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Mr. Jarrell Francis Heard

MINDEN, LA - Mr. Jarrell Francis Heard, known to most as simply "Jerry" a resident of Ponchatoula, La, formerly a resident of Minden for 49 years went to be with his Lord on May 4, 2010 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He was born Oct. 15, 1923 in Alexandria, La. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Shirley Hafer Heard, his four children Carol Daye Heard of Minden, La, Alice Jean Forrest and husband Ed of Hammond, La, Jarrell Sanders Heard and wife Susan of Gainesville, Ga., and Nolen Ragan Heard and wife Fay of Hammond, La. He has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and beloved by many nieces and nephews who fondly remember many fishing expeditions with their Uncle Jerry. Extended family are Kenneth Wayne Hafer and wife Theresa of Metairie, La., Patricia Plunkett and husband Lamar of Groveland, Fla. and Vickie Cimo and husband Brett of Houston, Tex.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lora Dell "Daye" Heard, parents Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Heard of Ruston, La, his brother and sister-in-law Hewell and Helen Heard of Hodge, La., his younger brother, Ragan Errol Heard, his infant son, David Patrick Heard and grand-daughter, Megan Daye Heard.

Mr. Heard served his country three and half years in the Pacific Theater during WWII, commandeering a Higgins landing craft. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart and many battle ribbons.

Upon returning from the Pacific Conflict, he embarked upon his career as an educator earning degrees from both Louisiana Tech and LSU. He served in Webster Parish as a revered fifth grade teacher at E.S. Richardson Elementary and a beloved principal of the Marlon Pope Special Learning Center in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. He served as principal of one of two pilot schools in the state of Louisiana for the multi-handicapped. His love for these special children sprang from his commitment to his Lord and Savior. His school stationary bore the following engraved scripture: "When you have done it to the least of these, you have done it unto me." Matthew 25:45. His early years of teaching was spent in the East Baton Rouge Parish School system as a junior high history teacher and elementary teacher. Mr. Heard was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. Special thanks are extended to the health care professionals that gave comfort and care to Mr. Heard during his lengthy illness.

Services will be held at the Lakeview UMC on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 2 PM with the Rev. Mark Kennedy officiating, Tributes in honor of Mr. Heard may be sent to the Lakeview UMC of Minden or the Heflin UMC of Heflin, La.


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Published in Shreveport Times on May 6, 2010.
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May 13, 2010
Mine and Dees thoughts are with you and your family. We are sorry for your loss.
Bob Coriell
May 11, 2010
We are so sorry for your lost. Our prayers and thoughts were with you and your family over the weekend.

Lynn and Willis Dufrene
May 10, 2010
Mr. Heard was my fifth grade teacher at E.S.Richardson in 1964-65. He was the first male teacher I had ever had and a great teacher! I remember so well that he told me, "Paula, you are the most 'happy-go-luck' student." To me, that was a compliment. In 1998, my husband and I, along with our son and daughter,both in high school,moved to Tucson,AZ, to be church planters. One day our telephone rang, and it was beloved 5th grade teacher, Mr. Heard. We had the nicest visit on the telephone. Please accept my sincere sympathy during this time of sorrow. Be assured, to those of us who know Jesus, we shall join him on the other side of Eternity someday. Paula White Morrow, Pineville, LA
Paula Morrow
May 10, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. and you're allways in my heart.

Love Barbara
Barbara Mansfield
May 10, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kevin, Kendall and Kenneth Murphy
May 9, 2010
Carol, Nolen, Alice and Sandy, Fond memories of your dad. He will be missed. My love and prayers and God's embrace to all of my dear cousins and their families. You are in my thoughts. Laura Barnett Hoffman
Laura Hoffman
May 7, 2010
Fay and Nolan, my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers, Ronnie (Veronica Voisin)
Veronica Voisin
May 6, 2010
Mr. Heard was my fifth grade teacher at E.S. Richardson Elementary School in Minden, LA. I had two traumatic years in third and fourth grade (teacher's names will remain anonymous!) Mr. Heard made me feel special and "took me under his wing". I will always remember him as one of my kindest, most caring teachers and I am probably indebted to him for a goodly amount of self-esteem. I also knew Alice (we shared a mutual third grade friend - Shirley). I came to know Carol as an adult who was a very special and Godly influence in the life of my aunt while serving as her pastor. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! I am sorry for your loss and pray that God will hold you all close to him during this sad time.
Charlene Logan Taylor
May 6, 2010
Jerry and I were friends in Cotton Valley. He was always nice to me. Our prayers are with the family. God bless you all, Roger Carr
Roger Carr
May 6, 2010
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Jarrell Francis Heard our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jerry And to Jerry it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Navy. Jerry, we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,341 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jerry’s family and loved ones.

Dennis Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
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