Audrey Dean Aarons Skillman died Saturday, February 21, 2009. She had brain cancer. She lived in Red Bluff, California. She was the sister of Jonathan, 1954) Hildred, Mildred,1956) Myrna (1961), Reginald (1966), Jodie (1950) Patsy )1953) and one other sister, Irma Jean who graduated in 1947.
Parents were Mr. & Mrs. Joe Aarons. 

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

March 3, 1941 - February 21, 2009

After a short battle with brain cancer, Audrey Skillman died peacefully in Sacramento on Saturday morning. A true southern lady, Audrey Dean Aarons was born in Buckeye, Louisiana on March 3, 1941 and raised in Minden, Louisiana.

Her father "Daddy Joe" owned a fish market and mother "Mama Hattie" was a nurse. Audrey was the youngest surviving relative of nine Aarons children;

Irma Jean (d), Jodie Faye, June Patsy, Jonathan, Hildred (d), Mildred, Audrey (d), Myrna Gayle (d) and Reginald (d). She graduated from Minden high school in 1959. After high school she attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and was a cheerleader. It was during her freshman year she met the love of her life, Del Skillman.

They were married in Minden, Nevada on November 19, 1960. They lived in Los Gatos, California for two years where Audrey worked for an insurance company. Del and Audrey returned to Greenville, South Carolina where she worked to help Del complete his education.

In 1965 Del and Audrey moved back to California where they lived a short time in San Jose, Pacific Grove and Gilroy.

In 1965, Timothy Alexander was born. Once Tim was born, Audrey's time was committed to her children and husband. in 1967 they moved to Yreka. They attended the Berean Fundamental Church where Audrey volunteered as the church secretary, sunday school teacher, youth group leader and choir member.

In 1969, Jonathan William was born. In 1976, Del's job took the family to Red Bluff. They attended Community Baptist Church where she was actively involved for the next 24 years. Audrey was a deaconess, involved with the women's missionary group, Awana, choir, and the social committee. Audrey also organized women's retreats and was on staff as the church secretary for several years. in 1983, when Tim went to college, Audrey went back to work full time at Tenneco paper packaging company as an administrative assistant.

She retired in 1991 when Jonathan graduated college. In 1995 and 1996, Audrey was on the United Way Board of Tehama County. For years, she was a wedding coordinator, which she named "Audrey to the Rescue". In 2000, Audrey and Del attended Grace Baptist Church in Redding, California.

Del retired in 2004 and the last several years they have traveled in their motor home to Baja, Death Valley, the Oregon Coast, Yellowstone and Alaska. A highlight for Audrey over the years would be her yearly "sister reunions" in which all her sisters would get together at destinations around the country for a couple of weeks to laugh and play. Her hobbies included reading, traveling and photography, but her number one hobby was her grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for her strong faith in God, never ending enthusiasm, optimism, her beautiful eyes, smile and laugh.

Her son Tim married Bridget Murray of North Carolina and they have two children: Morgan and Logan and live in Sacramento, California. Her son Jonathan married Angie Loucks of Red Bluff and they have three daughters: Madison, Mariah and Macy, they live in Manton, California.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 10:00 am at Community Baptist Church in Red Bluff, 598 Round-Up Ave. A graveside service will be held after at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pastor Al Franklin will be officiating.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Audrey's name to Grace Baptist Church missions, 3782 Churn Creek Rd., Redding, CA. 96002 or Community Baptist Church missions, 598 Round-Up Ave. Red Bluff, CA. 96080.
 Submitted by Sue Milner Strong, Class of 1955 and Dot Walker Nicholson, Class of 1955
 Submitted by Elizabeth Roberts Martin, Class of 1961


Wednesday, May 25, 2005, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
Barnard, Harvey Francis A resident of Jackson, Mr. Barnard returned to the Baton Rouge area after a 20-year absence as a teaching consultant with the power industry in cities across the United States. He was born Sept. 22, 1941, and succumbed to heart failure on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at a local hospital. He applied his Ph.D. in systems theory to the economy in his recent published book, "Draining the Swamp." He proposed monetary and tax system changes to benefit home ownership and taxpayer fairness. He is survived by his wife, Jean T. Barnard; mother, Beatrice Harvey Barnard; daughter, Dionese B. Gerbrecht, and son-in-law, Jed J. Gerbrecht; a sister, Sue Ellen Barnard Lambeth; and brother, Steven Douglas Barnard. He was preceded in death by his father, Shubby Francis Barnard. A private memorial service will be held Saturday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. at 23815 Greenwell Springs Road.

Shreveport Times - Sunday, June 13, 2004

Lonnie G. Bryce, Jr.

Minden, La. - Funeral services for Lonnie G. Bryce, Jr. will be held today, Sunday, June 13, 2004 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, La. with Rev. Ronnie Whitlock and Rev. Richard May officiating. Burial will follow at Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Heflin, La. with full Masonic rites.

Mr. Bryce, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Friday, June 11, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was in the United States Marine Corp Special Forces, was employed for 20 years with the H. L. Hunt family and was affiliated with the Mobile Home and Transportation industries.

Mr. Bryce was an active member of the Minden Lodge No. 51 AF&AM, Minden Chapter No. 53 Order of Eastern Star, El Karubah Shriners AAONMS of Shreveport, Beech Springs Baptist Church and was a Model A collector and enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his father, L.G. "Tim" Bryce, Sr., a sister Lois Bryce and a brother James F. Bryce.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Beverly Simolke Bryce, his mother, Mrs. Jewel M. Bryce of Minden, La., two sons, Kenneth A Bryce and wife Caye, and Kary L. Bryce and wife Sharon; two sisters Winnie B. Logan and Verna J. Pair and husband Franklin; six grandchildren, Jennifer Bryce, Nataly Bryce, Jared Bryce, Kara Bryce, Carter Lawrence and Derrick Greene; and mother-in-law Evelyn Simolke.

Pallbearers will be nephews: Al Simolke, Eric Simolke, Ray Bell, Kyle Cummings, Tommy Logan, Richard Logan, Mike Pair and Timothy Pair.

