Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, October 2, 1990   Watson Armstrong ( 1947  -1990) Services for Howard Watson Armstrong, Jr., 43, of Shreveport were held at 2 p.m. October 2, 1990, in the Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, with Dr. Richard May officiating.  Burial was in Gardens of Memory.   Watson died on Sunday, September 30, in the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Shreveport after a brief illness.   A Minden native, Watson attended Stewart Elementary School, Lowe Junior High School, and Minden High School, from which he graduated in 1965. While at MHS, he played in the band under director Robert Grambling and won honors designation. He was in school clubs and took accelerated courses in algebra and English.   Watson graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1969. He was a social worker for the State of Louisiana.   Survivors included his parents, Helen Armstrong and Howard Watson Armstrong, Sr., of Minden (both since deceased), two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Lee Roy Mixon, and Ludie Ann and Charles Lynn Todd, all of Minden; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Sherry Armstrong of Minden; a special aunt, Mrs. Herman Culpepper of Gibsland; and several nieces and nephews. Watson's sister Ruth and brother-in-law Lynn Todd were 1967 MHS graduates. Lynn Todd died in September 2005.  

Submitted by Ann Harlan from the Press-Herald; revised by Billy Hathorn


Claire Turner Fussell has send us the obit for Judy Greer.  Judy graduated from MHS in 1965.  Says Claire "Her cousins Ed and Ronnie were Larkins Greer's sons.  Both have been very attentive to Judy since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor just a few months ago.  Through the years I have gotten to know Judy through DAR, teacher sororities, and our class "eating meetings."  She was such a wonderful person.  As I told Judy, she is one of the few people I know who NEVER said anything negative about anyone.  She was always nice to everyone--just a GOOD person.  I hate that we weren't closer friends in high school.  I'm just glad that we got to know each other better as we grew older.  I was blessed to have called her a friend."

Judy Kathryn Greer

Graveside services for Judy Greer, 62, will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Lawrence Harrison.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Friday, March 13.
Judy was born March 9, 1947, in Minden and entered into rest March 9, 2009, in Bossier City.
Her father Hugh Greer preceded her in death.
She is survived by her mother, Lessie Cooke Greer of Dubberly; sister, Jan Trump and husband Peter of Dubberly; one niece; two nephews; and many cousins and close special friends who will miss her kindness and her exuberance for life.
Judy attended First Baptist Church in Bossier City. She graduated from Minden High School and Louisiana Tech with a masters degree in art. She was an assistant professor at BPCC and a member of National Council of Teachers of English and a member of DAR.
Judy was a warm and inspiring educator all her life. She was also an avid student in her travels to Europe, her vast knowledge of museums and her in depth research of general



Thomas B. Frazier, MHS 1965

Frazier, Thomas Bacon Born June 15, 1947 in Minden, LA and passed away April 18, 2012 in Richardson, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton and Genevieve Frazier. Thomas is survived by his wife, Lynn Frazier; sons, Brian and Douglas Frazier; and brothers, Donald and John Frazier. Family will receive friends on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2-4pm at Restland. Services will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 3:30pm at Restland Memorial Chapel. Tom was loved so much by family and friends. He will be missed by many. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dallas Area Parkinson's Society, 6370 LBJ Freeway,Dallas, TX 75040.

Tom Carey, MHS 1965 and Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


CHARLES W.  HERRING (1947-2005)

Charles Willis Herring, formerly of Minden, died on November 15, 2005. At the time of his passing, he had been living for twelve years in Peachtree City, Georgia. Peachtree City is a planned golf community located just south of Atlanta.

He was the owner/operator of Mayfair Cleaning Services, Inc. He spent most of his early adult life as a professional haberdashery salesman. Charles was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Willis Herring of Minden. Mr. Herring operated the old Mayfair Cleaners in Minden: Charles chose the same name for his own business in Georgia.

Charles graduated from Minden High School in 1965. At MHS, he was a class officer and a member of the FBLA, the Student Council, and theTide Talk staff. He attended Pelican Boys' State. He played basketball and golf and ran track.

After MHS, Charles graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1969. He was was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.

From 1969 until 1975, Charles served in the Louisiana Army National Guard. He loved Minden and had many fond memories of his hometown. He always cheered for the Dallas Cowboys and the Baylor Bears.

Services were held at the Herring Family Cemetery on Piney Woods Farm near Statesboro, Georgia. Charles was survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Nancy Herring; his nephew, Dave Herring; and his niece, DeAnne Herring Campbell.

(See also Mayfair Cleaners under Stories.)

 Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Michael Edward Holliday (1947-2001)

Services for Michael Edward Holliday, 54, of Memphis, Tennessee, were held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 8, 2001, at Bartlett United Methodist Church in Memphis, under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home. He was cremated.

Mike was the owner/operator of Holliday's Fashions. The company is now managed by his older son, Brad Holliday. He died in Savannah, Tennesse, on August 31, 2001, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the family's vacation home in Hardin County.

