Full Name: Ernestine Hortman
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 08/05/1928*       Oct. 5, 1928
Died: 09/30/2012
Visitation: 10/03/2012
Service: 10/03/2012
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory

Ernestine Hortman, age 83 of Minden passed away on September 30, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. She was born October 5, 1928 in Buckner, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her husband Jimmie Curtis "Doc" Martin, parents Susie Alexander House and Ernest Alexander; her daughter Diane Martin Olds, two sisters, Betty Sue Aubrey, and Willa Mae Fowler.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kay and Willie Kelley of Mesquite, Texas, her son Rod Hortman, Jr. of Minden, sister Hazel Ratcliff of New Boston, Texas, brother-in-law James Aubrey of Shreveport, grandchildren Crystal Ramsey, Jonathan Kelley, Jeremy Olds, Matthew Hortman, and Kim Hortman, five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Minden.

Graveside services for Ernestine Hortman will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Bill Ichter. The family will receive friends from 9 til 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Submitted by Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 46

Correction: *Please note, Ernestine was born October 5,1928 not Aug. 5..... she would have been 84 had she lived five more days. She and my mother , Christine Sparrow Miller, class of 1938, were first cousins. Christine died April 29.2012. Carol Ann Miller LeBlanc, Class of 1958

John D. Booth
- died 1963 died in fatal pickup truck crash at Dorcheat just west
of Minden. Officers said he just fell asleep at the wheel when the vehicle went out
of control, crashing into the side of the bridge.

I remember John D. well from elementary school, but don't remember if he was in
school with us. When calling the roll the teacher would call "Earnestine Alexander...
John D. Booth ...I don't remember whose name was next.

John D. was 32 when he died. 
I found the part of the John D. Booth article that had come apart in my attic.
His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Booth.
I can't remember if he was in high school, but maybe he was. I was in Cotton
Valley during part of my high school years. John D. and I were in the class of 1946.
The photo of the wreckage was by J. Frank McAneny, and I don't remember if he1946
was with the Shreveport Times or Shreveport Journal. On the reverse of that page
is "1963".



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Minden, LA On Saturday, July 12th, T.C. Bloxom, Jr., age 84, passed away at his home in Minden. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday July 14th at Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 15th at Minden's First Baptist Church. Brother Wayne DuBose and Reverend Billy Joe Hawkins will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. 

T.C. was born September 3, 1929, in Mansfield to Dorothy and T.C. Bloxom, Sr. At age 9, he and the family moved to Minden. During WWII, while most of the adult men were serving their country, the local fire chief called on Minden High School's male students asking for volunteers to fight fires. A 14-year old T.C. eagerly joined the MFD where he served for 63 years; the last 37 years as Chief. When he was 27, T.C. began working at the Webster Parish Sheriff Office and retired 26 years later as the Chief Deputy Sheriff. For nine years he enjoyed his self-imposed retirement by farming and raising cattle. Then in 1990, he was asked by some local citizens to run for Police Chief of Minden. In a field of five candidates, T.C. won the election handsomely on the first ballot. Under his leadership, the Police Department regained its respect from the community by eliminating the large number of drug dealers operating in Minden. Five terms later, he retired again. This time for good.

T.C. has been recognized numerous times throughout his career: 1956 Jaycees Young Man of the Year, 1972 Minden Man of the Year, 2004 Legacy of Achievement Award from the State of Louisiana, 2005VFW Outstanding Fireman of Louisiana, as well as commendations from Minden's local organizations for his outstanding service. He is a member of First Baptist Church but has been supportive of every church in Minden. 

T.C. is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam Tompkins Bloxom. Additional family members are his daughter Beverly and husband Dan Caldwell of Haughton; grandson Stephen Oden of Bossier City; brother Don and wife Rachel Bloxom of Minden; niece Alison and husband Alex Fos of The Woodlands, TX; nephew T.C. and wife Casey Bloxom of Bossier City; as well as special friends Carla and Terry Gray of Minden, their daughters Brandy, Mandy, and Courtney. 

Pallbearers will be Minden Fire Chief Kip Mourad, Asst. Chief John Tucker, Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper, Captain Dan Weaver, Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, and Deputy Scott Tucker. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Minden Fire Department, Minden Police Department, Webster Sheriff's Office, and all other first responders.

