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William E. Reasoner, Jr.

May 28, 1925 ~ May 27, 2020

William E. Reasoner, Jr., nine hours before his 95 th birthday, passed away on
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in
Jennings, Louisiana.

He was born on May 28, 1925 in Orangefield, Texas. He was a life-long resident of
Hackberry graduating from Hackberry High School. Following graduation, he joined the
U. S. Navy and proudly served his country from 1942-1945 during World War II as an
Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class. After an honorable discharge, he was employed
by Olin Corporation and retired after 45 years as a plant operator.

As a young boy, he sold and delivered the Lake Charles American Press newspaper in
Hackberry on his bicycle. At that time the American Press added subscriptions and
distribution of the New Orleans Tribune by their paper carriers. The American Press
instituted a contest among their area carriers. He was one of four boys in the area who
added the most new subscribers (he obtained 125) for the Tribune. The boys were
awarded a free trip to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. An American Press executive
and his wife drove them to the World’s Fair in an American Press automobile.
Through the years he enjoyed fishing, hunting and most of all, playing cards and
dominoes.

He served on the West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital Board for ten years. He was a
member of the first Hackberry Recreation Board, serving many years as Secretary-
Treasurer. He was also a charter officer of the Hackberry Lions Club.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Bill is survived by his wife of 73 years, Janell Prevost Reasoner; two daughters, Marlene
(Molly) Richard and husband Roger of Hackberry; Gwendolyn Reasoner-Van Zile and
husband Patrick of Hackberry; three grandchildren, William Aucoin and wife Regina of
Hackberry; Marlon Holland and wife Sarah of Austin, Texas and Melissa Holland of
Dickinson, Texas; one sister, Shirley Broussard and husband Willie of Sulphur, La; five
great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and many cherished nieces and
nephews.

He was preceded in death by two children, Kenneth Reasoner and Darlene (Dolly)
Reasoner Vincent; his parents, William and Ana Reasoner; his siblings, Alice Reasoner
Smith, Lee Roy Reasoner and Robert Reasoner.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at
Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur with Rev. Bradley Swire and Rev. Tim
Harris officiating. Burial will be at the New Hackberry Cemetery. Visitation will be held                                                                                      in the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service.

Pallbearers will be William Aucoin, Kevin Broussard, Aubrey Johnson, Edgar Lee
Johnson, Julius (Butch) Johnson, Gerald Landry, Austin Moore and Patrick Van Zile.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the Southwest Louisiana War
Veterans Home for the excellent and compassionate care given to Mr. Reasoner for the
past two years.

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  1. Janell, Molly, Will, and Gwen, 
    I'm sorry to learn of Mr. Bill's passing. This brings back a lot of Hackberry memories and the friends I made while there.  My thoughts are with all of Mr. Bill's family. 

  2. Janell, Molly, Will, and Gwen, 
    I'm sorry to learn of Mr. Bill's passing. This brings back a lot of Hackberry memories and the friends I made while there.  My thoughts are with all of Mr. Bill's family. 

  3. Dear Gwen,

    My sincere condolences at the passing of your father. I remember how you always spoke with reverence and fondness for him. I pray for God’s blessings of peace and acceptance for you and your family.
    Your SLIS Friend from many years ago,
    Renee Grantham

  4. Dear Gwen,

    My sincere condolences at the passing of your father. I remember how you always spoke with reverence and fondness for him. I pray for God’s blessings of peace and acceptance for you and your family.
    Your SLIS Friend from many years ago,
    Renee Grantham


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