CDR ROBERT L. HOWELL, US NAVY, RETIRED April 23, 1936 - March 19, 2012

Born:April 23, 1936
Death:March 19, 2012

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CDR. Robert L. Howell, US Navy, Ret. died March 19, 2012. CDR. Howell was born in Minden, LA. on April 23, 1936. He lived in Charleston, SC for the past 38 years and served in the US Navy for 28 years.

Following his military service, CDR Howell was employed at the Citadel for 17 years. He was also a member of the Elk's Lodge of Charleston.

He is survived by his wife, Ada M. Howell; a daughter, Alicia H. Moss and her husband, Dean T. Moss; a son, Rodney L. Howell, and his loving dogs Olivia and Otis.

The family will receive friends this Wednesday evening from 5:00 PM until7:00 PM at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Hwy. The relatives and friends of CDR. and Mrs. Robert L. Howell are invited to attend his Funeral Service with military honors at 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29902. No flowers, please. Memorial donations can be made to Respite Care of Charleston, 405 King St., Charleston, SC 29403, or Pet Helpers, 1447 Folly Rd., Charleston, SC 29412 (
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 5:00 - 7:00PM at James A. McAlister Funeral Home
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Thursday March 22, 2012, 2:00PM at Beaufort National Cemetery

  We have now learned Mary Camille Harper is also deceased.   She was born in 1936 Mary Camille was deceased according to

Katsie, her younger sister.  We did not get that information until we had the list enlarged and Jim and I framed it to put on display at the party Friday night.  Sorry we did not get it in time.  We will go back later and add to master data base.

  Submitted by Carolyn Sale McDaniel, Class of 1954


                                                   John Grey Adcock -  husband of Dottie Day, class of 1957

Getz Funeral Home

John Grey Adcock John Grey Adcock
(August 2, 1936 - December 27, 2004)

U.S. Veteran John G. Adcock, 67 of Las Cruces, NM died Monday, December 27, 2004 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born August 2, 1936 in Minden Louisiana to George and Mattie Lee Adcock. Mr. Adcock was a veteran of the US Army where he served his country honorably, and was also an educator in the school systems.

He is survived by his wife Dottie Adcock of the family home; sons Ken Adcock and his wife Cindy of Las Cruces and Charles Adcock and his wife Shannon of Allen, TX; brother Ray Adcock of Monroe, LA and by his four grandchildren Melissa, Shawn, Alyssa and Avery. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother Dr. George A. Adcock Jr.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 at Getz Funeral Home. Funeral Services are at 10:00 AM Friday, Dec. 31, 2004 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Qualls officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church, 106 S. Miranda, Las Cruces, NM 88005.




         Funeral will be on Friday at 10:00, December 30, 2004  at  The First Baptist Church in Las Cruces Getz Funeral Home will be in charge.


          LeVerne Baker Hadwin

Donald Gene Bradley
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Donald Gene Bradley, 73, of Moore, Okla., formerly of Minden, passed away Feb. 7, 2009. He was born Nov. 18, 1935, in Shreveport, to Louis Calvin and Alma May Collins Bradley.

Donald Gene married Diane Williamson Childress Bradley on Nov. 12, 1960, in Wheatland, Md. He enjoyed college basketball and gardening.  He thoroughly enjoyed his afternoon naps.  He loved horses.  Donald Gene was a bookkeeper.  He worked at Quail Springs Baptist Church for 12 years.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for eight years. He loved watching and participating in sports with his sons. Donald Gene looked forward to family reunions. He loved his pets that he referred to as his “four-legged grandbabies.”  He was very close to his sons and enjoyed spending time with his family.  

He is survived by his wife, Diane, of the home, in Moore, Okla.; two sons, Brian Bradley and wife Michelle of Blue Ridge, Texas and John Bradley of Oklahoma City.

Donald Gene is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lorena Cox; three brothers, Jack, Louis and Ray Bradley.  
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, in Minden. Interment will follow at Doyline Cemetery, in Doyline.  

Funeral arrangements provided by the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, Moore, Okla.



BILLY L. BURNS died Sept. 1996; married Barbara Bryan. He died of cancer.

Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, September 25, 1996

Funeral services for Mr. Billy L.Burns, 61, will beheld at 3 p.m.,
Wednesday, September 25, 1996 at the Minden Rose-NeathChapel
Reverend Terrell Lowe will officiate, assisted by Reverend JoeHunter. Interment will followat Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Minden.Mr. Burns was a lifelong resident ofMinden and was a truck driver for Matthews Oil Co.He was dedicated to the youth of Webster Parish through the recreation department and the school system. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church. He died September 23, 1996 at LSU Medical Center. Mr. Burns is preceded in death by a brother, Robert F. Burns, and granddaughter Meagan Burns.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara B. Burns of Minden; two sons, John Franklin "Jay" Burns and wife Trish of Haughton, and Robbie Kirk Burns and wife Donna of Claremore, Oklahoma; sister Bonnie B.Raether and husband Dick of Prairieville, Louisiana; brother Howard W. Burns and wife Suzzane of San Diego; mother-in-law, Mrs. L. E. Moore of Minden; sister-in-law Joan W. Burns of Minden; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Bossier Medical C

Mr. Llewellyn Dawson Cook, Sr. Shreveport, La. - Mr. Llewellyn Dawson Cook, Sr., born May 25, 1937, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ after a courageous battle against a lengthy illness on March 14, 2005.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Llewellyn Dawson Cook Sr. will be held Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Broadmoore United Methodist Church. Dr. Edward Thomas of Broadmoore united Methodist and Pastor Steve Angel of Calvory Baptist will be presiding over the service.

Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Byron Cook and his mother, Martha Cook and his two sons, Neil Edward Smith and wife, LaRae Moore Cook and her two sons, Neil Edward Smith and wife, April, Christopher Robert Smith and wife, Gina; daughter Andrea Lynn Edmonson, sons, Dr. Llewellyn Dawson Cook Jr. and wife, Micehelle, Donald Martin Cook and wife, Jennifer, as well as his grandchildren, Mark Edmonson, Bristen Cook, Morgan, Kaitlyn, Cameron and Kelsey Smith, and special family friend, Ella Calhoun.

Mr. Cook was an educated and very passionate man who loved the Lord, his family, model railroading and golf. He received degrees from LSU and Centenary College and taught in both Bossier and Caddo Parish school systems. After a successful career teaching, his passion for model railroading took over and he opened Cook's collectors Corner model railroad shop. he spent the next forty plus years turning his hobby into one of the most recognized and acclaimed railroading stores in the United States. Mr. Cook will always be remembered for his generosity, his kindness and his love for his family. He will be deeply missed by all and we find glory that he is at peace with the Lord Jesus.

Many thanks to everyone who cared and loved for Mr. Cook. A special thank you to our Brothers in Christ, Mr. David M. Abdehou and Dr. Raja I. Zabaneh whose love and caring for Mr. Cook as well as our Lord comforted us to the end.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Hodge, Russell Pedro, Jim McClure, Jim Monk, Ed Joseph and Carl Richardson.

The family requests memorial gifts be made to Calvary Baptists Academy, 9333 Linwood Ave., Shreveport, La. 71106. Osborn Funeral Home


Samuel David

Funeral Services for Samuel Reuben David, 79, of West Monroe, LA will be held at 1:00PM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe with Fr. Lijo Thomas officiating. Interment will be held in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, Monroe.

