Sixty Years Later
Reminiscing Minden High School Class of 1947
This year is my 30th high school reunion from Minden High 1977.  But this story is not about my class but the one that was thirty years prior to my class.  This is a story tribute story for the class of 1947.  This story is written with help from my dear friend Mr. Ben Hunter.
Hunter's Playhouse for many was not only a local hangout for the weekends but it became a life changing experience.  Young couples were introduced and young loves would blossom and for many this would turnout to be their lifelong partners or lifelong friends.  The time was mid 1940's and Larry and Gladys Hunter wanted to supply the children of Minden and the surrounding area with good wholesome entertainment and a place to hangout on weekends.  World War II was over and the whole country was now ready for things to take a turn for the better.  The future graduating class of 1947 was young and full of ideas and sometimes lots of mischief. 
Fun at the Hunter family home had been around since the 1930's in one form or another with regular teen parties and activities in what was then called the "Little Playhouse".  Larry and Gladys loved children, with six children of their own teen parties were almost a necessity and a way of life for this family.  In the post war years of WWII the idea of a better place for teen activities was born and a new building was soon erected that would forever be known as "Hunter's Playhouse".  This small white building would soon come to be the place to go for young teens and pre-teens of Minden.
Maybe the Hunter family was way ahead of their time or maybe the thought of controlled activities for children were not only a way to keep and eye on their own children but a way to keep other kids safe and out of trouble.  They had strict rules and you abided by them or you were escorted out.  The sign on the door read NO IN & OUT!  Once you got there you didn't leave to go out to your car or hang out outside.  You were chaperoned by one of the older Hunter family members or the Hunter parents.  Music played softly on the Wurlitzer Juke Box, two slow and one fast was the rules on dancing and the juke box songs were strategically arranged just for this purpose.  Everything was thought out to make your experience a fun and wholesome time.  Parents didn't have to worry if their kids were at Hunter's Playhouse.
Pool tables and ping-pong were games of choice and with plenty of costume themed parties, birthday parties, and valentine parties there was always something fun and exciting happening.  The little white house would forever hold a lifetime of memories for so many and still today those memories are as vivid as if they happened just yesterday.  The real figure for how many lasting romances were born may never be known.  Many are celebrating 60 plus years as man and wife.  Friendships of a lifetime may even be far more than that.
Over the years many people have been asked, "What changed your life when you were growing up in small town Minden?"  The answer for most that are 1940-1960's graduates of Minden High will tell you that Hunter's Playhouse changed their lives and the way they viewed life in general.  So many successful individuals of this era say that this experience is what made them the people that they are today.  Educators, lawyers, artist, surgeons, optometrist, preachers, doctors, judges, politicians, military officers, police chiefs, professional baseball, basketball, football players and many professionals came from this lot of Minden teens.
This year the Minden High Class of 1947 will celebrate their 60th reunion.  Memories will be relived and tears will be shed at this reunion of classmates from long ago.  Minden High has changed forever but for many it will forever be just a thought away to what many have called the "Good Ole Days"
One such individual wrote a poem that seemed to sum up much of what the class of 1947 experienced.  The following is a poem by my friend, Ben Hunter.

"In Memory"

Our Class of '47 lived through a time of fear;
While in Minden High School, World War II was here.

Loved ones went to fight the foe;
They were brave and knew they had to go.

Because of them, we had a great pride;
For those who did not return, we cried and cried.

World War II was hard to comprehend - why did it have to be?
So many loved ones never returned from across the sea.

The year of 1947 scattered us like leaves in the wind;
Challenges were taken and careers achieved in the end.

Then 1951 saw soon to be doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs
graduate from college with relief.

We learned through the years to make new friends, but keep the old.
New friends are like silver; old friends are gold.

Sixty years have passed and we old friends gather to remember,
especially our classmates who did not reach November.

Let us pause and have a roll call
for those we miss and love, one and all.

To those whom we hold so dear,
We dedicate or 60th year.


Kuma Coleman

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Kuma Lydia David Coleman

SHREVEPORT, LA- Kuma Lydia David Coleman died December 27, 2012, at home, very peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. She fought her lengthy illness with sweet patience.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA. There will be a private burial service in the Old Minden Cemetery in Minden, LA.

