Educator and community leader, Alfred W. Twymon, 84, died on July 9, 2015, in Bastrop.
Mr. Twymon was born February 9, 1931, in Ferriday, Louisiana to Alfred and Mary Filmore Tywmon. He graduated in 1948 from Sevier High School in Ferriday, Louisiana.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1952 from Grambling State University. He later received a Master of Education from Louisiana State University in 1956, his +30 from Ohio State University and an Education Specialist degree from Northeast Louisiana University.
Alfred Twymon began his career as an educator in 1952, teaching at Morehouse High school in Bastrop. During a tenure that spanned nearly 60 years, he served the students, teachers, staff and parents of Morehouse Parish as a class room teacher. Principal of both Oak Hill Elementary School and Morehouse E. D. Center as well as the Parish Coordinator of Vocational Education, after having worked tirelessly in education for 40 years, he retired. However, after a short period of time, he returned to his life-long passion for education where he served as a teacher, mentor, guide and leader for the Morehouse Parish School System until his death.
He served in leadership roles in numerous civic and community organizations in Morehouse Parish and throughout the state of Louisiana which included the Council on Aging, Co-chair of the SOS Committee, MCIO Head Start, NLEC, Save Our Schools and as a board member of the Morehouse General Hospital. He was also a lifetime member of the Grambling State University Alumni Association and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
On May 19, 1950, he, along with 11 other young men at Grambling State University, established the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Additionally, in November of 1959, he, along with four other men, established the Mu Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Monroe, where he served as the first Basileus of the Mu Tau Chapter.
Throughout his life, Alfred Twymon exemplified the Omega Psi Phi Cardinal Principles of honorable manhood, unwavering perseverance and uplifting others. He firmly believed that "friendship is essential to the soul." He was truly an Omega Man.
He was an active and faithful member of Our Lady Help of Christian Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bastrop. He served in the choir, as a Lector and on the Parish Pastoral Council. He was also a recipient of The Diocesan Service Medal.
He was a loving and faithful husband for 50 years to his beautiful wife and former educator, Lubertha Bryant Twymon (deceased), a devoted father to two daughters, Dr. Pamela Twymon Williams and Mrs. Lisa Twymon Jones, and a caring grandfather to one grandson, Rashaud Alfred Sentel Jones.
Alfred Twymon touched and influenced many lives with his wisdom, generosity, indomitable spirit and strength of character. His presence was a rare gift that we will always be thankful for and treasure.
Left to also cherish his memory are nephews: Charles (Shirley) Twymon, Jr., Robin J. (Shari) Twymon, Harold (Pearlie Toussaint, Eric (Karen) Smith; great-nephews: Joshua Twymon, Keon Canfield; nieces: Sandra Twymon, Donna Smith Canfield, Rochanda Bryant (Ross) Williams; great-nieces: Charde Twymon, Caitlyn Twymon, Sharmelle Twymon; great-great nephew, Ayden Twymon; cousins: Clarence and Rose Hymon; brother and sister-in-law: Elmer and Earlean Bryant and a host of lifelong friends, neighbors, colleagues, former staff and generation of students.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 17 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home in Monroe; Saturday, July 18, visitation at the church will be from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. which will include expressions and Omega Psi Phi Rites.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Bastrop. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Miller Funeral Home in Monroe.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise on Jul. 17, 2015.