NHS 50's Alumni Newsletter

August 2010

Yes, We’re having a NHS Alumni Reunion!!!!

30's, 40's, 50's and 60's Classes of Newellton High School

 When - Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Come for the weekend or just for the day..

Luncheon to be served at 12:30 Saturday in the dome area, but the space is available all day for visiting with your classmates or other school friends.

Where - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Conference Center Monroe, LA (Holidome)

1051 Hwy 165 Bypass, I-20 & 1051 US Bypass, Monroe, LA 71203

Phone number is 318-387-5100

Price - $26.00 per person which covers the cost of the luncheon, mail-out expenses, phone calls, and other reunion expenses.

If you haven’t already sent in your reservation form, you might want to get it in soon so we can get an accurate count of how many will be attending.

NHS Alumni Reunion Form

Name :___________________________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________

City:_____________________________________State:_____ Zip: __________________________________________

Phone: Home:_______________ Cell: _______________ E-Mail Address: _____________________________________

Amount Enclosed:___________________________ Number of people: _______________________________________

Make check payable to JoAnn Reece and write NHS Alumni Reunion in the Remarks.

Mail to: JoAnn Reece, 210 S. Pine St., Van, TX 75790 Phone: 903-963-3650 E-mail: joreece@hughes.net

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Diane Hastings son, James Walter "Trey" Gathright III passed away recently. He was 38 and lived in Sterlington which is where Dianne also lives. Dianne graduated in 1966. They lived in front of Ora Mae & Bert Oldham's house!! Mr. Bernard Hasting (her dad) worked for Mr. Forgotston at Newellton Electric. Please remember Dianne and her family in prayer.


Mabel Arnold Broussard NHS Class of ‘43

"I would love to come to the reunion but I cannot this year. My husband is unable to travel nor can he manage to stay home alone.

I am still in perfect health and take care of a large garden, both vegetable and flowers. I can and freeze most of our produce for winter consumption. I am active in an exercise program and serve as a gardening resource person for my community.

I would love to see everyone. I know you will have lots of fun. I graduated in 1943."

Be thinking of you........... Mabel Arnold Broussard

First Baptist Church Newellton will be celebrating their 75th anniversay on August 22, 2010.

Services start at 10:50 AM (Sunday School at 9:45 AM) Bro. James Hill will bring the message Sunday morning, and then we will have lunch in the

Family Life Center.

That night, the Revelations from Jackson, MS. will bring the message in song.

Sherron (Pierce) Greesom is moving to Van, Texas!!!!

They have been looking in the east Texas area for quite a while and just took out a contract on a home here. They are in the process of selling their house and her sister’s house in Marshall, Texas so they will take their time about moving in getting everything straightened out as they go.

Gale (LaPlue) Norman has had a recurrance of breast cancer again and had a lumpectomy a couple of weeks ago. She will have to undergo radiation for six weeks starting in August. She’s very fortunate they caught it early again, even though is was a larger lump than before.

She is going to Germany with Larry and Anna Fay the 27th of this month... They're flying into Munich and flying back out of Berlin and will be gone 9 days. She feels so blessed to be able to go. They are going with a group of Christians from the US and have tickets to the Passion Play which is only put on every 10 years I believe.

Linda (Poe) Emfinger says "wanted to tell you again how much I appreciate you and all the great work you do to keep us all in touch and know what is going on in ourfriends lives. The older I get, the more important it is to know about my friends and be able to pray for them and their families. There can never be too many prayers!!!

Keep up the good work!!!!" Linda

Bobby Colvin is in a rehab hospital in Clinton, LA, where they live. They are trying to cure his pneumonia, and strengthen his body, so Linda can handle him at home. He has multiple problems and he does need your prayers. Thanks so much for thinking about him.

Frances Shearon (Arnold) Jarreau  had a heart attack this morning.  They got her to "Our Lady of the Lake" Medical Center in Baton Rouge, took her right in to the Cath Lab. They found the large artery in front of the heart completely blocked. They put 3 stints in and she will be in CICU 24 to 48 hours.  Gorden says she may be able to go home on Monday. If all stays well, Gorden will go back down early next week to relieve her daughter and Reba  will relieve Gorden so someone will be with her for the first week or longer if needed.

She lost her husband 2 weeks ago, so she has been through it the last four months. J.K. was sick about 4 months.  

Please remember her and the rest of her family in your prayers.


Wesley Nichols & my trike built by me.

I’m from Newellton but now live in Texas. Sure wish I was back there. I miss it-will always be my home.






Here is a picture of Catherine Jackson (Kitty) who used to work in the NHS cafeteria. She was 99 on June 10, 2010, and still lived in Newellton, LA until her death this past week.

She had a wonderful memory and still vividly remembers Mr. Prather telling Buddy Emfinger (in a loud voice) to get to the back of the line. She also remembers teaching Linda Emfinger how to cook when she and Buddy got married.



Albert (Buddy) Tindell

Funeral services for Albert "Buddy" Tindell, 84 of Saint Joseph, LA will be held at St Joseph Baptist Church on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:30 am with Reverend Joe Odenwald officiating. Interment will follow at Legion Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at St Joseph Baptist Church from 8:30 am until service time on Monday, May 10, 2010

Buddy Tindell was born on April 24, 1926 in Newellton, LA and passed away Friday, May 07, 2010 at St. Dominics Hospital, in Jackson, MS. He was a resident of Saint Joseph and an active member of the First Baptist Church in St. Joseph. Mr. Tindell was retired from the Fifth District Levee Board. He was also a barber and farmer. He served his Country in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater, the Philippine Islands, Manilla, Marshall Islands, and Elucian Islands. He also served with the Air Force in the 15th Fighter squadron in Honolulu.