The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Michael Chanler, nurse Tracy Sandlin, our faithful caregiver Myessha Wardlaw Talley, and to trainer Katie Cappello. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , Minden First Baptist Church Building Fund, or the  charity of your choice . You may share your memories with the family by See more at:  T.C. Bloxom was in the class of 1946.  My husbnd Harry Miller graduated with him.  

Submitted by:  Jeannine Sale Miller, Class of 1948

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, class of 61    Class of 1946 - T.C. Bloxom  

Linda Kay Ishee DuBose

Chief Bloxom seldom missed leading a funeral procession in Minden. He was a legendary Fire Chief and later, Police Chief...a great Christian man who served his Lord and his town faithfully.(Linda husband) Wayne,(Pastor DuBose was one of our former pastors) delivered the funeral message and we followed his body to its resting place. Very fitting and touching that it was transported on a fire truck.

Submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd, Class of 1957

Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946

Newspaper article submitted by Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946

John D. Booth, Aug. 4, 1929 – May 2, 1963, buried in Mt. Zion cemetery.
On a double grave marker beside
John D. Booth in Mt. Zion Cemetery as follows: 
Laura B. Booth born 04 Oct 1890 died 29 Jul 1971

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958
Remembering My Friend, Zenobia Camp West
Written by Juanita Agan
Friday, 19 September 2008

In 1994 I wrote an article a Cameo on my friend of 53 years. Ten years later, in 2004, I reprinted the article, bringing it up-to-date. This is a reprint of that last article on the occasion of her death that occurred last Saturday, September 13, 2008. Her Memorial Service will be held tomorrow, at 10 in West Chapel of the First Baptist Church.

I loved her and my mother loved her, too. Often she came to see my mother while I was at work and they enjoyed each other’s company. And now she is gone, and God willing, perhaps they are visiting again in Heaven today. She was my friend and I treasure friendship, and I remember the love we shared.

The pale October sun cast a patterned shadow on the carpeted floor as it came through the lace curtains at the window. There she stood in the beautiful purple dress with the matching feather hat.  

Goldrings in Shreveport had coordinated the hat, dress, shoes and gloves for an afternoon wedding. The colors suited her fair skin and silvery blond hair that lay in waves against her head. Like a little girl she waited for my approval of the clothes she had selected for her wedding. They were perfect and I told her so. That October of 1944, my friend, Zenobia Camp, was married to Wilmer West. He passed away in 2001.

As we talked recently, I thought back over the years of our friendship that had developed after she had finished college and returned home to Minden. She had finished high school in 1936 and I had finished in 1939, and we had not been close friends back then.

She had attended LSU that fall of 1936, majoring in music until about her Junior year when she changed over to Fine Arts. Her first degree was in Fine Arts. That had not been the wishes of her parents. It was to be music as far as they were concerned. She played the pipe organ, the piano, the violin, the cello, saxophone, and clarinet and was good enough to play with the LSU Symphony Orchestra and to play saxophone with an All Girl Dance Band, and had played clarinet with the high school band. Still that was not her desire for her life’s work. To please her parents she did post-graduate work in music.

I came to know her as my friend after she had finished LSU and returned to Minden in January 1941. She lacked the skills for an office job such as I had.

To prepare herself she hired a private tutor and learned typing and the other skills that were required. For a time she worked in the office of Minden Mayor Floyd Culbertson. In December of that year war came to America and Minden.

In 1942 she was hired to work for Mr. E. S. Richardson (this was the same man who was president of La. Tech and also has an elementary school named for him here. In the twenties and thirties he had been Superintendent of Schools for Webster Parish). Minden had organized the Webster Council, which was a forerunner of a Chamber of Commerce. Its purpose was to find housing for people who came into Minden with the “shell plant” as we called it, and to aid the influx of new families in any way to make Minden their homes. She assisted Mr. Richardson that year.

In 1943 she went to work in the Clerical Department of the Safety Department at the La. Ordnance plant. This was still not her niche in life. All her life she has set goals for herself such as adding a new word to her vocabulary each day. During her “growing up” years she practiced these new words on her family. All went well until one day her new word was “chic”. She complimented her sister on her “chic” look, her father sternly asked her to either leave the table or to refrain from saying words like that. She had a kind, loving and gentle father, but that new word did not sound exactly like a good word to him. He never expected to hear anything like that from his daughter. Perhaps it didn’t come out just right. That concluded her trying out new words at home.

