Peggy Lynn Faircloth, "Miss Peggy," went to be with her Lord, and loved ones on Sept. 8, 2012, after a lengthy illness.

Peggy was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Adams of Minden and was married to Gary R. Faircloth, formerly of Minden.

Peggy Lynn Adams Faircloth

Shreveport, LA - Peggy Lynn Faircloth, "Miss Peggy", went to be with her Lord, and loved ones on September 8, 2012, after a lengthy illness.

Peggy was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Adams of Minden, LA and was married to Gary R. Faircloth, formerly of Minden. She was a 1967 graduate of Minden High School where she excelled as a Captain of the Louisianes and both competitive and synchronized swimming. She was also an All District Choir member and served on the Student Council.

Mrs. Faircloth attended Louisiana Tech and graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in Graphic Design. She also did graduate work in Clinical Counseling at Southern Arkansas University.

Peggy worked as an advertising executive in the Dallas area for several years before moving back to Minden to serve as a Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Church.

"Miss Peggy" had a bright smile and caring personality and was always ready to lend a hand to those in need. A caring wife, mother, and grandmother, Peggy's life work was "creating memories."

She is survived by Mr. and Mrs. Russell Adams; husband, Gary; three sons, Wes McKinney of Shreveport, Lee McKinney and wife Tori of Minden and Jason Faircloth and wife Jessica of Norman, OK.

Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, Dylan, Peyton, Cody, Cassidy, and Jackson McKinney. "Grammy" made everything fine!

Peggy is proceeded in death by mother Mary Louise Adams, grandparents Leon and Myrtle Adkins and Russell and Opal Fay Adams.

A memorial service will be held for Peggy at 10:00 AM, September 12, 2012 in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church of Minden. Reverend Bill Ichter and Reverend Bill Crider will officiate.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Goodwill Industries, a charity close to
Peggy's heart.

Boone Funeral Home - Shreveport Chapel

Submitted by Richard D. Carey, Class of 1952AA



I received some bad news this week. Carley Anderson, one of my Anderson cousins who lived in Minden at the same time I did, passed away unexpectedly. He had been under treatment for multiple myeloma since February. He collapsed at his home in Phoenix on 6/21/08 and passed away the next day.

Carley and his family had really enjoyed the Minden Memories website, and had contributed a story or two for the website.  

Carley Anderson, 60, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on June 22, 2008. Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi in August 1947 and passed away after a short battle with cancer. Carley had a deep love for his family, heritage, careers with the Arizona National Guard & Phoenix Police Department, and the many friends he made throughout his life. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and friend. Carley will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Carley will be remembered for his love of family & friends, his bubbling sense of humor, his many stories, and his big heart. Carley was the third of four boys and two girls born to Herman and Johnnie Kate Anderson, of Glendale. The happiest and proudest times were when Carley and Carole had their three children, Travis, Tamara, and Tara. They also have two Grandsons and a third one on the way. Carley was very proud of being born in Mississippi and also being a fourth generation Mississippian (where he visited often). He also loved living in Arizona where he grew up. Carley worked summers at the Glenn Theatre, the Arrowhead Ranches grape sheds, and any other job he could get. He was never afraid of work. Carley graduated from Glendale High School in 1967, where he met the love of his life, Carole Vandegrift. Carley and Carole were married in 1969. Upon graduation he joined the Arizona National Guard and served for twenty-seven years, retiring with a grade of Sargent First Class. One of Carley's greatest achievements (as he would put it), was when he became a Phoenix Police Officer. He was a Phoenix Police Officer for thirty years, retired in 1998, and then went back to work for the Police Department until the Lord called him home. Carley enjoyed camping, hiking, and especially the trips to LoBo's Mexico and Lake Powell for some fishing. Cooking was one of Carley greatest passions. He loved those Southern recipes and so did everyone that tasted his cooking. Carley and son Travis helped with several camping trips for kids with special needs. He also volunteered to cook for the F.O.P.'s fish fries and special occasions. As a family we were blessed to have Carley in our lives. He will always be in our hearts and the lives he touched through the years. His Father Herman E. Anderson precedes Carley in death. Survivors include his Mother Johnnie Kate; Wife Carole; Son Travis (wife Julie); Daughter Tamara Wiedeman (husband Casey); Daughter Tara; Brothers: Samual, James, and Robby Anderson; Sisters: Carolyn Ashworth and Cindy Essary; two Grandsons; eight Nieces and Nephews. Services will be held at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) at 10 AM on Thursday, June 26th. Reception will follow. rrangements made by Shadow Mountain Morturary. Donations can be made in Carley's name to thedocument.write

