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Heavy hearts across Minden with the loss of T.C. Bloxom

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T.C. Bloxom died at age 84. T.C. Bloxom died at age 84.
T.C. Bloxom's birthday party in 2009. T.C. Bloxom's birthday party in 2009.
MINDEN, La. (KTBS) -

The City of Minden is mourning the loss and celebrating the memory of a public legend.

Former Minden Police Chief T.C. Bloxom, Jr., died at his home in Minden Saturday at the age of 84. Bloxom served the municipality nearly all of his teen years and adult life. At the age of 14, Bloxom, a Mansfield native, joined the Minden Fire Department, where he served for 63 years. During his early years of adulthood he began working at the Webster Parish Sheriff Office, where he later retired after 26 years with the agency. In 1990, Bloxom was elected police chief, remaining in the position for two decades before retiring in 2010.

The fires fought, incidents and accidents worked, cases investigated and solved, interviews given and stories of memories told by him are too numerous to count.

Those who ever crossed his path are almost certain to have a personalized recollection of the day they met the 'Chief.'

"One of my first memories of Chief is of stature and his voice - both intimidating," said Mansfield police officer Tim Morris.

Morris, a former Minden policeman, served under Bloxom for 10 years, beginning in 1995 until the leader's retirement.

Although during the latter years of his reign, Bloxom mainly stayed confined to his small office housed in the rear of the police department, it wasn't always that way.

"He was an active leader. There will never be another Chief like him, he just had a way with things," Morris said. "He could investigate and solve cases like no other. He always stood by his officers and was there on the scene to assist us no matter what time of day or night the call came. If we worked a horrific accident, he was there too. He was more than a leader."

From heading crime scene investigations to leading city parades and sharing his accounts of catching crooks back in the '60s to exchanging the roles of the interviewer with reporters while offering to share old fashion peppermints from a candy jar, Bloxom served with a style all of his own.

"His presence alone commanded respect even in a room full of rowdy policemen."

Funeral services have been set for Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Minden with interment to follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Bloxom is survived by his wife Pam; daughter Beverly; grandson; and one sibling.

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