There came an opportunity in 1943 to enter a government sponsored educational program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. This would equip her to be a college trained registered nurse.

This cadet nursing program began in November 1943. When she wrote me and sent me her picture in her new uniform, I saw that it was so becoming - a soft blue-gray with a beret in the same color that was worn at such a jaunty angle. When she would graduate in November of 1946 she would receive a B.S. degree in nursing and a diploma.

Back in the late thirties when she had attended LSU she had met a young man who was studying dairying. When war came he entered the U. S. Navy and served as a Pharmacists Mate. They kept in touch during the war. When it was over he came to Minden to see her. He was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois.

The romance that began in college, and continued during the war years culminated in their wedding. On October 7,1944, she and her only sister, Margery, flew to Illinois for the wedding with Margery being her matron of honor. Later, her husband transferred to St. Louis where she was in the Cadet Nurse program at Washington University. When his tour of duty was over and he came out of the military, he went to work for the City of St. Louis, and lived in Greenville, Illinois.

After her graduation in 1946, they moved to Greensburg, La. and here their only child, a daughter, Alicia, was born. Later that year they moved back to Missouri, to a town named Cabool.

They both worked here for about two years. Her husband decided to go to Medical school and prepare for a career in medicine as a doctor. He attended a college there before applying to N. O. Medical School. This college was in Springfield, Missouri, and my friend worked for a year in the hospital there in the OB-GYN division.

As her husband’s education took him to LSU Medical School and an internship in New Orleans, she nursed at many hospitals. In Baton Rouge she was a nurse at the Baton Rouge General Hospital, and when they moved on to New Orleans in 1950 she worked at the V A hospital on the lakefront. She did four and one-half years of general nursing. There were many other moves over the next few years before they returned to Minden in 1961. Their daughter attended school here and graduated in 1965.

Her life has been full, interesting, and very busy. In addition to her own family duties she has been the caretaker of her parents and her maiden aunts who lived next door to her parents.

Miss Maggie Moess, her aunt, was ill and died in 1973, during a terrible ice storm. She had prayed not to be a burden to her family, and God answered her prayer. The other aunt, Treeby Moess, who was also ill, died in 1976. That year her father had a stroke and she cared for him from that time until his death in 1980.

Her mother became ill that very same year and my friend nursed her until her death in 1986. Because Zenobia’s sister, Margery, lived and worked in Baton Rouge, La. her help with the parents was limited.

Our friendship spans over six decades and we still have not had time to just sit down and remember together. Her health (as well as mine) has not been good lately.

In fact there are three sets of sitters who care for her as she is now partially bedridden and travels by the City Wheelchair Van. Her mind is still clear and she is such an interesting person to talk to.

In 2000 she was Minden’s “Woman of the Year” and in 1999 received the Cultural Crossroads’ “Visionary Award for the Arts.”

Even though it was sixty years ago this October when I put my stamp of approval on the wedding clothes, I can still see so vividly the slender, girlish figure in the purple dress and the off-the-face feather hat that capped the blond curls.

To me she’ll always be just Zenobia - Zenobia Camp West, my friend and an interesting person to know.



Class of 1946 death

Shreveport Times, Friday, March 27,
Ben N. Craton, Jr.

Ben N. Craton, Jr., 88, passed away on March 25, 2015.  Graveside services will be held Monday, March 30, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Park Cemetery’s Chapel of Peace Mausoleum.  Officiating will be Dr. R. Pat Day, First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. 
Ben was born on August 16, 1926 in Minden, LA.  He enlisted in the Navy and served his country in the South Pacific during World War II.  He returned  and graduated from Louisiana Tech University.  He then began working for  Texaco as a sales engineer and retired after more than 29 years.  He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church for over 40 years.  “Gentle Ben” loved fishing with his wife and being a handyman to anyone that asked.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bobby Craton.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Tressie S. Craton; daughter, Catherine C. Sholar and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Ashley Dauenhauer and husband, Jay and Jeffrey Sholar; and sister, Iris Pratt of Redding, CA. 
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff nurses and his “special sweethearts” at Village Health Care, The Glen.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Eternal Flame, First United Methodist Church or The Glen Retirement System.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958



David E. Gleason Class of 1946

SHREVEPORT,LA - A memorial service celebrating the life of David E. Gleason will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, June 17, 2010 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Officiating the service will be Reverend Terry Love. A reception will follow the service at the church.

