Emmy Ruth Colvin Beatty
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Thursday, 07 August 2008
Funeral services for Mrs. Emmy Beatty will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, 2008, at Rose-Neath Chapel, Minden with the Rev. Roy Southern and the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Interment will follow at Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, Aug. 7 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Mrs. Beatty was born Oct. 10, 1946 in Minden and entered into rest Aug. 5, 2008 in Shreveport.

She enjoyed her dogs, camping, reading and crocheting. She was Assistant President of Minden Bank and Trust for 35 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Colvin.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Beatty of Minden; sisters Doris Colvin Palmer and husband Bill of Shreveport, Meda Kaye Colvin of New Orleans and Becky Colvin Addison and husband Gary of Shreveport.

Pallbearers will be Brian Addison, Jason Addison, Keith Dison, Michael Holomon, Briley Carter, Mike Eskew, Patony Morrow and Chris Hedrick.

Memorials may be made to Fryeburg Baptist Church.

Submitted by Elizabeth Roberts






Rodney Allen Bright
Written by Press-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 05 November 2010

Rodney Allen Bright passed away on Oct. 23, 2010 in Delaware at the age of 64.

Born to Pershing (Jack) Bright and Ruth Bowden Bright on Sept. 18, 1946, Rodney grew up in Minden and was a graduate of Minden High School and Louisiana Tech University. He served seven years in the United States Air Force, including stations in Texas, Turkey, Montana and Japan. He also worked as a salesperson for NCR Corp.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger.

He is survived by his siblings, Randall Bright and wife, Kathy of Little Rock, Arkansas, Reba Turner and husband, Barry of Bastrop and Rhonda Arledge and husband, Donald of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

He is also survived by three sons, Nathan and wife, Jessica of Marshalton, Delaware, Steven and wife, Melissa of Elkton, Maryland and Eli of Grayson; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Rodney will be remembered for his sense of humor and contagious laughter.

Burial will be private.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961




John Emile "Buddy" Chehardy Jr.

"He was a sweet and gentle soul."
- Kellie Ruiz

John Emile Chehardy Jr. (Buddy), 64, died Saturday, June 4th, at his home in Baton Rouge. Born July 11th, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA, he had a career as a technician at AT&T for many years. His true passion however, was his music. He was most proud of his days in the band, John Fred and the Playboys. He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Jamie and Anthony, five grandchildren, Tristan, Trinity, Anthony, Tamia, and Alexander, two sisters and brother in law, Jim and Caroline, and Jerry, one niece and two nephews, Joshua, Brian, and Alisha, two uncles, Jimmy and Peter Michael, three aunts, George Ann, Philomine, and Gidge, stepmother Bobbi, Special cousins Kelly and Michael, and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by father, John Emile Chehardy Sr., mother, Patricia Ann Chehardy (P.C.), uncle Brent Clayton and aunt Caroline Clayton. A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, on Old Hammond Hwy in Baton Rouge on June 18th, 2016, at 10:30am.



Funeral services for Mr. Tommy Curtis Collums, 60, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004, at  Rose Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Bill Crider officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the funeral home. Mr. Collums, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Monday, March 8, in Minden. He was in retail sales. He was born Nov. 25, 1943. He was preceded in death by his father, Byron Collums, mother Ruby Jean Jossey and step father, Bill Jossey. He is survived by his brother, Ronny Collums and wife Glenda of Minden; nephew, Mike Collums and wife Janna; niece, Ronda Jean Collums and fiance, Jeremy Baldwin, all of West Palm Beach, Fla.; niece Amy Thornhill of Minden; and numerous family members and a host of friends. Pallbearers will be Joe Maclsaac, Greg Fox, Jimmy Williams, Doug McCrary, Don West and Chris McCrary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.

Below is a poem written by Claire Fussell on the day that Tommy died:

Tommy Collums will always be Minden High School’s Number One Fan,
He started it as a teen-aged boy,
And continued it as a man.
Crimson Tide ran through his veins,
He knew each cheer by heart,
Though football was his favorite,
For each sport he did his part.
Minden will never have another Tommy
We will miss him at each game
We will cherish every memory
Minden will never be the same.
Ah, Tommy, you were loved.





  Born: November 15, 1946
  Death: December 16, 2012
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Martha Ann Pilgreen Crumpler
November 15, 1946 - December 16, 2012
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Pilgreen Crumpler, age 66, will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B. R. Loftin officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Minden, LA under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, LA.