Lydia was born May 3, 1930 in Minden, LA to William Bert David and Lavinia Shealy David. She was a graduate of Minden High School and Louisiana College. After several years of teaching in Caddo Parish Schools and working for The Welfare Department, she became a secretary at the First Baptist Church School in Shreveport, retiring in 1996 after 21 years. Lydia and her husband of 55 years, Ben E. Coleman, enjoyed their weekends at their home on Lake Claiborne where they worshiped at Wesley Chapel. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Shreveport where she served on the Altar Guild, and volunteered in the gift shop.

Lydia is survived by her husband, Ben E. Coleman, their daughter, Nancy and her husband Graham Cowie, and their children, Andrew and Allison. She has two brothers, Bert David, his wife Liz, and his sons, Bill and Brad, all of Dallas, TX and her brother Richard David, of Homer, LA. Lydia also has a niece, Kay Collins Barnett, of Lake Charles, LA.

A truly beautiful, gracious and loving soul, Lydia's needs have been met in recent times by two gifted ladies, Diana Daniel and Joann Richmon. The family would also like to extend their grateful appreciation to Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier for their care and compassion.

Lydia's grandfather, J.N. Shealy was Superintendent of the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, in Lake Charles, LA. The home is now The Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, at 7200 Desiard Street in Monroe, Louisiana, 71203. The family suggests that memorials may be sent there or to the donor's choice.


Published in Shreveport Times from December 29 to December 30, 2012


Mary Euel Harp McCoy

passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  Funeral arrangements are pending

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58 & Linda Holt Moorehead class of 61

Mary McCoy, 85, went to her heavenly home Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, surrounded by her family. Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Center, Arlington. Interment: Parkdale Cemetery. Mary was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Minden, La., to Aaron and Velma Harp. She married Walt McCoy on Aug. 18, 1950. Mary had two children, Angela and Randy, whom she loved dearly. Mary led an exciting life camping and riding motorcycles with her husband, Walt. She worked at the Baptist Book Store and State Farm as a secretary. She went to college at age 50 to obtain a degree in art. She was an accomplished artist and potter. Her greatest joy, however, was her family, including her little Welsh Corgi, Sally. Her grandchildren knew her as "Memaw." She hosted family parties by the pool each Sunday during the summer and dinners at all birthdays and major holidays. In her later years, she played ukulele with the Chordbusters and was active at First Baptist Church of Arlington. She finally lost her battle with cancer, but she will be a great addition to the ukulele band in heaven. We love you and will miss you, Mom "Memaw"! Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Walter McCoy; parents, Aaron and Velma Harp; and brother, John Samuel Harp. Survivors: Children, Angela Hailey and husband, Jimmy, and Randy McCoy and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Elizabeth Garcia (Shane), Matthew Hailey (Felicia), Greg McCoy (Tawna) and Michael McCoy; and brother-in-law, Eddie McCoy.



In Memory of Larry and Gladys Hunter

In retrospect I wonder what Larry and Gladys Hunter would have to say to this class of 1947.  In my mind they might have said something along these lines:

To the Class of 1947
In 1946 we built you a playhouse to call your own.  This class of 1947 was the first graduating class from the new "Hunter's Playhouse".  We had many good times and we have now witnessed the fruit of my labors many times over. 
Sixty years have passed since the day you received your caps and gowns.  Many of you have left this earth and are only with us in spirit as we ourselves are today.  So many changes in this world have come to pass but the one thing that never changes is the love and friendships that were formed from this small group of young people from so many years ago.  We are proud of you not only as a group but as individuals.  You far exceeded many expectations.  But we knew that you had it in you to succeed.  For many it only took a little discipline and prodding to get your true potential to unfold.  We are glad that we got to witness this amazing thing called life in a place called Minden, Louisiana.  We are also glad that we all came together to form a bond that will last for all of eternity.  So until we meet again.
We are your friends,
Larry & Gladys Hunter

The Hunter family has always been a major contributor to the Minden area and especially in the field of giving back and helping children.  Mr. Hunter a baseball fan was known for his work and dedication to helping young boys get started in baseball and semi-pro baseball.  But that is another story and many are familiar with this aspect of the Hunter family.  The other is their dedication to young and aspiring individuals with the Larry and Gladys Hunter Scholarship that is given to a worthy student every year to future their education.  You can go on and on about the Hunter family and their philanthropic ways to better their community.  Today that tradition lives on and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden, Inc. is a regular supporter of many community events and Minden will be forever grateful to all that they do to support their community and better the lives of those that have known them past and present. 

