Redwood Class of 1955



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

Acknowledgements: Floyd and Betty Jo Terrell Oakes have contributed greatly to this page.  Their interest and support is much appreciated.  Hopefully others will follow their generous example and submit appropriate items.



Class Member Information

  • Betty Jean Alderman Thomas
    14784 Dry Grove Road
    Raymond, MS 39154

  • Robert Alexander
    212 Belle Island Drive
    Eagle Lake, MS 39183

  • Peggy Sue Allison Blansett
    P.O. Box 25
    Redwood, MS 39156
    601-636-4600 or 601-638-6553

  • Barbara Bishop Traylor
    527 Inglewood Drive
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Gloria Bounds Napier
    735 Luther Carter Road
    Petal, MS 39465
    601-264-3525 or 601-583-9250

  • Carolyn Brent Jones
    483 Powder Horn Road
    St. Mary’s, GA 31558

  • Joyce Cockrell Huskey
    211 Cockrell Road
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Wilford W. Cockrell
    330 Old Twin Lake Road
    Redwood, MS 39156

  • Lucille Day No Information

  • Margaret Dennis
    P.O. Box 141
    Delta, LA 71233

  • Raymond Evans (deceased)
    825 Sweetgum Lane
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • John Gray
    P.O. Box 822882
    Vicksburg, MS 39182

  • Dan Hall
    99 Nicole Drive
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Bob Hardy
    3501 Buckingham Drive
    Corinth, TX 76210
    940-321-0630v E-Mail

  • Joseph Harris
    3828 48th Avenue SW,
    Seattle, WA 981116v 206-937-0811

  • Kathleen Hayes Bradshaw
    311 Omega Street
    Belle Chasse, LA 70037

  • Sally Holcomb Deines
    2110-123rd Ave. SE
    Bellevue, WA 98005
    425-643-9681 or 425-210-9880

  • Rosalie Jacks Farrior
    202 Hefner Way
    Ooltewah, TN 37363

  • Robert E. King
    204 Drusilla Lane
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Sylvia Lentz Buskey
    852 Stoney Man Road
    Luray, VA 22835

  • Lonnie Mallett Ervin
    4112 Sterling Road
    Gloster, MS 39638

  • Vera Lee McBroom Griffith
    162 First Street
    Brandon, MS 39042
    601-825-6293v E-Mail

  • Floyd Oakes
    15190 Stafford Estates
    Gonzales, LA 70737

  • Ted Porter
    P.O. Box 245
    Valley Park, MS 39177

  • Kimble Pugh
    C/O Carol Bell
    7882 South Ridge Road
    Walls, MS 39680

  • Jean Raines Hall
    99 Nicole Drive
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Kay Roland Largel
    121 Spindlewood Drive
    Madison, MS 39110

  • Martha Whitehead Smith
    3399 Oak Ridge Road
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Margaret Young Rose(deceased)
    95 Grange Hall Road, Lot 21
    Vicksburg, MS 39180





  • Joyce Boozer Owens
  • Betty Sue Coley Rider
  • Wilford Cockrell
  • Richard Cousins
  • Forrest Fuller
  • Clement Hearn
  • Margaret Young Rose
  • Raymond Gene Evans


  • Sharp W. Banks, Jr. (deceased)
    75310 Hwy. 1077
    Covington, LA 70435-0648
    Phone 985-893-5652

  • J. C. Dorman (deceased)
    113 Villanova Drive
    Vicksburg, MS 39180

  • Patricia Garnett Chesser
    48 Northgate Drive
    Laurel, MS 39440

  • Kerna Mae Hester Faris
    9512 Broad Meadows Road
    Glen Allen, VA 23060-3129

  • Virginia Segrest West
    328 Northwood Drive
    Philadelphia, MS 39350

Our Teachers

Mrs. J. F. Larche, 1st Grade, North Texas Teachers College
Mrs. J. F. Larche, 1st Grade, North Texas Teachers College
Miss Mignonne McCandless, 4th Grade, Miss. Southern College
Aubin Holiday, 5th Grade, Miss. Southern College
Ella Roberts, 6th Grade, Miss. Southern College
Mrs. E. F. "Vera" Opperman, Jr. High English and Bioloty, Grenada College
Mrs. L. V. Russell, Social Studies, Miss. College
Kerna Mae (Hester) Faris, Virginia, Home Economics
Mary M. Sherard, English, MSCW
Ralph L. Wells, Education, Mississippi State



Letter below is from Mrs. McCandless to Mrs. Fred Oakes praising her son Donald. It demonstrates her love of her students and pride in their work.