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

Mrs. Crumpler was born November 15, 1946 in Minden, LA to Roy Dee and Ava Grant Pilgreen and passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 in Bossier City, LA. She was a lifelong resident of this area, a member of the Baptist faith and a homemaker. Mrs. Crumpler was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Mack Crumpler of Sarepta, LA; her children, Kevin McCall and wife, Wendy of Heflin, LA, Melinda Hennigan and husband, Glenn of Ringgold, LA; sister, Linda Pilgreen Suman and husband, David of Cool Ridge, WV; grandchildren, Brittany McCall, Destiny Butler, Shelby Hennigan, Hunter Hennigan, Lucas Ingle, Garrett Ingle, Cort Lee; step-daughters, Jeri Lynn Lee of Bossier City, LA, Sue Ann Ingle and husband, Marty of Taylor, AR and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Crumpler was preceded in death by her parents.

Serving as pallbearers will be nephews and friends, Jason Perot, Mark Crumpler, Michael McCullen, Jack Cooper, Dane O’Glee, Terry Harlon and Terry Wayne Harlon.

Sign our online guestbook at www.baileyfuneralhome.net

Bailey Funeral Home
Springhill, LA     Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58  




Funeral arrangements have been set. Visitation will be Thursday evening 5-9
pm at Hixon Brothers funeral home in Pineville.
The funeral service will be at 1pm Friday at Christway Church in Bentley
followed by interment at FrazierGraveyard
— for Nola Stonecipher Ellington.
Submitted by Waynette Sharon, Class of 1964

Nola was pre-deceased by her parents Eunice L. (1908-1974) and
V. D. Stonecipher (1908-1964)
Nola was survived by her husband Bobby Ellington of Dry Prong, La.; a
brother Vernon D. Stonecipher, MHS graduate of the class of 1957
She was also a proud Mother and Grandmother
Directions : Leave Christway Church going to Frazier Cemetery
Behind New Prospect Baptist Church take 167 Prospect Road in the
Prospect Community; then take Frazier Cemetery Road in Grant Parish
(Directions given by Hixon Brothers Funeral Home...It is pretty far out in the country)

I can hardly believe it Sherry. She must have had a heart attack.

Nola was a faithful friend of Ramona Wigley's and she was my friend too. In fact, she was a friend to everyone.

Nola raised pups for sale. She took good care of her pups and would deliver them to the buyer's home traveling long distances. She was a good Christian and we all loved her. I also think she played the piano for her church.

I bought Ramona, Nola and myself a china coffee cup and every morning we would pretend we were together and would drink our coffee from those cups.

They say death comes in three's. Too many three's lately and there will be more soon due to so many of our friends fighting cancer and I think the cancer is winning. I wonder why they can't find a cure for it.

Larry O'Dell would say they have been healed. When his sister died, he announced in church that she had been healed. For a split second, I thought she was healed while here on earth.

I stay in contact with Connie and I don't think Rodney Mason is beating his cancer. He really needs our prayers. I really feel OLD today thinking about our friends dying.

I have been thinking of all my classmates/friends that have gone on. Each one's personality so different and brought so much happiness to us.

Life flew by too fast. Don't we wish we had realized this when we were younger! Maybe we would not have made so many mistakes. I'm sure everyone would change something if they could do it over again.

Peggy Cheshire Baldwin, Class of 56



William A. Gordon, Jr.

April 25, 2012 Staff Reports

Funeral services for William A. Gordon, Jr. will be held Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Don DeLukie. Interment will follow at Fuller Cemetery in Minden. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

William was born Oct. 18, 1943 in Castor and entered into rest April 22, 2012 in Minden.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie Gordon of Sibley; son, David Wayne Gordon of Sibley; daughter, Sandra Michelle Gordon of Sibley; and grandchildren, Cory Alan Gordon and Starla Marie Gordon.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Boyce, Josh Boyce, Jay Boyce, Leland Strebeck, Jarod Cannon and Danny Bates.

Submitted by: Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58



Funeral services for Freddie Lynn Haynes, 60, will be held at First Baptist Church Minden Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 10:00am with the Rev. Wayne DuBose, Bro. Bill Crider and Bro. Bill Ichter officiating.  Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Rose Neath Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 7th from 5pm until 8pm at the Chapel of Rose Neath Funeral Home.

A resident and native of Minden, Fred died on Sunday, November 5th in Minden. 

He is preceded in death by his father, O. H. Haynes, Jr and great-nephew, Stanton Haynes. 

He is survived by his three daughters Elizabeth (Beth) Haynes of Baton Rouge, Nicole Haynes Lundy and her husband Scott of Dayton, Ohio, and Darby Haynes of Baton Rouge.  He has one two week old grandson Garrett Scott Lundy; mother, Freddie Louise Haynes, three brothers, O. H. Haynes, III (Lil OH) and his wife Debbie, Jerry and his wife Angie, Gary and his wife Sarah.  Fred had 6 (six) nephews, 3 (three) nieces, 4 (four) great-nephews and 4 (four) great-nieces.

