Redwood Class of 1950

 

 

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.

 

 

Back: Douglas Jernigan, Max Evans, John Oakes, Raymond Sanderson

Front: Wydelle Allen Shiers, Hazel Ferguson, Marie Walker Basham, Evelyn Warnock, Wilma Allen Lyons, Nellie Jean Huggins, Lucile Turner Patrick

Tommy Bishop in dark shirt left of singer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Bishop, who would have graduated with class of 1950, chose instead to pursue a musical career as a country and western singer and guitarist. He was very successful. He was the lead guitarist in Hank Williams Sr.’s last band. An American Masters documentary film “Honky Tonk Man” about the life of Hank Williams, Sr. is available through Netflix. Tommy appears in the film. His two clips are below.

 

 

 

 

Cutt Barfied Orchestra in Vicksburg, MS. Tommy Bishop, guitar, Ed McCleve, drums, John Martin, bass. Eva Dot Ryan Barfield, Cutt’s wife, piano and Cutt Barfield, trumpet. (The picture was provided by Ed Cummins, who, with his brother Pickett, played saxophones with the Barfield Orchestra.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Marie Walker

Right: Margaret Ann Jones & Marie Walker,
the corsage was given to Marie by Mrs. Fred Oakes.

 

J. F. and Marie Walker Basham

At left: Bobbie Sue Barber, Barbara Parker and Marie Walker

At right: Ann Jacqueline Harlan

Tommy Bishop & Johnny Griffin

L to R: Evelyn Jones, (Max Evans' daughter), Max Evans, Jimmy Dwyer, (James “Billy” & Connie Evans’ grandson), Betty Renier, (James & Connie Evans’ second daughter), Linda Evans, (Van's Wife), Connie Evans, Billy Evans, Tim Dwyer (J&C’s first daughter's husband), Van Evans, and Tim Dwyer's second wife after J&C’s first daughter passed away.

There’s something to be said for a lifelong career in a profession you can still find joy in doing every day. That kind of loyalty and dedication can be hard to come by these days, but it’s not completely unheard of. Bobby Childers has worked at The Vicksburg Post for 63 years and has no plans to retire. “I was always told if you got a job you like, don’t change,” Childers said.

Currently Childers is in charge of maintenance at Post Plaza. It is his responsibility to take care of the building, whether it’s the air conditioning, plumbing, electrical work, door locks, lighting, tile or making sure the property is clean. The 83-year-old is part-time, working about five hours a day, five days a week. “When I first come into the newspaper businesses I liked it, and I enjoyed it, and so I just haven’t had no desire to retire,” Childers said. “My health is good, nothing’s wrong with me and they keep me on.”

Childers came to the Post right out of high school in 1950 and worked for three months before leaving to serve in the National Guard during the Korean War. After two years of service Childers came back to the Post and hasn’t left again since.“I’ve done a little bit of everything over the years,” Childers said. He’s worked in multiple areas of the newspaper production process. Page composition was one of his first responsibilities. Childers was part of a group of people who worked on the layout of the editorial pages. “I wasn’t a newsperson, I didn’t go out and get stories, but I put the pages together,” Childers said.

About seven years into Childers’ career, technology started changing the landscape of the newspaper with the hot metal paste-up method of using film and aluminum plates. Some people refer to that time as the good ole days, but Childers said when it comes to printing the good days are here presently. Next, Childers worked in what is today called creative services. In this position he worked on the layout and composition of advertisements. After, he moved on to the pressroom for the bulk of his career. Childers spent 40 years in the pressroom, and for 35 of those years was the supervisor.

There were also two years in the mid-90s where Childers took on additional responsibilities when he took over maintaining the computer system as the news office moved to its current location. When the 1953 tornado spun its way down Washington Street, Childers was at work in the Post’s newsroom on the corner of South and Cherry streets. They heard the roaring wind and rain and lost power as the storm devastated downtown Vicksburg just three blocks away. “We had to have power to run the press,” Childers said. “It was hectic.” Power was restored around 6 a.m. the next day, and they worked around the clock by candlelight to make sure a paper was produced, if only a little behind schedule. The Post received a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts. “We continued working and got the paper out that night, well, about 7 a.m. the next morning,” Childers said. “We were supposed to get it out about midnight.”

