Reginald Denny Aarons (March 25, 1948 - February ?, 1998)

The youngest child of Joe M. and Hattie Aarons, Reggie lived in the shadow of many older siblings, mostly sisters. Mr. Aarons operated a fish market, and Reggie grew up in a small house on Roy Street in Minden During most of those years, his brothers and sisters were already grown and had left home. In 1965, the family -- the parents and Reggie -- moved to a larger older home on Center Street across from Richardson Elementary School, which Reggie attended from 1954-60.

He attended trade school while still enrolled at Minden High School and became skilled in the field of instrumentation. In 1969, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed mostly in the South Pacific or southern California.  He returned to Minden in the late 1980s to care for his parents in their declining years. After the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Aarons, Reggie worked for a time as a night watchman for a brother-in-law. Subsequently, he worked at nights at Hibernia Bank in Minden. He also wrote poetry, some of which was published.

Reggie was found dead the second week of February at his parents' home by his friend Terry Stratton. It was later revealed that Reggie died of a stroke. He was some six weeks shy of his 50th birthday.  Prior to his death, Reggie had been making plans for a spring trip to the "Four Corners" section of the American Southwest.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Hattie Aarons, two sisters, Irma Jean Aarons Beck and Myrna Aarons Reid.

Reggie was survived by one brother, Jonathan Aarons, and sisters Mrs Jodie Hyatt, Mrs. June Patsy Grunow, Mrs. Hildred Baggett, Mrs. Mildred McMichael, and Mrs. Audrey Skillman. 

There is no marker because he was cremated. His parents are buried in Gardens of Memory.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn



Kay Bridges Murphy

Memorial services for Kay Murphy will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Bro Don Crook officiating. The family will receive friends at 10 am Thursday prior to service.

Kay was born February 20, 1949 in Minden, Louisiana and entered into rest June 28, 2015 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents Robert C. and Mary Elizabeth Bridges, sister Ann Bridges Jensen, brothers Robert S. “Brother” Bridges, William Wayne “Bill” Bridges and granddaughter Sarah Attaway.

She is survived by her daughter Honie Willett and husband Barry of Simsboro, grandchildren Hunter Lee Morris and Beaux Morris, sister Lynn Bridges McCoy and husband Glen of Johnson City, TN, brother Jerry Bridges and wife Linda of Minden, , and brother-in-law Jim Jensen.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

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Minden, Louisiana 71055

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Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58




Submitted by Billy Hathorn

Larry Clinton Brewer (November 22, 1948 - May 23, 2003) was the offensive end for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs during the 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 football seasons. In the latter two years, he served primarily as one of two main receivers for Terry Bradshaw, the Shreveport native who subsequently embarked on a highly successful career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brewer himself was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons but dropped out after sustaining an injury at the training camp in Johnson City, Tennessee.

In 1969, Brewer was among five members of the Louisiana Tech football team selected for All-Gulf State Conference honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The others were Bradshaw, split end Thomas Allen "Tommy" Spinks (1948-2007) of Shreveport and later Arlington, Texas, offensive tackle Wayne Williams, Jr. (later the Webster Parish school superintendent), and defensive back Mark Graham. Brewer and Spinks were recorded among the top pass receivers in Louisiana Tech history. Seven other Tech players were cited for "honorable mention" by the same sports writers, who also selected Tech coach Maxie Lambright (1924-1980) as the GSC "Coach of the Year".

Brewer was born in Minden to Henry Clinton "Clint" Brewer (born ca. 1920), who served as the Webster Parish registrar of voters, and the former Helen Lockhart (born ca. 1924). Brewer played successfully for Minden High School, from which he graduated on May 24, 1966. After completing his bachelor's degree at Tech, located in Ruston, the seat of Lincoln Parish, Brewer received a master of science degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Ouachita Parish and thereafter passed the Certified Public Accountant examination. He was a hospital administrator in Ruston, Shreveport, and later for the Hillcrest Health Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Brewer drowned while on a family vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is interred in Sand Springs near Tulsa. In addition to his parents, he was survived by his wife, the former Toni Milam; three children, Blake, Marcus, and Natalie Brewer, and a brother, Gary Brewer (born 1951) and his wife, Pam, and their three children, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

 One of Brewer's first cousins, Michael L. "Mike" Brewer (born 1946), was also a highly talented athlete: All-District in football in 1962 and 1963 and All-District in baseball, basketball, and track in 1963.  Mike Brewer signed a football scholarship with LSU, but like his cousin, his career ended because of an injury. He and his wife, the former Cynthia "Cindy" Williams (born 1947), reside in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, Tennessee.

 Larry Clinton Brewer (1948-20) was, loved by all who knew him, was a dedicated servant of the Lord. He was equaled by few as a husband, father, son and brother. He was a giant among men.  Services and burial were held in Sand Springs.



Vonceil Brown Baylis

August 19, 2011 Staff Reports

Funeral services for Vonceil Baylis will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff Ramsey and Rev. Scott Laliberte. Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery in Ringgold.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. today (Friday, August 19, 2011) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Vonceil was born Nov. 15, 1947 in Rayville and entered into rest August 18, 2011 in Shreveport.

Vonceil was retired from LA DOTD with 33 years of service. She was a wonderful cook, a great friend to many and had such a compassionate love for animals. She will always be remembered for all the laughter, happiness, kindness and love she brought to others.

