Minden Memories

January 28-29, 2005

Minden, Louisiana

The pictures will tell the story...



Billy Kidd and Floyd Jones, seated at the table behind them is Joan Wley and Joe Luck

Fran Jones and LeVerne Langheld Kidd

Seated at the table behind them is the rest of the crowd from the Minden Memories group, Mrs. Pratt is on the very end, ____, Jeanette Baker Gipson, Dr. Richard Baker, Carolyn Sale McDaniel and Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh in the leopard skin across the table from her is Drew Chreene, Galen Pratt is across from Jeanette Baker and _____at the end of the table.

Peggy Woods White and Jimmy White

Claire Turner Fussell

Jeanette Gipson Baker and Dr. Richard Baker

Joan Wiley Luck and Joe Luck


Bob Craton (Class of 1953) and Phillip Ford (Class of 1957)

Rogers Auld (Class of 1955) and Joe Luck (Class of 1958)

Clyde Austin (Class of 1955)


Greg Grambling (Class of 1968, and to the right is Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, class of 1956).


Greg has been so generous in sharing his Father's film with the "Children of Minden." Here he is showing the film the "Grambling Film"  & The "Kidnap" to all of us for our enjoyment.  

Pictured are some of the actors in THE KIDNAP:  Standing, L to R: Joe Luck, Floyd Jones, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Patsy Kleinegger Drake.  Seated Peggy Woods White and Jim White.

Ann Harlan and Floyd Jones took the photographs


The crowd watching the movies, in the chairs are  L-R, Cyndy Clement Gay, Joan Wylie Luck, L-R, on the couch, Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh, Carolyn Sale McDaniel, _________, Mrs. Pratt in the chair, and the lady next to her is_________ Jimmy White is the man in the yellow shirt behind Sherry, Leverne Langheld Kidd and BillyKidd, Joe Luck standing next to Rogers Auld with the hat on. Huey Lee Hanson has on the red coat, Leon "Red" Cupples is standing next to the new Minden High School football coach., Earlene Lyle is standing next to the window in front of Joe Luck. I think the man on the left is Floyd Jones. Who is the man next to Mrs. Pratt?_____________


Bill Slay and Huey Lee "Judge" Hanson, Both from the Class of 1955


L to R:  Ann Harlan and the author of SONS OF DARKNESS, SONS OF LIGHT, Marilyn Miller.

Larry is holding Ann's bag of tombstone cleaning tools, L-R, Larry Mays, Ann Mays Harlan and Bill Funderburk

Lem Grigsby, Richard Baker, Nellis Sapp, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Billy Kidd is standing behind Earlene,

Ann Mays Harlan, Patsy Kleinnegher, Larry Mays is behind Carolyn, LeVerne Langheld Kidd and not shown is

Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh beside LeVerne Kidd.  

Photo by Marilyn Miller

Lem Grigsby points to the spot where John N. Reeves, Maude, David, Woodrow, and Alto are sleeping.  There is a brass plaque for the Reeves family, all murdered Christmas Eve, 1916.  Marilyn Miller was also in attendance.  She wrote the book SONS OF DARKNESS, SONS OF LIGHT.  L to R:  Dr. Richard Baker, Carolyn Sale McDaniel, Bill Funderburk, Patsy Kleinegger Drake, Phillip Ford, Lem Grigsby, Ann Mays Harlan

Lem Grigsby and LeVerne Langheld Kidd

Marilyn Miller and Carolyn Sale McDaniel

The following article appeared in the Minden Press Herald on February 4, 2004

Minden Memories Group Tours Community


L-R, Bill Funderburk, Patsy Kleinneger Drake, Phillip Ford and Lem Grigsby
A “Minden Memories” group got together in Minden this past weekend (Friday-Saturday). The group represented classes/alumni spanning over 50 years from Minden. One of the activities was a tour of the Shady Grove Cemetery, north of Minden on Benson Road. L. B. Grigsby lead the tour, which focused on the graves of the Reeves family that was murdered in 1916. The family is the subject of a book by Marilyn Miller titled “Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light.” Many of the old families of Grove, who were mentioned in the book, are buried at Shady Grove.


After touring Shady Grove Cemetery, the group gathered for lunch at Razz Ma Tazz.  Pictured here is Bill Funderburk and his "harem."   L to R:  Jannell Boyce Dickinson, Nellie Sapp Burge, Bill, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh, Ann Mays Harlan.

                             PORT AU PRINCE

                              January 29, 2005

Shown below is Ann Mays Harlan, the host of the party. She made all the arrangements with Mrs. Prince. We hope all of you had fun. Many thanks to Ann for her hard work. Thanks to Earlene Mendenhall Lyle for the name tags.

L to R: James Madden, Joe Luck, Ann Harlan, Sallie Anderson

Ron Brazzel (1958)

Jamie Mays Vance, Beverly Simolke Bryce, Galen Pratt (1959) 

Dean & Pat Smith Barr (1958)

Peggy Woods White & Sallie Anderson (1958)

At Port Au Prince,  Bill Funderburk (1962) & Ann Harlan (1958)

Doug & Dee Dee McCrary (1958), Jimmie Lou Harper Voorhies (1960), Peggy Woods White (1958)

The above pictures were submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

L-R, Doug McCrary, Jimmy White, Phillip Ford, Ann Mays Harlan, Across from Doug is Dee Dee McCrary and across from Phillip is Mary Ford.

Submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd

L-R, Richard Sanders in the light blue shirt, Standing behind him in the black leather coat is Billy the Kidd, Kenneth Gay, and his beautiful wife, Cyndy Clement Gay, daughter of Joan Wilie Luck. (Note: Joe Luck is in the man in the picture right behind Cyndy and part of Joan's face is showing.). The three ladies toward the front are Nellie Lunsford Martin, Waurynne Hurley Neeley and Wanda Monzingo Ballard. The lady at the next table is Linda Rushing Strickel (1959)

The lady seated in the red coat next to Richard Sanders is Mary Ford.

James Madden and Lyda Roberts Madden

Nellie Sapp Burge and Marcelle Robinson Culpepper (The lady in the red is Sandra Tubberville (Mrs. Bobby) Moorehead)

Bobbie Langheld Hereford, Melba Weaver Love, standing in the background is James Madden talking to Peggy Woods White in the gold sweater.

 Marsha Boyd Salman and Claire Turner Fussell, the lady in the red at the next table is Jeannie Lindsey Zappa

Bobby & Nan Voss Liles

Finnis & Jeannie Lindsey Zappa

L to R: Waurynne Hurley Neely & Nellie Lunsford Martin (not shown Wanda Monzingo Ballard)

 Wanda Monzingo Ballard

Martha Belton

Bobbie Langheld Herford

Melba Weaver Love

Myra Lowe Turnage and Bill Turnage

 Bobby & Sandra Tubberville Moorehead

Bob & Judy Spitzfaden Craton

Larry & Linda Monzingo Dean

Jack & Jimmie Lou Harper Voorhies

Richard Sanders

James Madden and Martha Belton