Mr. David was born on March 26, 1936 in Minden, LA and passed away after a brief illness on January 16, 2016 in Monroe, LA. He was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church. In his earlier career, Mr. David was a DJ for various radio stations and the majority of his career was spent in sales most recently with Monroe Rubber and Gasket. He loved to play golf.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jean David; children, Caroline Glynn and husband Bill, Melanie McHan and husband Mike, Blair David and wife Jennifer, Laura Clawson and husband Tom, Lisa Murphy and daughter Emily; 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be William Glynn, Matthew Glynn, Michael Stevenson, Ricky Curtis, Joseph David and Scott David.

Visitation will be held from 4:00PM until 7:00PM Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe with a Rosary to be held at 4:30PM.

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Samuel David

Funeral Services for Samuel Reuben David, 79, of West Monroe, LA will be held at 1:00PM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe with Fr. Lijo Thomas officiating. Interment will be held in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, Monroe.

Mr. David was born on March 26, 1936 in Minden, LA and passed away after a brief illness on January 16, 2016 in Monroe, LA. He was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church. In his earlier career, Mr. David was a DJ for various radio stations and the majority of his career was spent in sales most recently with Monroe Rubber and Gasket. He loved to play golf.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jean David; children, Caroline Glynn and husband Bill, Melanie McHan and husband Mike, Blair David and wife Jennifer, Laura Clawson and husband Tom, Lisa Murphy and daughter Emily; 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be William Glynn, Matthew Glynn, Michael Stevenson, Ricky Curtis, Joseph David and Scott David.

Visitation will be held from 4:00PM until 7:00PM Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe with a Rosary to be held at 4:30PM.

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It is with much sorrow that I am sending the obituary for Sammy

David, class or 1954. Click on Visit The Obituary.

Sammy was one of the most fun loving people you would ever

know. Most everyone remembers his DJ days at Minden radio

station KAPK while he was still in high school. We would

spent several nights dancing on the driveway at the radio station

while Sammy spun the hits. He was able to come to our 60th

class reunion, even though he was almost blind. He will be

remember by all his many friends. God speed Sammy David.

Submitted the Carolyn Sale McDaniel (1954)




Bess  Maness  Class of 1954

Bess Drake

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Bess Maness Drake

MINDEN, LA- Memorial services for Bess Maness Drake will be Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA. Officiating will be Rev. Tom Brown. Burial will be at a later date.

Bess died in peace after a short battle with a tumor. She was a friendly, loving soul with many friends throughout her sorority and a lifelong commitment to sewing wherever needed with many clubs.

Bess grew up in Minden, LA and married Billie Drake of Minden, LA they raised a family of Deanne, Rita, and Mark.

Bess was preceded in death by Andrew J. Maness, Bessie Estell Maness, and Lela Frances Castleberry. She is survived by Billie Drake, Deanne and Dennis Miller, Rita and Cleat Temple, Mark Russell Drake; grandsons, Jeremy and wife, Traci, Russell and Dustin Houston; great-grandchild, Tommy Houston.

The family appreciates the kindness and support of her friends and relatives.



Dorothy Dickinson. Merritt

SIBLEY, LA - Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy D. MerritI worked  with Dot  at Sanitary Dairy  in early '50s. And during school fished and hunted with JC. Many good times poaching in  Crichton Pond  and Treat Pond. The Merritt's had a dugout log canoe on Dorcheat. A big log sucker. Wonder what happened to it?
 JC graduated in 51 and Dot in 54 or maybe 55
 See you tomorrow, JC
 Herman Ratcliff, Class of 1953

Dot was three grades behind J. C.  She put sun shine in everybody life.  She will be missed.  You will probably reminded her as Dot Dickinson.
Nellie Lunsford Martin, Class of 1951

Dot was in the class of '54 and one of our favorite people..
Harol Thompson, Class of 1954

J. C. Merritt is in the Class of 1951.  Dot Merritt's maiden name is Dickinson. She was in the class of 1954.  
Rowland Ivy, Class of 1952

t, 70, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, Minden with Rev. Lys Cockrell officiating, assisted by Rev. Milton Geltz. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Mrs. Merritt, a homemaker, died March 3, 2007 in Sibley, LA. She was born in Minden, LA.

She is survived by her husband Joseph C. Merritt Sr. of Sibley, LA; son Joseph C. "Joey" Merritt Jr. of Shreveport, LA; daughter Cindy M. Goss and husband Allen of Haughton, LA; sister Edna D. Miller and husband Frank E. of Shreveport; granddaughter Jennifer Hamer and husband Nathan of Dallas, TX.

Pallbearers will be Bryon Patterson, Jim Martin, Alan Garmes, Lewis Niva, Curtis Taylor and Lem Grigsby.

The family suggest memorials may be made to The Louisiana Methodist Children's Home in Ruston, LA. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

William Hugh Dixon, Jr.
 Written by Press-Herald Staff   
 Friday, 17 October 2008
 Funeral services for Mr. William Hugh “Buddy” Dixon, Jr., 73, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Pastor David Divelbiss officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden.
 The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today, October 17 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
 Mr. Dixon was born Sept. 8, 1935, in Texas. He entered into rest Oct. 15, 2008, in Bossier City.
 He was a member of the Living Word Worship Center. Mr. Dixon had 28 and a half years in military service, receiving the Bronze Star Medal, AF Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
 He is preceded in death by his parents, William H. Sr. and Ethel Dixon; stepmother, Lillian Dixon; daughter, Sheila Jo Gunnels; and half-brother John T. Dixon.
 He is survived by his wife, Earlene Dixon of Minden; son, William H. Dixon III of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Danielle Brogan and husband Rusty of Yucca Valley, Calif.; stepdaughter, Ginger Bradford and husband Leon of Hemphill, Texas; brother, Alfred W. Sanders of Minden; grandsons, Thurston Brogan of Yucca Valley, Evan Bradford of Hemphill and David Crooks of Midland, Texas; granddaughters, Victoria and Audrey Bradford of Hemphill and Ashlynn Brossette of Pineville; nephew, Guy Sanders and wife Renee of Minden; and a host of friends and other
 Pallbearers will be members of the military.




Everett Gail Doerge was born on the 6th day of May, 1935, in Port Arthur, TX. He moved to Minden with his parents, Jewel and George Doerge, when he was eight years old. He was on active and reserve duty from 1954 until 1964. Everett received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern in 1958. After  reserve duty he went back to school and earned his masters degree in 1968 from Northwestern.
  He received a Doctorate of Education from Louisiana State University. He served as a teacher and coach at Minden High School from 1964-1974. He was Principal of Lowe Middle School from 1976-1978 and also served as assistant supt. from 1984 to 1992. On April 17, 1998 Everett Gail Doerge died in Minden and was survived by Jean McGlothlin Doerge, a daughter,  Sherie, and two sons, Justin and Jacob Doerge. He was a state Legislator when he died.

Minden Press-Herald, Friday, April 17, 1998 - Our Editorial by David Specht, Jr., Publisher

Goodbye Dr. Doerge, you will be missed

Others in the community felt the same way about Dr. Doerge. Charles Strong, administrator at Northwest Tech, always talked highly of our state representative and all the times he went to bat for our technical college in Baton Rouge.