Mike was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on February 12, 1947, to Albert L. Holliday and the late Sammie Holliday. He grew up in Minden, where his parents operated the Holliday's Department Store downtown and later Noah's Ark on the Sibley Road.   He graduated from Minden High School in 1965. He was an excellent athlete, a member of the MHS championship 1963 football team. He played basketball from 1961-1964, and he ran track from 1962-1965. In 1964, he was the district champion in high hurdles. He was also a member of the Dramatics and Science clubs.   After MHS, Mike attended Louisiana College in Pineville, where he met his wife, the former Donna Price of Pineville. He transferred to LSU in Baton Rouge, from which he received a degree in marketing in 1969. Mike and Donna lived at various times in Orange County, California; Minden, Grenada and Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Millington and Memphis, Tennessee.    In addition to Donna and Brad, Mike was survived by two other sons, Clay Holliday of Memphis and Andrew Holliday, both of Memphis; parents; three sisters, twins Bonnie Holliday Madden of Savannah, Georgia, and Bennie Holliday Greer (both MHS Class of 1963) of New York City, and Sandra Holliday McBroom of Monroe (MHS Class of 1966), and two grandchildren.  Mrs. Sammie Holliday died in 2002, and she is buried in Memphis. Mr. Albert Holliday has since remarried and still resides in Memphis. Bennie Holliday Greer is the wife of Edwin Greer, president of the MHS Class of 1961.   The family requested that memorials be made to Memphis Inter-Faith Association, 910 Vance Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn



Bobby E Hunter
March 31, 1946 - May 15, 2016

U.S. Veteran
Service Date: May 19, 2016 at 10:00 am
Funeral Home Rose-Neath Minden
Visit 9a.m. til service time Thursday
Bobby E. Hunter
Funeral services for Bobby E. Hunter will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Bill Mills officiating. The family will receive friends from 9a.m. until service time Thursday.
Bobby was born March 31, 1946 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest May 15, 2016 in Texarkana, Texas. He served his country in the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Caleigh Kirk.

He is survived by is wife of 50 years Sue Holcomb Hunter of Texarkana, Texas, son Jimmy Hunter and friend Debbie of LaGrange, Texas, daughters Dana Boyd and husband Johnny Mack of Sibley, Susan Sehon and husband Doug of Ashdown, Arkansas, Melinda Kirk and friend Lane of Shreveport, brother Wayne Hunter and wife Mae of Minden, grandchildren Max Boyd, Matt Boyd, Hunter Sehon, Stephen Kirk, Ashton Kirk, Tiffany Boyd Hunter, Brittany Sue Sanders, and Amber Howard, great-granddaughter Makayla McWilliams, his poodle that was his baby, Ladybug and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to donor’s choice as Bobby’s wish was to be cremated following funeral service.

Submitted by Ann Harlan, class of 58 and Linda Moorehead, class of 61




John Robert Inabnett Class of 1965
Written by Press-Herald Staff   
Friday, 15 January 2010
John Robert Inabnett was born in Minden, Nov. 7, 1946, and passed away, Jan. 11, 2010, in Sebring, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Reva Diane Cook Inabnett; his son, J. R. Inabnett and wife Kristi, of Sebring,; and three grandsons, Andrew, Christian Jack, and Evan Inabnett, of Sebring.

He is also survived by his son, Boe Inabnett and wife Heather of Mobile, Ala. They are expecting a son the first of March.  John is survived by his brother, Henry and wife Merlene of Houston. John leaves behind many nephews and nieces.  

John graduated from Minden High School in 1965 and received his B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology from Northwestern Louisiana State University in 1970.

He is a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.

He is a Past President of the Minden Jaycees, and the Minden Civitan Club. John served as the Regional

Vice-President, National Director, State Vice-President of the Louisiana Jaycees and Editor for the Louisiana Jaycees Newspaper. He worked with the Minden ALSAC chapter for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

His many awards include Outstanding National Director of the LA Jaycees, JCI Senatorship for LA, and Outstanding Civitan of the year, 1985. While local president the chapter was awarded the Giessenbier Award for Outstanding Chapter in the State, 1977.

John received many awards while working for Wendy’s International Inc.

Many thanks go to the staff members of Dr. Shah and Dr. Montero’s office and to the tireless efforts of the Good Shepard Hospice staff and volunteers. Thanks also go to Dr. Hodge and Dr. Venigalla and Kathy Sullivan of the Lakeland Regional Cancer Center.

The family ask you to make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Ronald MacDonald Houses, or your local Hospice Chapters in memory of John.

