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BENJAMIN EARLE COOKE JR.  dies on Saturday Nov. 10, 2001
       Obituaries -  2 Monday November 1
2 2001 Minden Press - Herald
 
    Funeral services for Mr. Benjamin Earle Cooke Jr. will be held at 2 p.m.
 Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at First United Methodist Church in Minden
 with the Reverend Ryan Hortan officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of
 Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
    Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, November 12, at the funeral
 home.
    Mr. Cooke, a native of Minden, passed away Saturday, November 10, after
 a valiant fight with cancer. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist
 Church in Minden. He graduated from Minden High School and Louisiana Tech
 University. After graduation, he attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.,
 and obtained his masters from Louisiana State University in January 1948. He
 was asked to return to Minden to become the director of the Minden High School
 Choir and music educator for grades one - twelve. He returned from this position
 in 1978, after thirty years of service to Webster Parish schools.
    Serving in the armed forces of World War II as assistant to the chaplain, he
 traveled Europe, sharing his love of music with the troops in as many as 28
 worship services daily.
    Mr. Cooke served the Lord faithfully for fifty years as the choral director for
 First United Methodist Church. One of his highest tributes was being honored
 by the church on October 14, 2001, for his dedication. Recognized by the governor
 of Louisiana, choir members and former students, they gave testimony both
 professionally and personally about his devotion to all who knew him.
    As a member of the Piano Technician's Guild for thirty-five years, he served
 Minden and the surrounding area as a piano technician. Holding many offices
 including local president, he traveled throughout North America and the state of
 Louisiana attending conventions to represent his local chapter and further his
 studies his studies. He was also a member of the American Legion for over fifty
 years.
    He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Mary Elizabeth Perritt Cooke; two
 daughters, Jan Williams and husband Greg and Cathy Tomlinson and husband
 Ralph; six granddaughters, Jenny, Ashley, and McKenzie Williams and Rachel,
 Lauren and Connor Tomlinson; and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Perritt; and a host
 of friends and family.
    Pallbearers will be Ben Craton, Donald Hinton, Henry Lester, A. G. "Ike"
 Kirkikis, Ralph Tomlinson, Greg Williams, Rod Gann and Roy Love, Paul
 Woodard, members of the FUMC Chancel Choir and the Piano Technician's Guild.
     Memorials may be made to the Chancel Choir Room Fund, at FUMC
 Minden, 903 Broadway, Minden, La.

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A. Eugene Frazier     Memorial services for Mr. A. Eugene Frazier will be held Thursday, March 8, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, located at 9200 Inwood Road at Northwest Hwy.  A reception is to follow.   Mr. Frazier passed peacefully from this life Friday, March 2 after a brave battle with cancer.  He was born in Minden in 1922.  He was active in Boy Scouts while growing up in Minden and received his Eagle Scout award.  After serving his country in World War II as captain of USS LST 724, he received his law degree from Louisiana State University and practiced law for 11 years in Minden.  He married Irene Sipple Frazier in 1948 and together they reared five children.   He was a top instructor of the Dale Carnegie Leadership training course for five years before he shifted his focus and received his degree in interior design from Parsons School of Design in New York City.  He then moved to Dallas and worked in the Sanger Harris design department for several years before opening his own interior design practice, Eugene Frazier Studio.  He loved helping families make their homes beautiful.  He always had a positive and joyous attitude and wanted everyone to have the same.  He and his second wife, Jacquelyn Heller, enjoyed extensive world travel.   He is survived by his sister, Virginia Kremen of Minneapolis; by Genevieve Frazier of Minden; daughter Joan Marie Frazier Streeter, M.D., of Kilgore, Texas; and her three sons, Jonathan Memory Streeter, Travis Jordan Streeter and Michael Dylan Streeter; and his son Dan Jay Frazier and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Driscoll Frazier of Minden; and their six children, Matthew Evan Frazier, Jay Patrick Frazier, Joshua Abraham Frazier, Rebekah Danielle Frazier, Catherine Marie Frazier and Laura Elizabeth Frazier; his daughter, Carol Ann Frazier of Minden; his son, Robert Eugene Frazier of Dallas;  and his three children, Obie Eugene Frazier, Kincaid Brook Frazier, Claudia Arden Frazier; and his son, Carlton Todd Frazier of Dallas.   He wanted a joyous memorial service to celebrate his promotion to heaven.  He loved parties and wanted everyone to know that they will be invited to a big party at his new mansion in heaven when they get there.  The only requirement is that you must ask his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, into your heart.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan

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Full Name: Henry Grady Hobbs
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 05/01/1923
Died: 12/30/2012
Visitation: 01/02/2013
Service: 01/03/2013
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory


Funeral services for Henry Grady Hobbs, 89, will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. William Bryant. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Henry was born May 1, 1923 in Sarepta and entered into rest December 30, 2012 in Shreveport. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the United States Army. He was City Attorney for eighteen years, which was just part of a legal career that spanned more than 60 years. This service was recognized by the Louisiana Bar Association in 2009. His generosity and care was exemplified by the fact that he furnished quarters without charge for UCAP and also without charge, office space for Special Olympics and YWCA Family Violence and YWCA Sexual Assault Programs. His endless and various service to the community of Minden was highlighted by his many years of involvement on the Webster Parish Library Board, including several years as President. This work included overseeing the construction of the new library. In addition, he served as director and secretary of the Board of Directors of Minden Bank and Trust Company. His community leadership also included board member and president of M-ARC, president of the Minden Jaycees; member and commander of the American Legion Post. These and many other activities culminated in Henry receiving the Minden Lions Club 2007 Man of the Year Award

His wife Laulie Thibaut Hobbs, sister Mildred Baker, and brother Alvin Eugene Hobbs preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter Emily Pasquier of Shreveport, sons Henry Grady Hobbs, Jr. of Austin, Texas, William Winship Hobbs of Shreveport, David Chancelor Hobbs of Atlanta, Georgia, grandchildren Claude Pasquier IV and wife Leigh of Shreveport, Laulie Clare Pasquier of Shreveport, Henry Grady Hobbs III of Austin, Texas, and Sallie Ann Hobbs of Austin, Texas.

Pallbearers will be sons, grandsons, and son-in-law; Henry Grady Hobbs, Jr, William Winship Hobbs, David C. Hobbs, Claude Pasquier IV, Henry Grady Hobbs III and Claude Pasquier III.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to M-ARC or a charity of choice.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Minden, Louisiana 71055

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead and Ann Mayhs Harlan

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Roy Hurley

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Roy Samuel Hurley

February 5, 1924 - January 25, 2014

Mr. Roy Samuel Hurley, 89, a native of Minden, Louisiana and the son of Louis S. and Eula Mae Hurley, passed away on January 25, 2014 at Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital in Shreveport. Following private interment at Forest Park East, a memorial service celebrating Mr. Hurley's life will be held in the sanctuary of Broadmoor United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on January 29, 2014, with Reverend Ken Irby and Reverend William Peeples officiating. A reception and visitation with family and friends will follow in the church parlor and fellowship area.

Mr. Hurley was a 
World War II veteran, having served in the United States ArmyArtillery. He was graduated thereafter from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, magna cum laude, and was then awarded a teaching fellowship at theUniversity of Texas at Austin under Dr. John Arch White, author of numerous major textbooks on accounting.

In 1950, after completing his fellowship and becoming a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Hurley joined the firm of Mr. Hershel Herring. He later partnered with Mr. Herring for several years in the firm of Herring and Hurley. He then left public accounting to join in the purchase of a client, Tri-State Oil Tool Industries, Inc., Bossier City, Louisiana. As its President, and with the help of many dedicated employees, he led Tri-State's growth into an international oil tool services company.

After retirement, Mr. Hurley enjoyed many opportunities for community service and volunteering. He was an active member of the Broadmoor United Methodist Church, serving as a member of its Permanent Endowment Committee and in many other capacities. He was named to the Board of Trustees of Centenary College of Louisiana during his early retirement years and was honored to serve for five years as Chairman of that Board. After lengthy service, he was made a Lifetime Member in 2013.

In 1998 Mr. Hurley's alma mater, Louisiana Tech, presented him with its Tower Medallion, symbolizing his generosity in contributing much time and talent toward promoting the university, working especially on an alumni office building and the planning thereof. Mr. Hurley was also closely involved in Tech's development and sponsorship of The Waggonner Center for Bipartisan Politics and Public Policy.

Surviving Mr. Hurley are his bride of 66 years, Dean English Hurley; two loving daughters and sons-in-law: Rebecca Hurley and Ralph G. Santos of Dallas, Texas, and Nancy and Kenny Beauvais of Benton, Louisiana; and four wonderful grandchildren: Andrew Hurley Grindinger of Dallas and New Orleans, Mary Claire Porter and her husband John of Washington, D.C., Stephanie Kate Mijalis and her husband Dean of Shreveport, and Patrick Dean Beauvais of Blanchard, Louisiana, and his girlfriend Olivia Lott of Elm Grove, Louisiana. Also surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Hurley Osborn and her husband Bob of Durham, North Carolina, and Lucille Hurley Parker of Brattleboro, Vermont, and many caring nieces and nephews.

The family is especially grateful for the splendid care given our loved one by the entire third floor staff at Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital and by Dr. Robert J. Massingill, Dr. Rosco Chan, Dr. Dean Griffin, Dr. Paul Rushing, Dr. Paul Winder, and Dorothy Jean Kemp.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Centenary College of Louisiana, 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, Louisiana 71104, or the Permanent Endowment Fund of Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105.- See more at: 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?n=roy-hurley&pid=169361143&fhid=10218#sthash.b76Daqez.dpuf

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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Herschel Howard

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Herschel Howard GlenvilleHerschel Dewitt Howard, 90, of Hadel Rd., passed away at his home February 1, 2014, with his wife Hank at his side, just as their program The Lawrence Welk Variety Show ended. Born in Minden, LA on August 2, 1923, he was the son of the late William and Mary Murphy Howard. He entered the 
U.S. Navy at 17 and served aboard the USS Vixen and USS Falcon during WWII. When he returned from the war he attended Dartmouth College. He graduated with a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) in 1946. He married the former Harriet Taylor at St. Alban's Church in Cleveland Heights, OH on October 19, 1946. At 15 years of age Hank recalls telling her mother at a social event I will marry that man and three years later they wed. Herschel worked as an engineer for the G.E. Co. in Schenectady for 42 years, retiring in 1987. His wife ran a successful sales recruiting business known as Hank Ward Associates. They would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in October. The couple enjoyed the music of their generation until Herschel took his last breath. His life revolved around family. An honest and honorable man, he was patriotic and true to the rules of golf. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Michelle Howard; and his greatgranddaughter, Jaila Marie Harris. He is lovingly survived by his wife, Harriet Hank Howard; daughter, Hollis Howard of Glenville; sons, Herschel Howard Jr. (Joyce) of Charlotte, NC, Paul T. Howard of Sandy, Utah, Clay W. Howard (Kathleen) of Ft. Edward, NY, and William H. Howard (Adele) of Wilton, NY; grandchildren, Sean Howard, Jasmine Tabacco (Joe), Ashley Ryder, Taylor Ryder (Ashley Baia), Destiny Howard, Randi Kitchner (Scott), Paul Howard (Janelle Swanberry), Ken Howard (Courtney), Alyssa Howard (Bill Ball), Emily Howard, Matthew Howard and Mary Howard; Cherished great-grandchildren, Hasten and Jayden Howard, Rebecca Kitchner-Campbell, Madelynn and Charlotte Kitchner and Sydney Tabacco. Herschel leaves behind his beloved cousin, Gaylord James Jr. of Glenville; and dear friends, Ralph and Millie Roberts of Palm Harbor, FL. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. at Burnt Hills United Methodist Church, 816 Saratoga Rd. (Rte. 50), Burnt Hills with the Rev. Holly Nye officiating. Calling hours, Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Rd., Glenville. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Veteran Cemetery, Schuylerville where Navy honors will commence at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a remembrance in Herschel Dewitt Howard's name may be sent to APF, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia 12302 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 1 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN. Online codolences may be sent to www.glenvillefuneralhome.com

 Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

MHS Class of 1940.  He signed the 1940 Grig in my possession “Herschel Howard” beside his photo. . .

Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Class of 1940

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Full Name: Martha Jamieson
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 01/02/1923
Died: 10/03/2012
Visitation:  
Service: 10/05/2012
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory


Graveside services for Martha Life Jamieson, 89, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at Gardens of Memory under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home with Dr. Joe Koskie officiating.

Mrs. Jamieson was born Jan. 2, 1923 at her parents' home on Elm Street in Minden and passed away Wednesday, October 3.

A life-long resident of Minden, Mrs. Jamieson graduated Minden High School and Louisiana Tech University (Louisiana Polytechnic Institute). She worked in Shreveport for a time and then became the secretary for Webster Parish Superintendent of Schools James Pitcher. She left her position to
marry Wm. Pearce Jamieson after he returned from World War II.

Martha Jamieson was a housewife, mother and grandmother, always ready at the end of a school day with a "tea party," waiting to hear about her children's day.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, William Bryan Life and Johnnye David Life and sisters, Lillian Life Willis and Mary Louise Life. She is survived by her son, William Life Jamieson (Bill) of Chattanooga, Tennessee; daughter, Bonnie Jamieson Culverhouse and husband, Pat, of Minden; grandson, Joe Koskie and wife, Melanie of Ruston; granddaughters, Amy Koskie McKaskle and husband, Kyle of Minden and Marie Koskie Burns and husband, Mark of West Monroe; and great-grandchildren, Simone and Sophia Koskie and Charlie McKaskle; and very special friend, Helen Fant.

The family wishes to thank Mary and Carroll Drake and Sandra Strickland for their care of Mrs. Jamieson and her home for many, many years, as well as caretakers Kay Montgomery, Janice Allen, Agape' Hospice and Dr. Carl Hines.

Donations may be made in her memory to Agape' Hospice, Webster Parish Council on Aging or a charity of choice.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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Full Name: Judge Cecil C. Lowe
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 07/27/1923
Died: 02/25/2013
Visitation: 02/27/2013
Service: 02/28/2013
Cemetery:


Judge Cecil C. Lowe, age 89, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013, at his home in Minden.
Judge Lowe served as District Judge for the 26th Judicial Court, Bossier/Webster Parishes, from 1976 until retiring from that position in 1988 and, thereafter, served as an ad hoc Judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. He served as Minden City Court Judge from 1954 until his election to the District Court and held the position of Minden City Attorney from 1949 until 1954.

He attended Louisiana Tech University and began his legal education before leaving school to proudly serve in World War II from 1943 to 1946. Lowe was discharged as a Lieutenant (j.g.) USNR.
After the war, he continued his education and obtained a law degree with honors from Louisiana State University Law School where he was a member of the Board of the Louisiana Law Review in 1943 and 1946-47. Upon graduation, he returned to his birthplace and home of Minden to begin his distinguished legal practice.
Judge Lowe was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Minden, where he served in numerous capacities, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Stewards. He was a former President of the Minden Jaycees and was selected Young Man of the Year in 1956.

Cecil Cherry Lowe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth Chapman Lowe; his parents, Eugene Henry Lowe, Sr. and Cecile Cherry Lowe; his brother, E. Henry Lowe, Jr., his two sisters, Mary Frances Lambert and Ann Elizabeth Smith; and his grandson, Mark Alan Lowe, Jr.

He is survived by his three children, John Paul Lowe and his wife Vicki of Shreveport; Susan Elizabeth Lowe of Houston, TX; and Mark Alan Lowe, Sr. and his wife Rebecca, of Lafayette; three grandchildren, Jessica Lowe LeMaistre and her husband Court of Fort Worth, TX; Mary Carmella Lowe McGehee and her husband William of Baton Rouge; and Sarah Virginia Lowe of Lafayette; one great-granddaughter, Caroline Lowe LeMaistre; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. John Cannon. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Minden.

The family would like to express special thanks to his long-time caretakers, Sandra Stone, Brenda Williams and Dr. Joe Bolger. Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Adams, Alan Lee, James Madden, and Wayne Williamson.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

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Daisy Emma Lunsford Garling Cummings

Written by Press-Herald Staff

Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Graveside services for Mrs. Daisy Emma Lunsford Garling Cummings, 88, of Lewisville, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. on April 4, 2008 at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Minden, with Dr. Robert G. Campbell, her nephew, officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Minden.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Cummings was born Jan. 8, 1920 in Minden and died March 31, 2008 at Vista Ridge Comprehensive Care in Lewisville.
Mrs. Cummings was a retired bookkeeper/accountant.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Rube A. Garling and T.J. Cummings; her father, Durwood Lunsford; her mother, Lula Mae Moreland; two brothers, Willis A. and James D. Lunsford; three sisters, Carolyn L. Gleason, Hazel Lunsford and Helen L. Painter.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara G. Hays; two grandsons, Greg S. Hays and Brian C. Hays; three great-grandsons, Ryne, Kyle and William; four sisters, Callie Mae Campbell, Douglas L. Warren, Nellie Hinton Martin and Mary L. Shrader

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BILL HUNTER  -  03 Jul 1922 - 05 Feb. 1999    CLASS OF  1944

Bill was a soldier in the South Pacific for 2-3 years and was responsible for the reburial of American soldiers in New Guinea during WWII

Former Coke President Bill Hunter dies   Bill Hunter, former chairman of the board and president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, Inc. died Sunday, Feb. 7 of cancer.  He was 75. Bill was enrolled at LSU when he was called to serve in World War II.  He was stationed in New Guinea and Luzon of the Philippines.  Upon returning home, he became manager, and soon after, president of the family business. Working with him were his brothers, Joe and Ben and his sister, Bess.  Nan married Frank Castle and lives in Sarasota.  In 1973 Bill retired, but remained on the board of directors as chairman. Bill had two driving interests, baseball and traveling.  He was deeply involved with the Big 8 League.  As business manager and chief scout for players he led the Minden Redbirds to a Big 8 League pennant in 1957. His travels took him to all four corners of the world.  Some of his trips saw him crossing Communist Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, trekking the Himalayas, navigating the Northwest Passage, making two visits to Antarctica, and many other trips.  His last trip was in September 1998.  He flew to Aqaba, Jordan, boarded a clipper ship and sailed to Thailand. Bill has requested cremation and no formal service.  He wants to be remembered as a happy traveler and fortunate to have been able to do so.  In keeping with Bill's wishes, a celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m., Feb. 10 at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, 412 Pine Street, Minden, Louisiana.  After 25 years of traveling, he collected many artifacts and pictures.  Some will be on display at the open house. We will remember Bill as he was.  Memorials should be sent to the Larry and Gladys Hunter Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 893, Minden, La.

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Minden Press-Herald, front page, Friday, April 26, 1991.   Services scheduled Friday for Wm. Pearce Jamieson   Funeral services for William Pearce Jamieson, 68, a long-time Minden civic and business leader, have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 26 in the Rose-Neath chapel.  Rev. Bob Burgess and Rev. Tom Logan will officiate.  Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.   Jamieson died Wednesday evening at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport following a brief illness.   He was founder and managing partner of Jamieson, Wise and Co., Certified Public Accountants.  He had worked as a public accountant in Minden for over 40 years, and had been a resident of Minden for 63 years.   Jamieson was a 1948 graduate of Louisiana Tech with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.  He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Louisiana Society of CPA's.   He was one of the founding members of the Accounting Advisory Board for Louisiana Tech's School of Professional Accountancy, and had been instrumental in a campaign drive to raise $1 million to endow the Harold J. Smolinski Chair of Accounting at Tech.   In 1988, he was the recipient of the Tower Medallion Award as the Louisiana Tech alumnus of the year, and was an active supporter of scholastic and athletic activities at the school.  He was especially active in Louisiana Tech alumni events.   Locally, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Minden Bank and Trust in 1969 and had served since that time.  He had served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Minden Bankshares, Inc. since 1983.   Jamieson was a founder of the Webster Parish chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and had been active in supporting the Boy Scouts of America and many charitable projects in Minden.   He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Marine Corps. He was a member of the Lakeview Methodist Church, and served as the church's treasurer.   Survivors include his wife, Martha Life Jamieson of Minden; his mother, Sadie Pearce Jamieson, Minden; one son, William Life Jamieson, Chatanooga, Tenn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Steve Koskie, Minden; one brother, F. T. Jamieson, Jr., Shreveport and three grandchildren.  (He was preceded in death by his father, Fielding T. Jamieson, Sr., and his sister, Elizabeth Jamieson Mays.  Other survivors included nieces, Ann Mays Harlan, Corpus Christi, Tex.; Jamie Mays Vance, DeBerry, Tx.; Beth Mays Erwin, Bastrop, La.; and nephew, Larry Mays, Minden.)   Pallbearers will be James Madden, Mike Wise, Richard David, Ben Coleman, Cecil Lowe, and Carter Norman.  Honorary pallbearers will be the board of directors of Minden Bank & Trust.   The family requests memorials be made to the Louisiana Tech School of Professional Accountancy or to the Louisiana Tech University Foundation for Educational Purposes.

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Marie Lites Crockett


Posted on February 17, 2004

MINDEN, LA - Funeral services for Marie Lites Crockett, 81, will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, LA. Rev. Bill Ichter will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 5-7 Tuesday. Mrs. Crockett passed away Feb. 15, 2004 in Minden, La.  She was born in Minden, La., was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist church. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard P. Crockett and a daughter, Judy Crockett David.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Crockett Brown and husband, Edward of Minden and special friend, Irene Jenkins of Minden; grandchildren; Lisa David, Lori Warren and husband Jack; Army Jones and husband Stuart.    Polly White and husband Keith, Ben Brown and David Brown, eight great grandchildren and a host of friends. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital.

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Full Name: Judge Cecil C. Lowe
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 07/27/1923
Died: 02/25/2013
Visitation: 02/27/2013
Service: 02/28/2013
Cemetery:  


Judge Cecil C. Lowe, age 89, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013, at his home in Minden.
Judge Lowe served as District Judge for the 26th Judicial Court, Bossier/Webster Parishes, from 1976 until retiring from that position in 1988 and, thereafter, served as an ad hoc Judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. He served as Minden City Court Judge from 1954 until his election to the District Court and held the position of Minden City Attorney from 1949 until 1954.

He attended Louisiana Tech University and began his legal education before leaving school to proudly serve in World War II from 1943 to 1946. Lowe was discharged as a Lieutenant (j.g.) USNR.
After the war, he continued his education and obtained a law degree with honors from Louisiana State University Law School where he was a member of the Board of the Louisiana Law Review in 1943 and 1946-47. Upon graduation, he returned to his birthplace and home of Minden to begin his distinguished legal practice.
Judge Lowe was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Minden, where he served in numerous capacities, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Stewards. He was a former President of the Minden Jaycees and was selected Young Man of the Year in 1956.

Cecil Cherry Lowe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth Chapman Lowe; his parents, Eugene Henry Lowe, Sr. and Cecile Cherry Lowe; his brother, E. Henry Lowe, Jr., his two sisters, Mary Frances Lambert and Ann Elizabeth Smith; and his grandson, Mark Alan Lowe, Jr.

He is survived by his three children, John Paul Lowe and his wife Vicki of Shreveport; Susan Elizabeth Lowe of Houston, TX; and Mark Alan Lowe, Sr. and his wife Rebecca, of Lafayette; three grandchildren, Jessica Lowe LeMaistre and her husband Court of Fort Worth, TX; Mary Carmella Lowe McGehee and her husband William of Baton Rouge; and Sarah Virginia Lowe of Lafayette; one great-granddaughter, Caroline Lowe LeMaistre; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. John Cannon. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Minden.