Pallbearers will be Mike Brewer, Ronnie Brown, Dennis McClure, Stan Belton, Carl Shaw, Bobby Ashley, Richard Campbell, Lane Davidson, and Bobby Walker.  Honorary Pallbearers Coach Jordan, Dr. Tom Alley, MHS Coaches and Teammates, LSU Coaches and Teammates and Lakeside High School Coaches and Teammates.

Fred's football career included High School playing both offense and defense returning kick offs and punts.  He was a three year starting quarterback and defensive back.  He quarterbacked a team that went undefeated and won State Championship his senior year.  His senior year he was chosen as All-District, All State and Louisiana State Football All-Star.

Fred lettered all four years in baseball, lettering two years in basketball, and three years in track earning a total of 12 (twelve) letters in various sports. 

His college career included his title of "mini-brute from Minden" others in the Southwest Conference call him "Little General Fred Haynes.  Fred received national attention in Sports Illustrated in their article titled "The Littlest Tiger".   

His playing career at LSU was from 1965 to 1968 where Fred currently holds the LSU record for the most rushing yards as a quarterback in spite of missing the last four games due to hand injury.  Fred played in the Sugar Bowl in 1967 and Peach Bowl in 1968.  His starting quarterback record for 1966 was 5-4-1, 1967 was 7-3-1 in 1968 was 8-3-0.  He lettered all three years and was All-SEC Sophomore team.

Submitted by Waynette Farrington Sharon


Obituaries Though I don't have all of the details, I thought you would want to know that sadly, on June 30, the class of '64 lost one of its members, Carol Heard, after complications resulting from surgery. Hopefully more information will be available by Tomorrow. 
Barbara (Logan) Colley, class if '65  

Full Name: Rev. Carol Daye Heard
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 12/31/1946
Died: 06/30/2013
Visitation: 07/03/2013
Service: 07/03/2013
Cemetery: Pine Grove Cemetery

Funeral services for Rev. Carol Daye Heard will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Stephanie Kidd, Rev. Ed Dilworth, and Rev. Leon Boggs. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery north of Minden. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time at Lakeview United Methodist Church.

Carol was born December 31, 1946 in Ruston and went home to be with her Lord and Savior June 30, 2013 in Shreveport. She was retired from Bossier Parish School Board as a teacher in special education. Carol was passionate in her devotion to God and His creation in all forms. Her family and friends knew her as their constant strength and cheerleader. As an educator she was an advocate for the disabled. From leading worship in church to hospital visits, Pastor Carol was there to pray, hug, and encourage. And, as we all know, she was a passionate advocate for abused/neglected animals, having rescued and placed hundreds in homes. Her love for God's creation also extended to gardening as she beautified every garden she touched. Carol lived out a life of love and service, which glorified her Lord and Savior. She will be sorely missed.

Her parents Mr. & Mrs. J.F. Heard and brother David Patrick Heard preceded her in death.

She is survived by her brothers Nolen R. Heard and wife Fay of Hammond, Sandy Heard and wife Susan of Gainesville, Georgia, sister Alice Forrest and husband Ed of Hammond, a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Memorials may be made to Heflin United Methodist Church or Webster Humane Society.

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

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961


David Franklin Hinton (1946-1967)

David Hinton, photo by Robert Grambling

David Franklin Hinton, 21, son of Minden dairyman and Mrs. R. Don Hinton, was killed on July 6, 1967, when his car went out of control on a rain-slick highway, crossed over into the path of oncoming traffic, and was mashed broadside.

Bossier Parish deputy coroner, Dr. D. R. Martin, said Hinton was killed instantly, and he attributed death to crushing head injuries.

State trooper R. F. Hollis, who investigated the crash, said Hinton was westbound during a fairly heavy rainstorm when he apparently lost control of his auto. The car traveled across the neutral ground of the divided highway, and headed into the eastbound lane of traffic, which was clogged with early-morning traffic enroute to Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant. The car was rammed broadside by an auto driven by Glen R. Blackman, 64, of 154 Charles Avenue in Shreveport.

Blackman suffered undetermined injuries and was carried to Bossier City General Hospital, where his condition was listed as serious.

The accident, which triggered four other crashes, involving at least 13 vehicles, occurred at 7:12 a.m.---the time shown on Hinton's stopped wrist watch.

One of the other accidents---a four-car rear-end collision about 200 yards behind the initial crash---resulted in injuries to Cheryl Lynn O'Glee, 17, of Route 2, Haughton, and David Vance, 56, of 4005 Doris Street in Shreveport.

Miss O'Glee was carried to the Barksdale Air Force Base Hospital in Bossier City, where she was treated for a possible concussion. Her condition was listed as satisfactory. Vance, a passenger in a car driven by William Reece, Jr., 43,  of 431 East 73rd Street in Shreveport, complained of shoulder injuries, but he did not require immediate medical attention.

