Oak Ridge Class of 1944



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.



1944 Oak Ridge Graduating Class at baccalaureate service
Front: Mary Barbara “Bobbye” Hackler (Dunn), Helen Allen (Bullen), Leon Henry, Lena Margaret Bryant (Hite), Flora Mae Hambright.
Middle: Dorothy Brown (Griffith), Bonnie Jo Griffith (Nowling), Sally Hambright.
Back: Gussie Whitaker, George Brent, Mildred Hamilton, Edgar Brasfield



1944 Graduating Class: In their freshman year at Oak Ridge.

According to Edgar Brasfield, the final graduating class consisted of: Mildred Hamilton, Robert Redditt, Martha Allison, Helen Allen, Mary Sue Anderton, Dorothy Brown, Bonnie Jo Griffith, Leon Henry, Lena Margaret Bryant, Mary Barbara Hackler, Elizabeth Warnock and Gussie Whitaker.

Edgar says Robert Redditt, Bonnie Jo Griffith and Helen Allen are deceased. Those known to be living in 2011 are Billy Joe Jones, Leon Henry, and Mildred Hamilton Lewis

Contact information:

Edgar W.(deceased) and Jeanette Baroudy Brasfield
98 Terrapin Dr
Brandon, MS 39042-2516
(601) 825-9628

Leon A. and Modena R. Henry Sr.
5279 Rawhide Rd
Vicksburg, MS 39183-7916
Phone: (601) 636-5956

Billy Joe Jones
5517 Ridgewood Rd
Jackson, MS, 39211-4025
Email: rolleoc@aol.com
Phone: (601) 956-8731

Mildred Hamilton Lewis
Clinton, MS, but spends winter in Florida.

Background from Edgar Warren Brasfield, 2011

“I enlisted in the Army Air Corps reserve in July 1944 and went on active duty in April, 1945. That fall I volunteered for a one-year tour in the Army of Occupation in Germany. In Nov 1946, I returned home and was discharged. I thought my Army service was all over with. Wrong. I enlisted in the National Guard in Oct 1948 and Truman federalized the 31st Division in Jan 1951. I did a tour in Korea and both of my brothers, Earl and Charles were over there at the same time. They were both discharged when their tour was over. I went regular army and served a total of 20 years active duty. My last ten years I was an air traffic controller. When I retired in May 1969, I went to work for the FAA as an air traffic controller and retired again in 1987 with 40 years government service. I'm 84 now, and still hanging in there. I had two bouts with cancer and both are in remission now and I'm as happy as a pig in a bucket of slop. I have four grown children, all in their 50s, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren and one more on the way.” Edgar with wife Jeanette (Baroudy) show in photo.

Front: Excel Dunn, Jeff Hearn, Earl McBroom (1927-2005)
Back: George McBroom (1926-?) George didn’t graduate but according to he birthdate he would be in the class of 1944. According to Robbie Whitaker, Jeff transferred to Carr Central.

Oak Ridge baptism. Mary Barbara “Bobbye” Hackler (Dunn) in front in print dress, fourth from right.

Oak Ridge Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1944

Gone But Not Forgotton


Edgar Warren Brasfied

Birth: Nov. 17, 1926
Washington County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 2013
Brandon, Mississippi, USA

Edgar Warren Brasfield, 86, of Brandon, MS., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 29, 2013, at Trinity Mission. Born in Hollandale, Miss., to Charlie Leroy and Estelle (Carson) Brasfield, he lived most of his life in Vicksburg and Brandon.

He was proud to be a veteran having served at the end of World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam wars during his 20-year military career. He worked as an air traffic controller in the Army and then moved to a second career with the FAA Flight Service in Birmingham, AL and Jackson, MS.

Edgar was a Mason in the Masonic Lodge. In his spare time he was an avid Braves fan, enjoyed reading, gardening, woodworking, joke telling and spending time with his family.

