Billy Hathorn

We have the updated biography of Billy Hathorn.  It is wonderful  You
just might enjoy reading about the teachers we had at MHS. I read it
over several times and thought it was really good. (Sherry G., Class of 55)

Billy Hathorn was born on May 5, 1948, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, to Billy P. Hathorn (1914-1978) and Nola Nelson Hathorn (1925-2007). The family lived in the village of Ashland (2000 census population: 291) in northern Natchitoches Parish from his birth until 1951 and again from 1952-1956. His father, a native of Chestnut, in Natchitoches Parish, was an employee of the Louisiana Department of Highways; his mother, a native of Castor, in Bienville Parish, was a homemaker. From 1951-1952, they lived in the Dixie Inn community west of Minden, just long enough for Billy's younger brother, Thomas L. Hathorn (1970 Minden High School graduate), to be born in the Minden hospital on July 15, 1951. The family moved permanently to Minden on either the first or second Saturday of 1956, February 4, or 11, probably February 4. Billy's father was a hard worker who loved his family and somehow managed even when the dollars and cents got pretty low on occasion.
==Growing up in a small town==
The Hathorn family lived on Loop Road near the "trade school" in a small but new house at the time. Soon, it acquired that lived-in look, with two growing boys keeping their mother constantly busy. Their neighborhood was at that time in the Richardson Elementary School attendance zone. A kindly neighbor, however, encouraged the Hathorns to send Billy to Stewart Elementary School, which their children were attending. At a time when the attendance rules were not so rigid, he enrolled at Stewart for thirteen months -- from February 1956 until May 1957.
==Caney Lake once a real treat==
His second grade teacher was Miss Mattie Levins (1902-1998), who was 54 at the time, but Billy thought she was "very old" back then. He switched to Richardson in 1957 and attended there for the fourth and fifth grades. In 1957-1958, the year Leave It to Beaver premiered, he was in the fourth grade at Richardson under Miss Elizabeth Ann Roberts (born 1934). Miss Roberts is long retired from education and resides in her family's home in Ouachita Parish. Billy visited her outside Monroe in the summer of 2008. In 1958-1959, his teacher was the late Mrs. Ruby Salmon (died 1968), the epitome of southern graciousness. She never raised her voice. She was also the wife of the man who seem to run Caney Lake, which all the Minden children in that day liked to visit as often as possible. Now as adults, most would have relatively little interest in going to the lake so frequently: too many other distractions and obligations.
==Spiritual matters==
The family attended the Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden for many years. The church was organized just as the Hathorns moved to Minden. Billy still visits Eastside church when he is in town. He was particularly guided spiritually by one of the church's deacons, O.D. Greer (1924-2009), a former Northwest Vocational instructor with a detailed knowledge of Scripture and its applications and possessed with an understanding of integrity based on biblical principles. One thing he still admires about Eastside is that it has stuck with the traditional hymns. His favorite hymn: "Come Thou Fount of Ever Blessing." And one doesn't hear that one sung much any more. In 2010, he published an article on the impact of the Missionary Baptist denomination on northwestern Louisiana in the Shreveport-based publication, ''North Louisiana History.''
==Mrs. Russell and the sixth grade==
Billy went to the sixth grade in 1959 at the former Minden High school building, the one at the top of the track field, the facility that was dismantled in 2005. There he was instructed by one of his most memorable teachers, Marjorie Schonlau Russell (1914-1995), who took him under her wings and demanded that he work to his peak capacity. Mrs. Russell had a great interest in the 1960 presidential election and demanded that her sixth graders learn how a president is selected. With a maiden name like "Schonlau," she must have been German! She warned him about biting his nails, but he did not absorb that lesson for some time yet.
Billy visited Mrs. Russell several times in the early 1990s prior to her death. She movingly talked about her girlhood, how she came by train during the summers from New York State to visit her maternal grandmother in Winnfield, Louisiana. It's funny in retrospect, Mrs. Russell, isn't it, that life gives the test first and then the lesson!
==The now defunct Lowe Junior High School==
Billy entered the seventh grade at Lowe Junior High School on the day that the school opened in the fall of 1960. He remembers that the facility was not finished for several more weeks after the school opened. Of course, there was no air conditioning, but everyone somehow managed through the heat and humidity, with the joys of those little oscillating fans in the classrooms and the cool water fountains in the hallways. Mr. Carlus D. Morgan was the principal in 1960-1961, and Maude Bullock (1905-1987) was Billy's teacher. She was a towering figure to any 12-year-old. After she explained a point on the board, she asked, "How many see?" and then went on to the next topic. No one dared tell Miss Bullock "they didn't see." 
Miss Bullock often talked about a Minden friend, Robert F. Kennon (1902-1988), who told doubtful classmates in 1918 or 1919 that he would one day be the governor of Louisiana. And he was, once, from 1952-1956. In fact, Kennon was about to vacate the governorship as the Hathorns were moving to Minden. And the last term of the colorful Earl Kemp Long was in the offing. Earl Long used to say that he didn't care what newspapers wrote about him, just as long as they wrote something and spelled "Long" correctly. Everyone from Louisiana who grew up in that era must have some kind of recollection of "Uncle Earl."
In the eighth grade, Billy was in the all-male science class of Mary Lee Belton (1910-1991). The girls took home economics, and the boys took Mrs. Belton, another absolutely towering figure who maintained rigid standards and required science demonstrations. The woman had total scientific knowledge within a biblical world view. The textbook had a section called "Problems to Solve" which was immensely difficult for 13-year-olds because it required scientific reasoning. He later met Mrs. Belton's daughter, Martha Belton, another long-term teacher, on the Internet and struck up a friendship even though neither has met the other in person. He stopped by to meet Martha in the summer of 2010 unannounced, but she was not at home.
There was also Mr. Guy Harkness (1906-1991) in eighth grade math. He was a large but quiet man who had absolute attention from his charges. Eloise Starr (1901-1978) in English taught homonyms as a separate part of the class. So her students always knew "principal" from "principle", "compliment" from "complement," "hart" (as in a deer) from "heart," and "course" from "coarse," of course.
==Missing out on the class of Miss Sadie Reynolds==
One teacher he did not have the privilege of studying under was Sadie Reynolds (1903-1997), who was recognized as one of the most excellent teachers of Louisiana history in the whole state. He was instead assigned to someone else, Mrs. Elizabeth Sulteen. Miss Reynolds was the red-haired teacher with red nails who liked red shoes and red dresses and walked everywhere, probably with a red umbrella, despite the elements. No one back then ever even thought of going to the office and asking to be in Miss Reynolds' class.
==Different management styles: Mr. Morgan and Mr. Nation==
Mr. Morgan was sent as principal to Minden High School, and he was succeeded at Lowe in the 1961-1962 year by Patrick Cary Nation (1918-2005), whose name was partly like that of the famous prohibitionist. Mr. Nation ran an airtight school. He tolerated absolutely no disrespect or foolishness of any kind. The school had those civil defense drills, and Mr. Nation would be sternly standing in the halls, letting any who got a step out of line know that he was "watching and waiting." He seemed to have no trouble at all keeping  the students on their "P's" and "Q's." Mr. Nation made the job of being a principal "look" like a snap.
Billy has a hunch that the 1962 students were a little easier to handle than those of 2011. It was noted that Mr. Nation backed up his faculty, and his support enabled them to do their jobs that much more effectively. It's amazing in retrospect that he had the support of an elected school board, considering his tough disciplinary measures
==MHS, 1962-1966==
And, so, it came time for Minden High School in the fall of 1962. It seemed like at the time that it would be a daunting undertaking. Billy doesn't remember if school started on the Tuesday after Labor Day or a week earlier. It was probably a week earlier, with students glad for a Monday off after five straight days of having returned to those hot classrooms. Of course, for most students, their homes were hot too! 
==Mr. Sibley never smiled==
In the ninth grade, he took algebra under Walter C. Sibley (1904-1968), who constantly had students putting problems on the board. Then he would critique each student's math problem, sometimes laced with his own humorous personal comments. His humor was special because he never smiled. Mr. Sibley even told a class that he wouldn't "give" a grade (Grades had to be "earned," he said.) even if the student was the then five-year-old presidential daughter Caroline Kennedy.
After the ninth grade, Billy knew that things would never be the same again, for Leave It to Beaver quit making new episodes. Yes, in Mr. Dylan's later terminology, the "times, they were a' changing," and not necessarily for the better.
==A teacher with the monogram CBS==
In the tenth grade, he studied world history under the late Catherine B. Spitzfaden. Students often noted her monogram "CBS" because it was the same as the network that carried some of the popular programs of the day, such as The Andy Griffith Show, still seen in countless reruns on cable channels. Mrs. Spitzfaden was also interested in politics and put up Charlton Lyons for governor and Barry Goldwater for president bumper stickers in class. Those were the defeated Republican candidates from 1964 back when Webster Parish was at least 98 percent registered Democrat.
==An oxymoron: "dimunitive giant"==
Another tenth grade "giant" was the dimunitive Bess Baskerville, who could have been a research scientist if such jobs had existed in Minden. She made students apply scientific principles to become aware of the world around them. Mrs. Baskerville loved microscopes the way many today do computers. There seemed to be nothing of a biological nature that she did not relish. Somehow she could make her little soft voice last all day long. And she never seemed to tire after a long day.
==Mrs. Rushing and Miss Wigley==
In 1964-1965, he studied U.S. history under the serious-minded and gracious Mrs. Thelma Alsobrook Rushing (1914-1999) and English III under the cheerful and equally gracious Ramona Irene Wigley (1928-2010). Mrs. Rushing, an Oklahoma native, knew her history, and she was a staunch constitutionalist. She encouraged patriotism and urged students to work hard, to study the meaning of words and passages, and to learn as much as they could.
Miss Wigley (a 1944 MHS graduate) broke the mold in teaching. She had a love of literature which permeated her classes, and she offered the essentials of grammar to those willing to improve their writing skills. She was only 36 years old when Billy entered her class and already had some 13 years of teaching experience. She remains a treasured friend through the Internet known for her great wisdom. Sadly, she lost her younger brother Sam (a 1964 MHS graduate) in 2005, five years before her own passing.
==Coach Elton Kelly and the rudiments of chemistry==
Also in grade 11, Billy took chemistry under the late Elton D. Kelly. Coach Kelly, who like Mr. Sibley died in 1968, could take the textbook and condense it to incorporate the essentials so that the students could absorb the rudiments of chemistry. The textbook had far more information than the students could learn; so they had to use the book as a reference guide. When he wasn't teaching science, Coach Kelly liked to retouch the dental pieces that the football players wore during the games. And he was surely a successful coach, particularly in the fall of 1963. He also taught driver's training for a time.
==Harol Thompson and Carleton Prothro==
Billy had also taken general history under Coach Kelly in the fall of 1962, but then the short and soft-spoken Mrs. Harol Turner Thompson took over the class in the spring of 1963. She was another jewel in the crown of Minden High School and worked in various capacities in MHS until her retirement. She also has an unforgettable birthday, April 15, a day taxpayers seem to remember.
In the twelfth grade, Billy got his dose of Carleton H. Prothro. He also had Mr. Prothro for ninth grade home room.  Prothro was the students' "best friend" who sometimes got around to explaining economics and government. He took special delight in amusing and sometimes humilating the students. He has spoken at many of the class reunions of the MHS graduates over the years, and all take a delight in hearing him as an after-dinner speaker. He even makes sense sometimes without even trying. It's a good thing he left Shreveport as a young man to bring his humor to Minden.
==Mrs. Connie Harper and Macbeth==
And who could forget Mrs. Connie Harper (1907-1974) in English IV, with her "Word a Day" vocabulary and especially Macbeth? Shakespeare must have written Macbeth with Mrs. Harper in mind, for she thrived on that play. It was truly her secular "bible." Her echo can still be heard reciting Macbeth: "Macbeth, doth murder sleep?" or "Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Hover throught the fog and filthy air." And there was also "Out, out, damn spot!" She also liked Tennyson, Wordsworth, Browning, and many of the other English masters. Mrs. Harper was undoubtedly born to be an English teacher. Her personality was intertwined with her teaching. If she were still around today, she would likely be cited by uninformed administrators for expecting too much from the students and not "being relevant" or "realistic."
==His college years==
Once the MHS years ended, Billy went to college and obtained a bachelor's in history at Louisiana Tech. The professors there, though knowledgeable and helpful, were not as entertaining and concerned about the individual students as the MHS faculty had been. An exception was Morgan D. Peoples (1919-1998), whose determined teaching and love of research reflected his passion for Louisiana history. He coauthored the definitive biography of Earl K. Long.
Billy later got graduate degrees in history from Northwestern State University (1979-1980) under Dr. Donald Rawson, who is retired in Natchitoches, and Texas A&M University in College Station (1981-1983), where he learned much about U.S. diplomatic history from Dr. Claude H. Hall (1922-2001), who wrote a biography of former Secretary of State Abel Upshur in the Tyler administration.
==Teaching experience: the years add up==
Billy has taught for 33.5 years, five at the public school level and 29 at the college level. He was an assistant professor of history at Campbellsville College (now University) in Campbellsville, Kentucky, from 1984-1988. Campbellsville is near the geographic center of the state some thirty miles from Lincoln's birthplace.
He has been at Laredo Community College on the Mexican border teaching history and government since 1988. He has written many scholarly articles, college-level workbooks, oral histories, and Internet articles for Wikipedia encyclopedia.org. He is also a fair photographer and has begun taking pictures of mundane things like Andy Warhol did with soup cans.
==A fifth year at Minden High School==
Billy was one of the few graduates to get a fifth year at MHS. He was on the faculty from 1980-1981, instructing  mathematics, in which he has a 24-hour undergraduate minor. His math classroom was the one in which he had taken Spanish I and II under Mrs. Virginia McConathy (1931-1973) from 1964-1966. Things had changed tremendously at MHS between 1966 and 1980, as he soon found out. Many students did not understand how to calculate, for instance, a fourth of a fifth or even a third of a half. And long division had become "obsolete," so it seemed. Marvin Jones was one of his colleagues that year, and Marvin went on to be a successful principal.
==Wife and daughters==
Billy married the former Cathy Lynn Voss (born December 4, 1951) on Saturday, October 25, 1975, at the Hargis Baptist Church in Grant Parish. Though she was born in Simmesport on the border of Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee parishes, she grew up in Grant Parish. They had a quick honeymoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They met in Alexandria, when he was a reporter between 1973 and 1977 for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk. He also did correspondent's duties for the defunct Shreveport Journal  and the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. At the time, Cathy was a utility billing clerk, and he met her by paying his bill each month at the cashier window. She also was the victim of an armed robbery on the job, and he covered her story. Cathy is now an aide in an elementary school in Laredo but will retire in December 2011. Cathy likes for everything to be perfect, but there is no perfection. Cathy's dear mother, Eloise H. Voss (1917-2003), was a reservoir of much wisdom and love for their family.
Billy and Cathy have two daughters. The older daughter, Virginia Hathorn, resides in New York City.