Submitted by Bill Scott, Class of 1961



Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Steve Whitney Carson


On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, a former Minden/Tallulah resident, Steven Whitney Carson, passed away after a brief illness at Cornerstone Hospital in Sulphur. Steve was born on May 13, 1949, in Shreveport. After graduating from Minden High School in 1967, he received a BS Degree from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. He was an avid golfer and an LSU fan and worked as an environmental technician for Entech of Lafayette.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Carson of Monroe. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Alice Carson of Sulphur; his mother, Margaret Carson of Hideaway, Texas; his son, Brad Smith and wife Erin of Delhi; his sister, Cathy Cameron of Hideaway, Texas; and three grandchildren, Conley Smith of Tallulah and Carson Smith and Landry Smith of Delhi; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Friends may visit with the family in a celebration of Steve’s life on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2013 from 2 until 4 p.m. in the meeting room at Poverty Point State Park in Delhi.


In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Special Olympics. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.robinsonfuneralhome.com.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966 & Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


James (Jimmy) Perry Dent

HAUGHTON, LA. Funeral services for James (Jimmy) Perry Dent, age 64, will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, LA on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 12 noon. The visitation will be held prior to services at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Officiating will be Reverend George Rogers and Brother Mike Reichard, Pastor of Koran Baptist Church. Burial will be at Rocky Mount Cemetery near Ringgold, LA. Processional to the burial site will commence immediately following services. There will be a graveside service.

Mr. Dent was born at Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, TX on July 9, 1949 and died on November 23, 2013. He was owner of Jimmy Dent Trucking in Haughton, LA. He was a veteran of the
Vietnam War with the rank SP4 in the United States Army. Mr. Dent was a member of the Koran Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Earl Dent; mother, Marion Emmaline DeVries Dent; and sister, Sandra Lee Dent.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years and 11 months, Gwendolyn Louise Johnson Dent; son Perry Dwayne Dent and wife Ashley Dent; grandson Jacob Perry Dent; step grandson Dillon Johnston; and granddaughter Ava Louise Dent; three sisters Diana Young of Haughton, LA., Bonnie Baker of Metairie, LA., and Barbara Henderson and husband Neil Henderson of Doyline, LA., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be: Joey Guice, David Reynolds, Billy Barnett, Floyd Odom, Curtis Wall, Chad Patrick. Honorary pallbearer: Doug Williams.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Koran Baptist Building Renovation Fund, 5138 Highway 527, Haughton, LA 71037, 318-987-3362.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family by viewing


Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966                                      



Judy Kay Floyd Hough (1949-2007) retired after thirty years of service to the Probation, Parole, and Corrections office in Minden. The office is part of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety. While she lived in Minden, Judy was a member of the Minden Civitans and the Order of Eastern Star lodge. After retirement, she moved to Greenwood, South Carolina, where she died of cancer in a hospital there on December 1. She was a member of the Plum Branch Baptist Church near Greenwood. Her maternal grandmother, Agnes Seigler (1904-1998) had resided in McCormick, South Carolina, near Greenwood. 
Judy was was born in Minden to Otis Floyd (1924-1977) and the former Myrtle Seigler (1924-1992), who was living in Bossier City at the time of her death. She graduated from Minden High School in 1967.
She is survived by one daughter, Tonia Brown of Yucaipa in San Bernardino County, California; one son, Nicky Brown of Greenwood, South Carolina; a sister, Jackie Floyd Williams and husband Ron of Houston, Texas; and two brothers, Russell Floyd (MHS Class of 1968) of Shreveport and Randolph Ashton "Randy" Floyd (MHS Class of 1971) of Plum Branch, South Carolina. Her third brother was Darrell Floyd (1948 - May 24, 1984), a 1966 MHS graduate. Judy was formerly married to Johnnie R. Hough (born 1950), a former Minden police officer and security consultant who resides in Shreveport. 
Services were held on December 4 at the Plum Branch Baptist Church with the Reverend John Noblin officiating. Interment was at the adjoining church cemetery under the direction of Harley Funeral Home and Crematory of Greenwood.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, class of 1958 and by Billy Hathorn, class of 1966


