Hundreds gather in Minden Monday night to say goodbye to a former police and fire chief. Chief Thomas “T.C.” Bloxom Jr. passed away Saturday afternoon. He was 84 years old.
“He spent his entire life taking care of everyone else and he didn't really take care of himself,” said Pam Bloxom, his wife. “And I think that was probably what ended up costing him."
His visitation is Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rose Neath Funeral Home in Minden. His funeral is Tuesday, July 15, at Minden’s First Baptist Church at 10 a.m.
Bloxom spent his entire life serving the public. He worked for the Minden Fire Department for 63 years, serving the last 37 years as chief. He then joined the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office at age 27. He retired as Chief Deputy 26 years later.
He was elected Minden Police chief in 1990, and continued to lead the police department until 2010. He’s known for taking back the crime-ridden streets of Minden.
“T.C. Bloxom, when he took office there were so many drug dealers that drug dealers were actually selling drugs to each other. It was really bad. But, with the leadership of T.C. Bloxom, the police department really helped turn the city around,” said Capt. Dan Weaver, who was promoted to investigator during Bloxom’s reign.
“Before Chief Bloxom was elected, there'd been an article about how bad the drugs were in Minden, Louisiana on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He did an outstanding job of returning law and order to the community,” said Pendergrass.
Even more remarkable, Chief Bloxom served as both police and fire chief for 18 years.
"T.C. was one of the greatest natural leaders of men that I've ever known," said Ty Pendergrass, a family friend who was elected to the Minden City Council the same year Bloxom was elected police chief.
"Good fine man. Good law enforcement officer. Good fireman,” said Willard McClung, who worked with Bloxom on the fire department and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.
He leaves behind his wife Pam, and his daughter, Beverly and grandson, Stephen Oden.