Hurricane Katrina

Sidney Miller, 79, Bay St. Louis

Though they'd gone their separate ways decades ago, when Sidney Miller called up his former school chum, Barbara, their friendship reignited.

The two had both grown up in Indiana, and hadn't seen or heard from each other, in more than 55 years. Barbara's husband had passed away six years earlier. Sidney's wife had also died.

"We were just two single people who got back together," said Barbara Miller, 80.

Sidney, who was living in Arizona at the time, came to South Mississippi for a visit.

"Things just kind of progressed from there," said Barbara.

So, late in life (Sidney was 75, Barbara 76), they married.

The pair had three good years together. And though six months ago they decided to go their separate ways again, they remained friends.

Sidney Miller, 79, a Purdue University graduate, a lieutenant in World War II who served in the European theater, an avid stamp collector and golfer, who once worked for Chevron as a chemical engineer, died during Hurricane Katrina in his ground-floor apartment, three blocks north of the beach in Bay St. Louis.

"He loved the Gulf Coast. And he loved all those beautiful oak trees along (U.S.) 90," said Barbara. "He was very generous to all people, and always willing to help out."