Jackson High School

Class of 1961


55th Reunion

June 3rd & 4th, 2016



Below are the classmates that have been identified as having passed away.  If corrections are required or names need to be added please contact Bill Barnes at bxbintn@aol.com or Barbara Hinton Farmer at bfarmer1@eplus.net


Jim Akin

Danny Anderson
Annie Laurie Bailey Banks
Ken Bivens

Dwight Burgess
Don Byrum
Carrie Ann Cash
Steve Cummings

Judith Claire Curlin Tanner
Craig Davidson

Crystal Gwen Davis Ricketts
Jimmy Davis

Jerry Deaton

Nelle Dietzel Pogue
Danny Dudley

Brenda Evans Johnson

Sheila Fly Kimbrough
David Friedman
Charles (Butch) Gerrell

Gloria Jean Grissom

Terry Henry

Tim Hopper
Dennis Jacobs

Jere Jennings

David Jones

Guilford Jones
Alice Lane Teague

Freddie Maness

Martha Markham Morris

David Martindale

Jim Matthews
Donna Maxwell

Larry McGarrity
Bobby Ray Meek

Mike Meeks

Paula Mitchell Cook

Phillip Moore
Elizabeth Muse Seelback
Dickie Norton

Linda Kay Page Patterson

John Pechonick

Donna Pennington Allison
John Petty
Patty Procter Ouer

Lanny Joe Puckett
Regina Ray Pickens

Sammy Bruce Sellers
Tony Snider
John Tigrett
Ruby Ann Todd Birmingham

Bill Way
Sherman Weeks
Mac Williamson
Judy Wilson Haggard

Andy Wood
Kay Wright

Margaret "Bitsy" Wyatt Woodson



Sheila Fly Kimbrough
Donna Pennington Allison
Donna Pennington
Jere Jennings
James (Jimmy) Mitchell Akin
Jimmy was found deceased in his Jackson home on July 30, 2019.  
Guilford Jones
David Jones
Gloria Grissom 3/5/43 - 12/11/18
Sammy Sellers 12/30/43-10/17/18

Linda Kay (Page) Patterson

Jackson - Linda Kay Page Patterson, age 75 of Jackson passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Jackson General Hospital.

Linda was born the fourth child of the late Luther Jefferson Page and Helen Moore Page in Madison County, Tennessee on March 19, 1943. She attended Jackson City Schools and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. She also attended West Tennessee Business College. Linda worked in Clerical Administration at the Children's Clinic until her retirement in 1994. Linda was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in her younger years, and later in life she and her family were members of West Jackson Baptist Church.
Linda married her high school sweetheart, George "Buzzy" Patterson in 1961 and they were married almost 41 years until his death in 2006.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Page; her sister Jo Nell McAlexander; and an infant sister, Diane Page.
Linda is survived by her daughter Carla Diane Patterson Duke, and one granddaughter, Heather Nicole Patterson, both of whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by one brother, Jerome Page (Bonita); two sisters, Gail Murchison and Joan Page; along with several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation to be held on Sunday evening, April 8, 2018 from 5-7 PM at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons.
A funeral service is to be held Monday morning, April 9, 2018 at 11 am at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. Interment will follow at Ridgecrest Cemetery.
The family has requested that memorial contributions in Linda's memory, be directed to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel, (731) 427-5555.

Published in The Jackson Sun on Apr. 8, 2018

Crystal Gwen Ricketts

February 14, 1943 - January 12, 2018

Crystal Gwen Ricketts, 74, of Louisville, KY passed away January 12, 2018 at home. Crystal was a loving woman who had a passion for music. She also enjoyed reading, antique shopping, movies, travelling and the Kentucky Wildcats. Crystal loved her family very much.

Preceding her in death are her parents; Robert Lamarr and Mary Lou Davis and her sister; Barbara Dianne Carpenter. 

Left to cherish Crystal's memory is her son; Robert M. Ricketts III (Lisa), her grandchildren; Bo Ricketts (Casey) and Kim Singleton (Garrett), great-grandson; Caden Ricketts, sisters; Jane Etheredge and Bobbie Smoot along with several nieces and nephews and many more loving family members. 

Visitation for Crystal will be on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 3:30pm-5:00pm with a memorial service for Crystal at 5:00pm at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40218.