  Micheal W. "Mike" Gibson (1949-1981)   Mike Gibson, 32, died Monday night, November 2, 1981, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the Germantown Road.    Mike, a 1967 graduate of Minden High School, was employed by the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant. He was a member of the First

Baptist Church of Minden. Mike had a wonderful sense of humor and loved life to the fullest. He was sorely missed by his family and friends.

Services were held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, in the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, with  Dr. Ronald Prince officiating. Interment was in the back section of Minden Cemetery.   Survivors included his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. P. Gibson, Jr., of Minden; two grandmothers, Mrs. V. P. Gibson, Sr., of Minden and Mrs. Clyde Cockerham of Dixie Inn; three brothers, Douglas Gibson of Gibsland and Mark and Brad Gibson, both of Minden; several nieces and nephews.   Pallbearers were Tony Thrash, Richard Roton, Arnold Calhoun, Burt Chanler, Billy Chanler, and Charles Francis.

Mike's parents have since died (father, 1985, and the mother, 1991) and are buried beside him.     Front Page, Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, November 3, 1981, rewritten by Billy Hathorn February, 2006


Benny Hubbard  (1948-2002)

Services for Benny Creel Hubbard, 54, of Minden were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2002, at the West Chapel of First Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

A native of Minden, Benny died on Monday, August 19, in Bossier City. He was a private investigator. He graduated from Minden High School in 1967, having played football and run track for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.A. "Buddy" Hubbard and Mattie Hubbard.

He is survived by two sons, Shane Hubbard and wife Heather of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Corey Hubbard of Minden;

daughter, Kristy McMahan and husband Tommy of Camden, Arkansas; sister, Martha Hubbard Swilley of Sibley; brother, Will C. Hubbard (MHS Class of 1964) of Bossier City, and three grandchildren, Chase and Mason McMahan and Grayson Hubbard.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Virginia McDade

Memorial services for Ginger McDade McEachern will be held Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Brian Mercer and the Rev. David Dietzel officiating. The family will receive friends from noon Monday until service time at the church.

Ginger was born Sept. 17, 1949 in Minden and entered into rest Sept. 9, 2016 in Minden. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Minden, graduated in the class of 1967 from Minden High School, and was employed at a Home Federal Bank as an assistant secretary/treasurer.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wilkins and Virginia McDade and brother Clarence Bourn.
She is survived by her daughter Julie Virginia McEachern of Bossier City, sister Zannia Speights of Columbia, Mississippi, sister-in-law Tommie Jean Bourn of Austin, Texas and 12 nieces and nephews.

The family extends a special thanks to the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office for their service and dedication during the past three days.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58 & Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61 & Steve Bryan



Darrell Ross

September 03, 2012

Memorial services are pending for Mr. Darrell Ross who passed away Sept. 1, 2012 in Shreveport. Mr. Ross was a lifelong resident of Minden.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Jean Ross of Shreveport; sister, Kathie Murphy and husband, Larry of Rowlett, Texas; brother, Weldon Ross and wife, Judy of West Monroe; two half-brothers, Gaylord Ross and wife, Barbara of Arlington, Texas and Stanley Ross and wife, Kathryn of Odessa, Texas; a granddaughter, Autumn Ross; a grandson, Adrian Ross, both of Shreveport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966




Donald Ray Stanley (1949-1997)   Services for Donald Ray Stanley were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 1997, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral

 Home Chapel, with Dr. Fred Lowery, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bossier City, officiating.  Interment was in Hill Crest Memorial Park.  Don, 48, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 24.  He was born in Minden on July 24, 1949, and had been a resident of the Bossier City area for some 25 years.  Don held a computer science/industrial engineering degree from Louisiana Tech University and a master's degree in management information systems from LSU-S.  He was a self-employed computer systems programmer for Stanley Systems Services. Don had been a charter member and deacon of Eastwood Baptist Church in Haughton,

having served on the original planning and building committee.  At the time of his death, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bossier City. For several years Don was a volunteer baseball and basketball coach for his church and the Bossier Parks and Recreation Department. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Larkin Ray and Mary Ruth Stanley of Minden.Don was a quiet person, unassuming, talented, and kind. 

  Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Melissa Scott Stanley; his children, Elizabeth Renee "Beth" Stanley and Keith Alan Stanley, all of Haughton; two brothers, George N. "Buddy" Stanley and wife Ruth of Bossier City and Michael Eugene "Mike" Stanley of Minden; one niece, April Stanley of Lubbock, Texas; two nephews, Chris Stanley of Shreveport and Steven Stanley of Bossier City; his uncle and aunt, Herman and Shirley Baldwin of West Monroe; two aunts, Geneva McNeely of Carlton Place, Ontario, Canada, and Thelma Allums of Denver, Colorado,and several cousins and other relatives.   Pallbearers will be John Shepherd, Alan Cox, Tommy Wilson, Ross Prewett, Allen Cox, M.D., and Ken Bowden.   Sadly, Don's and Melissa's beloved Keith died of cancer in 2005.


Charles Lynn Todd (1948-2005)

Services for Charles Lynn Todd, 57, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2005, at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, with the Rev. Richard Methvin officiating. Internment followed in the C. Lynn Todd Cemetery in the Evergreen Community.

Lynn was born in Ringgold on February 10, 1948. He grew up in Minden, attended Stewart Elementary School, Lowe Junior High School, and graduated from Minden High School in 1967. He died on September 20, 2005, after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was a heavy equipment operator, a loving husband, father and grandfather, and an avid fisherman. He was a loving brother who was always there to help anyone in need.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Todd (1928-1962); childhood friend, Tommy Yocom (1947-1983), a 1965 MHS graduate; an uncle, Neil Todd; a loving mother-in-law, Helen Armstrong (1921-1995); father-in-law, Howard Watson Armstrong, Sr., and brother-in-law, Howard Watson Armstrong, Jr. (1947-1990), also a 1965 MHS graduate Lynn's father and mother were childhood sweethearts and graduates of Jamestown High School in Bienville Parish. Charles Todd was in the Navy during World War II and was on Bikini Island when the first atomic bomb was tested. He drove a Wonder bread truck but accepted employment at the reopened LAAP in 1962. Six weeks later, Mr. Todd was among three persons killed in an explosion at the plant. Mrs. Todd went to work to raise her three children. She later married Claude Yount and bore another son.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ludie Armstrong Todd of Minden; his mother, Margaret Ryan Todd Yount and husband Claude Yount of Minden; two wonderful children, Tracy Lynn Todd and wife Whitney Todd and Haley Marie Todd, both of Minden; one sister, Dawn Armstrong and husband Clay of Minden; three brothers, Ted Todd and wife Jolynn of Minden, Tracy O'neal Todd and fiance Wanda Thomas of Haughton,  Claude Yount, III, and wife Debbie of Minden; two grandchildren, John Tracy Todd and Austin Wade Todd; lifelong friend, Jimmy Powell (MHS Class of 1966); sister-in-law Ruth Armstrong Mixon (MHS Class of 1967) and husband Leroy Mixon; brother-in-law Paul Armstrong and wife Baronna; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Pallbearers were Ed Harris, Mark Tharpe, Charles Woodard, Troy Mixon, John Armstrong, and Cory Cruse.

Submitted by: Billy Hathorn


Clyde Judson "Judd" Travis (1950-1982)

Judd, who was named after his grandfathers, was born on January 18, 1950, to George Milan Travis (born October 1, 1927) and Dorothy Nelson Travis. The Travises were married in 1949. George Travis was an executive for the Beall's Department Store, and Dorothy Travis, a polio victim, was a teacher at Richardson Elementary School.

Judd graduated from Minden High School in 1967. He was a dynamic, energetic young man with a "take-charge" and "do-all" attitude. He married Sally Austin in 1972. Their  two children were Patricia Angelle Travis and Amanda Michelle Travis.

Judd was killed in a construction accident in the Houston area on May 3, 1982.

