Billy Don Adams ashes were returned to Minden, La in January, 2000. He was first married to Judy Rabb and had two children, a daughter, Kim, and a grandson, Damian. He also had a son, Kevin, who was stationed in the air force in 1995. Interment was in Row 10, Section 1, Garden of Faith section of the  Gardens of Memory Cemetery,  Minden, La.  His monuments reads:   Billy Don Adams 29 Dec. 1936 - 22 Mar. 1997 PFC US Marine. He is interred beside his parents: Russell R. Adams (1899-1969) and Opal B. Adams(1906 - 1983)

Billy Don Adams - 1954

Minden Press-Herald, March 24, 1997 
Billy Don Adams died at Terrebonne General Hospital on March 22, 1997 after a long illness.
 Mr. Adams was born in Minden on December 28, 1936.  He graduated from Minden High School and was a graduate of Northwestern University at Natchitoches.  He was preceded in death by his parents Russell Tyler Adams and Opal  Baucum  Adams.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mrs. Bette Sue Lee Adams; his son Kevin Tyler Adams of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina; daughter Kim  Adams Salinas, Husband Reuben Salinas and one grandson Damon Salinas all of Houston, Texas.  He is survived by one brother, Russell Adams and wife Mary L. Adams of Minden.
 Services for Mr. Adams will be held at First United Methodist Church on Bayou Black, Houma, La. at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 25th.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Houma.

Loretta A Sharpling
October 27, 1937 - September 2, 2015
Service Date: September 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Loretta Allen
On September 2, 2015, Loretta’s work here was completed. She received a new offer with benefits that included a family reunion and friends she had not seen in a long time. Her new position takes her to a place where she can continue her love of family, dancing, traveling, and good food. Pepe’s has lost a good customer.

Loretta was born October 27, 1937 to Sherman J. Allen and Corrine Taylor Allen. She graduated from Minden High School in 1955 and was a member of First Baptist Church.

She loved her family. Her heart beat faster every time her husband of 58 years entered the room. Her life is celebrated by survivors, which include her husband William Thomas “T-Bone” Sharpling; daughters and their spouses Terri and Robert Billeck and Susan and Chuck Haynes; brother Sherman Wayne Allen. Others blessed to learn many of her valuable lessons include grandchildren: Jennifer Sandeno and spouse James; Sara Beth Martinez and spouse Juan; Tracy Voyles; Beau Billeck, Sr.; and Gatlin Billeck. Great-grandchildren: Alexis Sandeno, Jamie Sandeno, Adrian Perea, Jacob Perea, Brooklyn Billeck, Wyatt Voyles, Miranda Voyles, and Beau Billeck, Jr.

Services will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bill Crider officiating. Visitation is one- hour prior service time. Interment is at Gardens of Memory in Minden.

Her family will cherish her memory.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street

Minden, Louisiana 71055

(318) 377-3412 Fax (318) 377-0227

Submitted by Terri Billeck and David and Virginia Bailey


 Clark Anderson - 1954

Minden Press-Herald, Nov. 27, 2001

Clark J. Anderson

Funeral services for Mr. Clark J. Anderson, 64, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 27, 2001 at Rose Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Steven L. Kelly officiating.  Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden.

 Visitation will be held from 7 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

 Mr. Anderson, a native of Shreveport and a resident of Doyline, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, at his residence.  He was a mechanic and a member of the Baptist Church.  He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy C. and Irene Hanna Anderson.

 He is survived by Joyce Bascus of Doyline; sons, Robert C. Anderson and wife Suzie of Fort Sill, Okla., Ronald W. Anderson and wife Michelle of Minden; daughter, Dana A. Knight and husband Gary of Memphis, TN; step-son, Ray Bascus and wife Susan; step-daughter Glenda Ebarb and husband Jason; Brother, Rodger L. Anderson and wife Becky of Minden; grandchildren, Hanna and Carly Anderson, Devin, Hailey and Veronica Anderson, and Chase Knight; special niece, Robin A. Herman; special nephew, Eric C. Anderson; and four step grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Pope, Sonny Watson, Ronald Jones, Gary Mathews, Ronald Bryan and Donald Sawyer.

CLARK JEAN ANDERSON was first married when he was in the service but later returned to Minden to marry  a hometown girl, Pauline Pullen Roberts. While he was working for Tyson Foods in Clarksville, AR. in the 1985 class reunion booklet his wife was Carol.  In the 1995 reunion book she was Joyce C. He also wrote he had four granddaughters and two grandsons. He was interred in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, La. on row 6, Section 1,Garden of Prayer. Clark J. Anderson born 26 Oct. 1937 - 25 Nov. 2001 AB US AIR FORCE. His parents have a double marker nearby which reads: Loy C. Anderson ( 1 Dec. 1915-24 Oct. 1962) and B. Irene Anderson (7 May 1916-24 Oct. 1962)


Sharon Armitage attended school at MHS with the class of 1955 with us when her Dad worked at LOP, or the Shell Plant as we called it, in the very early years. She also attended Doyline school before she moved to Minden. Her Dad was the Fire Chief out there before they moved to Burlington, Iowa. 

Found this in the Fayetteville Observer.  Sharon lived in Fayetteville, NC.
Sharon A. Buhrman
Mrs. Sharon Armitage Buhrman, 70, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, in her home.

Mrs. Buhrman was a member of Camp Ground United Methodist Church, where she served as a member of the administrative board and in many other capacities.

Services: Funeral, 11 a.m. Wednesday in Camp Ground United Methodist Church. Burial in church cemetery.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

Survived by: Husband, Kenneth; children, Melissa Nunnery and Todd; brother, W.T. Armitage; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Submitted by...Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Class of 1956


Rogers Auld
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Friday, 04 January 2008
Funeral services for Mr. Rogers Auld, 71, of Minden, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Malcom Self officiating. Interment will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, January 4.

Mr. Auld was born Feb. 4, 1936 in Heflin and died Jan. 2, 2008.

Mr. Auld retired from AT&T in Shreveport where he was an engineer for 20 years. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and an El Karubah Shriner. He was an avid fisherman and deer hunter. “Paw-paw,” as he was affectionately called by his grandson, loved spending time with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Auld.

He is surved by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Jean Auld; one son, Kevin Auld of Van Cleave, Miss.; one daughter, Tonya Auld Alford and husband Ken of Minden; one brother, Jim Auld and wife Yeona of Shreveport; one grandson, Hunter Alford, who was his pride and joy; three nieces, Donna, Leslie and Zoe; and numerous cousins.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for all of the love and support given to them during this difficult time.

   I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Rogers Auld.  I remember when Ruth and I moved to Irving,Tx.  in 1963 shortly thereafter Rogers and Jean and Ruth and I became good friends.  They lived a few blocks from us.  I also remember going to Baylor Hospital
in Dallas to see Kevin when he was born. If memory serves me correctly I believe Pat Watson stayed with them for a while.  Rogers and I had some good times playing in the MHS band together.  I believe Rogers dated Dottie Day Adcock for a while.  Dottie and I were neighbors on Buchanan St.
                                                                     Neil Baker, Class of 1956

Neil is correct. I dated Rogers while in high school. Neat person. I loved his mom. They lived in Tillman Addition around the curve from where we first lived when we moved to Minden. I wish I had had the opportunity to know his wife Jean. I wish God's blessings on her in her loss.   Dottie DAY Adcock, Class of 1957

So sad to hear about Rogers Auld – I remember him well – my love and sympathy to his widow. Jenny (Jeanette Woodard), Class of 1957


Mary Ellen Bailey was born 09/25/1937 - died 11/17/1954 with cancer.  She was first buried in the Minden City Cemetery. After the death of Mr. Bailey her remains were transferred to the Gardens of Memory on the Lewisville Road in Minden, Row 7, Garden of Prayer to be reburied by her Father. There is a double marker for Ewell A. Bailey born 2 Mar. 1910 - died 13 Nov. 1999 married 3 June, 1935 to Aileen P. born 7 January 1913.


Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, December 7, 1954
Mary Ellen Bailey Succumbs Saturday, Funeral Held Sunday.

Funeral for Mary Ellen Bailey held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church was one of the largest ever held in Minden.  Every seat on the main floor and in the balcony was filled, while many waited outside. This plucky 17-year old Minden High School Senior, came back from an arm amputation to star in school activities but lost the fight Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. in the local hospital.  She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Bailey. Mary Ellen had served as head majorette of the Minden High School Band prior to her illness and had won several honors in state twirling competition. Last summer a malignant growth on her arm forced an amputation.  She survived the amputation and returned to enter school in September but became ill and was a patient in the Schumpert Sanitarium in Shreveport for some time before being brought home.  She later entered the local hospital where she remained until her death Saturday.  Her determination to continue activities despite her handicap drew widespread admiration. The funeral Sunday afternoon was attended by many of her school mates and other friends.  The band director Robert Grambling and members of the band were seated to the left of the pulpit.  Pallbearers, who were also band members, were seated on the right.  Behind them were seated high school students, teachers and Principal W. W. Williams.  The front center section was reserved for the immediate family.  Services were conducted by her pastor, Dr. Truman Aldredge. After the church service the long procession made its way to the City Cemetery by way of the High School.  Interment was under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home. Other than her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandmother, Mrs. B. L. Melton and her maternal grandfather, L. W. Pace, both of Marshall, Texas.

