lynch, Carson Jones, Kaydence Stubbs, Tanner Jones, Kyla Baxley, Clay Jones, Harper Jones, Lainey Baxley, Cyrus and Clark Stubbs; and one great great grandson, John Ridge Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Jeanette Emfinger Hambright; his parents, George Fred Hambright and Birdie Lee Dedmon Hambright; and his siblings, Sallie Hambright Tedder, George Hambright, twin sister, Estell Hambright Welch, and Flora Mae Burris. In celebration of Red’s life, a visitation will be held at 9 AM Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, at Glenwood Funeral Home, 145 US-80, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Services will begin at 11 PM, following the visitation. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. The pallbearers include Dalton Roy, Preston Lynch, Maddox Lynch, Dustin Jones, Corey Jones, Joseph Stubbs, Justin Baxley, and Landen Johnson.



Mary Sue Cooper Bishop
October 6, 1940 ~ March 30, 2023 (age 82)

Mary Sue Cooper Bishop passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023. She was born in Redwood, MS on October 6, 1940. She was a member of Bovina Baptist Church. She was a homemaker. She loved the Lord and being with her family. She was a very smart lady. She could do and fix anything. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Leon Bishop; parents, Walter Franklin Cooper, Sr. and Agnes Malbrough Cooper; brothers, Fred Cooper, Clarence Cooper and Walter Franklin Cooper, Jr.; daughter, Vicki Magruder; brother-in-law, Ted Porter, son-in-law, Ashley Causey.

She is survived by daughters, Debbie Jones (Charlie), Karen Causey; brother, Jack Cooper (Wilma); sister, Sally Porter; grandchildren, Shannon Barnard (Chris), Miki McCann (Mark), Eric Ray Allen (Terri), Matthew Magruder, Micah Magruder and John-Mark Magruder; great-grandchildren, Tristan Lowry, Holden Ginn, Chloe Barnard, Blake Barnard, Abi Allen, Hannah Allen and Titus Allen. 

Pallbearers will be Charles Kerr, Robert Bass, Tristan Lowry, Holden Ginn, Eric Allen, Micah Magruder, Matthew Magruder and Chris Barnard. Honorary pallbearers will be Chloe and Blake Barnard, Patricia and Steven Carlisle, Dotty Wade, Linda Jones, Melody Kinnebrew and Lillian Jones. 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Glenwood Funeral Home.  The service will be officiated by Rev. Marvin Curtis and Rev. Bob Magruder. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. until the hour of the service.  Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Hospice Ministries, Inc.,450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS, 39157.