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Senior Wills and Prophecies

Services for the late Baron Rhett Wiliam Atkinson, noted for his stock market column--"The Great Illiterate Speaks"--will be held this Saturday under the ethereal supervision of the Reverend H. Lawrence Turner. The late Baron Atkinson is survived by his bereaved widow, Mrs. Sandra J. Atkinson, and his sister, Mrs. Barbara A. Hovious. Mr. Atkinson's last will and testament, as read at Class Day, May 24, 1966, will go into effect in November. (Staff Photo by Bob Norman).

Jim Alger

Senior Will:

I, Jim Alger, being of deteriorated body and worse mind, will to Ginny Wells the largest mousetrap ever seen by man.

Senior Prophecy:

Dr. Jim Alger is a man among men,
He's developed a cure for "beer-can-chin."


Dianne Ard

Senior Will:

I, Ola Dianne Ard, being of some sort of body, do leave to Elsie Cooper all the snow you could ever desire with the hope it never gets too deep!

Senior Prophecy:

A TV star is our girl, Ola.
She models bottles for Coca Cola.


Rhett Atkinson

Senior Will:

I, myself, Rhett Ruffee Atkinson, O.H.S.'s last great lover and hero, being of great skill, will, mind ability, courage, strength, stamina, and heart, do leave my school to Mr. America, Tommy-Gun Vinson; with the request that upon his graduation he wil return R.M.H.S. (Ruffee Memorial High School) back to the administration as I can see no possible hope for it upon his graduation.

Senior Prophecy:

Rhett Atkinson will be expelled from Ole Miss: we know what his last words will be.
He'll be looking the chancellor right in the eye, and then holler loudly, "Really, J.D.!"


David Barfield

Senior Prophecy:

Though his life was pure, since Barfield died, his eternity is one of remorse.
He refused to cross the River Jordan, and took the other course.


Marie Blass

Senior Prophecy:

I, Marie Blass, being a great football player, of sound mind and body, do will to Brenda Irby my great skills since she is much too week to defend herself in the game.


Wanda Boatright

Senior Will:

I, Wanda Boatright, being of reasonably sound mind and body, do hereby will and bequeath to my brother, bone, my ability to always get caught, in hopes that he will be good and if he can't be good, be careful.

Senior Prophecy:

Boatright the Menace, at professional tennis, has gained herself a name.
She juggles and sings, while her racket swings, and she wins the match just the same.


Larry Bowman

Senior Will:

I, Larry Bowman, acknowledging Mr. Fondren's reqeust to the senior class to will only one thing, thereby making each will short and concise for the purpose of shortening the extent of time used for the reading of the class wills during the graduation exercises of the senior class of Oxford High School in the spring of the year of our Lord nineteen-hundred-and-sixty-six, do, after much thought and consderation, and with good feeling toward the remaining students and faculty of this school, hereby leave.

Senior Prophecy:

Larry Bowman became a bowman, confirming all our fears,
But his arrow hit the chief of police: now he's serving 20 years.


Jackie Brown

Senior Will:

I, Jackie Brown, leave to Thomas Glover my solid steel shotput and my mercury filled shot-put in the hope that he will break some of Urbane's records, since I did not have the TIME.

Senior Prophecy:

Jackie Brown cuts his dee's,
Picking apples from banana trees.


Bill Bryant

Senior Will:

I, Bill Bryant, because I am leaving, do will my asthma to al the football players who love windsprints as much as I did. Also, I would like to leave my stilts to anyone who likes to go for walks in cow pastures.

Senior Prophecy:

Bill Bryant's been in love for nearly three months now.
Working on his farm, he fell in love with Elsie the Cow.


Bill Burrow

Senior Prophecy:

Bill Burrow, prizefighter, appears to know no fatique.
Lightweight champion, he wants to do more--so he's quitting the women's league.


Phillip Carpenter

Senior Will:

I, Phillip Carpenter, being of sound body and supreme intelligence, leave to Andy Curtis my perfumed knee socks to use in gym to remember me by in hopes that he will always succeed.

Senior Prophecy:

Phillip Carpenter, a carpenter, didn't learn much at Yale,
He now owns an outhouse-constructing firm over in the dale.