Pamela Grace Hathorn is a graduate of Alexander High School in Laredo and attended Laredo Community College, where she took all four of her father's courses. On the Saturday before Father's Day, 2006, she married Paul Damian de la Garza. The ceremony was held at a beach on South Padre Island east of Brownsville, Texas. Pamela and Paul had a son, Jude Christian de la Garza.. They reside in San Antonio, where Paul works with his brother-in-law in an ambulance business. They previously lived in Eagle Pass, Texas, and Laredo until just after Jude's birth.
==His mother's caregiver==
Billy's mother was disabled with Parkinson's disease and lived in Laredo with the Hathorns from November 25, 2003, until her death on August 26, 2007. He was her principal caregiver: it's a blessing, not a chore. When he was in school, Billy's mother took in babysitting to help pay his dental bills. Well, now he is the babysitter of sorts, and he still has dental bills too! Humor is the best medicine in such situations, as the old Reader's Digest taught us.
==Extended family==
Billy's younger brother, Thomas "Tommy" Hathorn, has a son, Nelson H. Hathorn (born 1994) of Minden, who attended the same school that Billy and Tommy did at his age, Richardson Elementary.  He also has two living aunts, Mrs. Nora Dillard of Shreveport and Mrs. Dorothy N. King of Larkspur, Colorado, with whom he is in frequent communication.
He has an older brother by his father's first marriage to Gertrude Sullivan (1920-2009) of Bossier City: Harry R. Hathorn (born 1937), a self-employed printer in Bossier City. Harry has been married since 1958 to the former Margaret Elaine Thompson (born 1940) of Bienville Parish and has two children: Donna Dutton (born 1960), is a homemaker, and Cindy Hathorn (1962-2009), the director of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education for  Bossier Parish schools, who died of cancer at the age of 46. Harry and Elaine also have three grandchildren.
==When is the next trip to Yellowstone?==
Billy likes to travel but has never been outside the United States except for a couple of border crossings into Mexico and four provinces in Canada. He has been in 46 states, but probably should not count New Hampshire, as he traveled only along the ten-mile coastline. On the other hand, he has been in much of Vermont and Maine. He has been to New York City more times than he has been to New Orleans. In 2001, he broke down for five days in Kimball, Nebraska (yes, Nebraska has a little Panhandle too), and he really learned what Cornhuskers are like from that experience. His favorite place: Yellowstone, and he looks forward to a sixth trip there, but who knows when.
==Wordsworth was right==
As he turned 62 on May 5, 2010, Billy had lived only approximately 13 years of his life in Minden, and 49 years away from Minden. That's well under percent. Yet the Minden years molded him and greatly impacted his future. Wordsworth was right, as Mrs. Connie Harper taught, "the child is the father of the man."
Billy Hathorn, May 16, 2006, revised January 30, 2011


Eva Louise Hickerson Aldredge
Eva Louise Hickerson Aldredge Henley
By Staff Reports -
Sep 27, 2016

Eva Louise Hickerson Aldredge Henley was a remarkable woman whose exuberance overflowed to her family, her Sunday school class members, her high school and college students, her friends in First Baptist Church of Minden and in First Baptist Church of San Angelo, Texas, and in churches around the world. She lived a life filled with adventure and dedication to her God-given mission. Born July 16, 1918, she left this life on Sept.24, 2016, for another new adventure.

Born in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Eva grew up in Commerce, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University in 1937, and taught home economics in Van High School in Van, Texas.

In 1938, she married Truman Aldredge, who at that time served as Minister of Music in First Baptist Church of Commerce, where her father served as pastor. They both graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, she earning a Master of Religious Education degree.

From 1950 to 1966, she and the Rev. Dr. Truman Aldredge served First Baptist Church of Minden. Eva loved her ministry in Minden and flourished as the director of the senior high Sunday school department, in her outreach for the church, as a training union teacher, and as a substitute teacher at Minden High School. Also known for her gracious hospitality and elegant entertaining, she hosted visiting preachers and legendary deacons’ parties.

In 1966, Eva’s husband of 28 years died. Her indomitable spirit, faith, and love of learning helped her through her deep grief as she earned a Master of Arts degree in English at Louisiana Tech University while also teaching English composition at the university.

In 1968, Eva married the Rev. Dr. Taylor Henley, Executive Director of Baptist Memorials Retirement Center, and moved to San Angelo, Texas. She used her hospitality gifts to regale Baptist Memorial Board members after every meeting, and for many years created and organized splendid Silver Teas to raise funds for the Center.

For 25 years, Eva taught English at Central High School, often dressing up as characters in literature to make the lessons come alive. She coached UIL students, many of whom won awards in English language and literature. She bragged about her students: one placing first in UIL competition in the state of Texas, another earning a Ph.D. at Princeton University, another teaching at Texas A&M University. Eva served as president of Texas Joint Counsel of Teachers of English and as a board member of the United Way of San Angelo. She was a frequent contributor of witty and inspirational op-eds to San Angelo Standard-Times.

Eva and Taylor founded Missions Our Mission (MOM), leading ministry trips to eight countries. In addition to preaching, Eva taught ESL classes in Ukraine. Together they led 35 mission trips to Ukraine. After Taylor’s death in 2000, Eva became President/Executive Director of MOM and led 11 more Ukraine mission trips, as well as raising money for missions in other countries.

She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, serving on many church committees, acting in 17 Christmas dramas, and visiting people to invite them to church even after she could no longer drive and had trouble getting to their front doors on her walker. For the 48 years she lived in San Angelo, Eva taught an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist. Since the age of 16, she has taught Sunday school in various churches. If you’re counting, that’s 82 years. On Sept. 18, the Sunday before she left this life, she taught her Sunday school class.

Eva was preceded in death by her father, the Rev. Julius Hickerson; her mother, Anna Mae Coon Hickerson; her brother, Dr. Julius Hickerson Jr.; her husbands, the Rev. Dr. Truman Aldredge and the Rev. Dr. Taylor Henley; and her stepson, Dr. John Henley.

Eva is survived by two daughters, Dr. Anne Morton and her husband Bill Funderburk, and the Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton and her husband David Clanton; her niece, Dr. Julianne Hickerson Newton; seven grandchildren, David Herring, DeAnne Herring Kaloski, Chad Clanton, Brett Clanton, Valerie Henley Webre, July Henley Henry, and Jennifer Henley Phillips; 17 great-grandchildren, Macey Herring Rose, Chandler Campbell, Anna Campbell, Paige Parker, Colin Parker, Danny Herring, Maren Herring, Dawson Herring, Lyle Clanton, Emmett Clanton, Paul Clanton, Robbie Webre, Morgan Webre, Mary LeBoeuf, Kelly LeBoeuf, Ryan Phillips and Nathan Phillips.

