Contributed by Betty McDade bmariemcdade@academicplanet.com

Ross Elias McDade

Prominent Bossierite Dies at 92

 

      Ross Elias McDade, Sr., 92, prominent Bossier Parish planter, died Sunday afternoon (September 1969) at his home in McDade. 

      A native of Fillmore, he was a lifelong resident of Bossier Parish.  McDade was his plantation headquarters and the town was named for it when a post office was located there.  He served as mayor of McDade for more than 50 years.

      Mr. McDade was a charter member of the Bossier Parish Farm Bureau, served as its president and was made a life member of the group in 1967.  He was active in Masonic work for 58 years and was a Scottish Rite Mason.  He was a member of the Atkins Lodge 266.  He was active in civic and social affairs in Caddo and Bossier Parishes, served about 15 years on the Bossier Parish Police Jury and was a member of the First Methodist Church.

      Funeral services were scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Bossier City, with Dr. D. L. Dykes, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial was to be in Forest Park Cemetery. 

      Survivors include one son, Ross Elias McDade, Jr. of Taft, Tex.; three daughters, Mrs. John Lee Hutchins Sr., Sinton, Tex., Mrs. Joe Nalda Averett, Sr. of Shreveport, and Mrs. Charles E. Roemer II of Scopena Plantation, Bossier Parish; and 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 

      Pallbearers were to be his grandsons, Ross E. McDade III, Joe Nalda Averett, Jr., Thomas R. McDade, William A. McDade, John Lee Hutchins, Jr., Charles M. Hutchins, Franklin D. Roemer and Charles E. Roemer III.

 

 

Editorial, Shreveport (LA) Journal

 

Ross Elias McDade

 

      North Louisiana has lost one of its pioneer builders in the death of Ross Elias McDade Sr., prominent Bossier Parish planter, who died Sunday afternoon at the age of 92.  

      Mr. McDade’s death came at his home in the Bossier Parish town of McDade (named for Ross Elias McDade’s brother, John Tinsley McDade), which was the headquarters of his plantation and which received its name when a post office was located there.  Mr. McDade served as mayor of the town for more than 50 years.

      A charter member of the Bossier Parish Farm Bureau, Mr. McDade served as the organization’s president and was made a life member of the group in 1967.  He was active in Masonic work for 58 years and was a Scottish Rite Mason.  He was a member of the Atkins Lodge 266. 

      A leader in the civic and social affairs in Caddo and Bossier parishes, Mr. McDade served about 15 years on the Bossier Parish Police Jury.  He was a member of the First Methodist Church.

      Much of Bossier Parish’s growth and development was attributable to Mr. McDade, who was a native of the parish, having been born at Fillmore.  He had been identified prominently with the development of Bossier Parish for more than half a century before many of the community’s civic leaders of today were born. 

      Mr. McDade personified the high type of planter of whom the Red River Valley can be proud.  His plantation where he made his home employed the most modern agricultural techniques suitable for this region.  Knowing that successful farming requires scientific knowledge, he kept abreast of research.

      The Journal joins Mr. McDade’s many other friends in extending condolences to his son, Ross Elias McDade, Jr. of Taft, Tex.; three daughters, Mrs. John Lee Hutchins Sr., Sinton, Tex., Mrs. Joe Nalda Averett, Sr. of Shreveport, and Mrs. Charles E. Roemer II of Scopena Plantation, Bossier Parish; and to all other members of his family.