Wm. David Carpenter

Senior Prophecy:

David Carpenter considers his job quite dear.
He stars on Walt Disney as the head mouseketeer.


Larry Christman

Senior Will:

I, Larry "Snake" Christman, being of extremely strong body and slightly "dee" mind, do will and give to Ronnie Lonzo Torrence all my old girl friends' telephone numbers with the hope that he makes out better than I did.

Senior Prophecy:

Christman's name shows that he's the victor.
He's a wrestling champ known as "The Boa Constrictor."


James Clark

Senior Prophecy:

James Clark is a real swinger, daddy.
He's a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas, Nevaddy.


Mike  Clements

Senior Will:

I, Mike Clements, being of sound mind and body will to Frank (Lonzo) Warren one bucket of white paint, a key to the gym, and a basketball for each hand.

Senior Prophecy:

Mike Clements fits the part like no one can--
ABC just announced he's the new Batman.


Susan Collins

Senior Will:

I, Susan Collins, being of sound mind and body, do will to Beverly Hickey a free course in Driver Education in hopes that she will eventually learn to drive without running into stop signs.


Don Davidson

Senior Prophecy:

It's dangerous to go cave-exploring when it's dark.
Don Davidson fell off a cliff--(ha!ha!)--Clark!


Diane Denton

Senior Prophecy:

Diane Denton id doing just dandy.
She finally trapped her boyfriend Randy. (She has several other hobbies, now.)


Byron Ellis

Senior Will:

Byron Ellis--I Will Not.

Senior Prophecy:

Byron Ellis works in a team, as all the world can see.
He writes love songs for the public, and Jim sings them to Lee.


Teresa Ellis

Senior Will:

I, Teresa Ellis, being of sound mind and body, will to Phyllis Anderson my ability to tell Mrs. Work fabulous stories about not doing my homework and getting by with it.

Senior Prophecy:

Teresa Ellis, as a majorette, seemed to know all the answers.
She is now the headline attraction of Gleason's June Taylor Dancers.


Lenore Ethridge

Senior Will:

I, Lenore Ethridge, being of thin mind and not so thin body, will a year of hard practicing, pep rallies, parades, and bonfires to the new O.H.S. cheerleaders in the hopes that since I will be gone they will finally win the Little Ten in football; and to my sister, Laura, I leave a one-way ticket to Biloxi to see a certain Rock.

Senior Prophecy:

Lenore Ethridge's charm is uncanny.
She's now going steady with her true love, Danny--Michael.


Vineth Faulkner

Senior Prophecy:

Vineth Faulkner's job is merry.
She shelves comics at the Oxford "Liberry."


Brenda Faust

Senior Will:

I, Brenda Faust, being of dumb mind, and weak body--(and numb fingers)--do will to anyone (possibly Suzanne) who still has nerves, my vacant piano bench in chorus in hopes they will quickly learn how to play the piano in a few short chorus practices and STILL have some smart aleck tell you you're not playing it right!

Senior Prophecy:

Brenda Faust is rolling in dough.
She replaced Skitch Henderson on the Johnny Carson Show.


Denny Fondren

Senior Prophecy:

Denny Fondren is no live wire.
He got short-circuited, calling Elsie a liar.


David Freeman

Senior Will:

I, David Freeman, being of restless mind and short hair, will to Wattsy Watts all my Gibson, Gretsch, Vox, and Rickenbacker guitar strings in hopes that he can keep them in tune, and the right to wear long hair in the south and east corriders of the school building.

Senior Prophecy:

David Freeman's future stinks.
He stayed with the "Missing Links."


Vickie Fuller

Senior Prophecy:

Vicki Fuller, fashin designer, has to decide what is "in."
Like other designers, she does this by bringing back styles from 1910.


Billy  Gilmer

Senior Will:

I, Billy Gilmer, being of weak body and small mind, leave to Lynda Newberry myself for uses in the future.

Senior Prophecy:

The Harlem Globetrotter's future is dark.
Billy Gilmer's replacing Meadowlark.


Rita Goolsby

Senior Will:

I, Rita Goolsby, being of rusty mind, do leave to Mrs. Work the right to stop by my house on the way to school in order to pick an apple from my apple tree, so that she will have one third period every day.

