Redwood Class of 1947



Class Pages:


Billy Ray Hackler (Deceased), James Hannah (Deceased), Tom Flemings (Deceased), Luther Wells (Bk deceased), Florence Pierce Hearn Jenkins (Deceased), Willie Warnock (Deceased), Ralph Webster (Deceased), Billy Allison (Deceased).


King Siblings at Hope’s 80th Birthday (Nov. 30, 2007), L to R:
Back: Cecil (Class of 1957) and Robert (Class of 1955)
Seated: Hope ( Oak Ridge Class of 1945) and Billy (Redwood Class of 1947)

Click for photos and history of the King Family provided by Billy King Pennington.

Left to right: Willia Warnock, Shelby Crapps, April 1953, Shelby Crapps (Black and White version.)

Left to right: Clifton Burroughs & Luther Wells, Luther Wells, US Navy, Shelby Crapps, a drawing

Luther A. Wells (1926-2013) entered the Navy in 1945, serving on the General Norton, a transport ship. Following his discharge from the Navy, he had a long career with International Paper traveling the world. He retired and lived with his wife in Rison, AR., near, Pine Bluff, AR

Back: Billy Evans, Theodore Jones, Albert McMullen, Charles MacBroom, J. R. Hardin, Howard Mallett, Everett Jones
Front: Robert Earl Steele, Tommy Bishop, Billy Ray Hackler, Charles Wells, Pete Martin, Charles Opperman
Very Front: James Thomas









At left: Jimmy Dwyer, grandson; Connie Evans, ?, James “Billy” Evans

At right: James “Billy” and Connie Evans with grandson, Matthew Evans, the son of John Evans.





Evans Family: Billy, Max, Kenneth, Leroy, Raymond, Van and Cleo. Glory on the Lake.

Evans Family
Back Row: Kenneth, Max, Leroy, Raymond, Billie
Front Row: Cleo and Van

Evans Family
Back Row: Max, Leroy, Kenneth
Front Row: Billy, Raymond, Cleo and Van

October 6, 1952, Hattisburg American

James Ralph Webster

Rockets Obituaries of Class of 1947

Gone But Not Forgotten


Willie Warnock jr.
1930-June 1, 2010

Willie Warnock Jr. died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at his
residence in Vicksburg. He was 80. Mr. Warnock was a native of Cary and had lived in Vicksburg all his life.

He owned and operated Warnock's Service Center with
his brother for 38 years. He was an avid fisherman and was a charter member of Russelville Hunting Club.

He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a
member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Albert and Pearl Hester Sibley Warnock; two brothers, Albert Warnock and Ernest Warnock; and two sisters, Mary Helen Webster and Mytrea Gordon.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Greer Warnock of Vicksburg; two sons, Barry Warnock and wife, Brenda, and Tony Warnock and wife, Nancy, all of Vicksburg; four daughters, Denna Towne and husband Warren, Nancy Parker and husband Jeff and Christi Pritchett and husband David, all of-Vicksburg, and Tamra King and husband Tony of Gilbert, La.; two sisters, Evelyn Sanderford of Rolling Fork and Elizabeth Wells of Vicksburg; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Revs. Dwight Sibley and Ron Burch officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Kameron Hoover, Brent Towne, Chase Towne, Casey Towne, Brady Towne, Corey Hudson, Drew Warnock, Blake Warnock and Lance Warnock. Honorary pallbearers will be Kaleena Hoover, Kelsey Hudson, Brandi Pritchett, Haleigh Pritchett, Dana Warnock, Summer Hudson, Dr. James Hays Sr., Kay McDaniel, N.P., nephews and members of Russelville Hunting Club. Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 3365 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg.

Jimmy L. "Billy Allison
1930-July 30, 1999


Jimmy L. “Billy” Allison died Friday, July 30, 1999 at his home. He was 69.

A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Allison was the son of the late Hyrm A. and Nora F. Allison. He served as production coordinator with Westinghouse and Crouse
Hinds for more than 35 years, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2572, where he had served as past commander and club manager. He was a retired Navy chief with more than 37 years of service in the Navy and Naval Reserves. He was a charter member and deacon at Trinity Baptist Church.