The series of mishaps was investigated by Hollis and state trooper H. E. Taft, Jr. The crashes backed up traffic in the eastbound lane for more than a mile.

David was the salutatorian of his 1964 Minden High School graduating class. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. David was a National Merit scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He was also an outstanding athlete. He played basketball in his freshman year at MHS and ran track from 1961-1964. He played in the band under director Robert Grambling during all four years of high school. He was a Student Council officer for two years. He attended Pelican Boys' State  in Baton Rouge in 1963, the same year that he was awarded the annual American history award by the Minden chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. David took accelerated classes in English (twice), American history, chemistry, and algebra.

At the time of his death, he was attending Centenary College in Shreveport.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, 1967, in the First Methodist Church in Minden, with the Revs. Edward R. Thomas and Merlin W. Merrill officiating. Burial was in Gardens of Memory under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Terry Love (MHS Class of 1966), Ken Connell (MHS Class of 1965), William Watson (MHS Class of 1966), R. Harmon Drew, Jr., (MHS Class of 1964), Ronnie Greer (MHS Class of 1965),  Enos Carr McClendon, III (MHS Class of 1964), Chris Allen, and Henry Gleason.

In addition to his parents, David was survived by a brother, Donald Rathbun Hinton (MHS Class of 1960), then of Atlanta, Georgia, later of Minden;  maternal grandmother, Mrs. P. L. Rathbun of Minden, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Hinton of Clay in Jackson Parish.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Constance Grambling Lane

COLUMBIA - Constance Grambling Lane died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at her home in Columbia, South Carolina, at the age of 63, following a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease during the last seven years of her life. Born in Jonesboro, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Robert Franklin Grambling and Marne Dee Avera. She was Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Music, University of South Carolina and served as the flute teacher at the school from 1971-2006.
An internationally recognized performer and teacher, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance from Louisiana State University in 1979. Her teacher at LSU was Dr. Everett Timm, and during her career, she also studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice Sharp and Julius Baker. Her studio at USC featured outstanding students who now hold important positions in the music world. Three of her students were winners of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Woodwind Competition, and one was named the winner of the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.
Dr. Lane performed as principal flutist with the Columbia Philharmonic, the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra and the South Carolina Philharmonic. She was a frequent guest performer with bands and orchestras, and on several solo and chamber music series all over the Southeast, including Spoleto in Charleston.
She is survived by her husband, G. B. Lane; their daughter, Branden Dunham Lane of Winchester, Virginia; a brother, Robert Gregory Grambling of Ruston, Louisiana.
A memorial service for Dr. Lane will be planned at a later date. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Constance Grambling Lane Flute Scholarship Fund at the University of South Carolina, 1244 Blossom St., Columbia, SC 29208, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P. O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0708, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 601 E. 5th Street, Suite 140, Charlotte, NC 28202, or the American Parkinson Disease Association, 250 Hilan Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305.
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  Patricia Gail Balkom Lawrence   Funeral services for Patricia Gail Lawrence, 55, will be held at 11:30 , Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Randy Hales officiating.  Burial will follow at  Gardens of Memory Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at 5 PM today, April 2, at the funeral home.  Ms. Lawrence, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Monday, April 1, 2002, in Shreveport.  She was a bookkeeper with The Golden Biscuit in Minden.  She was preceded in death by her father, Clifton M. Balkom and brother, Ken Balkom.  She is survived by her mother, Annie Virginia Balkom of Minden, son, Eric Lawrence and wife Teresa of Marshall, Texas; daughter, Jennifer Estes and husband Chris of Farmerville, three grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

Gardens of Memories, Row 13; Garden of Faith, Section 1 Patricia Gail "Memaw" Lawrence born 19 Jul. 1946 - 1 Apr. 2002 A loving daughter, mother, grandmother, and our best friend.

Submitted by Waynette Sharon

Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, August 24, 2004

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Janet Slack Mandell

MINDEN, LA – A memorial service for Larry Mays, 60, will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday,

November 27, 2006, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Minden Chapel.


Larry Mays

 Mr. Mays, a native of Minden and resident for the past 15 years, died Wednesday,

November 22, 2006, in Shreveport.

He is survived by three sisters, Ann Mays Harlan of Minden, Jamie Mays Vance of

DeBerry, TX, and Beth Mays Erwin and husband, Terry, of Collinston; three nephews

and one niece, John and Carl McClure, Ben and Elisabeth Erwin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Elizabeth Mays of Minden.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Kalorama Nature Preserve,

P. O. Box 126, Collinston, LA 71229 or the charity of your choice.

Larry was a graduate of Minden High School and Louisiana Tech University.

