Frank Hood Goldsberry Jr.

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December 15, 1933 -- January 29, 2010 Shreveport, La. Services will be held at 4 p.m. for Hood Goldsberry Monday, February 1, 2010, at the First Methodist Church of Shreveport, La., with Dr. Pat Day officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held immediately following at the Shreveport Petroleum Club. Interment services with family and close friends will follow at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Hazel and Frank Hood Goldsberry, he was reared by his grandparents, after the death of both parents before he reached the age of 12. He attended the University of Texas and was a 1958 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with degrees in accounting, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1998. While at SFA, he was a member of the Sawyers social fraternity, a member of Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities, vice president of the Student Congress and class favorite. Mr. Goldsberry endowed a scholarship in the geology department at SFA in memory of his grandparents, Frank Goldsberry and Eva Hood Goldsberry. He served for two years in the United States Air Force. An independent oil and gas producer since the late 1950s, Hood Goldsberry began his career as a landman in Natchez, Mississippi. President of Goldsberry Operating Company, he owned several drilling and production companies and discovered many significant oil and gas fields, notably St. Mary's field in southern Arkansas and East Oldenberg in Mississippi. During this period, Mr. Goldsberry was the largest independent oil producer in the state of Arkansas. He was a past president of the Shreveport Petroleum Club, a member of the Wildcatters Association, Eastridge Country Club, Southern Trace Country Club, Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club and the University Club of Shreveport. Mr. Goldsberry's family was proud of his most recent accomplishment, achieving one-and-a-half years of sobriety. He visited his special AA groups on a regular basis in Shreveport and wherever he traveled. He enjoyed playing gin with friends, having lunch with his lunch group of 40 years at the Petroleum Club, and reminiscing about old times, talking to any and everyone and generally feeling that the party was for him. He was an avid reader, hunter, golfer, tennis player and enjoyed driving cross-country. Mr. Goldsberry was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hood Goldsberry; and by his sister Patricia Goldsberry Lee. He was previously married to Deanne McFarland Goldsberry. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda Baucum Goldsberry, three children from his first marriage, Connie Goldsberry Griffin and her husband, William, of Annandale, Virginia, Frank Hood Goldsberry III, and his wife, Daphne, of Shreveport, Penny Goldsberry and her partner, Dennis Ladd, of Dallas, Texas, and stepdaughter Aimee L. Schraibman and her husband, Michael, of Columbia, South Carolina. Grandchildren, Andrew William Hood Griffin, Alexandra Elizabeth Griffin, Morgan McFarland Goldsberry, Caroline Camden Schraibman, Sarah Grace Schraibman and Michael Clarke Schraibman. Other family includes Bill, Kay and Taylor Gabour, Gail and Steve Cahn; and nieces and nephew, Jean Dement and Patricia Gail Roberts, Virginia Lee, David Lee. For years of service from his exceptional office staff -- Gregg Nesbitt, Tommy Ortiz, Jeanette Crank, Katina Rios, Glen Price, Diane Hawes and Carol Trishel. With gratitude for the service over the years to the staff of the Petroleum Club and Lou Goldsberry. For exceptional concern and care: Jerome Danzell M.D., John Hubbard M.D and his incredible team, Laurence Hiller M.D., Eric Smith M.D., Cindy Nissen R.N. and Gail Cahn L.P.N. and intensive care nurses. And special friends, Sheri Jackson, Eugene O'Bannon, Salvano, Irma and Roberto Nigeria and Jessie West. Honorary pallbearers will be Terrence Ahearn, Bob Atchison, Bill Bledsoe, Lester and Les Brazzel, Conrad Cummings, Virginia and Camille Despot, Jack Everett, Alice Frazier, Pete Gaffney, Max Gilpin, John Harris, Jeffrey Kallenberg, Jerry King, Doug Lea, Greg Lea, John Miles, Bill Nance, Gregg Nesbitt, Cliff Poimboeuf, Terry Pat Reynolds, Mike Rogers, John Shuey Jr., Bob Stacy, Beth and Henry Temple, John Walcott and Sonny Wren, Vaughn Watkins and Bill Gaffey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Artspace in care of Shreveport Regional Arts Council, 400 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101. Osborn Funeral Home, Shreveport, La.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2010
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