Redwood Class of 1948



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


June Aden, Lavern Burns?, Ruby Jewel Ferguson, Sharkey Russell, Barbara James Shumaker, Albert McMullen, Bobbie Barber Anderson

Charles Opperman, Mr. Redwood and Mary Cecil Jone, Miss Redwood. 1948

June Aden & Thelma Muirhead

Charles Edward Trusty


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

Bobbie Sue Barber, Barbara Parker and Marie Walker

Bobbie Anderson, former dean of the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center, is the speaker for the nursing graduate ceremony. Anderson, of Vicksburg, spent 24 years at Hinds’ nursing campus, retiring in 1993 when an annex building on the Chadwick Drive campus was named for her. Her work as an adjunct faculty member for the Associate Degree Nursing program and consultant to other programs continued until 2014. She began her career as a nurse in 1951 as a staff nurse at Vicksburg Hospital. Her education began at the Mercy Nursing School in Vicksburg, where she was a student. She then attened the University of Alabama. She holds two master’s degrees, in Counseling and Guidance from Mississippi College, and in Psychiatric/Mental Health from the University of Mississippi. In 2009, she was inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame. In 2017, Bobbie was selected as one of he one hundred people most passionate about Hinds Community College. Donald Oakes, another Redwood graduate, was also selected.

Bobbie Sue was born in 1931 in Pennington, Bradley, Arkansas, to Jessie Madison (1892-1983) and Tommie Eloiza (Bond) (1896-1943) Barber. Her mother died while Bobbie Sue was in junior high school. Bobbie Sue moved to Redwood High School in the tenth grade.

Hinds CC nursing/allied health dean, retired dean inducted into professional academy

Dr. Libby Mahaffey, left, and Bobbie Anderson
Dr. Libby Mahaffey, left, and Bobbie Anderson
A current Hinds Community College dean and a retired dean were recently inducted into a prestigious national professional academy at its inaugural event.

Dr. Libby Mahaffey of Raymond, dean, Nursing and Allied Health, and Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg, retired dean of the same programs, were inducted into the newly established Academy of Associate Degree Nursing by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) on Nov. 5 in Dallas, Texas.

The two were among 10 inductees. The Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN) program recognizes associate degree nursing educators, and others committed to associate degree nursing education, who model exemplary dedication to nursing education and practice. Appropriately, Mrs. Anderson was the first person inducted into the Academy as a full member.

Anderson began teaching in Hinds Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program in fall 1969 and in 1973 was named the program director. In 1984, after the program moved to the Chadwick Drive location as Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Anderson became the first dean. In 1993 the first building at NAHC was named Anderson Hall in her honor upon her retirement. Anderson continued to teach including at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

During a time of uncertainty for Associate Degree Nursing programs, Anderson was a state and national advocate, holding numerous leadership positions. This included serving as the chair of the organizational steering committee and later a president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), now recognized as OADN.

“Associate Degree Nursing Education is a part of the fiber of my life,” Anderson said. “I willingly gave of myself because of my strong belief in associate degree nursing education. My goal in any leadership position was to lead with integrity and to role model leadership for others.”

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Mahaffey, became dean, Nursing and Allied Health in 2005. Mahaffey began teaching at Hinds in 1982 and served as a team leader and sophomore coordinator before transitioning to the dean role. Following in the steps of her mentor, Mahaffey served on the N-OADN Board for six years, including two years as president. She also served for six years on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Board of Directors, including four years as chairperson.

“I still strongly believe in nursing education at the community college where access, affordability, and graduate success continue to make a difference in the lives of students and in the healthcare of our communities,” she said.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.HindsCC.


Bobbie was selected one of the 100 Passionate People about Hinds Community College, 2017

Bobbie Sue attended Warren High School in Warren, Arkansas. Above is a photo from the 1945 Pinecone yearbook. Boobie Sue is second from the left on the back row. She is in the ninth grade.


Rockets Obituaries of Class of 1948

Gone But Not Forgotten


Fred Cole Jr.
1930-February 18, 1993

Fred B. Cole Jr.
BILOXI, MS: Fred Biedehom Cole Jr. died Thursday, Feb. 18, 1993, in Biloxi. He was 63.

Mr. Cole was a former resident of Vicksburg and attended school at Redwood. He also attended Biloxi Public Schools and Notre Dame High School, Biloxi, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College. He retired as Sgt. 1st Class with the U.S. Army.

He was a master parachutist and gliderman and received his wings at Fort Benning, Ga. His tour of duty included serving during the Vietnam conflict, the Korean Conflict, and in Germany during peacetime with the 511th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, 32nd Airborne Division, 57th Tank Brigade, and the 187th Airborne Regiment Combat Team, a part of the 11th Airborne Division nicknamed "Rakkasan."

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Sue Cole.

He is survived by his wife, Charline Redding Rosonet Cole of Biloxi; one daughter, Kathleen Boyes of River Ridge, LA; two sons, Daniel Scott Cole and Patrick 0‘Connor Cole, both of Long Beach; one stepson, John Rosonet of Ocean Springs; two sisters, Pat Cole Wilson of Pearlington and Barbara Thigpen of Vicksburg; his mother, Genevieve O’Connor Cole of Bay St. Louis; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Howard Avenue Chapel, Biloxi. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m, Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

Albert Arnold McMullen Sr.
1930-April 19, 2004


Albert Arnold McMullen Sr. died Monday, April 19, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 75.

A native of Cary, Mr. McMullen had lived in Vicksburg most of his life. He was the son of the late Alfred O. and Sarah Elizabeth Edwards McMullen.