Honorary Pallbearers: James Madden, Jack Montgomery, Ted Riser, Dr. John B. Hill, Billy Sayers, Mickey Johnston and Jimmy Miller.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Jerry L. Brazzel

BORN: December 17, 1941
DIED: May 13, 2010
LOCATION: Mountain Home, AR


Death of 1959 CLASSMATE

Jerry Lynn Brazzel died May 12, 2010. His cremains were spread over the White River, that he loved so much, near Mountain Home, Arkansas. There was only a one-line obit in the newspaper and I nor his brother have been able to locate it.

Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58

Nell Greer Furrate 

A resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Minden, she died at 12:20 a.m. Saturday,March 22, 2008, at her home. She was 66 and an employee of Albemarle Corp.
Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, on Monday, March 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and at the funeral home chapel on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
She is survived by her husband, Francis A. Furrate; two sons and daughters-in-law, Will and Rachael Mercer and Eric and Michelle Mercer; two stepsons and their spouses, Jamie and Chris Furrate and Jeffery and Connie Furrate; two sisters, Donna Hinman and Frances McGowan; two brothers, Ray and Bob Greer; a brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Cuba Furrate; and 10 grandchildren.
Many thanks to Generations Hospice for their care. Donations may be made to Generations Hospice.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958
Patricia Daniel Hicks

Patricia Daniel Hicks passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Livingston on July 5, 2005, after an extended illness.
Ms. Hicks was born Nov. 12, 1941, in Alexandria. Her family moved to Minden in 1945 where she spent her entire childhood, graduating from Minden High School in May 1959.
She is preceded in death by her father, A J. Daniel.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Lee Daniel; brothers, J.D. Daniel and Ranny S. Daniel, both of Minden; sister, Barbara Chandler of Haughton; two sons; two daughters; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, c/o the Rev. Joe Hunter, 1202 Drake Drive, Minden, LA, 71055.

MARY ANN LAIRD - died in a fire when her home burned.
Mary Ann Laird Frye - 8/17/40-11/9/85 Gardens of Memory, Garden of Fountain of Youth, Row 3.
Minden Press-Herald, Monday, November 11, 1985 (Mary Ann Laird Frye)                                                                                                                                     

A 45-year-od woman died early Saturday morning from the result of smoke inhalation after her Tanglewood subdivision residence became involved in fire.
Minden Fire Chief T. C. Bloxom said that Mary Ann Frye apparently attempted to discover the origin of a fire in her home shortly before 7 a.m. She made it to the living room, where she was found by firemen at 7:05 a.m.
Her visiting daughter and grandson, Dee Dee Jester and Cody, were also in the house when the fire broke out. They managed to escape through a bedroom window. One other daughter was spending the night with a friend.
"After her daughter and grandson had escaped through the window, Mrs. Frye apparently went into the burning area of the house, possibly to try to determine what was on fire," Bloxom said. "She
made it to the living room, where she was found by firemen shortly after they arrived."
 Mrs. Frye was not seriously burned, and Minden police and firemen attempted resusitation efforts at the scene. However the CPR efforts failed.  "Her body was sent to forensic pathologist, Dr. George McCormick, where it was confirmed that the cause of death was asphyxiation," Bloxom said.
The fire originated in the den of the home at 28 Tanglewood. A spark from a fireplace apparently ignited the carpet. "The synthetic carpets in homes today exude a deadly gas when they burn. These pose a threat to both residents and firemen who enter the homes to put out the fire. Mrs. Frye was just in there too long before we got to her. You just cannot breathe under those circumstances." Mrs. Frye's husband, Rex, had left the residence to go hunting at 5:30 a.m., and neighbors reported that everything seemed normal at the Frye home as late as 6:30 a.m. "This indicated how rapidly this type of fire can spread when it gets a start, Chief Bloxom noted.
Neighbors attempted to rescue Mrs. Frye from the house but were driven back by the intense heat and smoke. When firemen arrived, they were told that Mrs. Frye was in the house. They were able to remove her from the house before bringing the blaze under control which took approximately 10 minutes. Fire damage was confined to the den of the house, Bloxom said, with smoke and heat damage to the entire residence.
 Firemen remained at the scene for three or four hours to assure that the blaze was completely out.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ann Frye were conducted today at 2 p.m. in the Minden Rose-Neath Chapel with Rev. Bob Burgess officiating.
Mrs. Frye was a lifelong resident of Minden and a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Rex Frye, Minden; three daughters, Dee Dee Jester, Longview, Tex.; Pam Frye and Melanie Frye, both of Minden; one sister, Mrs. Vera Johnson, Minden; one brother, A. C. Laird, Nacogdoches, Tex.; one grandson, Cody Jester, Longview.
 Pallbearers were Ray Quaid, Ronnie Carney, Dan Archer, James Kevin Cottrell, Sid Johnson, and Gene Byars.

Samuel "Sammy" Guthrie

Minden, LA Funeral services for Samuel "Sammy" Guthrie will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Richard Methvin. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Sammy was born June 30, 1940 in Chase, Louisiana and entered in to rest April 15, 2013 in Minden, Louisiana.

His parents John William "Bill" and Velma Goodman Guthrie, brother Cotton Guthrie, and sister Opal Brooks preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Gladys Lee Guthrie of Minden, sons Jimmy Guthrie and wife Freda of Bossier City, Greg Guthrie and wife Jeanna of Shreveport, Brian Guthrie and wife Amanda of Heflin, Mark Killingworth and wife Teresa of Minden, daughters Ginger Guthrie Ebarb and husband Charles of Hall Summit, Ashlee Guthrie & fiancÚ James of Ringgold, sisters Maxine Adcock and husband Pete of Minden, Beth Whitehead and husband Jim of Natchitoches, Odean Roberts of Monroe, brothers Joe Guthrie and wife Norma of Minden, John Guthrie, Jr. and wife Shirley of Minden, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eric Ebarb, Matthew Guthrie, Dustin Smart, Philip Guthrie, Mark Guthrie, Jonathan Guthrie, Keith Adcock, Mark Whitehead and Jon Guthrie.