Her parents, Calvin and Jewell Brown and infant son, David Wyatt Baylis preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jerry Wyatt Baylis; beloved son, Jason Baylis of Minden; two loving brothers, Billy Calvin Brown and wife, Betty and Kenneth Brown and wife, Juanita; one loving sister, Mary Evelyn Kennedy and husband, Gerald; three sisters-in-law, Robbye Baylis, Sue Botelho and Beverly Sanderson; a brother-in-law Terry Baylis and wife, Jeri; four nieces; two nephews; 10 great-nieces; four great-nephews; three great-great-nephews and a host of many other family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Dwayne Brown, Tony Fuller, Nathanael Kennedy, Joey Odom, Jay McEachern and Ronnie Mouser.

Honorary pallbearers will be Unit 530 of LA DOTD.

Memorials may be made to: Webster Humane Association, P.O. Box 218, Minden, La. 71058.

Submitted by Billy Haathorn, Class of 1966


Dolan Keith Cooper (1948-2005)

PRINCETON, LA - Services for Dolan Keith Cooper, 57, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2005, at the Hill Crest Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Glenn Alderman, pastor of Belle Park Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed in Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Dolan entered into rest December 26, 2005, at his residence in Princeton, after a short battle with cancer. He was superintendent of BIO State Oil Company, with eighteen years of service.

He graduated from Minden High School in 1966 and was a member of the track team from 1965-66. He attended Northwestern State College in Natchitoches. Dolan was a friendly person known for his kind-heartedness and concern for others. He will be sorely missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wyona Cooper.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-six years, Linda Cooper; father, Travis Cooper of Minden; three children, Stacy Jones and husband John of Princeton, Brian Cooper and wife Heidi of Princeton, Darrell Cooper and wife Summer of Haughton; three brothers, Kenneth Wayne Cooper of Sibley,  Richard Cooper of Minden, and Raymond Cooper of  Dubberly, and five grandchildren, Jace Parker, Katherine Parker, Thomas Cooper, Simon Cooper, and Madeline Cooper.

Pallbearers were John Jones, Jason Cooper, Richard Scott, Robert Matthews, Ray Cooper, and Bob Hebert.

Rennie Stephen Curry  (1948-1993)

Steve Curry was born in Minden on St. Patrick's Day, 1948. He died suddenly in Luling (St. Charles Parish) on May 15, 1993.

While attending Minden High School, Steve was a competitive athlete. He played football from 1962-1965 and basketball from 1962-1963. He also ran track and was a bodybuilder. Later, his hobbies included  gardening and fishing.

After MHS, he attended Louisiana Tech and studied engineering and chemistry.

Steve married the former Sheila Plaisance, his neighbor on Chandler Street in Minden. Shelia had graduated from high school in Columbia, Mississippi, but had moved to Minden when her father was transferred. Steve and Sheila had one son, Stephen Lawrence Curry (born 1974). Stephen Lawrence Curry graduated from Tulane University; as of 2006, he had completed medical school and was a medical resident in Jackson, Mississippi .

Steve was employed for many years as an electrician in Luling by the St. Louis-based Monsanto Company, which  provides agricultural products to farmers worldwide.
In addition to his wife and son, Steve was survived by his father, Rennie Curry (1923-1998). Mr. Curry had been a patient at the Veterans Administration hospital in Waco, Texas. He is buried in Waco Memorial Park.
Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Moore Curry (1927-1979). Gloria Curry was a 1945 Minden High School graduate, attended Louisiana Tech, played in the college band, and thereafter worked at the welfare office in Minden. She died of cancer and is buried in the Moore family plot of the Minden Cemetery. Steve was also predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Hazel Florence Robinson Moore and Thomas Omer Moore, Sr., of Minden, and an uncle, Thomas O. Moore, Jr., who was killed in the Korean War in 1950 (LA PFC 21INF Div Korea PH).

Other survivors were uncles George Moore, then with the USAF in Kansas, and Fred Moore, then on a ship overseas and since living in Minden, and aunts, Betty Moore Lary of Hayesville, North Carolina, and Ethel Almira Moore Roberts, Helen Moore Roberts, and Lucy Moore Quaid, all of Minden, and Peggy Moore Burge of Doyline. George Moore and Ethel Roberts have since died; Ethel Roberts is buried in Bossier Parish. There were also numerous cousins.

Steve was a gentleman, a special person, the kind of man that one would like in a neighbor or friend. The class was most shocked and saddened to hear of his untimely passing at the age of 45. Sheila said that she was "devastated." He was cremated, and the remains were buried alongside his mother-in-law and father-in-law in  a cemetery in St. Charles Parish.
Billy  Hathorn


Gary Ford Davis (1948-2000)

Gary moved to Minden from Baker (East Baton Rouge Parish) with his parents and two brothers in 1962, because his father, Frank Ford Davis, obtained employment at the reopened LAAP. His mother, Martha Stanley Davis, later worked for Tucker Electric in Minden. Gary entered MHS in the fall of 1962. The family lived at the time within a stone's throw of the school gym in a rented house at the intersection of McIntyre and Marshall streets. Mrs. Baskerville, his biology teacher, lived behind him, and his friend Roger Grubbs lived across the street. They later bought a house on Sylvan Place, a small street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Broadway. They first attended Parkway Baptist Church and later First Baptist Church.