In 1997 Ben Hunter compiled a book with the help of many; submitted stories entitled "Memories of Hunter's".  This year the family has agreed to donate the remainder of the books to help with funding for the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum project.  This wonderful trip down memory lane is still available contact the Dorcheat Historical Association & Museum, Inc., P. O. Box 1094, Minden, La. 71058,Minden, La. 71055 if you would like a copy of "Memories of Hunter's."
If you were one of those lucky individuals that grew up with Hunter's Playhouse as a backdrop for your life we would like to hear from you and hope that you will express to us how Hunter's Playhouse changed and influenced your life.  We know that so many have unique stories and so many want to tell them.  We ask that you send them to Schelley Brown at

MindenMemories@AOL.COm would also appreciate copies of these unique stories.



Ben Hunter

Minden, LA Ben Hunter

A memorial service for Ben Hunter, 85, of Minden, will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 2:00 PM at Rose-Neath Funeral Home,211 Murrell Street, Minden, Louisiana. Chaplain Andrew Abshire will conduct the service.

A lifelong resident of Minden, Louisiana, Ben was born on November 12, 1930 and died November 8, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He bravely fought Parkinson's for 28 years, never complaining of the challenges he faced. Ben was the last surviving son of Larry and Gladys Hunter.

Ben graduated from Minden High School in 1947 and Northwestern State College in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1951, where he lettered in tennis and swimming. 

In June of 1951 he married Linda Harkness. They were married for 64 years.

Ben served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1951-1959.

Ben's professional career was spent at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, the company founded by his grandfather, the late William S. Hunter, in 1901. He was CEO for 28 years, retiring in 2001, after 50 years of service.

Ben was a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Soft Drink Association serving as president for 3 years. He served on the Board of Directors of Peoples Bank for 18 years, also serving on its Executive Committee. 

Ben was an avid golf and tennis player. He and Linda made many friends over the years playing golf and tennis. Ben was a scratch golfer in his prime and tenaciously continued playing golf into his mid-70s. Many of his golfing opponents were astonished to realize they had just lost to an opponent with a real handicap! 

Ben and Linda were part of a group of Dr Pepper bottlers awarded with an around the world trip by the Dr Pepper Company, flying on two chartered airliners in 1996, visiting 10 cities on 4 continents in 25 days. 

In 1997 Ben was honored as Minden Man of the Year.

Ben was instrumental in publishing the book "Memories of Hunter's" in 1997. That same year "The Great Get Together" was held at the Minden Civic Center and was attended by many who reminisced about the good times during their early years at Hunter's Playground and Hunter's Playhouse.

The Coca-Cola exhibit at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum at 116 Pearl Street in Minden was assembled by Ben from the Hunter family's collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia dating back to 1901. 

Ben was preceded in death by his parents Larry and Gladys Hunter, his brothers Bill and Joe Hunter, his sister Bess Hunter and their brother Sam, who died in childhood. He is survived by his wife Linda and his son Jeff Hunter. He is also survived by his sister Nan Castle of Sarasota, Florida, and her husband Frank and their children Jay, Lu Anne and Laura, nephews Bob Hunter and Don Hunter and their mother Polly Hunter and niece Julie Hunter and nephew Larry Hunter. 

Ben, Linda and Jeff thank all of the many fine employees of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden over the past 114 years for their loyalty and dedication. Our family's business would not have succeeded for so long without all of their outstanding efforts and accomplishments. And to all of our loyal customers, thank you! Our business would not exist without you all. 

Ben, Linda and Jeff also thank Dr Richard Zweig, Ben's Parkinson's neurologist, for his many years of excellent state-of-the-art care, and his care givers during his final weeks; Jennifer, Sandy, Barbara, and Arnethia. You all were a great comfort to us. Thank you.

Ben greatly enjoyed his life and was a match for all of its challenges, and would wish for everyone to have a Coke and a smile!

