Minden Press-Herald

Friday
Aug 29th

Herbert Lee Byars

Herbert_Byars457A celebration of the life of Herb Byars will be held at First United Methodist Church in Minden, Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Visitation will be held at Rose Neath Funeral Home in Minden on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 5 until 7 p.m.

Herb Byars was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Plainview, Texas. He died after a courageous battle with cancer on August 16, 2011, in Minden where he had been a resident for 44 years.

Herb moved his family to Minden from Amarillo, Texas in 1966 to assume the position of District Manager for Pioneer Natural Gas Company. He retired from Pioneer Gas and started his second career as owner of Webster Printing Company in Minden. He was a member of the Webster Parish Police Jury for 16 years, where he served as Vice-President for eight years.

Herb served the community in many ways. He was a past president of the Minden South Webster Chamber of Commerce and Minden Economic Development Corporation and an Executive Board member of the Coordinating Development Corporation. He was appointed by the governor to serve as a member of the Sparta Water Commission and he was a member of the Minden Lions Club. He was honored as Minden "Man of the Year" in 1993. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Minden, the Builders Sunday School Class, and served on various committees, including the Administrative Board and the Building Committee.

Herb was a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he obtained a degree in Industrial Management. He was an avid golfer and could be found golfing with his friends several times a week.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Olin and Jane Byars; his wife of 56 years, Mary Virginia "Mayno" Byars; granddaughter, Jennifer Denise Whaley; brother, Howard Byars; sister, Kay Ragland; and brothers-in-law, Delmah Cook and Gene Ragland.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Betty Byars; son, David Byars and partner, Joel Isler of Riverdale, New York; daughter, Susan Whaley and husband, Toby of Minden; granddaughter, Lori Stratton and husband, Craig of Shreveport; great-grandson, James Stratton of Shreveport; sister, Maxine Cook of Minden; four special nieces, Ramona Dunlap, Rebecca Ragland, Karen Boston and Georgia Hethcox; and special nephew, Randy Ragland.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Benton, Buddy Ward, Bo McGuire, Sidney Simms, Robert Carnahan and Harmon Drew, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Hal Jackson, Marcus Wren, Digger ODell, Bill Barkas, Jerry Price, Ronnie Brown and Dick Kratzer.

The family would like to thank Odyssey Hospice and Home Instead Senior Care for their special care during Mr. Byars illness.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Minden or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

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