Fred L. Moffitt
1926 - 2016
Fred L. Moffitt

Fred L. Moffitt, a devoted husband, amazing father and papa, businessman, philanthropist and civic leader left his wonderful life on earth April 16, 2016.

Fred was born in the front bedroom of his family home in Virden, Illinois on December 2,1926 to Fred and Mary Ann Keers Moffitt. Born the second of four children, he was very close to his brother and two sisters who called him "Budzy". He attended Virden High School where his nickname was "Zip". He was an athlete who ran track and played football.

World War II temporarily interrupted his studies. Fred left his sophomore year in high school as the result of a bet he won with his father and was honored to enter the Navy at the age of 17 to serve his country. He proudly served in the Pacific Theater on the USS Otus. Fred told his family that the Navy was the best training he ever received. He couldn't wait to get into the Navy and he couldn't wait to get out of the Navy and return to school. Fred was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946.

World War II matured him considerably and he realized he needed to get an education. Fred received his GED and at the suggestion of his brother and attended the University of Illinois. He began his career with Universal CIT which led him to the finance industry. He later joined the Bank of St. Louis as the Branch Manager in Texarkana. It was at that time that he secured and provided financing for many automobile dealerships. It was also in Texarkana where he met his best friend and love of his life, Viva Willetta Woosley in her mother's flowers shop, Viva's Flowers. They married in 1959. The family moved to Shreveport in 1964 and Fred Moffitt entered the most rewarding career of his life, which was the automobile business and founded Moffitt Volkswagen in Bossier City, Louisiana.

In 1971 he acquired the Mazda franchise and in 1976 he acquired the franchises of Porsche and Audi. He recently celebrated his 51st year as a Volkswagen dealer, 45 years as a Mazda dealer and 40 years as a Porsche and Audi dealer. Through the many years he developed a great many friendships from all over the world.

Fred served on the boards of numerous local, state, and national organizations including the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association, Vice Chairman of the Volkswagen Dealer Council, Served two terms on the Porsche-Audi Dealer Council, elected for three terms to the Audi Atlanta Regional Dealer Council, Charter member of the Vanguard Society for Volkswagen Professional Excellence, Porsche Dealer Performance awards, Volkswagen-Audi Building award, Bossier City Commercial Beautification Award, and Mazda Gold Cup Awards

Mr. Moffitt was also a charter member and served for many years as the State Chairman and the National Legislative Representative for the AIADA and for many years flew to Washington, DC to lobby against the death tax.

Fred was 3 times past president of the local Shreveport-Bossier New Car Dealers Association and he was elected Louisiana Dealer of the Year three times for District 4 and in 2005 Mr. Moffitt was named Louisiana Dealer of the Year by the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association. In 2006, he was selected as a recipient of the Time Magazine "Quality Dealer Award", of which only 66 Automobile Dealers were chosen over 19,500 Dealers nationwide. This is the automobile industry's most prestigious award for business achievement and community service.

Fred's goal was always to help the communities that had given him so much. He gave his time, talent and resources and served on many boards throughout his life including the state and local boards of the Odyssey House, past Chairman of the budget committee of the United Way, The Bossier Chamber of Commerce, and Ambassadors Club. He served for several years on the auction committee for Hal Sutton-David Toms Charity Golf Classic.

Dad was involved in fundraisers for Loyola High School and for three years donated a new Miata each year for the Loyola Duck Race. He also donated a car to be raffled off to benefit the opening of the new offices of the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport. His latest commitment, before he went to be with the Lord was his partnership this year with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating a new Mazda for the upcoming 2016 St Jude Dream Home giveaway.

All branches of the Armed Services were important to him especially his association with Barksdale Air Force Base. When he first arrived in the area he helped them in many ways. He also showed his commitment to Barksdale by serving on the Military Affairs Council. Fred was also named a Founding Father to the Friends of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Associations and a Lifetime membership in AFCEA.

In 1998 after a 14 ½ hour operation for oral cancer at LSU Health Science Center, he realized the importance of the hospital to our community. From January 2000 until November 2010 Mr. Moffitt served as a member of the LSU Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors. Upon his retirement as an active board member, Fred was elected as a Director Emeritus of the Foundation. Fred was a consistent supporter and vocal advocate for LSU Health. Mr. Moffitt was instrumental in starting the foundation's major fundraiser "What's Up Doc?" and was the primary sponsor every year and continued to be a major supporter of what is now known as An Evening for Healers.

He was an avid golfer just as he enjoyed the game he enjoyed even more the fellowships, and the relationships that grew from the game. He also loved to travel with his wife Willetta. During his long life they traveled all over the world together. He especially enjoyed his many trips with his wife to Florida to watch the major league baseball spring training, and the seniors tournaments.

His love of God was evident in his everyday life. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for 52 years. He was honored to be a Member of The Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and he attained the rank of Knight Commander with Star of the Holy Sepulchre.

