Ken Balkom (1951-1996)   Kenneth E. Balkom of Minden died on July 27, 1996, at the age of 45.  He was born on February 21, 1951, to Clifton M. Balkom (deceased) and Mrs. Annie Virginia Balkom. Services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, with  Dr. Randy Hales officiating.  Interment followed at Gardens of Memory, Section 1, Row 14.   Ken graduated from Minden High School in 1969. He played basketball during his four years of high school. He also played baseball from 1966-1969, acquiring both all-district and all-state ranking. He was in the Science Club, took accelerated biology, and was a member of the Student Council.   He was employed by the Mobil bulk plant in Minden.   Survivors included his mother; one sister, Gail Balkom Lawrence (MHS Class of 1964) of Minden; two sons, Kenny Balkom and Heath Balkom of Minden; two daughters, Rachel Balkom and Megan Balkom of Minden; numerous aunts and uncles; one nephew, Eric Lawrence; one niece, Jennifer Estes; one great niece, Kayleigh Lawrence, and one great nephew, Jake Estes.   Gail Balkom Lawrence died on April 1, 2002. She is buried in Section 1, Row 13, of Gardens of Memory.   Pallbearers were Eric Lawrence, Mike Risinger, Pat Risinger, Kenneth Keen, Jerry Terral, and Chad Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Trull, Steven Plummer, Bobby Terral, and Keith Terral.

  Compliments of Billy Hathorn


Billy Brewer


Mike Crowell


Sue Delony

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Pine Grove United Methodist Church, photo by Billy Hathorn, class of 1966   Former editor dies in wreck Kerry B. Garland (1951-1983)

Former Minden Press-Herald Managing Editor Kerry B. Garland was killed Tuesday evening, October 4, 1983, in a two-vehicle wreck in rural Natchitoches Parish.

A spokesman for Troop E of the Louisiana State Police said that Garland was northbound on Hwy. 1 just south of Derry when he attempted to pass a pick-up truck. His vehicle slammed head-on into an oncoming tractor-trailer rig driven by Joe Dinnos, Jr., of Natchitoches.  Dinnos, 58, was uninjured.  Garland died instantly.   Reared and educated in Minden, Kerry had formerly served as sports editor and, later, managing editor of the Press-Herald. At the time of his death, he was residing in Shreveport and was employed as coordinator of public relations for International Paper Company.   He was also a former editorial writer and employee of the Shreveport Times. He was a member of the Louisiana and Texas Forestry Associations and was involved in numerous community and political organizations. Kerry was a most active student at Minden High School. In his senior year, 1968-1969, he was both president of the Student Council and co-chair of the March of Dimes. He was listed in "Who's Who in Social Studies?" in 1967-1968. He participated in Boys' State in 1968. His journalism career may be said to have begun with his service on the Tide Talk staff in 1967-1968 and on the Grig yearbook staff in 1968-69. Kerry took accelerated classes in English (two years) and biology. 

A journalism award of $1,000 is given annually in Kerry's honor by the Shreveport Journalism Foundation. A similar award honors another late area newsman, Orland Dodson. Services were held at 1 p.m., on October 6, 1983, in the Rose-Neath Southside Chapel in Shreveport.  Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. in the Pine Grove Cemetery near the Pine Grove Methodist Church north of Minden.   Kerry was survived by his wife, Terry Miller Garland of Shreveport; his daughter, Whitney Lynn Garland of Shreveport; his father, Ralph Garland of Minden; his mother, Mrs. Retha Garland of Vidalia; two brothers, Chad M. Garland and Jeff L. Garland, both of Minden; one niece and three nephews. 

First submitted by Ann Harlan,  rewritten  by Billy Hathorn.



Dickie Garrison  (1951-2000)

Dickie Garrison was married to Debbie Baker. He is  interred in the Gardens of Memory in section two, Garden of Fountain of youth, row five, William Richard Garrison born 22 December 1951 died 4 November, 2000 married  23 October, 1970 to Deborah Karen born 11 March, 1953 and there is no death date.  On his side of the marker it reads: Two of God's special people who enriched the lives of many. Children: Dustry, Kaitlyn   Granddaughter: Morgan    On her side it reads: An angel sent from Heaven who gave of herself to everyone she knew. 


Robert Barry Hunter

September 13, 2011 Staff Reports


After a courageous battle with cancer, Robert Barry Hunter, 61, of Heflin went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Sept. 8, 2011. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force Reserves and worked as a civilian at Military Entrance Processing Station for the remainder of his career.