He was employed by Austin Bridge Company for over 20 years, supervising

and building railroad and highway bridges across Texas.  Upon retirement

from that company, he moved back to Minden and worked as an Operations

Supervisor for Petro-Chem Operating Company, Inc. in Shreveport.

Larry’s description of his position was “vice-president in charge of acronymns

& petty government regulations




In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

 And Larry Mays was absolutely fascinated with it.


Larry’s love of nature began as a very small boy, and spanned widely, from flora and fauna to the nature of technology and human behavior, and upward to the skies.


In the natural world of outdoors he saw all creatures and plant life perfectly set in concert.  To step on a bug, shoot a bird, or pollute the night forest with light was to create disharmony and discord in that carefully ordered concert.


If you were fortunate enough to be on his fax or email list, you had a delightful peek into his mind for two weeks, once a year, as he sent daily musings about his vacation trips through the back roads of the United States.  He began each day’s report with a description of the sky, the temperature, and the strength of the wind.  He saw things others missed, and described them in ways that made you wish that you were more observant.  Among regular features of these “Wanderlust” morning reports were “working or nonworking clocks” seen on public buildings, “road kill of the day,” and various wildlife sightings. One particular “wildlife” sighting was that of a centipede in the ice bucket in his motel room.  Only after taking its picture, he removed it to a flowerbed outdoors.


On these trips he made many human nature observations.  There were occasional reports of things such as “bumper sticker of the day,” or “business name of the day,” One particular bumper sticker he made note of was “Tithe if you love Jesus, anyone can honk!” 


Larry had enough knowledge of any given subject to converse with anyone about anything.  There was little he had not read about, because the number of books and newspapers he read in his lifetime might almost equal the number of days he lived.  This gave him a bank of information that manifested itself in an incredible ability to solve problems.  He was a valuable resource person for his family, friends, and co-workers.


We will all miss Larry, and will always appreciate his ushering us into realms of life we found so intriguing.  We will continue to visit them often, if we stay on the back roads, pay close attention, and find the spectacular in the ordinary.



Attached is a photo of the final resting place of Larry Mays on a hillside overlooking Eagle Nest Lake in Eagle Nest, New Mexico.


Dr. Ted Moore

Around 30 years ago after finishing medical school I did a few months of training at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in greater New Orleans.  After finding out that I was a graduate of MHS, my department chief said to me:  "Dr. Ted Moore was the smartest physician to ever go through the Ochsner Foundation".  .  With all of the great minds that worked in that fine institution I was greatly impressed then and  I still am now with the importance of that remark.  T.A. was a fine man, and he was a genius.   Tom Carey, M.D. Ruston, LA MHS 1965


Danny Nation

Written by Press-Herald Staff

Friday, 16 January 2009

Funeral service for Danny Nation will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. Jack Daniels and the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory cemetery.

The family will receive friends today January 16 at Rose-Neath Minden from 5 until 8 p.m.

Danny was born Nov. 27, 1946, in Minden and was called home to be with the Lord on Jan. 14, 2009.

Danny was a lifelong resident of Minden. He graduated from Minden High School in 1964 and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 until 1969, during the Vietnam Conflict. He married Kay Wilson in 1973, and they spent the next 35 years raising their children, cows, chickens, pigs, and anything else Danny took a notion to grow.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Diane.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; children, Robin, Kyle, and Justin; parents, Webster and Kathryn Nation; brother, Stan,; his dog Max;  and many friends who will miss the time they spent with Danny on his couches under the barn.

Danny was a member of First Baptist Church of Minden.

Pallbearers will be Pam Lowe, Gary Simolke, Carl Shaw, Mickey Chandler, Mike Kelly and Mike Jackson

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Jackson’s Sunday School Class.

Submitted by Susan Fields, Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946 and Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958

Subj: Danny Nation (Class of 1964) has died 
of complications of a stroke. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Nation and brother of Stan Nation (still living). His twin sister died in an auto accident in the late 1960s. His uncle was principal and coach Pat Nation.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966





Kathryn Diana Nation interred in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, section 2, Garden of the Good Shepherd, row 8. She was born 27 Nov. 1946 and died 14 May 1968.