Mr. Allison was preceded in death by his son, Hyrm Allison, in 1980. Survivors include his wife, Iris Holman Allison of Vicksburg; one daughter, LaDonna A. Thomason of Vicksburg; one son, Jim Allison of Vicksburg; four sisters, Bernadine Steele, Loretta Flanagan and Virginia Redditt, all of Vicksburg, and
Martha Elias of Fall River. Mass.; and four grandchildren all of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Bounds, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gray, Binky Purvis, I.E. Middleton, J.R. Rowland, John A. Thomason IV and John A. Thomason III.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Anita Tribble, Billy C. Goodman Paul Barrett, Henry Strong, men of Trinity Baptist Church, retired Navy chiefs and members of V
Post No. 2572.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 3365 Porter Chapel Road, Vicksburg, 39180 or to the Mississippi Association Boys & Girls Sheriff's Ranches. PO 1428, Columbus, MS 39703

Shelby Crapps
October 16, 1930-April 4, 1954

Shelby tragically died in an automobile accident in Vicksburg, MS. She was married to Eugene Wilson, a Jett High School graduate.







Luther Wellls
September 19, 1926-December 24, 2013


Luther Wells, 87, of Rison, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born September 19, 1926 in Newellton, Louisiana, to Bennie and Carrie Burton Wells.

Mr. Wells was reared and educated in Redwood, Mississippi, graduating from Redwood High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a longtime fan of the Rison “Wildcats” football team.

Mr. Wells had worked for 41 years at International Paper before retiring as a supervisor.

He was a member of Bethel #1 Missionary Baptist Church in Rison and the VFW. He loved his Lord Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marvielee, Elijah and Charles Wells; sisters, Louise Walker and Dorothy Yeager.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Wells, whom he married on October 22, 1971, in Greenville, Mississippi; daughters, Sandra Kubik of Springfield, Missouri, Alice Jenkins of Little Rock, Pamela Miller of Little Rock; a step-daughter, Patsy Cope of Rison; a step-son, Ronnie Brown of Hot Springs; a sister, Leatha Price of Jackson, Mississippi; fifteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, 5 to 7 PM, at Robinson’s.
Funeral service will be 2 PM, Sunday, December 29, 2013, Bethel #1 Missionary Baptist Church in Rison, with Reverend John Fulmer and Reverend Gary Lambright officiating.

Burial will follow in Black Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethel #1 Missionary Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 2230 Highway 35 North, Rison, Arkansas, 71665.


James William "Billy" Evans
July 3, 1927-May 31, 2015


James William Evans, Jr., 87, born on July 3, 1927, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, passed away May 31, 2015. He served in the Korean War. He resided in Rowland Heights, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Covina, California






Florence Pierce Hearn Jenkins
August 2, 1929-July 7, 2001


Florence Pierce was born in Yazoo City, MS, on August 2, 1929, to Bruce Washington (1900–1988) and Callie Christine Newsom (1908–1983)Pierce. Bruce was a timber cutter. Bruce and Callie Pierce celebrated thier 50th anniversary. Info from Vicksburg Post Feb. 1, 2016

Florence Pierce Jenkins, 71, of Holcomb, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at Grenada Lake Medical Center. Ms. Jenkins was a retired employee at Westinghouse.

She was a member of Bradleys Chapel Methodist Church.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eugene Sims officiating. Burial will be in Green Acres Memorial Garden, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by a sister Evelyn Pettway. Ms. Jenkins is survived by a daughter, Janice Hearn Mitchell of Holcomb; a son, Michael Jenkins of Frankfort, Ind.; two sisters, Christine Sims and Ruby Whatley, both of Vicksburg and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Glenn Worthy, Tony Worthy, Mitchell Worthy, J. W. Redditt, Kenny Mitchell and George Dwiggins


Florence Blanche Akers Velchoff
June 22, 1929-February 7, 2011


Florence Akers Velchoff, formerly of Vicksburg, died at Lifepath Hospice in Clearwater, Florida. She was 81. She is survived by her husband, John Raymond Velchoff, Sr. (b November 29, 1925, Rayville, Richland, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Finley Akers, Sr. and Mary Blanche Muirhead and sister Edna Eilene Akers and her brother, Thomas “Tomboy” Finley Akers, Jr. (1928-87)

She married John April 18, 1948, in Vicksburg, MS. They had a son, John R. Velchoff, Jr.

