Jack Coussons, 78, passed away Dec. 4, 2016. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Woodard Cemetery in Taylor.
Jack was born Feb. 26, 1938, son to Clement Stanford and Willie Mae (Boyet) Coussons. Upon the early death of his parents, Jack was raised by his aunt and uncle, Loma and Elisabeth Butler. Their sons Howard, Hershel, Herman and Joe were brothers to him, teaching him about hunting, fishing, history, aviation and the military; all to become passionate hobbies throughout his life.
Jack graduated from Dubberly High School and attended LSU Baton Rouge. It was at LSU where he met his lifelong friend, Herbert Plauche, MD. He graduated from LSU Medical School, New Orleans in 1963. After completing his internship and residency in Shreveport, Jack practiced internal medicine at Willis Knighton Hospital until his retirement in 1995.
Jack was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. In 2005 he was able to fulfill his life long dream of hunting on an African safari.
He is survived by his wife Mabel (Smith) Coussons of 52 years, his son, Dr. Herbert Stanley Coussons (Anna) of Greenleaf, Wisconsin and daughter Holly Elisabeth Coussons DeFatta (Philip) of Norman, Oklahoma. He was “Papa” to eight grandchildren; Philip, Alaric, Madeline, Emilie, Jack, Josiah, Elianna and Hannah. One of his greatest pleasures in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his special sister-in -law and brother-in-law, Peggy and Raleigh Myers of Arcadia, Elsie Butler of Dubberly, his favorite niece Jan Riser (Ted) and special nephews Joey Butler and Terry Myers (Britney).
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his four brothers, his aunt and uncle and his father-in-law, John D. Smith, and mother-in-law Juanita Smith.
The family wishes to thank Jack’s doctor and friend, Dr. Pierre Blanchard, the Willis Knighton Hospice staff, especially Brenda Davis, Cynthia, Chaplain Casey, Dr. Savory and long time family friend, Deborah Mack, for their loving care and ongoing support. Our thanks also go to personal caregiver John Scott.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home P.O. Box 4196 Monroe, La. or Operation Family Fund, www.operationfamilyfund.org, or Providence House, 825 Cotton St. Shreveport, La. or Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, P.O. Box 33932, Shreveport, La.