The family wishes to thank her many dedicated, loving caregivers.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, in Minden, there will be a family visitation from noon until 2 p.m at Rose-Neath Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Garden of Memory Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bill Funderburk, David Clanton, Graydon Kitchens, Mike Jackson, Steve Lee, John Collins, Tommy Walker and Don Bloxom. A service of celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at First Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas. Johnson’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements in San Angelo.

Memorial donations may be made to Missions Our Mission, Buckner Baptist Benevolences, and Habitat for Humanity.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan and Linda Holt Mooreland


Full Name: Clyde A. "Buster" Carlisle
Address: Minden, Louisiana (LA)
Born: 09/05/1933
Died: 03/03/2014
Visitation: 03/07/2014
Service: 03/08/2014
Cemetery: Garens of Memory

Clyde CarlisleClyde A. ‘Buster' Carlisle
Funeral services for Clyde A. "Buster" Carlisle will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Phil McLarty and Pastor Ricky Solis. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Buster was born Sept. 5, 1933 in East Point and entered into rest March 3, 2014 in Minden.
Coach gave 40-plus years to education and coaching, 20 in Louisiana and 20 in Texas. His teams won two state championships in Clarksville, Texas in 1995 and 1998. At the time of his retirement in 2003, he was ranked the third winningest coach in the nation and the second winningest coach in the sate of Texas, winning 1,103 games.
His parents, Hattie and Gene Carlisle; daughter, Carol C. Duhon; and brothers, Rodney and Gary Carlisle preceded him in death. He was a retired teacher and coach and of the Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by his wife, Frances H. Carlisle of Minden; sons, Randy Carlisle and wife, Tammy of Baton Rouge; John Carlisle of Rowlett, Texas; daughters, Debbie Brown and husband, Ted of Minden, Rebecca Bezet and husband, Randy of Rowlett, Texas; sister, Jeanne Conly and husband, Bill of Vivian; grandchildren, Jacob Brown, Eric Brown, Lindsey Brown, Randall Carlisle, Bethany Carlisle, Josiah Bezet and Hannah Bezet; and great-grandchildren, Hudson Carlisle Brown, William Jacob Brown and Anna Beth Brown.
Pallbearers are Jacob Brown, Eric Brown, Randall Carlisle, Josiah Bezet, Dr. Cliff Salmon, Bo Jinks and Tyke Salizar.
Honorary pallbearers are granddaughters Lindsey Brown, Bethany Carlisle, and Hannah Bezet and all former basketball players and coaching colleagues.
The family would like to thank the staff at Town & Country Health and Rehab and Gamble Hospice for the care given him.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the Webster Education Endowment Fund (WEEF), c/o Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce, 110 Sibley, Road, Minden, LA 71055 or Minden Presbyterian Church, 1001 Broadway, Minden.Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961



Guy W. Harkness

Sherry, I came across this photo of a candidate for state representative from Webster Parish in 1940. He was Guy Harkness of Sibley, who was part of the founding faculty of Lowe Junior High School in 1960. He taught eight grade math for a number of years; I had him from 1961 to 1962. He lost the race to the later long-term judge, James E. Bolin.

Thought the board might be interested in this.

Billy Hathorn
Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966




Charles E. Johnson

Shreveport, LA- A memorial service celebrating the life of Charles E. Johnson, known to his family and friends as "Charlie" will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the chapel of Centuries Memorial Funeral Home. Officiating at his service will be the Rev. Billy Pierce and the Rev. Darwin Hunter. 

Mr. Johnson went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2014.

Charlie retired from Chevy Land in 2005 where he was their top salesman for many years. He was later appointed a sales manager for Chevy Land.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to the 
American Cancer Society or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

You may share words of comfort with the family by visiting 
www.centuriesmemorialfh.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?pid=169792685#sthash.w3yhJaQQ.dpuf

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961


Dorothy Jean (D.J.)
Funeral services honoring the life of Dorothy Jean (D.J.) Harman will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minden. The services will be officiated by the Reverend Frank W. Hughes, PH.D with burial to follow at the Minden Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

D.J. was born May 2, 1944, in Minden and entered into rest May 19, 2015. Her entire life was devoted to the art of music and teaching. D.J. was a graduate of Minden High School and of Texas Wesleyan University with a combined Piano Performance/ Musical Ed. Degree. She had further graduate study from the University of Wyoming, Arizona State, and LSU.

D.J. began teaching at Springhill High School, then at Doyline/Sibley High School, and Glenbrook School, and most recently at Webster Junior High/ Phillips Middle School. She also served, as Organist/ Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Organist/ Choir Director at Minden Presbyterian Church Minden, Music Director for the Shreveport Little Theater and Composer/ Lyricist for theater production at Performing Arts Center.

She is survived by her sisters, Patsy Harman Harrison and husband Gary, Betty Harman Parks and husband Richard; nephew, Sawyer Harrison; niece, Mandy Patterson and husband Todd; great-niece, Kaylea Gates; great-nephew, Harrison Sweeney.

Honoring D.J., as pallbearers will be Dr. Richard Campbell, John Collins, Pat Culverhouse, David Dumas, Joe Wallace, and Todd Patterson.

Memorials may be made to the Music Dept. of St. John’s Episcopal Church or Minden Presbyterian Church of Minden.
Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61


Dr. Levelle Haynes

Funeral services for Dr. Levelle Haynes, 93, of Monroe, will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Road Monroe, LA with Rev. Stan Wyant officiating. Graveside Services will follow at 3:30 PM in the Rocky Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Lisbon, LA.

Dr. Haynes died Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Haynes was a member of College Place Baptist Church for 57 years where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, acted as a deacon and worked in the sound booth. He also enjoyed his hobbies of ham radio, computers, and tennis. He served on the Senior Olympics tennis team. Dr. Haynes first taught at Minden and Lisbon High Schools from 1948 - 1949, he then became the principal of Stewart Elementary and served from 1949 until 1958. Dr. Haynes was the Director of the Special Education Center at ULM from 1958 until 1979, and after retirement, volunteered as a computer instructor at the Council on Aging.

Dr. Haynes was preceded in death by his parents, M.J. and Gladys Haynes and two brothers, Glen Haynes and Joe Haynes.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Alden Haynes; daughters, Alice Haynes Stegemann and husband Jack; Judy Haynes Howie and husband David, and Janice Haynes; son, Freddy Haynes; grandchildren, Adam Jacob Stegemann and wife Amanda, John Milo Stegemann and wife Ashlie, Daniel Eugene Howie, Lauren Elizabeth Howie, Mackenzie Willett and husband Jacob, Keaton Alexander Cole and fiancée Mallory; great grandchild, Sophie Stegemann; brother, Dr. Donald K. Haynes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Adam Stegemann, John Stegemann, Keaton Cole, Jack Stegemann, David Howie, and Jacob Willett.

Visitation will be 11:00 AM to time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to College Place Baptist Church, Monroe, LA or to the .

Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com

Mulhearn Funeral Home

Sterlington Road

Monroe, LA
Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966



                     C. H. Young, Principal.......................................English

                          Mrs. Roberta Moore, Asst. Principal....Science and History

                          Mrs. Kuma Shealy.......................Latin and Mathematics

                          R. Sanford Roy............................................Languages

                          Miss Nita Oden.................................Domestic Science

                                     Submitted by:  Leverne Langheld Kidd



Supt. of School, R. O. Machen 1955

There is a grave for Robert Odell Machen in the Springhill Cemetery born 15 Oct 1904 died 22 JULY 1981

Buried beside him is Corynne REYNOLDS Machen "Co Co" born 29 Mar 1905 died 22 Jul 1993

He was the son of Henry Machen born 20 Feb. 1866 died 10 Sep. 1915








Seated: Mrs. Clifford Baugh, Mrs. Louise Scruggs, Mrs. Clovis Watson, Miss Sue Jeanette Bostick.

Standing: Mr.  R. H. Manning, Mr. R. O. Machen, Mr. Louis Scruggs, Mr. J. E. Pitcher                      

The four photographs below are from the collection of Mrs. Clovis Watson. Our thanks and appreciation go to William "Pat" Watson for sharing this historic pictures with us.

Though their interests were parish wide this efficient corps of workers saw that the whole child was the focal point whether it be text-books, lunches, absentees, or teachers.


 4 Former Minden High School Principals who came after C.H. Young















S. R. Emmons

Mr. J.E. Harper

J.L. Cathcart

Wayne W. Williams

Miss Kuma Shealy, Assistant Shealy

  2006/7 Minden Schools are --Minden High School, grades 9-12(Principal Morris Busby) --Webster Jr High, grades 7-8(Principal Elena Black) --Richardson Elementary (formerly East Side), grades k-5(Principal Linda Miller) --Stewart Elementary (formerly West Side), grades pk-5(Principal Dusty Garrison Rowland) --Jones Elementary grades, pk-5 (Principal ? Mills) --Harper Elementary grades, k-5 (Principal Connie Busby) --Phillips Middle School grade, 6 (Principal Linda Hudson) Webster preschool is located on this campus --Webster Parish Alternative School(the old Lowe Jr High School), grades 9-12 (Principal Vernada Smith)




                                                        The Carry-All


The actual "death" of the carry-all is a story in itself.  Senior Edd Moreland was driving it to the gym to a basketball game when "old faithful" began acting up.  He decided to try to make it to Coach Pat Nation's house, and just as he was coasting up in front of his house, the crankshaft fell out.  Needless to say, this was the end.   The history of MHS's red carry-all began in 1946 when it was purchased by the citizens of Minden sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Civitan Club, and Lions Club.  It's purpose was to provide transportation home for boys after football practice.  It was used for transportation for various other student activities, also.   Through the years the red carry-all has served MHS students well.  It has been used for transportation to and from athletic events, for Grig pictures, and to carry students home after practice.  According to Mr. J. D. Oliphant, a few years ago the carry-all averaged around forty miles a day.   In 1946 the carry-all saved the day for the basketball team heading to Baton Rouge for the state tournament.  Part of the team rode in a car, the others in the carry-all.  About halfway to Baton Rouge the car broke down and all the basketball team and coaches were forced to pile into the carry-all and continue their trip in a rather crowded state.   The red carry-all had become a familiar sight to us at MHS today.  It has been used by Edd and Joe Moreland for basketball purposes, but many of the other students have used it a great deal.   So as a final tribute to the red carry-all we present its epitaph.   Here am I, a junkyard heap, Dead of wear; and worn By slow oil seep As though I was never born. R.I.P. (Rusting in Pieces) And dirty greases.

The Carryall was a 1946 Chevrolet.  It was originally black but was painted red to go with our colors. 

