Charles Helm Masters, Jr.
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BATON ROUGE - Charles Helm Masters, Jr., of Baton Rouge, age 80, passed at 3:45 AM, April 9, 2012, surrounded by his family.
Beloved husband of Gwen L. Masters, formerly of Eunice, La. Mr. Masters was born in Marksville, LA on December 23, 1931 and attended Marksville High School, graduating in 1950. From 1950-1954 he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he received his BA in Economics. He was a loyal and consistent benefactor throughout his life. Returning to Avoyelles Parish, he went into business with his father, Charles Helm Masters, Sr. operating and owning Ideal Chevrolet and various other businesses for 37 years. He was a community leader, beginning from his time as an Eagle Scout to his pinnacle as CEO of Union Bank of Marksville. He was a member of Kisatchie National Park for Preservation, President of the Association of special needs children in Avoyelles Parish, a member of the Marksville Beautification Project, the Marksville Chamber of Commerce, and traveled widely to solicit new business for Avoyelles Parish. He was prominent in political circles, being appointed to several state commissions by several Governors including John J. McKeithen to Governor Edwin Edwards. He was one of the youngest members of the internationally renowned Young Presidents Organization, a group of civic leaders dedicated to improving communities throughout the United States and abroad.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Helm Masters, Sr. and his mother, Marie Agnes Moreau.
He is survived by his wife, Gwen L. Masters; and his children Coral Marie Masters of Baton Rouge, her two children, and five grandchildren; Donna Lea Childress and spouse (Lamar) of New Orleans; John David Masters and spouse (Janet) of Pineville, his child, and one grandchild; Claudette "Detty" Masters of Lafayette; Michele Ann LaCombe and spouse (Jody) of Plaucheville and their three children; Mary "Aggie" Littleton and spouse (Ronnie) of Effie and their two children; and his step-daughters Monica Joubert and spouse (Jacques) of Eunice and their two children; Veronica Soileau and spouse (Jody) of Mamou; and Angie Myers and spouse (Brandon) of Dallas, TX.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Resthaven Funeral Home 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA from 9:30 AM until funeral services at 2:00 PM.
Please visit www.resthavenbatonrouge.com to leave condolences to the family.
Published in the The Advertiser on Apr. 10, 2012