Redwood Class of 1946



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

More pictures of class members can be found in the 1946 Redwood High School yearbook.












At left: Clyde Ruth Rowlad

At right: Juanita Potter Graham


Gloria Crapps, Unknown, Gladys Mae Alexander



Rockets Obituaries of Class of 1946

Gone But Not Forgotten



Marye Helen Warnock
1927-March 21, 2010


Marye Helen Warnock Webster, 82, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.rn. Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Burial will be at Bradley's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 this evening at the funeral home.

Mrs. Webster enjoyed everything outdoors, as well as traveling, gardening, sewing, restoring antiques, baking and cooking. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie A. Warnock and Hester Sibley Warnock; husband, Newman B. Webster Sr.; brothers, Albert Warnock and Ernest Warnock; and sister, Myrtrea Gordon.

Survivors include daughters, Helen Tucker Wright (John) of Redwood, Debbie Webster Stockton (Jim) of Branson West, Mo., and Frances Tucker Grey (Roland) of Vicksburg; son, Newman B. Webster Jr. of Vicksburg; sisters, Elizabeth Wells and Evelyn Sanderford; a brother, WIllie A. Warnock Jr.; grandchildren, Michael Grey, Sonya Baer, Brad Redditt, Jeremy Hearn, Charles Newman Webster, James Stockton, Amanda Rebert, Brandon Webster and Andrew Webster; great-grandchildren, Summer Baer, Taylor Baer, Sean Grey, Alex Redditt, Savanna Webster, Hannah Grey, Bryce Rebert, Lana Webster and Bailey Rebert; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Brad Redditt, Charles Newman Webster, Brandon Webster, Andrew Webster, Michael Grey, Jamie Richardson, Jeremy Hearn and James Stockton.

Honorary pallbearers will be George Dwiggins, Charles and Fannie Thomas, J.W. Redditt, Nathan Skipworth, Willie Skipworth, Danny Gordon, David Tilghman, Barry Warnock, Tony Warnock, Ronnie Hollowell, Lonnie Hollowell, Boney Cobb, Dr. Daniel Edney, Dr. Paul Pierce IV and the staff of Providence Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 2524 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216, or Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.



Gladys Maye Alexander
1927-April 2, 2013

Gladys Maye Alexander Gates, 84, died Tuesday; April 2, 2013, at River Region Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Pinkney Alexander; and her mother; Alice Ward Alexander.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Henry Gates of Vicksburg; a daughter, Diane Gates McEachern of Vicksburg; a son, Morgan Richard Gates of Vicksburg;
one brother, James Walter Alexander of Vicksburg; and three grandchildren, Ashleigh McEachern, Danielle Gates and Jessica Gates, all of Vicksburg.
Services will be at. 3 pm, Friday, April 5, 2013, at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Parker officiating. Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m.
Friday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Alexander, Mitch Alexander, Chris Gillis, Mike Gnomes, Robert Pierce, William Cook, Percy Worley and Robert Pierce.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny DeYoung, Walter Bliss, Steve Jackson, Tammy Davidson, Steve Cook and deacons of Bovina Baptist Church.

Leatha Wells Price
June 24, 1928-April 2, 2013

Leatha Amelia Wells Price ‘Granny’ passed away the evening of Aug. 31, 2014, at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson. At age 86, although she dearly loved her family, she was ready to go home — she wanted to see Jesus.

She most recently resided at the Home Place of Madison, but also enjoyed extended stays with her children and grandchildren.

Leatha was born in Waterproof, La., on June 14, 1928, to Bennie and Carrie Wells. She grew up in Vicksburg in the Redwood Community with siblings Louise, Marvie Lee (lovingly called 'Brother'), Elijah, Dorothy ‘Dot’, Luther, and Charles. During her youth, she enjoyed playing basketball for the Redwood Rockets and visiting her Aunt Ruth in Memphis.

She wed the love of her life, Sam Price Jr., ‘Poppa’ on Sept. 26, 1947, and they were blessed with six children. As a young family they resided in Vicksburg and Pine Bluff, Ark. In later years, the family moved to Tyler, Texas, but eventually returned to their hometown of Vicksburg.