Memorial service to be held today, Jan. 15, 2010,  at 4 p.m. at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Sebring.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958



William Glen Luck, (1947 - 1974) Services for William Glen Luck , 26, of West Monroe were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 1974, in the Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, with Dr. Ronald Prince and the Rev. Charles Harvey officiating.  Interment was in Gardens of Memory.   He was a 1965 graduate of Minden High School. While at MHS, he played football, was all-district in band and was a member of the Dramatics Club. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Ridgeway Baptist Church in West Monroe.
  William served two years in the Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a licensed mortician employed by Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.  He attended Commonwealth College of Science in Houston, Texas, and he performed his apprenticeship at Rose-Neath in Minden.   Survivors included parents, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Luck of Minden; two brothers, Robert Joe Luck (MHS Class of 1959) of Denver, Colorado, later of Minden, and Tommy Luck (1943-1977 -- MHS Class of 1961) of Minden; one sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson of Atlanta, Texas; maternal grandmother, Mrs. R. G. Moreland, Minden, and one niece and one nephew.   Pallbearers were Felix Taylor (1947-1997 -- MHS Class of 1965), Gary Taylor (MHS Class of 1969), Bill Griffith, Bill Alexander, Gary Simolke (MHS Class of 1965), Larry Martin, (MHS Class of 1965), John Shaw III (1947-1981 -- MHS Class of 1965), and Tony Thrash (MHS Class of 1967).


Larry Don Martin May 22, 2012 Staff Reports Columbia, South Carolina – Funeral service for Larry Don Martin, 64, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 22, 2012), at Gateway Baptist Church. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel.

Mr. Martin died Thursday, May 17, 2012. Born in Springhill, he was a son of Orlene Timmons Martin of Minden and the late Kennith O. Martin.

He graduated from Louisiana Tech and had a career as a Certified Public Accountant. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Larry was a former Little League coach and an avid Louisiana Tech fan. He was a member of Gateway Baptist Church and a Deacon at the First Baptist Church in Minden.

In addition to his mother, surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years, Sandra S. Martin, of Irmo; daughter, Amanda Brayboy and husband, Johnathan of Columbia; grandchildren, Jade Riley, McCella Martin, McKenzie Brayboy and Bryce Brayboy; brother, Williams E. Martin and wife, Helen of Nixa, Missouri; and sister, Barbara M. Bryan of Minden.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by son, Kenneth S. Martin.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1145, Alexandria, VA 22312 / diabetes.org.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Linda Roberts

Linda Roberts Davis Martin

Linda Roberts Davis Martin, 65, was born Dec. 22, 1947 and passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2013 at Minden Medical Center.

Mrs. Martin was a graduate of Minden High School and attended La. Tech.

Mrs. Martin did a noble thing when she donated her body to medical science.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Mason Roberts and Irene Stark Roberts and a brother, Patrick Roberts of Minden.  Also preceding her in death are her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Joseph Stark of Gibsland and Mr. & Mrs. Claude Roberts of Calhoun.

She is survived by one son, Steve Davis of Minden and a brother, Charles Roberts of Colorado.

Linda was a member of North Acres Baptist Church of Minden.

Officiating her memorial celebration will be Bro. Steven Smithson and Bro. Gary Faircloth at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at North Acres Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank the Vent 2 Hall nursing staff, respiratory staff and CNA staff, Dr. Irizarry and June Roderick of Town & Country Nursing Home and their many friends and loved ones for their prayers and expressions of love and care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of North Acres Baptist Church, 1852 Lewisville Rd., Minden, LA. 71055.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Henry Lane "Lanny" McCoy (1947-1995)

Lanny was born in Minden on October 3, 1947, to the late Henry Herbert McCoy and Clotile L. McCoy of Taylor. He transferred from Gibsland High School to Minden High School in the fall of 1963 so that he could play football in the fall of 1964, having to wait out the required year to participate in athletics. He also ran track and sang in the school choir from 1964-1965. He took accelerated U.S. history and two English classes.

After graduation from MHS in 1965, Lanny received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Louisiana Tech in 1969. Lanny lived with his family in Taylor while he attended both MHS and Tech.

In 1971, he married the former Anne Bennett, a 1968 graduate of Gibsland High School. The marriage produced three children, twins Erin and Lyle (born 1979) and Asa Paul (born 1984).

Lanny worked primarily in counseling and law enforcement. He was a prison guard and later a youth rehabilitation counselor at a facility near Huntsville, Texas. He worked for several years for Shreveport Juvenile Court, thereafter at Willamette Industries in Taylor, and, finally, as a deputy under former Bienville Parish Sheriff Joe Storey.

Lanny died suddenly on February 20, 1995. He was 47.  He was partly disabled by a stroke that he had suffered six years earlier.

Lanny was a kind and considerate person who was interested in others. He was hard working and never wasted time or talent.

Services were held in the Taylor Baptist Church. Burial followed in Woodard Cemetery in Taylor.

In addition to his wife, children, and mother, Lanny was survived by his sister, Carolyn McCoy Fuller and husband Timothy Fuller of Shreveport. Anne subsequently married Jerry Wilks; they live in Taylor.