Mary Ellen Bailey - 1953  Bobby Warren & Mary Ellen were elected King and Queen of the band in 1954. The next picture was 1953 when she was Charlie Hennegan's homecoming maid.

Full Name: Billy Keith Baldwin
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 03/14/1937
Died: 04/08/2012
Visitation: 04/10/2012
Service: 04/11/2012
Cemetery: Minden Cemetery

 Billy Keith Baldwin age 75 passed away April 8, 2012 due to an extended illness. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Minden Cemetery in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Ronnie Whitlock. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Billy was born in Dubberly March 14, 1937 to Millard Otha Baldwin and Sybil Hazel Allen. After moving to Minden he graduated from Minden High School class of '55. Upon graduation he joined the Air Force and served eight years. In 1957, while stationed at Vance Air Base, he met and married Josephine Pierson. A daughter and a son were born. After service the family moved back to Minden where he attended LA Tech for two years, and worked at small business ventures, and retired from Webster Parish Police Jury.

His father, mother, and infant brother preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years "Jo", daughter Gwen Provaznik (Tim), son Billy K. Baldwin, Jr. (Kelly), grandsons John Butler (Pam), Brandon Baldwin (Crystal) granddaughters April (Josh), Jennifer Provaznik and Duyen Phann, six great-grandchildren; Cameron Butler, Chantelle Butler, Jaden Whorton, Evan Brown, Caleb Baldwin, and Bailey Baldwin, one brother Convey Eugene Baldwin (Doshie).

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street

Minden, Louisiana 71055

Billy Baldwin

April 10, 2012 Staff Reports

Billy_Baldwin591Billy Keith Baldwin, 75, passed away April 8, 2012 due to an extended illness.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Minden Cemetery in Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 10, 2012) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Billy was born in Dubberly March 14, 1937 to Millard Otha Baldwin and Sybil Hazel Allen.

After moving to Minden, he graduated from Minden High School class of '55. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force and served eight years. In 1957, while stationed at Vance Air Base, he met and married Josephine Pierson. A daughter and a son were born. After service, the family moved back to Minden where he attended Louisiana Tech for two years, worked at small business ventures and retired from Webster Parish Police Jury.

His father, mother and infant brother preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, "Jo;" daughter, Gwen Provaznik (Tim); son, Billy K. Baldwin, Jr. (Kelly); grandsons, John Butler (Pam) and Brandon Baldwin (Crystal); granddaughters, April (Josh), Jennifer Provaznik and Duyen Phann; six great-grandchildren, Cameron Butler, Chantelle Butler, Jaden Whorton, Evan Brown, Caleb Baldwin and Bailey Baldwin; and one brother, Convey Eugene Baldwin (Doshie).

Beverly T. Baker

Cremation - June 25, 2010


Published: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:46 PM CDT
Beverly T. Baker, 72, Gracey-Herndon Road, died at 1:30 a.m. today, June 11, 2010,  at her home of natural causes.

Arrangements are incomplete at Lamb Funeral Home.

She is survived by one daughter and two sons and a brother from the class of 1958.


Beveraly Tash Baker was one of the founders of
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Commemorative Park
Located in Hopkinsville KY


This historic park is one of the few documented sites of actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people to "Indian Territory". It was used as an encampment in 1838 and 1839. This park is the burial site for two Cherokee Chiefs who died during the removal - Fly Smith and Whitepath. This long, cruel relocation has become known as the "Trail Of Tears" and by Native Americans as "The Trail Where They Cried". In December 1987, President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating the Trail Of Tears as a National Historical Trail and Hopkinsville KY is named in the bill. In April, 1996 the National Park Service designated the park as a certified site on the National Historic Trail Of Tears.

Thanks to Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958 for letting us know that Beverly had died.

Beverly Tash Baker died last night, June 10.  Memorial service will be June 25 at the Episcopal Church inHopkinsville, Kentucky.  I’ll send obit as soon as available.

Well, I just checked the Cadiz, KY newspaper and it says she died at 1:30 this morning, June 11.  I’ve bookmarked this site to get the full obit tomorrow or the next day or so.  Cause of death was cancer of the bladder lining.


My fondest memory of Beverly Tash was the day she invited JoAnn Baggett, Sue
Stanfield and I to her home to go horseback riding. We had a lot of fun that day.


Cremation Ceremony June 25, 2010

Beverly Tash Baker, Class of 1955

A memorial service for Beverly Tash Baker, 72, Gracey-Herndon Road, will be at 6 p.m. Friday, June 25 at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Bill Watson officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. at the church. Lamb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She died at 1:30 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2010, at her home of natural causes.

 A native of New York, she was born October 7, 1937, the daughter of the late George E.and Dorothy Edith Collins Tash.

 She was co-owner and bookkeeper for Baker Accounting and had worked for many years in the operation of the Trail of Tears.

 Her husband, Walter Baker, died in 2002.

 Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Jay and George Kermit Nave, both of the county; a daughter Tasha Ann Nave, Hopkinsville; a brother George L. Tash, Phoenix; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the local Trail of Tears Commemorative Park.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958




Kenneth Beck died Sunday morning, March 5, 2006. He had cancer. He was a resident of Cotton Valley when he passed away.


I saw Paul Bryant, Junior, this morning
and told him about Ken Beck's passing. Paul Jr.
was in elementary school when his father coached
at Texas A&M.
He said after his dad went to Alabama after the
1957 season that Ken would call him. he said
after A&M beat Rice in 1958, he called Coach
Bryant to let him know he had played his best
coach. Apparently, ken had not played well
against Rice in '57 when the owls upset No. 1
Anyway, Ken Beck was one of only two football
players to play for both Coach Bryant and Vince
Lombardi. The other was a lineman named Steve
Wright, who played at Alabama in the early 1960s
and for Lombardi during his final years in Green Bay.

Steve Townsend

Monday, March 6, 2006

Kenneth Lee Beck
Graveside services for Mr. Kenneth Lee Beck, 70, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at First Pentecostal Church of Cotton Valley with Kenneth Dehart officiating. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m., today, March 6, at the church.
A native of Minden and resident of Cotton Valley, Mr. Beck died Sunday, March 5 in Shreveport. He was a teacher and coach at Cotton Valley High School.
Mr. Beck graduated from Staunton Military Academy and attend Texas A&M, playing football under Paul “Bear” Bryant. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and played for coach Vince Lombardi from 1959 to 1962. He then played in the Canadian Football League for two years. He attended Southern Arkansas University and obtained a degree in education and taught at Cotton Valley from 1969 until 1995. He received his master’s degree from Mississippi College in 1973. He coached football, girls’ basketball and his favorite, track. He enjoyed being with his family and spending time at the farm.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Roberts Beck of Cotton Valley; son, Donald R. Beck and wife Sheree of Cotton Valley; daughter, Emily Ruth Hendricks and husband Troyce of Minden; brother, James E. Beck of Haughton; and grandchildren, Lance and Sarah Hendricks and Austin and Riley Beck.

Marsha Claire Boyd Salmon
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Funeral services for Mrs. Marsha Claire Boyd Salmon will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Minden with the Rev. Wayne DuBose officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Minden.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, February 21, at Rose-Neath’s Minden chapel.

Mrs. Salmon was born Sept. 13, 1937 in Shreveport to Jimmy and Elsie Boyd. She passed away at her home on Feb. 19, 2008 surrounded by her children.

Mrs. Salmon’s career was that of wife and mother. She was married to Clifton W. Salmon and worked to support her family and to help her husband graduate from Texas A&M in 1959. She moved often to support his career as a salesman. After his death at the age of 33, she moved home to Minden to be near her family and to raise her children. Having quit college to get married, she returned to school at Louisiana Tech University and started her second career as an educator, graduating in November 1973. She always believed that education was the key to success and continued her education, obtaining her master’s degree plus 30-hours. She instilled that belief in her children and they all attained college degrees. She taught many children in Webster Parish throughout her career in the classroom and in the central office.

Mrs. Salmon also had many community interests. She was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Dorcheat Bistineau Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Delta Kappa Gamma.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son-in-law, James R. Holst.