David was born March 27,1929 in Grove, LA entered into heaven Sunday, June 13, 2010 after a brief illness. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force stationed

in England and North Africa during the Korean conflict. He was educated in the Minden public school system before attending LSU in Baton Rouge, and later graduating from Centenary College in Shreveport. He joined the Federal Housing Administration in 1961 and retired as manager of the Shreveport Field Office in 1994.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and B.D. Gleason, Sr. and sister, Gladys Whitman and brother Bobbie Gleason. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Williams Gleason; daughter, Juli Donohue and her fiancée, Scott Miller of Houston; son, Bob Gleason and his wife Susan of Little Rock; brother, B.D. Gleason, Jr. and his wife Joan of Homer; granddaughter, Katie Gleason; grandsons, Cody and Matthew Gleason; niece, Cindy Johnson; nephews Steve and Danny Gleason, Alan, Bob, and Mike Whitman.

Donations may be made to St. Luke's Methodist Church, 6012 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105

Submittted by Theressa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946



Charles Carlton Gray

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


Earl "Coach" Hamner

Graveside services for Coach Hamner will be held at time 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016 in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Minden, LA. Officiating will be Paul Rasmussen a former player, of Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The family requests casual attire only.

Coach Hamner retired after 37 years, having coached at Cotton Valley, C.E. Byrd High School, and Southfield School in Shreveport. His greatest joy was to see his students and athletes become stellar members in the community and in the business world. In 2011, Coach Hamner was inducted into the Southfield School Hall of Fame.

Coach Hamner was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy and Edna Hamner; his devoted wife of 40 years, Patricia Heflin Hamner; brother, Buel Hamner and sister-in-law, Norma Miller Hamner. He is survived by a daughter, Lesa Lyons, and grandsons, Alexander Lyons, Jr. and Nicholas Lyons.

Honoring Coach Hamner as pallbearers will be Donald Allen, Chris Tilley, James Moreland, Richy Akeroyd, Chuck Stripling, Bob Bray, and Tim Kochakian. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Steve McDowell, Doug Robinson, Phillip Johnson, Skipper Morgan, and Merrill Wautlet.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Ted Warren, Dr. Sanjeevi Tivakaran, and his secretary Mary for all their compassion and care.

The family suggests donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or to the in honor of Nicholas Lyons.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


James East

Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, September 4, 1986

Services for James Edward "Cactus" East, 57 of Tyler, Texas,
were held on Sunday, August 31, 1986 at the Green Acres
Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Powell officiating. Burial followed
at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler.

Mr. East passed away on Friday, August 29, 1986, in a Tyler
hospital following a sudden illness.

He was reared in Minden and was a graduate of Minden High
School. He was preceded in death by his grandmother,
Mrs. Rose Frazier of Minden. Mr. East was a member of the
Green Acres Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and had
served as a Sunday School teacher for numerous years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. June Nichols East, Tyler; two
daughters and son-in-law, Judy Ann East, Tyler and Joan and
Rick Cole, also of Tyler; two grandchildren; two aunts and uncles;
three adopted sisters, Bobbie Dance, Dixie Lawson and Agnes
Peacock all of Tyler.

Memorials may be made to the missionary program of the
Green Acres Baptist Church.


Bobbie Jean Miller Class of 1946

Bobby J. Snoddy (Miller), age 86 passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014 in Baton Rouge, La. Beloved wife of the late George V. Snoddy for over 63 years. 

Loving father of William V. Snoddy (Pat), David F. Snoddy (Lisa) and the late Ronald J. Snoddy. Grandfather of Katherine, Blair, Brian (Jessica) and Sara Snoddy, and her brother Horace Miller (Barbara). 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Perry Milo and Gracie Ellen Miller, her siblings, Mazie Tedder, Myrtle Rouse, Milo Miller, Lorene Connerly, Laverne Short and Marvin Miller. 

Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

A native of Minden, La. and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, La. Bobby graduated from Minden High School and Bobby worked in Bookkeeping at Kaiser Aluminum and was an accomplished Seamstress. She enjoyed square dancing with her husband, traveling in their motor home and spending time with family and friends. 