Kathryn Diana Nation (November 27, 1946- May 14, 1968)   Kathryn Diana Nation, 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Webster Nation of Minden, was killed instantly on Tuesday morning, May 14, 1968, at a point one mile south of Cotton Valley, when her small foreign car went into an uncontrolled slide and collided with a pick-up truck driven by Mrs. A. K. Nettles, according to Dr. Thomas A. Richardson, Webster Parish coroner.   Miss Nation's auto was headed toward Sarepta. She apparently hit a wet spot on the highway, went into a spin, and flew directly into the path of Mrs. Nettles' vehicle.  In an attempt to avoid the collision, Mrs. Nettles had driven her vehicle off the blacktop and was almost stopped when the fatal crash occurred, the coroner reported.  Mrs. Nettles had a female passenger, who received  superficial bruises.   A 1964 graduate of Minden High School, Miss Nation had recently graduated from Louisiana Tech. She was to have been married in June to Kenneth Charles Chalaire of Shreveport.   In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers; Danny E. Nation, her twin brother serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, and Stanley W. Nation of Minden.  She was also survived by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Watson of Sibley. She was survived by numerous aunts and uncles, including long-time Minden educator Patrick C. "Pat" Nation, who died in 2005.   Miss Nation resided with her parents at 303 Germantown Road and was a fourth grade teacher at Sarepta Elementary School.  She was en route to school at the time of the fatal accident.   During her high school years she was a cheerleader and a member of the Student Council. She was also chosen "Miss School Spirit" and "Miss MHS." At Louisiana Tech, Miss Nation was first vice-president of Sigma Kappa social sorority and a member of the 1967 Homecoming Court.   Services were held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Minden, with the Rev. Irvin Roshto and Dr. L. L. Clover officiating.  Interment was in Gardens of Memory, under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home. She is buried in Section 2, Row 8, of the Garden of the Good Shepherd.   Pallbearers were Butch Williams, Harmon Drew, Jr., Earl Walker, Eric Moss, Ronnie Brown, Tony Thrash, Bill Jones, and Lucian Conway.   As of 2006, Danny Nation still lived in Minden; Stan Nation lived in New Orleans, and Kenneth Chalaire lived in Lafayette.   Few tragedies struck Minden harder than the untimely death of Miss Diana Nation.   Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan and edited by Billy Hathorn



Jerry Dan Norris


Obituary Guest Book


I have just received word that one of our classmates from the class of '64 has died. Marsha Phillips Carmichael went to school with all of us in Minden and would have graduated with the Class of '64, but she moved to Lake Charles, La. when we were in the 10th grade.(1962) She was the daughter of the local Presbyterian minister, Rev. Everett Phillips and his lovely wife, Mary Frances. Many of us from the Class of '64 will remember her and the wonderful memories we have of her family while growing up in Minden. She and I were best friends, even after she moved to Lake Charles. She was my maid of honor at my wedding in 1966. My husband and I even introduced her to her future husband and set them up with a "blind date" in 1968. He is now a district judge in East Feliciana parish in Clinton, La.  She had an older brother, David who also was very popular. Waynette Sharon

Carmichael, Marsha Phillips A resident of Clinton, she died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at Grace Health and Rehabilitation Hospital. She was 60. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Clinton, on Friday, April 13, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting at Clinton Presbyterian Church, Bank Street, Clinton, on Saturday, April 14, from 8:30 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Ed Carver. Interment in Masonic Cemetery in Clinton. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, William G. Carmichael, Clinton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura Carmichael Frye and James Frye, Dallas, and Abby Carmichael Mason and Brian Mason, Plano, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas W. Carmichael and Lia M. Carmichael, West Hollywood, Calif.; mother, Mary Frances Phillips, Sulphur; brother and sister-in-law, David L. and Sharon Phillips, Lake Charles; and four grandchildren, Benjamin David Frye, Samuel James Frye, Jack William Frye and Susannah Grace Frye. She was preceded in death by her father, the Rev. Everett H. Phillips. Pallbearers will be James Frye, Brian Mason, Ricky Beauchamp, Ikie Roberts, Ron Worrell and Johnny Sparks. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published in The Advocate from 4/12/2007 - 4/13/2007.



Wednesday, 25 June, 2008

A memorial service celebrating the life of Ms. Stella Orleece “Lee” Sexton Barnhill, 61, of Minden will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Church of Christ, Constable Street, Minden, with Bro. Charles Pate officiating.
Interment will follow at a later date at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubberly.

Ms. Barnhill was born Aug. 22, 1946 in Cotton Valley to Charles Melvin Sexton and Lurleen Carpenter Sexton. She passed away suddenly Monday, June 23, 2008.

Ms. Barnhill was a member of Church of Christ. She was a former equipment operator with T.L. James Construction. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and religious studies.

She is preceded in death by her father; her sister, Joann Jilg; and her brother, Charles Wayne “Butch” Sexton.