She is survived by her children, Dr. cliff Salmon and wife Martha of Homer, Elizabeth Rogers and husband Joe of Ft. Smith, Ark., Suzanne Holst of Debberly and Laura Tucker and husband John of Minden; brothers John Carroll Boyd and wife Ingrid of Denver, Colo. And David Boyd and daughter Melissa of Deville; sister Kay Smiddy and husband Sam of Gibsland and their son, Steven of Springhill; her grandchildren, Brian and Brandon Salmon, Emily and Katie Rogers, Melissa Herring, Jason Holst and Matthew and Caroline Tucker; two great-grandchildren, Cymairiah and C.J. Holst.

Mrs. Salmon’s life was her family and her work.

Pallbearers will be Butch Williams, Carleton Prothro, Andy Gilbert, Ricky Wright, Steven Smiddy and Dr. David Tyler.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church of Minden.


Barbara Bryan  

Barbara Burns Moore

August 20, 2012 Staff Reports

Funeral services for Barbara Burns Moore will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Leon Boggs. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery Hwy 371 North in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today (Monday, August 20, 2012) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Barbara was born June 17, 1936 in Ringgold and entered into rest August 18, 2012 in Minden.

Her first husband, Billy Louis Burns, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Freddy Moore of Minden; son, John "Jay" Burns and wife, Patricia of Haughton and Kirk Burns and wife, Donna of Claremore, Oklahoma; stepsons, Erik Moore and wife, Stacey of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Roger Moore of Bergen, Norway; stepdaughter, Michelle Engeby of Oslo, Norway; sisters, Lenora Fluhr and husband, Mike of Minden and Sheri D. Botzong of Panama City, Florida; grandchildren, Josh Burns, Sarah Burns, Seth Burns and Morgan Burns; stepgrandchildren, Steffan Moore, Kristian Moore, Mia Engeby and Michael Engeby.

Pallbearers will be Tim Bryan, Dylan Botzong, James Messer, and Brian Zappa, Larry Jernigan and John Parnell.

Submitted by Fred Moore, Class of 1955

God Speed Barbara Bryan Moore, Class of 1955 


Wanda JONES Bryant

Minden Press-Herald, March 23, 1983

Wanda Bryant, 46, of Minden, passed away on March 21 in Minden Medical Center following a long illness.

Graveside services were at the Gardens of Memory at 2 p.m. today, with Rev. T. W. Barnes officiating.

Survivors include her husband Alvin Bryant of Minden, a daughter, Mrs. Edna Beth Scott   of Minden; six sisters, Myrtis Hough of Minden, Mildred Crow of Cotton Valley, Marcille Gobert of Greenwood, Venita Williamson, Billie Avery, and Bonnie Langley, all of Minden; two brothers, Calmon Jones of Magnolia, AR, and Herbert Jones of Bossier City; a granddaughter, several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


 The Class of 1955 is looking for Dennis Campany. Is he still alive? He has not been seen or heard from since 1955.



Dorothy Jean Cooper, Class of 1955 


Born: October 29, 1934

Death: February 3, 2013

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Mrs. Dorothy Jean Cooper Adams

October 29, 1934 - February 3, 2013

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Cooper Adams, age 78, will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Chaplain Jim Gstohl officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, LA.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Adams was born October 29, 1934 in Castor, LA to Homer Elisha and Edna Mae Wood Cooper and passed away February 3, 2013 in Arcadia, LA. She was a resident of Arcadia and a former resident of Minden, LA. Mrs. Adams was a graduate of the Minden High School Class of 1955, a member of the Cotton Valley Assembly of God Church and a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Jobe of Princeton, LA; sons, Douglas “Doug” Adams and wife, Mary of Ruston, LA, Gordon Lamar Adams of Castor, LA; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren; sister, Betty Atwood of Ft. Myers, FL; brother, Terry Allen Cooper of Shreveport, LA and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gus Thomas Adams; one sister; two brothers; grandson, Sgt. Joshua Tomlinson and great grandson, Jonas Tomlinson.

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Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1955

Ronald D. Cox died August 1997. His obituary appeared in the Press-Herald.  He had retired as a construction manager with ARKLA Gas.

Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, August 13, 1997

 Ronald D. "Buddy" Cox

 Services for Ronald D. "Buddy" Cox, 62, of Minden, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997 at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel.  Officiating will be Bro. James Gass, assisted by Bro. John Strom.  Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.  Funeral home visitation is from 11 a.m., Aug. 13, 1997 until service time.

 Mr. Cox, who was born in Minden and a foreman for Arkla Gas Co., died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997 in Shreveport.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Janette B. Cox and a sister, Louise Bilton.

 Survivors include three sons, David L. Cupp and wife Janice of Kemp, Texas, Mark L. Cupp of Fairbanks, Alaska and Timothy B. Cupp and wife Tracie of Minden; two daughters, Barbara J. Woods and husband Jimmy of Minden and Elizabeth C. Miller of Princeton; one sister, Ruth Timmons and husband Merle of Minden; two brothers, James M. Cox and wife Faye of Minden and Billy G. Cox of Houston; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Pallbearers will be the family and honorary pallbearers will be the elders of Gilgal Baptist Church.

 Memorial donations can be made to the Gilgal Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

Class of 1955 - Doris Kendrick Gathright - Minden Press-Herald, Monday, May 25, 1998

A memorial service for Doris Kendrick Gathright, 62, who died Thursday, May 21, 1998, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Minden Church of Christ.

She was the daughter of the late Loy Edward and Martha Christie Kendrick of Homer and Minden.

She is survived by her daughter, Christie Lafitte and husband Gary Lafitte from Shreveport; a son, Bobby Gathright of Hot Springs, Ark; a sister, Loyrece Elmore of Lancaster, S.C.; a brother, Edward "Butch" Kendrick and wife Sharon and children Joel and Jamie of Summerfield; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Ramanda Lee, Kersten Lee and Shannon Gathright of Minden, Danyale Daigle, Ashley Daigle and Justin Dollar of Vidor, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in Mrs. Gathright's name.

She was a resident of Minden when she died.

Mary Laginia Greene born 16 October 1937 died 3 January 1986 died of cancer; buried in Pleasant Valley Methodist Cemetery. She married James R. Akins born 14 December 1932. Before her demise she was employed for Walter O. Bigby, Attorney & State Rep.  She was also survived by three children; Patricia (19) and twins Richard and Nicholas who were (15) in 1985 .

Obituary for Mr. William "Buster" Grigsby

William Austin “Buster” Grigsby of Minden La. Passed into our heavenly Fathers care on the 9th of November, 2013. He was 76 years old. William was born on September 19, 1937 in Minden Louisiana. He was a loving son, brother, cousin and uncle. William is preceded in death by his parents, Wilmard R. Grigsby and Lillian Dickinson Grigsby of Minden. He is survived by his sister Betty Jane Grigsby McNamara and brother in-law Jude R. McNamara of Katy Texas. William is loved by a large, wonderful, extended family, including, cousins, nieces and nephews. Condolences can be received at Boone Funeral Home at 2156 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111.
A graveside service will take place at 10 am, this Saturday, November 16th at the White Hall Cemetery, 1862 Highway 521, Haynesville La, 71038.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1955

H. L. “Judge” Hanson

Funeral services for H. L. “Judge” Hanson will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Everett Geis officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

H. L. was born April 26, 1936 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest February 24, 2016 in Bossier City, Louisiana. He was a retired State Inspector for Louisiana State Highway Department and a mason.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janet Hanson.

He is survived by his daughter Jan Holloway and husband Kevin of Minden, sister Betty Hunter and husband Charles of Sibley, granddaughter Ashley Holloway James and husband Kenneth of Minden and four great-grandchildren.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055
(318) 377-3412 Fax (318) 377-0227

Charles Wayne "Squirrel" Harper, was first married to Sue Smith and to this union was born two sons David and Steve Harper. He had remarried before he died.

 Charles '"Squirrel" Harper is buried in Greenville, S. C.

Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, April 2, 1991

Charles Wayne Harper

Charlie” Wayne Harper, 55, of Greenville, SC, died Saturday, March 30, 1991 at Greenville Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health.

Born in Minden, he was a son of the late Sam Alvin & Ella Sanders Harper.  He was self-employed  and of the Baptist faith.

 Surviving are his wife, Mrs. JoAnn Story Harper; 3 daughters, Mrs. Dawn S. Curran of Clearwater, FL, Mrs. Jymme S. Kennon of Minden, Mrs. Jayme S. Bratcher of Greenville, SC; 2 sons, David W. Harper and Steve H. Harper, both of Minden, 2 sisters, Mrs. Bessie H. Belk of Minden, Mrs. Alva H. Posey of Waskom, TX, 3 brothers, Sam A. Harper & Delbert P. Harper, both of Minden and Billy R. Harper,Greenville, SC; and 10 grandchildren.

 Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 1991, at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

 The family requests memorials be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville County

 Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Shelby Hayes and his father were killed in a boating accident on Jan.31, 1960. They are buried in a Jonesboro-Hodge Cemetery.