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Services at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 1:00 pm, where friends may call after 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Online condolences maybe offered - See more at:

Bobbie Jean Miller (MHS 1946):  Her name is spelled “Bobbie” in the Class of 1946 roster.  Yes, the obit is apparently full of errors.Submitted by  Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58

This obituary is so strange to me.  Her name is Bobby and the picture is of a lady.  Then it says she is the FATHER and "GRANDFATHER of..."  Then it goes back to SHE.  Confusing!

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61

Minden Press-Herald, May, 1996

Mary Francis Drake O’Rear

Mary Francis Drake O’Rear, 66, of Dixie Inn, passed away on May 8, 1996 at Schumpert Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday,

May 11, 1996 at the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel. The Rev. Floyd Lisenby will officiate. Interment will follow at Gilgal Cemetery.

O’Rear was a housewife and a member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons, Delna Lee O’Rear of Dixie Inn, Billy Joe O’Rear of Gurdon, Arkansas, Willie L. O’Rear, Jr. of Glen Allen, Alaska; two sisters, Myrtie Jo Drake Elkins of Minden and Anita Drake O’Rear of Ashford, Alabama; two brothers, Charles “Bo” Drake of Minden and Billy Russell Drake of Shreveport; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

(Note: She was a daughter of Willie C. and D. R. "Cowboy" Drake of Minden, La.)

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Written by Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday March 21, 2006
 Written Tuesday 30 November 2006
Funeral services for Mr. Christopher Reynolds “Chris” Langheld Jr., 77, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, December 1, 2006 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Ozark, Ala., with the Reverend O’Neal Brown and Mr. Tom Bogie officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery, under the direction of Holman Funeral Home, Ozark.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 p.m., today, November 30. Mr. Langheld’s body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Friday.

Mr. Langheld was born February 19, 1929 in Minden to the late Minnie Ola Miller Langheld and Christopher Reynolds Langheld Sr., and died Tuesday, November 28, at his home following an extended illness.

Mr. Langheld served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was an active member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the official board. Mr. Langheld also served as District President of the United Methodist Men’s Association. Mr. Langheld worked with Civil Service for 32 years, retiring as a radar technician.

He was an avid fisherman who loved traveling in his motor home and gardening. He was a loved husband, father and grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard Glen Langheld; and one brother, Danny Langheld.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Mae Chumney Langheld of Ozark, Ala.; one daughter, Adonna Benz and husband Kellen of Mandan, N.D.; three sisters, Ruby Watson of Minden, Violet Goodwin of Arlington, Washington and Carolyn Duncan of Highlands, Texas; four grandchildren, Shannon Swain, Jeremy David Morrison, Angela Rene Morrison and John Anthony Peters; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan Swain, Brandi and Brook Morrison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, C/O Miss Shirley Chancey, 4399 East Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Ala. 36360, or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 291, Ozark, Ala. 36361.

Dan Thomas Pace, Jr.

Graveside services for Mr. Dan Thomas Pace, 71, will be held
today, December 12, 2000, at 11 a.m. at Gardens of Memory
Cemetery in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Burial
will be under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Pace, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Sunday,
December 10, 2000, in Minden. He was a barber and owner and
operator of Pace's Barber Shop in Minden.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Pace of Minden; two daughters,
Patty Banta and husband Keith and Danna Hassell and husband
Victor, all of Minden; brother, Lamar Pace and wife Ruth of Heflin;
and three grandchildren, William Cody Banta, Tyler Jack Hassell
and Bailey Jane Hassell.