In addition to his wife, daughters, and parents, Judd was survived by a sister, Teresa Georgean Travis (born December 6, 1954)

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, March 19, 2003   James "Jimmy" Upton

James Upton -- 1967 Obit list

James Saunders Upton (1949-2003)

Services for James Saunders "Jimmy" Upton (born 1949) were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Joe Hunter officiating.

A native and a resident of Minden, Jimmy died on St. Patrick's Day in Minden. He was a safety director for Tango Trucking Company. At MHS, he was in the choir, the Future Business Leaders of America, and the Latin Club. He played basketball too. But it was as a track runner that he most excelled. After graduation from MHS, he attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for a year. He ran the maximum five events permitted while he was on the LSU track team.

He transferred to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana University. At the time of his death, he was a member of the ULM Alumni Association. He was a member too of the ULM Hall of Fame.

In 1971, his senior semester at ULM, Jimmy was a United States Track and Field Federation (USTFF) all-American hurdler. He had the second best time ever at UL-M in the Intermediate Hurdles. According to Dr. Thomas D. Carey, a Ruston dermatologist originally from Minden, Jimmy is considered to have been Minden's all-time greatest track athlete. Stanley Sanders of Minden recalls that Jimmy ran in the 200-yard race in 1967. He also ran the 180-yard low hurdle race and finished in fourth place with a time of 18.8 seconds. That race was run on a turn,. The winner, William "Bill" Tipton of Pontiac, Michigan, set a new national record of 18.3. Sanders said that Upton's was the fourth fastest ever run for a race on a turn. The runners were aided, he said, by a 3.74 m.p.h. wind. The maximum allowable wind speed was 4.473 m.p.h. 

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Horace C. Upton (1924-1983).

He was survived by his son, Timothy French "Tim" Upton (born 1971), a New Orleans lawyer, and his wife, Patricia Upton; daughter, Allison Upton Cooper and husband Brett Cooper of Jena in La Salle Parish; mother, Mary Berry Upton (born 1928) of Minden; sister, Ellen Upton Madden of Bossier City (a 1971 Minden High School graduate), and one grandchild, Blade Colyn Ellis of Jena.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn

Note: Jimmy Upton is buried in the Minden City Cemetery in Section F -2 next to Rufus H. Upton born 4 Aug. 1924 died 22 Jul. 1983; Capt. U.S. Army WWII; a Haughton High School graduated s/o Mr.  Mrs. R. H. Upton. 

Picture  of Jimmy Upton from the M.H.S. Grig

Submitted by Greg Grambling



Mollie Virginia   

MINDEN, LA – Mollie Virginia succumbed September 2, 2016 after a nine month battle with cancer. She was born November 1, 1943 at Zwolle, Louisiana and her parents were Melton and Ethel McComic of Zwolle. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Virginia’s life on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at St John’s Episcopal Church, 1107 Broadway Street, Minden, Louisiana. The service is at 10:30 AM followed immediately with a reception and visitation in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, make a donation in her name to the charity of your choice.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mettie Pearl Young of Baton Rouge, and sister, Hazel McAndrew of Baton Rouge and Pleasant Hill.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Percy Curtis of Minden; son, Trey Curtis and wife, Amy of West Monroe; daughter, Kim Cockerham and husband, Stacy of Winnfield; daughter, Amber Mumphrey and husband, Robert of San Antonio, Texas, and brother, James McComic and wife, Sandy of Zwolle. She has five grandchildren, granddaughters, Sydney and Saylor Curtis of West Monroe, and Paige Cockerham of Winnfield; grandsons, Ty Murry of DeWitt, Arkansas, and Preston Mumphrey of San Antonio, Texas. There are a host of nieces and nephews that she held very dear, but two are special, Charlotte Tillman of Baton Rouge and Wade Sutton of New Orleans.

The family wishes to say thank you to the staff of University Health Hospital in Shreveport. Mollie Virginia spent the last week of her life there, first in emergency surgery, then in Surgical ICU, and the last few hours on the sixth floor. The care she received could not have been better, not anywhere. There are far too many staff members to list, but special thanks to Dr. Rachel Cox and Nurse Mary Gay. May God be with all of you.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61 and Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 58