In lieu of flowers the family asked for memorial contributions to honor Crystal, be made to the , https://donatenow.heart.org/

There is a 62 photo slide show of photos from Gwen's life posted on the funeral home's web site if you would like to follow the link posted below.

Nelle Dietzel Pogue
Tim Hopper (April 9, 1943 - June 24, 2017)
Lanny Joe Puckett June 20, 1943 - March 3, 2017

Martha Markham Morris, 71, of Eads, passed away June 26, 2014 at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital surrounded by her loving family. The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5, and a memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m., at Church of the Holy Apostles, 1380 Wolf River Boulevard, Collierville, TN 38017. A private burial will be held at Memorial Park cemetery. Martha was a graduate of Jackson (TN) High School (class of 1961), and received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Memphis State (now University of Memphis).  She formerly had her own interior design firm, was a professor at Memphis State University, a manufacturer's representative, and a member of the vestry at St. George's Episcopal Church.  An active volunteer in numerous community projects and organizations, she was well known for the antique lace baptism gowns lovingly made and given away as heirlooms to countless families across the region.  Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Mattie Hopson Markham and her brother, Talmus Markham, all of Jackson, TN. She is survived by her devoted husband of 44 years, Phillip Morris of Eads; three loving children, Keltner Morris (Lisa) of Somerville, Wheeler Morris Alcalá (Alberto) of Germantown, and Gracson Morris (Lisa) of Germantown; and five grandchildren, Maeson Morris, Grace Morris, Markham Morris, Marcela Alcalá, and Matthew Morris who called her Nana. The family would like to thank Drs. Elizabeth Pritchard, Kurt Tauer, Mark Miller, David Sloas, and Robert Kraus; the nurses and staff of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital and the Memphis Jewish Home; and Cathy Lipsey, nurse practitioner, for their loving care and concern over the past two years.  In lieu of flowers, lasting memorials may be directed to the Church of the Holy Apostles' Friends of Music fund.  Following the service, friends and family are invited to the Alcalá home for a reception celebrating Martha's life.  Directions will be available at the church.

                                         Margaret (Bitsy) Woodson

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Hayes Wyatt (Bitsy) Woodson, age 68, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Cypress United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Marlowe Cemetery.

She was born June 9, 1943 in Jackson, TN, the third daughter of Kenneth Houston and Margaret Brittain Wyatt. She was educated in the Jackson School System and graduated in 1961 from Jackson High School. Bitsy attended Lambuth College and Memphis State University, graduating with a Master's degree. Bitsy taught in the Crockett County School System for many years, and later retired as principal at Gadsden Elementary School.

Bitsy was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Margaret Wyatt; grandparents, W.O. and Reba Wyatt, Clyde and Margaret Hayes Brittain.

Surviving relatives include her husband of 45 years, Ray M. Woodson; son, Woody Woodson and wife Kathy; daughters, Beth Woodson and Meg Woodson; grandchildren, Katharine Buford, and Lewis Buford and wife Meredith; great-grandchild, Jane Kimmel Buford; sisters and brothers, Mary Claire Ruggles and husband Albert, Beth Powell and husband Ray, Kenneth Wyatt, Jr. and wife Jill, Reba Dudley, Ardis Long, Warren Wyatt and wife Lee Ann, and Vivian Pauley and husband Kevin; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation for Mrs. Woodson will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 5-8 p.m., at Cypress United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cypress Cemetery Fund or Marlowe Cemetery.

Ronk Funeral Home, (731) 696-5555.

Mike Meeks

D. Michael "Mike" Meeks, of Germantown, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011 after a short illness at the young age of 68 years old. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Marisa M. Meeks; two sons, David M. Meeks, II and Jonathan Meeks; and two sisters, Mary Linda Davis of Clarksville, VA and Lou Ellen Harper of Nashville, TN. Mike was born in Hope, AR to LuEdna Frink Meeks and Hiram McKinney Meeks on March 7, 1943. He grew up in Jackson, TN and moved to Memphis, TN in 1976. Mike retired from The Promus Companies in 1992. Visitation will be Friday, July 29, from 5-8 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue, with funeral services on Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Give Kids The World, 210 South Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park. Online condolences may be offered at memphisfuneralhome.net. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100

Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 28, 2011