Jacob E. Patterson, known as J.E. "Pat" Patterson
(April 28, 1924–November 30, 2010), was a businessman who served as the Democratic mayor of the small city of Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, for a single term from 1974-1978.
Patterson's business interests included Tide Craft, Inc., a boat company previously known as Bayou Boats, which he purchased in the early 1960s. The company sustained three major fires, including one in 1970. In its heyday, Tide Craft consisted of a large office complex with Minden's first computer system, a showroom, and metal buildings for the production of large boats. The boats were shipped by 18 wheelers all over the United States and presented in show rooms nationwide. In 1974, Patterson sold Tide Craft and announced his bid for mayor.
It had then appeared that the incumbent Republican, Tom Colten, would not seek a third term. At the time, the office of mayor was under the city commission format, but by the end of the term to which Patterson would be elected, the city charter was altered to the mayor-council system. In 1973, Colten had proposed converting the full-time mayoral position to part-time so that he could accept a paid position with Minden's private hospital. The council refused to approve such a change to benefit one individual. Having first said that he would not run again, Colten changed his mind. For the first time ever, a full Republican slate filed for all municipal positions in the historically Democratic city.
Patterson defeated Colten, 3,186 (62.5 percent) to 1,914 (37.5 percent).<SUP id=cite_ref-returns_1-0 class=reference>[2] Not long afterwards, Colten relocated to Baton Rouge, where he subsequently accepted a position with the Department of Transportation and Development. Along with Patterson's election, a Republican, Felix Garrett (1922–1987), a university professor, won election as the city's last public utilities commissioner, having unseated the incumbent Fred T. "Tony" Elzen, by a 7-3 margin. By 1978, the city council seats were allocated along single-member district lines, and Garrett became the first Republican on the revamped city council.
While Patterson was mayor, the city decided to retain its historic bricks overlaying Main Street but to remove them from Broadway Street so that they could be used for future repair or replacement parts as needed.
Patterson did not seek re-election in 1978. Instead, he ran in a special election for Louisiana House of Representative District 10 seat vacated by R. Harmon Drew, Sr., who was elected to his former position as Minden city judge. Patterson ran third in the special election held on November 5, 1978. His 2,687 votes were 102 short of procuring a runoff election berth. The position went to Minden attorney Bruce M. Bolin, a son of Judge James E. Bolin. At 11:30 p.m. on the night before the state House election, Patterson's son, Ricky G. Patterson (1951–1978), was shot to death under questionable circumstances, which was never resolved and are believed to have been foul play.
In 1982, Patterson tried to regain the mayor's office but ran third in the nonpartisan blanket primary. His 1,207 votes were 239 short of the number needed to procure a general election berth against the eventual winner, fellow Democrat Noel "Gene" Byars, an educator. The incumbent, Jack Batton, did not seek a second term.
Patterson was married for more than sixty years to the former Sadie Grace Chanler (February 17, 1929–June 10, 2010). Both graduated in 1946 from Minden High School.<SUP id=cite_ref-5 class=reference>[6] His high school graduation was delayed by service as a mailman in the United States Navy during World War II.<SUP id=cite_ref-obit_0-3 class=reference>[1] The couple also had a daughter, Connie Patterson, thereafter Carmen Valerie Patterson Yocom Paul (1948–2007), a businesswoman who died after a triple bypass heart surgery and a 33-day hospital stay. A 1966 Minden High School graduate, she was the widow of Robert Thomas "Tommy" Yocom, II (1947–1983), and thereafter married Stephen Ralph Paul (born July 22, 1949) of Bossier City.<SUP id=cite_ref-6 class=reference>[7] A second daughter and only surviving child is Tanua Shurlaine Patterson Riley (born February 7, 1962) and husband, Samuel Keith Riley, both natives of Minden and residents in 2010 of Diboll, Texas.
Services for Patterson were held on December 3, 2010, at the First Pentecostal Church in Minden, with the Reverend Jeff Ramsey officiating. He was interred beside his wife, who preceded him in death by five months, at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley.


^ a b c d e "Obituary of J.E. "Pat" Patterson". Shreveport Times, December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
^ a b State of Louisiana, General Election Results for Webster Parish, November 5, 1974
^ "Minden Press-Herald", November 5, 1978, p. 1
^ "Mayor's son slain", "Minden Press-Herald", November 5, 1978, p. 1
^ "Minden Press-Herald", November 3, 1978, p. 1
^ Minden High School, Class of 1946,
^ New Page 1
Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966

Sadie Grace Chanler Patterson


Services for Sadie Grace Chanler Patterson, a 1946 graduate of Minden High School, were held on June 13, 2010, at 2 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church in Minden, with the Reverend Jeff Ramsey officiating. Interment followed at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley.

Grace was born on February 17, 1929, in Webster Parish and died in Minden on June 10, 2010. Her husband, Jacob E. "Pat" Patterson (born 1924), was the mayor of Minden from 1974-1978. The Pattersons operated Tide Craft Boats, which sustained three major fires, including one in 1970. In its heyday, Tide Craft consisted of a large office complex with Minden's first computer system, a showroom, and metal buildings for the production of large boats. The boats were shipped by 18 wheelers all over the United States and presented in show rooms nationwide. The Pattersons sold Tide Craft when Pat announced his mayoral bid.