Whether it was repaving or expanding roads or pushing of education in our area Doergedid his best to see that Minden got its share out of state government.
I would be lying if I said that Dr. Doerge and I were very close---we were acquaintances at best. Perhaps our roles of newspaper publisher and public servant kept us from becoming closer friends.
Minden lost more than a state representative today, however. To some they lost a friend, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a teacher, or a coach.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Doerge family. We feel the loss too.
However, Minden is a better place today because Everett Doerge lived here.
Minden Press-Herald, Friday, April 17, 1998 (Front Page Headline Article)

Doerge dies early today of heart ailment
Representative had heart attach one week ago.
by Allen J. M. Smith (Managing Editor)State Rep. Everett Doerge, D. Minden, died early this morning. Doerge, 62 suffered a massive heart attack Thursday, April 9 & taken to Minden Medical Center, and was then transferred to Willis-Knighton where he spent the week in critical condition. Funeral arrangements had not been announced by press time.
Doerge was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1992, campaigning on educational issues. Before running for office, he was a teacher and school administrator.During his first term he worked for teacher pay raises and other educational issues.The first bill he passed raised the driving age to 16. Other causes he adopted were:Funding for fire protection districts.Funding for industrial expansions in Webster Parish, and infrastructure funds for added municipal services for companies such as Fibrebond Corp., The Trane Co.and Clement Industries.Construction of the I-20 service road. Improvement of Highway 371, including expansion to four lanes in some areas. Minden Mayor Bill Robertson cited Doerge's willingness to work hard for special appropriations and grants for the area."He is always more than willing to help, even if it means extra trips to Baton Rouge," Robertson said.Recent projects of Doerge's included expansionand possible relocation of Northwest Louisiana Technical College. He was instrumental in securing funds for three new positions at the college, and had been working with State Sen. FosterCampbell, D-Elm Grove, on a new campus, possibly on the I-20 service road. Northwest Tech director Charles Strong said, "He is the best representative I could have asked for." Another area of interest was health care. Doerge's 1993 optometry bill and his work to establish rural health care clinics drew praise from optometrist Dr.
Eddie Moss and Minden Medical Center administrator George French.
Moss said, "He had the best interest of all the parish residents at heart."
French said, "We would not have the Doyline Health Clinic without his efforts to
intercede with the Department of Health and Hospitals." pet project was the first-ever commemorative area for Webster Parish.In thatproject, the Shadow estate on La. Hwy. 531 would be converted to a historicsite
and folklife center.

 Doerge best known for career as school educator
in Minden

Before his successful run for state representative in 1992, Everett
Doerge was an educator for 29 years in Webster Parish.His first position in Webster Parish was as a teacher for a short time at Minden Junior High School in 1959.Then he went to Arp, Texas in 1959. In 1961 he accepted a teaching position at Iota, Louisiana, High School. In 1964 he returned to his alma mater as a teacher of physical education and social studies and as a coach at Minden High School until 1974.His career in administration included posts as assistant principal at Webster Junior High School and principal at Dubberly Elementary School and Lowe Middle School. He was promoted to secondary supervisor of Webster Parish Schools in 1979, then to assistant superintendent in 1984 a position he held until his retirement from education.He was born in Port Arthur, Texas and moved to Minden when he was eight years old.He graduated from Minden High School after playng on the all-state football team in 1954.After high school he went to Mississippi State University with a football scholarship, then transferred to Northwestern State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1958. After graduation, he was commissioned an officer and served six months of active duty in the U. S. Army. He remained in the U. S. Army Reserves until 1964. In that year he received his master of science degree from Northwestern. In 1973 he received his doctorate in education from Louisiana State University. He was a member of Civitans International, the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife Jean and daughter Sherie Lester. Sherie and her husband Kevin Lester have two sons, Jacob and Justin.



Charles Edward ‘Bo’ Drake
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Monday, 01 November 2010

Charles Edward “Bo” Drake passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2010 at Minden Medical Center after a sudden illness. He fought a hard fight, but it was his time to peacefully rest and join his beloved Patsy.

Bo was born Sept. 10, 1934 in Minden to Willie Cornelius Moffett Drake and Delna Russell “Cowboy” Drake. He had five brothers and sisters.

He always said that he grew up in the “Golden Age” in Minden’s history. His kids grew up hearing all his wonderful memories of Hunter’s Playground. He was so proud to tell stories of Larry and Gladys Hunter’s devotion to the kids during that era.

Bo attended Minden High School and graduated in 1954. He was voted “Most Handsome” more than once and many, many girls swooned over his big, beautiful blue eyes.

He was on the MHS track team and diving team and was one of the best divers Minden High had ever seen. He also held the state record in freestyle swimming and pole vaulting for a short time.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy. He served from 1954-1958 and was assigned to the Admiral of the 5th fleet on the USS Orca. He was a Class 9 Top Secret Cryptographer in the Navy, one of only nine in the world at that time.

He coded and decoded top secret messages and delivered them to their recipients in the fleet. He had one of the most important jobs in the Navy and was proud to serve.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Bo attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston from 1958 until 1961 and studied accounting. He worked for Shaffer and Cloud CPAs and Sam Jones in the early 60’s and early 70’s. In 1974, he and Patsy opened Patsy’s Kitchen, which they owned and operated for almost 10 years. It became a hub of activity in Minden, where people could come eat good, home cooking and visit with friends.

He worked with Pat Patterson at Tidecraft for several years and later worked at People’s Bank and Consolidated Marketing. He had numerous friends at Smith’s Marine and was always quick to help them and offer advice whenever they needed it. In his later years, he went into private practice and helped many people with accounting and tax questions, often free of charge.

Bo was a very lawful, unselfish and respectful man and believed in  helping friends and family whenever he could because they were most important. He had a very strong work ethic and taught his children to work hard and provide for their family. Growing up, he said that if you helped friends in need, they would return the favor when you needed it. He taught his children that if you treated people as you wanted to be treated, you could never go wrong. He believed that a man was only as good as his word, and he always made an effort to keep his.

He was a responsible father, husband and citizen and could always be counted on. He was a much-loved and respected man in Minden and enjoyed seeing people around town and visiting. It seemed everywhere he went, someone knew him and stopped to talk.

Anyone who wanted to come swim at his house was welcome. Seeing people enjoying the pool was his way of paying homage to Larry and Gladys Hunter because of the memories he had of them providing recreation for all the kids when he was growing up.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 45 years, Patsy Kleinegger Drake; parents, D. R. Drake and Willie Moffett Drake; three sisters, Marion “Wimpy” Drake Coleman, Mary Francis Drake O’Rear and Myrtie Jo Drake Elkins.

He is survived by three children, daughter, Charla Campbell and husband, Levi of Texarkana, Arkansas; sons, George Drake and wife, Gretchen of Minden and David Drake of Minden; one sister, Nita Drake O’Rear of Huntsville, Alabama; one brother, Bill Drake and wife, Bess of Mooringsport; four grandchildren, Max and Beau Campbell and Austin and Ashlee Drake; and many, many beloved nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be today, November 1, from 5 until 8 p.m.  at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden and funeral services will be Tuesday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Gardens of Memory.







                           Scottie N. Evans may be interred in Monroe or West Monroe. (?)