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, March 26, 1986   Miss Cathryn Elizabeth Berly  Miss Cathryn Elizabeth Berly, 89, of Minden passed away Monday, March 24 in Minden Medical Center following a brief illness.  Services were held today at 2 p.m. in the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Burgess officiating.  Burial followed in the Minden Cemetery.  Miss Berly was born in Campti, La., and had been a resident of Minden for the past 60 years.  She was a retired school teacher and librarian with the        Louisiana Public Schools.  Miss Berly was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Business and Professional Women's Class of the First United Methodist Church, and the U.M.W.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Berly and her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Berly.  Survivors include several cousins and many dear friends.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan


From The Tide Talk, Tuesday, April 2, 1957, Page 8    --  Miss Maude Bullock--

   Have you noticed the charming lady working the crossword puzzle?  Everyone, of course, knows that this is Miss Maude Bullock, seventh grade teacher, and Junior High principal.
   When asked her opinion of the seventh grade boys and girls, she replied, "Seventh grade students are the most interesting to teach, eager and ready to cooperate with their leaders."
   Born in Doyline, she finished high school there and graduated from Northwestern State College at Natchitoches.
   The most interesting thing she has done was to take a trip to Washington, D. C.
We hail Miss Bullock for her years of service to Minden Junior High.  As assistant principal and seventh grade teacher, she has done her duty well.


Mr. J. L. Cathcart
Our Principal until
1954John L. and Mutella B. are interred in Section 2, row 7 of the Garden of the Lord's Supper. Mr. Cathcart was born  May 8, 1895 - March 17, 1969. Mrs. Cathcart was born 18 August 1898. Her death date is blank.

Minden Press-Herald, Tuesday, March 18, 1969 Webster Parish Educator J. L. Cathcart Dies Monday J. L. Cathcart, 73; who for 40 years was a Webster Parish teacher and school principal, died Monday in the Gray Clinic in Springhill after a seven weeks illness. Before his retirement from the Webster Parish School system in 1963, J. L. Cathcart had been a principal in parish schools since 1923.  He began service in the school system as principal of the Cotton Valley school, and served there until 1934, when he became principal of Springhill High School. In 1940, Cathcart was transferred to the principalship of Minden High School and remained there until 1952, when he was appointed principal of E. S. Richardson Elementary School, and remained there until his retirement in 1963.  The South Carolina native, prior to coming to Webster Parish, taught two years in South Carolina, and served one year in agricultural extension work in Claiborne Parish. He received his bachelor's degree from Clemson University and his Master's from Louisiana State University.  He officially retired from the Webster School system on May 31, 1963. Since his retirement, Mr. Cathcart had been working as a radio operator with the Springhill office of the Webster Parish  Sheriff's Department, where he made his home.  Funeral services for Mr. Cathcart will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Minden Presbyterian Church, with Rev. William H. Hefelfinger officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory cemetery, under direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home of Minden. Mr. Cathcart is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Undine Sapp of Springhill; one granddaughter, Mrs. S. T. Howell of Natchitoches; one brother, J. R. Cathcart of Columbia, South Carolina; one niece and one nephew.




For 50 years, he directed the choir of First United Methodist Church for the
Sunday worship services. The membership of First United Methodist Church
will be honoring Earle Cooke on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the 10:30 worship service
by declaring it Earle Cooke Sunday.
   Cooke began directing the choir in 1951, and retired this year because of
illness. His tenure as choir director covered the span of 14 ministers. On Oct.
14, Cooke will direct the choir consisting of present and former members. Guest
minister will be the Rev. Ed Thomas, former pastor. Also participating in the
service will be Mayor Bill Robertson and State Representative Jean Doerge.
   Dinner will be served in the activities building following the morning worship
services and a program featuring choir members will follow. The Rev. Ryan Horton,
pastor of First United Methodist Church invites the public to attend the worship
services and honor Cooke.
   Cooke was born and raised in Minden. He attended both elementary and high
school. He was in band and the acapella choir. He began singing in the First
Methodist Choir before he entered high school. Upon graduation from high school,
he entered Louisiana Tech majoring in music education. His schooling was
interrupted by World War II, when he was drafted into the army in 1943. He
served in the European Theater, which included Battle of the Bulge. While in the
army he played the organ for Chaplain Marshall Mines, some times playing as
many as 28 services in a day.
   In January 1946, he returned to Louisiana Tech and completed his bachelor
of music degree. Cooke enrolled at Northwestern University in Chicago, working
on MME. He went on to complete his MME at LSU in 1950. After one term, he
returned to Minden for the Christmas holidays and was offered the position of
vocal music director at Minden High School, where he taught for 30 years, retiring
in May 1978.
   He dated his next door neighbor, Mary Elizabeth Perritt while they were both
attending Louisiana Tech. Upon graduation, Cooke and Perritt were married at
First United Methodist Church in Minden on June 3, 1949. They are the parents
of two daughters, Jane Cooke Williams and Kathy Cooke Tomlinson, both of
Bossier City. They have six granddaughters.

Submitted by Earlene Mendenhall Lyle

BENJAMIN EARLE COOKE JR.  dies on Saturday Nov. 10, 2001
       Obituaries -  2 Monday November 12 2001 Minden Press - Herald
Funeral services for Mr. Benjamin Earle Cooke Jr. will be held at 2 p.m.
 Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at First United Methodist Church in Minden
 with the Reverend Ryan Hortan officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of
 Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
 Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, November 12, at the funeral
 home.Mr. Cooke, a native of Minden, passed away Saturday, November 10, after
 a valiant fight with cancer. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist
 Church in Minden. He graduated from Minden High School and Louisiana Tech
 University. After graduation, he attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.

He obtained his masters from Louisiana State  University in January 1948. and
 was asked to return to Minden to become the director of the Minden High School
 Choir and music educator for grades one - twelve. He returned from this position
 in 1978, after thirty years of service to Webster Parish schools.
    Serving in the armed forces of World War II as assistant to the chaplain, he
 traveled Europe, sharing his love of music with the troops in as many as 28
 worship services daily.
    Mr. Cooke served the Lord faithfully for fifty years as the choral director for
 First United Methodist Church. One of his highest tributes was being honored
 by the church on October 14, 2001, for his dedication. Recognized by the governor
 of Louisiana, choir members and former students, they gave testimony both
 professionally and personally about his devotion to all who knew him.
    As a member of the Piano Technician's Guild for thirty-five years, he served
 Minden and the surrounding area as a piano technician. Holding many offices
 including local president, he traveled throughout North America and the state of
 Louisiana attending conventions to represent his local chapter and further his
 studies his studies. He was also a member of the American Legion for over fifty
    He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Mary Elizabeth Perritt Cooke; two
 daughters, Jan Williams and husband Greg and Cathy Tomlinson and husband
 Ralph; six granddaughters, Jenny, Ashley, and McKenzie Williams and Rachel,
 Lauren and Connor Tomlinson; and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Perritt; and a host
 of friends and family.
    Pallbearers will be Ben Craton, Donald Hinton, Henry Lester, A. G. "Ike"
 Kirkikis, Ralph Tomlinson, Greg Williams, Rod Gann and Roy Love, Paul
 Woodard, members of the FUMC Chancel Choir and the Piano Technician's Guild.
     Memorials may be made to the Chancel Choir Room Fund, at FUMC
 Minden, 903 Broad, Minden, La. 71055.
 Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan


Minden Press-Herald, Monday, August 14, 1961  MRS. LYDIA SHEALY DAVID Last Rites Set Tuesday for Mrs. David Funeral services for Mrs. Bert David, Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Green-Kleinegger Chapel with the Rev. Truman Aldredge officiating. Mrs. David, music teacher for many years, died at 4 p.m. yesterday at her home after a lengthy illness.  Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Bert David, Jr. of Dallas and Richard Davis of Minden; one daughter, Mrs. Ben E. Coleman of Shreveport; one brother, J. A. Shealy of Ruston; two sisters, Miss Kuma Shealy of Minden and Mrs. Elsie Fritz of Shreveport, and three grandchildren. Note:  Miss Shealy is interred in the Minden City Cemetery next to her parents John Noah Shealy (1862-1917) and Lydia Walker Shealy (1868-1932) Also buried in the Shealy plot is her sister; Elsie Shealy Fitz (1890-1990) and her husband Theophilus E. Fitz (1880-1943)  Section A West. Section B West, is her sister Lavinia Shealy David (13 May 1893-13 Aug. 1961) and her husband William Bert David (24 March 1892-10 May 1973).


 Mrs. Vernie Davis born Aug. 13, 1943, and she died at 53 on Oct. 25, 1996; started teaching math at Minden High School in 1965. She also taught at Glenbrook  She was the wife of M. Tommy Davis, a native of Stephens, Arkansas.  She was active in Emmanuel and later the First Baptist Church. Interment was in the Gardens of Memory. She was survived by two sons; Stanley Davis, Scott Davis and a daughter, Suzanne.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Everett Doerge born May 6, 1935 died April 7, 1998. Interred in the Garden of Memories, row 7, Section 1 Garden of Prayer. He we was a mason. There is a marker for Jean McGlothlin born 4 Jun. 1937 next to his.Under each name is a seal: State of Louisiana - Union, Justice, Confidence House of Representatives. Also buried beside him is a marker for his Father, George G. Doerge born 15 Apr. 1901 died 7 Dec. 1976 and his mother Jewel M. born 8 Nov. 1907 and died 26 Apr. 1993.

Everett Gail Doerge was born on the 6th day of May, 1935, in Port Arthur, TX. He moved to Minden with his parents, Jewel and George Doerge, when he was eight years old. He was was on active and reserve duty from 1954 until 1964.  Everett received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern in 1958. After  reserve duty he went back to school and earned his masters from Northwestern where he earned his master's
degree in 1968. He received a Doctorate of Education from Louisiana State University. He served as a teacher and coach at Minden High School from 1964-1974. He was Principal of Lowe Middle School from 1976-1978 and also served as assistant supt. from 1984 to 1992. On April 17, 1998 Everett Gail Doerge died in Minden and was survived by Jean McGlothlin Doerge, a daughter,  Sherie, and two sons, Justin and Jacob Doerge. He was a state Legislator when he died.