The family would like to express special thanks to his long-time caretakers, Sandra Stone, Brenda Williams and Dr. Joe Bolger. Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Adams, Alan Lee, James Madden, and Wayne Williamson.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

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Death of Mary Olive Moore, Class of 1940

Mrs. Mary Olive Moore Hebert


Mary Olive Moore Hebert. 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville, NC, surrounded by her loving children. Mary was born in Winnfield, Louisiana, and grew up in Minden, Louisiana. She was the daughter of the late Luther Carter and Ida Louise Wallace Moore . Following graduation from Minden High School, Mary attended and graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville. While in college, she was part of the Louisiana College Trio, which performed at many area churches and for servicemen during the war. After college, she met and married Fred J. Hebert, Jr. in 1948. Fred and Mary moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1957 for Fred to take a position with the Federal Highway Administration. Fred and Mary were active members of Goodwood Baptist Church, and later of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Mary served as choir director and led the music ministry at Goodwood Baptist. At Broadmoor Baptist, she sang in the choir, played in the handbell choir and accompanied many groups, such as the Broadmoor Belles, and served in many leadership capacities, including attending state Baptist conventions, serving on numerous committees, chairing committees, and teaching Sunday School. Mary was always interested in learning more about her faith, and was an active participant in the church's outreach ministries, such as the Southeast Ministries of Baton Rouge. For several years, Mary studied the Bible under Father Jacques, taught English as a second language to internationals, nd started a Sunday School Class at Broadmoor Baptist in her late 70's. Fred and Mary moved to Greenville, NC in 2006 to be near their son and daughter-in-law, where they were members of Immanuel Baptist Church. Mary was a wonderful mother who was very supportive of her children and grandchildren. One of the grandchildren's favorite summertime memories was "Camp Me-Mom" which included trips to the beach, zoo outings, and educational enrichment programs. Music was one of the great joys of Mary's life. She began learning to play the piano at an early age, majored in music in college, and blessed many people with her musical abilities throughout her life. She was a great blessing to the unit worship services at Cypress Glen while a resident there. She was a living example of Psalm 100:1-2: "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. " Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 62 years, Fred J. Hebert, Jr. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Barbara Hebert of Greenville, NC; a daughter, Marianne Hebert of Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Ethel May Moore Emmons of Waco, Tx.; a brother, Luther W. Moore and his wife Claire of Minden, La., a sister-in-law, Dorothy Hebert Wilson of Bossier City, La, a sister-in-law, Anne Foley Hebert of Chicago, Il.; several nieces and nephews; four grandchildren, Davis Hebert and his wife Tammy of Charlotte, NC; Mary Hebert Dawson and her husband Brian of Abingdon, Va.; Emilie Hebert Williams and her husband Jamie of Asheville, NC; Carissa Cervantez Weaver and her husband Michael of Rowlett, Tx.; four great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter. The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M., on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Rabenhorst-East Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, La. 70815. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Rabenhorst-East. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Cemetery in Baton Rouge. Memorials may be sent to the Music Ministry of Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge, La. 70815. The family cannot begin to thank her physician, Dr. Ken Steinweg, and the nurses and staff of Cypress Glen Retirement Community for the tender love and care bestowed upon our mother in her last years. Your acts of grace and kindness have not gone unnoticed. Of special note we wish to thank Mrs. Anne Claire Wilson, Ms. Ella Fay Bordelon, and Mrs. Mary Netherton for being such wonderful friends to our mother. Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61 and Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58

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Sidney Samuel Jr. (1922-2003)  Graduated in 1940 served in WWII and also the KOREAN CONFLICT

Funeral services for Mr. Sidney B. Samuel Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Ronald Prince and the Rev. Roy Dale Strother officiating.

Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, June 5, at the funeral home.
Mr. Samuel passed away Tuesday, June 3, in Minden. He was born July 29, 1922.
He was a graduate of Minden High School and served in the Navy with the Seabees in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
For more than 50 years, he owned and operated Samuel Electric.
Mr. Samuel was a member of First Baptist Church in Minden for years, now a member of North Acres Baptist Church of Minden. He helped organize the local AA and was instrumental in establishing Alpha House.
He was preceded in death by his parents, S.B. Samuel Sr. and Ora Coffee Samuel; four brothers, Lewis, Richard, Herbert and Charles Samuel.
He is survived by two sisters, Kathryn Samuel Maxey of Minden, Betty Samuel Mott and husband, Rev. Waynon Mott of Alexandria; one brother, Jimmy Samuel and wife Betty of Shreveport; two sons, Tim Samuel and wife Sandra of Minden, Dawson Samuel and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Will and Katie of Minden; former wife, Betty Wall Samuel and daughter, Martha Stein of Loveland, Colo.; former wife and companion Lillian Lilly of Minden; stepchildren, Patricia Lilly Roy of New Orleans, Roy Lilly III of Minden; along with many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Brad Sandidge, Bill Tomlinson, Jimmy Heflin, David Maxey Sr., Joseph Hampton, and Harold Weaver.Honorary pallbearers will be Waco Robinson, Cathy Moore, Matt Gant, and David Maxey Jr.
Memorials may be made to North Acres Baptist Church or the local chapter of AA.

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 Thomas Sugg - Graduated in  1940 - Minden Press-Herald, April 14, 2003, Graveside services for Mr. Thomas C. Sugg, 80, will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Everett Geis officiating and the Rev. Gary Knighton assisting. Services are under
the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Sugg a native of Minden and a resident of Heflin passed away Sunday, April 13, in Shreveport passed away, April 13 in Shreveport. He was an electrician.                                                    

He is survived by his wife Louise Sugg of Heflin; Billy Sugg of Heflin, and Jerry Stiles of Heflin; daughter, Melanie Gibson of Heflin;six grandchildren, Jeremy and Thomas Robertson, Cody Gibson,six grandchildren, Jeremy and Thomas Robertson, Cody Gibson, Jason Stiles, Robert Bruce Stiles, and Chris Walker; five great-grandchildren; nephew, William Stocking; and niece, Winonah Stanley.

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CLASS OF 1940  

Doris Harper Wright Booth

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Doris Harper Wright

MINDEN, LA - Funeral services for Doris Harper Wright will be held Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:30 am at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Don McCormick, Rev. Monroe Mercer and Rev. Jim Crain. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Doris was born August 28, 1923 and entered into rest November 29, 2011 in Lafayette. She was a resident of Minden for many years and has spent the past ten years in Bossier City where she was a member of Greenacres Baptist Church. During her years in Minden she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Minden where she taught the Dorcas Sunday School Class for many years, was past treasurer for Calvary and LA Missionary Baptist Institute & Seminary, and was past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. Doris retired as office manager for McInnis Insurance Agency in Minden after forty-seven years of service. Her first husband, George R. Harper, second husband Eulus E. Wright, brothers Coy Booth, Truette Booth, sisters Lillie Mae Welborne, Irene Fuson, Leora Liles, Vertie Kilpatrick, and special nephew and niece, Charles Liles and Betty Ann Liles McGee preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter Sandra Harper Lee and husband David of Bossier City, granddaughter Whitney Lee Nolan and husband Roger of Jasper, Georgia, grandson Jared Lee and wife Heather of Frisco, TX, great-granddaughters Hannah and Lexi Lee of Frisco, TX, special nieces and nephews Linda Peck, Judi Liles, Cheri and Aric Akers, Marilee and Kent Mandernach, David and Kelsey Liles, Ashlyn, Cameron, and Grayson Akers, Bowen Mandernach and numerous other nieces and nephews.

The family extends special thanks to Dr. Allie and his staff of Cardiovascular and Limb Salvage in Lafayette, Regional Medical Center of Acadiana in Lafayette, and Cypress Point Nursing and Rehab Center in Bossier City.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Greenacres Missionary Baptist Church, 1131 Benton Road, Benton, LA 71111 or LMBIS, 102 Seminary Lane, Minden, LA 71055.


Submited by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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Mrs. Marie Temple Shurtleff


Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Temple Shurtleff, 81, were to be held at 3 p.m. today,Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Springhill United Methodist Church with the Rev. TerralLowe officiating. Burial was to follow in the Old Minden Cemetery under the directionof Bailey Mortuary.
Mrs. Shurtleff was born Oct. 8, 1922 in Homer to Malcom and Mary Irma Devanie Templeand passed away May 17, 2004 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She wasco-owner of Shurtleff’s Sewing Center for 39 years, was an active member of SpringhillMethodist Church and was a member of the Springhill Civic Club, Order of the EasternStar and American Legion Auxiliary.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Shurtleff; brothers, GeorgeTemple, Allen Temple and Chris Temple; and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Shurtleff.
She is survived a son, David Michael Shurtleff of Bossier City; daughter, Terri Shurtleffand husband George of Springhill; grandchildren, Jennifer Shurtleff Crawford of Abbeville,Nicholas A. Shurtleff of Alexander, Ark., Kimberly Shurtleff of Bossier City; greatgrandchildren, Dusty Crawford, Destiny Crawford, both of Abbeville; step-grandsons,Jason Merritt and wife Kathryn of Shreveport, Joseph Merritt and wife, Holly of BatonRouge, Josh Merritt of Shreveport, Jacob Merritt of Bossier City; step-great grandchildren,Marshall Merritt, Trenton Merritt, William Merritt, all of Shreveport; brother, EarlTemple of Longview, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Jason Merritt, Josh Merritt, Jacob Merritt, Carlton Frye,Clayton Frye and Richard Allen Temple.

1941 Patrick Avinger Jr.      

O. Patrick Avinger, Jr.

Shreveport, LA-Graveside services for Onfrey Patrick Avinger, Jr. will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. Ken Irby of Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport.

Pat was born in Minden, Louisiana on April 8, 1925. He was a graduate of Minden High School. He received his degree in accounting from Baylor University and remained an active supporter of Baylor athletics for over 70 years. During
World War II he served as an NCO in the 513 Parachute Infantry Regiment, participating in the Ardennes (Bulge) and Rhineland Campaigns. He became a CPA in 1949 and retired as a partner of Heard, McElroy and Vestal accounting firm. His memberships in the Society of Louisiana CPAS and the American Institute of CPAS spanned over 50 years. He was a long time member of The Shreveport Club and a founding member of East Ridge Country Club. He was a member of Broadmoor Methodist Church in Shreveport. In his younger years, he was very active in professional and civic organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents O. P. Avinger, Sr. and Mary Wallace Avinger. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Peggye Spencer Avinger; two daughters, Mary Lou Pierson and her husband, Donald A. Pierson of Longview, TX, Nancy Lynn Reeves of Shreveport; son, Patrick S. Avinger, Sr. and his wife, Denise of Ovilla, TX; five grandchildren, Julie Cummings and Crandell of Keithville, Jennifer Pierson of Dallas,TX, Jeffrey Pierson and Meg of Longview, TX, Patrick S. Avinger, Jr. of Ovilla,TX, and Katie Avinger of Ovilla, TX; and six great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeffrey Pierson, Patrick S. Avinger, Jr., Crandell Cummings, Donald Pierson, Fritz Spencer, III, Blair Spencer, Edward J. Knipper, Tim B. Nielsen, A.G. Hammett III, Spencer E. Bernard, John W. Dean, Tyler G. Hegenwald, James E. Carlton, William Jarratt, Philip E. Anderson, J.Peter Gaffney, H.Q. Gahagan and C. Cody White.

Memorials may be made to the
charity of the donor's choice .

Published in Shreveport Times on November 18, 2011     Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of '58

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Full Name: Charlie Crutsinger LoConte
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 12/19/1924
Died: 01/07/2014
Visitation:  
Service: 01/16/2014
Cemetery: Minden Cemetery


Mrs. Charlie Crutsinger LoConte
Graveside services for Mrs. Charlie Crutsinger LoConte will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Minden Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. John Cannon and Rev. Linda Shepherd. 
Charlie was born December 19, 1924 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest January 7, 2014 in Fairfax, Virginia. Charlie was previous owner and operator of The Blossom Shop, a member of First United Methodist Church in Minden, a proud graduate of LSU, and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years Lou LoConte of Minden, daughters: Amanda Ann Michanczyk and husband Curt of Fairfax, Virginia, Paula Jane Frazier and husband Clay of Arabi, Louisiana; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.   

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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Elsie Mae Lary  

Elsie Mae Madden

East Point, LA-Funeral services for Elsie Mae Madden, 88, of East Point, LA will be held at 10 A.M. Friday, January 11, 2013 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta, LA with Pastor Leigh Adkins officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 P.M. Until 7 P.M. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Madden was born June 2, 1924 in Minden, LA and passed away January 9, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Pink Lary; brother, Joe Lary; and sister, Julia Fay Lary.

Mrs. Madden is survived by her husband of 59 years, O.B. Madden of East Point, LA; 2 daughters, Martha Crosslin and husband, Don of Shreveport, LA and Jennifer Weems and husband, Gary of Hall Summit, LA; one step-daughter, Dianne Rhodes and husband, Mike of Elm Grove, LA; two grandchildren, Sara Cox and Noah Wilson; and one step-grandson, Clay Beard.



  Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58 and Linda Holt Morehead, Class of 1961

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Class of 1941

Julia Lary (1922 - 2012)

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Julia Faye Lary

Shreveport, LA Graveside services for Julia Lary will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Minden Cemetery in Minden. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden..