                                        Connie Dell Gamble


Will Rogers Garriss born March 19, 1934 departed this life May 2003 in a hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana due to complications from diabetes.


Richard Manning Grigsby, Sr.
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Friday, 24 April 2009
Memorial services for Richard Grigsby will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday April 25, 2009, at Pine Grove United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Bro. Jerry Brannen and Bro. Bill Ichter.

Visitation will be today April 24, 2009, from 4:30 until 8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Mr. Grigsby was born June 24, 1936, in Minden and died April 22, 2009, in Shreveport.

After graduating from Minden High School in 1954, he joined the United States Air Force in San Antonio. It was here where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Grigsby. They moved back to Minden and for 53 years they devoted themselves to raising their family with love and Christian values. He retired from Western Electric and was a life-long member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church, and a member of the Dorcheat Masonic Lodge # 272. He was an avid baseball fan. He participated in baseball at MHS and on the Lackland Air Force team. After leaving the air force he played many years of semi-pro ball.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; and parents, Billy and Arlene Grigsby.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Robin McCormack and husband Caston of Sibley and Richard Grigsby, Jr. and wife Kirsten of Mt. Vernon, Texas.

Remembering him lovingly as “Poppa” are his grandchildren, Todd McCormack and wife Michele, Michele Brennan and husband Chris, Andrew McCormack and Melissa, Adam, Ben and Chloe Grigsby; great-grandchildren, Bailey, Caroline, and Cameron McCormack, Grace and Drew Brennan and Rydon McCormack.

He is survived by his brothers, Lemuel Grigsby and wife Joan and Randy Grigsby and wife Joyce; sister, Jan Chanler and husband Billy; sister-in-law Dorrine Provost and husband Clayton of Plattsburgh, New York; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Honoring him, as pallbearers will be his grandsons Todd McCormack, Jr., Andrew McCormack, Adam Grigsby, Ben Grigsby, and Chris Brennan, and nephew Rodney Grigsby.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Michael Chanler and staff, Minden Medical Center, Promise Hospital of Bossier and Grace Home, Family and friends for their many cards, gifts, and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Grove United Methodist Church.

James "Jimmy" Halmark is buried in the Garden of Memories in Section 2, Garden of the Lord's Supper,  on Row 7. He was born 26 Aug. 1936 - 22 May 1999 YN2 U S Navy Korea. You may view Jimmy's picture with the class below.



Barbara Johnson Gamble

Bossier City, LA Graveside services for Barbara Johnson Gamble will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden, Louisiana under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. Thomas Patton.The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until service time. 

Barbara was born January 20, 1937 in Vivian, Louisiana and entered into rest November 27, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was a member of Cypress Baptist Church and a member of the Board of Directors of Caddo-Bossier Cancer Foundation. 

Her daughters Tracy Madden and Debbie Adams, husband Dr. Jack Gamble, and sister Lanell Outz preceded her in death. 

She is survived by her grandson Chris Townsend and wife Heather of Dallas, Texas, sisters Georgia Veitch of Minden, Louisiana, Virginia Waters of Temple, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Chris Townsend, Ronnie Veitch, Jason Veitch, and Will Gray.

Submittted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

Carolyn Sale McDaniel, Class of 1954

Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958



NEWSOM, Myrtle Lorene

Her Tombstone at Mt. Zion reads:

NEWSOM, Myrtle Lorene

22  Aug  1936

19  May 1955

d/o Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Newsom

m/o Linda Jo & Brenda Fay

Obit submitted by Melba Bair, Class of 56


Connie H. Miller

June 28, 1936 - July 29, 2014

Service Date: August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am
Funeral Home Rose-Neath Minden
Place of Service First Baptist Church Minden
5-8 p.m. Thursday 07-31-14

Funeral services for Connie Horn Miller, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at First Baptist Church Minden in Minden, Louisiana with Pastor Doug Sanders officiating and Chaplain Andrew Abshire assisting with burial following at Gilgal Cemetery in Minden, 

Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Connie was born on June 28, 1936 to Carroll O’Connor and Thelma Horn in Winnsboro, Louisiana. She retired from the Webster Parish District Attorney’s office as Executive Secretary in 1996 and went to be with the Lord on July 29, 2014 following her second battle with cancer.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents, Carroll O’Connor “Buck” Horn, Jr. (brother), James David Miller (son), Jonathan Gregory Rumby (grandson), and David Miller McCormick (great-grandson).

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, James Carroll “Jimmy” Miller; sisters Christine Hughes of Shreveport, Doris Lary of North Carolina and Josephine Lee of Minden; daughters Rheba Miller Savell (Sammy) of Minden and Peggy Miller Halbrook (Erwin) of Ohio; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces. Also her special friend Cindy Shelton whom she thought of as a daughter.

Pallbearers will be D.C. Greer, Bruce Lee, Allan Lee, Ricky Lee, Don Horn, and Ernie Parker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Caleb Miller, Jeff Lee, Eric Lee, Matthew Wilson, Daniel Lee, Colby Lee, Greg Lee, Andy Lary, Jeff Reynolds, and Kary Bryce.

Connie asked that family and friends please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and David’s, in lieu of flowers. Her family would like to say a special thank you to Regional Hospice and staff Julie Morris, Chaplain Andrew Abshire, Kristi Austin, and Barbara Calloway. 

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61




Carman Green Rhame born  30 March 1936; buried Nov. 18 2008 double marker Garden of Memories; Garden of Prayer; Row 14; Lot 83, space 5. She is interred beside her husband who predeceased her. She died of COPD.  


Doyle                    Carman G.                                                                                                                 

28 Feb. 1935       30 Mar. 1936

18 Jan. 1991       15 Nov. 1936

PFC U S Marine Corps                                                                                            

widow of Doyle Rhame,class of 1955, buried Nov. 18, 2008 

Minden Press-Herald, Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Carmen Maxine Greene Rhame
Graveside services for Mrs. Carmen Rhame, 72, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Gardens of Memory in Minden with the Rev. Jessie Byrd officiating.

The family will receive friends today, November 17 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rhame was preceded in death by her husband Spud Rhame. She is survived by her sons, Greg Rhame of Minden and Rusty Rhame and wife, Patricia of Shreveport; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958





James Carroll Jones  Class of 1954
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Monday, 01 February 2010

James Carroll Jones was born April 8, 1936, in Minden and was called home to be with his Lord on Jan. 31, 2010, at his home.  

He was the son of the late Carroll "Casey" and Eva Roton Jones of Minden.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Pixley Jones; two daughters, Denise Smith and Becky Gemelli and husband Bernard; two sons, James "Bubba" Jones and wife Brenda and Lewis Jones and wife, Gina; one brother, Gene Jones and wife Jane; and one sister, Marilyn Powell and husband Mike; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life services are set for Tuesday, February 2, 2009 at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 200 S. Trenton St., Ruston, La. 71270.  Visitation will be held at the church Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. until the service



Minden Press, Monday, April 4, 1960


This is a photo of Helen when she was playing

 on the girls basketball team for Minden High School. She and her family lived on Goodwill

 St. which was only about a block from Parkway Baptist Church where they attended church.


Minden Press, Monday, April 4, 1960

Helen Gordon was born on or about October 1934 & died 31 March 1960


 Rites Are Held on Saturday for Mrs. Josting


Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Josting, 25, of Bossier City, who died Thursday,

March 31, 1960, in a Shreveport hospital after a lengthy illness, were held at

2 p.m. Saturday in Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. C. H. Land,

pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery.


