Edgar Hathorn

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Edgar Claude Hathorn

(Louisiana civic and political figure)

Political party Democrat

Born February 13, 1921
Alexandria, Louisiana
Died October 21, 1987 (aged 66)
Alexandria, Louisiana

Resting place:
Alexandria Memorial Gardens

Spouse Gladys Barnett "Monnie" Hathorn (married 1944-1987, his death)

Children:
Sherry Lynn Hathorn
Marsha H. Hill
Claudia Montriee "PeeWee" Hathorn
William David "Bill" Hathorn
Rhonda Renee Hathorn

Religion United Methodist

Edgar Claude Hathorn (February 13, 1921 – October 21, 1987)[1] was a civic and political figure from his native Alexandria, Louisiana. He served until his death in office on the Rapides Parish Police Jury, the parish governing board.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pascal Hathorn, he was wounded as a private in the United States Army in France on July 15, 1944,[2]after having participated in the Normandy landing the previous month, He had just married the former Gladys Barnett (c. 1924-2010), the daughter of Mississippi farmer Stennis Marvin Barnett (1892-1957) and the former Madie Mae George (1895-1931).[3]

On returning to Alexandria after the war, Hathorn in 1948 launched his Hathorn Transfer and Storage Company, the North American Van Lines dealership located at 620 Elliott Street in Alexandria,[4] since known as Hathorn Distribution Systems and owned and managed by his only son, William David "Bill" Hathorn (born July 18, 1951).[5] In 1993, Bill Hathorn launched Hathorn Record Management System to warehouse all types of business, legal, and medical records.[4]The Hathorns also had four daughters, Sherry Lynn Hathorn (born February 23, 1948) of Alexandria and formerly Dallas, Texas; Marsha H. Hill (born March 25, 1949) of Portland, Oregon; Claudia Montricee "PeeWee" Hathorn (born March 29, 1950) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is divorced from Bruce Alan McNeal (born December 11, 1948), a businessman in Mandeville in St. Tammany Parish,[6]wed in 1970 while he was in the United States Navy, based in Charleston, South Carolina,[7] and Rhonda Renee Hathorn (born July 3, 1964), also of Portland, Oregon.

In 1978, Hathorn held on to his police jury seat when he defeated a fellow incumbent, John Leo Bradas (born October 10, 1935), the first Republican to sit on the police jury, as seats moved from at-large to single-member districting. Hathorn and Bradas contested the newly-formed District G on the body.[8] In 1982, Hathorn seconded a police jury motion by Thomas J. "Tom" Mathews, Sr. (1925-2007)[9][10] to request the City of Alexandria to repair the Confederate statue in front of the Rapides Parish Courthouse. In 1994, long after Hathorn had left the jury, the members authorized the Thomas Overton Moore Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to clean the statue with no cost to the jury. The motion to repair the base of the statue was made by African-American then Police Juror Joseph James "Joe" Fuller (born February 1, 1947), who later as an at-large city council member favors relocation of the statue to somewhere else in the city because of changing attitudes in a black majority city regarding the American Civil War.[11]

Serving with Hathorn on the jury were Brian Duke, Leverne Perry, and L. B. Henry, all former presidents of the body. After several terms on the parish police jury, Hathorn died at the age of sixty-six and was succeeded on the governing council by his wife. She later married Lyman H. Adams of Alexandria and was living in Baton Rouge at the time of her death at the age of eighty-six.

Edgar and Monnie Hathorn are interred at Alexandria Memorial Gardens.[3][1] The Hathorn Center, a shelter-care facility named for Edgar Hathorn, opened the year before his death at the Renaissance Home for Youth in Alexandria..

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Edgar Claude Hathorn. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  2. "Alexandria soldier is wounded in France", Shreveport Times, August 1, 1944.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gladys Barnett "Monnie" Hathorn obituary. The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hathorn Transfer & Storage Co.. Alignable.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  5. Bill Hathorn. LinkedIn.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  6. Bruce McNeal. Mylife.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  7. Claudia Hathorn marries Bruce Alan McNeal. The Alexandria Town Talk (October 11, 1970). Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  8. Press to grill canddidates. The Alexandria Town Talk (August 6, 1978). Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  9. Thomas J. Mathews, Sr.. Old.findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 24, 2018.
  10. Tom Mathews was a younger brother of O'Hearn Mathews, a former Alexandria municipal streets and parks commissioner.
  11. Council asks Police Jury to "take action" on Confederate statue. KALB-TV (NBC in Alexandria) (June 1, 2017). Retrieved on July 24, 2018.