GSU family mourns employees, alumni

Dorothy Mae Bertrand Burks


Without warning, death picked Dorothy Mae Bertrand Burks from our garden. Friday, June 21 Mrs. Burks was called from earth to her Heaven’s reward.

Dorothy was employed at Grambling State University for 34 years and was actively involved in several clubs and organizations. She was a member of the Clerical Club and served on the Classified Grievance Committee just to name a few.

She is remembered with great joy by her co-workers and members of the Grambling community.

“Dorothy was a drum major for peace,” expressed Joyce Evans, operations manager of the GSU radio station. She had a calming effect about her. Her words would be “come down’ come down,” said Evans.

For any one that new Dorothy Burks, new three things – she loved her family, her church and Grambling State University students.

Keidron Dotson, a GSU mass communication students, said he is proud that his was one of the hundred of students lives that she touched.

“She was the one that you wanted to sit with on the bus when taking a trip. She had some good stories to tell or even she would just listen,” Dotson said.

Mrs. Burks was born on September 20, 1947. She was the second child of the late Chester Bertrand and Ethel Lee Conley Bertrand of Monroe.

Her formative education was at Swayze Elementary, Richwood High School, Delta Vo-Tech of Monroe, and Grambling State University.


Brenda Joyce Wesley


She came like a whirl wind taking those she came in touch with a storm of love and kindness.

Brenda Joyce Wesley was a strong woman of faith, an admired educator, a much beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to all who knew her.

Brenda was born on October 13, 1958 in Grambling to Ms. Alfaye and Mr. Charles Wesley. She died on Saturday, July 1 at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport.

Brenda attended Grambling High School and graduated in 1976. She was an active member of the band and basketball team. She attended Grambling State University and Graduated with a bachelor of Science degree in special and elementary education. Her education continued at Centenary College in Shreveport, receiving a masters and Plus 30.

Sharing and giving was what Brenda was. For all that new her, new of her kindness and love for others especially the children.

Mrs. Thelma Williams, second mother and high school sponsor, said it best when she said “Brenda

lived it, we don’t have to talk about her.” Focus was what she was, it was what she did with honor and dignity.


Pratricia Harrison-Williams


Patricia Anne Harrison-Williams

was a person you could put your faith in because she would not let you down.

Her personality had a winning attitude because she respected the values of others. If there was a better way Patricia would find it.

She was born February 15, 1952 to the late Thomas Ray Harrison Sr. and Annie Lee Murphy Harrison.

Patricia attended Grambling High School and proceeded to Louisiana Tech University where she received her b.s. degree. She later received a paralegal studies certificate from Grambling State University.

Patricia worked at Grambling State University for 28 years assisting in the A.C. Lewis Library.

Her concern for people was great, but thing over shadowed the love she had for her family.


Flora Mangham Lee


Flora Mangham Lee departed this life on Tuesday, July 18 at her home in Grambling.

Flora was born May 2, 1953 in Jonesboro to the union of Williams Mangham and the late Myra Harris Mangham.

She received her education at the Fellowship Elementary School in Simsboro. Flora graduated from Grambling High School in 1971 and Grambling State University in 1975 with a major in speech pathology.

Flora was employed at Lincoln Head Start of Ruston for 20 years; she was also an active member in the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and a Den Leader for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 140.