As of March 2006, Asa McCoy was nearing the end of his studies at Louisiana Tech and was planning to move to Arkansas. Lyle McCoy was with the Army stationed in Baghdad, and his wife Karen McCoy was temporarily living in Taylor with the Wilkses. Erin McCoy Martin was a nurse and operator of an outpatient clinic in Russellville, Arkansas. Her husband Daniel Martin was with the humanities department at Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Anne Wilks was an account executive for the Coordinating and Development Corp., with offices in Homer and Minden.

Billy  Hathorn


Lawrence McCollum (1947-2000) Services for Lawrence Kent McCollum, 53, of Shreveport were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2000, at the United Methodist Church of Shreveport, with the Rev. Willis Dear officiating, assisted by the Rev. Doug Baker.  Burial was in Section 1, Row 1 of Gardens of Memory in Minden. The words of a poem by David Melville are inscribed on the grave marker.

Larry, an attorney, died while jogging on August 28, 2000, in Shreveport.  He was born on August 24, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, to the late Elvis Alton McCollum and Ann Libby McCollum. 

He married the former Dianne Louise Rose (born January 4, 1947) on June 26, 1976.

Larry grew up in Minden and graduated from Minden High School in 1965. He was a very active student with boundless capability and energy. As a teenager, he worked at Fort's News Stand. He was voted the "most improved junior back" in 1963 as part of the state championship football team that year.  He played basketball from 1961-62 and ran track from 1961-1964. He served on the student council and was a champion debater. He was in the Dramatics and Science clubs and the Future Business Leaders of America.

He obtained his bachelor's degree in 1969 from Northwestern State College (later University) in Natchitoches.  He was elected chief judge of the Northwestern Honor Court and was chosen for the Blue Key national honor fraternity.  He continued his legal studies at LSU Law School in Baton Rouge, where he received his juris doctorate in 1972.  He was a semi-finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court competition and was the ROTC distinguished military graduate.  He was selected for Omicron Delta Kappa national honor fraternity.

He began his private law practice in 1975 and held numerous positions with various bar associations.  He was the former president of the Caddo/Bossier Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was a co-founder of the Northwest Louisiana Civil War Round Table.

He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves. He was an inspector general assigned to the 90th Regional Support Command in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and received numerous honors, including five army command medals, two army achievement medals, and three armed forces medals.

Larry was a member of the advisory board of the First United Methodist Church of Shreveport, and he served on numerous church committees and taught Sunday school. 

In addition to his wife Dianne, Larry was survived by two sons, William McCollum and wife Lacy of Houston, Texas, and Charles McCollum of Shreveport; granddaughter, Alden Elizabeth McCollum of Houston; three sisters, Marsha McCollum Gonzales and husband Dan of Houston, Debbie McCollum Graham and husband Richard of Bossier City, and Renee McCollum White and husband Philip of Stonewall; in-laws, Charles and Louise Rose of Shreveport; sister-in-law, Donna Rose Baxter and husband Greg of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Judge Eugene W. Bryson, Jr., Charles Grubb, Will C. Hubbard (MHS Class of 1964), Tommy J. Johnson; Judge Charles W. Kelly, IV, Michael W. Powell, Judge Charles R. Scott; David Gerald Tyler, and John W. Wilson.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Desiderata Sunday school  class and the Way Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

The family requested memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Shreveport or the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Frank Alvin Moseley Jr., (1946-2007)

Frank was born on May 26, 1946, in Alto (Cherokee County), Texas, to the late Frank Moseley, Sr., and Pauline O. Moseley. He graduated from Minden High School in 1965. At MHS, he played football and baseball, ran track, and was in the Latin and Dramatics clubs.

Frank died at his home in Doyline. He was a master machinist at Baker Oil Tools.  He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Services were held in the First Baptist Church of Doyline, where Frank was a deacon, on Friday, February 23, 2007, with the Rev. Steve Kelly and the Rev. Tom Carlton officiating. Burial was in the Doyline Cemetery. 

Survivors included his wife, the former Barbara Ann Moore of Doyline; his mother, Pauline O. Moseley of Doyline; two daughters, Tina Dixon and husband Charles of Shreveport and Monica Watson and husband Ronnie of Doyline; three sisters, Edith White (MHS Class of 1966) and husband Tony of Doyline, Rhonda Hanson and husband Steve of Glenwood, Arkansas, and Beth Hanson and husband David of Maumelle, Arkansas; two brothers, Earl R. Moseley and wife Sherrie of Doyline and Dwayne Moseley of Winnfield; grandchildren, Jordan Nix, Luke Watson, Jake Watson and Ali Dixon; and many special nieces, nephews, uncles, and aunts. His nephews were the pallbearers.


