The Homecoming Parade

Barbara Bryan Moore, Fred Moore, Jerry Cook, Huey Lee Hanson, Marsha Boyd Salmon, Bennie Ryan Stewart, Mildred Boland, and Bob Stephens

Photo compliments of Minden Press Herald and Bennie Ryan Stewart

Compliments of the Press-Herald & Bennie Ryan Stewart. I will try to identify the people in the photo starting at the front...L-R In the red shirt; Randall and Holly Marrs, Ronald Bryan in the blue and white shirt, Robert and Jean Stephens holding hands. next row, the lady in the blue sweater must be Wanda Rhoden Yates, next to her appears to be Dot Walker Nicholson and her husband, Pierce Nicholson. Behind them in the peach colored sweater is a man that looks like Bill Slay but I don't think he went to the football game. Behind them is Mary  and Roy Baggett. They were married on December 17th.. In the matching red shirts is Shirley Frazier Youngblood and Bobby Youngblood. to their right in the brow pants is Linda Lee Mims Martin and Rob Martin, in the middle behind the Fraziers is Dr. Ed Brown and his wife Sandra Crockett Brown, standing next to her in the maroon is Sheila Frasier, I think that is Barbara Bryan Moore, blue but who the man is to her left?  It is hard to see the faces. To her right is Jerry Frasier. Ralph Yarborough is standing behind Sandra Crockett and next to him is Ida Mae Pittman Crockett, Mrs. & Mr. James Lynn Ford. I cannot tell who is standing between Rob Martin and James Lynn Ford. Myra Crownover Hasty is standing between Betty Liner, James Liner who is next to Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh in the red coat next to Marsha Salmon and Jim Gritzbaugh.Who is the lady in the white hat? Roy Connell is standing next to Marsha Salmon. His wife Joy is standing behind him in the pretty suit that looks blue but is actually purple. Also unable to identify the man behind her.  Drew Simmons and Yvonne Brown Henagan is in the green and white top.  I think Sandra Pullig Smith and Buddy Smith are in front of them and Jerry Cook is behind Yvonne.  I am unable to find Carroll Gay Hardy in the photo. Would someone also help me find Doyle Walker?  It is difficult to identify people when their backs are turned. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated . You can e-mail me at MindenMemories@AOL.COM




Photo's by Jim Gritzbaugh

Sandra Crockett Brown  welcomes the 1955 alumni to her home. Notice the replica of the

Hunters Playhouse on the table with the wood carving of Cora Lou Brown Robinson when she

 was in the Minden High School peps squad. This was one of the pieces done by Nan Hunter Castle.

State Rep. Jean Doerge and Mrs. Irene Williams receive a hearty welcome from Dr. Edward Brown

Mrs. W. W. Williams  and Dr. Ed Brown enjoy remembering days gone by.

Everyone was glad to see Patsy and Charles "Bo" Drake 

Mrs. Wayne W. (Irene) Williams was the wife of our beloved principal for many years &

worked in the office when we were going to school. 

Drew Simmons and Yvonne Brown Henagan

Marsha Boyd Salmon and James Lynn "Jim" Ford

Jerry Cook, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle and Robert Miller

Rob Martin, Linda Lee Mims Martin, B. D. "Doyle" Walker and Carroll Gay Hardy


Roy Connell, Joy Garriss Connell and Virginia "Sister" Connell Davis

Neil & Ruth Baker, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle

Del Messeer Stout and Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh

Del was elected homecoming queen in 1945 and most beautiful girl the year she graduated in 1946/47.

More recently, she came to the Gritzbaugh home to help us proofread and organize the Hunter pictures and

memories on the Minden Memories site. What fun we had getting to know each other!

Neal Baker and Earlene Lyle are seated at the table behind us.  She promised to come back to see us soon.

                               What do these two ladies have in common?

Del Messer Stout and Earlene Mendenhall Lyle were both voted most beautiful girl

the year they graduated from high school and both were majorette's! Today,

both have been a big force in creating the  Minden Memories web site. Earlene is the

official communicator and serves on the board.  Del helped organize and proof read the

Hunter's sites which all of you continue to enjoy on the Minden Memories site today.

Rev. Jwill Sims and his lovely wife Liz. They have been married since September 1950.

This year they returned to Minden to attend the 1945, 46 and 47 class reunion and fish fry

at the Hunter Coca-Cola Museum.   Everyone had a wonderful time being together at the hotel.

Del Messer Stout and Jwill Sims, it was Del's who remembered her Mom telling her

about Mr. Looney painting the picture of Jwill as the drummer boy. After that, we

did some investigating and found him living in Mesquite, Texas. He still has the original

drawings Mr. Looney mailed to him from New York after he left Minden.

Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh and Rev. Jwill Sims.  He was the boy who posed for a Drummer Boy

 painting by Ben Earle Looney back when he played the drum at Minden High School in

Dwight Blake's band. Jwill was also the son of the man who owned Simms Mattress factory on

the Sibley Road and donated the land for the Church of Christ which was later sold and moved to

College Street.

 Two Lovely Ladies...one from the Class of 1956, and one from the class of 1947

  Earlene Mendenhall Lyle has Lenier White's complete attention.  Wouldn't

 you love to know what they are talking about?

 Here they are again. Looks like they are having fun, doesn't it?

L-R, Jwill Sims, Liz Sims, Del Messer Stout, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle and Lenier White

L-R, B. D. Doyle Walker, Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh, Jwill Sims, Liz Sims, Del Messer Stout, Earlene Mendenhall

Lyle and Lenier White