Third Grade Class in 1946- Teacher Mrs. Mamie Porter Mosely

Back Row: Forrest Ful|er,?, Teddy Marshall, ?, Marveline Fuller, ?, ?, Mrs. Mamie Porter Mosely
3rd Row: Lavon Jeffers, ?, Neal Fowler, Jack Hill, ?, Peggy Abney, Kenny Stephenson

2nd Row: Betty Anne Oser, Jerry Davidson, Lonnie Mallett, Norris Davidson, Faye Hancock, Orvis Hart, Floyd Oakes, Jo Ann Nutt
Frt Row: Jean Raines, ‘.7, Gloria Bounds, Peggy Sue Allison, Wilford Cockrell, Louise Jeffers, ?, Barbara Bishop, Carl Curtis, Margaret Dennis




Floyd Oakes
Floyd Oakes
Floyd Oakes
Floyd Oakes
Floyd Oakes 1950-51
Lonnie Mallett
Lonnie Mallett 1950-51
Ted Porter
Ted Porter 1953-54
Rosalie Jacks
Rosaie Jacks
Peggy Sue Allison
Betty Jean Alderman
Betty Jean Alderman
Yvonne Sumrall, 1953-54.
Holly Bluff School.
Picture from son: Daniel Brewer
Betty Jean Alderman
Jean Raines

Carolyn Rebecca "Becky" Brent


1955 School Key
1955 School Ring
Redwood High School Sweater


Here are a group of pictures shared by Kay Roland Largel of a gathering of some class members at her family's hotel at Eagle Lake in 1955.


Yazoo River Ferry
Kay Roland (Largel) on ferry.
Margaret Young, Joyce Boozer, Joyce Cockrell and Lonnie Mallett
Kay Roland, Joyce Boozer on hood, ?. Picture on the ferry.
Left to Right: Front: Joyce Cockrell, Wayne Sumerall,, Kay Roland; Back: Margaret Young, Johnny Brewer, Lonnie Mallett, Joyce Boozer.
Jimmy Gaines, Joyce Cockrell, Johnny Brewer, Joyce Boozer, Wayne Sumrall
Vertical Group: Joyce Boozer, Lonnie Mallett, Johnny Brewer, at right:Margaret Young
L to R; Johnny Brewer, Joyce Cockrell, Kay Roland, Jimmy Gaines, Joyce Boozer
Front: Joyce Cockrell, Lonnie Mallett, Kay Roland: Back: Margaret Young, Joyce Boozer.


Class Reunions


Second Version of 1988 Reunion Picture
L to R – Kimble Pugh, Kay Roland, Ted Porter, Lonnie Mallett, Peggy Sue Allison Blansett, Floyd Oakes, Kathaleen Hays, Bob Hardy, Raymond Evans



Top picture…
Seated, L to R – Rosalie Jacks Farrior, Peggy Sue Allison Blansett, Sally Holcomb Deines, Kay Roland Largel
2nd Row, L to R – Jean Raines Hall, Sylvia Lentz Buskey, Raymond Evans, Vera Lee McBroom Griffith, Joyce Cockrell Huskey, John Gray, Lonnie Mallett Ervin
3rd Row, L to R – Dan Hall, Wilford Cockrell, Ted Porter, Bob Hardy, Margaret Young Rose, Kimble Pugh

Bottom picture…
Seated, L to R – Rosalie Jacks Farrior, Peggy Sue Allison Blansett, Sally Holcomb Deines, Kay Roland Largel.
2nd Row, L to R – Sylvia Lentz Buskey, Vera Lee McBroom Griffith, Joyce Cockrell Huskey, Margaret Young Rose, John Gray, Lonnie Mallett Ervin, Kimble Pugh
Back Row, L to R – Wilford Cockrell, Floyd Oakes, Ted Porter


Rockets Athletic Pictures. Photos from any year that includes any member of the 1955 Class

1953-54 Redwood High School Football Team.

Back Row: Harold Tinnim, Wayne Summerall, Wilson H. Brent, Johnny Brewer, Melvin Oakes, John Robert Griffin, Ted Porter, Floyd Oakes, Coach J. C. Dorman

Second Row: Aubrey (Possum) Scarber, Donny Weaver, George Brown, Todd Huskey, Earl Martin, Leonard Pugh, Jack Copper, James Wright, Curtis Hedrick

Front Row: George Gray, Talmadge Walley, Sydney Sanderson, Billy Rae Brock, Tinker Huskey, D. Brewer, Clayton Wright, Chrisler Fuller, Paul Alderman






1953-54 Season Record
4 Wins (Bentonia, Raymond, Satartia, Lexington)
3 Losses (Utica, Benton, Culkin)
2 ties (Jett, Port Gibson)






Front Row, L to R – Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Juanita Martin, Stella Harris
Middle Row, L to R – Vera Lee McBroom, Elsie Mae Cook, Mildred Moore, Joan Adams, Florence Gaye Hearn, Jean Redditt, Zula Kate Harris
Back Row, L to R – Margaret Young, Robert Ernest King, Dan Hall, Jimmy Ward, James Howard Hearn, Joseph Harris, Claude McBroom, Carolyn Brent


Redwood High School Girls Junior High Basketball Girls, 1950-51
Back Row: Manager Collen Hart, Sally Cooper, Shelby Jean Rowe, Janie Sue Hicks, Loga Ann Smith, Betty Jean Alderman, Joyce Boozer, Betty Sue Porter, Ruby Bliss, Coach J. C. Dorman

Front Row:, Yvonne Sumrall, Peggy Sue Allison, Kathleen Hays

Redwood High School Girls Basketball, 1953-54
Back Row: Manager Ann Huskey, Florence Hearn, Faye Alderman, Jimmie Faye Biedenharn, Sally Holcomb, Carolyn Brent, Carol Jean Smith, Betty Jean Porter, Coach J. C. Dorman