The Minden Press - Monday, February 1, 1960

Two Local Men Drown While Fishing Sunday

Funeral services are still incomplete for a Minden man and his son who were drowned Sunday while fishing in a gravel pit near here.

The bodies of Claude C. Hayes, 62, and Shelby Hayes, 24, were found at 8 p.m. by members of the Minden Rescue Squad under the direction of John David, Sr., and T. C. Bloxom, Jr.  The Rescue Squad was called in to search for the missing men after members of the Hayes family became alarmed when the two failed to return from their fishing trip.

The men left home to fish in an abandoned gravel pit behind the Clement-Braswell company garage just off the Sibley Road at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Webster Parish Coroner's office reported that the men had drowned at about 11 a.m. Sunday.  The boat used by the men while fishing, a 12-foot wooden craft, was found floating in the gravel pit by rescuers and the bodies were found a short distance away in 12 feet of water.

Hayes' son had been an invalid for many years and was unable to swim. The elder Hayes was a warehouseman for Clement-Braswell and lived with his wife in a home on the Sibley Road. The rescuers located the boat at 7:10 p.m. yesterday and found the bodies about an hour later.  The bodies of the two men were about six feet apart and some 15 feet from the bank of the gravel pit.  No cause for the accident was found by investigating Sheriff Deputies.

Funeral arrangements were by Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home and burial followed in the Jonesboro Cemetery in Jonesboro, Louisiana.

Patricia "Patsy" Heflin married Earl Eugene "Gene" Hamner and they were residents of Shreveport when she died on December 3, 1997 of breast cancer.  She was the mother of a daughter, Lesa (Alex) Lyons, and two grandsons, Alexander and Nicholas. Before Patsy died she had retired as Broadmoor Branch Manager of American Bank & Trust of Shreveport, Louisiana. Patsy is interred in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery on row 13, section, in the Garden of The Good Shepherd. She has a double marker:  Earl Eugene Hamer born 29 Jun. 1929. Her date of birth was 7 Dec. 1937. She is interred next to her parents; Rufus (Slim) T. Heflin born 25 Oct. 1910 - 25 Oct. 1976. Her mother, Beatrice B. was born 23 Dec. 1914 and died 23 Apr. 1981. Patsy had one sister, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Wright buried on row 14 who died in 2001.


Donald Ray Holcomb - Deepest Sympathy for the Holcomb family ...
and sharing the sorrow of their loss.

Donald Ray Holcomb
Birth:  May 30, 1937
Claiborne Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death:  Nov. 28, 2010
Harris County
Texas, USA

Donald Ray Holcomb, 73, passed away Nov. 28, 2010 at his home in Spring, Texas.

Donald was born in Homer and lived in the Minden/Sibley area during his childhood, graduating from Minden High School in 1955.

Graduating from Louisiana Tech in 1961 as a Petroleum Engineer, Donald worked in the oil industry for several companies and was employed by Sohio Petroleum and British Petroleum for more than 20 years.

In his off time, Donald enjoyed fishing, golfing and being involved with his children's sporting activities.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nellie of Spring, Texas; children, Jim Holcomb and wife, Lor of Lindsay, Oklahoma, Dana Orr and husband, Richard of Spring, Texas and Steve Holcomb and wife, Lisa of Greer, South Carolina; grandchildren, Matt Holcomb, Annie Grigg and husband, Robert, Ashley, Haley and Sammy Holcomb, Nicholas and Danielle Orr; great-grandchild Alaina Grigg; sisters, Betty Giddings and Melba Morgan; brothers, Raymond Holcomb and wife, Becky and Charles Holcomb and wife, Joyce; and mother-in-law, Ethel Volentine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Annie Holcomb; brother Randall Holcomb; sisters Evelyn Hightower and Shirley Kelley; and his father-in-law, J. W. "Tinker" Volentine.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 18, 2010, 10 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church at 11812 Hwy. 80, Minden. Officiating will be Bro. Tom Bragdon.

A special thank you to Silverado Hospice for their care of Donald and kind support of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the following:
Cure PSP (

Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
Or to Antioch Baptist Church, Route 4, Minden, LA 71055.

Published in the MINDEN PRESS-HERALD on Wednesday, 15 December 2010

God Speed our dear friend and 1955 classmate!

Submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd, Class of 1957

Full Name: Robert Hudson
Address: Bethany, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 10/19/1937
Died: 06/22/2012
Visitation: 06/24/2012
Service: 06/24/2012

BETHANY, LA- Memorial service for Robert Hudson, 74, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Rose-Neath Southside Chapel.Officiating will be Rev. David Urban.Visitation will be Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Robert Hudson was born on October 19, 1937 in Nanafalia, AL to John and Levern Hudson. Mr. Hudson died June 22, 2012 in Bossier City, LA following a brief illness. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Panola, TX. He was past president of the West Shreveport Rotary Club as well as a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Hudson had football scholarships to Tulane University and LA Tech University. He graduated from LA Tech University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees. He also played professionally for the Detroit Lions. He was a head football coach at Bolton, Homer, Jennings, North Caddo, and Jonesboro-Hodge High Schools. He also served as principal at Jonesboro-Hodge and Huntington High School in Shreveport. Mr. Hudson retired from the Caddo Parish School System as Attendance Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Shoultz; and son, Robert W. Hudson, II (Rusty). He is survived by his wife, Sylvia R. Hudson; sons, Ralph Hudson, Randall Hudson, Cliff Hudson, Gregg Hudson and wife, Angie; daughter, Rhonda H. Crow and husband, Kelly; brother, Johnny Hudson and wife, Janis; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and mother-in-law, Jean Rockhold.

In lieu of flowers Mr. Hudson’s family suggests memorials be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 274, Panola, TX 75685.

Rose-Neath Funeral HomeSouthside Chapel(318) 687-1256Fax (318) 687-8343


Betty Jean Palmer

Funeral services for Betty Jean Palmer will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Springhill, Louisiana with Rev. Walter Holmes officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden, Louisiana under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, August 26, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Betty was born September 14, 1934 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest August 22, 2016 in Taylor, Arkansas. Betty was an active member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church, the YES club, and an avid LSU Tiger and Dallas Cowboys fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil W. Palmer and sister Dorothy Jones Ayers.
She is survived by her daughter Vickie McDonald and husband Gary of Norphlet, Arkansas, sons Thomas Palmer of Springhill, David Palmer and wife Lea Ann of Rodessa, John Palmer and wife Melissa of Magnolia, Arkansas, Cecil Neal Palmer and wife Shelly of Lake Charles, sister Linda Gail Sample and husband Wayne of Trinity, Texas, long- time friend Jean Griffin of Springhill, twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Joseph McDonald, William Brodie Palmer, Tom Brady, Danny Mayfield, Richard Hughes, and Billy Conerly.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055
(318) 377-3412

\Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

Betty Jean was a member of the class of 1955 her freshman and soph. year. She dropped out of school after she married.

Becky Lou Jones was born in 1937 and died Oct. 21, 1985 of cancer. She is buried in the Minden City Cemetery. She had been working for Corning Glass Works in New York before her death. Becky never married.

Class of 1955

Minden Press-Herald,  Tuesday, October 22, 1985

Becky Lou Jones of Minden passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday, October 21 at her residence following a lengthy illness.  She was 48.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 in the Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Minden Chapel with Rev. Bob Burgess officiating.  Interment will follow in the Minden Cemetery

Miss Jones was a native of Minden and had been a resident of Corning, New York for the past 14 years.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Minden and was a 1955 graduate of Minden High School.  She received a BA degree in home economics from Louisiana Tech University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester, New York.

She was the past president of South Texas Home Economists in Business and a member of the American Home Economists Association.  Miss Jones was listed in Who's Who among American Women in 1981 and 1982 and was a member of the Research and Development Engineering, Production and Marketing team for Corning Glassworks of New York.

At the time of her death she was employed as marketing manager of the Technical Products for Corning Glassworks of New York.

She has served as western regional sales manager of consumer productions, San Francisco and advertising manager optical division of Atlanta, Dallas and New York City.

Survivors include her parents, Mr. & Mrs. James L. "Casey" Jones of Minden; two sisters, Margaret Luck of Minden and Sally Hunter of Shreveport; one half-sister, Ada Mae DeLoach of Baton Rouge; five nephews, Kevin Luck of Minden, Scott and Jason Samuel of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Gordie Jay and James Henry DeLoach of Baton Rouge.

Active pallbearers will be Jay DeLoach, James Henry DeLoach, Jess Searles, Tom Searles, Pat Watson, Gary Wydman and John Searles. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack D. Voorhies, Jerry Voorhies, Ed Brown, Carroll Gay Hardy, Neil Jones, Al Jones and Rob Martin.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, the First United Methodist Church or the McDade House of Shreveport.