Gary was a hard-working student who played by the rules and spoke well of others. He was exceptionally reliable, dependable, and tender hearted. He was skilled in science and had originally planned to be a science teacher.  However, after graduation from MHS, he enrolled instead at the local trade school and studied instrumentation.

In 1968, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego and Rota, Spain. Upon his discharge in 1972, he relocated to the Texas coastal area southwest of Houston, often using a motorcycle as his means of transportation. He also liked what is now called "oldies" music, and he had an extensive music collection. 

He married the love of his life, Janet, in the summer of 1975, whom he met in the area. They lived in Bay City, the seat of Matagorda County. Janet worked for the library. They had no children. Gary was employed for many years by the Armand Hammer Company, often putting in long hours and showing special dedication to his work. He had hoped to retire after the year 2010 in the Lufkin area.

Gary died of a sudden heart attack while on the job on a Sunday night, August 13, 2000. He was 51. Services were held in the local Methodist Church the following Wednesday afternoon, followed by burial in Bay City. The church was packed, a testimony to the many friends that he had made in Bay City over the years. Navy veterans offered a 15-gun salute for the ceremony, but Janet declined. He and Janet had celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary just days earlier, and she felt that the salute would have been too difficult for her to bear.

Other survivors were his two brothers, Mickey Davis (born 1950) and Rodney Davis (born 1957), both of Minden, a niece, and a special cousin, Melvin Stanley, since deceased. Gary's parents and other extended relatives are buried in Fryeburg in Bienville Parish.

Dorothy Jane Dance Dillon (September 24, 1948 -- November 24, 2006)

Jane died the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, 2006, of a two-year struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 26, 2006, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church near Athens, Louisiana, in Claiborne Parish, with the Reverend Greg Dunn officiating.

Jane was born in Homer to Jay W. Dance (1922-1993) and the former Dorothy Chandler (born 1929). She was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she was an assistant song leader. She was also a member of the Piney Hills Sweet Adelines Chorus of Ruston. She operated her own hair salon for 27 years.

Though Jane did not graduate from Minden High School with the Class of 1966, she did attend MHS during her first years of high school. When the family moved, she graduated from school in Claiborne Parish. However, she kept up with some of her MHS friends and attended at least two class reunions. She was remembered for her sweet disposition and her caring attitude for others.

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Eddy Wayne Dance (1952-2005).

In addition to her mother, Jane was survived by her husband of 40 years, Danny L. Dillon (born 1944) of Old Athens; one son, Cody Dillon and wife Allison of Old Athens; two daughters, Jana Dillon Pease and husband Mark of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and Dana Dillon Smith and husband Ashley Smith of Denham Springs, Louisiana; two sisters, Janet Dance Dobbins and husband Barry of Minden and Janelle Dance Turner and husband Dale Wayne Turner of Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Dennis Jay Dance and wife Denise of Athens; grandchildren, Kim, Jacob and Justin Pease, Ariel and Avery Smith, and Lane Dillion, and a special niece, Angela Turner.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church or A.L.S. Association, P.O. Box 66825, Baton Rouge, La., 70896-6825.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn

I attended Jane's funeral Sunday it was a lovely service but of course very sad. Jane was a member of the Sweet Adalines a gospel singing group, they played a song sang by Jane called I am a miricle. Jane died the day before her 40th wedding anniversary, she also had a new grandbaby that was due in two weeks and was hoping to last until the birth of that child. Please keep her family in your prayers. Jane was a wonderful person who never lost her smile through all this sickness. She was my best friend from the 8th grade up until her death and I will really miss her.

Karen Chapman

Subject: Class of 1966 - memorial
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 16:40:00 -0500
It is with great saddness that I tell you of the death of Jane Dance Dillon. She was in our class most of her school years, and always considered herself a part of our class, even though she did not graduate with us. She had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs desease) about 2 years ago, and had been trapped in her non moving body for a couple of months; so we are thankful she has been set free. She was a kind and wonderful person, who I met when we were adults. I will miss her.
Mary Beth


Darrell Floyd (1948-1984)   Darrell died of cancer at 5:20 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 1984, in Humana Hospital Minden. He was 36.

Darrell played football at Minden High School from 1962-65 and baseball in the spring of 1966. He was a quiet, unassuming young man who was kind to others and a good friend to many. His death came on the eighteenth anniversary of his graduation from MHS.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in Minden Rose-Neath Chapel, with Dr. Ronald Prince officiating.  Interment was in the Minden Cemetery. A lifelong resident of Minden, Darrell  had returned from the military.  He was Baptist.   Survivors include his son, Christopher Floyd of Minden; his mother, Mrs. Myrtle E. Floyd of Minden; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Floyd of Minden; maternal grandmother, Agnes Seigler of Plum Branch, South Carolina; two sisters, Mrs. Judy Hough of Minden and Mrs. Jackie Williams of New Orleans, and and two brothers, Russell Floyd of Haughton and Randy Floyd of Minden.   Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in Minden  


Larry Earl Gorman (1948-1970)

Larry was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, on February 4, 1948, to Earl Gorman and Mrs. Vergie Sue Medera Gorman of Hampton, Arkansas. The Gormans moved to Minden in 1962, and Larry entered MHS as a freshman that fall. His monogram "LEG" was the source of some teasing, particularly in gym class, because he was a fairly tall and thin fellow with long legs.

