Archive for the ‘Lousiana’ Category

Odis F. Newsom (’82)

Frank Newsom was born in 1951 to Laverne and Odis Newsom in Newport, Rhode Island and was the eldest of 5 brothers. Due to his father’s service in the U.S. Navy, the Newsom family traveled around the country during much of his youth where Frank gained his fond memories of growing up in small town America. They later moved to Hitchcock, Texas where he attended Hitchcock High School, graduating as Salutatorian and Class President in 1970. Frank then attended the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. It was there that he met the love of his life, his late wife Kathy. As an active member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at U of H, he and Kathy had a large circle of friends. In his professional career, Frank established a huge network of colleagues in the oil and gas as industry. He traveled extensively on business in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East and West Africa. During his 46 year career, Frank worked as a Squad Boss, Project Engineer and Project Manager on major oil and gas construction and commissioning projects for Brown & Root, Earl & Wright, Fluor Engineering, Marine Pipeline Contractors (MPC), MPC Pegasus, Universal Pegasus, Dark Horse Engineering, EXP and PERC Engineering. Frank was a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and was regarded by his peers as savvy, skilled, pragmatic and invaluable to every team he worked with until his retirement in 2020. Frank was an avid sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, clays shooting and most recently, spending time at Camp Newsom in Trinity County, TX. He enjoyed traveling on many vacations with his wife Kathy, her family members and Kristen to locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Frank particularly enjoyed their many snow skiing vacations and the yearly holiday family gatherings at the St. Joseph Abbey Camp. Frank was instrumental in creating amazing props and beautiful set pieces for Houston Repertoire Ballet, which he also served as President of the HRB advisory board for 6 years. He was a regular volunteer at Tomball High School for the Tomball Stage, mentoring students and young adults with his superb woodworking and stagecraft skills. Frank possessed a magnetic personality and his laid back style made him very easy to befriend in social situations. Those who knew Frank found him to be kind, generous, humble and forgiving. Those who sought his counsel were provided with sound advice. He was a father to the fatherless, a brother to the brotherless, and a friend to all who knew him. Frank was a truly remarkable man. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Laverne and his wife Kathy. He is survived by daughter Kristen Newsom Thornton and her husband Dakota, four brothers, Kenny Newsom, Gordon Newsom and his wife Paula, Glen Newsom and his wife Suzanne, Eric Newsom and his wife Maddie, nieces Jennifer Gerald, Brittany Soto, nephews Spencer and Nicolas Newsom and four grand nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to the funeral services on Saturday October 3rd @ 3:00 pm at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home 2260 W. 21st Ave. Covington, LA 70433. Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until service time. Interment in St. Joseph Abbey Cemetery, 75376 River Rd. St. Benedict, LA. His family will host a reception after the funeral from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at: Abita Roasting Company 504 Water Street Madisonville, LA 70447. In lieu of flowers and gifts you can make a donation to either of Frank’s favorite organizations. Saint Joseph Abbey & Seminary College https://www.saintjosephabbey.com/nministry Sky High for Kids https://skyhigh.salsalabs.org/inhonorof/p/inmemoryoffranknewsom/index.html Share a memory on the tribute wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com

Dwayne Yeager

Dr. Dwayne Yeager, a University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) alumnus and a beloved longtime preceptor, died June 22, 2020. He was 64.

He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from UHCO in 1986, graduating in the top 10% of his class, and started practicing in West Monroe, Louisiana the same year. His business, Ouachita Eye Care, was a popular externship site for fourth-year optometry students.

“Dwayne was a proud University of Houston College of Optometry alumnus and—for more than ten years—an outstanding adjunct Associate Clinical Professor,” said Ralph Herring, assistant dean for professional studies and director of external education at UHCO.

“He mentored over three dozen students in their final year of clinical training. Literally every one of these students praised Dwayne’s outstanding teaching and mentorship,” Herring added. “I hope his family take comfort in how many optometry careers got off to a great start because of his passion and devotion.”

For more information and details about final services, please visit: https://www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com/obituary/dr-dwayne-yeager/

Dr. Dwayne Yeager

February 6, 1956 – June 22, 2020

Visitation

Fair Park Baptist Church

West Monroe, LA 71291

396-6306 |

Thursday 6/25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Service

Fair Park Baptist Church

West Monroe, LA 71291

396-6306 |

Friday 6/26, 10:00 am

Cemetery

Hasley Cemetery

West Monroe, LA 71291

Friday 6/26

Dr. Dwayne Yeager was born February 6, 1956 and went to his heavenly home to be with his Savior on June 22, 2020.  A Celebration of Life will be Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 am at Fair Park Baptist Church in West Monroe with his pastor and friend, Waymond Warren officiating, along with Darris Waren. Interment to follow at Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe.  Visitation will be Thursday, June 25 from 5:00–7:00 pm at Fair Park Baptist Church.  Services are under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes.