ALMA RAY LANGLEY (USAF Retired) Posted in the Shreveport Times Aug. 17, 2003 BOSSIER CITY, LA -

Memorial service for Al (Ray) Langley, 66 will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2003 at the Hill Crest Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2003 at the Hill Crest Funeral Home. Mr. Langley entered into rest Friday, August 15, 2003 in Shreveport, La. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Vietnam and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for distinguished service. He was preceded in death by Catherine, his loving wife of forty-five years; his parents, and one brother.

Survivors include his son, Robert R. Langley and wife Pam, of Houston, TX; daughters, Cathy Langley of Little Rock, AR; Bridget Davis and husband John of Shreveport, LA; brothers, Tommy Langley and wife Bonnie, Bill Langley, and Walter Langley, all of Minden, LA; also Robert Langley and wife, Charlotte of Williamsburg, GA; David Langley and wife Faye of Houston, TX; Joe Langley and wife, Alvern of Conway, AR; grandchildren, Eryn and Trey Rasch of Houston, TX; and John Michael and Patrick Davis of Shreveport, LA; brother-in-law, Robert Hughes and wife, Jackie of Bradford, England; sister-in-law, May Hughes of Corby, England; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Hill Crest Funeral Home. 949-9145  (In the 1995 reunion booklet Alma Ray was working at Barksdale as a weather forecaster. He wrote that he could not find a bumper sticker big enough to tell how he felt about his grandson who would be one year old in October.)

Charles Lewis became a doctor; married Ellen Baskerville and is buried in the Gardens of Memory on the Lewisville Road in Minden, row 4, section 2, Garden of the Good Shepherd. His marker reads: Charles G. Lewis, M.D. (20 Oct. 1937 - 10 Mar. 1976) FCAP There is a double marker for his parents nearby. Gilton H. Lewis  (9 May 1915 - 23 Dec. 1977) Loretta A. Lewis (28 Jun. 1920 - 26 Feb. 2001)

Minden Press-Herald, Friday, March 12, 1976 - Dr. Lewis Rites Set  

Dr. Charles Lewis, 38, died Wednesday.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Rose-Neath Funeral Home with the Rev. Wade East and Dr. Ronald Prince officiating.  Burial will be in Gardens of Memory.

 Survivors include his widow (Ellen Baskerville Lewis); parents, Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Lewis of Minden and two sisters, Mrs. Betty Sue Culber of Monroe and Mrs. Linda Ann Ray of Minden.

 Dr. Lewis was practicing in the Pathologist Medical Center in Denton, Texas, and was a member of the Texas Medical Society and the College of American Pathologists.


Jimmie Elmer Marcus

Minden, LA The Lord called another angel home May 30, 2013. Jimmie Elmer Marcus passed away peacefully at home.

Jimmie was born in Jamestown, LA January 19, 1937. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline Marcus, Elmer Marcus, and son Dwayne Marcus. He was a mason.

Jimmie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Madeline Marcus, daughter Diane Strother, stepsons Larry Isenhour and wife Debbie, David Isenhour, and Mark Isenhour, grandchildren Kurt Strother, Kara Strother, stepgrandchildren Shaun Gredier, Lee Ann Roland, Kimberly Isenhour, Chuck Isenhour, Cody Isenhour and one step great-grandchild Mack Allen Sheets.

Graveside services will be held Monday, June 3, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Providence Cemetery in Ringgold under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden

The family would like to thank Dr. Dhawan and his staff for their services and loving care they showed him. Also Gamble Hospice for the love and support during his last days and hours.

God Speed Jimmie Marcus

Robert Oliver Martin
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Graveside service for Robert Oliver (Rob) Martin, Jr. will be held Wednesday Aug. 18, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Linda Shepherd. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today, Tuesday Aug. 17, 2010 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Robert was born May 26, 1937 in Minden and entered into rest Aug. 14, 2010 in Seabrook, Texas. Rob was a graduate of Minden High School and Louisiana Tech University. He retired with 30 years of service as portfolio manager of IBM Retirement Fund.

His father and mother, R.O. and Maxine Martin, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Lee Mims Martin; son, Robert Oliver Martin III; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Martin; granddaughter, Chloe Lynn Martin; grandson, Cameron Oliver Martin; and sister, Janet Martin Hamm.

Memorial contributions may be made to charity of one’s choice.

Linda Lee Mims Martin

Written by Press-Herald Staff   

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Graveside services for Linda Lee Martin, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at Gardens of Memory in Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Linda Shepherd. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today, Jan. 25, 2011 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Mrs. Martin was born Oct. 8, 1937 in Minden and entered into rest Jan. 23, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

Her husband, Robert O. Martin, Jr., preceded her in death.              

Linda Lee is survived by her son, Robert O. Martin, III and wife, Kimberly of League City, Texas and two grandchildren, Chloe Lynn Martin and Cameron Oliver Martin.


Rob Martin

Many here know of the recent passing of my parents, Robert O. Martin and Linda Lee Mims Martin.  My family and I wish to express our sincere appreciation for the prayers and condolences of all those who've been so close to my parents for so many years.  For as long as I can remember, they spoke of you throughout countless stories of their childhood together in Minden, and I've always admired the friendships you've shared with them.

The high standards and values my parents instilled in me come largely through several family generations who considered Minden to be home.  Mims, Garland, Lowe, Sexton, Martin, Owen…these are just a few of the names with which I'm proud to be associated.  I also believe these values were derived in no small part from the many experiences my parents shared with each of you.  I'm very grateful for this Minden heritage.

The kind and comforting words, expressed by many of you over the past six months, warm my heart and reinforce the admiration I'll always have for my mother and father.  They were remarkable people and incredibly devoted parents.  I've been coming to Minden all my life, and it's a very special place for me.  It's the community where my parents were raised, and it contributed significantly to the strong character each of them possessed.  You all will remain very dear to me through the longstanding relationships you shared with them, and we sincerely thank you for your support.

Robert O. Martin III and Family



Ronald Miller - He died before the 1995 class reunion.  At one time he was employed for the Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, California. He died after a brief  illness on the 12th day of September, 1985 in Dallas, Texas of pneumonia.


BORN:  AUG.  02, 1937      DIED:   SEPT. 12, 1985      


  Submitted by: Robert Miller, Class of 1955

Joseph D. Murphy died Sept.22, 2000 with cancer. He was married to Linda Barber and was the father of three sons: Stephen David Murphy, MIchael Joseph Murphy and John Thomas Murphy. He worked for the La. Dept. of Hwy. Eng. Spec. in 1985. Joe was a member and past master of the Minden Masonic Lodge No. 51 F&M. He told us his son Steven was a confirmed bachelor. His son Michael was married and was a veteran of Desert storm and a 2nd. Lt. in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. His youngest son, John was living in Dallas, Texas and working as a custom engineer for Hewlett Packard Computers. All three boys graduated from Minden High School. He did not have grandchildren in 1995.

 Meredith and Mrs. Foret from the GrigMeredith Nicholson died in a car wreck while he was attending Louisiana Tech.

Meredith played back on the championship Crimson Tide football team.

Betty Lou Norwood Nation 1937-2002

Betty Lou Norwood - 1954

Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Lou Norwood Nation, 65, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Don McCormick officiating and the Rev. Micah Carter assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 24, at the funeral home. Mrs. Nation, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, in Minden. She was employed with Peoples Bank for 33 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and O'Neal Norwood. She is survived by her special friend, Donald Nation of Minden; sons, Britt Nation and wife Diane of Sibley, Todd Nation of Minden; daughter, Lisa McMichael and husband Randy of Minden; grandchildren, Brandi, Taryn, Ashley, Allen Todd, Kris, Ashlea and Jasper; great-grandchild, McKenzie Lou, named after Betty Lou; brothers, Jerry Norwood of Minden and Billy Norwood of Minden; special niece, Misty Wise and special friend Rose Merry Wachsmann; and a host of other nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Tommy Beck, Allen Todd Nation, Danny Nation, Kris Mercer, Jasper Williams and Mark Wise. Her death may have been caused by heart trouble. She is interred in the Garden of the Good Shepherd, Section 4, , Row 4, next to her parents who have a double marker which Reads:                                                                                                                                                                                   Allen Norwood (1912-1984)  Oneal Norwood (1915-1991)                                                                                                                                                                                            Betty Lou Nation 8 Jul. 1937 - 22 Sep 2002    "I thank my God upon every remember of you". Phil. 1:3.


Wiley L Osborne: Claremont, California

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Date of Birth May 06, 1936
Date of Death January 16, 2004

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WILEY L OSBORNE - BORN 06 May 1936 - DIED 16 Jan 2004 (V) 91711 (Claremont, Los AngelesCounty, CA) (none specified) 435-46-2938 Louisiana

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966

Wiley Osborne (6 May 1936 – 6 Jan 2004) died of cancer in Ontario, California and is buried there. Pre-deceased by his parents Emmett & Nell Osborne.