Cars were piled on top of each other, and Childers still being a part of the National Guard was asked to stand guard at the damaged building to discourage looters from taking advantage. “The apartment me and my wife lived in, we lost the roof off it,” Childers said.
His family has expanded over the years, and he has been raising two great grandchildren for the past 14 years. His goal was to work until they graduated high school, and it looks like he will succeed in that endeavor. His great grandson graduated last year, and his great granddaughter skipped 11th grade and will be graduating at the end of this school year.

 

 

Rockets Obituaries of Class of 1955

Gone But Not Forgotton

Margie Faye Marshall
1932-Nov. 6, 2009

Margie Faye Marshall Furr died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Promise Hospital in Vicksburg. She was 77.

Ms. Furr was born in Holmes County and had lived in Vicksburg most of her life. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death, by her parents, Herbert E. Marshall and Estelle Fields Marshall, and her son, Paul Furr Jr.

Survivors include three sons, Mark A. Furr, James Earl Furr and Timothy Furr, all of Vicksburg; two daughters, Rita Faye Adams and Cynthia Ann Adams, both of Vicksburg; a sister, Bonnie Marshall Stokes of Vicksburg; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. D.W. Tipton officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Monday from noon until the hour of service.

Pallbearers are Paul Furr, Jr., Mitchell Furr, Jimmy Seay, Sr., Jimmy Seay, Jr., Steve Whitehead and Thomas Saxton.

Honorary pallbearers are Carl Martin, Dale Adams, Tony Adams, Michael Adams, Jacob Barrett, Justin Barrett and Jeffrey Furr.

 

Charles Raymond McBroom
1932-July 22, 2011


RICHLAND — Charles Raymond McBroom died Friday, July 22, 2011, at the St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 79.

A longtime resident of Vicksburg, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired as engine foreman for the Illinois Central Railroad in Vicksburg after 40 years employment. He was a member of Richland United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Allen McBroom of Richland; daughters, Connie Elkovich and husband Richard of Sylva, N.C., and Linda Boren and husband Carl Jr. of Port Gibson; a son, Preston T. Riley and wife Brenda of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; a sister, Hazel Allen and Husband Tommy of Decatur, Ala.; a brother, Claude McBroom and wife Mary of Right City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Jason Charles Boren of Myersville, Md., Jennifer Folsom of Atlanta, Ga., and Jana Persons of Vicksburg; six great-grandchildren, Andrew Lang, Bailen Caldwell, Addison Caldwell, Haley Trent, Jared Boren and Emma Boren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson with the Rev. David Harrison officiating. Memorials are requested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 

Robert Earl Steele
1931-July 26, 2011


Robert E. Steeleo Sr. died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Alexandria, La. He was 80.

A native of Haleyville, Ala., Mr. Steele lived in both Vicksburg and Ball, La., for many years.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Esler Pentecostal Church in Pineville, La. He retired as lieutenant of security from the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant.

He was grand chancellor commander, State of Louisiana, for Knights of Pythias Webster Lodge No. 4. He graduated from Redwood High School in 1950. His passion was playing bass guitar in his church band, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by two sons, Bobby Steele and wife Cindy of Baytown, Texas, and Dennis Jay Steele and wife Linda Millet of Rossville, Ga.; one daughter, JoAnne Steele Williams and husband Grayson of Mexia, Texas; two brothers, James Abney and wife Carlis of Vicksburg and Terry Steele and wife Sharon of Hartselle, Ala.; two sisters, Faye Ledger and husband Gerald of Brookhaven and Patsy Bishop and husband Tommy of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Jason Steele, Devin Steele and Michael Graves; and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Toney officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Oscar Coodie, Michael Graves, Jerry Stroud, Wiley Pritchard, Russell Johnese, Randy Crist and Mark Long.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of Esler Pentecostal Church and the Redwood High School Class of 1950.

 

Jessie Thomas “Tommy” Bishop
September 12, 1932-November 5, 2011


Jessie Thomas “Tommy” Bishop passed Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was a resident of Covenant Health and Rehab. He was 79 years old. He passed peacefully with family members at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Grady C. Bishop, longtime residents of Vicksburg. He will be lovingly missed.