Dr. Yeager was born in Monroe, Louisiana and was a Cum Laude Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from Northeast Louisiana University.  He was an honor graduate of Saint Francis School of Radiologic Technology. In 1986 he received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class. He earned Fellowship into the American Academy of Optometry in 1989. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and was awarded membership in the following organizations: American Optometric Association Contact Lens Section, Who’s Who in American Executives and Professionals, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity, Harold C. Khon Research Award, and Gold Key International Society. Dr. Yeager was an adjunct associate professor at the University of Houston and past president of the Optometry Association of Louisiana. He has lectured nationwide on various optometric subjects from specialty contact lenses to vision nutrition. He has been in practice in West Monroe since 1986.

Dwayne was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family with his whole heart. He and Beth did everything together; work, church, shopping and travel, they seldom left the other’s side. They have been a Godly example and help to many young couples through the years.

As much as Dwayne loved his work and his family, he loved his Lord even more and is rejoicing now at the feet of his Savior. Dwayne has been a faithful member and servant at Fair Park Baptist Church for over 33 years. He was a long-time deacon, past Sunday School teacher, AV team member and he served on committees too numerous to list. Dwayne loved serving and worshiping with his Fair Park family.

Dwayne not only served his church, but he also served in his community through the City of West Monroe Planning Commission serving for almost 20 years. His yard is evidence of his love for gardening and his office walls display his enjoyment of photography. Dwayne never played a musical instrument, but he loved music as much as any musician. He enjoyed all genres, but his favorite…Rush.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents, Keith & Helen Yeager and his brother, Lamar.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 44 years, Beth, and their three sons, Chris (Neki), Adam (Heather) and Ryan (Emily.)  Grandchildren: Zachary, Addison, Sawyer, Reagan, Cadence and a new baby girl coming in November. Dwayne is also survived by special long-time friend, Doris Thompson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Timothy Alsup, Jacob Knight, Brent May, Dale Mercer, Darris Waren and Donnie Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Fair Park Deacons, AV & Worship Team, Ron Nix and Richard Randels.

Memorials may be made to the Fair Park Baptist Church ProVision Building Fund.

Online condolence messages may be at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

Lee C. Estabrook (’58)

Lee Carr Estabrook was born on September 30, 1934, in Houston, Texas and passed to be with our Lord on May 5, 2020, at The Blake of Bossier City Assisted Living, Bossier City, LA.

He is preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Estabrook, father, Lee C. Montgomery, mother, Harriette Estabrook and stepfather, Ray Estabrook.

Lee was an only child and grew up in Houston where he graduated from San Jacinto High School. He attended University of Houston and received a bachelor?s degree in Industrial Engineering. Later, he received a PhD from Pacific University in California. He was employed with Morton Thiokol for over 30 years, retired and started Estabrook and Association, an engineering consulting firm. He was Man of the Year with the Minden Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the NRA banquet for many years, Boy Scout leader and supporter, antique gun collector, hunter, fisherman, and a wealth of information for anyone who would listen.

In November 1957, he married JoAnn Rawls Estabrook. They lived in Houston, San Antonio, and Marshall, Texas; Mobile, Alabama; and Minden, Louisiana. They both loved to travel and travelled all over the world from China, Hong Kong, Germany, France, England, Ireland, Amsterdam, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil and the continental United States.

Lee was active in St. John?s Episcopal Church, Scottish Society, Boy Scouts of America, various Engineering Societies, and last, but not least, the infamous Minden Monday Night Football Group.

We would like to give a special thank you to The Blake of Bossier City, Professional Sitters Services, Southern Hospice, Dr. Scott McRight, and Dr. Dan Moller for their care and assistance with our father.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration of life memorial service will be held sometime this summer. In lieu of flowers, Lee?s charities of choice for donations are NRA, Remington Society, Minden Lions Club #3845, and St. John?s Episcopal Church.

Ronald Gural (’61)

UH alumnus, Ron Gural is the co-founder of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. He wrote the script for HIGGINS:THE MAN, THE BOAT, THE WAR about Andrew Jackson Higgins, inventor and builder of the famed World War 2 landing craft, the “Higgins boat”. The play premiered at the Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum in October and will be remounted for performance at the museum during the anniversary of D-Day in 2021. More… 

Mr. Stephen Rose (’78)