He attended Oak Ridge and Redwood schools, graduating in 1948 from Redwood High School. He worked for Spencer Chemical Co. for 12 years, retired in 1993 from Waterways Experiment Station and was employed by Kansas City Southern Railroad. He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Godwin; four brothers, Onell McMullen, Edward McMullen, Leon McMullen and Clifton McMullen; and one grandson, Richard Leon McMullen Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Bliss McMullen of Vicksburg; two sons, Albert A. McMullen Jr. of Hattiesburg and Richard "Ricky" McMullen of Vicksburg; one daughter, Cynthia Joy Noble of Elizabethtown, Ky.; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Home with Dr. Frank Lescallette, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Rodney McHann, Lonnie Hollowell, Mike Robinson, Donald Gould, David Stinson and Chris Tower.


Barbara Ann James Shumaker
April 28, 1930-January 28, 1997


Barbara Ann James Shumaker died January 28, 1997, in Panama City, Florida.

Barbara was born on April 28, 1930, in Carter, MS. to George Lee (1901-63) and Mary Lottye Scarbrough (1904-85). James. Her siblings included George L. (1926-69), Billy Gene (1934-2005) and Bruce David (1936-2010).

She was married to Robert David Shumaker of Vicksburg. They had one daughter and one son. They were divorced in 1989.


Ruby Jewel Ferguson Halm
?, 1929-November 4, 2017


Ruby Jewel Ferguson Halm, 88, entered peacefully into heaven on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was the devoted wife of the late Eddie “Sonny” Halm for 41 years and a loving mother of David Wayne Halm (Sally) of Hawaii; Brenda Halm Cunningham (Terry) of Westwego, La.; Steve Allen Halm (Diana) of Independence, La.; Rosemary Halm Brooks-Mathes of Marrero, La.; Melody Halm Breaux (Gerald) of Marrero, La.; and Sandra Halm Kennedy-Heausler (Christian) of Mandeville, La. 

She is also the proud grandmother of Victoria Cunningham Becnel French (Jacob), Sharon Cunningham, Joseph Halm (Jenna), Stacey Halm Ducote (Wesley), Jewel Brooks, Audrey Brooks, Sunny Breaux, Sarah Breaux Garitty (Kevin), Kacie Kennedy-Rodrigue (Michael), Cristina Kennedy-Wall (Nick), Sean Kennedy, Cole Heausler, Anna Heausler; and a great-grandmother of Caitlin Brooks, Adriana David, Kameron Becnel and Thomas Wall.

She was the daughter of the late Rosie Lee Shiers Ferguson and Howard Thomas Ferguson of Vicksburg. She attended Redwood High School. She was the sister of Hazle Ferguson Hill-Fletcher (Sidney) of Vicksburg; Velma Ferguson Sanderford-Pitts (Ernest) of Vicksburg, Joyce Ferguson Grey-Wright (JW) of Vicksburg, Margie Ferguson Beard (Charles) of Metairie, La., and Violet Ferguson Moore-Henderson-Carlise (William) of Vicksburg. She was also survived by numerous loving nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends who will miss her dearly.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home, 1830 Cherry St., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 9 a.m. until noon with interment to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.  Express condolences at


Charles Edward Trusty
September 30, 1930-Junr 11, 1998


Charles Edward Trusty

See obituary at right. He had brothers, William Jenning Bryan Trust, Samuel Trusty and Jame Cecil "JC" Trusty. He was the son of Cecil Bryan and Mae Marie Damrron (Brown) Trusty. He was born in Edgewood, Texas.

He served in the U. S. Air Force.























Barbara Ann Parker Ramsey
November 24, 1930-September 17, 2022

Barbara Ann Parker Ramsay passed away peacefully at her home in the morning hours of February 17, 2022, following a lengthy illness.  She was accompanied with her death by her sons and personal assistant for many years and received pastoral visit and care from St. Albans, her spiritual home.  

Barbara was born on November 24, 1930, to her parents Joseph Melvin (Jack) Parker and Sadie Elizabeth Selby Parker who made a home for her in Warren County. Barbara had attended grade school in Redwood and finished high school at Carr Central.  Her sport was basketball and she enrolled at University of Mississippi and had participated in the marching band to handle the symbols.  She had been employed by Spencer Chemical Company before her marriage to Dr. Charles H. Ramsay, DDS on May 1, 1954.

Barbara is survived by her two sons Charles H. (Beau) Ramsay, Jr. and Granville Parker Ramsay who resided with her on Chapel Hills Drive, and blessed with many cousins, nephews, nieces and God children.

Barbara was preceded in her death by her husband Dr. Charles H. Ramsay, Sr. of 43 years, a daughter Lowry Elizabeth (Bebe) Ramsay of Richland, MS and parents Melvin Joseph (Jack) Parker and Sadie Elizabeth Selby Parker of Vicksburg, MS, brother Dr. Selby Joseph Parker of Clinton, MS.

Barbara and family will always be grateful for her personal assistant Bobbie Warner of many years as well as her doctors, nurses, physical therapists from home health and hospice services for their care over the years. 

The funeral arrangements will be directed by Glenwood Funeral Home of Vicksburg, MS.  The funeral is set for Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at St. Albans in Bovina.  There will be visitation at the church at 10:30 a.m. and the rites will be conducted by Rev. Elisabeth Malphurs at the graveside at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch will follow provided by ECW from St. Albans.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Terry, Herman Thomas, Ricky Hill, Kerry Ricks, Oliver Pete Stone from Vicksburg and Phillip Embry of Oxford, MS.

Please consider donations to the American Red Cross in honor of Barbara who served as a volunteer over flowers.