Survivors: Wife, Betty; daughters, Debbie of Ontario, CA and Cindy of Austin, TX.; son, Wiley, Jr. of Houston, TX.; sister, Irma Osborne Culverhouse of Minden and brother, Vernon Osborne of Homer, LA.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Raymond Peevy

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Raymond Peevy


Minden, Louisiana (LA)










Garden of Memory

Funeral services for Raymond Peevy will be held Saturday August 28, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Don McCormick assisted by Rev. Jim Crain. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Friday August 27, 2010 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Raymond was born November 10, 1936 in Minden and entered into rest August 26, 2010 in Bossier City. He was retired owner of Caney Lake Country Store, self-employed carpenter and member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Patricia House Peevy of Minden, sons Stephen Allen Weemes and wife Cindy of Sarepta, Michael Aaron Weemes and wife Sharon of Minden, Larry Thomas Weemes and wife Patricia of Mooringsport, daughters Teresa Karol Pruitt and husband Carl of Minden, Theressa Kaye Turner and husband Ken of Minden, nine grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be L. C. Peevy, Mark Cowen, Billy Hall, James Kelly, and Brad McEachern.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street

Minden, Louisiana 71055

(318) 377-3412 Fax (318) 377-0227

Doyle Rhame born 28 February 1935 died 18 January 1991, PFC US Marine CORPS KOREA; Married Carmen Green born 30 March, 1936, her marker reads Beloved wife & Mother. Interment is in the Gardens of Memory, row 3, section 1, Garden of Prayer.

Minden Press-Herald, Sunday, January 20, 1991

Doyle R. Rhame

Funeral services for Doyle R. “Spud” Rhame of Minden will be conducted today (Sunday, January 20)at 2 p.m. at the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel with Rev.  P. S. Hightower officiating.  Interment will follow in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

 Mr. Rhame passed away Friday, January 18 at his residence following a sudden illness.  He was 55.Mr. Rhame was born in Center, TX, was a resident of Minden most of his life.  Hewas employed with Arkla Gas where he was a Service Technician and a Veteran.

 Survivors include his wife, Carmen Rhame, Minden; mother, Edna Rhame, Shreveport two sons, Greg Rhame, Minden, Rusty and wife, Shirley Rhame, Shreveport; three sisters, Billie Ruth Lang, Brownsville, TX; Catherine Campbell, Kirbyville, TX; and LaNell Adams, Orange, TX; one brother, Sydney Rhame, Jr., Oklahoma City, OK; three grandchildren, several adopted grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Shreveport Times, July 25, 2004

Charles A. Roberts (T-Sgt USAF Retired)  Bossier City, La. 

Funeral services for Charles A. Roberts, 69, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2004, at the Hill Crest Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Randy Harper, pastor of

Bellaire Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park, with full military honors.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday,

July 25, 2004, at the Hill Crest Funeral Home.

Clifton W Salmon Oct. 9,1937 - 5 Feb. 1971 Buried in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, LA. He was survived by his wife Marsha Boyd Salmon,  children;  Cliff, Suzanne, Beth and Laura Salmon. He is interred on Row 7, Section 1 in the Garden of Fountain of Youth.

Minden Press-Herald, Monday, February 8, 1971  

Clifton Salmon Services Set

Clifton W. Salmon, age 33, died in Downers Grove, Illinois after a long illness.

Mr. Salmon was a native of Webster Parish, but had lived in Illinois for the past several years.  He was a salesman for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., and was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Ronald Prince officiating.  Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow; one son, Clifton W. Salmon, Jr.; three daughters, Elizabeth, Suzanne and Laura Salmon, all of Downers Grove; a sister, Mrs. W. E. Brockitnon of Charleston, South Carolina

Bonnie Sanders

1955 - BONNIE SANDERS Haynesville, LA - Graveside service for Mrs. Bonnie Sanders Vines, age 78, will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, March 10, 2014, at the New Ramah Cemetery, Haynesville, LA, with Bonnie's cousin, Rusty Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Haynesville.

Mrs. Vines, a native and lifelong resident of Haynesville, was born on January 22, 1936 to Durell and Helen Gilbert Sanders and passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Homer, LA.She was always a happy outgoing person and very well liked. She loved to visit, play bingo and participate in all other activities at the nursing home.

She is survived by three aunts, Louise Sanders Branton of Haynesville, Nell Gilbet Harlan of Haughton, LA, and Ysleta Gilbert Kranz of San Diego, CA; cousins, Vettye Garrett and Vickye Brodnax both of Monroe, LA, and Valerye Sincox of The Woodlands, TX; and numerous other cousins and family. 

Mrs. Vines was preceded in death by parents, and husbands, Jack Horton and Leonard Vines. 

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Submitted by Theresa Bunner, Class of 1946


June 30, 1937 - March 2, 2016

Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Sandra Pullig Smith, 78, of Monroe, LA will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 5, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Monroe, LA with Rev. Lynn Malone and Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Monroe, LA.

Mrs. Smith passed peacefully from this earth on March 2, 2016 at St. Francis Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1937 in Shreveport, LA to Robert and Hazel Pullig. Raised in Minden, LA, she later graduated from Louisiana Tech University, where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. She married husband Gary (Bud) in 1959, and they located to Monroe in 1967 to raise their family. What a wonderful decision that would come to be!

She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Monroe, LA, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Circle and she and her husband Gary were longtime members of the Aldersgate Sunday School Class. In her younger years she very much enjoyed the Country Estates Garden Club, Beta Sigma Phi, and the Monroe Jaycee Jaynes. Also on her favorite to-do list were attending every event that her very active children were involved in, and shopping with her best friend Connie. She remained very active in her beloved PEO Chapter V, Bridge Club, and Luncheon Club, rarely missing an event and pitching in wherever she could. Even as life had dealt her a couple of health setbacks, Sandra was always willing to help others in any way possible.

She is survived by the love of her life and husband of 56 years, Mr. Gary A. (Bud) Smith; her pride and joy, 3 adoring children, as a better mother there never was; daughter, Stephanie Rivers and husband, Jay; sons, Lee Gordon Smith and wife, Catey and Stuart Hughes Smith and wife, Lori; 6 grandchildren, Kalee C. Smith, Connor W. Smith, Trevor L. Smith, Taylor A. Smith, Shelby L. Shelton, and Trenton L. Smith; 7 great grandchildren, Ryland Smith, Ella Grace Smith, Jordyn Smith, Jadyn Smith, Hayden Shelton, Piper Shelton and Norah Shelton; and numerous other loving family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Trevor Smith, Taylor Smith, Trenton Smith, Connor Smith, Joshua Shelton, and Richard Pullig.

Visitation will be Saturday from Noon until service time of 2:00 at the First United Methodist Church in Monroe, LA.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Monroe, LA.

Mulhearn Funeral Home
Sterlington Road
Monroe, LA

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Kitty Sue Milner Strong
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Proverbs 12:4:

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:”

Kitty Sue Milner Strong departed this earthly life to go home to dwell with her Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on Oct. 9, 2010.

On that day the pearly gates were opened wide and Jesus held out His arms to welcome home His precious child who had loved Him so much throughout her life. Hearts were filled with joy for her family and loved ones who had gone before her were walking on streets of gold to greet her and the Heavenly Choir was singing and rejoicing to have her home at last.

She was born Dec. 10, 1936 to her birth parents, Wallace Franklin Milner and Emma Lee Nicholson Milner, in Minden.

She leaves to cherish precious memories her beloved and devoted husband of 56 years, Robert Eugene Strong. They had a happy and beautiful marriage. Kitty Sue and Rob were truly soulmates.

Rob was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base and Kitty Sue was working as a telephone operator in Shreveport when they met. It was love at first sight.

They had two sons, Robby Keith and David Eugene. They adored them and were always so proud of them.
Rob was transferred to Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico, and he retired after 20 years of service in the Air Force. Then, both Rob and Kitty Sue were in the Civil Service at Cannon AFB. They were transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.

Kitty Sue retired after 20 years in the Civil Service, and Rob retired after 22 years in the Civil Service. Rob is still working at Wright-Patterson AFB as a contractor.

They bought a home in the beautiful little town of Bellbrook, Ohio. For her resting place, her wish was to come back to Minden where she was born and raised and had such a happy childhood. She loved the South.

Kitty Sue joined First Baptist Church in Minden at a young age and was a faithful and dedicated member and never tired of talking about her wonderful and happy memories of the activities she was involved in.

She lived such a full and rewarding life. She loved the Lord with all of her heart, mind and soul. She was anxious to share the Gospel with all. She was a happy Christian, and one of the most giving, unselfish persons who helped and cared for anyone who was in need. She had a heart of gold.

