In Memory

Mrs. Velma Hargis (Faculty)

Mrs. Hargis died October 21, 1983.  She is buried in American Cemetery, Natchitoches, LA.

Obituary from The Natchitoches Times, Thursday, October 27, 1983.

Mrs. Velma Louise Crow Hargis was born October 28, 1901 in Natchitoches.  She was the daughter of Henry Fittz Crow and Louisa Sompayrac, descendants of early family settlers here in this area.

She was an outstanding leader in the educational field and a promoter of organizations revolving around all school events.  She was devoutly attached to God and to her church, the First United Methodist Church, having designed the front cover of the church building with her artistic ability.

Her interest in civic and community affairs was visible, having served in various capacities and having been selected and recognized for her involvements and participation in scheduled events.  She was a strong believer in patriotic, national and genealogical associations as she was a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century and Daughter of the American Colonists.

She was a graduate of Natchitoches schools and did graduate work at Louisiana State University.

She was a prominent teacher at Natchitoches High School having taught art and mathematics.  She achieved a notable career in this role, for her interest in her children and her students was shown by the various outings, parties, and picnics hosted by her and her husband.

She was a renowned genealogist, having worked for years on ancestral families and was recognized for her work.

She and her husband, Andrew J. Hargis, were married December 7, 1919.  They were blessed by being able to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary in October of 1979 at their church hosted by their children and grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hargis were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Hoffpauir and Dr. Jolly Harper officiating.  Burial was in the American Cemetery.

She died at 6:30 a.m. Friday in the Natchitoches Parish Hospital.

Survivors include her husband A. J. "Andy" Hargis, Natchitoches; one daughter, Mrs. Claire Greene, Natchitoches; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Castle of Vivian; one brother, Mack Crow of Shreveport; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Sam Hill Jr., Max Reed, Petey Johnson, James Cade, M. H. Boydstun, and Kevin Chatelain.