Leatha loved to read and watch TV game shows, but her biggest enjoyment came from creating memories with her family. She boasted of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild at her every opportunity.

She is survived by five of her children, Wanda James and Patty Mixon both of Forney, Texas, Sam ‘Yogi’ Price Ill (Sheron) of Tyler, Texas, Alisa Sullivan (James) of Clinton, and Tina Nasif (Butch) of Vicksburg; twelve grandchildren, Lea Smith Rigby (Van III), Jessica James Boothe (Patrick), Jaklyn James McKenna (Mark), Kelsey Mixon Hamessley (Clint), Chris Mixon (Jordan), Hayden Price, Peyton Price, Aubree Sullivan Caves, Scott Sullivan, Jake Sullivan, Carrie Nasif (Cooper Osteen), and Millan Nasif; ten great grandchildren, Jordan Reuter, Van Rigby IV, Sammi, Briar, and Knox Boothe, Colt McKenna, Madi Hamessley, Parker Price, and Abigail and Cooper Caves; and one great-great-grandchild, Timrie Venable.

She is preceded in death by her husband Sam Price Jr.; daughter, Linda Price Smith; son-in-law Fred James; her parents and her siblings.

Services will be Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Glenwood Funeral Home, located at 145 Hwy. 80, Vicksburg. The family will receive visitors beginning at 11 am. with the funeral following at 1 pm. Pastor Matt Friedeman will officiate.

Pallbearers include James Sullivan, Butch Nasif, Van Rigby Ill, Scott Sullivan, Hayden Price, Jake Sullivan, Mark McKenna, Patrick Boothe, Cooper Osteen, Chris Mixon, and Millan Nasif.

Honorary pallbearers include Clint Hamessley, Peyton Price and Van Rigby IV.

h lieu of flowers, memorials in Leatha's name may be made to the American Heart Association, The Home Place, Madison, Mississippi, or Jacob's Ladder Learning Center, Vicksburg.


James Scott “Skip” Cole
Oct 14, 1927-July 28, 2005

John Scott Cole of Hazel Green passed away Thursday. He was 78. He was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Brenda Jo Morris. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bobby Lee; son, John Scott Cole Jr. of New Market; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946—1967 and was a chief master sergeant with the Strategic Air Command. He was also an engineer with Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIS and RCA at Eglin AFB, Florida. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening in his retirement years. The immediate family held a private memorial service. John Scott Cole, loving husband and father will always be in our heart. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society.


Irene Breland Martin
July 17,1927-July 28, 2010

Irene Breland Martin, lifelong resident of Warren County born July 17, 1927, passed away quietly
Wednesday. Jury 28, 2010, at her daughter's home in Christiana, Tennessee, at the age of 83.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend of 59 years, James C “Joe” Martin; her loving son, James M. “Mitch" Martin Sr., her parents, William W. and Mattie Owsley Breland; her brothers, Will Breland Jr. and wife Dorothy Hall Breland and Hillary I. “H.I," Breland and wife Irenna Whatley Breland; her sister, Mary Belle Dillon; and dear friends and fishing companions, Herman and Chestine Schneider.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her loving daughter, Beth Martin Britt of Christiana; daughter-in-law, Barbara Parker Martin of Redwood; her adored grandchildren, Tammy Martin and husband Glen of Plain Dealing, La., Christopher Miller of Birmingham, Ala., Toni Neumann and husband David of Redwood. Robyn Miller Atkinson and husband Bradley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Mitro Martin Jr, and wife Shann of Redwood; and her six precious great-grandchildren, Brianna, Alainna and Rachel Neumann, Calvin Martin and Reagan and Tyler Atkinson.

Mrs Martin graduated with honors as valedictorian from Redwood High School in 1946. She was a member of Redwood United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and loyal friend. She was a substitute teacher for Redwood School and a kindergarten teacher for both the Vicksburg ladies Junior Auxiliary and Porters Chapel Academy. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and sports.