Julia was born December 2, 1922 in Minden and entered into rest April 7, 2012 in Shreveport.

Her parents Julius and Pink Lary and brother Joe Lary preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Elsie and O.B. Madden of East Point, LA, sister-in-law Doris Jean Lary, and a host of nieces and nephews.

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1941 - Ethel Moore (Roberts)


      born 12 May 1923 - died May 28, 1999.

Ethel Moore Roberts, born 12 May 1923; daughter of Hazel Florence Robinson and Thomas Omer Moore, Sr. (WWI Vet)  died in 1999 the wife of T. Odell Roberts, She was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Gloria Moore Curry born 1927 died 1979 and a brother PFC Thomas O. Moore, Jr., died in the Korean War in 1950)


She was survived by four children; Mrs. Ellen Roberts Cowan, Mr. Thomas Daniel Roberts, Mrs. Pricilla Roberts Bryne, and Roy Harold Roberts. She was also survived by grandchildren whose names are unknown to the compiler.

survivors were brothers; George Moore (USAF in Kansas) and Fred Moore Moore US NAVY he was on a ship),  Mrs. BettyMoore Lary , Mrs. Helen Moore Roberts, Mrs. Lucy Moore Quaid, and Mrs. Peggy Moore Burge.

Mrs. Roberts is interred in the Rose Neath Cemetery off airline Drive.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


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Full Name: Sue Matthews Norman
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 12/21/1924
Died: 12/26/2012
Visitation: 12/27/2012
Service: 12/27/2012
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory


Funeral services for Sue Matthews Norman will be held Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Leon Boggs. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 1p.m til service time Thursday at Lakeview United Methodist Church.

Sue was born December 21, 1924 in Minden and entered into rest December 26, 2012 in Ruston.

She was a charter member of Lakeview United Methodist Church, member of Department Club, Garden Club and a certified flower judge and Woman of the Year. She was the owner of Magic Needles Knit Shop, Brown and Goodwill dress shop later changed to Susan's On Main, and past director of Webster Parish Tourism.

Her parents Ernest and Thelma Matthews, husband Dr. Carter B. Norman and grandson Jason Matthews Moss preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Norman Moss and husband Dr. Edwin B. Moss of Choudrant, grandchildren Dr. Jody Carter Moss and wife Miranda of Monroe, Justin Norman Moss and wife Sarah of Lafayette, Matthew Jordan Moss student at LSU in Baton Rouge, great-grandchildren Anna Carter Moss, Justin Norman Moss, Jr. and Benjamin Brady Moss all of Lafayette, Mary-Kate Moss, and Lauren Carter Moss of Monroe, niece Karen Norman Van Horn of Herndon, VA, and aunt Helen Sharp and cousin Linda Sharp of Haynesville.

Pallbearers will be grandsons; Jody, Justin, and Matthew Moss and J. W. Wiley, Norman Murphy, and Frank Price.

Memorials may be made to Lakeview United Methodist Church.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961 and Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Thursday, 07 August 2008
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Morris Sexton, Jr. were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at First Baptist Church, Dripping Springs, Texas. Burial followed at Phillips Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 5 at Harrell Funeral Home, Austin, Texas.

Mr. Morris was born in El Dorado, Ark. on Feb. 22, 1924 to Robert Morris Sexton, Sr., and Olie Baugh Sexton. He passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, in the presence of his family in Dripping Springs.

He grew up in the Minden area and graduated from Minden High School in 1941. During World War II he served on the U.S.S. Enterprise. He graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. He was a professional engineer with the state. He served Jesus as a deacon, teacher and choir member.

He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Lois; son, Keith; sisters, Dorothy Crossan, Elizabeth Rowell and Adonna Carter.

He is survived by his wife, Elna; sons, David, Michael, Paul, Kevin and their spouses; son, Richard; daughter, Pamela; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne Sexton; sister, Mamie Claire Rose; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund, First Baptist Church, P O Box 577, Dripping Springs, Texas, 78620.

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John Maxey Lary
Written by Press-Herald Staff  
Monday, 07 September 2009
John Maxey Lary of Memphis passed away Aug. 19, 2009. He was born in Minden, Aug. 28, 1923, to Lillian Maxey Lary and William Dawson Lary.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Dawson Lary, Jr.; and nephew, Willam Dawson Lary III.

He is survived by his son, Randy Giles-Lary of Memphis; his nephew and family, Clark and Cindy Lary, as well as their two children, Rachael and Shawn of  Fort Mill S.C.

John graduated from Minden in 1941, and served in the Army while stationed in Italy from 1943 until 1946. He graduated from New York School of Interior Design and was on of the first ASID decorators in Memphis.

Memorials may be sent to Medical Education &Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis.

Remains will be interred in the Lary family plot in Minden Cemetery.

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Elizabeth (Betty) Gene Brewer McDonald
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Elizabeth (Betty) Gene Brewer McDonald of Austin, Texas, died peacefully on Monday, April 26, 2010, at age 85, of natural causes. She was born in Shreveport on January 16, 1925, to Walter and Mabel Brewer. She was elected Homecoming Queen of Minden High School,  and graduated Valedictorian in 1941. She earned her B.A. degree from Louisiana State University.

In 1945, she married Stephen McDonald, who served as a professor and later, chairman of the Department of Economics, the University of Texas at Austin. They were married 60 years, until his death in 2006.

She was a very active woman, and enjoyed sewing for her two daughters, reading and doing genealogy research. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, Northwest Hills Garden Club and University Ladies Club. When Steve retired, they enjoyed travelling and spending summers at their home in Estes Park, Colo.

She is predeceased by her husband, Stephen. She is survived by her daughter, Martha Worchel and husband, Harvey; daughter, Kathryn McGlothlin; granddaughter, Jenna Worchel Holmes; grandson, Michael Worchel; and great-grandson, Carson Holmes, all of Austin.    

A graveside service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 2164, Austin, TX 78768. Obituary and guestbook available online at
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Stephen Lee McDonald
Funeral services for Stephen Lee McDonald, 81, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 at Tarrytown Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park under the direction of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.
McDonald, former professor and chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, died Sunday, February 12, 2006.
McDonald was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Arkadelphia, Ark. to Claud Bethel and Ruth Gresham McDonald. He graduated from Minden High School and received his bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana Tech University.
After serving in the United States Navy from 1943-46, he earned his Ph.D. in 1951 from the University of Texas at Austin. After teaching at UT and Louisiana State University, he returned to UT in 1961 as a professor of economics. He served as chairman of the Department of Economics from 1972-76, 1978-79 and 1988-89, and in 1982 received the President's Associates Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Economics.
McDonald was a distinguished scholar in the field of natural resources economics, specializing in oil and gas production, and also in the field of monetary economics. He published many articles and books, in which he was able to blend theory into practice and influence policymakers.
As a result of his national reputation, he earned the distinction of being appointed the Jack S. Josey Professor of Energy Studies, 1984-86. He also consulted for the Brookings Institution, the National Science Foundation and the State of Texas Energy Policy Committee to advise Governor Ann Richards before retiring from the University of Texas in 1994 as the Addison Baker Duncan Centennial Professor Emeritus of Economics.
In retirement, he enjoyed reading, writing his memoirs, gardening, visiting with his children and grandchildren and spending summers in Estes Park, Colo. with his wife, Betty.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Brewer McDonald; two daughters, Martha Elizabeth Worchel and Kathryn Ann McGlothlin; two grandchildren, Jenna Worchel Holmes and Michael Louis Worchel, all of Austin; and a sister, Martha McCardell of Stamford, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Austin Christopher House, 2820 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702.

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Josephine Kennon, Class of 1941

Jo Kennon Williams
Written by Press-Herald Staff  
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Graveside services for Jo Williams will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden. Officiating will be Father Wayne Carter. There will be a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. A continuation of the celebrating of her life will follow in the Parish Hall.

Jo was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Cotton Valley and entered into rest November 10, 2009 in Shreveport. She was the owner of Minden Antiques and Gifts.

She is survived by her husband Bert David Williams of Minden; son, Tommy Williams and wife LaRue of Minden; daughter, Barbara Jo Wiley and husband Jim of Winnfield; sister, Dorothy K. Williams of Hernando, Miss.; Barbara K. Braswell of San Antonio; and grandchildren, Staci Wiley of Winnfield, Ainsley Williams of Austin, Texas, J. W. Wiley, Jr. of Baton Rouge, Kathryn W. Fowler of Washington, Penn. and David H. Williams of Minden.


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CLASS OF 1941


James Daniel Scaggs

Minden, LA James Daniel Scaggs, 88, was reunited with his loving wife Dorothy Carrie Scaggs in the presence of the Almighty God on Friday, July 5, 2013.

Mr. Scaggs, a 1941 graduate of Minden High School, was a native of Claiborne Parish, having been born in Haynesville January 27, 1925, to Harry H. and Carrie McWilliams Scaggs. He served in the U. S. Navy during
World War II and the Korean Conflict, and boasted that he helped build the roads the Japanese retreated on. He retired from Citgo Pipeline Company in 1986, after more than 30 years. At that point in their lives, they returned to Minden. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the 40/8 Club, and served at the state and local levels in both organizations. He was a faithful member of the Lakeview Methodist Church.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James "Pepaw" Scaggs will be held at 2 P.M. on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Lakeview Methodist Church in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home between the hours of 5 and 8 P.M. on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Mr. Scaggs was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Dorothy Carrie Scaggs, his parents, and his brother Charles Scaggs. Left to cherish memories of his life are his son C. Terry Scaggs of Minden and his daughters Jean Williams (Larry) of Colleyville, TX, and Jeri McCormick of Minden; his grandchildren Tera Scaggs Kennedy (Nate), Ryan Scaggs (Trissi), Taylor Scaggs, David Lynn Williams (Christy), Jeannie Denise Williams Minyard (Craig), Jeannine McCormick Waites (Shane), and Jenny McCormick Clarke (Eric); 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the employees of the Minden Medical Center ICU, Dr. Michael Chanler, St. Joseph Hospice, and special caregivers Selma Shipp and Janet Loud. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Lakeview Methodist Church,
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , or the donor's choice.

Words cannot express the feelings of this family, and they have no explanations why God chose them to carry forward the legacy of their Pepaw. His unconditional love and support for his family was truly incredible. They all love him more than words can ever say, and know Pepaw is spending his days handing out "DumDums" to all the children in Heaven.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961


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Shreveport Times, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mary Louise Adkins Adams
 

Funeral services for Mary Louise Adkins Adams, 81, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday,October 10, 2007 at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel with Rev. Bill Ichter officiating.  Burial will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m.
 

Mrs. Adams, a lifelong resident of Minden, LA, was born February 22, 1926 and died October 7, 2007 in Minden.  She was employed by Minden Building and Loan, retiring in 1980.She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church and a member of Young Women’s Service Club.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Myrtle Adkins.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Adams; daughter Peggy Faircloth and husbandGary of Minden; grandchildren: Wes McKinney and wife, Carla of Shreveport, LA; Lee McKinney and wife, Tori of Minden; great-grandchildren: Dylan, Peyton, Cody, Cassidy and Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Jack Byrd, Mike Burton, David Evans, Frank Griffith, J. C. Johnson, Dare Lott, Willard McClung and Wayne Williamson.


Honorary pallbearers will be John Benton, T. C. Bloxom, Jim Branch, Leon Brinkley, Verle Hulse, Loye Jones, Hal Jackson, Cecil Lowe and Glen Pittman. 

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the services of Agape Hospice.