Submitted by Ann Mays Harrlan, Class of 1958



LEE Doris Jones Lee passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm at her Picayune, MS home surrounded by her loving family.

Wife of Byron H. Lee Sr.; Mother of Barbara Lee Coffman,Patrica Lee,Bryon H. Lee, Jr., and Thomas Lloyd Lee and; grandmother of Gina Hayes, Kelli Sawyer, Josh Lee,Tommy Lee and Catherine Lee; Daughter of the late Virgil Jones and Gladys Young Jones; Sister of the late Mildred Baker, Billy Jones and Bobby Jones.

Age 84 a native of Minden, LA a former resident of Chalmette, LA and a Picayune resident since 2007.

Relatives and friends of the family are welcome to attend a funeral service in the Chapel of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St.; on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until service time. Interment will follow at Lakelawn Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at

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


Walter Agan McCoy.

Walt McCoy, 82, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Walt was born June 9, 1930, in Minden, La., to Walter Edgar and Marguerite Agan McCoy.

He graduated from Minden High School and Louisiana Tech University with a degree in electrical engineering. He married Mary Euel Harp on Aug. 18, 1950.  

Walt loved airplanes and soloed at 15 in a Piper Cub out of a local pasture. Shortly after, he got his amateur radio license, W50XS. He and Mary toured the U.S. on BMW and Harley motorcycles and rode trail bikes throughout Colorado and Texas.  

He worked for Sperry Gyroscope, Chance Vought, LTV, now Lockheed Martin, and FCC in Los Angeles and Dallas.  

Survivors: His loving wife of 62 1/2 years, Mary; daughter, Angela and husband, James; son, Randy and wife, Mary; brother, L.E. McCoy; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, Greg and Michael; and a very loved Corgi, Sally.  

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958 submitted that he was V.P. of the class of 1947

Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Class of 56 submitted that Walt McCoy should have started 1st grade in Sep 1936. If MHS had 12 grades, he should have graduated in May of 1948. Of course, if that was during the time that MHS had only 11 grades, his last year would have been in 1947.


Full Name: Betty June Ellington McGowan
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 05/25/1930
Died: 04/19/2014
Visitation: 04/21/2014
Service: 04/22/2014
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory

Betty June Ellington McGowan
Funeral services for Betty June Ellington McGowan will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. Bill Crider and Rev. Bill Ichter. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Betty was born May 25, 1930 in Shreveport, Louisiana and entered into rest April 19, 2014 in Minden, Louisiana. Betty was owner and manager of Cards and Things A-Plenty for 35 years. She came from a long line of cooks. Her dad owned Thad's Café which she later owned and managed after his death, and her Uncle Clyde owned Ellington Bakery, known for their famous brownies. Betty's family always looked forward to her Christmas stollen bread every Christmas morning. She was a member of the Town and Country Garden Club since its inception and was a loving wife and great mother to four boys and a friend to everyone with whom she came in contact.
Her parents Thad and Margie Suggs Ellington, stepmother Fern Ellington, sons Kenny McGowan, Mickey McGowan and brother Fred Ellington preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years Kenneth D. McGowan, sons Rickey McGowan, Jeff McGowan, daughter-in-law Frances McGowan, grandchildren Mike and wife Karen, Lori, Jason and wife Naomi, Garrett and wife Katie, great-grandchildren Autumn, John, Ty, and Reghan, sisters-in-laws Barbara and Evelyn, and brother-in-law Jimmy and numerous loving family members and good friends.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Minden. Rose-Neath Funeral Home
211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana
(318) 377-3412 Fax (318) 377-0227  

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961




George  Mourad  

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Full Name: Geroge John Mourad
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 10/03/1928
Died: 12/23/2013
Visitation: 12/26/2013
Service: 12/27/2013
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory Cemetery

 George John Mourad

Services celebrating the life of George John Mourad will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating will be Father Mark Franklin. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana.