Front Row: Georgia Burton, Jane Keen, Hermanell Hearn, Jean Redditt, Katherine Brewer, Peggy Sue Allison

Redwood High School Girls Junior High Basketball Girls, 1949-50
Back Row: Manager Ann Harlan, Faye Hancock, Betty Jean Alderman, Faye Hicks, Levern Oakes, Eugenia Sumrall, Coach J. C. Dorman

Front Row: Kathleen Hays, Peggy Sue Allison, Jane Keen, Yvonne Sumrall, Georgia Burton


Redwood High School Boys Basketball, 1953-54
Regional Champions

Back Row: Tinker Huskey, Leon Stevens, Jack Cooper, Donald Oakes, Johnny Brewer, Donnie Weaver, Wayne Summerall, Cecil Fonville, Lavon Jeffers

Front Row: Paul Alderman, Allen Earl Martin, Melvin Oakes, Ted Porter, Floyd Oakes, Johnny Griffin, Coach J. C. Dorman


Boys Basketball 1954
L to R: Front: Tinker Huskey, Leon Stevens, Allen Earl Martin, Talmadge Walley
Back: Melvin Oakes, Floyd Oakes, Ted Porter, Johnny Griffin, Coach J. C. Dorman

Missing: Jack Cooper, Donald Oakes, Johnny Brewer, Donny Weaver, Wayne Summerall, Cecil Fonville, Lavon Jeffers, Paul Alderman (manager)

Boys Basketball 1952
L to R: Allen Earl Martin, Billy Young, Otis Sheffield, Charles Wells, W. C. Alderman, James Porter, Melvin Oakes, Dean Cole, Will Breland, Floyd Oakes, Johnny Griffin, Bill Porter,

Back: Todd Huskey, Coach J. C. Dorman

Redwood High School Boys Junior High Basketball Girls, 1949-50
Back Row: Floyd Oakes, Ted Porter, Todd Huskey, Wilson Brent, Orvils Hart, Thomas Powell, Coach J. C. Dorman

Front Row: Johnny Griffin, Melvin Oakes, Allen Earl Martin

1953-54 Redwood High School Baseball Team.

Back Row: Jimmy Allison, George Grey, James Wright, Johnny Brewer, Charles Hinson, Talmadge Walley, Leon Stevens, Richard Allen, Floyd Oakes

Second Row: Aubrey (Possum) Scarber, Jack Cooper, Leonard Pugh, Paul Alderman, Donald Oakes, Clayton Wright, Crissler Fuller, Lavon Jefferies, Raymond Allen, Ted Porter.

Front Row: Coach J. C. Dorman, Sydney Sanderson, Billy Rae Brock, Allen Earl Martin, Todd Huskey, Johnny Griffin, Melvin Oakes, Tinker Huskey, Cecil Fonville

Redwood High School Baseball, 1952-53
Back Row: Chrisler Fuller, Clayton Wright, Bill Porter, Tom Dye, Todd Huskey, Bob Dye, Donnie Weaver

Front Row: Phares Griffin, Allen Earl Martin, Melvin Oakes, Johnny Griffin, Ted Porter, Billy Wayne Bishop, George Brown, Billy Gene Weaver



1953-54 Girls Track Team.
The Girls Track team was the B-BB and A-AA Champions for 1953.

Peggy Allison-50 & 75 yd. Dash, Relay Team
Georgia Burton-Broad Jump and Relay Team
Katherine Brewer-Relay Team
Jane Keen-50 & 75 yd. Dash, Relay Team
Betty Alderman-Baseball Throw
Marie Champion-Baseball Throw

1953-54 Girls Track Team.
Back Row: Katherine Brewer, Coach Ralph Well, Betty Jean Alderman
Front Row: Peggy Sue Allison, Jane Keen, Georgia Burton
Not Pictured: Marie Champion









1954 Girls Relay Team.
Left to Right: Jane Keen, Georgia Burton, Katherine Brewer, Peggy Sue Allison



Rockets Candid Pictures. Photos of members of the 1955 Class


Teachers: Miss Fullilove and McCandless

Back Row: Crissler Fuller, ?, ?, Aubrey Scarber, ?,?, Sidney Sanderson, Frank Jeffers, Donald Oakes, ?, ?, ?, Ralph C. Seviere, Wilfred Cockrell, Charles Cockrell, Orvis Hart, Floyd Oakes, Kenny Stephenson, ?, Thomas Smith
Front: Bonnie Holified (Head in Wheel), Bobbie Ann Hinson, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Aileen Cockrell, Mary Nell Hart, ?, Margaret Dennis, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Barbara Bishop, ?