Special “Thank You” to Ann, Barbara, Beverly, Christy and JoAnn.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Baton Rouge Advocate, Feb. 16, 2008

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 1942

Dr. Rev. James W. Carraway

NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA - Dr. Rev. James W. Carraway, 85, of North Huntingdon, Pa. formerly of Sarepta, La passed away on Monday, March 10, 2008 in Baldock Health Care Center, North Huntingdon , PA. Born in Sarepta on January 30, 1923 he was a son of the late T. Gentry and Gertrude (Bravenger) Carraway. A US Army Air Corp veteran, he served during World War II. After working as an engineer with the railroad, he entered the Baptist ministry and obtained his Doctorate of Divinity. He traveled for many years with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and performed on his own radio and television ministry. His home church was the Pilgrim Home Baptist Church of Benton, La. Outside of the church, he was very active in his community as a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriner's and the American Legion Post all in Spring Hill , La. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a sister, Irma Lee Staton and a brother, John Carraway.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ernestine (Connell) Carraway, also of North Huntingdon; five daughters, Paula Richardson and husband Ron of Robeline, La., Toni Bahnak and husband Jerry of Apollo, Pa, Catherine Cooper and husband Bert of Sacramento, Ca., Ava Rokop of Alte Monte Springs, Fl., Christie Faulk and husband Frank of Marietta, Ga., and a son, Stan Stadnicki and wife Ann of North Huntingdon, Pa; five sisters, Muriel Staton of Haughton, La., Shirley Kreid and husband Frank of Haughton, La., Helen Layssard of Spring Hill, La., Quinnie Martin of Haughton, La., and Peggy Adkins and husband Aaron of Sarepta, La.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and life long friends.  James was also the uncle of country music star, Trace Adkins.

Funeral services were private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCLURE & JOBE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, Inc. 112 N. Second Street, Jeannette, PA 15644 (724) 527-2168.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pilgrim Home Baptist Church, 16258 Highway 157, Benton, La. 71006 . For additional information or to send an online message of condolence, please visit
 

Submitted by Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946

 1942

Mary Louise Life

Mary Louise Life was born July 24, 1925, in Minden, and passed away
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, in Baton Rouge. She is a graduate of Minden High
School, Louisiana Tech University and LSU in Baton Rouge. She began her
teaching career at age 19. After 10 years in the public schools of Port
Arthur, Texas, she taught at LSU Baton Rouge for 28 years. She was preceded
in death by her parents, William Bryan Life and Johnnye David Life, both of
Minden; and a sister, Lillian Life Willis. Survivors include a sister,
Martha Life Jamieson, of Minden; a nephew, William Life Jamieson, of
Chattanooga, Tenn.; two nieces, Bonnie Jamieson Culverhouse and Martha
Willis, both of Minden; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Mary
Louise is also survived by lifelong friend, Jane Pitcher Bell, of Shreveport
and longtime friend and companion, Helen Elizabeth Fant, of Baton Rouge.
Graveside services will be held at Minden Cemetery at a later date. Memorial
donations may be made to University Baptist Church, The St. James Place
Foundation, and Hospice of Baton Rouge, all located in Baton Rouge
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Doris Evelyn Gruner Elzen
A funeral mass for Doris Evelyn Gruner Elzen will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Minden.
Visitation will be held at 5 p.m., today at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. A rosary will follow at 7 p.m.
A lifelong resident of Minden, Mrs. Elzen died Saturday, January 14. She was born April 15, 1925, in Minden.
Mrs. Elzen, affectionately known as “Mammaw” to most, will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving and caring woman. She was a gifted seamstress and had a green thumb that produced a yard full of beautiful blooms year after year. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who also loved spending time with her, as she always had a house full of snacks, sweets and love.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Grace and Walter Gruner.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Fred Thomas “Tony” Elzen Sr.; sons, Fred Thomas Elzen Jr. and wife Kay of Minden, Walter Rodney Elzen and wife Jonna of Collierville, Tenn., and Kenneth Don Elzen and wife Debra of Tyler, Texas; sister, Mary Grace McEachern of Jefferson, Texas; grandchildren, Amy Rudd and husband Robert, Courtney Moro and husband Jeremy, Whitney Howell and husband Jeff, Chris Elzen and Jennifer Elzen; and great-grandchildren, Ellyot Hites, Katie Hites, Savannah Moro and Jake Moro.
Pallbearers will be Ken Burnham Jr., Tommy Elshout, William Hilburn, Bob Igo, Jerry Rogers and Albert Tucker.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Benton Jr., Al Carter, Doug Cupples, Dr. Phil Hendry, Verle Hulse, Gary McEachern and Don Toelkes.

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George Walton Fort
Funeral services for George Walton Fort, 80, will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at Evangeline Funeral Home in New Iberia with the Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m., Friday, December 30 at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Evangeline Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 29 at the funeral home.
A native of Minden and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Fort died at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 22 at Dauterive hospital.
Mr. Fort was a World War II veteran who served his country in the Air Division of the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of LSU Law School and practiced law in Minden for many years. He was then employed by Veterans Affairs and retired after years of service in New Orleans.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth C. Fort; parents, Connell and Jessie Boepple Fort; brothers, Miles, Tom, John, Carlton, Owen and Ben Fort; sister, Mary Lewis Barnes; and step-children, David and Rick Hruska.
He is survived by his step-son, John Hruska of Odenville, Ala.; step-daughter-in-law, Leslie L. Wells of Bonita, Calif. and Dianne Hruska Suggs of Austin, Texas; five step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia Fort Elliott of New Iberia; and nieces, Kathy Scott of New Iberia and Suzanne Bigas of Portola Valley, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

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Sam A. Harper
Funeral services for Sam A. Harper, 82, will be held at 2 p.m., today, Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.

Hank Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Visitation was held at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 6.
A native and resident of Minden, Mr. Harper died November 4 in Minden. He was a retired principal with the Webster Parish School Board.
Mr. Harper taught at Minden High School for 17 years as an industrial arts teacher and coach. He also served as principal of Cotton Valley High

School for five years, headmaster of Bossier Academy for four years and headmaster of Claiborne Academy for four years. He was also a member

of Lakeview Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Noles Harper of Minden; son, Alvin Neil Harper and wife Linda of Washington, Mo.; daughters, Sherry Clark

and husband Bobby of Bryant, Ark., Mary Margaret Chreene and husband Ronnie of Minden; sisters, Bessie Belk of Minden and Alva Jean Posey of

Waskom, Texas; brothers, Billy Ray Harper and wife Carolyn of

Greenville, S.C.; and grandchildren, Brandon Chreene, Dallis Clark, Samuel Harper and Brittany Chreene.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Chreene, Dallis Clark, Samuel Harper, Roger Auld, Bobby Clark and Ronnie Chreene.

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         HUBBARD, Leonard W. Sig. 3/c Leonard W. Hubbard, son of Mrs. Janie Hubbard, Minden, La., graduate of Minden High. Entered Naval Reserve in 1942, trained at San Diego, Cal. Served on SS Sumner I. Kimball in Atlantic. In Sicilian Campaign, Palestine, Australia and Eqypt. Awarded Citation of Courageous Action. Killed in Action in Mid-Atlantic during Storm, 1944. (NOTE: Merchant ship SS Sumner I. Kimball Torpedoed and sunk Jan. 16, 1944)  

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1942    

Joel Krouse

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Graveside services for Joel Krouse, 88, Van, are scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with Dr. Mike Deaton and Walt Schlichtlng officiating under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Krouse passed away at his home on March 21, 2014.
Joel Life Krouse, a 30-plus year member of the Methodist Church, was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Minden, La., to the late Frank and Gertrude Langheld Krouse. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and worked as a flight engineer for almost 40 years at American Airlines. Joel moved his family from Hurst to Van where he enjoyed gardening and farming. He was a Christian, blue bird advocate and a Master Mason. Joe was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. 
Joel Krouse put God first, then his wife and children before himself.
Survivors include his wife, Jody Krouse, of Van; four children, Marc Krouse and wife Maryann, of Mansfield, Joel A. Krouse and wife Vickie, of Van, Heidi Carroll and husband Ralph, of Grand Saline and Robin Krouse and wife Wendy, of Arlington; brother, Otto Krouse and wife Lois, of Minden, La.; eight grandchildren, Jason Krouse, Andrew Krouse, Emily Krouse, Brandon Krouse, Jessica Carroll, Seth Carroll, Jacob Carroll and Alexis Krouse; and caregivers, Susan Tull and Alaina Brown.
Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
If desired, memorials can be made to Autumn Wood Hospice, P.O. Box 588, Grand Saline, 75140; The Salvation Army, 633 N. Broadway Ave., Tyler, 75702; or Van United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1919, Van, 75790.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class sof 61 and Ann Mays Harlan, class of 58.

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 Leatrice McCollum, Class of 1942

Leatrice Clair Miller

Minden, LA:  Leatrice Clair Miller passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Promises Acute Care Hospital in Bossier City. She was 88.

"Lea" was born October 16, 1924 in Minden to C. V. and Eunice Henry McCollum. She graduated from Minden High School in 1942, and soon after made a courageous move to Washington, D.C. to work for the civil service commission. When she returned to Minden she went to work for the railroad, where she remained until marrying 1st Lt. Woodrow S. Miller on June 21, 1946 and embarking on the life of a military spouse. The next 16 years were spent at various Air Force Bases in the United States and France.

The couple retired to Minden in 1962 and soon after she became secretary for E.S. Richardson Elementary School, a position she held for over 20 years. During that time she was an active member of the Minden Business & Professional Women's Club. She served the club as treasurer, and was a winner of the coveted "Woman of the Year (Nike) Award. She was also a longtime poll worker, with many of those years spent as commissioner-in-charge.

Mrs. Miller was a lifelong member of the Minden Presbyterian Church, which she served as deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School secretary, and treasurer. At the time of her death she was the church's oldest member.

Mrs. Miller is preceded in death by her husband, Major (Ret). Woodrow S. Miller; and a daughter, Janet Miller. She is survived by her son, Tommy Miller of Minden; a daughter, Marilyn Miller of Minden; a granddaughter, Lexi Hutchinson of Shreveport; a grandson, Lance (and Jessica) Miller of Shreveport; three great grandchildren, Jade Hutchinson, Grace Miller and Hudson Miller; a sister, Martha Carleton of Minden; a very special aunt, Evelyn Miller of Minden; nieces Sharon Irwin, Patti Guin, Carolyn Marsh, Cathlyn Braunig, Lisa Spencer; nephew, Chris McCollum; and a number of great nieces and nephews, cousins, and sweet friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Minden Presbyterian Church. Rev. Gary Miller and Rev. Sammy Morrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory under direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel.

We give special thanks to Dr. Carl Hines and his staff, Dr. Philip Rozeman and his staff; Brint Fegley, NP; the nurses and staff of Minden Medical Center, and caregiver Janice Allen.
Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961   God Speed Beatrice McCollum Miller  

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Anna Faye Williams Goodwill SHREVEPORT, LA - Anna Faye Williams Goodwill died on Sunday, April 10, 2005. She was born in Minden, LA, on October 24, 1925, the daughter of the late Lory W.

and Priscilla Neal Williams. She was married to Marion J. (Buddy) Goodwill on January 26, 1947. She is survived by her husband, Buddy; sons, Bill and Mike Goodwill, and grandchildren, Daniel and Caroline Goodwill. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and David Gleason; niece, Juliana Donohue, and nephew, Bob Gleason and children.

Anna attended Minden High School and Meadows-Draughn Business School. She was a legal secretary for Campbell & Campbell in Minden for several years. After marriage she became a full time homemaker and later a mother. Anna was a member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Couples Class and the Joy Circle. She enjoyed church activities, traveling with friends, eating out with friends, playing bridge with friends, and her sons and grandchildren. She was a past member of the Administrative Board of the church. She was a kind, loving person who had many friends.

The visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Marshall Street on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral services will begin at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Rose-Neath

Marshall Street Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Ed Thomas and Rev. Steven Spurlock. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Mrs. LaNora Post for her kindness and care during Anna's illness, to the staff of Riverview Care Center, and to the Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., F117, Chicago, IL 60601-7633Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Marshall St. Chapel 222-0348

Published on April 11, 2005.

1942

Jane Pitcher West Bell
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Graveside services will be held for Mrs. Jane Bell of Shreveport at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at Old Minden Cemetery in Minden.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday, September 12, in the parlor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Mrs. Bell was born on July 13, 1925, in Baton Rouge, the daughter of James Edward Pitcher and Agnes Boyd Pitcher. She passed away on Sept. 9, 2008, at the age of 83.

She grew up in Minden, where her father was Superintendent of Webster Parish Schools for 25 years. Jane graduated in the top 10 percent of her Minden High School class in 1942. She attended LSU where she was a Kappa Delta, Freshman Queen and Rodeo Queen. Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French.  

In August, 1949, Jane married Alonzo Minor West of New Orleans. They had four children who now survive her. Alonzo West of Kansas City; Jane West of Fairfield, Iowa; James West and Elizabeth West both of Shreveport. Her son Alonzo and his wife Libby have two children, Andrew West of San Antonio; and Avery West of Kansas City. Following her husband’s death in 1959, Jane worked as a teacher and librarian at Southfield School in Shreveport for 26 years, while raising her four children.