She graduated from Minden High School in 1955 with honors. She was very active in many activities in school and excelled in everything she did.

She kept up with her classmates and friends through “Minden Memories” on the Internet. She and her special friend, Sherry, loved being involved in this project and spent many enjoyable hours with special memories of school.

She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they loved and adored her. They may have been separated by miles but talked daily to one another. They were very close.

Sue had many interests and pursued all of them with a passion. She loved antiquing, cooking, landscaping their beautiful yard and decorating their lovely home. She and Rob had booths in antique malls and enjoyed working together.

Kitty Sue and Robb loved their little dogs – all Chihuahuas –  Booger I, Booger II and Izzie, who passed away a few weeks before Sue. They grieved and missed them so much. They were their babies.

Rob said Kitty Sue was a perfect military wife and supported him in everything he did. And he did the same for her.
Their son, Robby and wife, Sandy, live in Sacramento, California. They have three children. Chris and wife, Marisol live in Sacramento, Stephanie and Michelle live in San Antonio, Texas.

Their son, David and wife, Wathen live in Dallas, Texas and have two sons. Brandon lives in Dallas and Cheston lives in Bozeman, Montana.

They have three great-granddaughters – Cadence, Tracey Rae and Jada.

Kitty Sue has four sisters – Sarah Leftwich in Murray, Nebraska, Marlin Merritt, Madaline Coker and Carolyn Davis, all of Minden.

She has an aunt and uncle living in Minden – Artemis Busby and James Calhoun – and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, William Hortman Milner and Gladys Estelle Calhoun Milner; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hank and Dorothy Strong of Rapid City, South Dakota; and brother-in-law, Richard from California.

Rob has a brother, Gay and wife, Judy who live in Rapid City.

Funeral services will be held at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at Rose-Neath.

Burial services will be at Gardens of Memory. Officiating will be Bro. David Merritt, assisted by family members.
Serving as pallbearers are Cliff Coker, Gregory Scott Coker, Joseph Coker, Gerrit Davis, Luke Miller and Scott Peaker.

Proverbs 31:10:

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:28:

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”


Clifford Taylor died July 1968 in a motorcycle accident. He was survived by his wife, Margie Kirkley Taylor, a son Stuart Taylor and a daughter, Sheryl Taylor. He had three brothers, Leroy Taylor, Cleve Taylor and Raymond Taylor. He is interred in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery on Row 6, Section 2 of the Lord's supper.

Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, July 18, 1968 - Local Man Is Injured Seriously  

C. L. "Spot" Taylor, Minden, was seriously injured yesterday about 6 p.m. when the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with another vehicle.  The accident happened on the Sibley Road just north of the Interstate 20 turnoff. According to the report made by State Police Troop G officer Billy J. Wiggins, a car driven by Hosie J. Robinson pulled out in front of the motorcycle.  When the two vehicles collided, Taylor was thrown over the hood of the car to the roadway.

Taylor received emergency treatment at the Minden Sanitarium and was then taken to Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport.  According to a member of the man's family, last night he underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.  Hospital authorities list his condition as critical.

Taylor is employed as driver of a bread truck in Minden.  He graduated from Minden High School in 1955.  

 Minden Press-Herald, Monday, July 29, 1968 - Rites For C. L. Taylor Held Today  

Funeral services for Clifford Leon (Spot) Taylor, 31, who died Friday morning in Schumpert Sanitarium from injuries sustained 10 days earlier in an automobile-motorcycle accident in Minden, will be at 2 p.m. today in the Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home Chapel.

Officiating will be the Rev. R. E. Chapman and the Rev. W. O. Lynch.  Interment will be in the Gardens of Memory. Mr. Taylor, a route salesman for Sunbeam Bakeries, was a native of Doyline, a graduate of Minden High School and a Navy veteran.  He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Margie K. Taylor; one son, Stewart Taylor; one daughter, Sheryl Taylor and his parents, Mr. & Mrs. O. L. Taylor, all of Minden.  Also, three brothers, Leroy Taylor of Eunice, Cleve Taylor of Boston, Mass. and Raymond Taylor of Minden; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Taylor of Minden and a number of aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers are to be Jeff Spillers, Bob Igo, Charles Roberts, Joe Guthrie, James Whitlock, Ed Kennedy, Elbert Spillers and Byron Gilbert.


 Ralph Thomas was living in Bossier City in 1985. His wife may have been named Anita and they might have had one child. He attended the lost in the fifties reunion in 1990.



 BORN: NOV. 22 1936

 DIED:  MAR. 23, 2006

 BURIAL: Mimosa-Pines Cemetery


 Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana USA

 Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

James David  "Pete" Volentine

Minden Press-Herald, Friday, June 7, 1985

Pete Volentine

 J. B. “Pete” Volentine died Wednesday, June 5, 1985 at the VA Hospital in Shreveport after a brief illness.  He was 47. 

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 8, 1985 at 2 p.m. in the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel with Rev. Malcolm Self, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ringgold officiating, assisted by Rev. Tommy Freeman.  Burial will be in the Liberty Hill Cemetery near Bienville.

A native of Bienville, Mr. Volentine had lived in Minden for 33 years.  He was owner-operator of Volentine’s Produce Stand.  He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church, the Masons, and was a veteran.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. J. W. Volentine, Minden; 2 sisters, Mrs. Nellie Holcomb, Houston and Mrs. Helen Smith, Monterey; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Volentine, Alton Volentine, John Wes Wise, Paul Aldy, Don Kingaly and Carroll Keathley.

Pete departed this life on the 5th day of June, 1985. He attended Louisiana Tech and served in the Marine Core. His death was related to kidney problems.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Underwood, Cecelia  md. Derwood Tripp, 66, of Springhill died May 7; graveside services at 2 p.m. Saturday in Springhill Cemetery; arrangements by Bailey Mortuary Inc., Springhill. (She was the daughter of Mrs. L. C. Starr of Minden, brother: Terrell Underwood, and sister Barbara Smith. According to the Shreveport Times she was buried on July 23, 2004. Cecelia was born May 7, 2004.

William P. Watson had COPD . He died of cancer.
Funeral services for Mr. William Patterson Watson, 66, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 3, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor and the Rev. William Peeples officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Mr. Watson, a native of Haynesville and a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, in Shreveport. He was an amateur radio operator since the age of 13. He served in the Air Force and worked for RCA in the NASA Space Program during the Gemini Program in NASA Bahamas. He also worked in satellite tracking for RCA in Fairbanks, Alaska, and owned and operated W5UNY Co., 2-Way Radio Communications in Minden. He also served aboard ships in the Merchant Marines until 1996, when he took a medical retirement. He was also a member of QCWA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy A. and Clovice Fomby Watson; and aunt, Rozelle Fomby.
He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Virginia C. Watson; son, John Bates and wife Michelle; grandchildren, Joshua and Brandon Bates; cousins, Jan Modisett and husband Drayton of Shongaloo, and Carol Ann Kemp of Irving, Texas; and special friends Randy Taylor and wife Judy of Shreveport.
Pallbearers will be Randy Taylor, Ed Brown, Jim McDaniel, Dusty Collins, Thomas Baldwin and Charlie Hennigan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice or First United Methodist Church in Minden.
He is interred in the Garden of Memories near his parents in section 1, Garden of the Good Shepherd, row 6.

Ann Welch - She died of cancer.

James W. White Jr. born 24 July 1937 died 02 March 1992 - Heart
His tomb reads (Col US Army Vietnam Chaplain) Minden City Cemetery in Minden, La. He was married to Sue Grower and was the father of a daughter, Suzanne, and one son, James Walter White III. In 1995 he was a resident of Fort McPherson, Georgia.

Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, March 5, 1992  

James Walter White, Jr.  

Funeral services for Retired Chaplain Colonel James Walter White, Jr. of Minden were held today (Thursday, March 4, 1992) at 11 a.m. at the Minden Presbyterian Church with Rev. Floyd R. Whaley, assisted by Chaplain Col. Henry L. Hunt and Rev. Joe T. Sheeler, officiating.  Interment followed in the Minden Cemetery under the direction of the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel. Mr. White passed away Monday, March 2 at his residence following a sudden illness.  He was 54.

Mr. White was a former resident of Leesville, La. and had lived in Minden for the past three years.  He was a Retired Chaplain after 23 years in the United States Army.

During those years of service, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and served in Vietnam.  He also served in the 1st Armored Division as Assistant Division Chaplain, Division Chaplain for the 5th Infantry Division at Ft. Polk, La., past Chaplain at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, Calif., and retired as Installation Staff Chaplain at Ft. Polk, La. in May of 1989

His decorations included Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2nd oak leaf cluster), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1st oak leaf cluster), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.  Chaplain White completed the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, Airborne Training School, Chaplain Advanced Course, and Command General Staff College.