ServIces will be at 11 a m Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie O'Ouin officiating. Burial will be at Green Acres Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a m. Saturday until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers are Chris Miller, Mitch Martin Jr., David Neumann, Bradley Atkinson, Glen Larson, Richard Martin and Chuck Schneider

Honorary pallbearers are Larry Martin, Frank Keen, Wade Hammack, Billy Schnefder, Charles Hanks, James "Sonny" Keen, Kenny Wells and Physician Kerry Kane and her staff of Murfreesboro.

Memorials may be made to Redwood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Redwood, MS 39156 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Vera Virginia Opperman Conrad
June 30, 1928-Oct 17, 1998

She married Jones Atlas Conrad, Jr. (1926-2005). They had a son Jones Atlas Conrad III (1955-1992).


Mark Louis Cockrell
August 6,, 1928-Oct 2, 2007

Mark Louis Cockrell was born to Mark Gray and Mary Lama Cockrell on August 6, 1928, in Vicksburg, MS. His siblings included George Gray, Dolly Mae, and Mary Camelle. His half siblings were Earl Elbert Cockrell and Carrie Mae Cockrell.

Louis was a car salesman and carpenter in Fate, Texas

Mark died October 2 2007 in Rockwall, Texas. He was survived by his wife (divorced) and son, John.







Clyde Ruth Rowland
December 17, 1928-July, 2018

Ruth was born in Oak Ridge, MS, on December 17, 1928 to Sam E. and Melba Pettway Rowland. Her siblings included Carrie Mae Rowland, Thelma Ethel Rowland McLaughn, Billie Rowland Craft and James Ray "Buddy" Rowland. She passed away in July 2017.

Clyde Ruth Rowland Nosser attended Redwood High School, graduating in 1946. She married Larry Nosser. She had a daughter, Kim.

Ruth was a resident of Mississippi at the time of passing.












Therrell F. Hannah
August 10, 1926-January 21, 2014


Therrell was born August 10, 1926 in Vicksburg, Mississippi the son of Granville and Hazel Hannah and died January 16, 2014 in Enid, OK. He attended Redwood High School.

Therrell married Berniece Bomhoff on November 27, 1952 in Calumet, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Amerada, George E. Failing and Johnston Seed. Therrell was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include: Wife Berniece of the home, Six children, Martha and husband Melvin Marler of Harrah, Ok., Barbara and husband Tony Bumgardner of Caldwell, Ks.,  Therrell Jr. and wife Ruth Ann of Roanoke, Va., Mitchell and wife Kathy of Enid, Ok., Virginia Minick and husband Jay of Vail, Co., and Marvin Hannah of Enid, Ok. , Two sisters: Marjorie Hannah of Alexandria, La. And Paulette Michaels of Shreveport, La. And a brother Stanley Hannah of Alexandria, La., Therrell also has 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the Fund. Condolences may be made online at 

Funeral Services for Therrell F. Hannah will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday January 21, 2014 in the Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev.’s Kenneth Wade and Scott Whittenburg will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held Monday from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel.

Therrell's brother, Stanley Hannah, 80, of Alexandria, entered eternal rest Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at Naomi Heights Nursing Home, Alexandria.


Marion Muirhead Allison
1928-December 13, 2014

Marion Allison died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at her residence in Vicksburg. She was 90. Born in Vicksburg, she lived a number of years in Orlando, Florida, and San Diego, California, before returning to Vicksburg. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Allison; and her son, Lindell Leroy Allison, Survivors include her daughter, Billie Miller Morse of Vicksburg; her sisters, Thelma Muirhead Kaiser of Florence and Georgia Spurgeon of Running Springs, California; her brother, Donald Muirhead of Vicksburg; her three grandchildren, Miriam (Robert) Murphy, Valerie (Robert) Waddell and Ralph Leroy (Ann) Allison; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Marcus Harden officiating.

Below are photos of Marion's sisters from Redwood yearbooks.


Marion's husband's obituary: Ralph L. Allison died Friday, August 29, 2014 at River Region Medical Center. He was 92.

Mr. Allison was born in Blytheville, Arkansas on January 29, 1922. He moved from Vicksburg to San Diego, California in 1962 where he was employed by SeaWorld and was later transferred to Orlando, Florida to help establish SeaWorld there where he was Director of Plant Engineering.