Survived to cherish his memory are daughter, Kristi Hunter; son, Kevin Hunter and wife, Meredith and their three children; brother, Billy Moore and wife, Paula; sister, Deborah H. Prince and husband, Eddie; and numerous nephews and nieces. He will truly be missed by all.

Celebrating his arrival in heaven are his parents, Elmer C. and Deloris M. Hunter and, dear to his heart, Dee Dee and Veta Jowers.

Sincere appreciation to Southern Care Hospice, former wife Martha J. Hunter, and friends Gary and Melinda Smithey and Norman “Squeeky” McGuire.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 7970 Mike Clark Road, Keithville.

Submitted by Billy  Hathorn, Class of 1966



1969   January 11, 2012 Staff Reports

Funeral services for Kenny McGowan will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be the Rev. Bill Crider.

Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Kenny was born May 21, 1951 in Shreveport and entered into rest Jan. 8, 2012 in Shreveport. Kenny was awarded the Red Cross Certificate of Merit Presidential commendation from President Ronald Reagan for saving a gentleman's life. He was captain of the sniper team and leading police firearms instructor for the Kansas prison system to include federal penitentiaries and the United States disciplinary barracks. During his law enforcement career, he personally developed methods of training bloodhound tracking dogs, attack, narcotics and cadaver dogs with the Kansas State Prison system, and this method has become common practice that is used nationwide.

He is survived by his father, Kenneth Dean McGowan and mother, Betty McGowan of Minden; son, Jason Dale McGowan and wife Naomi of San Antonio, Texas; stepdaughters, Samantha and Amanda Smith of Kansas City, Kansas; brothers, Jeff McGowan of Minden, Mickey McGowan and wife Frances of Minden and Rickey McGowan of Minden; and grandchildren, Reghan and Ty McGowan.

Pallbearers will be Connie Mack Martin, Garrett McGowan, Kerry Ellington, Mike McGowan, Johnny Benton and Tracey Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Krouse and Phil White.

Submitted by: Greg Grambling, Class of 1968


Tommy Perritt


Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Timothy Spencer Samuel
Funeral services for Timothy Spencer Samuel will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden, with the Rev. Bob Rhymes and the Rev. Ritchie Skinner officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, August 15.
Samuel died Sunday, August 13, following a tragic accident at his home. It was his 55th birthday.
He graduated from Minden High School in 1969 and went on to serve his country in the Army from 1970 to 1972. He returned home to marry Sandra Skinner, who would be the guiding force in his life. He joined his father in the family business and would later be followed by his brother and together they operated Samuel Electric after their fathers retirement in 1983, until his recent retirement.
He is preceded in death by his father, S.B. Samuel.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra; his mother, Betty W. Samuel; sister, Martha Stein; brother, Dawson Samuel and wife Lisa and their children William and Katherine Samuel.
Pallbearers will be Robert Clark, Kenny Gray, Tom Futch, Lutz Falting, Tim McKenzie and Rick Broussard.
Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins, John Maxey, David Maxey and Steve Samuel.

Submitted by Cyndy Clement Gay and Billy Hathorn



Tommy Bruce Stiles born 1 December 1948-died 15 February1968

LA PFC 7 Field Hospital

Interred Section F -1  Sugg Plot Minden City Cemetery

Son of Mrs. Louise (Mrs. Tommy Sugg)  Sugg/ brother of Jerry Stiles & Billy Sugg

Sister of Melody Sugg






















Danny R Walker

October 8, 1951 - March 25, 2015

U.S. Veteran 

Minden, LA

Danny R. “L.B.” Walker

Funeral services for Danny R. “L.B.” Walker will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Ronnie Whitlock and Rev. James Peesentie officiating. Interment will follow at Fuller Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
He was preceded in death by is parents Daniel and Virginia Walker.
He is survived by his wife Torchie Walker of Minden, daughter Shan Walker Merritt of Minden, sister Vickie Stanley of Minden, brother Robert Walker and wife Vera of Minden, grandchildren Madison and Mallory Merritt, Maizie Garcia and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Meeks, Randy Martin, Phil Lyles, Russell Collins, Ricky Hood, and Joe Lazno.

He was one of my brother's best friends; I haven't seen him in decades but thought he lived or had lived in Ruston. Don't know where the "L.B." comes from. 
Sorry to hear this sad news,

Billy  Hathorn, class of 1966