Ray Germany

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Raymond Dewie
"Ray" Germany, Sr.

(Basketball player and coach)


Born July 15, 1936
Place of birth missing
Political Party Independent voter
Spouse Nelda Sue Barnett Germany

Raymond Dewie Germany, Sr. (born July 15, 1936),[1] is a former Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs basketball player and high school coach who resides in Bossier City, Louisiana.


Germany is one of eight children and one of two surviving sons, of Marlin Hall Germany (1905-1960), a farm laborer who was residing at the time of his death in Vernon in Wilbarger County in north Texas,[2] and the former Ruth Perkins (1904-1951). The parents are interred in separate cemeteries in Vernon and Martin's Mill in Van Zandt County, Texas, respectively.[3] Ray Germany's place of birth is missing, but a younger brother, Marlin Ray Germany (1939-2014), was born and reared in Martin's Mill and died in Athens in Henderson County. One of the Germanys' deceased siblings, Lester Gene Germany (1945-2006),[4] graduated from Louisiana Tech University[5] with a degree in geology and for thirty-four years was an environmental scientist. Though he resided at the time of his death at the age of sixty in Richmond County, Georgia, he is interred at Holly Springs Cemetery in Martin's Mill, along with his mother and other siblings.[6] Germany's only living brother, Charles Glen Germany (born July 1947), resides in Rayville in Richland Parish, east of Monroe, Louisiana.[7]


Germany was  an All American at Louisiana Tech in 1959 and 1960. He is one of only three players in program history to have received All-Gulf States Conference honors during all four years of play. With a 21-4 success record, Germany helped to lead the Bulldogs under Coach Cecil Crowley to the 1959 Gulf States Conference title. He earned honorable mention from United Press International and the Associated Press in the 1958-1959 season and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics second team All-American honors in 1959-1960. [8] Germany is among nine former Louisiana Tech men's basketball players, including Jackie Moreland, to have received all-American honors. He finished his college career with 1,393 points and a No. 22 national ranking.[9]

From 1961 to 1963, Germany coached at Farmerville High School in Farmerville in Union Parish.[10] From 1963 to 1970, he taught science, driver's training, and coached at Minden High School in Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana.[11]

Among his Minden players over the seven seasons were Jerome Vascocu (subsequently a track and field star at Louisiana Tech and a bank president in Rayville), Winston Walker, Bobby Lyle, Jimmy Stewart, Philip McInnis, a Minden insurance agent, Fred Maylah Hill (1948-1989),[12][13] Mickey Walker, Steve Whitney Carson (1949-2013),[14] Donald Ray Stanley (1949-1997), Randy Myers, Wayne Jackson,[15] Bob Greer, Donald Kennedy, Kenneth E. Balkom (1951-1996),[16] Risdon Ernest "Mike" Woodard, III, later a Minden financial advisor; Bobby Covington, Eddie Carroll, William Life "Bill" Jamieson, Robert Lee "Bobby" Kirchoff, later co-owner of the Superior Bar and Grill restaurant chain,[17] and Phillip Randall Jones[18] (1953-1976), later a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force who was killed in a pilot training accident in Bailey County, Texas.[19] 

On August 6, 2016, Germany and four others were inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions at the  Shreveport Convention Center. Since its opening in 2007 through 2015, 132 persons had been selected for this honor. His fellow inductees are former Haughton High School coach and state Representative Billy Montgomery of Bossier Parish, former Denver Broncos quarterback and Louisiana Tech football coach Mickey Slaughter, hot air balloonist Bill Bussey of Longview, Texas, and the professional golf caddy Freddie C. Burns, Sr. of Shreveport,[9] who  for thirty-eight years was associated with Hal Sutton.

Private life

Thereafter, Germany resided in Ruston, where he was employed by Kadav, Inc., a crop planting and protection firm.[20] He and his wife, the former Nelda Sue Barnett (born May 1943), have two sons and two daughters. Their older son, Raymond, Jr. (born April 1963), practices urology in Shreveport. Kent Barnett Germany (born c. 1971) is an historian at the University of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, South Carolina, who specializes in African-American studies and is the author of New Orleans after the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society, a 2007 publication of the University of Georgia Press.[21][22] The Germany daughters are Lovie Dee Hunt of Haughton and Robbie Elizabeth "Beth" Burns of Hendersonville, Tennessee.


  1. Raymond Germany, July 1936. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  2. Marlin Hall Germany. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  3. Ruth Germany. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  4. Marlin Ray Germany. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  5. The Lagniappe, Louisiana Tech University yearbook, 1968, p. 83.
  6. Lester G. Germany. Augusta Chronicle (March 18, 2006). Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  7. Charles G. Germany. intelius.com. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  8. Bulldog History: 1950-1960. grfx.cstv.com. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Malcolm Butler (June 29, 2016). Tech pair Germany, Slaughter to be inducted into Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions. sportsnola.com. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  10. Minden Herald, August 22, 1963, p. 8.
  11. "MHS Basketball Slated to Get into Full Swing Next Week", Minden Herald, November 25, 1965, p. 12.
  12. Fred Maylah Hill. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  13. Minden Herald, December 9, 1965, p. 8.
  14. Steve Whitney Carson. Mindenmemories.net. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  15. Minden Press-Herald, January 17, 1967, p. 8.
  16. Minden Press-Herald, January 8, 1969, p. 5.
  17. Barabee, Kirchoff Named to NSU Hall of Distinction. Northwestern State University. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  18. Minden Press-Herald, January 1, 1970, p. 8.
  19. Lieutenant Phillip Randall Jones. Findagrave.com.
  20. Raymond Germany in Bossier City, LA. intelius.com. Retrieved on July 9, 2016.
  21. Kent B. Germany (2007). New Orleans after the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society. University of Georgia Press. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  22. Kent B. Germany. C-SPAN (July 8, 2015). Retrieved on August 6, 2016.