Lee Sterling Mudd

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Lee Sterling Mudd

SHREVEPORT, LA- A visitation will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012, at 1:00 P.M. with a memorial celebration of the life of Lee Mudd held immediately following the visitation at 2:00 P.M., all of which will take place at Christ United Methodist, 1204 Crabapple Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana

Lee was born in Oak Park, Illinois on May 29, 1930 and passed away December 27, 2012 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Lee grew up in Oak Park and Shreveport, Louisiana. Lee married the love of his life, Joyce Sommerlatte, on June 20, 1954 in Harlingen, Texas. Joyce passed away in December 2010 and a big part of Lee died that day as well. They made their home in Shreveport, LA where Lee was an attorney and a forester. Lee earned his forestry degree from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana in 1951. Lee also earned a law degree by attending night classes at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Lee passed the Louisiana Bar and practiced law for several years before turning his attention solely to forestry. Lee was in the United States Air Force for thirty years and earned the rank of Colonel.

Lee was truly a pioneer in forestry and timber management working as a consulting forester. He began his forestry career when the logging equipment was comprised of cross-cut saws and mules. He always put his clients first and managed their property to the highest standards.

Lee was a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shreveport for many years before moving over to Christ United Methodist Church in Shreveport to be near his children and grandchildren. Lee was a very generous person and donated money to mission work and even donated funds to help build a Methodist church in Cambodia.

Lee loved basketball. While at Louisiana Tech he was always playing basketball, either an intramural game or a pick-up game. He was a season ticket holder for LSU basketball and in the true sense of "fan" did not miss an LSU home game. He would leave Shreveport the day of the game, drive down to Baton Rouge, go to the game and then drive home, all in the same day. Many friends would go with him to help keep him awake on the return trip, but he would rarely allow them to help drive.

The joy of his life was his precious wife, Joyce, married for 56 years before her death in 2010. The grandchildren were also a pure joy to Lee. He loved to watch them play sports whether baseball, soccer or equestrian.

Lee is survived by four wonderful children; Linda and husband Mark Turley of Boerne, TX, John Mudd of Shreveport, Susan and her husband Tim L. Holland of Shreveport, and David Mudd and wife Carlene of Benton, LA. Seven very special grandchildren: Kelley Turley Francis and husband Kelly, Daniel Turley and wife Ashlie, Jason Holland and wife Kristin, David Lee Holland and fiancée D'Arcy Kinard, Matt Holland, Christian and Emilie Mudd, and a great granddaughter Alice Turley.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Jason Holland, David Holland, Matt Holland, Christian Mudd, Daniel Turley and good friend Joseph Pullig. Honorary pallbearers will be his best friend Dr. Donald Texada and dear friend Mr. Sam Pullig. Officiating the service will be Rev. Tom Howe, Senior Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church, Shreveport.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful people who sat with Lee for the last several years, Brenda Sims, Krystle Sims, Ethel Davis , Lynnette Veols , Runita Thomas, Eddy Washington and Guadalupe Millard, the staff at The Glen, and also to his very dear friend for so many years, Dr. Seborn Woods.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the or Christ United Methodist Church.

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Published in Shreveport Times on Dec. 30, 2012
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