J. Berry Sandefur

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J. Berry Sandefur
Mayor of Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
Preceded by W. Matt Lowe
Succeeded by Connell Fort
Personal details
Born (1868-10-21)October 21, 1868
Webster Parish, Louisiana
Died July 14, 1954(1954-07-14) (aged 85)
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Edna M. Sandefur
Children Mollie S. Hough

Mrs. W. B. Harris
Jimmie Naomi Sandefur Harp
Dewey Sandefur
James C. Sandefur
Grandson Ikie Willis Harp

Occupation Merchant
Religion Baptist

J. Berry Sandefur (October 21, 1868–July 14, 1954) was a merchant who served from 1920 to 1922 as the mayor of Minden in Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana.[1]

Sandefur was elected mayor in 1920 to succeed the two-term incumbent W. Matt Lowe. He was himself succeeded in 1922 by Connell Fort, who began the first of three nonconsecutive terms in the office.[1]

J. Berry Sandefur grave marker at Minden Cemetery

The Webster Parish native was a Minden merchant and a Baptist. He died in a hospital in Shreveport.[2] He is interred at Minden Cemetery. Preceded in death by his wife, Edna M. Sandefur (August 27, 1863–August 26, 1921), he was survived by three daughters, Mollie S. Hough (1895–1989), wife of Ross Joel Hough (1897–1973), and Mrs. W.B. Harris, both of Minden, and Jimmie Naomi Harp (1906–1943), wife of L. L. Harp of Houston, Texas.[3] There were also two sons, Dewey Sandefur and James C. Sandefur, both then of Shreveport, and seven grandchildren, one of whom, Ikie Willis Harp lived from 1929 to 1941 and is interred in the Sandefur plot.[3]


  1. ^ a b City of Minden, List of Minden Mayors Since 1888
  2. ^ "J. Berry Sandefur Buried Tuesday", Minden Herald, July 16, 1954, p. 1
  3. ^ a b Minden Cemetery records
Political offices
Preceded by
W. Matt Lowe
Mayor of Minden, Louisiana

J. Berry Sandefur

Succeeded by
Connell Fort