Senior Prophecy:

Rita Gollsby's got it made: she'll never go in debt.
She sings in New York operas presented by the Met.


Brenda Greer

Senior Will:

I, Brenda Greer, being of thin mind and fat body, do hereby will and bequeath to Pat Gillis and Karen Jones one tank of gas and two new tires for ole "Blue Grunt" so that they may continue their course in yard decorations.

Senior Prophecy:

Out on the campus, the girls are gay.
Brenda Greer has replaced Dean Rea.


Carolyn Griffin

Senior Prophecy:

Carolyn Griffin' future is rotten.
She got engaged to Albert Cotton.


Ken Gunion

Senior Will:

I, Kenny Gunion, being of sound mind and soggy body, do hereby leave Mr. Donald Hopper thirty-seven electric chairs to keep his class awake. And to Mr. W. C. Leech I leave Bus number 2 in the hopes that he will drive it.

Senior Prophecy:

Kenny Gunion's job is a honey.
His job requires that he handle money.


Larry Hall

Senior Will:

I, Larry Hall, do legally will to Pete Ramey a gift certificate entitling him to the privilege of selecting a new exhaust pipe or having a free home demonstration by Roto Rooter in case his truck's exhaust system is clogged or "corrodes."

Senior Prophecy:

Don't let Larry Hall's shyness trouble you.
He's chancellor now at MSCW.


Bill Hartman

Senior Will:

I, Bill Hartman, being of sound mind and body, will to Alex Kiamie my vanity kit, since he seems to be as vain as I am, but not as good-looking.


Monnie Helms

Senior Will:

I, Monnie Helms, being of sound mind and body, do hereby leave my "Most Courteous" title to Ernest Lairmore; my keys to the Lincoln and my poodle to my sister Pam; and another course in Driver's Education to Lynn Ellis.

Senior Prophecy:

Margaret Helms is a popular gal.
She's Mid-South sales manager for Metrecal.


Frank Herring

Senior Prophecy:

Frank Herring, who works for NASA now, invented a satellite.
When the $10,000,000 project failed, he exclaimed, "Hey--that's not right."


Mitt Hobbs

Senior Will:

I, Mit Hobbs, being of sound mind and body, and having an above average sense of smell,leave to Wilbur Abernathy a list of all the Oxford girls I know, complete with their telephone numbers, in hopes that he may get to know a few.


Jerry Hollingsworth

Senior Will:

I, Jerry Hollinsworth, being of sound mind and body, will and bequeath to Joe Sessions my ability to go fishing, not catch anything, fall in, and get bit by a snake.


Midge Jackson

Senior Will:

I, Mildred Jackson, being of sound mind and body, do hereby will and bequeath to Sara King good times her senior year and a lot of happiness and good times in life.

Senior Prophecy:

Rub-a-dub-dub.
Midge married Tubbs.
What a life.
Moonshiner's wife.


Mary Jackson

Senior Will:

I, Mary Jackson, being of sound mind and body, will to any lucky senior girl my desk in English IV, directly in front of Mrs. Cerny and directly across from the Chemistry room.

Senior Prophecy:

Mary Jackson's daily routine presently seems without care.
A millionaire's wife, unfamiliar with strife, she lives on the Rivierr'.


Richard Johnson

Senior Will:

I, Richard Johnson, being of corroded mind and body, do solemnly will to my punk brother, Stevie, one used nicotine filter so that in the future he won't have to worry about lung cancer until at least the 10th grade.

Senior Prophecy:

LBJ, Johnson's Wax, and a band-aid firm have joined forces with Richard Johnson.
They call their company Johnson & Johnson & Johnson & Johnson & Johnson.


Sandra Jordan

Senior Will:

I, Sandy Jordan, leave to Alex Kiamie and the Journalism Class of next year nine wonderful, inspiring, aggravating months of total confusion in fourth period.

Senior Prophecy:

Sandra Jordan's dignity has gained her a choice position.
At Whispering Gladed Funeral Home, she's a bonat fide cosmetician.


Denny Keye

Senior Will:

I Denny Keye, being of very sound mind and not quite sound body, do will to Mike Tarver all my ninth grade gilr friends with the hopes that he stays away from them.