Jane has been an active Episcopalian throughout her life. She was president of the Women of the Church and a regular library assistant at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Shreveport. In 1978, Jane married the Rev. James Burt Bell, who later became the Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Texas. During her ten years of life in Jefferson, Jane was active in the Church and with the Carnegie Library. Father Bell died in 1996, survived by three daughters with whom Jane has maintained very close friendships, Nancy Bell McAllister of Austin, Texas, Margaret Bell Cypher of Birmingham, Alabama and Marian Bell of Birmingham

Jane returned to Shreveport in 2000, where she spent the rest of her life. She always loved books and loved to read, leading to her lifelong affiliation with libraries, two book clubs and the constant presence of two or three books at various stages of completion. Jane had a special fondness for dachshunds, with her beloved Daisy being the latest member of that breed to brighten her life. Jane is remembered by family and friends for her great kindness, compassion and generosity; as well as for her beauty, sense of humor, her always-elegant dress and gracious manners. A devoted Church member, avid tennis player and lover of travel; Jane will be remembered fondly by the many relatives and friends whose lives she has touched over the years.

1942 ALVIN TED TALTON



Alvin "Ted" Talton didn't graduate in 1939, his brother Albert who still lives on Country Club Circle here in Minden graduated in 1939. A cousin, George "Coon Dog" Talton (father of Billy Jack Talton) was also with that class at times, although he didn't graduate with them as he stayed behind to play football another year. (I think Albert had done the same thing, so it might explain why Ted must have been a bit behind them.)



ALVIN TED TALTON




Minden Press-Herald,Tuesday
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Alvin Ted Talton Service Set Today Tuesday, April 18, 1972



Funeral services for Alvin Ted Talton, 50, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Irwin Roshto officiating.



Talton was killed Sunday evening in an automobile accident near the Dubberly intersection on Interstate 20 which also claimed the life of his son, Norman.  Born in Webster Parish, he lived here all his life.  Talton was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and worked with the Evergreen Vocational School.



Survivors include one son, Jerry Winford Talton of Minden; two brothers, Albert Talton and Marvin Talton, both of Minden; four sisters, Mrs. W. B. Gruner, Mrs. C. A. Gruner, Mrs. G. V. Wise, all of Minden, and Mrs. H. A. Brooks of Baton Rouge; and six grandchildren.



Pallbearers at the funeral will be Bobby Wise, Fred Elzen, Gayle Wise, Chester Gruner, Thomas Edwards and Rodney Elzen.  Interment will be in Gardens of Memory under the direction of Green-Kleinegger.




Sumitted by Ann Mays Harlan, class of 1958

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WILDA WARDLAW - CLASS OF 1942  

Wilda Ritzheimer

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"What a good friend you were to me. I am certainly going to..." - Colleen Taylor


Wilda Mae Wardlaw Ritzheimer

SHREVEPORT, LA - A memorial service for Wilda Mae Wardlaw Ritzheimer, a native of Minden, LA, will be held in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA. at 2:00 P.M. Monday April 14, 2014. Dr. Pat Day will officiate. Visitation will follow the service in Room 101.

Wilda was devoted and loving to those who preceded her in death, parents Berry and Annie Mae Shadow Wardlaw; brother Glen Wardlaw; her husband of 48 years, Harry G. Ritzheimer, and great-nephew, James Jennings Berry Wardlaw. She is survived by her sister Charlotte Wardlaw of Dallas; brother Bill Wardlaw and his wife, Frances of Minden; three very special nieces Celeste Duboise and her husband, Mark Berman of New York City; Cynthia Hight and her husband, Joe and son Reese of Gainesville, Florida; Cheryl Skipworth and her husband, Darrel of Dallas; a very special nephew Steven Glen Wardlaw and his wife, Mindy and children Caitlin and Meagan of Benton; a special niece Diane Ritzheimer of Mandata, Illinois, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Wilda was a member of First United Methodist church and participated in the church's ceramics class under the excellent tutelage of JoAnn Horton. She served as an officer at one time or another, of P.E.O. Chapter B, The Woman's Dept. Club, Potpourri Study Club, and Joy Dunkleman's Book Club. She also enjoyed her bridge clubs, volunteering at the church, the Emmett Hook Theatre and Shreveport Little Theatre.

She had a 30 year career in banking. She worked for Minden Bank & Trust Co., First National Bank of Shreveport and Fannin Bank in Houston, TX.

Honoring Wilda as pallbearers will be her nephew Steven Wardlaw, Jon Wardlaw, Thomas Wardlaw, Berry Wardlaw, and Reese Hight, cousins Rob Owens, Jonathan Owens, Newt Princehouse, Harry Townsend and good friends Paul Cavell and Michael Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert H. King, Louis Avallone, R.L. McCary, members of P.E.O. Chapter B, P.E.O. Chapter D in Arcadia, bridge clubs, and very special friends, Leone Fitzgerald Brown and Charlene Dupree.

Wilda requested that her appreciation be acknowledged to church, family, friends and the Grace Home for their concern and support during her illness. She passed away April 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Eternal Flame of the First United Methodist Church, the Women's Department Club, P.E.O. Chapter B or charity of donors choice.1

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Dorothy Raye Souter Sanders
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Dorothy Sanders, 84, of Tulsa, Okla., and formerly of Minden, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Southcrest Hospital in Tulsa. Service for Dorothy will be Thursday, July 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, with Dr. Jere Hatcher officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory.

The family will receive friends today, July 1, 2009 from 6 until 9 p.m.

Born on Aug. 27, 1924, in Magnolia, Ark., she was the daughter of Glenn and Alice Souter.

Dorothy graduated from Minden High School. On March 21, 1952, Dorothy married Doyle Sanders, of Stillwell, Okla. The couple made their home in Minden. Dorothy loved her Lord, family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Doyle; and brothers, Billy and Jimmy Dale Souter.

She is survived by her son, Rev. Douglas and wife Kathy Sanders of Shreveport; daughter, Linda and husband Mike Moran of Tulsa,; four grandchildren, Tiffany and husband Brian Cupp of Conway, Ark., Jason Sanders of Gainesville, Fla., Brian Moran of Austin, Texas and Aimee Moran of Norman, Okla.; and one great-grandchild, Alaina Cupp.

Pallbearers will be Harry Stahl, Dr. John Hill, John McDonald, James Bishop, Noble Brister and Bob Hawkins.

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Class of 1943

Class of 1943: A.J. (Alec) Price, Jr., son A.J. Price who opened the Western Auto Store in Minden. See the obits in today's Shreveport paper.

SPRINGHILL, LA.- Mr. Alexandre, James "A.J.: Price Jr. was born Oct. 20, 1925. Upon his marriage to Ellie Fort "Dusty" Price in March of 1947 in Minden, they moved to Springhill, La. where they spent the remainder of their years. A. J. died on October 13, 2005 while at their home. He was a loving husband for

57 years to Dusty who proceeded in him death. He was a graduated of Baylor University and a veteran who served as an officer in both the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force as a bombardier in WWII and the Korean War. He was the son of Alexander James and Birdie Cleveland Price who moved to Minden from Texas to Minden, La. in 1936 where Mr. Price opened the first Western Auto in the state of Louisiana followed by the opening of another family  owned Auto in Springhill, La. He took control the the Western Auto store in Springhill, La in 1947 and made Springhill home for his family. He remained in business until the store closed in 1993. The Western Auto in Minden, La. remains a family business still operating today after passing from his father to his sister Evelyn Price Collins and then to his son John Collins.

He was preceded in death by his two parents, Alexander James and Birdie Cleveland Price and Ellie Fort Price, his daughter Alexis Jane Price, two sisters Corrine Price Stephenson and Elaine Price Bruhl of Texas, his niece Jodie Broadman of Texas. He is survived by his son Alexander John Price and his wife Kimberly Angevine Price of Shreveport. Other surviving family members include his sister Evelyn Price Collins and John and Margaret Collins of Minden, La.; Connie Sheffield of Bossier, La.; Marvin and Kathy Collins of Ft. Worth, TX; Marie Fort, Miles Fort and Butch Fort of Shreveport, La. A memorial service will be held aat the Springhill United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 10 a.m. Dr. Burton Blair will conduct the service.

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DRAKE, Aubrey E. Jr.

Aubrey E. Drake Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Drake, Minden, graduate of LSU. Entered Army, 1944, trained at Camp Fannin, Texas. Killed in Action in Annarode, Germany, 1945. HE WAS BORN 16 MARCH 1926 AND DIED 13 APRIL 1945. PVT. 32 ARMED REGT 3 . Section H Minden City Cemetery next to Aubrey Eames Drake born 01 Jun 1900 died 27 Aug. 1984 and Fairy Burch Drake born 27 Jul 1904 died 10 Apr 1982.  He turned down a chance to to to Officer's Training School in order to fight for his country. He was killed in the last few weeks of the war in early 1945. He was  first buried in Belgium  according to page 120 of John Agan's book " Images of America Webster Parish. "

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Archilles "IKE" Gust  KIRKIKIS died December 11, 2004.

Visitation will be Monday, December 13, 2004 at 5-7p.m. at the Rose- Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Trisagion at 7p.m.  Followed by the Honor Guard of the Minden American Legion.  The funeral service will be at 10:00a.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2004, in Minden at the Episcopal Church with Father Brenden of the St. George Creek Orthodox Church conducting the service.  Minden, La. - Archillea "Ike" Gust Kirkikis, 78, passed away bravely battling cancer for one year and nine months.  Funeral services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Minden, LA at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 14, 2004.  Officiating will be Rev. Brendan Pelphrey of St. George Creek Orthodox Church assisted by Rev. Bill Ichter of First Baptist Church of Minden.  Interment will follow in Gardens of Memory.  Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel followed by a Trisagion Service at 7 p.m. Monday at the Chapel.  Ike, a lifelong resident of Minden, LA was born at home on August 10, 1926.  He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church and was active in many civic and community organizations.  He served four terms on the Webster Parish Police Jury.  Ike was a member of the Wildlife and Fisheries Club, Minden Evening Lions Club, Minden Chamber of Commerce, Germantown Colony and the American Legion where he founded the American Legion Honor Guard.  During WWII he proudly served his country as a Paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division from 1944 to 1947.  He was self-employed as a propane dealer for 32 years.  Ike inherited his love and respect for the outdoors from his father, Gust. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, he passed this love to his sons, nephews and nieces. He love to work at the Estate Farm and hunt deer and elk. Ike was famous for his deer and elk chili that he shared with family, friends and neighbors.  His parents, Gust and Malamo Kirkikis and sister, Paulien Kirkikis Demopulos preceded him in death. Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Virginia Reese Kirkikis of fMinden, LA; sons, Stan A Kirkikis and wife, Cindy of Ruston, LA and Dr. John A. Kirkikis and wife, Carol of Alexandria, LA; brother, Dr. Steve Kirkikis and wife, Maria of Shreveport, LA; sister, Thalia Kirkikis Plomarity and husband, Harry of Corpus Christi, TX; and grandchildren who were the joy of his life, Achillea and Tiffany Kirkikis and Jennifer and Leah Kirkikis; a host of loving nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ernie Tyler, O.D. Cox, Killen Turner, Rev. Bill Ichter and all the early walkers at First  Baptist Church of Minden.  Pallbearers will be Ernest Demopulos, John Demopulos, A.C. "Ike" Kirkikis, Billy Kirkikis, Michael Paul Salter and John Theo. Honorary  pallbearers will be the American Legion Honor Guard.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care given by Dr. Howard Wold and his staff at Alexandria Cancer Center,  Dr. Alan Grosbach and his staff at Christus Schumpert Cancer Center, Northwest Region Hospice, Minden, LA, Christus Schumpert Grace  Home, Shreveport, LA and M.D. Anderson, Houston, TX. A special thanks to Bufford Monday and James "Buck" Kemp of Minden, LA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Shreveport, LA, First Baptist Church, Minden, LA, the Baptist Children's Home, Monroe, LA or Grace Home, Shreveport, LA.

Achillea Gust Kirkikis was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. His love and devotion for God, church, family and  country were his life. He will be in our hearts forever and greatly missed.

