Name: Richard (Harmon) Sr Drew
Birth: 05 FEB 1917 in Minden, LA
Death: 20 DEC 1995 in Minden, LA
Drew was twice married. His first wife, the former Margaret Taylor Elam (1919-1977), was a native of Mansfield in De Soto Parish. Margaret's father, Joseph Barton Elam, Jr., was a lobbyist in Shreveport for Standard Oil Company. The Elams moved from Mansfield to Shreveport when Margaret was eight years old. They lived in the Fairfield neighborhood. After Elam's premature death of a heart attack in 1932, Mrs. Elam, the former Margaret "Maggie" Taylor, relocated the family to Baton Rouge so that they would be near LSU to provide more easily for her four children's education. Margaret Drew was the youngest of Maggie's children.
Harmon and Margaret hence met at LSU. She was an undergraduate in education and a cheerleader, and he was in law school. They were married in St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge on December 7, 1940, exactly one year before a cataclysmic event would forever change their generation.
Margaret bore Harmon's three children: Judge Drew, Jr., of Minden (married to the former Jean Talley of Bogalusa in Washington Parish), Elizabeth Drew Weaver (born 1942) of Minden (married to Harold Weaver), and Margaret Caldwell Drew Colvin (born 1950) of Springhill (married to James W. Colvin). Margaret, who did substitute teaching for years in Minden schools, died of lung cancer, the same affliction that took the life of her father-in-law.
December 20, 1995, The Baton Rouge Advocate, Page: 6-B
DREW SR., JUDGE R. HARMON Died Monday evening, Dec. 18, 1995, at his residence in Minden after a lengthy illness. He was 78, born Feb. 5, 1917, in Minden. He was a fourth generation judge descended from pioneer north Louisiana families. He was admitted to practice law in 1941, served as city attorney of Minden and assistant district attorney of the 26th Judicial District (Bossier and Webster parishes.) He was elected to three terms on the Democratic State Central Committee, two terms as city judge
of Minden and two terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He was elected and served as the delegate representing Webster Parish at the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1973. He was a sergeant with the 13th Air Force Service Command and served in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II. Visiting was held at Roseneath Funeral Home, Minden, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial services at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. T.W. Barnes and the Rev. William R. Bryant. Burial in Old Minden Cemetery. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Drew Weaver and Harold J. Weaver, Minden, and Caldwell Drew Colvin and James W. Colvin, Springhill; a stepdaughter, Sue Powell Kincaid, Burkburnett, Texas, and husband, Col. James Kincaid, U.S. Air Force retired; a son and daughter-in-law, Judge Harmon Drew Jr. and Jean T. Drew, Minden; eight grandchildren, Robert Drew White, Julia Caldwell White, Richard Harmon Drew III, Georgia Gentry
Drew, James Malcolm Colvin, John Harmon Colvin, Susan Lee Fite and James Harold Weaver; two nephews, Richard Drew Carey, Minden, and Dr. Thomas Drew Carey, Ruston; a niece, Katie Carey Sims, Houma; and friend and housekeeper, Mamie L. Johnson. Preceded in death by first wife, Margaret
ELAM Drew; second wife, Chloe Waters Powell Drew; parents, Judge Harmon Caldwell Drew and Lucille Grigsby Drew; and a sister, Katie Drew Carey. Pallbearers will be Harry Stahl, Bob Dickson, Sam Walker, Charlie Odom, Carroll Toms, Deputy Steve Fomby, Marshal John Walker Sr., and Judge John
C. Campbell. Honorary pallbearers are David Williams, Norman McGuire, Parey P. Branton, Harry McInnis Sr., Warren E. Dietrich, Cecil P. Campbell, Jack Howe and the Webster Parish Bar Association. He graduated from Minden High School in 1933, attended Kemper Military Institute, Louisiana Tech and LSU Law School. He was a charter member of the Minden Jaycees, charter member and past president of Minden Civitans, past post commander of the VFW, member of the American Legion and past president of Minden Riding Club. In 1976, he was named alumnus of the year from Sigma Nu Fraternity at Louisiana Tech. In 1977, he was honored as Minden's Man of the Year. He spent 41 years assisting those recovering from alcoholism. He was a Presbyterian. Memorial donations may be made to
Minden's Alpha House, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Margaret Taylor Elam b: 15 DEC 1919 in Mansfield, Louisianna
07 DEC 1940
in St James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
- Elizabeth Taylor Drew b: DEC 1942 in Mindin, LA
- Living Jr
- Living Drew