Mr. Bishop was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Memphis, Tenn., and had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1945. He was a very gifted and talented musician. His first guitar was bought for $5 at the age of 10 from an old bluesman in Aberdeen, Miss. He learned much from playing in church. He started his first band, Tommy and the Southerners, at age 15. At 17, he won an audition playing in Red Sovine’s band on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, La., and played professionally throughout the 1950s as a sought-after session and touring guitarist. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Carlisles featuring Bill Carlisle. He was the last lead guitarist for Hank Williams, Sr. Mr. Bishop also played on the Grand Ole Opry with such greats as Jim Reeves, Ray Price, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Little Jimmy Dickens, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb and many more. He served with the Vicksburg Police Department and owned Bishop Bonding Co. in Vicksburg before retiring in 2005. He also was very active in numerous children’s charities in the community.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his wife, Pasty J. (Abney) Bishop of 39 years. His siblings are Virginia Bishop Amico of Buffalo, N.Y.; Billy Wayne Bishop of Vicksburg; Barbara Bishop Traylor of Hernando, Miss. Brother Sonny James Bishop preceded him in death. Mr. Bishop had four children: Clifton Cleveland Bishop of El Cerrito, Calif.; Gerald Wayne Bishop Sr. of Vicksburg; Sharon Rose Bishop of Jackson and Jesse Thomas (Tom) Bishop Jr. of Jonesboro, Ark. He had nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Hazel Ferguson Fletcher
May 24,1931-January 30, 2014


Hazel Ferguson Fletcher, 82 of Delta, Louisiana passed from this life Thursday, January 30, 2014. Mrs. Fletcher was born May 24, 1931, to the union of Howard and Rosie Lou Ferguson. Funeral services will be held at Pine Hill Baptist Church, February 5, 2014, at 2:00 pm with Bro. James King officiating. Interment will follow at New Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, LA.

Mrs. Hazel enjoyed fishing, especially white perch, painting, and raising flowers. She was a strong follower of the Lord.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Rosie Lou Ferguson, sister, Velma Pitts and sister, Violet Carlise.

Mrs. Hazel is survived by her husband of 35 years, Sidney N. Fletcher, Sr. son, Gary Edward Fletcher of San Diego, CA, son, Jim “Mike” Mitchell Hill of Vicksburg, MS, daughter, Carolyn Peebles of Vicksburg, MS, daughter, Diane Wright of Vicksburg, MS, son, Sidney N. Fletcher, Jr. of Rockvale, TN, and daughter, Sharon Fulgham, of Vicksburg, MS, three sisters, Ruby Halm of New Orleans, LA, Margie Beard of New Orleans ,LA, and Joyce Grey of Vicksburg, MS.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 12:00 pm until service time at 2:00 pm at Pine Hill Baptist Church in Sicily Island, LA.

 

John Albert Dillon
1932-June 10, 2015


John Albert Dillon, 82, of Vicksburg, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Merit Health River Region Medical Center.

He was a graduate of Redwood High School.

An Army veteran who worked at a steel mill, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Bob) Dillon; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a friend of ten years, Mary Cummings; three step-grandchildren, Doris (Randy) Rippy, Harvey (Sandy) Mathes, Tommy (Sarah) Mathes; six step-grandchildren, Amber (Karl) Haslauer, Brittany (Daniel) Eawes, Pat Scallion, Harry Mathes, Robbie Mathes, Emmy Mathes; and one step-great-grandson, Karl Jr.

Memorial service will be Friday, June 12, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Roger Cresswell officiating.
Visitation will be from 11:30 am until the hour of service.
Glenwood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

 

Alva F. Cook
February 8, 1932-October 11, 2009


Alva Cook died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at his home. He was 77.

Mr. Cook was born February 8, 1932, and in lived in Vicksburg for many years and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He served for 20 years in the US Navy during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Harlen Cook of Vicksburg; three sons, Dave Cook and wife Rachael, Kenneth Wayne Cook and wife Fabiola L. and Michael A. Cook and wife Silvia, all of Vicksburg; two brothers, Eugene Cook of Huntsville, Ala., and Randy Cook of Vicksburg; a sister, Esie Buhs of Bartonville, Ill; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 pm. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Revs. Billy Brumfield and Francis Vriesen officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 am. until the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Justin Cook, Kiel May, Scott May, Ken Cook, Jr., Phillip Cook and Brian Cook.

