Gordon Ardis Marsalis Sr.
Gordon Ardis Marsalis, Sr.
SHREVEPORT, LA - Services for prominent Shreveporter, Gordon Ardis Marsalis, Sr., 88, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009, at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. Officiating will be The Very Reverend Doctor Jacob W. Owensby, Dr. James D. Boyd will be verging. Inurnment will be held in the Columbarium at St. Mark's following the service. Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, on Marshall St., from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2009.
Mr. Marsalis was born on December 4, 1920 in Athens, Louisiana and died Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at his residence following a courageous and lengthy fight with cancer. He was a native of Athens, Louisiana and had been a resident of Shreveport for over sixty years. Mr. Marsalis was the son of Joseph Albert Marsalis and Susie Ardis Marsalis.
Mr. Marsalis graduated Valedictorian from Athens High School in 1937 and graduated from Louisiana Technical University in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Mr. Marsalis was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corp. (U.S. Navy Seabee's) in 1942. Shortly after entering the Navy he was sent to the Pacific Theatre and spent time in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. From there he was transferred to Pearl Harbor where he served on the staff of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of Naval Forces in the Pacific. Following his assignment at Pearl, he served on the staff of the East Coast Superintendent of Civil Engineering in New York City. After the war, he was honorably discharged holding the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade.
Mr. Marsalis, along with Jeff M. Stewart, was instrumental in the forming of Industrial Steel Products Company, a steel fabricator for commercial buildings in the Shreveport, Dallas and Houston areas. Mr. Marsalis served his entire career with this company reaching the position of president, before retiring in 1982.
Mr. Marsalis was a member of St. Mark's Cathedral and a former member of St. Paul's Church where he served as a vestryman and Junior Warden.
He was a former Director of Commercial National Bank, former President of the Shreveport Country Club, member of The Shreveport Club, The Cotillion Club, The Demoiselle Club, former member of the Royal Order of the Jesters, Shreveport Syndicate, member of The Red River Port Commission, Goodwill Industries, The United Way and the OFB Table at the Shreveport Club.
Mr. Marsalis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Barlow Marsalis; one daughter, Susan Dru Marsalis Florsheim and her husband, Mark; one son, Allen Durham Marsalis and his wife, Paris; grandchildren, Kathryn Stewart Florsheim, Mark Charles Florsheim, Jr., Christopher Allen Marsalis and Anna Elise Marsalis all of Shreveport; his sister-in-law, Mrs. Weldon Veteto of Marshall, Texas; one cousin, Dolly Culpepper Murphy of Benton, Arkansas; and numerous nephews. His parents; a son, Gordon A. Marsalis, Jr.; a daughter, Elizabeth Barlow Marsalis; his brother, James Egan Marsalis; and his brother-in-law, Weldon Veteto, preceded him in death.
Mr. Marsalis was an avid golfer and loved to travel the world with his wife, Betty. He also became a staunch LSU fan, holding season tickets for decades. He was a consummate Southern gentleman, whose word and handshake were his bond.
Serving, as honorary pallbearers will be R. Gordon Clingan, George Newton Drake, General Edgar S. Harris, O. Delton Harrison, Jr., Edward N. Henderson, Leland G. McCullough, W. B. "Buck" Ogilvie, Dr. Jack W. Pou, Knox Ridley, Jr., Green Rives, Jr., William G. Scarborough, Dr. Thomas E. Strain, Jr., Dr. Eugene C. St. Martin, William T. Murphy, Murray W. Viser and Donald W. Weir, Sr.
The family would like to extend their thanks and deep appreciation to Dr. Jonathan Glass, Dr. Mary Mancini, their staffs, as well as Cami Jorio, RN, with STAT Home Health Care and St. Joseph's Hospice and Mary Alice Atkins and her family, Juanita, Rosie and Darlene. Also, Charlesetta Johnson for their dedication and care of Mr. Marsalis during his illness.
The family suggests memorials may be made to The Gordon A. Marsalis, Sr. Memorial Fund, Feist Weiller Cancer Center, 1501 Kings Hwy, Shreveport, LA 71103 or St Mark's Cathedral, 908 Rutherford, Shreveport, LA 71104. Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Marshall Street Chapel (318) 222-0348
Published in Shreveport Times from September 24 to September 25, 2009