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, May 31, 2007


Bettye N Bass

Bettye N. Bass of Victoria passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2007, peacefully at home after a lengthy illness,and in the company of the family that loved her so very much.Bettye was born in Tyler on Dec. 28, 1947 to Thomas E. and Lertie Cates Nash.  Her dad worked in the great East Texas oil field in its peak, and Bettye and her mother lived in Minden, LA.  They traveled many weekends to be with her dad, and it was during this time that she learned her independent self-sufficiency from her mother.

She was an honors graduate of Minden High School and a member of the National Honor Society.  She was a Cum Laude graduate of Louisiana Tech with a double major in elementary education and speech therapy.  While at Tech, she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority.  She was a licensed speech pathologist in the state of Texas.

 She met and married Thomas R. Bass while a student at Tech on Nov. 30, 1968.  Beside Tom, she is survived by one son, Eric T. Bass of LaPorte, his wife Marilyn Bass, and three grandsons, Zachary Bass, TJ Bass and  Bryce McCommon.

 Bettye was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Victoria and was a long-term board member of Hospice of South Texas.  Hospice was her calling, and she worked  tirelessly to support the organization. She was an active member and advocate for Citizen’s Healthplex where she developed many lasting friendships.The family is deeply grateful to the staff of Hospice of South Texas for their wonderful, loving care. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Rosewood Funeral Chapel.

 Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2007 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dr. William J. Jackson officiating.

 Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Hospice of South Texas.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan


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William Allen Norwood  

Memorial services for Mr. William Allen Norwood, 61, of Minden will be held Feb. 20, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Cannon officiating.

Mr. Norwood was born March 26, 1947, in Minden and died Jan. 30, 2009, in Minden

He graduated from Minden High School, joining the United States Air Force out of high school —1965 to 1971. He spent one year in Vietnam and one year on Guam. Mr. Norwood was a greenskeeper at several golf courses and was at the Minden golf course at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allan and O’Neal Norwood and sister, Betty Lou Nation.

He is survived by his brother, Jerry Norwood; cousins, Sam and Mary Cheatham of Deridder, Linda Hunter and husband Billy of Longview, Texas, James Blackwell and wife Ima Nell of Ida and Peggy Jewel of Marinqouin; and several nieces and nephews.     Submitted by Elizabeth Roberts Martin


William Allen "Bill" Norwood, 61,
arrangements by Aulds Funneral Home, Shreveport, La. no services are

Born 1947; of 266 Sanders Road in Minden. Died on January 30, 2007 at
the age of 61.

He graduated in 1965 from Minden High School, where he played in the band
and was a member of the 4-H Club and the Future Business Leaders of Amerida.

The Norwood family attended Parkway Baptist Church during the fifties.

Predeceased in death by his parents Allen Norwood (1912-1984) and Oneal Norwood
1915-1991) and his sister, Betty Lou Norwood Nation, Class of 1955. (1937-2002) They
are interred in the Gardens of Memory, The Good Shepherd, Section 4, Row 2.

Submitted by Tom Carey, Class of 1965 and Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


Full Name: Lewis Pace
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 01/05/1948
Died: 01/28/2013
Visitation: 01/30/2013
Service: 01/31/2013
Cemetery: Gardens of Memory

Funeral services for Lewis Pace will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Wayne Howington and Rev. Leon Boggs. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Lewis was born January 5, 1948 in Columbia, LA and entered into rest January 28, 2013 in Bossier City. Lewis graduated from Minden High School in 1965. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Industrial Arts from Northwestern State University. He obtained his masters in college administration with a minor in psychology from Northwestern. Lewis retired as Director of Transportation with Webster Parish Community Action and was a member of the Webster Parish 911 Board.

He is survived by is wife of 43 years, Laverne Hicks Pace of Minden, parents Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Pace, Jr. of Minden, son Matthew Pace of West Virginia, daughter Amanda Pace of Baton Rouge, sister Sally Pace Cox of Minden, grandchildren Bryce Alexander Pace, Rowan Matthew Pace, and Addison Kathryn Pace of West Virginia.

Pallbearers will be Charles Stubbs, Charles Odom, Richard Tatum, Ed LaBruyere, David Edmonson, and Steven Bryan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Webster Parish Communications District One members and staff.

The family would like to thank Town & Country Nursing Home, Cornerstone Hospital, their staff, and physicians for the excellent care they provided for Lewis.

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

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



Shirley Jean Austin Purifoy (1947-2006)
Services for Mrs. Shirley Jean Austin Purifoy, 58, will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 19, 2006, at Proctor Funeral Home Chapel, Camden, Arkansas, with Dr. Richard May officiating. Burial will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden.

Shirley was born in Monroe, Louisiana, on August 11, 1947. She graduated from Minden High School in 1965. She played basketball and was a member of the Future Homemakers of America and the MHS Dramatics Club.
  A native of Monroe and a resident of Camden, Mrs. Purifoy died at her home on Friday, May 12. She was a bookkeeper for the Stephens, Arkansas, Water Department and a member of the Gilgal Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her father, George Washington Austin of Minden; infant daughters, Stephanie and Stacha Hughes; and infant son, Hollis Hughes, Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Derrell Purifoy of Camden; son, Edward Sturmer of Stuttgart, Arkansas; daughter, Hollie Hughes of Camden; mother, Elodie Lucille Youngblood of Minden; step-sons, Michael Purifoy of Dumas, Arkansas and James Purifoy of Camden, and eight grandchildren.