George Mourad was born on October 3, 1928, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and he passed away on December 23, 2013, in Shreveport, Louisiana, at the age of 85, following complications associated with lymphoma. George spent his early childhood in Natchitoches, but once his family moved to Minden, Louisiana, he was proud to call Minden his hometown for the rest of his life. George graduated from Minden High School with classmates whom he considered lifelong friends. George served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corp and was a veteran of the Korean War. While stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, he met and married the love of his life, Chris Dinkins Mourad, who was a member of the United States Navy. George and Chris were married for 55 years at the time of her death in 2009.

George was a member of the Minden Fire Department, retiring as captain in 1986. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on guns, hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He especially enjoyed daily domino games with his buddies known as the “42 Club.” Through the years, George was involved in many activities in Minden, including being a part of a group of members of the American Legion who put up American flags along the main streets of Minden on holidays. George Mourad was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was an honest, hardworking man, who placed his family above everything else, and he always saw the best in everyone.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Chris; parents, A.G. and Mary Mourad; and son-in-law, Rick Merrill. He is survived by his children Kalani Merrill of Minden, Renee and Jimmy Stewart of Doyline, Kip and Jenny Mourad of Minden, Kathy and Winky Newer of Minden, and Kim and Buddy Lott of Natchitoches. He was Papa to his grandchildren Jamie Gressett and husband Dan of Ruston, Klint Newer and wife Meghan of Oklahoma City, Ryan Stewart of Doyline, Emily Mourad of New York City, Jared Mourad of Shreveport, Michael Lott of Natchitoches, and Camille Lott of Natchitoches. A bonus to his life for the past 3 years has been his great granddaughter Addy Lou Gressett. George is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Bobby and Janice Mourad of Minden, and by his nephew Jeff Mourad and wife Becky and their children and nephew Jay Mourad and his children. He is also survived by his aunt, Agnes Abraham of Alexandria, his uncle Tom LaHood, of Alexandria, and close family friend Larry Riffle.

Serving as pallbearers for Papa will be Klint Newer, Ryan Stewart, Jared Mourad, Michael Lott, Dan Gressett, Jeff Mourad, and Jay Mourad. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the “42 Club.”

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made in George’s honor to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Minden or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Minden, LA. (318)377-3412


Helen Moore Roberts
Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Moore Roberts, 77, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at the Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, with the Rev. Bill Ichter and the Rev. James Lambert officiating. Interment will follow at Minden Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, May 26.
A resident of Minden, Mrs. Roberts was born in Winnfield. She died May 24, 2006 in Minden. She was a Baptist and a cashier at Jif-E Mart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.E. Roberts; one grandson, Patrick Stone; and one great-granddaughter, Abby Edrington.
She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Stone and husband Dane of Denver, Colo., Janet Cox of Minden and Joanna Reeve and husband Max of Minden; three sisters, Lucy Quaid of Minden, Betty Lary of North Carolina, Peggy Burge and husband Bo of Doyline; one brother, Fred Moore and wife Barbara of Minden; special friend, Andy Heard of Minden; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Irma Jean Aarons  died April 1989 married J. W. Beck


Minden Press-Herald - Tuesday, April 18, 1989 Mrs. J. W. Beck   (Irma Jean Aarons) Mrs. J. W. Beck of Minden passed away on Friday, April 14 at the Minden Medical Center of a sudden illness.  She was 59.   Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17 at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.  Interment will be in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Bro. Donnie Lodatto officiating.   Mrs. Beck was a long time resident of Minden, member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.  She was a housewife.   She is survived by her husband Mr. J. W. Beck of Minden; parents, Joe and Hattie Aarons, Minden; one son, Joseph W. Beck, Minden; two daughters, Rhonda Beck, Minden and Rebecca Ciaccio of Haughton; five sisters, June Patsy Grun of Dallas, Jodie Fay Hyatt, South Carolina, Mildred McMichael, Monroe, La., Hildred Baggett, Wichita Falls, Tx., and Audrey Skillman of California; two brothers, Reginald Aarons, Minden, Jonathon Aarons, Dallas, Tx.; three grandchildren,Allyson Tucker, Lori Ciaccio and Adam Beck Ciaccio, several nieces and nephews.