Honorary pallbearers will be Drs. Walter Johnston Jr., Martin Newcomb, Steven Zachow and their staffs and Thomas Sunday school classes at Immanuel Baptist
Church.

 

Ann Jacqueline Harlen Cook
May 11, 1932-August 26, 2014


Ann Jacqueline Harlen Cook passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. She was 82.

She spent most of her life in Vicksburg where she was born on May 11, 1932 to Christopher Jack Harlen and Anna Mae Cogan Harlen.

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alva F.R. Cook and her brothers.

She is survived by three sons, Dave Cook (Rachael) of Vicksburg, Kenneth Wayne Cook (Fabiola) of Vicksburg, and Michael A. Cook (Silvan) of Seminary, MS, as well as seven grandchildren.

Services were held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Glenwood Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Ivey officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Justin Cook, Kiel May, Scott May, Ken Cook, Jr., Phillip Cook, and Brian Cook. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. George Abraham, Dr. Martin Newcomb and staff, Jeff Crevitt, and Marty Crevitt, and Dr. Stephen Sudderth.

 

Peggy Jean Province Norwood
1932-january 30, 2015


Peggy Jean Province Norwood died Friday, January 30, 2015, at the age of 81.

Peggy was a native of Vicksburg and a resident of Gonzales, La.

She is survived by her sons, John David Norwood and spouse Debbie, and Gary Mason Norwood and spouse Stephanie; daughters, Donna Jean Mizell and spouse Marvin, and Sharon Denise Lambert and spouse Reed; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Brandon (Sharon) Lambert and spouse Ivy and their children Brooke and Brandi, Ashley (David) Milam and spouse John and their children Mackenzie and Ethan, Allison (Donna) Lambert and her children Caleb and Cason Reine, Heather (Gary) and Paul French Jr. and their child Mason, Lindsey (Donna) Echeverria and spouse Cody and their children Bailey and Pasiley, Britnee (Sharon) Lambert and spouse Jordan and their expected son due in May,, Jonathan, Bradley (Gary) Norwood and his fiancee’ Brittany Loupe, and Emily (David) Norwood.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Daniel Norwood Jr.; infant daughter, Carol Diane; twin sister, Patsy Jane Tillston; brothers, Jack and Arthur Province; parents, James Alfred and Emma Province.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.

 

Max Everet Evans
April 3, 1930-September 30, 2018


Max Evans, 88, passed from this life September, 30, 2018, while surrounded by his family.

Max was born in Cruger, Mississippi; a son of the late James William and Cleo Evelyn Evans. He was a graduate of Redwood High School in 1950. He attended Hinds Junior College. He retired in 1993 from Westinghouse/Cooper Industries after more than 35 years of service.

He and his wife enjoyed camping with the Vicksburg chapter of the Red Carpet Camping Club. He loved hunting and fishing at his family’s camp, Glory. He was an active member for 59 years at Immanuel Baptist. He served faithfully as a deacon, choir member, Sunday School teacher, and in many other church programs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Erma Sadler Evans; son, Max E. Evans, Jr.; grandson, Joshua Evans; brothers, Billy, Kenneth, Raymond, and Van Evans; sister, Cleo Harrison; and brother-in-law, Ronald Harrison. He will be greatly missed by his son, Gregory Evans (Jo); daughters, Evelyn Martin (Bill) and Nancy Goldman (Robert); brother, Leroy Evans (Sue); nine grandchildren, Jessica Cockroft, Brannon Jones, Taylor Jones, Paula Kirby, Chad Gordy, Krystal Loftin, Keith Evans, Katie Safley, and Jon Robert Goldman; and 20 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Riles Funeral Home. Friday, October 5, 2018, visitation will be at Immanuel Baptist Church from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM, with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brannon Jones, Taylor Jones, John Robert Goldman, Chad Gordy, Ian Lofton, and Gene Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Immanuel Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 6949 Highway 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, 1-800-873-6983.