He was a Veteran of WWII where he served as a Naval aviator.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Nell Allison and a son, Leroy Allison.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Muirhead Allison of Vicksburg; his daughter, Billie Allison Miller Morse of Vicksburg; 2 granddaughters, Marion Miller Murphy (Robert) and Valerie Miller Waddell (Robert), both of Vicksburg; his grandson, Ralph Allison of Vicksburg; 6 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services was held September 4, 2014 at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Rev. Robert Manasses officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Robert Murphy, Kyle Murphy, Robert Waddell, Stephen Waddell, Ralph Allison, Donald Muirhead, Jimmy Gouras, and Brad Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Kaiser and Dr. Paul Pierce III.
Memorials may be made to Paws Rescue, 6622 Oak Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39183.



Ima Juanitia "Sweetie" Potter Graham
May 11, 1927-October 28, 2017


Ima Juanita “Sweetie” Graham, age 90, of St. Martin, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Gulfport, MS.

She was born to James T. "Jack" and Lucy Mae Potter in Vicksburg, MS on May 11, 1927. Juanita was an active member of the North Bay Senior’s Club where she attended with her longtime friend, Lois Gandy. She was a member of the St. Martin Lions Club where she served as president for several years and was voted Lioness of the Year three different times.

Juanita loved playing bingo, going shopping, collecting butterflies, spending time with family and friends and watching the New Orleans Saints. Juanita was known for her homemade macaroni and cheese and her famous chicken dressing. She loved spending time each year helping her nieces make up a big batch of dressing for the holidays. She loved the holidays.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James Talmadge “Jack” Graham; parents, Alfa and Lucy Mae Potter; son, Albert Graham; daughter-in-law, Debbie Graham: siblings, Irvin Potter, Georgia Mae Clark, Lurline Cole, Inez Harmon, Marie Howell, Joseph Potter and W.T. Potter.

Juanita is survived by her son, Arnold Graham, (Shari); grandsons, Jim Graham, Albert Graham, Eddie Graham (Torie) and John Graham (Nicole), granddaughters, Sara Bostwick and Tami Graham; great-grandchildren, Caden, Ellis, Chris, Emma and Jon Elle; and numerous relatives that loved her dearly.

The family would like to thank Lorena Vassalli for everything she has done for Juanita over the years and for always being there for her in the end no matter what hour of the night. We would also like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice for the loving care they showed her during her last days. Funeral services will be held at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home in Biloxi on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Noon. Friends may visit between 10:30 am and noon. Interment will follow at D’Iberville Memorial Park.

More pictures of Juanita can be found in the 1946 Redwood High School yearbook.



Hazel Mallett Sterling
November 10, 1928-December 30, 2022


Hazel Mallett Sterling; a resident of Brandon, MS, passed away on December 30, 2022 at Bedford Care Living Center in Mendenhall, Ms.

Visitation will be held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Busy Corner, MS, Wednesday, January 4, 2023 10am until religious services at 11:30 A.M.. Services will be conducted by Rev. Blaine Stafford, Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.  Hartman Jones Funeral Home of McComb will handle arrangements.



She was born November 10, 1928 in Warren County, Mississippi to the late Willie Eugene and Clyde Tucker Mallett. She graduated from Redwood High School in 1946.

Mrs. Sterling was retired from Field Memorial Hospital in Centerville, Mississippi as Director of Environmental Services after 21 years of service.  She loved serving the Lord as a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and was a member of the Sweet Spirit Singers of Liberty Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sterling was also preceded in death by her husband, Julius “Jute” W. Sterling, a son, Hugh E. Bateman, two brothers:  Howard and Walter Mallett, a sister, Lonnie Ervin, a grandson, Joey White, and a nephew, William C. (Bill) Mallett.

Mrs. Sterling is survived by three daughters:  Linda Clack, Liz White, and Jana Gomez.  Seven grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren and one to be, John Luke Wynn. and one great-great grandchild.  Numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be:  Ronald Bateman, Robert Bateman, Bill Bateman, Brandon Wynn, Greg O'Gwynn, and Tre' Tatum.

More pictures of Lonnie can be found in the 1946 Redwood High School yearbook.