Below is picture of Tomboy Akers, Florence's brother. He ran a service station in Waltersville and was a very popular figure in the community.











James Ralph Webster
November 22, 1927–April 17, 1997


Ralph Webster was the son of James Ellis and Nancy Estelle McCandless Webster. His siblings included Sue Webster Lee, Estelle Webster Rogers, Floyd Webster, Alfred Gordon Webster, Howard Randolph Webster, Claude Herbert Webster, Newman Burnell Webster, Martha Elizabeth Webster Bellick, Jean Webster Alford and Dorothy Virginia Webster.

Ralph studied engineering at Mississippi State University. The picture at right is from the 1954 yearbook.

Ralph died in Colquitt, Georgia

He is buried in Green Acres Memorial Park, Vicksburg, MS.

Below are Ralph's parents, James Ellis Webster (1880–1955) and Nancy Estelle McCandless (1884–1940)



James Gaston Hannah
June 22, 1928-November 2, 2002


James Gaston Hannah died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 74.

A resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Hannah was a charter member of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church and a retired Army corporal serving during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gaston “Jack” Therrell Hannah and Virginia Gertrude Hagans Hannah.

Survivors include seven cousins, Joy Adams, Frances Meadows and Dorothy Fleming, all of Vicksburg, Therrell Hannah of Enid, Okla., June Snyder of Algona, Iowa, Polly Michael of Benld, Ill., and Margie Hannah of Shreveport, La; and other relatives.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fisher Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Clark, Ira Ervin, Brad Redditt, David Lyons, Lavon Jeffers, Jack Pace, Rowdy Nosser and Carl Pettway.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John C. Williams, Wayne Hearn, Roger Graham, Rocky Nosser, Elbert Redditt and Dr. William Wooten.



Charles Goff Bryant
March 1, 1929-May 10, 1969


Born in the Oak Ridge community, he was the son of the late Herman Elmer Bryant and Josie Irene Bigby Bryant.

He had three sisters, Jewel Bryant Hallberg of Memphis, Lena Margaret Bryant Hite and Chesley Rosemound Bryant (1915–1916); and six brothers, Marvin Elmo Bryan (1913–1926), James Floyd Bryant (1919–1969), Willia Milton "Billy" Bryant (1916–1995), Elbert Weston "Wes" Bryant, James Everitt Bryant (1933–1941), Kelvin Kelly C. Bryant and Charles Goff Bryant.

He married Dorothy Keller McLaughlin in Palm Beach, FL in 1955.He died in Dade County, Florida.

He is buried in the Oak Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery.

Herman Elmer Bryant and Josie Irene Bigby Bryant, parents of Charles Goff Bryant,



Mary Camille Cockrell
January 11, 1929-June 14, 1991


Mary Camille Cockrell Martin died January 11,1929, Columbus Muscogee County. Georgia. She was 62 years old. She was the daughter of the late Mark and Mary Cockrell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Paul Martin; Her siblings were Dorothy Mae Cockrell (Jones), George Cockrell and Louis Cockrell.

She is buried in Green Acres Memorial Park in Vicksburg, MS.


Thelma Lurline Hicks Deen
January 1, 1930–November 1, 2008


Lurline was born January 1, 1930, in Vicksburg to Thomas E. and Sadie Parker Hicks. Her siblings were Thomas Earl and Sadie L. She was married to Billy B. Deen. Billy was born February 26, 1925, and died May 16, 1994 in Vicksburg.

Billy and Lurline are buried in Green Acres Memorial Cemetery in Vicksburg.