Survivors include her husband, Phillip Josting; a daughter, Debra Beth Tilley of

Bossier City; her father, W. A. Gordon and her step-mother, Mrs. W. A. Gordon,

both of Minden; and a half-brother, W. A. Gordon, Jr. of Minden

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan



Walter Neely Leigh, Jr. born 10 December, 1936 - 1 July 1986 PFC US Marine Corps Korea - Interred in the Gardens of Memory on row 7, section 1, in the Garden of the Lord's Supper by his parents who have a double marker:     

Walter N. Leigh born 26 Aug. 1902 died 19 Jul. 1977. Hattie Jane born 14 May 1903 died 15 Jul 1975.  

                              Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, July 3, 1986


                      Walter N. Leigh, Jr.

Services were held Thursday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. for Walter Neely Leigh, Jr. of Ruston in the Minden Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Ronnie Laughlin officiated, with interment following in the Gardens of Memory.

 Mr. Leigh passed away Tuesday, July 1 at the Lincoln General Hospital following a lengthy illness.  He was 49.

 He was a native of Texarkana, Ark., a former resident of Minden, a veteran of the U. S. Marines, former general manager of   Kaugaman Broad Mobile Home Manufacturing Co., and a former state trooper.

         He is survived by one son, Michael Leigh of Ruston and a daughter, Michele Leigh of Monroe.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Liles, Charles "Chuck" O.

Photo Submitted by Sue Ann Richardson Kinsey from the Dallas Morning News

"Chuck" was welcomed at Heaven's gate on March 25, 2009.

He was born in Minden, La. October 29, 1936 to Leora and Malcolm Liles, who preceded him in death. His sister, Betty Ann Liles McGee and her husband Wayne also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judi; daughter Cheri Akers, her husband Aric, &  their children Ashlyn, Cameron, Graham and Amanda; daughter Marilee Mandernach, her husband Kent, & their son Bowen; all of Forney, Tx.; son David and his wife Kelsy, Malakoff, Tx. Brother-in-law, Ralph Chapman, Colorado Springs, Co.; Aunts Doris Wright and Vertie Kilpatrick, La. Numerous cousins including Sandra & David Lee, Whitney & Roger Nolan; and Jared, Heather, Lexi & Hannah Lee; & a host of friends.

Chuck was a graduate of Minden High School and Louisiana Tech in Ruston with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as a Base Fuels Supply Officer. After a brief tenure with Hughes Tool Co. he spent 28 years and retired from the American Petroleum Institute. Since 1969 he was a member of White Rock United Methodist Church where he joyfully served in several capacities from coach to athletic director to lay leader. He was a former director of the White Rock Churches Athletic Association. Pulmonary Fibrosis robbed "PePaw" of the joy of sports, water sports, and boating with his children and grandchildren. He lost his courageous battle with this cruel disease at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Our special appreciation to Dr. Randall Rosenblatt and the entire staff for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if donations are made to: White Rock United Methodist Church for the Chuck Liles Memorial Fund, 1450 Old Gate Lane; Dallas, Tx. 75218. Family Visitation at Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29. Graveside services (not private), 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, Grove Hill Memorial Park. Celebration of The Life of Charles Liles Monday, March 30, 1:00 p.m. White Rock United Methodist Church, 1450 Old Gate Lane, Dallas. A reception will follow hosted by the Seminar Sunday School Class (of which he was a charter member) and other church friends in Fellowship Hall following the service.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Ann Machen Harrison

April 6, 2004
ARCADIA, LA - Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Machen Harrison, age 67, will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at 10 am in the Bailey Chapel, Springhill, LA with Rev. Ray Spiller officiating. Interment will follow in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary Chapel, Springhill, LA.
Visitation will begin Tuesday at 3 pm for friends.
Mrs. Harrison was born May 29, 1936 in Minden, Louisiana to Robert Odell and Lela Martin Machen and passed away suddenly April 5, 2004 in Ruston, Louisiana. She was a resident of Arcadia, LA, member of the First United Methodist Church and was the receptionist for Cedar Creek School, Ruston, LA.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tine H. Harrison of Arcadia, LA; daughters, Tacie H. Farnam and husband, R. Lloyd of North Richland Hills, TX, Kim H. Moak and husband, Scott of Arcadia, LA; grandchildren, Ridge and Noah Farnam, Samantha and Hannah Moak; brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Machen, Jr. of Evergreen, LA; cousin Martha Jane Horne of Springhill, LA and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ann Harrison Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Cedar Creek High School, 2400 Cedar Creek Dr., Ruston, LA. 71270.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Templin, Kenneth Cone, Wess Machen, A.J. Aycock, Olin Machen, Steve Cone, Jason Lawrence and Jim Lawrence.Bailey Mortuary, Inc.
Springhill, LA 318-539-3555

Margaret Perritt Love
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Tuesday, 03 February 2009
Margaret Perritt Love, 72, of Overland Park, Kan. passed away Jan. 31, 2009. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Burial will follow Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. with a Memorial service to follow beginning at 2 p.m.

Born Sept. 28, 1936, in Minden. Margaret was the daughter of Buren Perritt and Elizabeth Thompson Perritt. She was raised in Sibley and Minden where she graduated from Minden High School in 1954. She received her bachelor of science in Business Education from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1957 where she met her husband Clifton.  After marriage, she was a stay-at-home mother and wife for many years until she became the secretary to the Principal of Bedford North Lawrence High School, in Indiana where she retired after 20 years of service.

Margaret was a loving mother and grandmother and will be fondly missed. She was a life long member of the United Methodist Church where she devoted her passion for music to the choir and service to god. For many years, she was an active member of Psi Iota Xi sorority and the D.A.R. During her retirement years she enjoyed playing Bridge, reading and Bible study.

She is survived by Clifton B Love, Jr. and her sister Mary Elizabeth Cooke of Minden. Also surviving are two sons, Clifton B Love, III and wife Robin Love of Overland Park and David B. Love, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan and Mason Love.

Submitted by Elizabeth Roberts Martin, Class of 1961 and Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958



Sylvia McWhorter

Mrs. Tommy Baten

March 26, 2012 Staff Reports

Sylvia_Baten588Funeral services for Sylvia M. Baten were held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Dixie Inn. The Rev. Keith Adams officiated. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery in Dixie Inn. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Sylvia was born July 14, 1936 in Summerfield and entered into rest March 22, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Thomas O'Rel Baten of Dallas, Texas; son, Douglas Glen Baten of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Cynthia Camp and husband, Michael of Plano, Texas and Renee Houle and husband, Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters, Sarah Heberling and husband, Bill of San Antonio, Texas, Ava McWhorter of Dixie Inn and Patricia Walker and husband, Norman of Lindale, Texas; brother, Leland McWhorter and wife, Nancy of Minden; grandchildren, Cory Baten, Joy Camp, Peter Camp, Melissa Houle, Clay Houle and Hanna Houle; and great-grandchildren, Landon and Liam Camp; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Peter Camp, Michael Camp, Tom Houle, Evan McGlothlin, Michael Williams and John McWhorter.

 Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958



Myrna Monzingo Moore, Class of 1954
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Funeral services for Myrna Moore will be held Friday Dec. 11, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Jerry West. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Minden. Family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 10, 2009 at Rose-Neath.

Myrna was born March 11, 1936 in Minden and entered into rest Dec. 8, 2009 in Minden.

Her husband William S. Moore preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Randy Moore and wife Connie of Del Rio, Texas, Billy Moore and wife Debbie of Marshall, Texas, Bret Moore and wife Sharon of Minden, and Packy Moore and wife Shelly of Haughton; brothers, Larry Monzingo and wife Esta of Minden, Jerry Monzingo and wife Mary of Minden, and David Monzingo and wife Frieda of Bossier City; sister, Sandra Spivey and husband Bob of Shreveport; seven grandchildren; and 14 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Moore, Bret Moore, Jr., John Traylor, Scott Monzingo, Justin Aaron, and Justin Callendar.


Jo Lynn Coussons

Jo Lynn Mouser Coussons, of Florence, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, after a full and rewarding life.
She was born and raised in Linden, Louisiana, where she married the love of her life, William McCoy Coussons, on June 3, 1956. When Bill graduated from LSU and was drafted, they moved to Augusta, Georgia. Jo Lynn and Bill lived in Shreveport, Louisiana and in Jackson, Mississippi before moving to the Shoals when Bill accepted a position at Muscle Shoals Gas.
They settled in Florence to raise their family. Jo Lynn worked as a bank teller, modeled for Parisian for many years, and worked part-time at various churches. Jo Lynn loved to entertain and was always the gracious hostess, opening her home to friends and family. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and around the world. Jo Lynn was fond of saying, “Have bag, will travel.”
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Gruner.
In addition to her loving husband Bill, she is survived by two sons, Michael W. Coussons and Russ L. Coussons and his wife, Robin; her brother, David Mouser and his wife, Vicky; and her grandchildren, Noah, Sarah Kate, Sydney, and Ella.
The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 700 N. Wood Avenue, Florence. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. with James Storie officiating. Entombment will be at Greenview Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund. Please sign the guest book at
Submitted by Judy Gleason Claason, Class of 54



Golden Funeral Home

Bastrop, LA

Funeral services for Mrs. Gracie Pittman Drummond, 70, of Bastrop, LA, are scheduled for 11:00AM Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at the chapel of Golden Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Ingram and Dr. L.H. McCollough officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Drummond, a retired master floral designer for Golden Flower Shop and Funeral Home and member of First Baptist Church, passed away September 2, 2006 at her residence.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Bruce Drummond; daughter, Kelly Drummond Freeland (Wayne) of Sterlington, LA; three grandchildren, Emily Grace Ford (Glenn) of West Monroe, LA, Joseph Freeland of West Monroe, LA, Paige Freeland Wilson (Bill) of Monroe, LA; five great grandchildren, Tyler Ford, Hannah Ford, Hayden Ford, Grant Freeland, Cole Wilson; three sisters, Kathryn Lee of West Monroe, LA, Betty Soignier (Ray) of West Monroe, LA, Jan Sears (Ron) of Arcadia, LA; sister in law, Linda Drummond Causey of West Monroe, LA; uncle, Harry Pittman of Shreveport, LA; five nieces and nephews, Pam Pursnell (Alan) of Baton Rouge, LA, Deborah Raiford (Charlie) of St. Simons Island, GA, Sharon Jackson (Phil) of Epps, LA, Marsha Roberts (Mike) of West Monroe, LA and David Soignier (Amy) of Monroe, LA.Mrs. Dummond is preceded in death by her father, Grayson Pittman; mother, Bennie Smith and husband John; daughter, Karen Drummond; brother in law, Clifton Lee and a nephew Clifton Lee, Jr.

Serving as pallbearers are: Terry Williams, Gene Roberts, Charles Moore, Billy Coughran, Elva Greer and Bill Goodnight.

Honorary pallbearers are: Carl Turpin, Sr., Dr. H.C. Lucas, C.C. Brantley, Rev. Pat Guice, Dr. Robert Lyon, K.C. Priest and the ladies of the Johnye Armistead sunday school class.

Visitation will be held from 5:00PM until 8:00PM Monday at Golden Funeral Home.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff and employees of Premier Hospice Care, staff and members of First Baptist Church and Dr. Robert Lyon.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Bastrop.



David Ray Robinson  is interred in the Gardens of Memory in Section 1 Garden of the Lord's Prayer on Row 10.  He was born 19 Jan. 1936 and died 8 Nov. 1975. He is buried by his parents; Vernon R. Robinson Sr. (1900 - 1992) and Bayard Wall Robinson (1905 - 1991). He was also survived by his brothers, Vernon R. Robinson, Jr., Howard Robinson, and Paul Robinson. The name of his children are unknown to the compiler.


Douglas G. Simolke is interred in the Garden of Memories on Row 6, Section 1 in the Garden of the Lord's Supper.  His marker reads Douglas G. Simolke born 16 Feb. 1936 - 26 Apr. 1992.


W. D. Sharpling - 1936 - March, 2008

Mr. Sharpling, 71, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Presbyterian Hospital. He was born in Harrisonburg, Louisiana on August 30, 1936, a son of the late William T. and Lillian Wilkes Sharpling.
He retired from the US Air Force in 1978 where he served for 24 years. Following his military retirement, he joined the US Postal Service where he was a Primary Steward and an active member of the Charlotte Postal Workers Union.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Boyer Sharpling; son, Bill Sharpling of Charlotte; daughters, Cynthia Porter (Gary) of Melbourne, FL, and Wanda J. Warf of Charlotte; brothers, William T. Sharpling, Jr., and Johnny Sharpling, both of Minden, Louisiana; and grandchildren, Wesley Warf and, Andrew and Kristin Sharpling.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Sharpling was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Goodeaux, Marie Means and Marjorie Martin.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the chapel of Forest Lawn West Funeral Home with the Reverend Tom Chidester presiding. Interment with military honors will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Salisbury. Mr. Sharpling's family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are in the care of Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service, 4601 Freedom Drive (704.395.0055).
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 3/18/2008.
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Raith Lynwood Smelser
January 24, 1936 - July 23, 2016

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Raith Lynwood Smelser, Jr of Center, Texas, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 23 surrounded by his loving family, friends, and dog, Peaches. Lynwood was born January, 24, 1936 in Ringgold, Louisiana. After graduating from Minden High School (class of 1959) he entered Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1976 he became manager of a cooperative project between the Forest Service and NASA. He worked closely with NASA and the Apollo astronauts on this project. Then in 1976 he was selected to manage a 170,000 acre area called Land Between the Lakes for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Lynwood retired from Federal service in 1992 and moved to Center. Retirement never lasted long as he became engineer for Brown Builders in Shreveport, Louisiana on contracts for Barksdale Airforce Base. Lastly he became a consultant for Wheeler Law Office where his work with riding lawnmower cases involving small children became a job that he was most proud of. Helping families cope with the loss of children in these cases became his passion. Lynwood was also a recognized hunter, fisherman, and craftsman of hunting knives. He was the owner of Delta S Engineering and served on many National Boards during his career.
Preceded in death by his mother Catherine Smelser and father Raith Smelser, Sr and stepmother Sara Smelser. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty O’Donnell Smelser; son John Ryland Smelser of Center; son Mark Raith Smelser and wife Mandy Vickery Smelser of Troup, Tx; Grandson Jake Raith Smelser of Troup, Tx; and step-sister Susan LaFitte of Shawnee, Ok. Also sister-in-Laws Gene Albright of Longview and Kathryn Axen and her husband and Lynwoods best friend Albert Axen of Center. Numerous nephews and a very special niece Ava Axen who lovingly became one of his caregivers. His life was also filled with memories of many special friends where ever he lived.
Lynwood was a very intelligent individual who always could answer the most complex question with ease. Whether speaking to a convention of thousands or a group of few, he was always using his experiences in life to relay a special message. His greatest life accomplishments were his family and making sure they were happy. He was most happy when he was with his grandson Jake, watching him grow and learn how to fish, hunt, and play golf. If he could talk to us today he would say, “John it is ok, I am at peace.”
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Jane Todd, Sara Lloyd, and devoted friend Don Weaver.
A memorial celebration will be held later as Lynwood requested cremation. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Nursery Fund – P.O. Box 177, Logansport, Louisiana 71049. Funeral arrangement are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.



