SHREVEPORT, La. — Francis Harry Disiere was born April 25, 1922, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the only son of father, Emile Francis Disiere and mother Juanita Johnson Disiere, both deceased. Francis passed away June 20, 2013, at the age of 91, and was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Audrey Warr Disiere, who passed away in 2011.
Francis's family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, while he was an infant. After graduating from Fair Park High School in Shreveport, La., he was selected to the field team of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team; however he gave up a professional baseball career to join the U.S. Navy during World War II and serve our country. He was stationed in the Pacific Arena at Pearl Harbor as tail gunner and honorably discharged at the end of the war in 1946. Returning to Shreveport, he followed in his father's footsteps as a glass cutter at Libby Owens Ford Glass Company. Glass cutting was a closed union that was passed down from father to son. While cutting in the "Big Ring", he was seriously cut across the nose (an Injury that would restrict his breathing for the rest of his life). Shortly after Audrey and Francis were married March 25, 1950.
Continuing his love of baseball, he played second base on the local team and retired after hitting the winning home-run for the state pennant. Meanwhile, Francis went to Centenary College in Shreveport at night on a G.I. Bill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, for a year while he earned a (MBA) Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.
On returning to Shreveport, Mr. Disiere started his real estate career with the Zuzach Company. Soon he opened his own real estate and insurance company, called Disiere Agency. For many years in the late 1950's and 1960's, he taught at Centenary College, SMU and East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.
Francis was lifetime insurance professional with Deep South Surplus. He was a member of the Shreveport Association of Independent Agents and Shreveport/Bossier Board of Realtors. He was a lifetime member of the Lowe McFarland Post No. 14, as well as 32ndScottish Rite and Master Mason JOPPA 362 and the El Karabah Shrine.
Mr. Disiere became a devoted Protestant and together with his adopted daughter, Mary Lynne was baptized by Dr. Scott Tatum, of Broadmoor Baptist Church in 1950. He served on many church boards, both Baptist and Methodist, during his lifetime and was a prominent Lay leader.
He had a passion for 1940's and 1950's music which he loved to listen to, sing and dance to. Being an athlete his entire life, he took up running in the late 1960's and enjoyed running marathons. During the remainder of his life, he won more trophies than one could count. He served as an inspiration for many with his example of hard work and devotion to purpose. He always loved helping other people and doing what he determined was "the right thing."
Visitation with the family was 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Marshall St., Shreveport, La. A mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will be 10 a.m. today, June 27, 2013, at St. John Berchmans Cathedral, Shreveport, La., with Monsignor Earl Provenza officiating.
A memorial funeral service will be noon today, June 27, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, Texas St., Shreveport, La. Officiating the service will be Dr. Pat Day. Burial will follow with military honors in the private Anderson Family Cemetery in Marshall, Texas.
Francis is survived by his son, David Judd Disiere and wife, Teresa Ellers Disiere, of Dallas, Texas; grandsons, Hunter and Taylor Cardwell-Disiere, of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Mary Lyn Disiere Noble Hawthorne Howard and husband, Carl, of Conroe, Texas; granddaughters, Nicole Noble Barzilla, of Conroe, Texas, Kristen Noble Walsh Stromberg and husband, Karl Stromberg, of Woodlands, Texas, and Paige Noble Fuller Winckler and husband, Dean Winckler, of Conroe, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Sydney Walsh, Davis Walsh, McCauley Francis Fuller (his name sake), Chloe Fuller, Evan Fuller, Coulter Barzilla and Tennyson Noble.
Pallbearers will be Casey Frandella, Les Titus, Dale Anderson and John Fetzer. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Drapper, Judge Richard Anderson, Judge Kirt Goetz, Ray Fulco, Lawrence Hogue and Michael Dugan.
This obituary was originally published in The Marshall News Messenger.