Honorary pallbearers will be Eastside Missionary Baptist Men's Sunday School Class and Shreveport Fire Department "Romeo" Club.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961 and

Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Full Name: Roslyn Ward Haney
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 09/21/1941
Died: 02/10/2011
Visitation: 02/14/2011
Service: 02/15/2011

Services for Roslyn Ward Haney, 69, will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Tuesday February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am. Officiating will be Dr. Richard May. .

Visitation will be held Monday February 14, 2011 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Mrs. Haney passed away on February 10, 2011 in Tulsa, Ok. She was born, September 21, 1941 in Minden.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother Doris Grigsby, mother Shirley Ward, father Herman Ward, a brother Buddy Ward and a son Mike Herren.

Mrs. Haney was survived by her husband M. G. Haney of Coweta, OK, a son Stan Haney and wife Belinda of Minden, three daughters, Donna Ashley and husband Billy of AL, Karla Hull of Minden. And Mia Bigger and husband Jeff of Coweta, OK, two sisters, Jacinta McKethan of Minden, and Twyla Dollar and husband Ronnie of Minden, grandchildren, Cody Herren, Kaycee McKnight, and Jessica Holladay, and others and two great-grandchildren.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana, 71055

Minden Cemetery
Section F
F-2 Roslyn is interred near Curtis Michael Herren, Her son
born 20 Jun 1960 died 1 Feb. 1998 and
also her grandmother, Doris Land Grigsby
born 1898 died 1977

Linda Lewis Hawes

Linda Lewis Hawes (1941-2007)

Services for Mrs. Linda Lewis Hawes were held on May 30, 2007, at Living Word Worship Center in Minden with the Reverend Roddy Shaffer officiating, assisted by the Rev. Wayne DuBose. Interment was in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Mrs. Hawes was born in Minden to the late Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Lewis. She died in Minden on May 28, 2007.

She graduated from Minden High School in 1959. As a delegate to Pelican Girls State, she was elected to the state senate. She was a successful swimmer and basketball player. She was an excellent dancer who especially liked doing the Jitterbug at the former Hunter's Playhouse.

After MHS, she attended Patricia Stephens School for Modeling. She was a 1960 Miss Minden contestant.

She received an associate degree in accounting and worked at J. T. Doiron Real Estate for twenty-three years as office manager.  

As a Christian woman, she passed her love of God to her entire family. She was an excellent cook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Charles Lewis, who was the husband of Ellen Baskerville of Minden.

Linda is survived by her husband, Loren Hawes; a son, Randy D. Ray and wife Carroll Ann of Minden; a daughter, Robbie Ann Wilson and husband Tim of Minden; a sister, Betty Vickers and husband Felton of Monroe; and eight grandchildren, Kristin Nicole, Lauren Ashley, and Ryne Ray, Zack and Ty Ellis, Christopher Frye, and Kelsey and Caleb Wilson.

Pallbearers were Terry Culver, Alan Ray, Felton Vickers, Billy Ray, Gary Smith, Michael Doiron, Danny Wilson, and Eric Lee.

From The Minden Press-Herald
Submitted by Ann Harlan & Edited by Billy Hathorn


James Garland Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. James Milton “Jim” Garland Jr., 63, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, at First United Methodist Church in Minden with the Rev. Carolyn Michaels officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, located on Lewisville Road.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, June 10, at the funeral home.
Mr. Garland passed away Tuesday, June 7, in Doyline. He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Minden. Jim served and played football in the Air Force from 1961 until 1964. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern Louisiana University in 1967. In 1996, he retired from General Motors Acceptance Corporation after 30 years of service. After retiring, Jim worked part-time for Webster Parish, and was a full-time cattleman and a master farrier. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Jim was a compassionate man and a loyal friend who appreciated hard work and honest achievement. He was deservedly loved and respected by all that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Milton Garland Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sue Condon Garland of Minden; his mother, Hattie Kathlene Garland of Minden; one brother, Tom Garland and wife Sharon of Minden; two sons, Robert and wife Kathleen of Yorkville, Ill., and Jim Bob Garland and wife Ashley of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Amy Angel and husband Bart of Little Rock, Ark.; two grandchildren, Matthew and Kaitlyn Garland of Yorkville; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Adams, Reed Bogus, Randy Thomas, Sam Condon, Tommy Garland, Jeffrey Garland, Austin Askew and Kendall Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be “The Wild Bunch” – Charles Hortman, Steven Askew, Britt Synco, Danny Nixon, Brad Phillips, Dude Haley, John L. Ferguson and the employees of the Webster Parish Police Jury.
In lieu of flowers, the Garland family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Jim Garland, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 .

Janet Nesom Hanson

Minden, LA Funeral services for Janet Hanson will be held Monday, September 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. at North Acres Baptist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Bro. Steven Smithson. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Janet was born January 22, 1941 in Kilgore, Texas and entered into rest September 20, 2013 in Bossier City.

Her father George Everett Nesom preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Huey "Judge" Hanson of Minden, mother Lillian Nesom of Minden, daughter Jan Holloway and husband Douglas of Minden, granddaughter Ashley Holloway, great-grandchildren Lauren Cheatham, Laci Cheatham, and McKinley James.

Published in Shreveport Times on September 22, 2013

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Janet Nesom Hanson (MHS 1959), wife of Huey (Judge) Hanson, Class of 1955 

She died suddenly last night.

Visitation at Rose-Neath, tomorrow, Sunday, 5-7 p.m.

Service at North Acres Baptist Church, corner of Lewisville Rd. & Country Club Cir., 2 p.m. Monday.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958      

Huey Lee wrote in our 40th reunion booklet that he and Janet had been married 36  years in 2005.  If Janet had lived they would have been married around 55 or 56 years. She was a lovely lady and will be missed.   If you would like to send a memory of Janet we will put it with her obituary on MindenMemories.

