|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1964, USA|
Posted by Dr. Jim Moshinskie
Waco, Texas Funeral Director (2006)
Denver Troy (D.T.) Hollabaugh, Sr., age 67, president of the Hollabaugh-Spindle Mortuaries in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs, died at 12:50 a.m. on September 1, 1964 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.
Actively engaged in the funeral profession in Baton Rouge since 1929 when he came here to work for Woodruff's Funeral Home, he resided at 264 Lobelia Ave. He left Woodruff's in 1941 and with Virgil Seale, another Woodruff employee, formed the new Hollabaugh-Seale Funeral Home and ambulance service at 3505 Florida Blvd. in 1941.
The firm moved into a stately white-columned building at 2929 Scenic Highway in 1950 with a fleet of light blue emergency ambulances. The two-story building at 2929 Scenic Highway was originally the Nun's Convent for nearby St. Anthony Catholic Church and the two-story, frame building was vacated when the nuns moved into a new convent near the new church on Choctaw Road. Hollabaugh had a large, one-story addition added to the rear of the building for offices, an additional parlor (Parlor B), embalming and dressing rooms, casket selection room, and insurance offices. The original part of the building was converted so that it contained a large room (Parlor A) where services were conducted, a spacious lounge, and an entry cloak room.
In 1957, Virgil Seale sold his interests in the firm to Mr. Shirley Spindle, a 17-year Rabenhorst Funeral Home employee, and the firm became known as the Hollabaugh-Spindle Mortuary. Seale opened his own funeral home in Denham Springs in 1957.
Religious rites for Denver T. Hollabaugh were held at 10 a.m. on September 2, 1964 at the Hollabaugh-Spindle Mortuary with the Revs. E.D. Bateman, H.B. Dean, and Ira Flowers officiating. Entombment was in the Resthaven Mausoleum.
Hollabaugh was a native of Leslie, Arkansas where he was educated. He has lived in Baton Rouge since 1929. He was a member of Istrouma Methodist Church, the North Baton Rouge Lions Club, of which he was a charter member and immediate past president, and the Inter-Civic Club Council.
He was a member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, a past president of the Southeast Funeral Directors Association, and the former state president of the Young Mens Business Club.
Survivors include his wife, Rena Sylvia Branscum Hollabaugh; a son, Denver Troy Hollabaugh, Jr., a 1955 graduate of LSU; and two grandchildren, all of Baton Rouge. (His wife, Rena, died in 1972 and is also entombed with her husband in the Resthaven Mausoleum).
Pallbearers were Charles Carter, Clifford Ourso, Kenner Day, Thad Broussard, J.A. Branscum, J.D. Baker, Dr. Carl Baldridge, and A. Leon Hebert.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the North Baton Rouge Lions Club and the Young Men's Business Club, Dr. A.F. Sanders, and Dr. Matthew J. LaNasa.
Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum
East Baton Rouge Parish
Plot: Resthaven Masoleum
Created by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie,...
Record added: Nov 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16764115
Added: Mar. 8, 2010