Standing: Barbara Bishop, Jean Raines, Janie Sue Hicks, Betty Jean Alderman, Gloria Bounds, Orvis Hart, Wilford Cockrell, Neal Fowler, Gene Hardy, Raymond Evans (on shoulders), Floyd Oakes
Kneeling: Yvonne Sumrall, Lonnie Mallett, Lucile Day, Joyce Boozer, Kathleen Hays, Clement Hearn. ca. 1950


King Siblings (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)


Vera Lee McBroome & Dan Hall, Oak Ridge
L to R: George Brown, ?, Charles Cockrell,
Orvis Hart, Floyd Oakes, 1947-48
John “Worm” Gray,
Next to Edwin Hardy’s House on Oak St.,
Vicksburg, ca 1952
Floyd Oakes and Betty Jo Terrell, 1954
Raymond Gene Evans
Raymond G. Evans, graduating from Rymond High School, Raymond, MS.
Raymond Gene Evans
Raymond G. Evans with sons, graduating from maybe Hinds Junior College.
Betty Sue Coley
Betty Sue Coley and son, Frank Dant.



Class Reunions

Sally Holcomb Deines, Kay Roland Largel (both class of '55)
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Edwin "Bob" Hardy '55 and wife, Barbara
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Rosalie Jacks Farrior '55.
Rosalie also went through the 8th grade at Oak Ridge.
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Walter Griffith, Vera McBroom Griffith '55,
Raymond Evans '55, Floyd Oakes '55, Edwin "Bob" Hardy '55, Barbara Hardy,
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Kimble Pugh '55 and wife, Mildred Sadler Pugh ’53,
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
L to R: George Brown, ?, Charles Cockrell, Orvis Hart, Floyd Oakes, 1947-48
Joyce Cockrell Huskey, Vera McBroom Griffith,
Raymond Evans (all class of '55)
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Coach J. C. Dorman and Patricia Garnett Chesser, teacher
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Patricia Garnett Chesser and Kerna Mae Hester Faris,
both teachers
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Jane Keen Griffin '54; Patricia Garnett Chesser, teacher;
Ann Huskey Lott '54
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Vera Lee McBroome Griffith '55 and husband, Walter Griffith
Class of 1955, 50th Reunion
Wandra and Raymond Evans '55
Class of 1955, 50th Reunion
Carolyn Brent Jones and Rosalie Jacks Farrior, both '55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Jean Raines Hall and husband, Dan Hall (both '55)
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Ted Porter '55 and Sally Cooper Porter '56
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Carolyn Brent Jones '55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
John “Worm” Gray, ’55
Class of 1955, 50th Reunion
Peggy Sue Blansett '55
Class of 1955, 50th Reunion
Joyce Cockrell Huskey, ’55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Joyce Cockrell Huskey, Carolyn Brent Jones,
Lonnie Mallet Ervin '55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
J. C. Dorman, Kerna Mae Hester Faris (teacher) and
Floyd Oakes '55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Dan Hall, Margaret Young Rose, Vera McBroome Griffith,
Carolyn Brent Jones, Rosalie Jack Farrior (all '55)
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Sally Holcomb Deines ’55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Max West and Virginia Segrest West (she was a teacher and sponsor of class of '55)
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Patricia Garnett Chesser (teacher) and Floyd Oakes '55
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
John Gray '55 and son Paul
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Kay Roland Largel '55 and husband
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Sylvia Lentz Buskey '55, Sandra Robbins McMellon '57,
Gayle O'Connor Spinks '57
Class of 1955 50th Reunion
Hermanell Hearn, Jane Griffin, Betty Jean Alderman
Betty Jean Alderman, Todd Huskey,
Lola Mae Powell &
Rosalie “Bobbie” Fore
Betty Jean Alderman
Sally Holcomb and Vera Lee McBroome
Vera Lee McBroome, Joyce Boozer, Kay Roland,
Ann Huskey, Jane Keen, Jean Raines,
Betty Jean Alderman,
Darrell Fuller
Betty Jean Alderman, Maude Franklin,
Ann Huskey,
Hermanell Hearn
Front: Dorothy Hall, Mildred Sadler
Earl Martin, Hermanell Hearn, Todd Huskey,
Betty Jean Alderman, Ann Huskey
Yvonne Sumrall Brewer
Betty Jean Alderman & Jane Keen
Hermanell Hearn & Betty Jean Alderman
Willie Maddox
Willie Maddox
Virginia Segrest West. She taught at Redwood and was the class sponsor of the Class of 1955. This is a picture of Mrs. West, her daughters and her grandchildren. She is in the center of the front row and her husband is in the center of the back row. (Picture 2009)
Front, L to R: Floyd & Betty Oakes, Dot and Phares Griffin, Jane Keen Griffin, Sally Cooper Porter, Bettye Oakes

Back: Mel Oakes, Johnny Griffin, Ted Porter, Donald Oakes (Photo 2010 at home of Donald & Bettye Oakes)

Brunswick School Class Picture

Left to Right: Ann Whitaker (7 y/o), Patty Seaney (about 11 y/o), Tony Battalio (about 7 y/o), unknown, Tommy Roland (12 y/o), (Johnny Roland was not there), Janie Nevels, Kay Roland (back) (13 y/o), front boy unknown, back boy - Junior Nevels (?), front girl Stephanie "Puddy" Roland (7 y/o), unknown girl, boy at right (?) (maybe Nevels or Cousins). The picture was taken in the early spring of 1950 (I think), at the Brunswick School House.( Thanks to Kay Roland Largel for the identifications.)


Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1955

Gone But Not Forgotten

Margaret Young Rose
1937-June 27, 2012

Margaret Ruth Young Rose died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at River Region Medical Center. She was 74.

Mrs. Rose attended Redwood High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Vicksburg Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Lillian Ruth Hall Young; her grandparents, Armedage Kent Hall and Nancy Elizabeth Westcott Hall; her husband, Edward Rose; a sister, Bobbie Thompson; and a brother, Billy Young.

She is survived by two sons, Herbert Rose of Ashburn, Va., and Gene Rose of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Robert Ernest King
April 21, 1937-June 26, 2015

Robert Ernest King went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 26, 2015, at Merit Health River Region Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 78. Mr. King retired as an electrician with the ICG Railroad and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He could catch fish when no one else could and once killed two deer with one shot. He attended Triumph Church of Vicksburg, MS. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Bessie King and a younger sister, Jewel King.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Anita Riddle King (at right); three sons, Ronnie Martin King (Karen) of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Randy Lee King of Vicksburg, Mike Riddle (Ann) of Cleveland, Wisconsin; two sisters, Hope Joyner of Port Gibson, Billy Pennington of Abbott, TX; a brother, Cecil Knox King (Joyce) of Huntsville, Ala; five grandchildren, Mason King, Justin King, Dee Jay Mulligen, Brad Riddle, Chelsea Riddle; four great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Fields of Triumph Church officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be T. J. Launius, Mason King, Justin King, Sid Hynum, Charlie James, Charles Bryant, Kenny Fields and Walden Bost. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. George Abraham and Carolyn Johnson, his devoted friend and caregiver.


Yvonne Sumrall Brewer
September 29, 1936-November 28, 1972

Yvonne was born in Yazoo City. She was the daughter of Samuel Curtis (1898–1965) and Florence Rebecca Ainsworth Bounds Sumrall (1902–1983). Among her siblings were Annie, Bobbie Joe Hart (1928–2017), Nellie May, Bettie Lou, Eugenia Jean", Edna, Bell Bounds Fedrick (1916–2002), Viola Bounds Sumrall (1919–1986), Jonnie Mae, and Deloros (there were twelve daughters).


Yvonne's nephew, Warren Hart, writes of her, "Aunt Yvonne was a beautiful, happy, warm and generous person who helped my mother, Bobbie Joe Hart,,through a rough divorce from my father when I was about 10 years old in 1967. That was the first time I met her and her family although Yvonne and my mother were close. Without Aunt Yvonne, I don't think we would have made it. She gave us furniture to help us set up house and helped my mother find a job and more." Bobbie Joe and son,  Warren E. Hart, Jr are seen at right.

Aunt Yvonne married Robert Finch and together they had 2 boys, Bobby (Robert) and Mark. She divorced Robert Finch (not sure about the dates) and she later married Danny Brewer. Together, Yvonne andDanny had 2 boys, Jonathan and Daniel who were twins. Aunt Yvonne had 4 boys altogether. She lived in Jackson Mississippi her entire adult life.

She is buried in Gleenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS.
Below is a picture of Yvonne’s mother with her first husband, John Alford Bounds.


Billy J. Lovett
1933-December 16, 2004

Billy J. Lovett
Services for Billy J. Lovett will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Ruth Pugh, pastor of Bible Holiness Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Lovett died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Select Specialty Hospital at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was 71.

A native and lifelong resident of Warren County, Mr. Lovett was the son of the late Billy Cody and Pearl Rogers Lovett. He retired as a dispatcher for the Vicksburg Water and Gas Company after 18 years of service. He was a member of Bible Holiness Church.

Survivors include his wife, Odeal Holmes Lovett of Vicksburg; a daughter, Melanie Feltcher of Biloxi; two sons, Stephen Lovett of Vicksburg and David Lovett of Gulfport; two sisters, Francis Dement of Mena, Ark., and Elizabeth Townsend of Hattiesburg; a brother, Lawrence Lovett of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Everett Gladwell, Stanley Mullens, David Gladwell, Rex Smithey, Charles Tate and Joshua Pugh.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Crist and Nathan Skipworth

Betty Sue Coley
July 23, 1938-June 7, 2003

Betty Sue was born to Franklin Ellis (1908–1985) and Ada Lelia Braddy (1913–1984) Coley on July 23, 1938 in Lorman, Mississippi. Franklin worked for a lumber company. She had brothers, James William Coley, Franklin Coley, and Cecil Clyde Coley (1941–1999). Betty married Raymond R. Sims on April 26, 1977 following the divorcee from her first husband, Melvin Douglas Dant. She later married Joseph Rider. She had five sons, Melvin Douglas Dant Jr.. Dr. James Cecil Coley Dant, Franklin Ellis Coley Dant, Earl Ray Sims (wife Debbie) and Richard "Skip" Sims; three daughters, Lelia Sue Dant, Cathy J. Wells, and Cathy Rider.

She was a retired supervisor at Bremner in Princeton. She was of the Baptist faith. She died in Princeton, Caldwell, Kentucky, USA. She is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton, Kentucky.