JoAnn Dennis

Janie Claire Davidson Brooks

BROOKS, JANIE CLAIRE DAVIDSON A devoted and loving mother, grandmother and sister, she went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She passed away at her residence in Baton Rouge, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 74 and a native of Minden. Visiting was at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Visiting at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until religious service at noon Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Dale Delaune. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by three sons, James D. "Jimmy" Brooks of Houston, Larry D. Brooks and wife Colette of Mandeville and Gerry S. Brooks and wife Debbie of The Bluffs; a sister, Gracie Aarons and husband Jonathan of DeSoto, Texas; seven grandchildren, Bradley and Brittney Brooks, both of The Bluffs, Ashley and Nicholas Brooks, both of Houston, and Ryan, Brett and Lauren Brooks, all of Mandeville; niece, Brenda Christian of Jacksonville, Fla.; and nephew, David Aarons of South Lebanon, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Harold J. Brooks; and parents, Lonnie and Letha Davidson. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Baker. Special thanks to Dr. Castine of medical oncology and to all the staff at St. Joseph Hospice for the care and comfort given during this difficult time. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. Joseph Hospice.
Published in The Advocate from 2/1/2005 - 2/2/2005.

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OBIT SHREVEPORT, LA- Funeral services for Darroll Edwin Smith, 76, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at Lakeview United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Dave Sheehan and Rev. Lynn Malone. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 30, 2007 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Mr. Smith was born in Minden, La and passed away on Friday, July 27, 2007 in Shreveport. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie W. and Mary L. Smith and brothers, Dale Smith and Mack Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Estelle T. Smith; son, Jimmy O. Mayfield and wife, Lavell of Red Bay, AL; sister, Betty Ann Skinner; brothers, Gerald R. Smith and Raymond Smith and wife, Carole of Minden, La; grandchildren, Cris Nichols and husband, Trevor, Mark Armstrong and wife, Cyndi and Janice McNatt; 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Russell Smith, Dustin Smith, Randy Smith, Gayle Blackwell, Melvin Thomas and Clifford Ruffin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Lessen, Bobby Cutren and The Word Sunday School Class. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Submitted by Ben Hunter


Miriam Lanier White King

Miriam Lanier White King, 84, died Dec. 8, 2013 in Helendale, CA.  Born Oct. 7, 1929 in Shreveport, she grew up in northern Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Mrs. King graduated from Minden High School in 1947 and Louisiana State University in 1952.  While a college student, she met and later married Lawrence M. King, Jr., MD, who served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1974 attaining the rank of captain before retirement.  Mrs. King proudly served as a naval officer’s wife in duty stations such as Massachusetts, Morroco, Florida, Texas, California and Maryland.

After her divorce, Mrs. King continued to live in Maryland.  She worked as a substitute teacher and as an activities director at retirement communities.  In 2005, Mrs. King moved to Helendale, CA, to be near her eldest daughter’s family.

Mrs. King was devoted to her children and her ancestors.  She studied her family’s history with Lucerne Valley (California) Root Diggers Genealogy Association and was a member of both the Jedediah Smith (Apple Valley, CA) and the Dorcheat-Bistineau (Minden) chapters of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.  On her mother’s side, she traced her family roots in North America to 1680 in Isle of Wright County, Virginia Colony, and family legend has it that her father’s earliest ancestor was transported to North America and pressed into service by the British military during the Revolutionary War.

Mrs. King will be remembered for her faith, cheerful, friendly nature, her sense of adventure, her devotion to family and her non-judgmental acceptance and unconditional love for all.

Mrs. King is survived by her sister, Nancy White Polk of Magnolia, AR; her brother Robert Archie White of Houston, TX; her children, Lara Frederick, APRN (Brian) of Helendale, CA, Lawrence King, III, MS (Mindy) of Guysville, OH, Janet Wagner (Stephen) of Savannah, GA and Charles King, CP, of Cumberland, Maryland; grandchildren, Claudia Jean Wagner of New Orleans, Philip Lanier Wagner and John Vincent Wagner of Savannah, GA, Anna Miriam King of Savannah, GA, Keri Michelle Frederick Kingland of Great Falls, Montana, Stephanie Nicole Frederick, Alyssa Dianne Frederick and Brianna Christine Frederick of Helendale, CA and Benjamin Lawrence King of Guysville, OH.

A memorial service will be held June 21, 2014 in Minden.  Memorial donations may be made to Dorcheat Historic Museum, P. O. Box 1094, Minden, LA 71058.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1968