Redwood Class of 1965



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

L to R: Linda Cockrell Warnock, Martha Jean Hearn Sibley, Barry Youngblood, Melody Burroughs Daniels, Frank Baker, Shirley Brewer Carr, Nadine Tatum Wilson, Thomas Darby, Helen Hedrick Clark, Jim Keen, Kathie Howell Cooper, Sylvia Ann Smith Shirers, R. J. “Butch” Henley





Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1965
Gone But Not Forgotten

Barbara Jean Martin
1947-November 12, 2013

Barbara Jean Martin died at her residence Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. She was 66.

Born in Yazoo County, Mrs. Martin was the daughter of the late Cecil Parker and Audrey Mae Tedder Parker.

She was a graduate of Redwood High School and attended Redwood United Methodist Church. Mrs. Martin was a loving wife, mother, and a special grandmother.

She is survived by two daughters, Tamara Martin (Glenn Larson) of Plain Dealing, La., and Toni Neumann (David) of Redwood; a son, Mitch Martin (Shann) of Redwood; four grandchildren, Brianna Neumann, Alainna Neumann, Rachel Neumann and Calvin Martin; a sister, Alice Ross of Vicksburg; and three brothers, Floyd Parker, Leon Parker and Sidney Parker.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, James Mitchell Martin Sr., and two brothers, Bobby and Jerry Parker.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Greenlawn Gardens Memorial Park with the Rev. Troy Piccaluga, pastor of Redwood United Methodist Church, officiating.

Visitation will be at Riles Funeral Home from 9 a.m. Friday until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Rick Gibson, Thomas Sanderford, Chris Miller, Dickie Martin, Glen Larson and Mitch Martin.


Shirley Jean Brewer Thompson
June 15, 1947-May 27, 2017

Shirley Jean Brewer Thompson passed through the gates of heaven Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Vicksburg. She was 69.

She is survived by her sons, John Robert “Robby” Carr of Ridgeland and William Chadley “Chad” Carr (Elizabeth) of Canton; her beloved grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Will and Molly Carr; her sisters, Louise Ellis (George) of Huntsville, Ala., Mary Cleckler of Laurel and Alice Carnell of Vicksburg; sister-in-law, Anita Brewer of Bovina; brother-in-law, Harold Hancock (Glenda); and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Thompson; her daughter, Allison Carr; her parents, George and Ruby Brewer; her brothers, Arnold and Johnny Brewer; and her sister, Katherine Hancock.

She was born June 15, 1947, in Steel Bayou to George and Ruby Brewer. She was the homecoming queen at Redwood High School. Shirley graduated from the inaugural class of Radiologic Technology at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1965 and enjoyed a 50-year career as a Radiologic Technologist in Jackson, Huntsville and Vicksburg.

She is remembered as full of love for the Lord, always encouraging to others and a person who steadfastly studied scripture. She was a dedicated Christian and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church with a reception to follow.

The Rev. Billy Brumfield will officiate the ceremony.

All are welcome to attend and commemorate Shirley’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Immanuel Baptist Church 6949 U.S Hwy 61, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

The family would like to thank all of the physicians, nurses, and staff who provided care for Shirley during her illness.


Franklin Middleton Baker
June 15, 1947-March 21, 2017

Franklin Middleton Baker

Brandon, MS

Frank Baker, 70, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Funeral services and burial will be held at the Biloxi National Cemetery Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM.

As an Army Combat Vietnam Veteran, Frank was attached to F Battery, 26th Artillery in Dong Ha, South Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Frank graduated from Mississippi College with a BS degree in mathematics. He worked 38 plus years in IT sales, retiring from Groupe Bull and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brewer Baker of Vicksburg.


Frank is survived by his wife Cheryl; sons Anthony, Christopher and Michael; grandsons Alex and Drew; sister Beth (Robert) Breedlove; nieces and nephew Lisa Monk (Tony), Rita Dickerson and Tommy Dickerson,.



Inez Ashley Elwart
July 25, 1947-March 27, 2020

Inez Ashley Elwart, 72, of Vicksburg, passed away on March 27, 2020, at home in Vicksburg. Visitation will be at 9:00 AM on June 27, 2020, in the chapel at Fisher Funeral Home, 1930 Cherry St., in downtown Vicksburg.

Inez Elwart was born in Vicksburg to Bill & Mary Ashley on July 15, 1947.  She was a 1965 graduate of Redwood High School.  She married Jessie Barrett on January 20, 1967, in Vicksburg.  She later married Steve Elwart on August 20, 1980, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Inez was a graduate of Redwood High School and worked for many years writing insurance for the Robert Emmich Insurance Agency, then became a full-time mother to her five children.  She was very active in the Scouting Movement, having served the Andrew Jackson Council as a den leader, pack leader, and events chair.  She was honored for her work with youth by being awarded the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America.  For several years she was also active the United States Jaycees.

 Inez Elwart is preceded in death by her parents, William Madison (Bill) and Mary Rowe Ashley, sisters Virginia (Willie) Curtis and Betty Lou (Marvin) Winstead and twin brother, William Calvin Ashley. 

 She is survived by her husband Steve, her children Joey (Mia) Barrett, Brandy Adele Elwart, Paul Elwart, Jason (Tammy) Barrett, and Richard Elwart. She is also survived by her grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, Jessie, Jaden, Jackson, Ashley, Duncan, and Logan (Max) as well and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister Billie Ruth (Eddie) DiTucci and William Edward (Judy) Ashley.

 Honorary pallbearers are Janice Strawn, Denise Hluska, and Pamela May.

 The family of Inez Elwart wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Drs. Dawinder Singh Sohal and John Donald Adams as well as the staff at the Fresenius Dialysis Center in Delta, LA and the Kindred Hospice of Vicksburg for the extraordinary care they gave Inez during her illness.

Funeral services will be held after visitation at 10 AM in the Fisher Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Joe Harris, Jr. of Pleasant Valley M.B. Church will be officiating. Cremains burial will immediately follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.