She is survived by her mother; two sons, Jimmie Lynn Bailey, Jr. and wife Lisa of Dallas, Texas and Robert Wayne Barnhill and wife Kelly of Haughton; one daughter, Michele Ward and husband Jerry of Shongaloo; two sisters, Dyann Plunkett of Dubberly and Geri MaGee of Minden; one brother, Danny M. Sexton of Minden; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends

Submitted by Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1948

 I  remember Orleece. She was always so quiet and sweet. Precious girl. Her picture is in the Grig when we were juniors and also her senior picture is in the Grig with us, so she must have dropped out just before graduation. She always made straight A's and was very intelligent. Waynette Farrington Sharon

I remember Orleece very well.  She was very pretty.  Thank you for letting us know of her death.  I had lost track of her and didn't know here she lived.  I wish she would have come to some of the reunions and I could have known her better.  May she rest in peace. 
Eve Baskerville, Class of 1964

Orleese grew up where the Bayou Inn is now. Her Dad ran a fishing camp there for years and was a commercial fisherman. His picture, along with Mr. Mobley, is on display in the Bossier Bass Pro Shop.   Orleese , as I said was a WESTSIDER and of course a very nice, friendly girl.   Carl Shaw, Class of 1964

I remember Oraleese Sexton's Dad very well. My Dad would rent a boat from him and we would fish for those Dorcheat red bream. I think she had a sister named Dianne who graduated in 1961 who went to school with us at Westside.

Ronnie Hennigan, Class of 1961

Orleece also had a brother name of Butch. Wouldn't it be a coincidence if the Ruston Bear that wondered into downtown Houston this week was the same bear Sam Wigley, class of 1964 wrestled?

Carl Shaw, Class of 1964

Sam A. Wigley SHREVEPORT, LA - Mr. Sam A. Wigley passed away at Willis Knighton Pierremont on Saturday, June 25, 2005. Visitation was held at Osborn Funeral Home on Sunday, June 26 from 4 until 8 pm. Funeral services will begin at 2pm, Monday, June 27, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Conrad Edwards, assisted by Rev. Kathy Wafer, Associate Pastors at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Minden, LA at 4pm.

Sam was an Engineering Technician, Drilling Supervisor and Consultant, having retired from OXY, USA.

He graduated from Minden High School and earned his B. S. degree from Northeast Louisiana University. His petroleum degree was from Tyler Junior College.

He was active in Kappa Alpha Order as a collegiate and as an alumni member.

Sam was a faithful member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church, where he maintained a near-perfect attendance record, not only in Sunday worship, but also in all Bible Study and organizational groups as well.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Albert L. and Irene Moore Wigley.

Sam is survived by a nephew, Brian Taylor Wigley and his wife Kim; great nephew, Taylor Joseph Wigley, and a great niece, Claire Elizabeth Wigley, all of Baton Rouge; one sister, Ramona Wigley; brother, Dan L. Wigley and wife Cassandra Taylor Wigley, of Covington.

Pallbearers will be Stan Belton, Ronnie Brown, Fred Evans, Earl Walker, Wayne "Butch" Williams and Malcolm Parker.

The family requests that memorials be made in lieu of flowers to Broadmoor United Methodist Church.Osborn Funeral Home


Published on June 27, 2005.



Jeanne RATCLIFF Morris
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Funeral services for Mrs. Jeanne R. Morris, 61, of Minden, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel with the Rev. Bill Ichter and the Rev. Wayne Dubose officiating. Interment will follow at the Minden Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Mrs. Morris died June 7, 2008 in Minden.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, June 10, at the funeral home.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Bernice and Sarah Kathryn Ratcliff.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, C. Eugene Morris of Minden; two sons, Steve E. Morris of Longview, Texas and Bryan Morris and wife Khristal of Minden; one sister, Jan E. Saltzman and husband Calvin of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Beaux and Hunter Morris of Longview and Trasie and Lil Bryan Morris of Minden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Greg Smith, Roy Kea, Harold Boze, Eric Mangrum, Jeff Edmonson and Brian Kirkland.
The procession will be led by Capt. Don Smith and Reserve Deputy Donald Boswell of the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, January 15, 1990


Mrs. Linda Raye Perryman Davis


Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Raye Davis of Minden were conducted Monday,

Jan. 15, 1990 in the Beech Springs Baptist Church.  Officiating were Bros. Virgil

Groves, Donald Lemmons, and C. H. Land.  Burial followed in the Brushwood

Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.


Mrs. Davis died Saturday, Jan. 13, 1990 at 1:07 a.m. at the Schumpert Medical

Center in Shreveport after an extended illness.  She was 43.


Mrs. Davis was a native and lifelong resident of Minden.  She was a homemaker

and a member of the Beech Springs Baptist Church.


She is survived by her husband, Edwin M. Davis of Minden; her mother and father,

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Perryman of Minden; two sons and a daughter-in-law,

Edwin lane and Jeannine Davis of Minden and Robert Davis of Minden; a sister

and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Jackie Boyce of Minden; and a brother and

sister-in-law, David and Gayle Perryman, also of Minden.


Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Joseph David Toups, Jr.

Born: Oct 15, 1946, died at Willis Knighton Medical Center died Sept 17, 2008 after a brief illness. Memorial Services will be held Friday, September 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Submitted by T. D. Carey, M.D.