Sue Stanfield born August 20, 1936 and died November 22, 1997. She married Gene Jones. Both died of cancer and are interred in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery Located on Franklin Rd, west of U.S. 371, Heflin, Webster Parish, Louisiana.

Minden Press-Herald, Monday, November 24, 1997


Sue Stanfield Jones


Services for Mrs. Sue Jones, 61, of Heflin were 10 a.m. today at the Rose-Neath

Funeral Home of Minden with Rev. David Harrell officiating, assisted by Rev.

Danny Baskin.  Burial followed at the Andrews Chapel Cemetery near Heflin.


Mrs. Jones was born in Minden and died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997 in Heflin.

She was a clerk.


She is survived by her sons, Wesley and wife Linda Watson Jones of Minden,

Terry and wife Stacy Hesser Jones of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Brenda

Squyres and son-in-law Tommy Squyres, both of Heflin; brothers, Joe Stanfield

of Ruston, Jim and wife Sharon Stanfield of Heflin; 10 grandchildren, Kristen

Finch, Kelsey Finch, Waylon Jones, Luke Squyres, Brittany Jones, Jarrod

Squyres, Marty Jones, Jonathan Squyres, Hayden Jones, Skyler Jones and

numerous nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Jones was a member of Heflin Baptist Church.


Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, November 30, 2006


Lee Roy Taylor


Funeral services for Mr. Lee Roy Taylor will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2006

at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden.  Officiating will be the Rev. Wayne Dubose.  Interment

will follow in the Gardens of Memory in Minden.  Visitation will be held from 5:30 until

8 p.m., today, November 30, 2006 at Rose-Neath.


Coach Taylor passed away November 27, 2006 in Shreveport.  He was born August 10,

1935 in Haughton to Onnie Lee and Floy Bell Taylor.


Lee Roy Taylor graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor degree in

education and physical education.  He coached high school football, basketball and

track at Burndt Hickory School in Dallas, Georgia, Eunice and Minden.  Coach Taylor

touched many lives throughout his coaching and teaching career and was loved and

respected by all.


Before retiring in 1994, Mr. Taylor was CEO of CVS Systems in Minden, and later

worked security for the Pot O’ Gold in Haughton


Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eugenia “Jeannie” Hough Taylor of

Minden; daughter, Wendy Leigh Moreland and husband Mace; brother, Cleve Wade

Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford Leon Taylor and Raymond Odell

Taylor and in 2005 by his son, Clifford Wade Taylor.


Pallbearers will be Tony Taylor, David Taylor, Heath McGee, Troy Bethea, Johnnie

Hough and Barry Chandler.


Johnnie Tinnell Suffers Broken Neck in Fall  Minden Press Herald - Tuesday, April 3, 1958   CAN JOHNNIE SWIM! Printed in the March 19, 1954 Tide Talk
Johnny Tinnell is one of the few Minden boys to set acquade records.  Although Johnny  a MHS senior,  swam for the Haynesville Aquatic Club  last summer.
He set a new state record at the Northwestern State meet and a new Junior Olympic record in New Orleans, for the 100 yard breast stroke. Johnny placed first in two divisions in Little Rock and first in three divisions in Haynesville. In addition to swimming he has won several second place ratings in diving. At the end of the summer he was awarded a letter and trophy for being high point man in the Haynesville Aquatic Club.
In addition to swimming Johnny also goes out for football and track.
Johnnie Richard Tinnell, 21-year-old Northwestern State College star swimmer and gymnast from Minden, is in critical condition at the Highland Sanitarium in Shreveport after he suffered a broken neck Tuesday afternoon while teaching another student a new gymnastics routine which he had been working on for Southern AAU competition.
Tinnell, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie Tinnell, 205 Berry Drive, Minden, had been practicing a new gymnastic routine most of the afternoon and was working with another student when the accident occurred.  He had successfully performed the routine several times prior to the accident. Authorities at the Highland Sanitarium stated the fourth vertebrae in Tinnell's neck was broken in the accident.  The youth is paralyzed from the waist down. Tinnell was practicing on the trampoline when the accident occurred.  Tinnell did not hit the floor but fell on the piece of equipment on which he was practicing.  He was said to have landed in a bad position and was unable to keep from hitting on his neck. The accident occurred at 5:45 p.m.  Tinnell was accompanied to the Shreveport sanitarium by several of his fellow students, Dean Fulton and his gymnastics coach. A senior at Northwestern where he is majoring in physics and minored in mathematics, Tinnell has been an outstanding performer on the famous Northwestern State College gymnastics team which has performed in many parts of the United States. Tinnell graduated from Minden High School in 1954 after a colorful career in athletics.  He was football squad manager in 1951 and played on the varsity team in 1953.  He ran track in 1954 and was member of both the baseball and swimming teams in 1952.  He was also a member of the 4-H Club, Library Club and Health Club of the school. (Note:   I visited Johnnie while he was in the hospital.  At that time he told me the doctors had told him he would never walk again.  His reply to them was, "I WILL walk again and I WILL dance again."   And he did!  He danced with me many times after his recovery, even the jitterbug.) Minden Press-Herald, Monday, September 2, 1996   -  Johnnie Richard Tinnell  - Class of 1954 Mr. Johnnie Richard Tinnell, 59, of Sibley passed away August 30, 1996 at his residence.  Funeral services were held September 2, 1996 at 10 a.m. with Rev. David Harrell officiating.  Interment followed at Gardens of Memory in Minden. He died of cancer. Tinnell is survived by sister Patsy Cato of Sibley.                                  Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan



Gilbert Jackie Wright ? There is a grave in the Gardens of Memory for Gilbert L. Wright born 1936 died 1994 married to Linda born 1939 located on row 5, in section 4 Garden of the Lord's Supper.