Larry was killed on the job in a freak road construction accident near Lake Charles in April 1970. He slipped and fell under the wheels of moving equipment. He was 22. His father-in-law, Roy Hale, was the supervisor of the project.

Services were held in both Minden and in the Union Grove Assembly of God Church in Harrell, Arkansas. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Other survivors included his wife, Beverly Hale Gorman; one son, David Gorman of Haughton; two sisters, Anita Gorman Pope of Minden and Shelley Gorman Hargett of El Dorado. David (born 1968) is the father of Larry's grandson, Kyle Gorman.

Larry's parents returned to Hampton in 1975, after having lived thirteen years in Minden. His mother died in October 2005 of congestive heart failure and other health problems. Beverly Gorman remarried and moved to Texas.

Larry, rest in peace. "We hardly knew you!" As Mickey Rooney titled his autobiography: "Life is too short!"


William Glen Griffin Jr.


William Glen Griffin Jr.

William Glen Griffin, Jr.

BATON ROUGE, LA - William Glen Griffin, Jr. was born on January 26, 1948 and was delivered into the hands of the Lord on December 5, 2011. Visitation will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5 pm until 8 pm and will resume on Wednesday from 1 pm until service time at 3 pm. Burial will be held at Gwin Cemetery in Mangham, La on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 12 noon. Please sign the online guestbook at

Published in Shreveport Times from December 6 to December 7, 2011   Submitted by Dr. T. D. Carey, Class of 1965   ................................................................................................................................................ Article from the Press-Herald, Minden, La.

William Glen Griffin Jr.

William Glen Griffin Jr. was born on Jan. 26, 1948, and was delivered into the hands of the Lord on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. He was born in Minden to William Glen Griffin Sr. and Ruth Duke Griffin. He attended Minden High School where he played trumpet and bass horn in the marching band, concert band, honors band and also performed with his band director in a Dixieland, four-piece band. He attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston and completed Ayers School of Business in Shreveport. Bill worked at the Exxon Plastics plant as the security director for 28 years. After leaving there he worked at Woman's Hospital in security for a short time. He was a charter member of the American Society of Industrial Security, serving as president, vice president and treasurer in Baton Rouge. Bill was active in Boy Scouts as a Boy Scout adult leader beginning in 1987 when his first son, Brad, became active in Scouting and later with Marc, some 14 years. He was a Cubmaster, Tiger Cub leader, assistant den leader, den leader, Webelos den leader and Assistant Scoutmaster. He was a member of the Baton Rouge Genealogy Society, Winn Parish Genealogical and Historical Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of Stars and Bars. The Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded in 1896. He has served the SCV as color sergeant, second lieutenant commander and newsletter editor of the "Camp Courier". He was a past commander of the Gen. Henry Watkins Allen SCV Camp No. 133 in Baton Rouge. He was a Commander of the Military Order of Stars and Bars C.S.S. Arkansas Chapter in Baton Rouge. He was also a Louisiana SCV division genealogist and has worked to help many people find their Confederate ancestors and join the SCV and MOS&B. Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Griffin, of Baton Rouge; sons, Brad Griffin, of New Orleans, and Marc Griffin, of Baton Rouge; mother, Ruth Griffin, of Minden; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jan and Ken Starks, of Natchitoches, Becky and Larry Sanders, of Cotton Valley; brother, Gary Griffin of Minden; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sue and Tommy Pailette, of Alto; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glen and Nickie Grantham, of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. He made his profession of faith in Christ at Parkway Baptist Church in Minden, and graciously became a member of Broadmoor Methodist Church with his wife in Baton Rouge. He was preceded in death by his father, William Glen Griffin Sr.; and grandmothers, Bea Carpenter and Willie Duke. Bill was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Visitation held at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation resumes at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. Burial at Gwin Cemetery, Mangham, on Thursday, Dec. 8, at noon. Please sign the guestbook at
Published in The Advocate from December 6 to December 7, 2011     Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


Carolyn Gray

Carolyn Gray played basketball for the Lady Tiders throughout her four years at Minden High School. She was also interested in dramatics, homemaking, teaching, and business, having joined the school clubs in all of those areas.

Sadly, Carolyn died prior to the tenth anniversary of the MHS Class of 1966. She was among the first casualties of the class.


Brenda Gay Hall

Funeral services for Brenda Gay Hall Hughes will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Jeff Ramsey and Rev. Verval Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden           under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Brenda was born March 6, 1948 in Lillie, Louisiana and entered into rest April 6, 2015 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas J. and Eva Dison Hall, sister Maudine Hall, and brother Thomas Gene Hall.
She is survived by her husband Gene Hughes of Minden, daughters Patricia Hughes of Minden, Dana Hughes Hudson and husband Chad of Benton, grandchildren Kyle and Kaylee Hudson of Benton, brother Johnny Hall and wife Bonnie Jean of Blanchard, sister Patsy Hall Ramsey and husband Verval of Minden, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