Grace was predeceased by their son, Ricky G. Patterson (1951-1978), who died amid mysterious circumstances prior to a state representative election in which Pat Patterson was an unsuccessful candidate, and daughter, Carmen Valerie "Connie" Patterson Yocom Paul (1948-2007), who died after triple-bypass heart surgery and a 33-day hospital stay. She was the widow of Robert Thomas "Tommy" Yocom, II (1947-1983) of Minden and was married at the time of her death to Stephen Ralph Paul (born 1949) of Bossier City. Grace was also predeceased by a brother, Bill Chanler, and a sister, Justine C. McCoy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a second daughter, Tanua Shurlaine Patterson Riley (born 1962) of Texas, a 1980 graduate of Minden High School, and son-in-law Samuel Keith Riley; sisters and brothers, Lillie Govone of Colorado, Vernon Chanler of Minden, Doris Martin of Minden, Hoyle Chanler of Minden, Doyle Chanler of Sibley, Mary Roberts of Minden, and Geraldine Peevy of Minden; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Hoyle Chanler, Doyle Chanler, Shane Patterson, Trey Yocom, Jacob Yocom, and Stephen Chanler.

Submitted and written by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966

Rev. Harold Pitman

Rev. Harold L. Pitman of Monroe passed away at 3:45 a.m.
Tuesday, June 4, 1985, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe.
He was 56.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at
Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Pat Harrison officiating, assisted
by Rev. Clarence Powell. Interment will follow in the Gardens of
Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral
Home, Minden Chapel.

A native of Homer, Rev. Pitman was a former resident of Minden
and had lived in Monroe for the past nine years. He was a
housefather and mechanic with the Louisiana Baptist Children's
Home, a deacon in Parkview Baptist Church of Monroe and a
member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie Heard Pitman of Monroe; two
sons, Edgar Lloyd Pitman of Minden and Harold Eugene
Pitman of Shreveport; two daughters, Deborah Pitman Flanigan
of Mandeville and Charlotte Pitman Calhoun of Minden; three
sisters, Margaret Nielson of Powhattan, Va., Betty Lowe of
Minden, Ida Yarborough of Dallas, Tex.; one brother, Robert
James Pitman of Minden; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Luzon Joiner, Johnny Glover, Jim Lewis,
Frank Hanvey, Wayne Williamson and L. C. Collie.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made
to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home in Monroe.
Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan

Nora Beth Ross Schmidt

Funeral services for Mrs. Nora Beth Ross Schmidt, 74, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Wayne DuBose officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the funeral home. Mrs. Schmidt, a native of Hall Summitt and a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, May 24, in Minden. She was a former resident of Metairie and Houston, Texas, and was the previous owner and operator of Beth’s Silk Flowers in Metairie. She graduated from Minden High School in 1946. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Winfred and Pauline Ross of Minden. She is survived by her husband, Willie E. Schmidt of Minden; sons, John Ross Schmidt and wife Marie of Mandeville, William Brian Schmidt and wife Connie of Folson; daughter, Rebecca Schmidt Hamm and husband Donald of Minden; four grandchildren; and cousin, Polly Jobe of Baton Rouge.
John William Woods is buried in the Arlington Cemetery in Homer, Louisiana. He is buried with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ellis Woods, and his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Hamiter. His sister is Peggy Woods, MHS Class of 1958.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan
Sammy Gene Staples - Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Lot 59, Space 3, Row 10, Garden of Faith

He was born on the 1st day of November 1928 and died on the 21st day of June 1958.
Funeral services were to be held at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home for Sammie Gene Staples, 29, who lost his life Saturday, June 21, 1958, in a boating accident on Bayou Desaird in Monroe, Louisiana.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. George Staples of Minden.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Royce Staples, two sons, Russell Lynn Staples and Jeffery Allan Staples of West Monroe, La. his mother, Mrs. Jimmie Staples of Minden, La. a brother, George Mike Staples of Minden, and three sisters, Mrs. W. L. (Doris) Lee of Shreveport, Mrs. Rex (Bobbie) Pugh of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Miss Peggy Staples of Minden, La.

The Rev. H. D. Geer and the Rev. T. W. Leachman were to officiate and burial was to be in Gardens of Memory Memorial Park. Pallbearers were to be A. E. Redden, Bud Hargrove, Ed Cagle, Otis Minder, Jr., George Mourad and Morris B. Garner.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958