Stephen Rose passed away suddenly at the age of 66 on Sunday, January 26, 2020. He was a native of Houston, Texas and a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana. Steve was the rock of our family. He had a very dry sense of humor. He adored his entire family, as that love was reflected back to him. He was Diane’s cute neighbor who walked his dog, Bud, and that was the beginning of their story. They spent twenty cherished years together. He was an avid baseball fan with a special place in his heart for the Houston Astros. For the past several years, he attended the Astros spring training in Florida. He was an eternal student, always eager to expand his knowledge. Steve was the kind of man anyone could go to for advise, wisdom, and perspective. He was a man of the upmost integrity, who inspired those around him to live their life the right way. He was a proud student of Bellaire High Houston, University of Texas and University of Houston Law School. He spent many years thriving as a labor law attorney. He enjoyed his retirement for the last several years exploring his passions of politics, health, and sports. He is remembered by friends and family, as a brilliant student in any endeavor in which he chose to participate. Loving husband of Diane Loria Rose. Caring father of James Allen Brown, Jr. and Caroline Ott Brown. Son of the late Meyer and Francis Rose, and Mickey Rothstein Rose. Brother of Drs. Miriam and Robert Friedman of Bellaire, Texas, Dr. Elliott and Susan Rose of Scarsdale, New York, Herb and Jill Kalman of Houston, Texas, Dr. Joel Rose and Arlene Adler of New York, New York, and the late Phillip Rose. Also survived by manyloving nieces and nephews. Steve’s mother, Mickey, passed away when he was only two months old, leaving Meyer, Elliott and Phillip. His father married Francis Kalman, who had two children Miriam and Herbie. They were raised as one united, loving family and soon welcomed Joe. A true yours, mine and ours family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the graveside service on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at PinecrestMemorial Gardens, 2280 W. 21st Avenue Covington, LA 70433. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the NorthshoreJewish Congregation, 1403 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville, La 70471. To share memories and condolences please visit, www.tharpsontheimerfh.com.

Mr. Joseph S. Cage, Jr. (71′)

Joseph Shelby Cage, Jr, was born on February 28, 1942, in Monroe, Louisiana. He died peacefully at home in Shreveport on Christmas morning surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Virginia Cage; in-laws, Burt and Geraldine Sperry; and brothers-in-law, Dr. Ronald Shemwell and Joe Jarred. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Susan Sperry Cage; his daughters, Susanna Van Norman (Russ); Cynthia Cage; son, Shelby Cage (Emily); grandchildren, Van, Cage and Theiler Van Norman, Lily Moloney, and Cort and Gentry Cage. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Mike Cage (Dianne); sisters, Gin Shemwell and Carol Jarred; brother-in-law, Burt Sperry (Amparo); and many loved cousins, nieces and nephews. Joe graduated from Neville High School in Monroe where he excelled in sports and set state and national records. In 1960, he was named Ark-La-Tex Athlete of the Year and was later inducted into the Louisiana State Track and Field Association Hall of Fame. Upon graduation he attended Louisiana Tech on a track scholarship and later served in the United States Marine Corp. Following his service, he completed his education at ULM in Monroe. He and Susan married in 1968 and moved to Houston, where Joe graduated from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law in 1971. His impressive and extensive law career began when he joined the Criminal Section of the United States Attorney’s office in New Orleans. He then entered private practice in Monroe and thereafter became an assistant US Attorney in Shreveport. In 1982, he was honored with the appointment as United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana by President Ronald Reagan for whom he served two terms. He was then reappointed by President George H.W. Bush for another term. He was chosen to serve as Commissioner for the Louisiana State Police and served in that position for 18 years. Joe also served on several church and community boards through the years. He retired from the practice of law in 2003 after ten years as a member of the defense team of the Capital Assistance Project of Louisiana. In addition to his love for law and history and his passion for fighting crime, Joe loved a cold beer, anything Elvis and a well-planned prank. If you got a call from “Mark Knopfler” or a signed by Elvis Presley you knew you were on Joe’s Top 10 list. Golfing was one of his favorite pastimes. He had many claims to fame, but his greatest achievement was his two-holes-in-one in the same round with odds of 1 in 1.85 billion. Being a daredevil manifested itself in airplane wing-walking, hot air ballooning and flying in F-15s. He loved traveling, especially on the annual family beach trips. His weekly telephone calls with his best friends were always filled with laughter and love. Watching his grandchildren develop their talents in academics, the arts and sports was a source of great joy and pride. Joe’s fierceness in the courtroom, his warrior spirit and strong sense of character were equally balanced by his kindness, unmatched sense of humor and his genuine care for the people he loved. Joe was truly a strong presence in the lives of all who were fortunate to have known him. Grace Episcopal in Monroe, St. Mark’s Cathedral and All Saints Anglican Church were part of the spiritual foundation of Joe’s life. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport on Monday, December 30, at 11:30 a.m. The burial service will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Monroe on Thursday, January 2, at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following, friends and family will gather at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Mike Cage. The family is deeply grateful for the excellent care provided by Dr. Richard Haynie, Dr. Albert Krause and Dr. Anil Veluvolu, and also to the chemo nurses and the 2nd floor staff at WK North Hospital. Memorial contributions in Joe’s honor may be made to St. Mark’s Cathedral Day School or the charity of your choice.

Sheila Jenkins

Elected Chair of 2021 National Nominating Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc at the 2019 National Convention in New Orleans.