Patricia Daniel Hicks passed away on July 5, 2005. 
Grover C. Lowe

MINDEN, LA - Grover C. Lowe, age 68, of Minden, LA died Saturday, November 21 , 2009 at Schumpert Highland Hospital, Shreveport, LA from complications following heart surgery. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 27, 2009 at the North Acres Baptist Church, 1852 Lewisville Road, Minden at 10:30 a.m. Service to be conducted by James H. Jones, and Randy Miller, nephews of deceased.

Grover was born on June 10, 1941, the youngest of 8 children, to Dewey and Esther Lowe of Minden. He grew up there and graduated with the Class of 1959 from Minden High School. After 6 years in the Air Force, he lived and worked in Shreveport until he retired from being a supervisor for the Lucas Waste Water Treatment Plant. He then became Executive Secretary for the LA Conference on Water Supply. Sewage and Industrial Waste until his death.

He was of the Baptist faith but was also involved in AA, and the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Esther Lowe, stepmother Theo Miller Lowe; sisters Melba, Lucy Jones, Darthie Wiltheis; nephew Ricky Miller; step-brother Billy G. Miller and brother-in-law, Herrel Jones.

Grover is survived by his wife of 44 years, Melba T. Lowe; brother, A.D. Lowe (Betty); sisters, Lera Dunn (Bill), Faye Miller (C. D.), Patsy Mancuso (Dominick); brother-in-law, George Wiltheis, and many nieces, nephews, and other close relatives.

His wishes for his body to be donated to LSU Medical Center were honored.


The Log Cabin Democrat, Conway, Arkansas, Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Joe Milton Langley, Sr., 66, of Mayflower, AR, entered into eternal rest on Saturday,
July 7, 2007. Mr. Langley was born June 17, 1941, in Minden, LA, a son of the late Barney Joe and Mary Pevy Langley. He was a manager with West’s Department Stores for 30 years, and most recently, office manager for a sign company. He is survived by Alvern Greer Langley; daughter Rose Stender and husband Charlie; son Joe Langley, Jr. and wife Donna; grandsons, Paul Langley and John Stender, all of Mayflower; brothers, Robert Langley of Hollinsville, GA; David Langley of Shreveport, LA; Tommy, Bill and Walter Langley, all of Minden, LA, and was honorary grandfather to - Shelby Ryals and Whitney Killough.
Joe’s family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Oak Bowery Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Collier and Tim Nolan officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Bowery Cemetery with Travis Acklin, Chris Beam, Emmitt Crabtree, Mike Clements, Wendell Williams and Rusty Parks serving as pallbearers; and Bros. James Black and Jimmy Stapleton as honorary bearers. Services by Roller McNutt Funeral Home of Conway.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan
Joe Langley lost his battle with cancer Saturday night, July 7, 1007. We worked together for the State Transportation Department. Joe was a special friend and I will miss him even though we hardly ever got to see each other. He is survived by AlVerne Greer Langley and two children and one grandchild.  The burial service will be Wednesday July 11, 2007 at 1:30pm at Oak Bower Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas eight or ten miles out of town.
Submitted by Jack and Jimmie Lou Voorhries
He was pre-deceased by his parents?__ and Alma Ray Langley at that time
survived by 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, Texas.


Full Name:

Rodney E. Mason


Minden, Louisiana (LA)











Rodney E. Mason

On Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. Rodney E. Mason, 71 of Minden, LA went to be with his Lord and Savior. Rodney died at home with his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Bienville, LA, to the late Eloy and Naomi Mason. He was a graduate of Minden High School. After graduation Rodney enlisted in the Navy where he served for 4 years. He was a combat photographer, serving in Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis. Returning to Minden after his service he became a hairdresser for the next 46 years.

Rodney loved his life as a dad and being Pap to his 6 grandchildren. Rodney also loved the great outdoors. Hunting, fishing, raising a garden, quail, pheasants, pigs, chickens, and goats were a passion of his. Everyone always loved to come see what new varmints he had.

Preceding him in death were his parents and 2 special brother-in-laws, Van and Dale Casey Talton. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Connie, daughter Stacy and husband Jason, son Toby and wife Larissa, grandchildren, Ashleigh, Allyson, Andrew, and Alex Cole, and Jaron and Jordan Mason. Brother Randy and wife Georgia, and nieces Miranda and Nicola.

Services will be held at First Baptist Church Minden on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Officiating will be Bro. Leland Crawford and Dr. Jason Cole. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. at the church.

No flowers please as there will be no graveside service. Please make donations to St. Jude, Gideons International, FBC music ministry, or the charity of your choice.

A very special thanks you to St. Joseph Hospice and our nurse Linda Gipson.

BETTY ANN LILES McGEE died in 1978
 I would like to share a portion of a letter Betty wrote to a friend when her
son was born. "We certainly had an exciting beginning for 1977 and are
happy in our new role as parents with our 8 pound 6 1/2 ounce son. I'm
now officially retired from the work force."
Proud parents are Betty and Wayne McGee

Submitted by Charles Liles in memory of his sister and her husband
Double services for Richard and Betty Ann Liles McGee were conducted at 1:30 today in the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Texas, The couple were two of five persons who drowned Friday when a church van in which they were riding was rammed from behind as it was stopped at a washed out road near Centervlle, Texas.
Special graveside services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Grove Hill Memorial Park near Dallas, Texas. Mrs. McGee is survived by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm A. Liles, Minden Louisiana; a son David W. McGee, Splendora, Texas; a brother, Charles O. Liles, Dallas, Texas. Mr. McGee is survived by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Marvin J. McGee of Denison, Texas; his son, David W. McGee, Splendora, Texas and three brothers, Darrell Hoker, Denison; John W. McGee, Richland, Texas, and Bob D. McGee, Nacogdoches, Texas.
McGee was a commercial insurance salesman for American Hardware Mutual in Houston, Texas. The couple were in one of two vans from the First Baptist Church of Cleveland which had stopped on Texas Highway 7 at the edge of where shallow water had spread over the road from a swollen creek paralleling the highway according to law enforcement officials, a tractor trailer rig topped a hill coming towards the vehicles and was unable to stop before smashing into the vans. Three teenagers and the McGee couple died when they were unable to free themselves from the submerged vehicle. The two church vans were traveling together to Glorietta, New Mexico for a church retreat.