Minden Press-Herald, Friday, April 17, 1998 (Front Page Headline Article) Doerge dies early today of heart ailment Representative had heart attach one week ago. by Allen J. M. Smith (Managing Editor) State Rep. Everett Doerge, D-Minden, died early this morning.  Doerge, 62, suffered a massive heart attack Thursday, April 9 and was taken to Minden Medical Center, then transferred to Willis-Knighton, where he spent the week in critical condition. Funeral arrangements had not been announced by press time. Doerge was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1992, campaigning on educational issues.  Before running for office, he was a teacher and school administrator. During his first term he worked for teacher pay raises and other educational issues. The first bill he passed raised the driving age to 16.  Other causes he adopted were:    Funding for fire protection districts.    Funding for industrial expansions in Webster Parish, and infrastructure funds for added municipal services for companies such as Fibrebond Corp., The Trane Co. and Clement Industries.    Construction of the I-20 service road.    Improvement of Highway 371, including expansion to four lanes in some areas. Minden Mayor Bill Robertson cited Doerge's willingness to work hard for special appropriations and grants for the area.  "He is always more than willing to help, even if it means extra trips to Baton Rouge," Robertson said. Recent projects of Doerge's included expansion and possible relocation of Northwest Louisiana Technical College. He was instrumental in securing funds for three new positions at the college, and had been working with State Sen. Foster Campbell, D-Elm Grove, on a new campus, possibly on the I-20 service road. Northwest Tech director Charles Strong said, "He is the best representative I could have asked for." Another area of interest was health care.  Doerge's 1993 optometry bill and his work to establish rural health care clinics drew praise from optometrist Dr. Eddie Moss and Minden Medical Center administrator George French. Moss said, "He had the best interest of all the parish residents at heart." French said, "We would not have the Doyline Health Clinic without his efforts to intercede with the Department of Health and Hospitals." A pet project  was the first-ever commemorative area for Webster Parish.  In that project, the Shadow estate on La. Hwy. 531 would be converted to a historic site and folk life center.   Doerge best known for career as school educator in Minden Before his successful run for state representative in 1992, Everett Doerge was an educator for 29 years in Webster Parish.  His first position in Webster Parish was as a teacher for a short time at Minden Junior High School in 1959.  Then he went to Arp, Texas in 1959.  In 1961 he accepted a teaching position at Iota, Louisiana, High School.  n 1964 he returned to his alma mater as a teacher of physical education and social studies and as a coach at Minden High School until 1974.  His career in administration included posts as assistant principal at Webster Junior High School and principal at Dubberly Elementary School and Lowe Middle School.  He was promoted to secondary supervisor of Webster Parish Schools in 1979, then to assistant superintendent in 1984, a position he held until his retirement from education.  He was born in Port Arthur, Texas and moved to Minden when he was eight years old.  He graduated from Minden High School after playing on the all-state football team in 1954.  After high school he went to Mississippi State University with a football scholarship, then transferred to Northwestern State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1958.  After graduation, he was commissioned an officer and served six months of active duty in the U. S. Army.  He remained in the U. S. Army Reserves until 1964.  In that year he received his master of science degree from Northwestern.  In 1973 he received his doctorate in education from Louisiana State University.  He was a member of Civitans International, the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge.  He is survived by his wife Jean and daughter Sherie Lester.  Sherie and her husband Kevin Lester have two sons, Jacob and Justin.

Minden Press-Herald, Friday, April 17, 1998 - Our Editorial by David Specht, Jr., Publisher Goodbye Dr. Doerge, you will be missed At 3:15 this morning, we lost Dr. Everett Doerge, our state representative from Minden.  While many people knew Dr. Doerge as a politician who served them in Baton Rouge, I had the opportunity to know just a little about Dr. Doerge---the man.  The memory that sticks out in my mind doesn't even date back that far.  I was invited to Clement Industries' annual distributors meeting and banquet at Pine Hills Country Club.  I attended the banquet as a reporter for the Press-Herald, but also as its assistant publisher.  At the time, I had only met Mr. Glen Hicks, president of Clement Industries, once and most of the people in attendance were from out of state.  To be honest, I was a little uncomfortable.  Dr. Doerge spotted me from across the room and came over to talk.  It was obvious he knew that I was uncomfortable because he said, "Don't worry, you will get used to these things."  I was seated at the same table with Dr. Doerge for the banquet and he made a point of holding a conversation with me for most of the evening.  Now this was a situation I had been in before, having a politician bend my ear as a member of the press.  However, this time it was different.  Before, when listening to a politician give his or her spiel on a particular issue or piece of legislation, you can tell if they have either rehearsed or made the same statements before.  This was not true of Doerge.  Doerge shot from the hip and didn't mince words.  He showed an honest compassion for his district and his constituents.  He said to me on more than one occasion, "David, I just wish they (the constituents) would call me.  They have more clout than all the lobbyists in Baton Rouge."  Others in the community felt the same way about Dr. Doerge.   Charles Strong, administrator at Northwest Tech, always talked highly of our state representative and all the times he went to bat for our technical college in Baton Rouge.  Whether it was repaving or expanding roads or pushing of education in our area Doerge did his best to see that Minden got its share out of state government.  I would be lying if I said that Dr. Doerge and I were very close---we were acquaintances at best.  Perhaps our roles of newspaper publisher and public servant kept us from becoming closer friends.  Minden lost more than a state representative today, however.  To some they lost a friend, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a teacher, or a coach.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Doerge family.  We feel the loss too.  However, Minden is a better place today because Everett Doerge lived here.



Minden Press-Herald, Sunday, January 3, 1988   Doherty: More than a coach by Jeff Clemons, Sports Editor   Whether he is remembered as the man who made Minden High School  the "Home of Champions" or as an excellent fisherman, George Doherty who died of a heart attack Thursday in Natchitoches, left his mark on anyone he came in contact with.   The 67-year old, who was the head football coach at Minden High School from 1951-57, more than left his mark on Minden's football tradition as then principal  W. W. Williams said.   "The first year he took over I was at Eastside (Richardson) but we became close friends," Williams said.  "The next year I became principal at MHS and he had already begun to turn around the football program."   And turn around the program he did.  Taking over a team that had won only one game the previous three seasons, Doherty's first team went 4-6.  The next year (1952) Doherty's squad went 9-2 with a district championship.  "We went from the bottom of the list to the top of the list in a very short time," Williams said.   Doherty wasn't through as his 1954 team duplicated the 9-2 mark and another district title.  The highlight of the year was the season finale, a Thanksgiving Day upset over Springhill, the defending state champions, who were led by future Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow.   "In two years he was already making big progress for Minden," Williams said. "We had lost to Haynesville 25 or so years in a row.  In two years his system was catching on and we (Minden High School) were becoming a powerhouse."   Powerhouse indeed, as in 1954 the Tide rolled to a 13-1 record and the first of two state championships under Doherty.  After another district title in 1955, Doherty took Minden to a second state championship in 1956, finishing again at 13-1.   During his six years at Minden High, Doherty compiled a 56-14 record and other schools took notice in his coaching abilities.   "After his first state championship he received an offer to coach at Bolton," Williams said.  "Bolton (in Alexandria) was a 3-A team while Minden was 2-A. Seeing a chance to take another step upwards so to speak he accepted the job.  The job lasted three days as he came back to Minden."   "One thing about him, was how he could make an average player into an excellent player," Williams said.  "It seemed every year he was getting anywhere from 5-9 players a scholarship to Tech.  Sometimes they even referred to Louisiana Tech as "Minden Tech."   Before coaching at Minden High, Doherty's first coaching stint was at Stamps (Ark.) High School.  His first season resulted in a winless year, but things changed dramatically as he, after that 1948 season, went 23-3 over the next two years and won two district championships and one second place finish in the state.   After Minden High, he was a defensive coordinator at Tech for 10 seasons (57-66). While there his defensive teams held six school records and the Bulldogs either won or shared five Gulf States championships.   Two of the many Minden High players that went on to play at Tech while Doherty was there were Butch Williams and Ronnie Brown.   Williams, currently principal at Sibley High School, was an offensive player at Tech during Doherty's final year.  "I had met him through my father (W. W.) as he was a great friend of our family," Williams said.  "We went fishing and hunting birds together long before I was at Tech.  But on the football field he really put us through it.  He was a very intense man on the football field and off the field one of the nicest and calmest persons you could meet."   For Brown, current principal at Harper Elementary, it was a similar experience. Brown played defensive end from 64-66 under Doherty and also had more than the player and coach relationship.   "I was a defensive end and started for Doherty, and like Butch said, he really knew how to work his players,"  Brown said.  "Off the field, he was as gentle as they come.  He seemed to have a special place in his heart for Minden people.  He was always giving us Minden people some special treatment.  His wife even taught me in one of my English classes."   While at Tech, Doherty's defensive coaching tenure was almost cut short by a heart attack as Brown recalls.  "He had a heart attack before spring training and was told not to do any coaching until he got better," Brown said.  "It just so happened his replacement as defensive coordinator was Jimmy Johnson who is now the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes.  He coached us through the spring and we thought he might be named as the new defensive coordinator, but when it came time for the season to start Coach Doherty was back."   "As much as it hurt to see him leave, I even was there to help him clean out his office the day he left Tech," Brown said.  "He was always there to talk to, on and off the field.  You could go over to his house and talk about anything.  You always felt you got a fair deal from him."   Williams agreed.  "He was one of those special kind of people," Williams said. "I don't remember anyone ever saying a bad thing about him."   From Tech, Doherty went to Northwestern State University in 1967 as defensive coordinator for the Demons.  In his first year as Demon head coach in 1972 his team finished 8-2 and won the initial Gulf South Conference championship.  He retired in 1974 after posting a 15-17 career record at NSU.   Even while coaching he always had time to fish but never on Sunday according to  W. W. Williams.  "He would always find time to fish, usually at Black Lake," Williams said.  "After he retired he would go even more.  But never on Sunday. We were even supposed to have gone fishing together over the holidays.  I got sick and had to cancel our trip."   Coach, fisherman, friend and more.  George Doherty more than fit the qualifications.