Thomas William Schindler

Obituary for Thomas Schindler Jr.


?Schindler, Jr., ?Thomas William "Bill" of Wilson, LA was born on January 19th, 1947 in Minden, LA. He married Patricia Pruyn Schindler on August 25th 1973 and remained a devoted husband and father. Bill graduated from LSU with a BS in Business Administration, and loved to watch and root for the Tigers. He worked in procurement and retired from Entergy. He was an excellent cook, an avid gardener, and found great joy in caring for his family, friends, and beloved pets. Bill Schindler loved the Lord and placed his faith in Christ alone.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, his daughters, Adelyne Owens and her husband Brian Owens, Anna Schindler, and Elizabeth Schindler, his sister, Jan Normand, his brother, John Schindler, and his grandchildren, Ethan and Jacob Owens, and Kaylee Gaspard. His parents, Thomas W. Schindler Sr. and Billie Jean Schindler, and his daughter Vivian Schindler predecease him.
Visitation will be from 5-8pm on Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Zachary, LA at Charlet Funeral Home. The service will be held on Monday, April 4, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Clinton conducted by Fred Malone from 9am until service at 11am. Burial will be at Eastern Star Cemetery in Wilson, LA.
Pallbearers will be David Sevier, Barry Phares, Kevin Owens, Jared Martin, Ethan Owens, and Caleb Whittington. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Owens, Eddie Winston, Doug McKowen, Joel Campanile, Freddie Mac Widner, and Joe Odom.

MThe honorary pallbearer in the Thomas William Schindler obit should be Freddie Mac Widmer, also a 1965 MHS graduate. memorial donations may be made to First Baptist C?hurch Missions Fund, PO Box 552, Clinton, LA 70722.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, class of 66 and Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61


John F. Shaw, III (1947-1981) Shaw services Friday   The victim of a weekend fire died yesterday in Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport after being in intensive care since Saturday night.   John F. Shaw III of 407 Goode died of injuries sustained in the fire which apparently started in the kitchen of his home.   Funeral services for the technician at Shaw's Plumbing and Heating will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Rose-Neath Chapel with Dr. Ronald Prince officiating.   Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.   He is survived by his widow, Ada Dianne Gordon Shaw of Minden; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Shaw, Jr. of Minden; two sons, Marvin Reed Shaw and Douglas Edwin Shaw, both of Minden; two daughters, Amy Surana Shaw and Terri Denise Shaw, both of Minden; and one brother, Robert Gene Shaw of Los Angeles.




Bobbi Tate Carver, 60, of Huxley, passed away Thursday August 23, 2007 at Willis Knighton Hospital, Shreveport, LA.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday August 28, 2007 at Strong Church in Huxley with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening, August 27, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. Until 9:00 p.m. At Mangum Funeral Home.
She was born August 15, 1947 in Eunice, Louisiana to parents, O. J and Beatrice (Douga) Tate. She was a member of Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley. She was the cook at Dairy Queen and Shady Oaks for many years.
She is preceded in death by her Father; O. J. Tate, Sister; Wanda Carter and Brother; Wayne Tate.
She is survived by: husband of 42 years, Lee Carver of Huxley; 2 Sons, Tracy Carver & wife Leann of Center and Todd Carver of Center; 2 Daughters, Katrina Carver Kirlin & husband Rich of Bellevue, Nebraska andKathy Carver Bryan & husband Matthew of Killeen, TX; mother, Beatrice Tate of Shreveport, LA; 8 Grandchildren, Brandon Carver, Tori Carver, Kory & Kim Kirlin, Ashley & Chris Kelley, Joniee & Dakota Bryan; Sister Helen Rasmussen & husband Bill of Shreveport, LA; 2 Sisters-in-law, Lynne Henderson & husband Ronnie of Shreveport, LA, and Mari Lou Tate of Chicago, IL
Pallbearers: Larry Rash, Derrick Rash, Ken Cooper, Bobby Leonard, Randy Ransom & Charlie Patton

  Barbara Tate was a 1965 Minden High graduate.  She is on page 42 of the 1965 Grig. She was born August 15, 1947 in Eunice, Louisiana and passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2007 at Willis Knighton Hospital in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Burial in Strong Cemetery Monday Evening, August 27, 2007.

Submitted by Claire Turner Fussell, Class of 1965 and Theressa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946

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Services for Felix Earl Taylor, 50, of Minden were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 1997, at the First United  Methodist Church in Minden. Felix died on Thursday, March 27, at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport after a brief illness of cancer.