Senior Prophecy:

Denny Keye can really jig.
She's an a=go-go girl on "Shindig."


Katherine King

Senior Will:

I, Kat King, being of a very educational mind (especially for history) and fairly strong body, leave to that hot tempered red head, Sara Beth King (who reminds me of another red head) all the memories of our great and wonderful history class.

Senior Prophecy:

Katherine King has achieved great fame in the field of sports we've read.
IN the National Powder Puff Football Game, she left three wounded--eight dead.


Margaret King

Senior Will:

I, Margaret King, being of fairly sound mind and sound body, will to Elsie Cooper two cans of hair spray; one can for her hair and the other can for her Friday and Saturday night outings; also a can of crazy foam in case the hair spray doesn't work.

Senior Prophecy:

Margaret's job is really a sensation.
She's the first girl attendant at an Oxford gas station.


Linda Kisner

Senior Prophecy:

Linda Kisner's life must be flat.
She married a northerner. Can you all fancy that?


Betty Lairmore

Senior Will:

I, Betty Lairmore, being of confused mind, do hereby will and bequeath my three brothers Henry, Earnest and Billy, to Mr. Fondren in hopes that he will have the will power to keep them throughout the coming years.

Senior Prophecy:

Betty Lairmore is now a star.
She's a concert pianist at Louie's Bar.


Evan Landrum

Senior Will:

I, Evan Landrum, being realistic and unscrupulous, and seeing that I have nothing anyone would want, because if I did someone would probably have taken it away from me by now, do hereby leave . . . gladly!

Senior Prophecy:

Evan Landrum, professional singer, met an untimely end.
Commissioned to sing for the KKK, he sang "Blowing in the Wind."


Susan Langdon

Senior Prophecy:

Susan Langon's a movie queen now, and really lots of fun.
She remade the Debbie Reynold' flick, and stars as "The Singing Nun."


Judy Leech

Senior Will:

I, Judy Leech, being of sound mind and body, leave to Mary Betsy Bryant my place in the Triple Trio and my seat in chorus in hopes that the Triple Trio gets to go to the contest this year.

Senior Prophecy:

A wealthy cartoonist is our Miss Leech.
She does all the art work for the strip, "Miss Peach."


Ingeburg Lermer

Senior Prophecy:

Our foreign policy is now much firmer.
With friendly ambassador Ingeborg Lermer.


George Lewis

Senior Will:

I, George Lewis, being of sound mind and soft body will to Mr. Mac Fondren one pair of electric clippers and an autographed copy of Yle Brenner.

Senior Prophecy:

Toad croaked.


Bill Lovelady

Senior Prophecy:

Bill Lovelady, golfing pro, is the luckiest of blokes.
He missed a hole-in-one last week by only fourteen strokes.


Alma McClellan

Senior Prophecy:

Pickets and protests make Alma McLellan's day.
She's enrolled as a freshman at UCLA.


Homer McDonough

Senior Will:

I, Homer McDonough being of flimsy mind and flabby body, will to Mrs. Wright, math teacher supreme, one dozen extra small African pigmies (equipped with blow guns) to go with the jungle of plants she keeps in her room. May you and the pigmies live happily ever after.

Senior Prophecy:

Homer McDonough busted his hip.
In the world-wide skateboard championship.


Sally McHenry

Senior Prophecy:

We all were shocked by sweet, silent Sally.
She opeined a cane-raising bowling alley.


Eugene McLaurin

Senior Will:

I, Eugene McLaurin, being of intelligent mid and beautiful body, do hereby give my last will and testament to Oxford High School. To Oxford High I will the remainder of my SMALL family, in hopes that they will be able to teach them more than what I've taught, mainly about girls. To Mrs. Cerny I will a renewal subscription to "True Love." To Judy "Firebird" Sparks I will my older brother, for she loves him more than I do.

Senior Prophecy:

Three years ago Eugene eloped -- a temptation he couldn't resist.
He just found out the other day, that at home he hasn't been missed.


Bruce Mize, Jr.

Senior Will:

I, Brucie "Pu" Mize, being of dense mind and worse body do hereby will to any junior, carbon copies of research papers which I keep in my filing cabinet in Mrs. Cerny's office.