From Betty Sue's funeral:

Miss Me-But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little - but not too long and not with your head bowed low,
For this journey that we all must take
Miss me - But let me go.
Remember the love that we once shared and each must go alone,
It's all a part of the Master's plan a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart go to the friends we know,
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me — But Let Me Go...

- Author Unknown

Joseph Bailey Harris
1937-August 30, 2013

Joseph B. Harris died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Seattle. He was 76. Joseph attended Oak Ridge for elementary and junior high. He attended Redwood for his freshman year then transferred to Carr Central where he graduated.

He was a retired professor and head of the Humanities Department at Parkland College in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., and was a 1955 graduate of Carr Central High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois.
Survivors include his daughter, Loren Harris of Minneapolis; a son, Alex Harris of Seattle; a sister, Zula Harris of Wichita, Kan.; and one grandson.



Carolyn Rebecca Brent Jones
November 7, 1936-September 25, 2017

A Celebration of Life service for Carolyn Rebecca Brent Jones, 80, who was lovingly called “Becky” by her family and who died Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the Oak Ridge Community Center on Oak Ridge Road in Vicksburg. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Cremation Society of Virginia, Richmond, Va.

Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Vicksburg, the daughter of George M. Brent and Geneva Hearn Brent. She attended Redwood High School where she participated in atheleticss.

She lived a majority of her life in Tulsa, Okla.

Carolyn was employed by and retired from the Tulsa County Treasure’s Office, creating many lasting friendships along the way. 

In her retirement, she moved to St. Marys, Ga., and spent most of her time gardening, quilting, and spending time with family. She also enjoyed many opportunities to travel back “home” to Vicksburg.

She was a loving mother and adoring grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Jones; seven children, Michael, Phyllis, Naomi, Evan, Rhonda, Rachel, and Jason; two stepsons, Steve and Keith; six siblings, Betty Lou, Linda, Billy, Jesse, Verna, and John Harvey; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 2300 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 401, Fredricksburg, VA 22401.







Raymond Gene Evans
August 5, 1937-September 22, 2017

Raymond Gene Evans, 80, passed from this life Friday, September 22, 2017, while surrounded by his family at home.

Visitation will be 9:00-11:00am, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Immanuel Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am, with interment in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Raymond was born in Midnight, Mississippi, a son of the late William and Cleo Evelyn Hale Evans. Raymond's mother died in childbirth in 1943. Her mother, Cora Ethel Moore Hale Northern, moved in and raised her grandchildren. She was a very tiny woman. Cora, born in Missouri, died in 1971. Raymond's father died in an automobile accident in 1953.

Raymond attended Redwood High School for most of his education, however he moved to Raymond, MS with his brothers and graduated from Raymond High School. Following military service he attended Hind Junior College and earned an associates arts degree.

Raymond had a longtime interest in goats. In 1998, a Clarion-Ledger article reported he had twenty in his herd to provide goat milk for his wife who was intolerant to cows milk.

He retired in 1999 from Westinghouse/Cooper Industries after more than 33 years of service. Raymond was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Billy, Kenneth and Van Evans, sister, Cleo Harrison, brother-in-law, Ronnie Harrison, and sister-in-law, Erma Evans.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Wandra Olivia Stewart Evans; children, Gene Evans (Lou Ann), Jeff Evans, and Dana Griffin; grandchildren, Olivia and Will Evans, and Alex Griffin; brothers Max and Leroy Evans; and many extended family members and special friends.

Memorials may be made to the Music and Library funds of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Raymond and Wandra Olivia Stewart Evans;

Children, Gene Evans, back right, Jeff Evans, front left, and Dana Evans

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

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


Bobby Joe Adams
September 5, 1935-March 30, 2018

Bobby Joe Adams
September 5, 1935 - March 30, 2018

Bobby Joe Adams died on March 30, 2018, at his residence in Vicksburg. He was 83. Bobby Joe was born in Seminary, MS where he lived for many years. He attended Redwood High School through the seventh grade. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Carpenters Local. He was of the Baptist Faith. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Leslie Paige Adams and his sister-in-law Frances Meadows. He is survived by his wife Joy Pettaway Adams of Vicksburg MS, his son Robert Joe Adams and his wife, Karen of Vicksburg MS, his daughter Marcia Weaver and her husband Frank of Vicksburg, his step-daughter Beth Porter and her husband Stanley of Vicksburg, his step-son R.D. Forbes and his wife Sharon of Vicksburg, his brother Darrell Adams of Crosby TX, his sister Dena Thomas of San Leon TX, his sister-in-law Dorothy Fleming, 2 grandchildren Deanna Adams and Sean Weaver, and 3 step-grandchildren Rhiannon Cannada, Robert Dustin Forbes and Steven D. Porter. He has 10 step great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held Monday, April 2 at Glenwood Funeral home at 10:00 am until the hour of service. A graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Garden Cemetary at 11:00 am. Rev. Kent Campbell will be officiating.


Betty Jean Alderman Thomas
September 5, 1935-March 30, 2018

Betty Jean Alderman Thomas
September 5, 1935 - March 30, 2018


Betty Jean Alderman Thomas, born March 7, 1935, in Vicksburg, MS, passed away at the age 83 on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MI. Betty was born to Albert Alderrnan and Mamie Alderman McCormlck and was one of eight children. She grew up in the Redwood community and graduated from Redwood High School where she played basketball and softball.

