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Graveside services for Benjamin F. “Frank” Griffith will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Minden Cemetery in Minden, under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, with Rev. Robert Dandridge officiating. The family will receiveFrank Griffith359 friends from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Frank was born August 27, 1927 in Minden, and entered into rest Nov. 25, 2014, in Minden.

His wife, Quay Griffith and son, Benjamin Griffith III preceded him in death.

He is survived by a number of friends, nieces and nephews.


Services celebrating the life of Christelle Johnston Watson, 95, will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, with Bro. Richard Methvin officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m until service time Saturday, Nov.29, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Christelle was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Bryceland, and entered into rest Nov. 26, 2014, in Minden.

She was a faithful and active member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden until her health failed. Even after she entered Town and Country Nursing Center she still called and kept in contact with her Sunday school class members that she taught for years. Christelle sewed for the public a great portion of her adult life and made many close and lasting friendships. She was an inspiration to her family and friends and was described as a very strong person even in facing the death of her two youngest children.

Her husband, Robert Lavelle Watson; son, Charles Robert Watson; daughter, Mary Ann Sawyer; and sister, Beulah McDaniel preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Charles L. Watson and daughter-in-law, Annette Watson of Stonewall; son-in-law, Donald Sawyer and wife, Carolyn of Minden; grandchildren, Deborah Smith and husband, Roger of San Antonio, Texas, Dana Giddens and husband, Shawn of Minden, Donald Ray Sawyer serving in United States Navy, Thomas Sawyer and wife, Shelly of Hampton, Ark. and Ellen Goodman and husband, Ryan of Prairieville; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces; nephews; and a host of friends.

The family extends a special thanks to nurse Jason and all the other nurses and staff of Town and Country Nursing Center who took excellent care of our love one.

Above, Wesley Branch holds his 4-year-old son, Jaxon, whom he says is his rock. Courtesy Photo

If Wesley Branch could give the world just one piece of advice, it would be this: “Never give up. After all, it’s not over ‘til it’s over.”

Just a few short weeks ago, it must’ve seemed like life was over to the young Webster Parish father.
“Nov. 8 started as just another day,” Branch said. “Me, my son, dad and brother all loaded up the dirt bikes to go hit a friend’s track like we always do.”


Before the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, retailers across the country are gearing up for brown Thursday.

So what happened to Black Friday? Well, those deals are still there, but retailers are offering deals on Thanksgiving Day to wet the whistle for shoppers who want to get an early start for that perfect gift.

David Rico, store manager of Stage in Minden, said for the last two years his store has been open on Thanksgiving Day and it’s paid off by an increase in sales. And while the store is busy on Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day seems to be the day with the heavy chaos.


For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even more.