Funeral services for Dr. John L. McInnis, III, 71, of Monroe, will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, February 11, 2013, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dawnell Stodghill officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.

Dr. McInnis passed away February 7, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center. He was a long-time member of the Department of English at ULM.   Survivors include his wife, Helen Perry McInnis; his son, John Dennard McInnis; and his brother, George McInnis and his wife Boopie.                                   

Tribute to the McInnis Family.  

John McInnis, MHS Class of 1959, Feb. 6, 2013. He lived in Monroe, Louisiana.

He was an officer, served on the Grig Staff, was in the Science Club and Dramantic Club while he was in high school.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

The arrangements for John McInnis III are as follows: Funeral will be Monday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m.: St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Monroe, La. Visitation will be at the church an hour prior to the service.

Submitted by: Dr. Samuel Richardson:

Motto: God is Faithful.

John Lawson McInnis III was a close friend of mine when we were in high school. He was a voracious reader. He taught himself German, Physics, and other subjects on his own. He loved English Literature, which became his profession.

He was a thinker. He cared about his country.

I remember him trying to teach me a Methodist Hymn, "As A Volunteer." [He later joined the Catholic Church.]

We were high school pals. We got in trouble together, went camping, and with friends even swam across Caney lake at night [upper lake] .

John loved music, and encouraged my interest in classical music, German folk songs [OK, they were beer drinking songs], and so many things. His attitude helped me to face some things head on. I am indebted to him for his interest, for his listening ear, and his courage.

He had the strong will of a survivor. He was friends with Marvin Collins, Jackie Bridges, Harvey Bernard.

One story should be told. When he was a very young child, he contracted a severe fever. His doctor could not find the cause. John was very ill. My father, Milton Richardson jr. MD, did a spinal tap, and discovered meningitis. He gave him massive doses of penicillin, and saved his life. That had to be in the 1940's, since penicillin was only available after about 1946. John had difficulty walking, but finally overcame it. My dad, "Milton", and his father were fast friends after that, which was one of the factors that led to the reorganization of the hospital and its improvement.

That story was an encouragement to me. There is something about knowing it can be done that gives you the courage to bite the nail, get past denial, and do the spinal tap on the child or adult who has high fever and a stiff neck, usually to find pus cells in the spinal fluid where they most certainly do not belong. So the stories of childhood like this one helped me with several patients where meningitis was diagnosed a bit earlier than John's case.

John spent his life helping the young people of Louisiana learn better English, and to appreciate English literature. Surely this was a noble thing to do with a man's life. I am honored to be able to call him my friend. We shall, I hope, have the good fortune to enjoy heaven with glad reunion, and we will have much to talk about. Submitted by Dr. Samuel Richardson, MD



Minden - City Building Inspector W. F. Mclemore, 59, of Sibley, died Saturday following a massive heart attack at his residence. For almost 14 years, McLemore, a retired U.S.A.F.Veteran has been responsible for such duties as inspecting new buildings, remodeling and renovation projects, examining plans for new building constructions, electrical & plumbing Installations for conformance with city codes, zoning ordinances and relating regulations and issuing permits and condemnation notices. A graveside service is scheduled for Tues., July 25, at 10 a.m. at Gardens of Memory in Minden. Funeral home visitation will be Monday from 5 until 10 p.m., and Tuesday, from 7 until 9 a.m., at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
W. F. MCLEMORE - The Minden Press-herald
Graveside services for W.F. McLemore, 59 will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Gardens of Memory. Funeral Home visitation will be from 5 until 10 p.m. today, July 24, and from 7 until 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. McLemore, a native of Sibley and a resident of Minden, died Saturday, July 22, in Minden. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a building inspector for the City of Minden, and a member of the Minden Masonic Lodge #51. He was preceded in death by his father, John Clark McLemore; and a brother, John Alton McLemore.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara McLemore of Minden; two sons and their wives; William D. and JoAnn McLemore of Minden, and Brian Keith and Sheri McLemore of Minden; one daughter and husband, Lori and Chris McGarity of Minden; his mother, Norma Williams of Minden; four grand-children, Fisher McLemore, Amanda McLemore, Braeden McLemore and Dakota McGarity.
Pallbearers will be John McLemore, Eric Lee, John Mahfouz, Benny Hubbard, Tracy L. McLemore and Keith King.                                                                                                                                                                                        
 Submitted By Mrs. Barbara McLemore     
Minden Press-Herald, Monday, February 14, 1994

Class of 1959 – Travis Miller died in April, 2008. He lived in Canada. I’ll send an obit if I can locate one.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Judith Nadrchal Crownover

Mrs. Judith Nadrchal Crownover of Tamassee, South Carolina,
passed away Feb. 12, , 1994 in Grayville Memorial Hospital.
She died of cancer at the age of 52.

Mrs. Crownover was a former resident of Minden and a resident
of Tamassee, S. C. for 6 years. She was a graduate of Minden
High School, a Baptist and an accountant for the DAR School.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.
in the Arlington Cemetery in Homer. Rev. Bently Massingill
will officiate.

Mrs. Crownover is preceded in death by her father, Henry
Nadrchal. She is survived by her mother, Eunice Nadrchal of
Minden; two daughters, Debra Beauregard of West Union, S.C.
and Karon Box of Brownwood, Texas; three sisters, Peggy
Colvin of Gainesville, Ga.; Linda Barker of Natchitoches; and
Anita Duke of Seneca, S.C. Also one brother, David Henry
Nadrchal of Reno, Nev.; three grandchildren and numerous
nieces and nephews.

