Former Parish Council chairman and long time community leader Buddy Mincey Sr. died Saturday, July 8. Mincey had been battling ongoing health issues, according to family. He was 73.
Mincey was a long standing member of the Parish Council, winning his first election in 1996. He was not re-elected by District 5 after his term ended in 2011. Mincey served as the chairman of the Council, as well as the chairman of the Parish Overlay Committee - which developed a five-year road overlay plan that was responsible for resurfacing 310 miles of road and was to pave 340 more miles of road by 2010.
Mincey supported CIA, Citizens for Interstate Access, and worked with other officials to secure money for the Juban Road / I-12 interstate exchange. Mincey also supported zoning in the Parish.
Mincey was an active member of the Iron Workers Local No. 623 for 38 years. He served as its Business Manager, Financial Secretary, and Treasurer for 11 years. He was Chairman of the Construction Industry Pension Plan and Group program, a multi-million dollar fund covering over 10,000 workers and their families in three states. Mincey was also employed as a General Organizer for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, representing members in four states.
Mincey had three children, Connie, Buddy Jr., and Ricky. He also had six grandchildren. He was a graduate of Denham Springs High School and was a member of Hebron Baptist Church.