Sue Ann Beatty, 68, of Minden, passed away on Monday, Oct. 26 at LSU Medical Center from a sudden illness. A life celebration will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Minden on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Cheerful dress is encouraged.
Sue was born in Minden and is a 1966 graduate of Minden High and was a member of the Louisi-Annes. She was a wonderful mother and military wife for 40 years. She recently worked as a care giver and volunteer with Webster Humane Association. She enjoyed her family, pets, gardening and had a deep love for her church family.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents Louise Jackson and JP Jackson of Minden. She is survived by her daughters Shannon Thornton, Deanne Beatty-Grider and son-in-law Tracy Grider of Linden, Texas. Sister Mme G. Harper of Haughton, grandchildren Cole Thornton of Sibley, Caitlin Grider, Drew and wife Brittany Grider of Linden, Texas, nieces Heather Ogea, Cassie Cole and grandnephew Dade Ogea of Shreveport and many very dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Webster Humane Association, PO Box 218, Minden, LA 71058 or Emmanuel Baptist Church, 713 Homer Road, Minden, LA 71055.
The family wishes to thank the members of Webster Humane Association and Sue’s church family during this time.
Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 66
God Speed Sue Ann Harper, the sweet little girl I recall that I remember baby sitting with sometimes with when her Mom had plans.  She and Mme G. were such pretty little girls & so   well behaved.  Their Grandmother Harper lived only a few doors down from me on Police St


Fred Maylah Hill (1948-1989)

Fred was born in Minden on March 9, 1948. He died on February 11, 1989, in San Francisco General Hospital after a long illness. He was the only child of Charles Causey "Bunker" Hill (1914-1991) and Alise Clapp "Pat" Hill (1911-1977). The Hills are all interred in Section 4, Row 8, Garden of the Good Shepherd, in Gardens of Memory. Mr. Hill worked overseas for many years, and Mrs. Hill operated a beauty shop out of the family home.

While at Minden High School, 1962-1966, Fred was a popular member of the Tiders basketball team. Being 6' 5", he was a towering player in that day. He and fellow player Winston Walker were described in the Grig as "backboard men." The varsity team, coached by Ray Germany, won more than half of its games in the 1965-66 season. The team was described in the Grig as having a "formidable defense and a lightning fast offense that upended many surprised opponents." Another teammate, Jerome Vascocu, led the district in total points in the senior year.

Fred was active in many others areas of MHS. He was a member of the Student Council from 1964-66 and served on its citizenship committee. He was on the Tide Talk staff from 1965-66. He joined the Future Business Leaders of America from 1964-66. He took accelerated courses in U.S. history, biology, and English. 

Fred graduated from Louisiana Tech with credentials in landscape architecture. He started Tech as a pilot student in the summer of 1965. He later attended LSU in Baton Rouge.

After leaving LSU, he lived for several years in New Orleans and, later, San Francisco.

According to the family grave marker, Fred's father "Bunker" Hill served in World War II from 1942-1945 and won a  "Victory Medal" and three Bronze Stars.

At the time of his death, Fred was 26 days short of his 41st birthday. He was survived by his father and his stepmother. He attended First Baptist Church during his Minden years.

Services were held on Friday, February 17, 1989, in the Rose-Neath chapel in Minden, with Dr. Ronald Prince officiating. Among his pallbearers were former MHS teammates Jerome Vascocu and Philip McInnis. Fred was the sixth graduate from the Class of 1966 to expire.


Services for Judy James (June 30, 1947 - April 27, 2009) were held on April 30, 2009, at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Minden, with the Reverends Jim Crain and Don McCormick officiating. A 1966 Minden High School graduate, Judy died after a long fight with cancer. On October 19, 2006, after the homecoming parade, the 1966 class motorcade detoured for a surprise stop at Judy's home, where she was then confined with illness.
Judy was born in Cotton Valley and died in Shreveport. She was interred at Cotton Valley Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. James (August 10, 1924 -- April 12, 1997) and Oleta H. James (February 17, 1926 -- November 30, 2008), and her brother Jerry Charles James (February 15, 1953 -- September 12, 2001).
Survivors included one son, Jeffery Scott Riggan (born ca. 1968) and wife Gina of Natchitoches; daughter, Andrea R. Wilkerson (born ca. 1974) and husband, Kyle Kenneth Wilkerson (born 1975) of Bossier City; sister, Brenda West and husband Don of Arcadia; grandchildren, Micah Riggan, Hannah Riggan, Racheal Riggan, Briley Wilkerson, and Ashlyn Wilkerson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dennis Branch, Wayne West, Craig Gibson, Bobby Adkins, Ricky Hammett, and Darin Woods.
Honorary pallbearers were Dan Shidiskis, Mark Woods, and Mel Smith.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, class of 1966

''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' James David Jones (1948-1969)   David was born in Minden on September 27, 1948, to Willie Bryan Jones (1907-1954) and Gay Lewis Jones (1908-1996). He attended Stewart Elementary School, Lowe Junior High School, and Minden High School. He played the clarinet in the Crimson Tide Band under director Robert Grambling from 1962-1966. He ran track from 1963-1965, and he was a member of the Dramatics Club from 1964-1966. He had many friends and was usually occupied with a wide range of activities.

After graduation from MHS in 1966, David attended the former Northeast Louisiana State College, now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He relocated to California, where he briefly attended Los Angeles City College. He died after a short illness on May 1, 1969. He was only 20.

David was survived by his wife, Candy Jones of Los Angeles; his mother, Gay Jones of Minden, and several uncles and aunts, including Mrs. Emo Lewis Watson of Florida. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 1969, at the Green-Kleinegger chapel in Minden, with the Rev. James J. Caraway officiating.