The family is asking that memorials be made to the Hospice
of the Foothills, 112 West North 1st Street, Seneca, S. C.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan
 Sammy Joe Odom
Minden Press-Herald, Monday, January 22, 2001

 Funeral services for Mr. Samuel Joseph "Sammy Joe" Odom, 59, were held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield with the Rev. Leland Wade, the Rev. Charles Humphreys, and Dr. George Harbuck officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Mansfield.
 Mr. Odom, a former resident of Minden, passed away Jan. 18, of a sudden illness. He was a resident of Mansfield and DeSoto Parish Police Jury administrator. He was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Shreveport.
 He graduated from Minden High School in 1959 where he began a career in football. In 1958, he was named the Most Valuable Player for Minden Crimson Tide as offensive tackle and defensive middle linebacker and All-American center. He was a member of the AA All State Team.
 He was a member of the LSU Chinese Bandits and the victorious team at the Orange Bowl in 1961.
 He graduated from Northwestern State University where he played football and was designated as permanent co-captain of the 1963 team, named the best offensive lineman, co-winner of the Most Valuable Player trophy and the best lineman in the NSC-Tech State Fair classic. He was selected for the All-Gulf State Conference Team, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American football team, and was voted as Most Outstanding Lineman by Gulf State Conference coaches in 1962, and played for the Houston Oilers pro-football team for two years.
 He had been a resident of Mansfield for 29 years. He was the owner of Dunn-Odom Insurance Agency for 14 years and was currently the DeSoto Parish Police Jury administrator.
 He was a member of the DeSoto Regional Hospital board for 15 years serving as chairman of the Nominating Committee and serving on the finance and building and grounds committees. He served on the administrative board and as chairman of the board of trustees at First United Methodist Church.
 He founded the flag football program at Agnew Town & Country School in Shreveport in the early 1970s and then in Mansfield. He was a member of the MHS Quarterback Club for 25 years as well as an enthusiastic supporter of the MHS Baseball program.
 Mr. Odom is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Troy Odom.
 He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cheryl Yarborough Odom; daughter, Joel Odom Salley and husband Tommy of Shreveport; son, Samuel Joseph "Bo" Odom of Mansfield; daughter, Rachel Delafield and husband Wil of Mansfield; two brothers, Charles D. Odom and wife Pattie of Minden, and Troy S. Odom. Jr. and wife Suzanne of Lewisville, Ark.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Rachel Delafield, Emma Callie Delafield, Cara Addison Bailey, Joshua Thomas Bailey; mother-in-law, Carajo Yarborough of Mansfield; sister-in-law, Gail Sorensen and husband Bobby of Shreveport; brother-in-law, Alan Yarborough and wife Martha of Mansfield; very special friends, Dr. and Mrs. Don Taylor, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
 Pallbearers were Bobby McAllen, Jason Roberts, Casey Reed, Christian Bagley, Chad Odom, Chris Odom, Mike Kane, and Rob Sorensen. Honorary pallbearers were Hayes Wilkins, Bill Lowery, Bob Plummer, and Jerry Thornton. Also included were the DeSoto Parish Police Jury; Charles Burford, Dewayne Mitchell, O. H. Jones, A. W. McDonald, Richard Burford, Wayne Williams, Marlin Caston, Clyde Washington, Jr., Sylvester Mayweather, Huey P. Evans, Fred Jones, Malissa Laffitte; and DeSoto Regional Hospital Board, Wayne Davis, Alfred Flanders, Gus Hall, Bill Lowery, Johnny May, Raymond Powell, Sally Turner, and King Vidler.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Mansfield Youth Fund.
Sammy Odom 

Sammy Joe Odom
Position: DT
Height: 6' 2'' Weight: 235
Born: 11/13/1941, in Shreveport, LA, USA
High School: Minden (LA)
College: Northwestern State (Louisiana)

Regular Season Stats

1964 22 HOU AFL 14 0.0 0 2 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 AFL Season Totals 14 0.0 0 2 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sammy Odom
'''Robert F. Gaylen Parker
Written by Press-Herald Staff
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Robert F. Gaylon Parker listed in the 1959 Grig as a senior
Funeral services for Mr. Robert F. Gaylen Parker, 69, of Arcadia, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia with the Rev. Jeff Hoffman officiating. Interment will follow at the Hurricane Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m. today, February 5.

Mr. Parker was born Aug. 5, 1938, in Ansley to Ernest and Florence Parker. He entered into rest Feb. 4, 2008.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Elizabeth Parker; two sons, Michael Shannon Parker and wife Valorie and Robert Gaylen Parker; one brother, John R. Parker; two sisters, Catherine McDonald and Earnestine DeMarco; six grandchildren, Kyle Parker, Brandon Parker, Katuria Parker, Michael Parker, Samantha Parker and Robert G. Parker II; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be John Fontenot, Ray Harmon, Terry Gardner, Shane Antee, Donald Brown and Marc Pearce.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Think he went to MHS as he and Rodney knew each other. Will find out for sure tonight when I talk to his sister Beth and if it is any different I will let you know. Connie Talton Mason  

Robert Posey was in the MHS Class of 1959 in his freshman year and part of his sophomore year.  He dropped out then or moved away.  Maybe he graduated from Doyline.


Ann Mays Harlan

Robert Jackson Posey

Minden, LA Memorial services for Robert Jackson Posey will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Minden West Chapel with Rev. Bill Crider officiating. 
Robert was born February 2, 1941 in Shreveport, Louisiana and entered into rest December 26, 2014 in Minden, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Elsie Posey and grandson Keith Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Modesta Posey of Minden, Louisiana, son Charles Posey and wife Leslie of Stonewall, daughters Saralyn Johnson of Minden, Joyce Posey of Salt Lake City, Utah, sister Beth Wesson of Minden, grandchildren Kelly Herndon, Myles Herndon, Justin Johnson, Karlissa Couron, Lea Posey, and great-grandchildren Evan Herndon, Oliver Herndon, Sally Herndon, Hannah Johnson, and Noah Johnson. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Harris Baptist Encampment of Minden, Louisiana or Louisiana Baptist Children's Home in Monroe, Louisiana.  

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

Info. Submitted by Connie alton Mason, lass of 1966 Info. Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1948


Patrick Lee Roberts, Mar 17, 1941 - Jun 11, 1984. He is buried beside his mother 
in the Gibsland Cemetery located on the corner of Main and Pleasant Streets in
Gibsland, Louisiana.

Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Rachel Pool Rhodes
Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Marie Pool Rhodes, 69, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday,
June 2, 2006, at the Bailey Chapel in Springhill with Bro. Tommy Brown officiating.
Interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Gibsland under the direction of Bailey
Mortuary of Springhill.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 p.m., Thursday, June 1.
Mrs. Rhodes was born October 22, 1936, in Gilmer, Texas, to R. A. and Nannie Ruby
Ails Pool and died May 28, 2006, in Monroe. She was a resident of Springhill, a member
of Trinity Worship Center and a homemaker. Mrs. Rhodes was a loving mother and
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Rhodes, infant son, Michael
Fred Rhodes, brothers, Lee Pool, Dean Pool and sister Grace Pool Williams.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Amis of Monroe, Donna Beyersdorf of Bossier City;
Grandchildren, Magan and Lindsey Amis of El Dorado, Ark; David Lee Beyersdorf, Jr., Faith
Lael Beyersdorf and Brian Beyersdorf of Bossier City; sister, Fern White of Baton Rouge;
brother Roger A. Pool, Jr. of Denver, Colo.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan



Linda Rushing

View Obituary Details: Mrs. Linda Rushing Strickel, Class of 1959

Full Name: Linda Strickel
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 12/22/1941
Died: 02/01/2013
Visitation: 02/04/2013
Service: 02/05/2013
Cemetery: Minden Cemetery

Funeral services for Linda Strickel will be held Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Doug Strickel. Interment will follow at Minden Cemetery in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Linda was born December 22, 1941 in Minden and entered into rest February 1, 2013 in Shreveport.

She is survived by her sons Doug Strickel and wife Pam of Collierville, Tennessee, David Strickel of Seattle, Washington, sister Brenda Farrar of Bossier City, grandchildren Ty and Hope Strickel of Collierville, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Home, 1035 Margaret Place, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan Class of 1958

Shreveport Times, Friday, December 12, 2008
Geneva Gail Russell Miller
Services celebrating the life of Geneva Gail Miller, 67, will begin at 11:30 a.m.,
Saturday, December 13, 2008 in Rose-Neath’s Southside Chapel. Brother
Randy Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow in Forest Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, December 12, 2008
from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Geneva was born April 27, 1941 in Bernice, LA to Russell and Bessie Hicks.
She passed away December 10, 2008 in Shreveport, LA. She was a homemaker
and will be missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband,
Sidney L. Miller; sons, Sidney Paul Miller and Michael Miller; daughter, Nancy
Jane Long; brothers, T. L. “Tex” Russell and Jimmy Dale Russell; grandchildren,
Todd Miller, Johnny Miller, Joshua Miller, Ricky Menendez, Cameron Montana
and Colbie Hamilton; great-granddaughter, Keira Miller.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Miller, Jimmy Frank Russell, Scott Byrd, Bubba Vines,
Kenneth Lazarus and Ricky Menendez. Honorary pallbearer will be Joshua Miller.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Sharon Kay Russell Carter
 August 18, 1941 – February 16, 1999
 Memorial service was at Pine Springs Baptist Church, Tyler, TX, on Thursday,
February 18, 1999, at 2 p.m. Officiating was Rev. Charles Paschal. Pallbearers were
Cliff Kay, Larry Nobis, Bear Shepard, David Daniels, Harold Callens and Everett Shamburger.
 Interment was in Pine Springs Cemetery. She was survived by her husband, Jimmie Carter, her
children and grandchildren. She was a resident of Tyler, Texas.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

Lawrence (Larry) Scruggs June 23, 1941 - August 8, 1997.

Mary Ann Sawyer

Minden, LA-Funeral services for Mary Ann Sawyer will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Minden West Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Bill Crider and Rev. Leland Crawford. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2012 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Mary Ann was born July 7, 1941 in Minden and entered into rest June 13, 2012 in Minden.

Her daughter Pamela Ann Sawyer, father Robert Lavelle Watson, and brother Charles (Bobby) Watson preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Donald R. Sawyer, Sr. of Minden, sons Donald Ray Sawyer, Jr. of Florida, Thomas Lavelle Sawyer and wife Paula Michelle (Shelly) of Hampton, Arkansas, mother Christelle Watson of Minden, brother Charles Watson and wife Annette Watson of Stonewall.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Thomas M. Turner, Sr. LUBBOCK- Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Tom Turner, 71 of Lubbock at 12 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Our beloved Papa died on Jan. 9, 2013 at his home. He was born on March 27, 1941 to James and Vergie (Arthur) Turner in Shreveport, La. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio. After graduation he joined the US Navy. Following his military service, Tom worked in sales and service of Medical Imaging equipment for 42 years before retiring. He moved to Lubbock from Amarillo in 1985. He married Digi Fry on July 16, 1996 at the Ponderosa Ranch, Nevada. One of Tom's favorite past times was working in and growing his vegetable garden. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James A. Turner; a son, Brian Fry; and the mother of Tina, Thomas, Jr. and Tammy, Diane Turner. Survivors include his wife, Digi; four children, Tina Turner and Jeff Fry and wife Samantha all of Lubbock; Thomas M. Turner, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Corpus Christi and Tammy Wahlstrom and husband Allen of Richland, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Chuck Turner of Corpus Christi and Bill Turner and wife Sharon of Shreveport, La.; and sister-in-law, Billie Turner of Dallas. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to your favorite charity in honor of Tom. To view life and service tributes and leave your memories and words of encouragement visit

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on January 13, 2013

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Gay Andrea Sievers Cook: died Nov. 24, 1975, buried in Arlington Cemetery, Homer, LA.