Senior Prophecy:

No office job for Brucie "Pu."
He's the new emcee for Loony Zoo.


Bob Norman

Senior Prophecy:

And last, because he would have wanted it that way:
Bob Norman's found it handy--knwing how to shoot.
He shoots the bull in college math, and still don't give a hoot.


Jimmy Noyes

Senior Prophecy:

A happy fellow is our Jimmy Noyes.
He's found that girls are a lot more fun than boys.


Voncille Petty

Senior Will:

I, Voncille Miller, being of strong mind and body do will to Pat Gillis all my wonderful three years under Mrs. Work in hopes that she will bluff her way through as I did.

Senior Prophecy:

Voncille's job is really rare --
She shampoos snakes at the Mid-South Fair.


Chappie Pinkston

Senior Will:

I, Chappie Pinkston, being of sound mind and healthy body, will my position as president of the National Honor Society to the most astute of the seniors, Al "Dee-Bo" Wylie.

Senior Prophecy:

Chappie Pinkston, to our dismay, hocked his motor scooter.
He needed to buy an engagement ring for his Univac computer.


Donna Ptak

Senior Will:

I, Donna Ptak, being of sound mind and body do hereby will and bequeath to the "Seag," Carole Butler, my ability to get kicked out of the library and take it so nicely.

Senior Prophecy:

Donna Ptak is a performer daily.
She's a horse-back rider for Barnum & Bailey.


Ron Ragland

Senior Prophecy:

There's a brand-new clothing store in town that's doing really grand.
It's named for its owner, a 5 & 10 merchang. The store is "Ronnie's Rag Land."


Karen Redmond

Senior Will:

I, Karen Redmond, being of sound mind and body will my outstanding ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time to my sister, Kathy, in hopes that shwe will in some way profit from it.

Senior Prophecy:

Karen Redmond's a grammar school teacher, though her friends think the idea is absurd.
Still, she's tired of having her students ask, "Can I go to the restroom, Bird?"


Shirley Rikard

Senior Prophecy:

Happy at last is Shirley Rikard.
She's married a college boy -- Carlos Teichert.


Rian Ringsrud

Senior Prophecy:

Rian Ringsrud's astronaut training has really paid off with interest.
He was sent into orbit with astronaut Hickey--with interest.


Aileen Sanders

Senior Will:

I, Aileen Sanders, being of reasonably sound mind and body, do hereby leave to Sue Stone all the flowers in our fair city of Oxford and the ability to pick them without being caught.

Senior Prophecy:

Replacing Abby and Ann Landers
Is Love-Lorn Columnist Aileen Sanders.


Lee Shellabarger

Senior Will:

I, Lee Shellabarger, being of strong body and soggy mind, do will to Kitty Knight a round-trip ticket to Walker Houston's lake with Charlie and hope that she doesn't fall in like some people do.

Senior Prophecy:

In some fields Shellabarger's really a brain.
Who else could have captured a rogue like Wayne?


Debbie Slade

Senior Will:

I, Deb Slade, will to Karen Jones all the memories of shorthand, our wild rides, Juniod and true love.

Senior Prophecy:

Debbie Slade thinks here job is an ace.
She plays the part of Allison on "Peyton Place."


Danny Smith

Senior Will:

I, Danny Smith, being now totally blind, do will and bequeath to my darling little sister the traditional spectacles that my brother unloaded on me. Also being in an extremely disillusioned state of mind, I offer anything that I possess to anyone crazy enough to take it.

Senior Prophecy:

Danny Smith deserves our congratulations.
He's Mississippi's representative to the United Nations.


Alice Smith

Senior Will:

I, Alice Smith, being of little mind and sound body give to Mary Stengel my locker 417 in hopes that she will get as much use out of it as I did.

Senior Prophecy:

A future woman president was addressing the Senate concerning Vietnam,
When during the speech, Congressman Alice interrupted, saying, "Yes MAM!"


Anita Smith

Senior Prophecy:

Anita Smith, in a singing Jamboree, came in second place.
She's now in the Universe Mixed Quartet, singing second bass.