Compliments of Mrs. Pat Shea Palmer

George Doherty - Coach, PE, Mathematics, & Geometry  

Born in Canton, Miss., Coach George Doherty has many years of past experience to aid him in coaching football.  While in high school, he played tackle and center for four years, making All-State tackle two consecutive years.
Upon graduating he attended one year at Mississippi State College and then transferred to Louisiana Tech.  He played three years varsity, making the Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference two years again as right tackle.  While he was attending Tech, he took time out to serve in the infantry of World War II.
After receiving his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech in 1945, he completed his Master’s Degree at George Peabody College in Nashville, TN.
Following this, Coach Doherty played four years of professional football. One team he  played for was the Buffalo Bills.  He was named twice to the All-Pro team and voted “Rookie of the Year” in the National Football League.
While playing professional football, he had many exciting and funny experiences.  He once saw Lana Turner dining in Hotel Statler and ran back to his hotel room to get Mrs. Doherty.  “I didn’t know what was wrong when he came running in,” says Mrs. Doherty.
While playing the Los Angeles Rams, he was kissed by Carol Landis, sat on the bench with Joan Caulfield, was the guest of Bing Crosby in his home, and a guest of Don Ameche at the famous Brown Derby.
At home he is an adoring husband, and he never spanks Mike.  He has Mike’s mother do that job.
On the football field, every boy looks with admiration to the shy reticent coach, who started his career in Stamps, Ark., in 1948, with a group of boys who had never had on football suits.  Within three years they had gone to the state finals.
He came to Minden in 1950. By 1955 Minden was known as THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS                 ton Fletcher

Mr. Fletcher was born in Coushatta, Louisiana, but he spent his younger days in the Homer oil fields.  He went to grammar school in Homer, and later attended high school at Kilgore High, Kilgore, Texas.  He graduated from Metiva High School in Coushatta where he was on the basketball team that won the Class B State Championship.  After graduation, he went into the United States Cavalry and he was stationed on the Mexican border.  While in the cavalry he served under General Wainwright.  Senator John Overton appointed Mr. Fletcher to West Point Military Academy, before which Mr. Fletcher had attended preparatory school for two years in San Antonio.  When he took his entrance examination at West Point, he failed his math test.  Mr. Fletcher grinned and commented, "That's when I decided to be a math teacher."  After his elimination at West Point, he transferred to the Air Force.  He took the Air Cadet examination in Washington, D. C., and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943.  Later Mr. Fletcher began to see many sections of the world, as he was sent overseas.  Mr. Fletcher also did his share of the fighting by completing thirty-three missions.  He was on the shuttle raid to Africa when Germany's ball-bearing plants were destroyed.  During his military career Mr. Fletcher rose to the rank of major.  When he became inactive, he started to college at Northwestern in Natchitoches.  He finished college in 1948 and since that time he has done graduate work at the University of Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin College.  Mr. Fletcher has taught at two other schools, but he chose Minden because, "They know what they are doing here."  Mr. Fletcher commutes from Coushatta to Minden each day.  He is married and his wife is a teacher at the Hall Summit school. They have three daughters, Millicent Ann, Elizabeth Kay, and Brenda Carol.  Mr. Fletcher did have a small chicken farm in Coushatta, but, "The chickens got the best of me, because I couldn't eat all I didn't sell."  Now our geometry, algebra and bookkeeping teacher has a limited pheasant business.  Mr. George Doherty and Mr. Kirtley Miles help supply Mr. Fletcher with the eggs for his "only enough to eat" pheasant raising.  Mr. Fletcher, truly your life is one to be proudly hailed, your contributions to your country and to your profession are great.  Minden High would like to thank you for your devotion to our school, and it would like to praise you for serving your students so well. 



Mary JEANNE Doherty

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Mary Jeanne Mabry Doherty

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches for Mrs. George Doherty, the former Mary Jeanne Mabry, 90, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, Tuesday, September 24 at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Interment will be at Memory Lawn in Natchitoches.

The Reverend Doug de Graffenreid will officiate the services.

Mrs. Doherty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George, her parents, and two brothers.

She is survived by her son, Mike and his wife Linda of Lafayette, her grandson Jake, his wife Andrea, and her great granddaughter Mary Annabelle of Garmisch, Germany. She is also survived by her niece and nephews, several close cousins, one aunt, Louise White, members of George's family and many close friends.

Mrs. Doherty, a native of Choudrant, Louisiana and a resident of Natchitoches, attended schools in the area including Louisiana Tech University where she received a B.S. in Biology, and Masters's degrees in Education and in English.

She taught English in Kilbourne, Louisiana, Stamps, Arkansas, Minden, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech University, and Northwestern State University. Her teaching career covered a span of thirty-six years.

If asked who Mary Doherty was the answer would be a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a mother-in-law, a sister, a cousin, a friend, and a teacher.

The family requests that visitation be observed Saturday, September 29, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Pallbearers will be Rand Dennis, Shawn Doherty, Rodney Harrington, Don McAllen, Stan Wright, and Stuart Wright. Honorary pallbearers will be John Anderson, Judge David Blanchet, Jack Brittain, Tommy Dunagan, Dr. John Hendry, Gene Knecht, and Louis Woodson Neil Cameron, John Ropp and Ricky Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to the English Department at Northwestern State University or an educational institution of the donor's choosing.

Published in Shreveport Times on September 27, 2013



Muriel Dail Elkins

Written by Press-Herald Staff  
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Funeral services for Mrs. Muriel Dail Elkins will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2007, at Rose-Neath Chapel with the Revs. Brian Danese and David Farmer officiating. Burial will follow at Fuller Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m., today, April 19.

A resident of Minden for more than 70 years, Mrs. Elkins was born in Marietta, Texas, on Jan. 9, 1923, and died Tuesday, April 17. She was an active part of the Minden community. She was a charter member of the Minden Seventh-day Adventist Church and served as church treasurer for more than 40 years. She helped establish and was an original board member of the Minden United Christian Assistance Program.

She is preceded in death by her husband, E.W. “Jack” Elkins, who died Jan. 27, 1981.

She is survived by five children, Jackie Elkins Johnson and husband Richard of Springhill, Larry Elkins and wife Mona of Minden, Lynn Elkins and wife Paula of Calhoun, Ga., John Elkins and wife Judy of Crestwood, Ky., and Randy Elkins and wife Yolanda of Oakland, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Rick Johnson, Randall Johnson, Stephanie Elkins, Justin Elkins, Jennifer Elkins Matisson, Adrienne Elkins Humphreys, Hilary Elkins and Jonathan Elkins; nine great-grandchildren, Drake Johnson, Hayden Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Lily Matisson, Maxwell Matisson, Olivia Elkins, Harper Ann Elkins, Avery Humphreys and Alec Humphreys; and her sister, Jerry Dail Neal and husband William of Fort Worth, Texas, the last survivor of the seven Dail siblings.

Pallbearers will be Rick Johnson, Randall Johnson, Justin Elkins, Jonathan Elkins, Adam Humphreys and Daniel Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Lonnie Simpson, Julius Hines and Carl Shaw.

Memorials may be made to United Christian Assistance Program or to the Fuller Cemetery Association, 432 Middle Road, Minden, LA 71055.



  Avice Foret was born in 1904 on a poor farm in Lisbon, La. The land was settled by her grandfather, John Farley, after the civil war. Her farmily and friends called her "Ace."
John Farley was captured at Vicksburg by the Union army, and the farm in Georgia was destroyed by Sherman's army in its "march to the sea." His wife managed to hide their wagon, horses, and cattle from the raiders.
  After the war John left Georgia with his family and headed for Texas in their wagon, pulled by the horses and cattle, and got as far as Lisbon, La. and "wintered over." They found springs there and built log cabins.
They found good land and stayed. Ace's father and uncles settled land close by. Ace, her sister Irmanie, and brothers Kenneth and Herman were born there.
Her father, Cub Farley,wanted his children to have an education. It was unusual for women to attend college then, especially those from a poor farm background.
  Cub sold the land in Lisbon, and  bought land on Cane River in Natchitoches where he raised cotton.
  Ace and Irmanie attended Normal Teachers College (now Northwestern) in Natchitoches. The system was called "progressive education," and allowed students to take classes 12 months of the year. You advanced as rapidly as you could pass the curriculum. Ace and my mom graduated from college when they were 17 years old with teaching degrees.
   Her brothers attended college out of state and both became M.D.'s. Kenneth practiced medicine in Nebraska and Oregon. Herman was a rare genius with a photographic memory. He could recall every word he had ever read,including all the medical books.  He taught at the University of Oklahoma, and then moved to Virginia where he worked for the U. S. government.
  Ace married David Foret and moved to South America. She worked in an aircraft factory in either Brazil or Argentina.The marriage didn't last, and she moved back and began teaching in Minden.
  Ace was extremely bright. She easily mastered chemistry, physics and math. She loved children, and she loved her students.
  Ace studied atomic physics at M.I.T. and advanced chemistry at L.S.U. She tried to pass as much knowledge as she could to help her students improve their lives. Her results were exceptional, with many moving to exceptional careers in science, engineering and mathematics.
  Ace had a strong personality and an excellent sense of humor.
  She was a memorable person and positively influenced many lives. 
  She retired from Minden High School in the 1960's and went onto teach Indian children in White Sands,New Mexico. She then taught for private schools in New Orleans and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  Ace moved back to Minden and lived there until health problems became severe.(Heart attack and a stroke) Her nephew, Jim Life, moved her to Rogers, Arkansas and took care of her until she died in March, 1984.
She is buried in the old Rogers Cemetery in Rogers, Ark.
  Her sister Irmanie Life and brother-in-law Jimmie Life lived in Rogers, and helped me take care of her in her final days.
  She will be remembered as the most giving person one could ever have known.It was obvious that her former students loved her as they would often come back to visit after her retirement. When she died, her family received many condolences from her former students.


Submitted by Jim Life


Lucile P. Hands

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucile P. Hands, 91, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 12, 2005, at St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Robert Dandridge officiating. Interment will follow at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.  Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Hands, formerly of Minden, passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, at her residence in Vicksburg, Miss. Born in Napoleonville, she attended elementary and high schools in Independence, entered LSU at age 15, and received a BA in Latin and an MA in Library Science with graduate work at Columbia University, N.Y. She worked as a public librarian in Monroe and Shreveport before marrying Edgar Beach Hands and settling in Minden in 1940.

She operated the Rex, Tower, and Drive Inn theatres while her husband served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Subsequently, she worked as a librarian in the City, Parish, and Minden High School libraries; and at the Webster Parish Material Center. She was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church for 60 years. For her leadership in helping to found the Minden Association for the Retarded and her other community services, the city honored her as 'Woman of the Year Award' around 1960. In 2000, she moved to Vicksburg. Her college sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, recently awarded her a plaque and pin for 75-year loyal membership.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Beach Hands, Jr. 1973; her brother, Thomas Bryan Pugh in 2003; her father, Thomas Bryan Pugh, Jr., 1962; and mother, Lucile Wilson Pugh, 1963.
She is survived by: two sons Edward Bryan Hands of Vicksburg, and Ernest R. Hands of Bossier, four grandsons, three granddaughters, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Minden Association for Retarded Citizens, The Webster Parish Library, or the Voice for the Retarded (5005 Newport Dr, Suite 108, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008).




Guy W. Harkness is interred in the Garden of Memories on row 10, section 1, Garden of the Good Shepherd next to his wife. The marker reads: Guy W. born 13 Apr. 1906 died 17 Jan. 1991   Lois M. born 20 Aug. 1914 died 2 Jan. 1995.

If I'm not mistaken, Guy Harkness taught at Minden High School (math-I think).  I graduated in '61 and he taught me.   

I had Mr. Harkness for eighth grade math in 1961-62. It was the second year that Lowe Junior High School had opened on Clerk Street. He wore a coat and tie most days and, a physically large man (or so he seemed to me), he made a most distinguished appearance among junior high youngsters. His knowledge of math was so extensive that it was difficult for him to simplify the subject. That year was my first of the "New Math" -- the kind that taught different bases. The class was theory, rather than traditional computation. It was difficult for me.