Chaplain White was a member of the Minden Presbyterian Church and of the Presbyterian of the Pines.

Survivors include a lifelong friend, Sue G. White, Many, La., one son, James Walter White, III, Navarre, Fla., one daughter, Suzanne White, Minden; parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Walter White, Sr.

Pallbearers will be the military.  Honorary pallbearers will include The Session of the Minden Presbyterian Church, Dr. Ed Brown, Dan P. Logan, Jr., Rogers Reeves, Col., Dan Prather, August Hocevar, Billy Kalpakis.

Charles Whitfield born (1936 died ????) - I was told Charles died of heart trouble. His Mother, born E. Mildred Moore was born in August 1903 and had just celebrated her 100th. birthday. It was recently reported to the newspaper that she had outlived two of her three children. The youngest son, Tim, is still living. Charles was also the son of Charles Louis Whitfield born 24 August 1902 died 6 Jan. 1973. His monument reads: Louisiana Lieutenant - US Navy WWII, Separate Military Marker.  Carol Whitfield is also buried in Section 4, Section 2 Garden of Faith in the cemetery.  (1936-1986). She had cancer when she died.  Her marker reads "Our Beloved Mother." She had first married Darrell Kirkland and was the mother of Linda Carol Kirkland born 18 Oct. 1855 and died 29 Nov. 1999.  Also interred in the family plot is Edgar C. Moore (10 Jul. 1900-10 Dec. 1966) Charles is buried with his widow's family in the Turner plot at Sibley, Louisiana.

Mary Winford  born 3/3/1937 died 07/12/1985 of Legionnaires Disease. She was the wife of Herbert C. Meeker and the Mother of David and Amy. In 1985 they were residents of Irving, Texas. Mary was the daughter of Mrs. Portia Winford and two brothers, George Winford and Jim Winford of Minden, Louisiana.
Mary is buried in Row 8 in The Garden of the Fountain of Youth. Her Dad and her brother, James, are buried nearby. At the time of her death she was a resident of Irving, Texas.

W. C. Zappa - died of cancer and was interred in the Garden of Memory in Minden. His tomb reads:
William C. Zappa, Jr.
04/29/1937 - 12/18/1988
SGT. U S Marine Corps Korea  He is buried near his parents.
W.C. Zappa (1909-1997)  and Marcel E. Zappa (1916-1996)

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Pat Watson, Billy Hathorn and Doyle Walker 


From left to right beginning with row 1:
Billy Don Adams, Clark Jean Anderson, Ronald Cox Doris La Faye Kendrick
Row 2: Mary Lagenia Greene, Charles Wayne Harper, Patricia Gail Heflin, Shelby Hayes
Row 3.Becky Lou Jones, Charles Lewis, Ronald Marvin Miller, Joseph Murphy
Row 4. Betty Lou Norwood, Meredith Nicholson, Clifton Salmon, Clifford Taylor
Row 5. Ralph Thomas, Pete Volentine, Mary Winford, James Walter White, Jr.
The side pictures are in memory of Mary Ellen Bailey. Ann Welch, Doyle Rhame, Charles Whitfield and W.C. Zappa

 Pat Watson, Clifford Taylor, Charles Harper, Mary Leginia Green, and Kenneth Beck

William Pat Watson, Melvin Taylor (see Veterans for more information), Wiley Osborn and Wanda Jones Smith, wife of Alvin Smith

If anyone would like to create a better memorial of the class of 1955 and scan it to me it would be welcomed and appreciated. As you can see , I am not a graphic artist or computer literate.

You may scan to MindenMemories@AOL.Com or mail to Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh
at 4507 Verone St., Bellaire, TX77401. Your original will be returned to you.

                                                      IN MEMORY OF RALPH THOMAS

Roy Connell, Ralph Thomas, Neal Baker, and Joe Vance at the Lost in the 50s Reunion

June, 1990


This picture was taken at the very first Memories of Minden get together at the home of Peggy and Thomas Baldwin not long after we published our book,  "Memories of Minden" on August 28, 1996. The party was held in 1997.

Was it 1997?

6 years later
This picture was taken in June 2003 at the last Minden Friends party in Minden, Louisiana.

at 4507 Verone St., Bellaire, TX77401. Your original will be returned to you.

                                                      IN MEMORY OF RALPH THOMAS

Roy Connell, Ralph Thomas, Neal Baker, and Joe Vance at the Lost in the 50s Reunion

June, 1990


This picture was taken at the very first Memories of Minden get together at the home of Peggy and Thomas Baldwin not long after we published our book,  "Memories of Minden" on August 28, 1996. The party was held in 1997.

Was it 1997?

6 years later
This picture was taken in June 2003 at the last Minden Friends party in Minden, Louisiana.



William Emmett Ward (1937 - 2011)

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William Emmett Ward

Shreveport, LA-Services celebrating the life of William Emmett Ward, 74, of Shreveport, LA will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in the chapel of Centuries Memorial Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Tom Howe of Christ United Methodist Church in Shreveport. Interment will follow in Centuries Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home.

William was born on August 2, 1937 in Minden, LA to Don and Edna Wallace Ward and passed away on December 18, 2011 at the Grace Home. Mr. Ward was a retired school teacher and was employed by the Caddo Parish School Board. He touched many lives in his career as a teacher and then discovered the joy of volunteering. One of his proudest achievements was receiving the President's Award pin for 4000+ volunteer hours. Over the past years he had enjoyed square dancing, ushering for various events and volunteering at the Interfaith Pharmacy. Mr. Ward had been a member of several different organizations including: RSVP, Southern Swingers Square Dance Club, Southern Hills Lion's Club and the Men's Prayer Breakfast Club.

William was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Laura Elizabeth.

Mr. Ward is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Byrd Ward; sons, Bill of Shreveport and John and wife Courtney of Brandon, MS; grandchildren, Mark and Alleigh of Brandon, MS; brothers, Don and wife Cindy of Hendersonville, NC and Lewis of Boulder, CO.

Honoring Mr. Ward as pallbearers will be: Ric Clarke, Freddie Foster, Bill Holm, Preston Morton, John Marrs and Phil Reiland. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Men's Prayer Breakfast Club.

You may offer condolences and sign the on-line guest book visiting www.centuries





Robert F. Williams

Born March 29, 1927 Linden, Texas died April 2, 2012


Robert F. Williams husband, father and "Papa" passed away on April 2, 2012. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 51 years, his children: Kimberly Williams and Denise Grace her husband Ken, his grandchildren Elizabeth and Matthew Grace. Robert served 22 years in the US Army as a pilot. He served two tours in Vietnam as Huey pilot and OV-1 Mohawk pilot. He earned the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam. He was a great storyteller. His favorite pastimes were bowling and going to watch car races. He will be dearly missed. Visitation is April 6, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and the funeral will be held Monday, April 9, at Advantage Chapel of Memories at 10:00 a.m. Officiated by Pastor Jim Deitrick. Interment Evergreen Cemetery in

Colorado Springs, Colorado. Reception Following Servicee

at Advantage.
Pallbearers: Richard Watts, Oscar Gilmore, Mark Gray,

Mark Hann, Terry Brown and Rick Tessanne.


(Music: Because He Lives, In The Garden and Amazing Grace)



Published in The Gazette on April 5, 2012


Sgt. W. C. Zappa Jr. Marine Corps born 29 Apr.19, 1937 died 18 December, 1988;
son of Macel E. & William C. Zappa Sr. of Minden, La.
Interment in the Garden of Memories, row 1, section 1,
Garden of Prayer.

Class of 1955

Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, December 20, 1988 

William C. Zappa, Jr. - Korean Veteran

Funeral services were conducted for Mr. William C. Zappa, Jr., 51, of Minden on Tuesday, December 20.  Officiating at the 2 p.m. services at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel were Rev. Leslie Hunter, Dr. Robert Bowen and Rev. Thomas. 

Interment was in the Gardens of Memory. 

Mr. Zappa passed away on Sunday, December 18 at Veterans Hospital after an extended illness.  A lifelong resident of Minden and a member of Assembly of God, he was a veteran and a wholesale distributor for WCZ Distributors.

Survivors are two sons, Richard Zappa of Shreveport and Brian Zappa of Longview, Texas; one daughter, Deborah Zappa Kelly of Shreveport; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zappa of Minden; one brother, Billy John Zappa of Haughton and seven grandchildren.

Photographed and submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

W. C. Zappa

He was born in Shreveport, La. April 29, 1937
He died in Shreveport, La. December 18, 1988
He married in Webster Parish, Louisiana, July 7, 1958 to Lenore Bryan
He had 2 boys and 1 girl--no names

In 1987 he was living at 9025 Villanova Drive in Shreveport, La. Also, 1109 Madison Avenue, Minden, La.

I am sending you what I have!  The photos may be to small to view!

Virginia Bailey


Photo compliments of Virginia & David Bailey