He was preceded in death by: Father-Albert Tindell. Mother-Mary Tindell. Brother-Morris Tindell. Sister-Emma Kifer.

Survivors include: His Wife of 58 years, Gwen "Lady" Tindell of Saint Joseph, LA, Daughter-Kayla Sevier and husband Jim of Tallulah, LA, Granddaughters-Lauren and Nancy Sevier and Dana Ellis, Grandson-Doug Sevier, Great-Grandchildren-Cameron,Cody, and Madison, Sister-Mardell Osborn and husband Warren of Naples, FL, Sister-Margie Redditt and husband John of Hendersonville, TN.. Numerous Nieces and Nephews. Special Loving Extended Family of In-Laws.

The Pallbearers will be -Ricky Jones, Brian Kifer, Lee Kifer, David McEachern, Milford McVay, L. J. Thompson, Barry Tindell, and Keith Tindell.

The Honorary Pallbearers will be the Members of the Jubilee Sunday School Class, Bob Nall, Whit Jones, and Charles Gastrell.

Danny C. Arnold

Danny C. Arnold died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Forest Haven Nursing Center in Jonesboro, La. He was 63.

Mr. Arnold was born in St. Joseph and lived most of his life Newellton. He was a farmer and an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his daughter, Bobbi Sue Chatham of Chatham, La.; two brothers, Gerald Arnold of Vicksburg and Roger Arnold of Newellton; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Newellton with the Rev. Larry Foster officiating. Burial will follow at Legion Cemetery in Newellton.

Pallbearers will be Randy McDonald, Ricky Jones, Rusty Arnold, Courtney Bamburg, Brian Hall and Phil Arnold.

Betty Joyce Ballard Walton

HEBERT, La. — Betty Joyce Ballard Walton died Monday, June 21, 2010, at her home. She was 73.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Percy H. Walton of Hebert; a daughter Donna McDaniel of Hebert; a son, Jeffrey Lynn Walton of Elm Grove, La.; a sister, Shirley McDaniel of Newellton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. C.R. Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Legion Cemetery in Newellton.
Pallbearers will be Jim Fuller, Jeff Fuller, Roy Clark III, Autry Reid, Robert Kelly and Greg Black.


Glendell McCarty

Glendell McCarty died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 74.Mr. McCarty was born in Sicily Island, La., and had lived in Tensas Parish for more than 45 years. He was a justice of the peace, a former alderman of the town of Newellton and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He owned a farm and auto parts store and was a member of First Baptist Church of Newellton.

He is survived by two daughters, Lynn McCarty Doyle of Vicksburg and Dawn Marie McCarty of Shreveport; two brothers, Bobby McCarty of Alvin, Texas, and Alton McCarty of Houston, Texas; one sister, Laverne Butler of Tallulah; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and friends, including Louise Crumpton of Tallulah.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Newellton with the Rev. Dennis Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Legion Cemetery.



Virginia Williams Burnside was born on January 7, 1916 in Enterprise, MS to Zan and Amanda Williams. She passed away peacefully at the Olive Branch Care Center in Tallulah on June 24, 2010.

She was a graduate of Enterprise High School and Bowling Green Business College in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Upon graduation she came to Newellton, LA where she was employed by Service Novelty Company, owned by her brother Robert "Buster" Williams. She met and married Ben Patton Burnside in 1938 and they established a home on Franklin Plantation where she lived until her death.

She was a member of the Newellton Union Church, the Ladies Auxiliary and Quilting Group and Newellton Garden Club. She was instrumental in publishing the Newellton Garden Club Cookbook.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, her parents, two brothers, two sisters and a son-in-law.

She is survived by her son Ben Patton Burnside Jr. and his wife Carolyn; daughters Helen Hester Kifer and her husband Nathan Odell (Sonny) of Newellton, Amanda Burnside Dean and her husband George of Monroe; two brothers-in-law Frank Robinson Burnside of Newellton and Dr. Wade Walker Burnside of Fayetteville, Arkansas; nine grandchildren James Coates Head and wife Allison, Walker Burnside Head and wife Candice, Dr. Virginia Burnside Coreil and husband Kemp, Courtney Dean Murray and husband John, Hester Jane Burnside, Virginia Burnside Dean Tucker and husband Chuck, Ben Patton Burnside, III and wife Jennifer, Mary Claude Kifer Glass and husband Patrick, Benjamin Bryan Dean and wife Katie; great-grandchildren Amanda Jane Head, Sarah Elizabeth Head, Thomas Hays Coreil, Clayton Walker Head, Mary Kifer Glass, John Walker Head, Georgia Wells Burnside, Miller Kathryn Glass, Ella Patton Burnside, Camille Burnside Coreil, Charles Irving Tucker, III, Catherine Virginia Coreil, George Dean Tucker, Benjamin Burnside Tucker and George Walker Dean.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. June 26th at Newellton Union Church with Rev. Clyde Webber, Rev. Larry Foster and Rev. John Wilkins officiating. Grandsons will service as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of Olive Branch and Patient's Choice Hospice and devoted caregivers DeLoice Carter, Denny Hudson, Pauline Harvey and Wanda Saldana.

The family will receive friends at Franklin Plantation following the service.

Memorials may be made to Newellton Union Church, P. O. Box 265, Newellton, LA 71357.