Mr. Harkness was so well versed that he would digress on many topics of a math and science nature. I remember once his picking up a piece of chalk and telling us how chalk was made, what was the best kind, etc. Sometimes I still do that myself with my own teaching. Mr. Harkness took his instruction and his students seriously -- like he was a businessman performing a needed task. People had such respect for Mr. Harkness that his class operated as a well-oiled machine. Sometimes he would tell jokes that were so above the heads of the children that they did not "get it."

I recall that his brother was a postal worker, either in Minden or Sibley, or both at different times.

I taught eighth grade math myself in 1979-80 in Rapides Parish in the town of Boyce north of Alexandria. I skipped over the introductory part about the different bases, as the "New Math" had been largely discredited and irrelevant by that time. "Binary" was a common term for so-called "Base 2." Besides, it was difficult enough just getting the children to do the traditional computation. I later learned that whether one mastered eighth grade math, particularly long division, is often a dividing line: children who do so are far more likely to graduate from college than those who still struggle with long division. Of course, all this was in the era before the use of calculators made teaching math that more impossible.

All in all, Mr. Harkness was among many Minden teachers who had a most positive influence on my development.

Submitted by: Billy  Hathorn


Mrs. Connie Baldridge Harper


Connie Baldridge Harper    17 Aug. 1907 - 12 Mar. 1974

 Gardens of Memory Cemetery (Row 4 - Section 2 Garden of Prayer) There is a double marker for: Clinton David Harper born 10 Jul. 1904 died 7 May 1978 Eastern Star   

Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, March 13, 1974   Mrs. Connie Beatrice Harper passed away Tuesday morning at the Ruston General Hospital after a lengthy illness.  She was a retired teacher of Minden High School for 41 years in the English Department.  Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. today at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Kirby Vining and Rev. Paul Durbin officiating.  Interment will be in the Gardens of Memory under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.  She is survived by her husband, Clinton Harper of Minden; two daughters, Mrs. Juan A. Velasco of New Orleans and Miss Camille Harper of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. J. L. Markerson of Franklinton, Mrs. B. P. Jacob of Glento, and Mrs. Catherine Betty of Lake Charles.  Pallbearers will be Weldon Harper, Louis Fisher, Bobby Wise, John Kelling, W. W. Williams, and Eldred Lowe.  Honorary Pallbearers are Cecil Campbell, John T. Campbell, and Harry Campbell, and the Banks Sunday School class.



J. E. HARPER - Principal before Mr. Cathcart (There is a marker in the Gardens of Memory  on Row 2, Section 1 in the Gardens of the Fountain of Youth near third Minden High School Principal, Wayne W. Williams. ) James Elmer Harper born 11 December 1893 died 5 April 1971 Augusta G. Harper born born 6 July 1898 died 12 August 1983


Sam A. Harper MINDEN, LA - Funeral services for Sam A. Harper, 82, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2005 at Rose-Neath's Minden Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Hank Hamilton. Interment will follow in Gardens of Memory.

Visitation will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2005 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Minden, LA.

Mr. Harper died Friday, November 4, 2005 in Minden, Louisiana. He was a native and resident of Minden. He was a retired principal with the Webster Parish School Board. Mr. Harper taught at Minden High School for 17 years as an Industrial Arts teacher and coach, five years as principal with Cotton Valley High School, Head Master for four years with Bossier Academy and four years Head Master with Claiborne Academy. Mr. Harper was a member of the Lakeview Methodist Church.

He is survived by wife, Margaret Noles Harper of Minden, LA; son, Alvin Neil Harper and wife Linda of Washington, MO; daughters, Sherry Clark and husband Bobby of Bryant, AR, Mary Margaret Chreene and husband Ronnie of Minden, LA; sister, Bessie Belk of Minden, LA; brothers, Billy Ray Harper and wife Carolyn of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Brandon Chreene, Dallis Clark, Samuel Harper and Brittany Chreene.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Chreene, Dallis Clark, Samuel Harper, Rogers Auld, Bobby Clark and Ronnie Chreene.

Memorials may be made to Lakeview Methodist Church, 301 Lakeshore Drive, Minden, LA 71055.Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Minden, LA 318-377-3412

Published on November 06, 200


JARRELL FRANCIS HEARD - 5th grade teacher

MINDEN, LA - Mr. Jarrell Francis Heard, known to most as simply "Jerry" a resident of Ponchatoula, La, formerly a resident of Minden for 49 years went to be with his Lord on May 4, 2010 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He was born Oct. 15, 1923 in Alexandria, La. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Shirley Hafer Heard, his four children Carol Daye Heard of Minden, La, Alice Jean Forrest and husband Ed of Hammond, La, Jarrell Sanders Heard and wife Susan of Gainesville, Ga., and Nolen Ragan Heard and wife Fay of Hammond, La. He has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and beloved by many nieces and nephews who fondly remember many fishing expeditions with their Uncle Jerry. Extended family are Kenneth Wayne Hafer and wife Theresa of Metairie, La., Patricia Plunkett and husband Lamar of Groveland, Fla. and Vickie Cimo and husband Brett of Houston, Tex.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lora Dell "Daye" Heard, parents Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Heard of Ruston, La, his brother and sister-in-law Hewell and Helen Heard of Hodge, La., his younger brother, Ragan Errol Heard, his infant son, David Patrick Heard and grand-daughter, Megan Daye Heard.

Mr. Heard served his country three and half years in the Pacific Theater during WWII, commandeering a Higgins landing craft. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart and many battle ribbons.

Upon returning from the Pacific Conflict, he embarked upon his career as an educator earning degrees from both Louisiana Tech and LSU. He served in Webster Parish as a revered fifth grade teacher at E.S. Richardson Elementary and a beloved principal of the Marlon Pope Special Learning Center in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. He served as principal of one of two pilot schools in the state of Louisiana for the multi-handicapped. His love for these special children sprang from his commitment to his Lord and Savior. His school stationary bore the following engraved scripture: "When you have done it to the least of these, you have done it unto me." Matthew 25:45. His early years of teaching was spent in the East Baton Rouge Parish School system as a junior high history teacher and elementary teacher. Mr. Heard was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. Special thanks are extended to the health care professionals that gave comfort and care to Mr. Heard during his lengthy illness.

Services will be held at the Lakeview UMC on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 2 PM with the Rev. Mark Kennedy officiating, Tributes in honor of Mr. Heard may be sent to the Lakeview UMC of Minden or the Heflin UMC of Heflin, La.

Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961

Mr. Heard was the best teacher I ever had.  He will be missed.

Formerly Gay Clement



Miss Joyce Hillard, girl's physical education director, returned to Minden High School at mid-term session to resume her duties upon the completion of her masters degree at Louisiana State University. During her four years here, Miss Hillard has built up an athletic department that is envied all over the state. Beginning with the production of a water show one year ago, she now has developed the Girl's State Championship swimming team of '54. The annual water show will be held May 12, 13, 14 in the school's swimming pool. A recent invitation to open the Audubon Park in New Orleans with a 25-girl water show proves the prestige that she brought to the physical education department of Minden High School and the City of Minden. From the May 1955 Tide Talk
Submitted by William "Pat" Watson                                                            

Minden Press-Herald - Thursday, August 15, 1996                              
 Dr. Joyce Eileen Hillard
 Dr. Joyce Eileen Hillard of Natchitoches passed away on July 23, 1996. A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Dr. Hillard pursued a career in coaching and teaching spanning 34 years. She held positions at both high school and college level.
 She was born and raised in Baton Rouge, and graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1943 and from LSU in 1947. She received a master's degree from LSU in 1955, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1972. A fine athlete herself, Dr. Hillard was the first female member of the LSU tennis team while an undergraduate. She was an accomplished tennis player and golfer.
 She began her career as assistant professor of health and physical education at Lander College in South Carolina. She became a physical education instructor at Minden High School in 1951, and remained there until she took a similar position at Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge in 1956. Her teams at both schools enjoyed exceptional success winning Louisiana High School state championships. She was well known in aquatic circles, and was an exceptional coach and motivator. Her accomplishments were noted in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on one occasion.
 She became assistant professor of health and physical education at Northwestern State College in Natchitoches in 1963, remaining there until her retirement in 1981.
 She was organizer and coach of the Minden Tidettes, the Capitol Swimmers (Baton Rouge) and the Natchitoches Neptunes. She coached and officiated swimming, diving, tennis, gymnastics, and basketball. Dr. Hillard received an award from the Mayor of Natchitoches in 1994. During the ceremony, it was said that "She touched lives through teaching."
 Dr. Hillard is survived by three nephews and two nieces, and their families. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 1996.
 NOTE: Joyce was in a nursing home in Natchitoches at the time of her death. She died from complication of Diabetes when she was about 71. 

Coach Oliphant the water shows (aquacades) long before Coach Hillard got there and was actually probably the one who taught all of us to swim..Even after Coach Hillard took over the aquacade, he still helped figure out the formations.

Submitted by Harol Lynn Turner Thompson


William (Bill) Huth

Minden, LA William (Bill) Huth, 77, of Minden entered into rest January 7, 2015 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born August 29, 1937 in Karnes City, Texas. 

Bill graduated from Northeast 
Louisiana State Universityin Monroe, Louisiana with a BA degree and received his masters plus 30 from Northwestern University. He came to Minden High School in 1964 as assistant principal and coach. While coaching track for 7 years he was inducted into the North Louisiana Track and Field Hall of Fame. His Minden High track team won state twice, came in second two years, and third in state once. He became principal at Dubberly Elementary and was voted Elementary School Principal of the year. He later was principal at Central Elementary where he retired after 38 years with the Webster parish School System. He and his wife Ann own A&B Thoroughbred Farms at Ada Taylor where he trained horses for himself and others.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Emma Huth, sisters Dorothy Windmeyer and Deanie Alm. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Ann Huth


Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, January 31, 1996


  Gay Lewis Jones (1908-1996)   Services for Mrs. Gay Lewis Jones were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 1996, at First United Methodist Church in Minden, with the Rev. Joe Hunter officiating. She died on January 26, after a lengthy illness.   Mrs. Jones, 87, was a retired teacher, having instructed  hundreds of youngsters for many years at Stewart Elementary School in Minden. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was known for her kindness, intelligence, warmth, dignity, and southern charm.   Mrs. Jones enjoyed reading and travel. In the summer of 1971, she and her friend, the late Mrs. Louise Watson, a long-time Lowe Junior High School teacher, took a tour of the East Coast and Northeastern Canada sponsored by Louisiana Tech University. They visited Virginia, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, West Point, Boston, coastal Maine, Nova Scotia, Montreal,  and Quebec, among other sights.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie  Bryan Jones (1907-1954), her son, James David Jones (1948-1969), and her parents, David Henry Lewis and Odie Jackson Lewis.   She was survived by a sister, Mrs. Emo Lewis Watson of Florida and one niece, one great-niece, and one great-nephew.  
Submitted by Billy  Hathorn

Elton D. Kelly From the 1958 Grig:  The 1957 football season began with a new mentor...who came from DeRidder High School where he had eight successful years of football.        