"Well done good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21

The family appreciates the love and concern of friends, but will not receive visitors following the service and interment.Rose-Neath Funeral Home

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Mamie L. "Ricki" Davis

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Mamie L Walston Davis also called (Ricki), age 86 of, Pasadena, Texas passed away 11/28/12 of natural causes.

Mamie was Born12/12/25 in Oil City, La. of parents Oise Kyler and Mamie Harris Walston.
Mamie (Ricki) grew up in Minden, La and later moved to Texas where she married William D Davis on 10/08/48. They lived in Pasadena and were both very active in the local community and politics. Ricki worked for a number of years at the City of Pasadena in the Water Department and was also active in helping and participating in the Pasadena Senior Olympics. Ricki also participated in local OCAW meetings. Ricki was a member of the Methodist faith.

Ricki is survived by her children; Richard Davis and wife Wanda, Vicki Davis Knight and husband Richard,
Grandchildren: Cheryl Hill and husband Ron, Harvey Burns Jr. and wife Brittany, Hollie Williamson and husband Jake and Erin Davis.
Great Grandchildren:
Katie Wilson,Tyler Hill Austin Hill, Morgan Hill, Landry Williamson and William Harrison Moore.

Ricki is preceded in death by brothers Barry Walston and Brad Walston and sister Mary Castle; and by her husband of 57 years Willie Davis.

Services will be at Pasadena Funeral Chapel, 2203 Pasadena Blvd. Pasadena, Texas, Viewing: Sunday, 12-02-12 from 2 pm-4pm
Funeral Service with Pastor Joe Schwenk officiating will be 10:00AM Monday, at the Funeral Home
Burial will be at Grand View Memorial Cemetery


Published on yourpasadenanews.com from November 29 to December 13, 2012

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961 and

Class year identified by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

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REV. HUGH G. DUNN

MINDEN, LA- Funeral services for Rev. Hugh G. Dunn, Jr., age 80, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jerry Brannon, Rev. John Cannon and Rev. Jim Crain. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 9, 2007 from 5-8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, La.

Mr. Dunn was born in Louisiana and passed away on Friday, July 6, 2007 in Minden, La. He was a retired Methodist Minister. He graduated from Minden High School in 1944 and attended LA Tech. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1956. He then entered Northeast State University in Monroe. He attended Evangelical Theological Seminary in Illinois where he received a Masters in Divinity. He served many Methodist Churches until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Bethel Dunn and 1 brother, Jerry Dunn.

He is survived by his sister, Shirley Batres and her husband, Joe of Minden, La; his brother, William T. Dunn and his wife, Lera of Minden, La; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Dunn, Paul Batres, Michael Batres, Hugh Wood, Patrick Dunn and Richard Dunn.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to: Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, La 71273. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

....1943/4................................................................................................................................................................................................................James Garrett (Jim) Gilbert
 GILBERT, JIM

J
ames Garrett (Jim) Gilbert, 83, of Natchez, MS, died Tuesday, July 7,
2009, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. The funeral
service will be Saturday, July 11, at Stanton Baptist Church in Natchez,
MS. Viewing will be observed from 9am until time for the service at 11am
followed by the burial service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Jim was born August 15, 1935, in Couchwood, LA to Arthur P. and Edna M.
Gilbert. His life long love of sports and the outdoors were nurtured
while growing up in Minden, LA. After high school graduation, Jim played
outfield for the Utica, NY Braves, class A affiliate of the Boston
Braves, for one season before serving his country in WWII. During his
Army service, Jim honed his sporting skills as an athletic instructor.
Upon honorable discharge, Jim played several years in semi-pro baseball,
most notably with the Troy Trojans of the Alabama State league (1946-47)
and the Natchez Indians of the Cotton State league (1948-51).

Jim fell in love with the people of Natchez as they did with him. The
decision to stay in the town set off a 20 year association with Rex
Sporting Goods. Jim not only outfitted the youth of Natchez with
uniforms and equipment but also coached many of them in his first love,
baseball. His next career venture drew upon his entrepreneurial spirit
and quick mind. He operated several small businesses including Jim’s
Outdoors, T & H Carpet Cleaning and AG Rent-it. His friendly personality
and ability to never forget those he met lead Jim into another natural
talent of public service. He served 14 years as a Natchez City Alderman.

For all his life, Jim’s joy was his family, friends, the great outdoors
and faith in God. He is survived in death by his wife, Trinidad V.
Gilbert; sons, Gary Gilbert of Natchez, James Lopez of Dallas, TX, John
Lopez of Baton Rouge, LA and Tony Lopez; daughter, Trini Lopez of
Biloxi, MS; sisters, Nell G. Harlan of Haughton, LA, Elizabeth G.
Ambrose of Minden, LA, and Ysleta G. Kranz of Poway, CA and many
grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Those who preceded him in death were
parents, Arthur and Edna; sisters, Kathryn G. Thomas and Helen G.
Sanders and brothers, Byron C. Gilbert, Harold Gilbert, Horace Gilbert
and Huis Gilbert and great-grandson, Andrew Joseph Lopez-Tynes.

Anyone wishing to honor the memory of our beloved husband, father,
grandfather, brother and uncle, we respectfully request a donation to
the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for
Parkinson’s Research in lieu of flowers. The family wishes to express
their appreciation to Brother Steve Purvis and the members of Stanton
Baptist Church for their care, love and fellowship with Jim during his
life and support of his family at his death and also to the staff of
Laird Funeral Home for their kindness and professional assistance with
funeral arrangements.

Submitted by Matt Gilbert

1943  JOE HUNTER

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Full Name: Joe Elmer Hunter
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 05/25/1926
Died: 12/28/2013
Visitation: 12/30/2013
Service: 12/31/2013
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory

Joe Elmer Hunter, 87, a lifelong resident of Minden, Louisiana passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 903 Broadway Street, Minden at 10:00am with internment to follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Reverend Jim Kennedy, pastor of Pleasant Valley Church, will officiate. Visitation will be held in the chapel of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden Monday, December 30 from 5pm-7pm.

Joe was born on May 25, 1926 in Minden, son of the late Larry and Gladys Hunter of Minden.  Joe was born into a Coca-Cola family, and as was customary, began work at an early age. At just sixteen years old, Joe aided in operating the production line at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden, Inc.  After serving in the United States Navy from 1944 – 1946 under Admiral Nemitz, Joe resumed vital responsibility of the production of Coca-Cola bottles and took on the role of warehouse manager. In 1946, Joe married his sweetheart, Bonnie Jean Moreland, to whom he remained a loving husband for over 67 years.  Joe and Polly were not only devoted to each other but also shared an unfaltering faith in God. Joe supervised the bottling line at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden, Inc. until 1979 when he received the calling to join the ministry.  He attended seminary in Kansas City, KS and served as pastor for multiple churches including Clay 1979-1982, 1st Methodist 1983-1986, Colquitt 1987-1992, and Pleasant Valley 1993-2006.As a third generation member of the Coca-Cola family, he continued to serve on the board until his death.

He is preceded in death by Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Gladys Hunter, Bill Hunter, Sam Hunter, Joel Gerheart, Bess Hunter, and Marsha Hunter (late wife of Bob Hunter).
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Polly Hunter, sons Don Hunter and wife Susan, and Bob Hunter, his brother Ben and wife Linda, his sister Nan Hunter Castle and husband Frank. Grandchildren Larry Hunter and wife Stephanie, Jill Fields and husband Bart, Kelsey Hunter, Carrie Himel and husband Daniel Great-grandchildren Devon Fields, Parker Fields, Hallie Hunter, Baker Hunter, Jaxon Himel, and Gavin Himel, as well as his sweet little dog Sassy.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Minden, LA. (318) 377-3412

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

God Speed Joe Hunter

Class of 1944

Full Name: Leatrice David West
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 09/14/1927
Died: 12/16/2013
Visitation: 12/18/2013
Service: 12/19/2013
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory

Leatrice David West
Funeral services for Leatrice David West will be held Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. Leland Crawford and Rev. Bill Ichter. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Leatrice was born September 14, 1927 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest December 16, 2013 in Minden, Louisiana. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Minden where she was active in WMU, Bible School, and Missions Organizations. Leatrice was also a member of the Women's Department Club, Jr. Service League, and Thursday Bridge Club.

Her parents Larkin and Leo David and sister Janis Goodwill preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years Claude Otis West of Minden, daughters; Sandra Jackson and husband Mike of Minden, Peggy Waters and husband Charles of Minden, Claudia Lee and husband Steve of Minden, sister Cortez Cupples and husband Doug, sister-in-law Gloria Evans and husband David, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons; Brian Jackson, Jeremy Waters, Stephen Lee, Marty Kent, Chad Loftin, and John Mercer, and great-grandsons; Tyler Waters, and Gavin Jackson.

Honorary pallbearer will be Shannon Lewis of South Sudan, Africa.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of F.M.C. Dialysis Center Minden, Professional Home Health, Southern Care Hospice, Hospice nurse B.J. Pike, and Dr. Joe Bolger.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Minden, Louisiana 71055 or donor's choice.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Class of 1944

Minden Press-Herald, October, 1996

Myrtie Jo Drake Elkins

Myrtie Jo Drake Elkins died Oct. 14, 1996 following a lengthy illness.

Elkins, daughter of Delna R. “Cowboy” and Willie Drake, was born

July 23, 1927.  She was married to Floyd R. Elkins and was a retired

seamstress of Al-N-Way Cleaners.

She is survived by her husband, of Minden; her daughter, Johanna

Greer and son-in-law Ray Greer of Marshall, Texas.  She is also

survived by two grandchildren, Raymond Drake Greer and wife

Heather Glass Greer of Birmingham, Alabama; and Steffani Greer

of Longview, Texas.  Other survivors include her sister, Anita Drake

O’Rear and husband Leon O’Rear of Ashford, Ala.; and two brothers,

Billie Drake and wife Bess Drake of Mooringsport, and Charles E. “Bo”

Drake and wife Patsy K. Drake of Minden.

Elkins was preceded in death by two sisters, Marion Coleman and

Mary Frances O’Rear.

Her family wishes to express sincere thanks to all the staff at Life Care

and Doctor’s Hospital in Shreveport.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may

be made to Gilgal Baptist Church, 1963 Almond Circle, Minden.


Charles Linwood Irby
Born 03-28-1927
Died 08-27-2010

CLASS OF 1944

Alvin Hobbs

November 16, 2011 Staff Reports

Alvin Hobbs, 85, passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in the company of his family. He was survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Millie White Hobbs; his son, Kenneth and wife, Eilene; daughter, Allison Guillote and her husband, Mike; grandchildren, Jill Thibodeaux, Katie Cadena and her husband, Joe, Mike Guillote, Jr. and wife, Jessica and their child Kasie, and Sarah Breaux and husband Eric and their children, Leland and Gracie. He is also survived by his brother, Henry Hobbs; and his many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Minnie Hobbs; and sister, Mildred Baker.

Mr. Hobbs was born in Minden in 1926. He graduated from Minden High School and then served in the Navy during World War II as a member of the Seabees. He attended and graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston. He obtained his Master's Degree from George Peabody College and the University of Houston and pursued additional post-graduate studies at McNeese State College and Louisiana State University.

A member of First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, Mr. Hobbs was a past Master of Masonic Lodge 165 and was a past member of the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.

He served Calcasieu Parish as an educator for 34 years as teacher, Principal and Supervisor. May 5, 1979, Mr. Hobbs was named professional of the year by the Louisiana Association of Retarded Citizens.

He is well remembered not only as an educator but also as a rose grower, lecturer, Master Rosarian and Horticulture Judge. Mr. Hobbs was a popular guest columnist for the Lake Charles American Press, writing about roses for 11 years. He was awarded the Bronze Honor Medal of the American Rose Society for 1997 and was recognized with the Outstanding Judge Award of the Gulf District of the American Rose Society in 2006.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials made to the First United Methodist Church, the Church Choir Fund, the Calcasieu-Cameron Association of Retired Teachers, or the charity of your choice.

Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.

Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Funeral services will be officiated by the the Reverends Louis Blankenbaker and Weldon Bares at First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers for the service will be John Garner, Darryl Drewett, Mike Guillote, Sr., Mike Guillote, Jr., Joe Cadena and Gabe Barkate. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Moss, Howard Stroud, and Eric Breaux.