                                                                             Minden Press-Herald, Friday, December 12, 1986                                                                                                          Ms. Carol Whitfield

Ms. Carol Whitfield of Baton Rouge passed away at 3:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Services are pending this time at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mildred Whitfield of Minden; two sons, Derald Kirkland, Jr. of Baton Rouge and Neil Lee also of Baton Rouge; four daughters, Linda Kirkland Duffield and Sharon Lee LaBorde both of Baton Rouge, Renee Kirkland  Larroux of Minden, Lisa Lee Toland of Camden, Ark.; two brothers, Charles Whitfield of Baton Rouge and Tim Whitfield of Minden; 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Carol Whitfield: died of cancer and was buried in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.  Carol is interred in the Garden of Memories, Row 4, Garden of Faith, section 2, Row 4.  Her monument reads: (1936 - 1986) Our Beloved mother. Her daughter is buried beside her. Linda Carol Kirkland born 18 Oct. 1955 - 29 Nov. 1999. On the other side is a double monument for her parents: E. Mildred Moore (1903 - Blank) and her Dad, Charles Louis Whitfield born14 Aug. 1902 - 6 Jan. 1973 La. Lieutenant U. S. Navy WWII Separate Military Marker.


Beauregard   Billie  Jean (Vise)    Jan 07, 1936  Feb 05, 1991  d/o Abiga Vise   Looks like her entire family is buried there.   There's another Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bienville Parish,

but the one at Sparta is where there supposed to be buried.

Submitted by Earlene Lyle

Mrs. Billie Gean Vise Beauregard died 02/05/1991


Do you remember the days in our youth when the family went on Sunday afternoon drives through the surrounding countryside instead of lounging on the sofa watching football on TV?   I went on a Sunday afternoon drive this afternoon.   I explored new territory for the most part and was mesmerized by the gorgeous autumn leaves and narrow winding roads.   My trip began on I-20 to Gibsland and Mt. Lebanon.  Stopped between Mt. Lebanon and Sailes (Hwy 154) and visited the Bonnie & Clyde ambush monument.  Between Sailes and the Jamestown cut-off I stopped and "visited" Billie Gean Vise Beauregard .  (See photo attached)  Thanks, Rowland, for the directions you sent many months ago.  Parish Rd. 678 dead ends at the Mt. Olive Church and Cemetery.  It is a beautiful, well kept area.   At Jamestown I turned north onto Hwy 792 and traveled through Fryeburg and Heflin. Louie Bess, I thought of you as I drove through Heflin and wondered if I was seeing your childhood home.  From Heflin I drove Hwy 531 back to Minden, a round trip of just under an hour and a half.


Minden Press-Herald, Friday, Feb. 8, 1991   Mrs. Billie Gene Vise Beauregard   Funeral services for Mrs. Billie Gene Beauregard of Minden were conducted today (Friday, February 8) at the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel with Father Pike Thomas officiating.  Interment followed in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bienville Parish.   Mrs. Beauregard passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5 at her residence following a lengthy illness.  She was 55.   She was a native and lifelong resident of Minden and a retired school teacher in Caddo Parish.   Survivors include her husband, George M. Beauregard, Minden; parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Vise, Minden; one daughter, Tina Johnson, Bossier City; one son Chuckie Williams, Minden; one brother, Mike Ezell, Shreveport; two grandchildren.



From left to right:  LeVerne Baker Hadwin, Everett Doerge,  Connie Gamble, Walter Leigh, Row 2,  David Robinson,  Sue Stanfield, (To the right is Scottie Evans) Row 3: Johnnie Tinnell, Billie Jean Vice, Jackie Wright  Row 4: James "Jimmy" Halmark , Douglas Simolke, Will Garriss. Row 5. Ann Machen Harrison


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Marilynn Watkins Baucum

"She lived, she laughed, she loved."

Shreveport, LA-Marilynn Watkins Baucum, passed away on October 25, 2011 after a year-long battle with cancer. Marilynn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 23, 1936 to Robert Dyer Watkins and Marie Amiss Watkins. She grew up in Minden, Louisiana, attended Minden High School and Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dr. Ralph Willard Baucum, Jr. and her beloved granddaughter, Mary Katherine Joyce. She is survived by her four children, Elizabeth Baucum Joyce and husband, William Joyce; Dr. Ralph Willard Baucum, III, and wife, Mary Patrick; Kathrynn Baucum Dunkelman and husband, Robert Dunkelman; and Robert Watkins Baucum. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Madeline Baucum, Haley Baucum, Drew Dunkelman, Amiss Baucum, Jack Joyce, Thomas Dunkelman, and Rimes Baucum and her niece and nephew, Sarah Baucum O'Connor and Jeff Baucum.

Marilynn was a devoted Catholic and member of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. She was a lifelong member of the Jr. League and a supporter of many charities. She was an avid hunter, golfer, artist, gardener and self-taught cook. She retained her gentility, poise and sense of humor till the end.

Visitation will be at Osborn Funeral Home on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans on Friday October 28, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. and followed by burial at Forest Park Cemetery. Officiating will be The Very Reverend Peter B. Mangum. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Drew Dunkelman, Amiss Baucum, Jack Joyce, Thomas Dunkelman and Rimes Baucum.

The family would like to thank Dr. Alan Borne, Dr. Scott Boniol, and Dr. Roscoe Chan. We would also like to thank Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center and her many caregivers and friends, especially Carrie, June, Michelle, Bobbie, Crickett, Von Eric and Aline Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make donations to the
charity of your choice .


Class of 1954 Pat Wilson     Class of 1954  Pat Wilson  

Patricia Ann Norton

BOSSIER CITY, LA - Services for Patricia Ann Norton, 78, will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Donald Avery. Assisting will be Dr. R.L. Bethley, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Minden, LA. Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City.

Patricia was born February 22, 1936 in Pittsburg, KS to Dave and Helen Wilson and passed away May 29, 2014 in Shreveport, LA. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, a member of the Lydia Circle at Asbury and a former member of the American Business Women's Association. Patricia was a former sales manager for a jewelry company.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, David Cranford and first husband, Hugh Cranford.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Kenneth Dale Norton of Bossier City, LA; son, Matthew Sean Cranford and wife, Jessica of Arlington, TX; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Gegenheimer of Harvey, LA; stepdaughter, Kenanne Dooley and husband, Tom of Rayne, LA; stepson, Russell Guy Norton and wife, Tracy of Milton, FL; grandchildren, Katie Merritt, Scott Gegenheimer, Cody Cranford, Connor Cranford and four great grandchildren.

Honoring her as pallbearers will be Sean Cranford, Scott Gegenheimer, Scott Lathrop, Ronnie Merritt, Russell G. Norton and Tom Dooley.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Asbury United Methodist or the
American Cancer Society

Submitted by Carolyn Sale McDaniel, Class of 1954


1954 Billy John Zappa Died last month August 24, 2013

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Full Name: Billy John Zappa
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 04/30/1935
Died: 08/21/2013
Visitation: 08/23/2013
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory

Graveside services for Billy John Zappa will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Brian Zappa. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Billy was born April 30, 1935 in Athens and entered into rest August 21, 2013 in Minden. He was a lifelong resident of Minden, retired SRMSG from the United States Air Force, and was a business owner for 20 years.

His parents William Cleveland and Macel Zappa, and brother W.C. Zappa preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Roslyn Hammett Zappa of Minden, children; Marcel Roberts of Campti, William Charles Zappa and wife Haekyung of Houston, TX, Tiffany Zappa Austin of Minden, Courtney Zappa Hough and husband Johnnie of Minden, Burt Dougharty and wife Dawn of Cartersville, GA, John Zappa and Rhonda Zappa Lewis, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to everyone at Gamble Hospice for their care and compassion extended to Billy and his family.

God Speed Billy John Zappa