His beloved wife Viva Willetta Woosley Moffitt, his parents, his sister Julia Moffitt Malek preceded him in death. He was very proud of his family and left to cherish his memory are his daughters Susan Geralyn Moffitt Henson and husband Michael of Bossier City. LA; Mary Anne Moffitt Green and husband Kim of Shreveport, LA; his sons Michael Fredrick Moffitt of Shreveport, LA; and John Patrick Moffitt and wife Sarah of Shreveport, LA. "Papa" was a real role model and so proud of his precious grandchildren, Matthew Christopher Green, Thomas Alexander Green, Merideth Claire Moffitt, Laura Catherine Moffitt, Andrew Peter Holman Moffitt, Lauren Elizabeth Moffitt Henson and John Patrick Moffitt, II. Also left to treasure his memory is his brother Dr. James Moffitt and wife Dorothy of Urbana, Il, sister Patricia Moffitt Strow and her husband Dr. Wallace Strow, of Springfield, Il, brother-in-law David Malek and his wife Sharon of Naperville, Il, and his many nieces and nephews and also his many friends that he loved so much.

Honoring Fred as pallbearers will be grandsons, Matthew Green and Thomas Green, sons-in-law Michael Henson and Kim Green, nephews Jay Woosley and Jeff Woosley, and close family friend, Dr. Joseph C. Jones.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his grandchild Andrew Moffitt, nephews James Moffitt, Thomas Moffitt, Bob Krebs and David Ryan Malek. Kaye Lex, Dr. Joseph Jones, Dr. Eugene St. Martin, William T. Murphy, Rogers M. Prestridge, Charles Higgs, Andy Andrews, Richard Sale, Mike McCarthy, Dr. Stan Woosley, Marlin Sledge, and the employees of Moffitt Volkswagen-Porsche-Audi-Mazda.

The Moffitt family would like to express their deepest appreciation to our many family members, friends, priests, nuns, physicians, nurses and caregivers who showed their compassionate care with continuous love, prayers and support for Fred and for our family especially Dr. Joseph C. Jones. The family extends a special thanks to the physicians and staff at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Promise Hospital of Bossier City, Devine Health Care, and Hospice of Shreveport-Bossier.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Fred's life will be held Thursday April 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Atlantic Avenue Shreveport, Louisiana 71105. Officiating will be Monsignor Earl Provenza. Interment will follow at Forest Park, St. Vincent Avenue. Visitation will be held Wednesday April 20, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a prayer vigil and rosary at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shreveport.

The family suggests memorials may be made to LSU Health Foundation 920 Pierremont Road Suite 506, Shreveport, Louisiana 71106, Shriners Hospital for Children 3100 Samford Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana 71103 or the charity of the donor's choice.

Fred believed that he had a lot to look forward to and a lot to be thankful for. Every day is a gift from God and Fred lived a long and wonderful life.

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My sincere sympathies to the Moffitt family. Mr. Moffitt sold me my first car - an orange VW beetle! Of all my parents friends, he and Mrs. Moffitt were my favorites. Hugs and prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. He will be missed.
Karen McCulloch Moody
Karen Moody
April 27, 2016
April 26, 2016
My sincere condolences to the entire Moffitt family. Mr. Moffitt was a kind man, who always shared a smile. My prayers are with you all at this time.
April 26, 2016
Willetta: I am sure you do not remember me; but my husband worked for Fred in Texarkana in the early '60's. His name was Bill McCullen and my name is Beverly. We attended your wedding. We transferred to Pensacola and consequently ended up in Ft. Walton Beach, FL where we remained. Bill passed away in 1990 at the age of only 54. I have remained a widow. I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. We kept up with him through Charles Higgs. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, and it sounds as if you have a wonderful family--so important at this time. God Bless All Of You.
Beverly McCullen
April 23, 2016
AFCES ArkLATex Chapter expresses deep sorrow in the loss of Fred Moffitt. He was one of the founding fathers of our chapter and his support was graciously endless. He will be deeply missed and we thank the family for letting him share his time with us! Sincerely, SMSgt Barb Schleben Executive Vice President
April 21, 2016
Susan, Michael, & family,
I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a great man and will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless!
Teresa Morman
April 21, 2016
We are so sad to hear about Mr Moffitt's passing. Through the years we have purchased four vehicles and he was always nice to us.
Thurman Johnson
April 21, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family. Much love to you Susan. I know your wonderful parents are smiling down upon you from heaven. Today's service was a beautiful tribute to your loving father. With love, Stephanie
Stephanie Keener
April 21, 2016
Susan and family,

I am very sorry to learn of your loss. You and your entire family are held in our thoughts and prayers.