After moving in 1974 to Jackson, Betty worked for the State of Mississippi Highway Department, Central Hinds Acaderny and retired from Hinds Community College.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Thomas, her sister, Brenda Alderman, brother W. C. Alderman and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Stacy Thomas (Rebecca), grandson, Tim Thomas (Ashley), her six great grand loves and a little one arriving in June. Betty is also survived by her brotners, Howard Alderman of Plcayune, Paul Aiderrnan (Alice) of Vicksburg, Eddie Frank Alderman of Conway, SC, sisters, Gayle Neihaus (Ronnie) of Vlcksburg and Faye MoCulley of Pace, FL and a host of nieces and nephews.

Betty will be lovingly remembered as a diligent servant of the Lord, a loving and caring mother, grandmother, friend and role model for her family and countless young people whose lives she touched in so many ways.

The family will rejoice with friends at Wright and Ferguson Funerai Home in Raymond, MS on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm. Funeral services will be held at Wright and Ferguson in Raymond on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11am with burial service immediately followinng at the Raymond cemetery on Dry Grove Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the


Lonnie Ray Mallett Ervin
April 27 1936-August 5, 2020

Lonnie Ray Mallett Ervin

GLOSTER — Lonnie Ray Mallett Ervin, passed away August 5, 2020. She was born April 27, 1936 in Warren County, Mississippi, the daughter of Eugene and Clyde Tucker Mallett.

She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, two brothers, Howard Mallett and Walter Mallett, and half-brother, A.J. Mallett; two nephews, William Mallett and Hugh E. Bateman.

She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Brantley Samuels; two granddaughters, Jessie and Amber Brantley and three Great Grandchildren, Chloe, Michael, and Nita Ray, one sister, Hazel M. Sterling and a host of nieces and nephews.

She grew up in Warren County, graduating from Redwood High School where she was a cheerleader and drove a school bus. She retired from Bell South Telephone Company with thirty-one years of service. She moved to Amite County to live near family. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she was active in the choir, Golden Age Seniors and sang with Sweet Spirit Singers.

Visitation is Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Gloster, MS. from 9:30 A.M. until time of funeral services at 10 a.m. at the church, officiated by Rev. Blaine Stafford. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.





Terrell Gene "Ted" Porter
July 20, 1936-December 30, 2020

On December 30, 2020, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Terrell Gene Porter, Sr. went home to his Lord.

Ted (as he liked to be called) was born in Straight Bayou on July 20, 1936. Later his family resided in Valley Park, MS where he made his home and raised a family.

Ted worked at Spencer Chemical Company starting in 1956 and retired from Vicksburg Chemical in 1998. He also farmed his family farm for 45 years. He loved sports and was known for his athletic ability and mentorship.

He was a member of Valley Park Baptist Church where he served his Lord as deacon, Sunday School teacher and chaired many committees. He loved his Bible study that was his routine every morning. He loved his Lord, his church, his family and his community where he lived his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin James Porter and Beulah McDuff Porter; brothers, James “Sonnyboy” Dwayne Porter, William Rodney “Bill” Porter and sister, Betty Jean Kober.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Sally Cooper Porter; his children, Dory Day (Tim), Sharon Hodnett (Billy), Terrell Porter (Leah); grandchildren, Parker Day, Jordan Day Huffman (Rickey), Jess Hodnett (Stephanie), Steven Hodnett, John Parker Porter, Cooper Porter, Miriam Porter and great-grandchildren, Cori and Kate Hodnett. He is also survived by siblings, Sue Embry (Ray), Lucille Wooley (Thomas), Melvin Porter, Jr. (Kathy), as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at 11:00 a. m. Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Valley Park Baptist Church with Bro. Adrian Fairchild and Bro. Ken Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow the service in Valley Park Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jess Hodnett, Steven Hodnett, Billy Hodnett, Tim Day, Rodney Porter, John Parker Porter, David Wansley, Scotty Evans, Parker Day. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Newman, Charlie Jones, Jimmy Braxton, “Sonny” Lester Mitchell, Thomas Wooley, Jack Cooper, Charles Kerr, Donald Oakes, Floyd Oakes, Ray Embry, Mike McMullen, Mickey Blackmon and Stanley Porter.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, Dr. Andrew George, the nurses and staff at Baptist Hospital, Dr. Timothy Cannon, the staff of King’s Daughters Hospital of Brookhaven, Beverly Taylor with Hospice Ministries and the airlift service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Valley Park Baptist Church.

Wilford Wilson Cockrell
February 12, 1936-October 4, 2021

Wilford Wilson Cockrell was born on February 12, 1936 and died on Monday, October 4, 2021.  He was 85.

Preceded in death is his father, Charlie Cockrell (1892-1962); mother, Minnie L. Hearn Cockrell (19001977);  brother,  Charles Newell Cockrell (19332015);  sisters, Gracie M. Emfinger and Eleanor Aileen Brooks (19382011); Son,  Pete Deckard;  Daughter, Terrie M. Deckard.

Survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary (Janie) Cockrell; Daughter, Cynthia A Porter(Doug);  Sons,  James W Cockrell and Clay A. Cockrell; 

Sisters,  Lora Wilson (Windy) and Flora Allison;  five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and  numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 8 at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Avenue.  Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the hour of service.  Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearer:  retired and active Firefighter, Bill Field Jr.

Honorary  pallbearers: Charles Riles,  Dr. Daniel Edney, Heather Anderson and the Vicksburg Fire Department. 




Peggy Allison Blansett
April 14, 1937-June 28, 2024

Peggy Allison Blansett passed away peacefully at her home on June 28, 2024, at the age of 87.

Peggy was born on April 14, 1937, the daughter of Clarence Marvin “Bud” Allison and Minnie Graham Allison. She worked alongside her husband at Blansett’s Ornamental Iron and Construction for 37 years and owned and operated Redwood Country Store and Restaurant for over 40 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Ben Blansett.

She is survived by her daughters Deborah Lowery and Olie Blansett, and a son Sidney Meacham, grandchildren Allison Julia Elfer, Michelle Lowery Cole (Josh) and Bear Meacham (Brittany), and great-grandchildren McKenzie Cole, Caden Cole, Zoey Meacham and Ashley Meacham. She is also survived by Bob Hardy. Peggy and Bob were high school sweethearts who went their separate ways. They eventually found each other again after the passing of their spouses and he has been her most devoted companion ever since.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Vicksburg. Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sheriff Martin Pace, LaTisha Nixon, Tony Haggard, Greg Haggard, Jeff Skipper, and Hayden Skipper. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Amborne, Richard Cowart, Bear Meacham, Dr. Lee Giffin, John Storey, Mike Keen, John Dolan, Richard Marcus, past employees of Blansett Ornamental Iron and Construction and all her doctors, nurses, and caregivers.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church or the Haven House Family Shelter in Vicksburg.

Orvis Tilford Hart
February 19 1937-October 28, 2020

Orvis T. Hart, Jr. of Evansville, Indiana passed away October 28, 2020 at Columbia Healthcare.

Orvis was born in Bay City, Mississippi on February 19, 1937. His family moved to northern Indiana when he was a boy. He grew up in Hammond, Indiana and graduated from George Rogers Clark High School where he lettered in football. 

He worked at the South Bend Water Works pumping station and in the office of a steel mill. 

Orvis realized at an early age that education was the most important thing you could do for yourself. He graduated from Indiana State College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then went on to Indiana University to earn a degree of Master of Public Affairs, then 2 years later a Master of Science in Business Administration.

Orvis worked a variety of jobs to achieve his educational goals. He was also very active in the Indiana Democratic Party and held the position of State Youth Director where he received a letter of praise for his work from Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
Orvis came to Evansville about 25 years ago and taught at the Vanderburgh County Jail, the Rescue Mission and the EVSC. 

He was an active member in the Evansville Lapidary Society. He loved working the wheels to achieve some beautiful cabochons. But more importantly he loved to study the chemical and mineral makeup of the rocks he worked with. He liked nothing better than to teach anyone that was interested about this. Ne loved to tell his stories about so many famous people in Indiana that he worked with on campaigns or went to college with. He “knew where the bodies were” he’d say!!

He was preceded in death by his father, Orvis T. Hart, Sr. His mother, Lilly (McNew) Hart and 2 sisters. 
There will be no service, etc. per his wishes. 


Orvis Tilford Hart, Back Row, Third from right.
1959, Indiana State Teachers College, Terra Haute, IN, Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity

Orvis Hart Second Row at end in light coat and dark tie.

Orvis Tilford Hart, 1960, Indiana State Teachers College, Terra Haute, IN,



Rockets Index of Class of 1955 and their teachers.
Includes anyone that was in that class during their time at Redwood


Adams, Bobby Joe
Alderman, Betty Jean (Thomas)
Alexander, Robert Clyde
Allison, Peggy Sue (Blansett)
Bishop, Barbara (Traylor)
Boozer, Joyce (Owens)
Bounds, Gloria (Napier)
Brent, Carolyn (Jones)
Cockrell, Joyce (Huskey)
Cockrell, Wilford
Coley, Betty Sue (Rider)
Cousins, Richard
Day, Lucille
Dennis, Margaret
Evans, Raymond
Fuller, Forrest
Gray, John
Hall, Dan
Hardy, Edwin
Harris, Joseph Bailey
Hart, Orvis
Hays Kathaleen (Bradshaw)
Hearn, Clement
Holcomb, Sally (Deines)
Jacks, Rosalie (Farrior)
King, Robert Clyde
Lentz, Sylvia (Buskey)
Mallett, Lonnie(Ervin)
McBroom, Vera Lee (Griffith)
Oakes, Floyd
Porter, Ted
Pugh, Kimble
Raines, Jean (Hall)
Roland, Kay( Largel )
Summerall, Yvonne
Whitehead, Martha (Smith)
Young, Margaret (Rose)

Garnett, Patricia (Chesser)
Hester, Kerna Mae (Faris)
Segrest, Virginia (West )