Johnny Smith

Senior Prophecy:

Johnny Smith, horticulturist, is a 20th Centruy myth.
He travels the country, planting appleseeds, as Johny "Appleseed" Smith.


Susan Sneed

Senior Will:

I, Susan Sneed, being of sound mind and body, do will to Harry, my brother, the "Gray Bomb," my car, in hopes that he and Pam Helms will not tear the car up on their trips down the new highway; and to Elsie Cooper I leave any other responsibilities and jobs I have forgotten to give her.

Senior Prophecy:

An old farmhand our Susan Sneed.
She works at Jone's Produce, selling chicken feed.


Terry Stone

Senior Will:

I, Terry Stone, being of sound mind and overactive body, bequeath my forearm to Pat Tatum, that he may use it with dastardly intentions, elongated, if necessary, in order to bleed, crush, and destroy the other players.

Senior Prophecy:

Terry Stone is nobody's fool.
He finally graduated from Ding Dong School.


Mike Strachn

Senior Will:

I, Michael Edward Strachn, being of superior mind and inferior body, do hereby leave to Mr. Bradley Sanders my complete set of Dr. Seuss books.

Senior Prophecy:

Mike Strachn dodged the draft, as everyone must know.
One look at his bright-pink paisley pants, and they wouldn't let him go.


Mimie Strickland

Senior Prophecy:

Mimie, who's in Paris now, knows how to get her jollies,
She's in the drama nightly as an actress in the follies.


Wayne Taylor

Senior Will:

I, Wayne Taylor, being of sound body and dazed mind, do declare that this be my last will and testament at Oxford High School. I do will to Charles Ables one quarter (he knows what it is for) and a case of coke bottles to get him well on his way.

Senior Prophecy:

We'll have to admit Wayne Taylor's had good luck.
He married Lee, and now has his own garbage truck.


Vic Theobald

Senior Prophecy:

The Oxford populous it seems is rightfully appalled.
Its forester and ranger now is Victor Theobald.


Mary Tidwell

Senior Prophecy:

A life of shame is being led by Mary Tidwell Miller.
Her husband was cheated out of his job, and had to become a distiller.


Roger Tubbs

Senior Will:

I, Roger Tubbs, being of unsound mind and frail body, do hereby will and bequeath to Pat Tatum one sack of Beechnut and a portable spittoon to carry from class to class.

Senior Prophecy:

Roger Tubbs, through shrewd investments, has made himself a tycoon.
He's controlling partner in Vicks Cough Drops, Scott Towels, and Fruit-of-the-Loom.


John Tubbs

Senior Will:

I, John Tubbs, being of liquid body and sot mind, do hereby will to Barry, the sot, Smith the end of a rubber band from a golf ball which is attached to Johnnie's grocery so he will snap-back when his booze gets low.

Senior Prophecy:

John Tubbs' change was really fantastic.
He's geography editor for "Junior Scholastic."


Larry Turner

Senior Prophecy:

Larry Turner's a preacher now, in 1984.
What the other preachers preach against, Herschel is preaching for.


Cathy Walker

Senior Prophecy:

Cathy Walker is really on the ball.
She's now an exotic dancer at Carnegie Hall.


Lee Walker

Senior Prophecy:

All the fellows' hearts are breakin'.
Lee Walker's soon heading for Randolph-Macon.


Carol Waller

Senior Will:

I, Carol Waller, being of sound mind and body, leave Miss Young and Mrs. McPhail Carolyn Elliott's and my ability to gossip in Algebra II and never get kicked out.

Senior Prophecy:

A happy little country wife is senior Carol Waller.
She married up with a carpenter, and lives now in the holler.


Mac Wimbish

Senior Will:

I, Mac Wimbish, being of sound body and mind, leave to Mrs. Cerny 75 copies of "Come Inside My Heart," and a Missing Links sweatshirt. (Welcome to the "IN" crowd, Mrs. Cerny.)

Senior Prophecy:

Mac Wimbish, true, is an artist at heart.
But he got all his training from Project Headstart.


Betty Yancy

Senior Will:

I, Betty Yancy, being of sound mind and body do will to my sister Stella, all my good grades.

Senior Prophecy:

Nothing "put-on" and nothing fancy.
Sweet and petite is our Betty Yancy.



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