Marty McCoy
D/FW, Texas
Marty McCoy
April 21, 2016
From my heart I send my Love PrYers, and condolences. Susan you did a wonderful job in making his latter days better than his first. Keep smiling and I will remember his smile when he was getting on that plane.
Remember earth has NO sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Joy and Darrell Walters
April 21, 2016
Susan & Michael, please know of our loving sympathy and prayers, Mr. Moffitt was a wonderful man and he will be missed!!
John & Carol Gates
April 21, 2016
Mr moffitt was a wonderful man.he will be greatly mussed.suaan, michael, john and maryann....I am so sorry for your loss.prayers to your family.richard and deborah hadden
debbie hadden
April 21, 2016
Your dad was a landmark in our state. You are all in my prayers.
Pat Burchett
April 21, 2016
April 20, 2016
Loving thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you and remember, take comfort--those who love will be reunited in eternity. Love, Aunt Mona
Mona Rapsilber
April 20, 2016
Susan so sorry for the loss of your father I will miss him very very much. The memories will last for a long time. Prayers to you and the entire family.. Hope he says hello to Bob foe me. Love !,
April 20, 2016
What a wonderful man. He was a member of the "greatest generation" inspiration for all.
God's blessings to his family,
Darrell & Nona Chitty
Darrell & Nona Chitty
April 20, 2016
I wish I could be there in Shreveport to celebrate the life and friendship with Fred that I enjoyed for many years. The Moffitt family is in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy.

Edmund Tooley
April 20, 2016
I extend my most sincere sympathy to The Moffitt Family in the loss of their father and grandfather! I pray that God will give you comfort, peace and strength in the days ahead as you grieve his loss and joy as you cherish fond memories of him and celebrate his life!
Lynn Gustine Festavan
April 20, 2016
My love, thoughts and Prayers to my precious friend Susan Moffitt and family! This man was so kind and always smiling!!! My sincere sympathy and love!!! CHARLOTTE Callaway
Charlotte Calawsy
April 20, 2016
to the family of kim greene sorry for your loss.
ron atchley
April 20, 2016
You are a great man and wonderful person who will be missed. God Bless you and your family during these times.
I will miss you my dear friend.
James OSullivan
April 20, 2016
My deepest condolences to your family. What an amazing man I will never forget the kindness he gave to me.
Debbie Martell
April 20, 2016
I'm very sorry for the departing of Mr. Moffitt from your lives. Know that I'm praying for your peace and comfort in this time.
Stacy Broussard
April 20, 2016
God Bless your family during this time of loss. This community will sorely miss Mr. Fred. He was always a pleasure to work with.
Kerby Woodard
April 20, 2016
My condolences to the Moffitt family. Our loss is Heavens gain. Rest In Peace.
Melissa Thomas
April 20, 2016
Thomas and Aida Songer
Mr Moffitt was a great influence and supporter of our growing buisness , we are very thankful for his support . Our prayers are with the family and many friends , we will be unable to attend but our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.. God bless .
Thomas Dirk and Aida songer
April 19, 2016
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 Fred L. Moffitt our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Fred. And to Fred 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. Fred, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. 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 1,061 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Fred's family and loved ones.

Edward L. Lamb, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James E. Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
April 19, 2016
Linda and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of such a great man. May he rest in peace and God comfort you at this time.
Doug Hill
April 19, 2016
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Moffitt. He was a kind man. He was a fair man and I had the pleasure of working for him for 5 years. I'm glad I got to know him. A true southern gentleman
Tibby Welch
April 19, 2016
Susan, Sorry for your loss. What a wonderful and sweet Dad. He is welcomed into Heaven by many many lifelong friends. My prayers for your strength.
Katie Butler LeBlanc
April 19, 2016
What a wonderful man and a great neighbor.George Merriman
April 19, 2016
Moffitt family --

What an incredible man and such a class act of a person. I truly enjoyed saying hello and the golf stories he shared with me!!

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now and my sincere condolences as you celebrate the life of a great car guy and an even better gentleman!
Steve Svoboda
April 19, 2016
May the peace of our Lord be with you and your family, Susan. Godspeed to your daddy, a fine gentleman and a treasure to our community.
Ky Ellen Mason
April 19, 2016
God took you in his loving arms
He saw you needed rest,
His garden must be beautiful
For He only takes the best.
Rebecca Baird
April 19, 2016
God bless Mr. Moffitt. Such a wonderful gentleman! I remember you well, as a good friend of my father, Wallace Rachal.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jennifer Rachal
April 19, 2016
Please accept our condolences and prayers. I was privileged to be a very small part of the extended Moffitt family for a brief time, but he impacted our lives very positively as he has for so many.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace."

-Numbers 6: 24 - 26
Gary & Andrea Clarke
April 19, 2016
Susan, so sorry for your family's loss. Your Dad was just the sweetest man. Loved seeing him at the car dealership! Prayers for you all. Leah Stone (Mrs. A,E. Stone)
Leah Stone
April 19, 2016
Moffitt family, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He was a marvelous man and will be missed.
Doug Furrer
April 19, 2016
We extend to you our most heartfelt sorrow and condolences.
We offer you our thoughts, prayers s during this time in your life.
He was always been a good friend for us,and He will be missed.
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