Edgar was a passionate man who enjoyed his family. He was extremely loving and proud of his four children, John Brasfield and his wife, Theresa, of Arley, Ala., David Brasfield and his wife, Kathy, of Clay, Ala., Robert Brasfield and his wife, Jody, of Vicksburg, and Marcia Below of Gulf Shores, Ala. He also is mourned by his loving wife and best friend of 63 years, Jeanette (Baroudy) Brasfield, as well as his six loving grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends on Monday July 1, 2013, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave, Vicksburg, MS. 39180. The funeral will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Vicksburg, MS. Memorial donations may be made in Edgar's name to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2709 S. Washington St,, Vicksburg, MS 39180, and Crosses Across America, 3300 Indiana Avenue, Suite C, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Family links:
Charlie Leroy Brasfeild (1879 - 1949)
Edna Estelle Carson Brasfeild (1884 - 1969)

Leroy Newton Brasfeild (1902 - 1903)*
Joe Alvy Brasfeild (1903 - 1930)*
Louis Carson Brasfeild (1905 - 1977)*
Frances B. Turner (1911 - 2001)*
Earl Harvey Brasfield (1921 - 2004)*
Corrie Amelia Brasfeild Findley (1923 - 2001)*
Edgar Warren Brasfield (1926 - 2013)

Cedar Hill Cemetery
Warren County
Mississippi, USA

Here is a poem written by Edgar during WWII. It is shared by his granddaughter Rachel Brasfield Dean.

I love you more than I can say,
and more than I can write;
I love you every moment dear,
of every day and night.
I love you with a lasting love,
That reaches to the sky,
And gathers greater beauty as
The hours wander by.
There is no song I ever sing,
Unless it praises you,
There is no happiness for me,
Unless you have it too.
Your loving smile is in my soul,
Your voice is in my heart,
In every plan I make,
You are the most important part.
I love you more than all the world,
And all that I could be,
I love you more than life itself,
Could ever mean to me.
-Edgar Warren Brasfield

Jeanette "Jan" Brasfield, wife of Edgar Brassfield, departed this life peacefully of natural causes at her home in Brandon, MS. on January 31, 2021. She was 90.

Jan was born in Vicksburg to the late Very Rev. Father Michael and Adeaby Kharlo Baroudy. She was a lifelong member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church where her father served as priest for 23 years.

Jan never met a stranger, only friends she hadn’t met yet. She was full of love and life with an infectious laugh and smile. She was known to be exceedingly generous and charitable. An exceptional cook, she delighted in feeding her family and having guests at her table. With her love of travel, she visited 49 states and journeyed internationally. She had a passion for pop music and would enthusiastically sing along to her favorite songs. In her youth, her beautiful voice led her to sing in the church choir, acapella choir, glee club, and quartet. She was a fashionista from a young age, always looking effortlessly stylish. Her favorite activities included walking, gardening, needlepoint, and watching Braves baseball and Alabama football.

She was a devoted wife and mother who was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Edgar Warren Brasfield, of Vicksburg, MS. Together they raised four productive children, John Brasfield (Theresa) of Jasper, AL, David Brasfield (Kathy) of Clay, AL, Robert "Bob" Brasfield (Jody) of Vicksburg, and Marcia Below of Gulf Shores, AL. She considered her children her greatest accomplishment. Jan also has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who affectionately call her “GranJan”.

She is preceded in death by her sisters Alice Baroudy, Katie Baroudy, Tillie Underwood, Marie Dooling, and Elaine Dunn. She is survived by her brother Mike Baroudy (Sherill). All of Vicksburg, MS.

Visitation will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 AM, followed by the service at noon, officiated by The Very Rev. Father Gabriel Karam. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Brasfield, Ben Brasfield, Scott Brasfield, Tray Rasco, Ricky Kegley, and Jeff Caubarreaux.


Chaplain Billy Joe Jones, USAF RET.


Chaplain Colonel Billy Joe Jones, USAF, Ret., 90, died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Dominic Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Mound Bluff Cemetery in Flora.

Chaplain Jones was born November 24, 1926, the son of the late Joe and Stella Jones. A World War II veteran, Col. Jones served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations mostly in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs fell on these cities bringing World War II to a close.

At age 27, using the GI bill, he entered Mississippi College where he earned his Bachelor Degree and continued his education at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he earned a Theological degree. On June 19, 1956, he married Winnifred Gunn, spending 60 years together. Col. Jones retired after 20 years from active service from the United States Air Force where he served as a Southern Baptist Chaplain and was well respected throughout his military career.

In retirement, Col. Jones volunteered at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Medical Center for 15 years . During Desert Storm, Col Jones worked full time as a Chaplain.

Col. Jones enjoyed playing tennis throughout his life, playing into his 70's. In his military career he was a SAC tennis champion. Col. Jones also worked as an independent real estate broker with AIG and enjoyed eating lunch with his many friends.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, where he was ordained and he attended Briarwood Drive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Winnifred Jones (Winnie Gunn) of Jackson and numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends from all walks of life.

Memorials may be made to Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary, 84 Sanctuary Road, Caledonia, MS 39740
Published in Clarion Ledger from May 15 to May 16, 2017