Earl Edward Savage

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Earl Edward Savage

Funeral services for Earl Edward Savage (70) were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 , in Mamou, LA with Rev. Gary W. Johnson of Faith Baptist Church, Pitkin, LA bringing the message.

Pallbearers were Wayne Broussard, Wayne Ryland, Roy Ryland, Joey Harris, Henry Dake, and Michael Dake.. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons: Julian Mire, Saylor Nugent, Sonny James, and Draven Mire. Interment was at Butter Cemetery, Forest Hill, LA where he was laid to rest near his father and mother.

Earl Edward Savage departed this earth to life everlasting at 9:25 p.m. on October 18, 2013 after a battle with cancer.

He was born on November 30, 1942 in Leesville, LA. He was the son of the late Earl Cleveland Savage and the late Louella Ryland Savage. He was a resident of Mamou, LA. On November 1, 1969 he married Carolyn Ann Burgess who preceded him in death. He married Rita Claire Fontenot Dake on November 18, 2004.

He is survived by three daughters: Kica Ruth Savage of Charenton, LA, Cchea Del Savage Nugent of Flower Mound, TX, and Neka Lyn Savage Mire of Charenton, LA; five grandchildren: Julian Sage Mire, Saylor James Nugent; Razel Elizabeth Mire, Draven Wayne Mire, and Sonny Aaron James; one sister, Juanell Savage Marks and husband Clinton of Plano, TX; three brothers: Stanley Gerald Savage and wife Barbara of Haynesville, LA; Floyd Savage and Patricia Ray of Haynesville, LA, and Lloyd Savage and wife Barbara "Annie" of Cotton Valley, LA; five nieces: Karyn Melea Marks of Carrollton, TX, Shannon Lenore Savage Sanford of Buffalo, TX, Scarlett Rose Savage Pourciau of Baton Rouge, LA, Sarah Suzanne Savage Abudalghussa of New Orleans, LA, and Patricia Lynn Savage of Tulsa, OK. One stepdaughter Kimberly Dake and five stepsons: Ian Dake, William Dake, Michael Dake, Henry Dake, Jacque Dake and nine step grandchildren: Erin Dake, Alexandra Dake, Casey Dake, Samantha Alleman, Jordyn Dake, Jason Dake, Hayden Allema, and twins Zachary and Ryan Dake.

He graduated as an honor student from Glenmora High School, Glenmora, LA in 1960 and attended LSU Alexandria for two years before transferring to LSU in Baton Rouge, LA and then subsequently attended Ole Miss in Jackson, MS in an advanced studies program. After much deliberation and soul searching, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1965. He was selected for Air Traffic Control which was his specialty during his Navy career. He served as an Air Traffic Controller on the USS Forrestal, USS Shangri-La, and the USS Saratoga and controlled Navy's special fighter jets and precision flying teams, such as the Blue Angels. While in the Navy he earned rank as Senior Chief Petty Officer and Master Chief Petty Officer and went up the ranks to full grade Lieutenant. He received numerous medals and commendations while he was in the Navy. He served on active duty during the Vietnam War. It was reported that while he was an Air Traffic Controller he saved five aircrafts and crews. He was a family man who loved his children and siblings, and when he had authorized leaves he spent as much time as he could with his family and extended family and friends. He retired as a Lieutenant after serving 26 ½ years. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a great carpenter and craftsman. He had a great personality and sense of humor and loved to entertain telling stories to make people laugh. Nobody could tell a story quite like he could. He made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at 9 years old and was baptized at Long Leaf Baptist Church, Long Leaf, LA.

Published in The Town Talk from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2013
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