He graduated from Minden High School in 1965. He was the owner of Imperial Dry Cleaners and Laundry in Minden. Felix was known for his cheerful disposition and keen sense of humor. He was an excellent businessman who focused on the customer's needs. He was preceded in death by his father, J. Travis Taylor of Minden, who founded Imperial Cleaners.

Felix was survived by his wife, Janet Cassels Hampton Taylor (MHS Class of 1966); sons Matthew Taylor of Minden, Lance Hampton of Minden, and Bernard Hampton, wife Laura, and granddaughter Mercy of Baton Rouge.  He was also survived by his mother, Agnes D. Taylor; sister, Cassandra "Cassie" Taylor Wigley (MHS Class of 1957) and husband Dan Wigley (MHS Class of 1955) of Baton Rouge; brothers William Taylor (MHS Class of 1967) and Gary Taylor (MHS Class of 1969) and wife Paula, all of Minden; his in-laws J.L. and Aileen Cassels of Minden, and a host of other relatives and friends.  Felix's brother-in-law Dan Wigley is the brother of Miss Ramona Irene Wigley (MHS Class of 1944 and a former MHS teacher).

Pallbearers were Randy Maxwell, Jim Starkey, Steve Thomas, Sid Sims, Larry Rhodes, and Samuel "Bo" McGuire. Honorary pallbearers were past and present members of the Minden Fire Department.  Burial was in Gardens of Memory  in Minden.     

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Shelton E. "Joey" Thornton, Jr.

September 27, 2011 Staff Reports

Shelton Eugene "Joey" Thornton, Jr., of Doyline   succumbed     to a lengthy illness  on September 21, 2011. He was a member of the   Class of 1965 at Minden High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelton E. and Patricia R. Thornton and one son, Thomas E. "Tommy" Thornton.
He is survived by his wife, Judy D. Thornton of Doyline; sons, Mark A. Thornton of  Ringgold and Trey S. Copeland of Doyline; daughter-in-law, Kali M. Copeland; granddaughter, Kari M. Juskowiak; grandson, William R. Copeland; great-granddaughter, Emma L. Powell; brother, George F. Thornton of Wisconsin; sisters, Patricia T. Sullivan   of Sibley and Janice Summers of Shreveport; ex-wife, Rebecca M. Thornton; eight nieces and seven nephews, and numerous friends and family.
The memorial service will be held at Sibley United Methodist Church on Oct. 1, 2011, at    2 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the family.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


Minden Press-Herald, Front page, Monday, March 28, 1983   2 Mindenites killed in Texas   Two Minden residents, Robert T. Yocom, Jr., 35, and Tommy R. Mallicoat, 22, were crushed to death between two trucks on the shoulder of an east Texas highway last night, according to Texas authorities.   Also injured in the accident was Thomas T. Moss, 45, of Minden.   Texas trooper Tommy Moore, who investigated the accident, said Mallicoat's van was facing south on the northbound side of State Highway 43 at about 10 p.m. as the men worked on Yocom's disabled vehicle.   Moss was apparently blinded by the lights of Mallicoat's truck as he topped the hill and crashed into the parked vehicles, crushing the victims.   Moss was in good condition at a Henderson, Texas, hospital.   The accident happened about a half-mile south of Tatum, in Rusk County.                                              SERVICES   Services of Yocom, owner of Yocom Corporation, have been set for Wednesday, March 30 at 11 a.m. in the First Pentecostal Church in Minden with interment following in the Gardens of Memory.  - - - - - - - - - - -             - - - - - - - - - - -  -             - - - - - - - - - - - -   Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, March 29, 1983   Robert T. Yocom, Jr.   Robert Thomas (Tommy) Yocom, Jr., of Minden, passed away on March 27 in Tatum, Texas.   He was a native of Minden and the owner of Yocom Corporation.  He was also a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Minden.   Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the First United Pentecostal Church with Rev. T. W. Barnes officiating, assisted by Mike Braswell. Interment will follow in the Gardens of Memory under the direction of Rose- Neath Funeral Home.   Survivors include his wife, Connie Yocom of Minden; two sons, Trey Yocom and Jacob Yocom, both of Minden; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Gates of Shreveport; grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Yocom of Minden; a brother, Jimmy Yocom of Minden; two step-sisters, Nancy McCall of Shreveport and Nanette Smith of Memphis, Tenn.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan


Ronnie Joe Volentine (June 22, 1945 -- November 8, 2008) was a member of the Minden High School Class of 1965.
He died in Minden at the age of sixty-three. He and his wife, Marilyn R. Volentine (born August 12, 1950), resided at 614 Buchanan Street in Minden.
Services were held on November 11 at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Bill Ichter officiating.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John Volentine and Ida Volentine (1902-1980); a daughter, Tricia Lee, a brother, G.W. Lary; a sister, Nell Villarreal; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth; and half-brothers, Kneiland and Jack “J.C.” Volentine.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John C. Volentine; stepsons, Rodney D. Irving (born August 29, 1970) and wife Shelly and Robbie D. Irving (born August 24, 1972) and wife Lucy; a second daughter, Amanda Lowery, all of Minden; sisters, Patsy Brown of Minden and Billie F. Brouillard (born February 26, 1942) and husband Robert P. "Bob" Brouillard (born 1939) of Park River, North Dakota; half-brother, Raymond Volentine of Tulsa, Oklahoma; half-sister, Merlene Volentine of Houston, Texas, and ten grandchildren, Allison and John Cayden Volentine, Crystal and husband Clint Smith, Ronnie Dale Irving, Stiles Lowery, and Nick Wagner.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


Martha Lynne Walker Wetzig

Martha Lynne Walker Wetzig, born January 17, 1947, passed away on October 30, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at West Chapel,First Baptist Church, Minden, Louisiana. Graveside services will be held at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden immediately following the service. Presiding will be Rev. Bill Crider of Minden, assisted by Martha’s cousin, Rolle Walker of St. Louis, Missouri.   Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana on Monday, November 2, from 5:00 p.m .to 7:00 p.m.
Martha is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Alan Wetzig of Dallas, Texas, and her parents, Frances Thomas and Andrew Newton Walker of Minden. She is survived by two children: Lindsey Alan Wetzig, his wife April, of Keller; and Leah Catherine Wetzig of Dallas. Grandchildren include: Andrew James Wetzig, Jack Ryan Wetzig and Ben Alan Wetzig. She also is survived by a sister, Ellen Elizabeth (Libby) Walker Cleveland and husband Gary of Berthoud, Colorado, and Tommy Walker and wife Cindy of Minden, LA. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Martha was selected as an All-State band member while at Minden High School and was a member of the Teen Trebles ensemble and TeenTone Choir of First Baptist Church, Minden. She graduated from Minden High School in 1965 as salutatorian of her class. Martha then went on to graduate with honors from Baylor University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. Martha was the recipient of the Ross Perot Education Award for Excellence upon graduation. She earned a Masters degree in Education from Southern Methodist University in 1974. She married Donald Alan Wetzig in 1973. Martha taught in the Dallas area public schools for over 20 years and was named Teacher of the Year in Midlothian School District.

She and her two children, Lindsey and Leah, moved to Minden in 1991 where she was an active member of First Baptist Church, Minden. Martha enjoyed singing in the First Baptist Minden choir and using her teaching gifts as a 4thgrade Sunday school teacher for several years until 2008 when she moved to Dallas. Martha was known for her gentle spirit, friendly nature, and willingness to serve others.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Martha L. Walker Wetzig and Donald A. Wetzig Scholarship Fund at Baylor University. Donations may be mailed to One Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798-7050 or online by visiting www.baylor.edu/giveand then searching for “Martha L. Walker Wetzig.”
Pallbearers will include: Winston Walker, Chris Walker, Craig Walker, Robert McKillips, Dr. Fred Cabaniss, Jack Byrd, Wayne Orr, and Howard Doughty.
Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961


Robert Thomas "Tommy" Yocom, Jr. (1947-1983)

Two Minden residents, Robert Thomas "Tommy" Yocom, Jr., 35, and Tommy R. Mallicoat, 22, were crushed to death between two trucks on the shoulder of an east Texas
highway on March 27, 1983. Also injured in the accident was Thomas T. Moss, 45, of Minden.
Texas state police said that Mallicoat's van was headed south on the northbound side of State Highway 43 about 10 p.m. as the men worked on Yocom's disabled vehicle.
Moss was apparently blinded by the lights of Mallicoat's truck as he topped the hill and crashed into the parked vehicles and crushed the victims. Moss was in good condition at a Henderson, Texas, hospital. The accident occurred about a half-mile south of Tatum in Rusk County.
A Minden native, Tommy was the owner of the Yocom Corporation. He was a 1965 graduate of Minden High School and a member of the First Pentecostal Church. Tommy was a self-motivated person, independent and innovative in his approach to business. He had many friends and was sorely missed in death at such a young age.
Services were held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, March 30, 1983, in the First Pentecostal Church in Minden, with the Rev. T.W. Barnes officiating, assisted by Mike Braswell. Interment followed in Gardens of Memory, under the direction of Rose-Neath.
Survivors included his wife, Connie Patterson Yocom (MHS Class of 1966) of Minden; two sons, Trey Yocom and Jacob Yocom, both of Minden; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Gates of Shreveport; paternal grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Yocom of Minden; a brother, Jimmy Yocom of Minden; two step-sisters, Nancy McCall of Shreveport and Nanette Smith of Memphis, Tennessee, and his in-laws, former Minden Mayor and Mrs. J.E. "Pat" Patterson.

''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''S this obit has several errors that need to be corrected.  Please check the cemetery book for corrections.  And check the spelling of his name.  On the website it is spelled .  Is it supposed to be Lawrence?