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Rogers Merideth "Mickey" Prestridge

1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Rogers Merideth "Mickey" Prestridge

Shreveport - Mr. Rogers Merideth "Mickey" Prestridge passed away peacefully on February 5, 2018 in the presence of his loving wife, Kathryn, after a brief illness.

A Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 am at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, where he was a longtime member, on Saturday February 10, 2018 with Reverend Alston Johnson presiding. A reception will follow at the parlor of the Cathedral. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Gray, Jack Gray, Willie Buffington, Harvey Clanton, and Judd Callicoatte. As per his wishes, Mickey's ashes will be spread in the garden of the Cathedral prior to the service.

Mickey will join his father, James I. Prestridge; mother, Vergie Rogers Prestridge; brother, Gerald Wallace Prestridge; and sister, Murriel Bennett Prestridge in Heaven. Mickey was born July 31, 1934 in Crowville, Louisiana. Mickey was an avid outdoorsman, photographer, conservationist, cook, and host.

From his humble beginnings Mickey came to live a dignified and distinguished life. Being the first in his family to go to college, he eventually earned a B.A. from Northeast Louisiana University in 1958 and a J. D. from LSU Law Center in 1966 where he was President of his class. He served his country for 5 ½ years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force being honorably discharged as a Captain in 1963.

Mickey was a lifelong public servant beginning his career as 1st Assistant D.A. for Bossier/Webster Parish in 1969. Mickey went on to become Bossier City Judge in 1973. His public service focused on justice, education, and community development. He was appointed by Governor Edwin Edwards to the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education in 1975 serving a 6 year term. He was a member of the Caddo/Bossier Port Commission from 1977 to 1997. Mickey was appointed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to the Red River Waterway Commission in 2005 and reappointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009 and 2015. The development of the Red River for commercial and recreational use was a passion of his. Mickey retired as Coordinator of Legal and Government Affairs in 2010 from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport after 22 years.

Throughout his adult life, Mickey was intimately involved in a variety of civic organizations. He was President of the Bossier Jaycees in 1968, Holiday in Dixie in 1981, and the Bossier Chamber of Commerce in 1986. He was a founding board member of The Rutherford House, longtime board member of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, the Military Affairs Committee, Red River Revel, the Louisiana Association for the Blind and many others.

Mickey is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Kathryn Sinclair Prestridge; son, Bennett Prestridge; son, Zachary Bronson and spouse, Sharon; daughters, Dana Bronson and Kathryn Bronson; son-in-law, Harlan Wood; four adoring grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at LSU Allied Health Faculty Clinic in Shreveport, Dr. Hernandez and the staff of Willis-Knighton Pierremont and Heritage Manor Stratmore for the loving care he received during his brief illness.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the following charities is preferred: St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, LA State Exhibit Museum, or the Foundation for LSUHSC School of Allied Health Professions.
Published in Shreveport Times from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2018
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