Obituaries published June 9, 2016

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Obituaries published June 9, 2016

Edmond H. Fitzmaurice Jr., 81, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Covington for the past 43 years, died peacefully on June 3 surrounded by his family after a brief illness.  He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Gayle Saliba Fitzmaurice.  He was the father of Edmond H. Fitzmaurice III, Shannon F. Lovell, the late Kelly P. Fitzmaurice, Kerryn F. Liebkemann (Bobby), Brian L. Fitzmaurice and Colleen F. Arceneaux (Howard); grandfather of Mark J. Lovell Jr. (Natalia), Edmond Fitzmaurice IV, Kristen Lovell, Shawn F. McCoy (Matt), Megan F. May (Ryan), Hayley Arceneaux, Lauren Liebkemann, Hayden Arceneaux, Erin Fitzmaurice, Casey Fitzmaurice and Kathryn Fitzmaurice; seven great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Janice S. Toppino; and nephew, Terry Toppino.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond H. Fitzmaurice and Catherine Guarisco Fitzmaurice.  He was a graduate of Jesuit High School, Tulane University and Loyola Law School, a veteran of the Air Force and a parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church. A retired trial lawyer, he enjoyed traveling with Gayle, spending time with his family, playing golf (twice scoring a hole-in-one) and was an avid reader.  Visitation was on Wednesday, June 8 at 1 p.m. followed by a funeral mass at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, located at 125 East 19th Avenue in Covington. Interment will be private at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial masses may be offered or donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Burl “Mack” Oglesby passed away peacefully at his home in Bush, La. on Friday, June 3, 2016.  He was 82 years old. A resident of St. Tammany Parish for nearly 50 years, he was born on Friday, August 25, 1933 in Shreveport, La. to Virgie Elizabeth Gipson and James Darlton Oglesby.  He is survived by his wife, Angie Howell; three sons, Tim, David, and Jonathan; three daughters; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  His parents and one brother, Willard Oglesby, who died serving his country during World War II, and his first wife of 33 years, Faye Mullen Oglesby, preceded him in death.  Mack is also survived by a multitude of friends. They enjoyed his story telling and ever present sense of humor. Lunching with friends was his favorite pastimes. His gregarious nature led him to a career in sales. He eventually became the top salesman with Sexhauer Plumbing Supply Co. In 1979 he formed his own plumbing supply company, Mack Wholesale Plumbing Parts in Covington, with the purpose of providing personal, professional service with quality products. In 1983 he spearheaded a networking group of plumbing supply distributors. The purpose was to improve communication, cooperation, and education in his industry. The organization, National Association of Plumbing Specialty Distributors (NAPSD) now has member companies throughout the United States. Mack loved to travel and visited every U.S. state and Canadian Province, visiting museums, meeting people and listening to music. Music influenced his life and, as a young adult, he attended the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, which began his life-long interest in country music. Mack was an antique car enthusiast, owning and touring in a 1914 Model T Ford. On the Ford’s 98th birthday, Mack took it on a 1,600 mile round trip through the Alleghany Mountains. He was a member of the Mississippi Magnolia Model T Club, Pine Belt Antique Auto Club, Tin Lizzie Arkansas Model T Ford Club, and the Northlake A’s Model A Club in St. Tammany Parish. His last antique car trip, at age 80, was driving his 1930 Model A Ford Coupe from Kentucky to Niagara Falls, Canada and back visiting fellow car enthusiasts and the Henry Ford Museum. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 8 at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave. Covington. Mary Eugenia

“Jean” Calhoun Dykes Brown, PhD passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones.  She was born October 14, 1921 in Bastrop, Louisiana to Lawrence and Etta Tidwell Calhoun.  Jean graduated from Louisiana Tech at the age of 19. She later earned a Master of Arts from Sam Houston State University and a PhD from Texas Women’s University. After raising three children, she enjoyed a successful career as a professor at Louisiana Tech University where the students enjoyed international travels with their beloved Dr. Dykes.  Jean spent the majority of her life in Crockett, Texas, where she was active in the United Methodist Church, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and numerous other civic organizations. She was a pillar of the community and will be remembered as a gracious host, a loyal friend, and a feisty bridge player.  Jean is preceded in death by her first husband, Aubert C. Dykes Jr, and her second husband, Dr. Adelbert Bryan Brown.  She is also preceded in death by her son, Dr. Aubert C. Dykes III and grandson, John Alfred Levert III.  She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Dykes Freeman and Donna Dykes Brown (husband Arthur Brown); her granddaughters, Pamela Levert Barfield (husband Derrek Barfield) and Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher (husband Shawn Beitelspacher); and great-grandchildren, Gabriel St. John Barfield, Avery Katherine Barfield, Sara Levert Barfield, Amelia Ruth Beitelspacher, and Annalise Louise Beitelspacher. A memorial service was held at Christwood Retirement Community on June 2. The burial will be private in Farmerville, Louisiana.  E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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