He is buried in the Minden Cemetery beside his parents. Mrs. Gay  Jones also lost an infant at birth on August 4, 1946. Mrs. Jones taught for many years at Stewart Elementary School. She died after a lengthy illness on January 26, 1996. David's maternal grandparents were David Henry Lewis and Odie Jackson Lewis.

Sadly, David was one of the first two casualties of the Class of 1966. In pre-Internet days, many of his classmates did not learn of his death until years later. David, we needed more time with you! You will be forever young in our sights while we your classmates steadily grow older.



Allen Lyons

Allen Lyons moved to Minden with his parents in 1964 from Denison, Texas. At the time of his death from a sudden heart attack in 1996, he was working with the committee to prepare for the 30th homecoming of the MHS Class of 1966. Allen lived with his wife and family on Constable Street.


Charlotte Miller McDaniel (February 10, 1947 - November 24, 2007) graduated from Minden High School in 1966, having been active in the 4-H and the Girls' Glee clubs. She was a rodeo barrel racer and won three saddle championships. Charlotte was born in Shreveport to Bernice A. Miller, Sr. (1918-1985), and Alice J. Miller (1915-2006). She resided in Homer with her husband, Harold D. McDaniel (born 1939), who survives her.
Services were held on November 27, 2007, at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, with the Reverend Dudley Poda officiating. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery in Minden.

In addition to her husband, she was survived by two brothers, Jimmy David Miller, Sr. (MHS Class of 1964), of Elgin in Bastrop County, Texas, east of Austin, and Bernice Arno Miller, Jr. (born 1942), of Minden.


Donald Ray Mosley (October 3, 1952 - November 1, 2008) was born in Homer but reared and resided in Minden. He attended Minden High School.
Services were held on November 4, 2008, at the Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Interment was at Gardens of Memory. He is preceded in death by his mother, Matilda “Tilley” Mosley, and a brother, William A. “Skipper” Mosley (1947-2002), Minden High School Class of 1966.
Survivors included his wife, Greta Mosley of Minden; father, Alfred Mosley of Minden; stepmother, Christine Mosley of Minden; sons, Allen Ray Mosley and wife Jennifer of Minden and Brandon Scott Mosley of Virginia Beach, Virginia; sister, Terri Elain Williams of Bossier City, and six grandchildren.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Sandra Greer Moss (1948-1979)

Sandra was born on December 5, 1948. She was a good singer and a member of the MHS Glee Club. She was also active in Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. She was quiet, unassuming, hard working, and kind. She died shortly after her 30th birthday -- the victim of a long struggle against Hodgkin's disease.

Survivors included her husband, Ronnie Moss; her parents, O.D. and Edna Greer of Minden, and three brothers, Kenneth Greer, Richard Greer, and Timothy Greer, all of Minden. Ronnie Moss  remarried and moved to Monroe.

Sandra is buried in Section 1, Row 12, of the Garden of Faith of Gardens of Memory. Her marker appropriately proclaims that "Her Christian Character Will Shine for Eternity." She was sorely missed by her family and friends.


Frieda Christine Maxey Watson (January 11, 1947 - January 16, 2006)

Services for Frieda Christine Maxey Watson were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2006, at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Everett Geis, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

According to her daughter, Cyndy Watson Herrington, Frieda died of complications from diabetes and heart disease. She had a heart attack in 1998 and went on dialysis in 2003. Two days after her 59th birthday, Frieda tripped over a cat, fell, and broke her hip. She died in Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.

A native of Minden and resident of Sibley, Mrs. Watson was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Minden.

She is survived by her sons, Jeff Watson and wife Candy and Daniel Watson, all of Sibley, and Richard Watson and wife Connie of Magnolia, Arkansas; daughter, Cyndy Herrington and husband Scott of Heflin; sisters, Darlene Woodall of Jamestown in Bienville Parish and Gloria Strachan and Debbie Patton, both of Minden; brothers Willard Maxey, Robert Maxey and Randall Maxey, all of Minden, and Larry Maxey of Carthage, Texas; and 10 grandchildren.



William Alfred "Skipper" Mosley (1947-2002)

Services for William Alfred "Skipper" Mosley, 55, were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at Beech Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating.

Mr. Mosley was born on April 4, 1947. He graduated from Minden High School in 1966. He died on August 7, 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Simpson Mosley; two sons, Keith Mosley and wife Amy and Dale Mosley; four stepchildren, Sherry Rico and husband Chris, Michael Savage and wife Tracy, Timothy Savage and wife Angie, and Craig Savage; twelve grandchildren, Alan Mosley, Lance Mosley, Stetson Mosley, Morgan Mosley, Dakota Mosley, Tiffany Mosley, C. J. Rico, Kendall Rico, Malary Savage, Blain Savage, Shane Savage and Ryan Savage; his parents Alfred and Christine Mosley; a half brother, Donnie Mosley, and a half sister,Terry Mosley.


Connie Patterson  - Mrs. Carmen Valerie Paul (1948-2007)

Carmen was known to her former Minden High School classmates as "Connie
Patterson". She died during heart surgery at Willis-Knighton Bossier on
April 14, 2007. She was the owner of Midas Touch Ventures and was a member
of the Central Assembly of God Church in Bossier City, where she had long

She is not listed in the senior yearbook, but she would have graduated with
her class on May 24, 1966. She was first married to Robert Thomas "Tommy"
Yocum, II (1947-1983). After Tommy was killed in an accident while he was
working on a stalled vehicle on the roadway, Carmen married Stephen Ralph
Paul (born ca. 1950).