The family wishes to thank Tina Bennett for the care, help and love extended to the Hobbs' family during the past two years and also the staff at Rosewood Nursing Home.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of '58

CHARLES L. IRBY


By: - - Published: 09/01/2010




Charles Linwood Irby, longtime resident and former supervisor at Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., in El Dorado, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.

“Charlie” was born in Minden, La., to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Thomas Irby Sr. At a very young age, he showed an aptitude for sports and played on the baseball team at Hunter’s Playground in Minden. He was an expert diver, enjoyed roller skating, rode horses and loved to hunt and fish. He met his wife, the former Betty Jean Warren, there at the age of 14. They were childhood sweethearts and were married for 52 years. Betty was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Talmage Warren of Minden.

Sergeant Irby served in World War II in the 2nd Cavalry, Third Army (under the command of George Patton) and patrolled the Alps along the German border. “We always thought the yodeling was so pretty” he said. “We had no idea at first that they were actually warning each other of the border patrols!” He was stationed in Freising, Germany, under Colonel Charles Reed (Commander of Patton’s 2nd Cavalry), who was instrumental in saving the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions. “Miracle of the White Stallions” was based on this effort to save the beautiful horses of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Their base competed in many horse jumping competitions while he was there, and Irby won several awards.

The faces of starving children he saw after the war haunted him. In fact, out of all his accomplishments, one of the things he cherished most was his family. He loved to watch his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing on the 55-acre playground/sanctuary Charlie and Betty had created for them.

He returned to the States after the war to work for Brown and Root (now Halliburton) and the “Big Inch” Pipeline - which became Texas Eastern/Panhandle Eastern/Duke Energy and is now Spectra Energy. He was a supervisor at Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. for many years and served as safety officer as well. He also volunteered to teach First Aid and CPR to students at Opelousas Junior High School.

As a child of the Depression, he had learned that hard work, patience and perseverance would allow him to accomplish his goals. He lived his life with tolerance, humility and modesty and gave his children unconditional love. At the end, he was able to achieve his wish of passing on peacefully into the next life at his own home, on his own land and with people he loved around him. His generous spirit and ability to connect and inspire people will allow his memory to live on.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Warren Irby; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Irby Sr.; and his sister, Helen.

Mr. Irby is survived by his children, Roger Irby, Tamme Irby Flood, Charles Irby, Joel Irby and Elizabeth Irby Barnes; as well as 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers, Ira Irby, Connell Irby and Benton Irby.

Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, La., with the Rev. Dale Hendsarling officiating. Viewing will be until noon today.

Lafond-Ardoin is at 2845 S. Union St., in Opelousas, LA (337-942-2638), and online at www.lafondardoin.com. Rose-Neath is at 211 Murrell St., Minden, LA (318-377-3412) and
www.rose-neath.com.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

 

1944

Norma Lee Miller

  Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Lee McEachern Miller, 74, will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 5, 2002, at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Crain officiating and the Rev. Don McCormick assisting. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Mrs. Miller, a native of Waldo, Ark., and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, March 3, in Minden. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of this area. She was a faithful member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Miller, on May 23, 1998; parents, Wesley C. and Oma Branch McEachern; and one son, Jack H. Miller Jr.
She is survived by her sons, Rickie Miller and wife Judy; and Terry Miller and wife Debra, all of Minden; daughters, Jackie M. McGuire and husband David of Minden and Linda Fomby and husband Steve of Haughton; sisters, Idessa Tyler of Springhill, Joyce Boyler and Sue Kendrick, both of Minden; brothers, Prentis McEachern of Dubberly, John Earl McEachern, Denton McEachern, Jerry McEachern, Wayne McEachern, Gerald McEachern and Ellis McEachern, all of Minden; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Brian McGuire, Craig Fomby, Jason Miller, Jacob Miller, David Mitcham, Chris Adams and David Cockrell. Honorary pallbearer will be Caleb Miller

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Vernon Robinson                                                                                                  

Funeral services for Vernon L. Robinson, Jr., 73, born ca 1927 will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2000 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael O'Brian officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to p m. Friday, April 28 at Gordon Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Robinson passed away Tuesday, April 25, at Northeast Medical Center, Concord, N. C. He was born December 22, 1926 in El Dorado, Arkansas, son of the late Vernon L. Robinson, Sr. and Bayard Robinson. He was a real estate broker, a graduate of Minden High School, served in the U. S. Navy and attended Centenary College. Mr. Robinson was a member and past president of Mt. Pleasant Lions Club, an avid fisherman and storyteller. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Howard and David Robinson. He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Robinson of Charlotte N.C. and Debbie Dixon and husband Charlotte, N. C; brother, Paul Robinson of Minden; special friend, Nancy Drye of Oakboro, N.C.; and many friends in Mt. Pleasant. Serving as pallbearers will be Brock Dixon, Nelson Graves, Homer Faggart, Bill Krimminger, Phil Byrd, Gene Wheeler, Phil Station. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 237, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 28124 or the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club, P.O. Box 265, Mt. Pleasant, N.C. 28124.

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Christine Sapp Hunt


Funeral services for Dr. Christine S. Hunt will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at First Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. Wayne DuBose officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, June 20, at the funeral home.
Julia Christine Sapp Hunt was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Minden. She passed away Saturday, June 18, in Shreveport.
Dr. Hunt was active in First Baptist Church in Minden, where she faithfully served as a Sunday school teacher for more than 40 years until three weeks before her passing. She showed her love for the Lord by serving in her church on many different committees and organizations. She was also active in various civic organizations and was selected as Minden’s Woman of the Year in 1976. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, serving as state president from 1983-85.
She graduated from Minden High School in 1944, earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College in 1948, a masters from Louisiana Tech in 1966, and a doctorate of education from Northwestern State University in 1979. She taught school in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. From 1976 until her retirement in 1994, she was principal of E.S. Richardson Elementary School in Minden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hunt; her parents, Youree and Eva Sapp; and her sister, Lowein.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy Allen and husband Jerry of New Orleans, and Carolyn Gilbert of Minden; seven grandchildren, Jeannie, Jennifer, Jessica, Jay, Christy, Amy and Casey; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Thomas, Courtney, Abby, Laken, Erin and Hunter; sister, Nellie Burge of Doyline; and sister-in-law, Betty Nolen and husband Bill of Lake Charles.
Pallbearers will be Jay Allen, Casey Gilbert, Tracy Pevy, Clayton Long, Tim Lee, Tony Sanders and Gabe Hogan.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses and doctors in the critical care unit at Willis-Knighton Medical Center for their loving care.
The family requests that memorials be made to the WMU Foundation through First Baptist Church in Minden, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Submitted by Claire Fussel

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Nellie Faye Smith               

Funeral services for Nell Strickland, 74, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville with the Rev. Larry White officiating. Graveside services were held at 4:30 p.m. at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden.
Mrs. Strickland, a resident of Farmerville, passed away, Friday, Feb. 22. She was a retired business owner of People’s Department Store in Farmerville. She was a graduate of Minden High School and a member of First Baptist Church in Farmerville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Strickland; parents, George and Louise Smith; and brother, George Smith Jr.
She is survived by one son, Jim Strickland and wife Judy of Farmerville; one brother, Alvin Smith of Minden; one sister, Wanda Stewart of Minden; two grandchildren, Chris Strickland and wife Paula of Farmerville and Casey Strickland of Monroe; and four great-grandchildren.

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Joe Henry Stanfield

MINDEN, LA- Joe Henry Stanfield passed away on April 9, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. from a lengthy illness at the age of 82. Joe was born on March 17, 1926 in Heflin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Jean Norrell Stanfield; mother, Eula Henry Stanfield; father, Edgar Lee (Jack) Stanfield; 2 brothers, Billy Jack Stanfield and Jim Lee Stanfield and 2 sisters, Odessa Horton and Sue Jones.

He is survived by his son, James Keith Stanfield and his wife, Barbara of Shreveport; 2 daughters, Karen Lea Stanfield of Minden and Amanda Jean Stanfield Simmons and her husband, Jeff of Ruston; grandchildren, Kevin Stanfield, Destiny Stanfield, Brandy Stanfield, Amie Nunn, Shelly Higgins, Aubrey Simmons and Abigail (Abby) Simmons; great-grandchildren, Farrah Stanfield, Chloe Stanfield, Jenna Stanfield, Calix Moore and Lealand Moore and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held in Ruston at Grace United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 5-8 p.m. A second visitation will be held in Minden at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Friday, April 11, 2008 from 5-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held in Minden at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Evans officiating. Burial will be at Providence Cemetery in Ringgold.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home

 

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Jo Treat StaserFuneral services for Mrs. Jo Treat Staser, 79, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at Minden Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Gary Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m., Thursday, November 9, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

A native and resident of Minden, Mrs. Staser died Monday, November 6 in Minden. She was a member of Minden Presbyterian Church, D.A.R. and Magna Carta Dames.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank B. Treat Sr. and Helen Brown Treat, and brother, Frank B. Treat Jr.

She is survived by her son, Clay Baird and wife Madeleine of Aurora, Ill.; daughters, Louise Baird Snook and husband Terry and Margaret Baird Evans and husband Bobby, all of Minden‚€™ sister, Margaret Treat Dickinson of Minden; sister-in-law, Sally Stone Treat of Shreveport; grandchildren, Elizabeth Evans O‚€™Neil and husband Bryan, Ashley Evans Fritz and husband Ken, Bryan Evans, Stuart Snook and wife Lori, Keith Snook and wife Heather and Bill Baird; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Stuart Snook, Keith Snook, Bill Baird, Bryan Evans, Ken Fritz and Bryan O‚€™Neil.

Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Moore, Jay Garcia, David James and the Rev. Jack Kennedy.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children‚€™s Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale Street, Mailstop 505, Memphis, TN, 38105; Minden Presbyterian Church, 1001 Broadway, Minden, LA 71055; or the charity of the donor‚€™s choice.

 

 

Class of 1944/45???

Patsy Brown
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Graveside services for Patsy Brown will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden.

Lorene Prince and Todd Aulds will speak.

The family will receive friends today July 21, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Patsy was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Homer and entered into rest July 18, 2009, in Minden.

Her husband of 57 years L.T. “Buddy” Brown; sister, Nell Villarreal; brothers ,G.W. Lary and Ronnie Volentine preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Loyd Brown, Tommy Brown and Kent Brown; sister, Billie Brouillard; grandchildren, Scott, Chris and Zach; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Micah and Harmony.

Pallbearers will be Gary Lary, Smitty Brown, Herman “Doc” Hunter, Dennis Brown, John Volentine, Ronnie Brown, Brad Lepore, Steve Brown and Johnny Brouillard.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Connie, Sandra, and all the other nurses and aides of Professional Home Health for the care given their mother.

Memorials may be made to Professional Home Health Services of Minden, 111 Ryans Way, Minden, La. 71055.

Patsy's family used to live at the corner of Sibley Road and Theus Street and James and Bobby used to play with G. W. Lary, her brother. Mr. Volentine was Patsy's step-father.  Patsy first married Louis Acklen Bobby's Uncle. Louis Acklen was killed and MIA in
March of 1943 when a torpedo sank his ship.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

 

1944

 

Shreveport Times, Sunday May 30, 2010

Ramona L. Wigley

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

On May 27, 2010, Ramona L. Wigley of Shreveport, LA passed away “to be at home with the Lord” at the age of 81. Ramona was born on August 9, 1928 in Jackson Parish, LA, to Albert L. and Irene Moore Wigley.

At her death, she was a faithful member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA.

Ramona graduated Minden High School in 1944 and continued her education at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, earning a B.A. in 1947. In 1948, Ramona completed a M.A. at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge.

Ramona was a lifelong educator in Louisiana public schools. Ramona retired after 35 years as a classroom teacher of English, administrator, supervising teacher and department co-ordinator.

Ramona was predeceased by her parents and her youngest brother Sam A. Wigley.

She is survived by her brother Dan L. Wigley and wife Cassandra Taylor Wigley of Covington, LA; her nephew, Brian Taylor Wigley of Jackson, MS; her niece Mary Margaret Landry of Walker, LA; her great nieces and nephews, Claire Wigley, Taylor Wigley, Chris Landry and John Landry. Additionally, she leaves behind a multitude of friends, classmates and former students who will greatly miss her generosity and wit.

A celebration of Ramona’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA, followed by a graveside service at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, LA. The family will receive visitors from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 31st at Osborn Funeral Home at 3631 Southern Avenue in Shreveport, LA.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958