JEFFERSON, Texas – A Memorial Service for Fred Hall Bandy, 83, was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in the chapel of Haggard Funeral Home.
Visitation began at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in DeQueen Cemetery in DeQueen, Ark., at a later date.
Born June 11, 1927, in Hope, Ark., Mr. Bandy died at 5 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie Anne Guilbeau Bandy of Jefferson; four children, Steven Bandy of Rayne, Patrick Bandy of Santa Monica, Calif., Susan B. Horaist of Spring, Texas, and Kevin Bandy and wife, Sylvia, of Murietta, Calif; six grandchildren, Chris Bandy and wife, Allison, of Alexandria, Mike Bandy and wife, Amy, of Redell, Angela Gaudin and husband, Nick, of Rayne, Leslie H. Richard and husband, Ryan, of Branch, and Shawn and Korbin Bandy of Murietta; seven great-grandchildren, Avery and Riley Bandy of Alexandria, Micah and Gabriel Bandy of Redell, Alayna Jagneaux and Jaxson Gaudin of Rayne, and Cullen Richard of Branch, and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Hutchison and Louise Hall Bandy; and a sister, Marilyn B. Williams.
Mr. Bandy graduated from DeQueen High School in 1945 and from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, in 1949, a member of the first graduating class from NSU’s School of Journalism.
During his nearly five decades as a journalist he worked for (then) The Daily Signal in Crowley; The Daily Star in Hammond; The Daily World in Opelousas; KATC-TV in Lafayette; and retired after 15 years at The Daily Iberian in New Iberia.
He was a Navy veteran and served aboard the USS Caperton during the Korean War.
Fred and Marie Anne retired to Jefferson 15 years ago and have been active in civic activities since.
Haggard Funeral Home of Jefferson is in charge of the arrangements.