Carmen was the daughter of former Minden Mayor Jacob E. "Pat" Patterson
(born ca. 1925), who served from 1974-1978, and Mrs. Sadie Grace Chanler Patterson*. She
was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky G. Patterson (1951-1978). In
addition to her parents and her husband, she was survived by two sons, 
Robert T. Yocum, III, and wife Becky of Haughton and Jacob W. Yocum and wife
Kerri of Bossier City; a younger sister, Tanua Patterson Riley and husband
Keith of Oak Grove in West Carroll Parish; three grandchildren, Valerie,
Dalton, and Charlie Yocom, and one unborn grandchild.

Services were held on April 18, 2007 at the Hill Crest Funeral Home Chapel
in Bossier City, with the Reverend Shawn Reine officiating. Interment was in
Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Submitted by Theressa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946  and Billy Hathorn

  Note:  She is a daughter of  Sadie Grace Chanler Patterson Yocom Paul, who graduated from MHS in 1946 and is still living in 2008. Submitted by Billy  Hathorn, Class of 1966


James Anderson "Jimmy" Powell, Jr.

James "Jimmy" Anderson Powell, Jr.

HEFLIN, LA - A life celebration was held for James "Jimmy" Anderson Powell, Jr., Wednesday, January 13, at 2:00 PM at Eastside Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Park Hwy. in Minden, Louisiana. Officiating was Bro. Richard Methvin and Bro. James Crain. Burial was at the Bistineau Baptist Church Cemetery in Heflin.

Jimmy was born in Ringgold on September 16, 1948 and left this world January 9, 2010, at home with his family. He graduated in 1966 from Minden High School.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Neill Powell, who died in 2009.

Left to celebrate his life are Patricia D. Powell, devoted wife and partner of thirty-four years; sons, Jason and wife, Jennifer, and Dustin and wife, Amanda; grandchildren, Josh, David, Chastin, Jordan, Chelsey, Tanner, Aubin, Maegan, Ashlyn, Jacob and Chloe; father, James A. Powell, Sr.; sisters, Jennie P. Shoemaker and husband Larry, Carol P. Honley and husband Glen, Jane P. Carver and husband Mark; brother, Hunt and wife Dana; also numerous and very special nieces and nephews.

Jimmy was a businessman, having co-founded and co-owned Blazer Construction for forty years. Jimmy's foresight and vision enabled him to affect a lot of lives and provide a living for many families in the Ark-La-Tex area. He was mentor to us all and expected the best from everyone, just as he gave. His love of the Lord Jesus Christ was showed in his generosity and his compassion for others.

One of Jimmy's proudest achievements was his insrumental role in the creation of Lakeside High School in Sibley. Many local playgrounds and ball fields also benefited from Jimmy's time and generosity. He also was a member of the building committee for EMBC that led in the construction of a new fellowship hall and sanctuary that opened in 2008.

Pallbearers were Mike Powell, James Roy Powell, Bernard Powell, Rodney Powell, Mack Easley, and Charles Gueterman. Honorary pallbearers were Freddie Mack Widmer, Lloyd Brown, Jimmy Ware, Winston Loe, Mike Bellar, Pete Brunson, Billy Foster, Mackey Lange, Nelson Goodson, and the Mens' Sunday School Class of EMBC.

The family would like to express great thanks to Dr. Robert Nickelson, Andrea Moore, Jennifer Edwards and all nurses at WK Cancer Center for such loving care given to Jimmy during his long illness. Also, thanks to everyone for all the prayers offered and cards sent that encouraged him so much.

The family requested that donations in his memory be made to the Eastside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1201 Park Hwy, Minden, La. 71055, Texarkana Baptist Orphanage, 5401 E. 9th St., Texarkana, AR 71854 or The
American Cancer Society , 920 Pierremont Rd, Ste 300, Shreveport, La. 71106.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Minden, LA 318-377-3412

Published in Shreveport Times from January 12 to January 13, 2010
Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


Brenda Pilcher Snodgras (1948-1999)

A retired airline flight attendant, Brenda died in 1999 after a lengthy illness. She was the older of two daughters of W. H. Pilcher (1923-2001) and Clarice M. Pilcher (1926-1983) of Minden. Mr. Pilcher remarried after the death of his first wife. He was self-employed in the sale of used autos.

Brenda is interred in Section 1, Row 1, of the Garden of Faith in Gardens of Memory Cemetery. There is a double monument to accommodate her husband, Jeffrey P. Snodgras (born 1945). Her parents are buried in the same plot. Brenda was also survived by her sister, Kathy L. Pilcher (born 1951) of Keithville.

She sang in the MHS Girls' Glee Club from 1963-66, under the direction of the late B. Earle Cooke, Jr. She was also a member of the Future Homemakers of America and the Future Teachers of America from 1963-66. She and her family attended  Parkway Baptist Church.

Brenda was a quiet, hard-working student who followed the rules and was considerate of others. As she grew into adulthood and went to work for the airlines, she became vivacious and outgoing, never meeting a stranger.

Brenda and Jeffrey lived in St. Amant (Ascension Parish). They had no children. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, and traveling. At the time of the 30th anniversary reunion of the MHS Class of 1966, Brenda knew that she was ill, but she did not know the extent of the kidney troubles that would take her life within three years.