Jerry Winford Talton
Minden Press-Herald, Thursday, September 25, 1997

Jerry W. "Tubby" Talton
 Graveside services for Jerry W. "Tubby" Talton, 56, of Sibley will be held at 4 p.m. today at Sibley Cemetery. Mr. Talton, an automotive parts salesman who was born in Minden, died Tuesday, September 23, 1997.
 Survivors include his wife Nelda Talton of Sibley; two sons, Ronnie Harvill of Vivian and Pete Talton of Sibley; three daughters, Donna Biggs of Bossier City, Brenda Harvill of Sibley and Amy Talton of Sibley and 11 grandchildren.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

Full Name: Betty R. Young Williams
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 07/05/1941
Died: 02/07/2014
Visitation: 02/13/2014
Service: 02/14/2014
Cemetery: Fuller Cemetery

Betty R. Young Williams
Funeral services for Betty R. Young Williams will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. Ronnie Whitlock. Interment will follow at Fuller Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Betty was born July 5, 1941 in Castor, Louisiana and passed away February 11, 2014 at the LSU Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana after a short illness. She was a lifelong resident of Minden and worked for over thirty years at Al-N-Way Cleaners where she retired in July 2013.
Her parents, Adrian and Maggie Rowell, husband Bobby F. Young, brother Danny Ray Rowell, son Heath Dee Young, and husband James M. Williams, Jr. preceded her in death.
She is survived by her sons, Seth Young and wife Mickie of Sibley, Wincel Young of Minden, and one daughter Torchie Walker and husband Danny of Minden, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Richard Talton, Willie Talton, Jake Poole, Louis Pullig, Charles Callander, and Bobby Walker.
Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Anita L. Williams

Funeral services for Anita L. Williams will be held Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Bro. Jerry McFarland officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Anita was born June 2, 1938 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest July 29, 2016 in Minden, Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin O. Williams.

She is survived by her son Donald Ray Williams of Mountain City, Tennessee, daughters Cindy Rowell of Minden, Angela Price and husband Richard of Little Rock, Arkansas, sister Evelyn Joy McFarland of Minden, brother William Roy Ouzts, Jr. of Sherman, Texas, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family expresses thanks to Divine Home Health Service for their wonderful service and Minden Medical Center E.R. staff for their extraordinary care and compassion.

Pallbearers will be Donald Ray Williams, Michael DeLano, Clay Miller, Justin Miller, Junior Miller, and Scotty Miller.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055
(318) 377-3412n the Class of 1959.



Minden Press-Herald, Friday, January 8, 2010

Shirley Miller Volentine Class of 1959

Funeral services for Shirley Volentine will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Johnny Pistole and the Rev. Ken Gray. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen. Family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at Rose-Neath.

Shirley was born March 3, 1940, in Evergreen and entered into rest Jan. 5, 2010 in Haynesville.

Her parents, Benjamin (Bennie) Franklin Miller and Neva Lewis Miller preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Robert (Bob) Volentine of Leton; son, Tony Volentine of Springhill; daughter,

Pam Windham of Evergreen; sister, Brenda Reeves and husband Leonard W. of Minden; brother, Glynn E. Miller of Evergreen; grandchildren, Heather and Holley Windham of Evergreen; and great-grandchild, Gavin Roberds.

Donations may be made to the Church of Christ in Cotton Valley or donor’s choice.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Ethel Belle Zachry

Ethel Belle Zachry Malone
Born August 21, 1941
Died July 21, 1996
Monroe News Star, Tuesday, July 23, 1996
University mourns death of journalism instructor Belle Zachry Malone
Assistant professor of journalism and adviser to student publications at Northeast Louisiana
University, died Sunday, July 21, 1996, at St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas, after a
brief illness. During the past year, Malone taught a couple of introductory journalism classes
and served as faculty adviser for the student newspaper, The Pow Wow, and the yearbook,
THE CHACAHOULA. “She did an exceptional job last year,” said William R. Rambin, director
of the School of Communication and acting head of the NLU journalism department. Malone
was “always upbeat and enthusiastic” and extremely dedicated to the students. “I remember
one morning she left here at 5 a.m. Because of a computer glitch, she stayed right with the
kids until the paper was out. That’s just the kind of person she was,” Rambin said. “She surely
will be missed by both students and faculty.” Malone, 55, received both her bachelor of arts
and master of arts degrees in journalism at Northeast Louisiana University. After leaving NLU,
she taught journalism at Memphis State University, Grambling State University, and Midwestern
State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, before returning to NLU as a professor. The funeral
will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brazzell/Oakcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Hope, Ark.
the Revs. Michael Malone and Burl Mattingly will officiate. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens
Cemetery in Hope, Ark. She and her husband, Lory, have three sons: Chris of Texarkana, Texas;Keith of Fulton, Ark.; and Jason of Memphis, Tenn

Ann Mays Harlan

Etta Belle Zachary Malone-
We people can clearly hear you when they are in a coma, some don’t. To illustrate that point, let me tell you one incident that occurred while Belle was still with us in the coma. My brother, Billy, came to visit her. After he left I went in to see Belle and tears were flowing down her cheeks. I wiped her tears and asked her if she was crying because she was happy Billy came. Tears started flowing again. She heard me and she heard my brother, and I am sure she heard everyone who visited her before she passed.
 I think I need to say that from the moment Belle coded until the day of her passing I had pleaded and worked with her about staying with us. I had gone through a near death experience in college and imagined her in the tunnel I went through, so I pleaded with her to not go to the light but to walk bravely toward the darkness and us. She tried, she really did. Then I realized that it was not fair for me to ask her to stay if she was ready to go on to her life on the other side. So the last time I saw Belle before she passed I went to her and whispered in her ear, “Belle, it is ok if you want to go on. We will be ok.” As I walked out of her hospital room that day, I glanced back and saw her eyes open watching me. I ran back to her and asked if she wanted me to get Mom and Dad who were leaving. She opened her eyes again. I tried to get my parents but they had already left. I assured her we would be there first thing the next morning. That night she passed over.
 I miss her never-ending smile. I miss our talks. I miss her. Although I visit her grave and leave flowers, I know she is not there. She is in heaven with God looking down on us sending her love and caring to us. Her life made a difference to all of us who knew her. It still does.
Submitted by Jeanette Zachary Phillips