Joseph David (Dave)Toups, Jr.

Joseph David Toups, Jr. was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up in a military household, spending his childhood throughout the United States, and overseas, in Germany. By high school, his family had settled in Minden, where he attended and graduated from Minden High School.

During high school in Minden, David enjoyed football, track and band. His undergraduate degree was from La Tech where he joined Kappa Alpha order. Following in his father's footsteps, he joined the Army and graduated from Artillery Officer's Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, as a Second Lieutenant. David served two tours of duty in Vietnam, first as an artillery forward observer and later as an artillery battery commander. Twice wounded, he received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star of Courage Medal. He continued military service in the reserves attaining the rank of Major.

Upon returning to civilian life he obtained his juris doctorate at LSU - Law School, Baton Rouge. He began his law practice as Assistant District Attorney of Mansfield, LA; until his death, he practiced civil law and criminal defense in the Mansfield/Shreveport area.

Proceded in death by his father, Joseph D Toups and his mother, Louise W Toups; he is survived by his wife and best friend, Cathy Dickinson Toups, one daughter Suzanne Toups, of Hartsville, SC; four sons, John William Robbins and wife Kayla of Bossier City, LA; Stephen David Toups of Charleston, SC; Brian Joseph Toups, and Patrick James Toups both of Grand Cane, LA; two grandsons, Kolby Copeland and Andrew Stephen Diaz, two sisters, Trudy Mabry and husband Fred of Bandera, TX and Ellen J Toups of Arlington, VA.

Devoted to his sons, he was noted for his work with teenagers helping them reach state and national championships in the Desoto Youth Team Shooting, and his work as Orienteering coach.

Well known for his quick wit, his extreme intelligence and his fun loving spirit, he will be missed by a host of family and friends.

Honorary Pallbearers: Richard Campbell of Minden, LA; B J Andrews of Mansfield, Herman Lawson of Mansfield, Fred Mabry of Bandera, TX; Steve Maddry of Minden, LA; Timmy Airheart of Mansfield, LA, Jerry Nash of Mansfield, LA, Lane Davidson, of Minden, LA, Harmon Drew, of Minden, LA, Bill Staser of Baton Rouge, LA, Scott Gurley of Mansfield, LA.

Memorial Services will be held Friday at 2 PM at the Roseneath Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA with informal visitation immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any memorials be sent to the Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, Mansfield, LA or St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. Rose-Neath Mansfield

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Anne Sanders Whittington

ARKADELPHIA, AR - On Sunday, March 6, 2011, the Lord called home another angel, Anne Sanders Whittington, after a strong and courageous battle with Leukemia. She left her earthly home for a permanent heavenly home with Jesus.

Anne was born in Shreveport on February 11, 1946. She is survived by her husband of 22 years Joseph Whittington. Anne and Joe made their home in Arkadelphia, AR. She is also survived by daughter Kelley Maxey Cordray and husband Todd of Carrollton, TX. Left to cherish wonderful memories are Haley Anne and Dylan Edward Cordray, her grandchildren who she always referred to as her pride and joy. She left behind three sisters, Sue Sanders Gruber and husband Warren, Sherry Sanders Walker and husband Don, Nancy Sanders Bradford and husband Pat, and brother William Sanders and his wife Maura. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who will always cherish their memories of Aunt Anne.

Anne is preceded in death by her mother Thelma Prince Sanders and her father William Edwin Sanders.

For the last 19 years Anne was employed at Anthony Timberlands in Bierne, Arkansas. She was a friend to all her co-workers and management.

Anne loved gardening, cooking and quilting. She cherished her friendship with the Girls of '64 at Minden High School. Many wonderful memories were made with Joe traveling to Colorado to visit family and many more trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama, with family and friends.

Anne's family would like to thank the nurses and staff on 4B and 10A at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 12th from twelve noon until 12:45 at Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden, Louisiana, with a memorial service immediately following. The Rev. Carol Heard, a cousin of Anne's, of Heflin United Methodist Church and Associate Pastor-Missions Wade Longcrier of FBC Carrollton, Texas will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to Lakeview United Methodist Church 301 Lakeshore Drive, Minden LA 71055 or First Baptist Church Carrollton, Texas Youth Mission Trip Fund 2400 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75007

Published in Shreveport Times from March 10 to March 11, 2011



Jimmie Nolan Woods is interred in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Section 1, Garden of Fountain of Youth, Row 2. He was born 20 April, 1946 died 2 November 1973

Football '60-'63, All-District '63, All-State '63; Basketball '60-'63; Baseball '61; Track '61-'64; Drama Club '62-'63; F.B.L.A. '63-'64



Obits written by BIlly Hathorn      .