Obituary for Charles Franklin "Charlie" Jackson

Charles Franklin "Charlie" Jackson 
Cotton Valley, LA

Funeral services for Mr. Charles Franklin "Charlie" Jackson, age 80, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Cotton Valley United Methodist Church in Cotton Valley with Rev. Michelle Harris and Rev. Jerry Hilbun officiating. Burial, with Masonic Graveside Rites and U. S. Navy Honor Guard rites, will be in the Springhill Cemetery, Springhill, LA under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Cotton Valley, LA

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Bailey Funeral Home in Springhill.

Mr. Jackson was born March 1, 1934 in Jena, LA and passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Bossier City, LA. He was a resident of Cotton Valley since 1974 and was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Springhill High School, class of 1952; attended NLU, LSU, Southern State University in Magnolia, AR; LA Tech and Ole Miss where he received his Master's Degree. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy with four years of service and was a retired school teacher and coach with 29 years of service; was a referee for football and baseball games and referee for basketball games with 23 years of service. He was a retired Webster Parish Veteran's Service Officer with 23 years of service. He was known for his love of Boxers and Boston Terriers, was a member of the Minden Masonic Lodge #51 FandAM, the Scottish Rite and was a Shriner El Karubah Temple of Shreveport, LA and was a past master. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann Hair Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Lori Jackson Bogues and Ted Bogues of Bossier City, LA; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Brady. 

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. 

Pallbearers will be Gerald McGuire, Ricky Payne, Eddie Ray Sauce, Bud Sandidge, James Tidwell, Bobby Kendrick, Steve Merritt and Troy Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the High School Class of 1952; Master Masons, Frank Brown and Robert Coleman.

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Coach James Steven Jordan:  December 15, 1936-May 27, 2013

(December 15, 1936 - May 27, 2013)

I received word this morning that Coach Steve Jordan has died in the past few weeks. There was no funeral or memorial service and there was no newspaper notification.

This is really unsettling news about someone who so many  held in such high regard. Today is going to be a tough one.  

Rest in Peace Coach Jordan.  I am sure that our Almighty God has comforted you.  

Tom Carey Ruston, LA

James Steven Jordan, age 76, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 after a long illness at the Southern Oaks Nursing Home in Shreveport, LA.  He was born December 15, 1936 to James Lester and Angie Goza Jordan in Vivian, LA.Left to cherish his memory are his daughters.  The family is planning private services at a later date.

Submitted by T. D. Carey


Coach and Mrs. Elton D. Kelly  

 The Kellys lived at the junction of Marshall and Fort streets. Some of the large houses in the Academy Park area are nearby. They had at least two children, David and Kathy, maybe three. Both taught science, as I recall. "Kelly" is an Irish name, and I think that Coach Kelly was "Irish" in many ways. Coach Kelly taught general science, chemistry, and driver's education. I had him for general science in the fall of 1962 (Mrs. Harol Thompson took over that class in the spring of 1963, but I don't know why: there was probably a change in faculty scheduling). I also had him for behind-the-wheel driver's education in the summer of 1964, and I had him for chemistry in 1964-65. He gave me a "C" in behind-the-wheel" instruction because he said that I was easily distracted in driving. He was right, and I have learned to remain vigilant while driving. Still I had a potentially fatal accident (no injuries but damage to vehicle) in December 1990. Then he gave me the "Chemistry award" for 1965, but I did not deserve it. I think that I may have had the highest average in the class and got the award by default. Instead, I should have gotten the award for "American history," but I took a regular class in that, not the "accelerated" class and was ineligible. Coach Kelly of course loved football. In the general science class, he would once a week give us an in-class assignment while he painted the mouth guards for the players. I never knew with what he was painting the mouth guards: I guess it was plaster. He seemed to really enjoy painting those mouth guards, like a break in a hectic day. He had a dry sense of humor. He went out of his way to talk to students and not just about class or football. He was a master of handling a classroom and presumably the players as well. Today though probably even Coach Kelly could have some problems in these rampant out-of-control schools. He would find them very stressful, I am afraid. Yet, he seemed to have no stress in his own life. Mrs. Kelly was in personality the opposite of her husband. She was  flamboyant and was also a strong defender of teachers' rights. In 1970 (two years after Coach Kelly's untimely death), she spoke at a teachers' meeting in the Minden High School auditorium. I covered the meeting for the Minden Press-Herald.  Thereafter, I heard that Mrs. Kelly married the father of  former Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Gil Dozier and moved to south Louisiana. I do not know if she is still living but of course hope that she is. Coach Kelly died in 1968 (M.H.S. also lost mathematics instructor Mr. Walter C. Sibley the same year.) of a heart attack. I don't recall his age, but it was probably "middle 50s." I also don't know where Coach Kelly is buried. I do remember going to the funeral home and signing the book but did not go to the funeral, as I was attending class at LA Tech. In retrospect, I wish that I had taken the time to go to the funeral. He was a tremendous educator and human.

Written and submitted by Billy Hathorn.


Minden Press-Herald, Front Page, Monday, June 11, 1973   Funeral Services Will Be Held For Mrs. Gladys Powell Hunter Tuesday (24 Aug. 1899 - 09 June 1973)   Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys P. Hunter, 73, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kirby Vining officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home. Gladys Hunter, widow of Larry B. Hunter, died suddenly Saturday afternoon in Sarasota, Florida, while visiting her daughter. Born in Yellowpine, she taught school in the Webster Parish School system until her marriage to Larry B. Hunter.  Her interest in education continued and she was twice elected to the Webster Parish School Board. Gladys and Larry Hunter operated the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Minden.  With Coca-Cola profits, they built for the young.  Starting with their own "Little Playhouse," they "later" built the "Big Playhouse," a playground, baseball park and swimming pool for the teenagers of Minden.  n 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were named "Citizens of the Year," receiving the first such award given.  Mrs. Hunter was the only woman ever to receive the award. Survivors are four sons, Bill Hunter, Joe Hunter, and Ben Hunter, all of Minden, and Joel Gearhart of Homer; two daughters, Bess Hunter of Minden and Mrs. Nan Castle of Sarasota, Florida; a brother, Clifford Powell of Shreveport; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Those serving as pallbearers will be N. A. Dulany, J. W. Wall, James Rabb, Reese Simmons, Carter B. Norman, Cecil C. Lowe, Hale R. Shadow and Steve Cole.


Thursday, March 7, 2002 - Minden Press Herald
Gail Kennon

Funeral services for Mrs. Gail Felts Kennon will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.  Mrs. Kennon, a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, March 6. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University where she received a master’s degree plus 30. She retired from the Webster Parish School System where she taught English at Minden High School. She also worked for the LSU Agriculture Extension Service and was co-owner of Century 21, Mike Kennon and Associates. At Century 21, she was relocation director and office manager.  She was a member of the Association of Professional Educators of Louisiana, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority; Phi Kapp Phi. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, for which she held the state historian job plus several state chairmanships. She was the author of a number of genealogy articles in genealogy publications and the author of the published, "German Carolineans; The Lineage of Emmett Rendol Felts." She also served as president of the Webster Convention and Tourist Bureau. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minden.  She was preceded in death by her father, Rendol Felts and sister, Ginger Hovey.  She is survived by her husband, Mike Kennon; mother, Lucille Beatty Felts; sisters, Sharon and Beth Elkins and husband John of Spotsylvania, Va.; son, Rusty Davis and wife Nell of Bald Knob, Ark.; stepdaughter, Robin Kennon Cox and husband Terry of Shreveport; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and John Davis; three step-grandchildren, Brandy, Josuah and Barry; a special brother-in-law, Edward Kennon and wife Brenda and nieces, Kari Kennon of Shreveport; three nephews and one niece, Bart Elkins, Slade Elkins, Robert Carlisle and Carolu Elkins.  Memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church or the Webster Parish Education Trust Fund.

Earl "Coach" Hamner

Graveside services for Coach Hamner will be held at time 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016 in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Minden, LA. Officiating will be Paul Rasmussen a former player, of Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The family requests casual attire only.

Coach Hamner retired after 37 years, having coached at Cotton Valley, C.E. Byrd High School, and Southfield School in Shreveport. His greatest joy was to see his students and athletes become stellar members in the community and in the business world. In 2011, Coach Hamner was inducted into the Southfield School Hall of Fame.

Coach Hamner was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy and Edna Hamner; his devoted wife of 40 years, Patricia Heflin Hamner; brother, Buel Hamner and sister-in-law, Norma Miller Hamner. He is survived by a daughter, Lesa Lyons, and grandsons, Alexander Lyons, Jr. and Nicholas Lyons.

Honoring Coach Hamner as pallbearers will be Donald Allen, Chris Tilley, James Moreland, Richy Akeroyd, Chuck Stripling, Bob Bray, and Tim Kochakian. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Steve McDowell, Doug Robinson, Phillip Johnson, Skipper Morgan, and Merrill Wautlet.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Ted Warren, Dr. Sanjeevi Tivakaran, and his secretary Mary for all their compassion and care.

The family suggests donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or to the in honor of Nicholas Lyons.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958


Jan McLeish Johnson

Minden, LA Funeral services for Jan McLeish Johnson will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Brian Mercer officiating. Interment will follow at Mt Lebanon Cemetery in Gibsland, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Bobbye Jan McLeish Johnson was born July 22, 1940 in Plain Dealing, Louisiana. She was the oldest daughter of Fort A. "Buddy" McLeish and Wilma Garrett McLeish. She was a graduate of Northwestern State University and a member of Sigma Kappa in Natchitoches, LA where she received her Masters in education. After graduation she moved to Bossier City to start a career and family. She taught first grade at Waller and Apollo Elementary for a total of 24 years. She was one of the first recipients of a liver transplant from Mayo Clinic three decades earlier. She enjoyed working within the community, spending time with family, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband J.R. Johnson of Minden, son Jeff Wood and wife Jessica of Baton Rouge, daughter Laura Jan Wood of Bossier City, grandchildren Olivia Caraline Jacks and husband Nick, Macey Alexandria Sims, John Hayden Wood, Ashton Renee Wood, James Patrick Martin, Chelsea Ann Martin, Stormie Johnson, great-grandchildren Gracie Michelle Martin, Adaline Ella Jacks and her aunt, Corrie Haynes of Destrehan.

Pallbearers will be James Patrick Martin, Charles Andrews IV, Kenneth Johnson, Pat Stintson, R.O. Machen, Jr. and Charlie Kennon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota or Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church in Plain Dealing, Louisiana.
Published in Shreveport Times on Mar. 21, 2016
Submitted by Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 61

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