ALEXANDRIA – Services for liquor firm founder and civic leader Simmon “Si” Sherman will be Friday. He died May 29 at age 98.
He was a veteran of World War II who founded and operated Hokus Pokus Liquors, known nationally for its flashing ghost sign, in Alexandria and Lake Charles. He was a past president of the Jewish Welfare Federation and on the board of American Red Cross.
Survivors include his wife Helen and two daughters.
Arrangements are by John Kramer & Son.
BROUSSARD – Services for long-time educator Joseph “Tom” Gerard will be Friday. He died May 30 at age 74.
He was principal at Broussard Middle School for 18 years and after retiring from the school system became a Rewaltor with Van Eaton & Romero.
Survivors include his wife Lou and a daughter.
Arrangements are by Martin & Castille.
Pioneer flower show judge
ALEXANDRIA – Services for Vera Daspit, one of the first nationally accredited flower show judges, will be Saturday. She died May 29 at age 29.
Her large yard on Horseshoe Drive here was filled with flowers and viewed by passersby over the years. In addition to be among the first accredited flower show judges she was active in the Historical Society of Central Louisiana.
Survivors include a son.
Arrangements are by Hixson Bros.