Brenda will be especially missed at future class reunions. She always had a kind word and interest in others. What a delightful person that we were blessed to know -- for a time too short!


Mary Ellen Russell (1948-1996)

Mary Ellen lived with her family in a brick house on Elm Street immediately behind the Richardson Elementary School softball mound. Children often hit balls into her yard.

She participated in high school activities: a member of the Pep Squad from 1962-65, the Choir from 1965-66, the Latin Club from 1962-65, the Dramatics Club from 1964-66, the Tide Talk staff from 1963-64, and the Library Club as well. She took accelerated classes in U.S. history and biology.

Sadly, she died of cancer prior to the 30th anniversary reunion of the Class of 1966. Her death was a terrible loss to her classmates, her family, and friends.


Note: Most of these obits were written and submitted by Billy  Hathorn



Carol Sinclair Longcrier (September 20, 1948 -- October 13, 2008) had lived in the Jackson, Mississippi, area for thirty-three years at the time of her death at St. Dominic Hospital there after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Ruston to Tobe W. Sinclair (1923-2001) and Evelyn H. Sinclair (1925-1999). She graduated from Minden High School in 1966 and attended the University of Louisiana in Monroe.
Carol worked at Gene Payne Associates, the University Medical Center, and retired from ReMax of North Jackson.
An avid baseball fan, she was treasurer of the Jackson Generals Booster Club. At MHS, she danced with the Louisi-Annes, sang in the school choir, and worked on the ''Tide Talk' staff. 
Survivors included her husband, James T. "Tom" Longcrier (born 1944) of Madison, Madison County, Mississippi near Jackson; brother, Lynn Sinclair and wife Debbie; sister, Jill Callender and husband Wayne D. Callender (born March 1, 1957), and nephew, Matthew Callender, all of Minden, and nephew Craig M. Robinson of Richmond, Virginia. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Sinclair Robinson.
Services were held on October 16 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS 39110-7469.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966



Dianne Thurman Wall

Dianne T. Wall, age 64, of Corinth, Texas passed away Monday, September 30, 2013, in Denton, Texas.

She was born October 11, 1948 in Minden, Louisiana to Foy Thurmond and Mary A. McNulty Thurmond. Dianne married Donald R. Wall on August 26, 1967 in Minden. She was a member of Lake Dallas Church of Christ and was a very active member of the NRA.

Dianne is survived by her husband, Don; children, Lesa Wall and Bobby Wall; grandchildren, Tennyson, Coralann, Landon and Mikayla; mother, Mary A. Thurmond and half-sister, Linda Hartness.

A service to celebrate Dianne's life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. Interment will follow at McCurley Cemetery in Lewisville. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family requests memorial contributions to be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For online condolences please visit

Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home

Not sure but THINK she may have been in the Class of 1964 but left
Minden after her freshman year.  There seems to be a lot of interest
in her from that class and someone mentioned her leaving that year. 

Submitted by: Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

She was a freshman in the 1963 Grig which would make her Class of 1966.  She is not listed or pictured in the 1964 Grig.

Submitted by: Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Full Name: Robert W. Turner
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 08/14/1945
Died: 03/17/2013
Service: 03/21/2013
Cemetery: Whispering Pines Cemetery

Graveside services for Robert W. Turner will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Wilkes.

Robert was born August 14, 1945 in Minden and entered into rest March 17, 2013 in

His wife Jackie Turner and son Patrick Dallas Turner preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son Jesse Wayne Turner of Doyline, daughters Lisa A. Turner of Washington, Amanda R. Bethea of South Carolina, brother Rodney G. Turner and wife Shirley of Minden and four grandchildren.

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

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966


William T. Watson

December 28, 2011 Staff Reports

William T. Watson, 63, formerly of Minden and residing in Haughton, passed away Thursday evening, December 22 at his home. His passing occurred following a very sudden illness.

A memorial service celebrating Mr. Watson's life will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Haughton at 2 p.m.

He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in history as his major and later obtained his master's degree. Before moving from Minden, he had been employed with the Webster Parish School Board. His career included teaching at Sibley and Doyline, assistant principal at Webster Jr. High School and principal of Richardson Elementary School.

Some of the many honors bestowed on William during his illustrous teaching career included the following:

Outstanding American History Teacher Award, presented by D.A.R., Dorcheat Chapter, 1989.

Webster Parish Outstanding High School Teacher, presented by the Webster Parish School Board, 1985-86.

Webster Parish Outstanding Young Educator Award, presented by Minden Jaycees, 1972.

More recently, he has been employed at the Arbor in Bossier City. His duties have included entertaining the residents, overseeing maintenance and occasionally performing secretarial and office tasks. He was truly appreciated in all these capacities.

A very talented musician, he was involved in the orchestra at First Baptist Church, Minden, where he played the saxophone. He was also a member of the Harmon Drew Group for several years. Adding to his list of accomplishments was his ability to play the piano by ear.

As a young man, he ran in many marathon races at various sites in the United States, such as the Boston Marathon and New York City. His endeavors earned his winning top 100 in his age group.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Grace Turner Watson of Minden.

Survivors include his wife, Myra; his daughter, Kelsey who is attending Tulane University in New Orleans; his brother, Frank of Metairie; and his stepsons, Matthew Reeves, his wife, Rachael and children, Cole and Isabella of Shreveport and Jonathan Reeves of Bossier City.

William, you will be missed and we will see you on the other side.