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May 5, 1924 - March 15, 2015
Mr. Curtis F. Menefee, 90, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Services will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rose-Neath Marshall Street Chapel. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Menefee was born in Shreveport on May 5, 1924. He grew up on Curtis Plantation in Bossier Parish. He attended Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, Mississippi. His parents sent him there after he rode his motorcycle through the halls of Byrd High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of sergeant. After the war, he returned to private life, where he wore many different hats. At various times, he was a landman, ambulance driver and one of the last true cowboys. He had many close calls rounding up the last herds of free-ranging cattle in Louisiana. His longest profession was as a game warden for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. After retirement, he returned to the cattle business. He cared for his old saddle horses and cows until the end of his life. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and collector of Indian artifacts.
In 1952, he met Opal Pickett. They fell in love, married and raised five children together until her death in 1994. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, K.M. Menefee and Edwina Menefee, and his sister, Jacqueline Menefee Taylor.
He is survived by his sons, Roy Curtis Menefee, Kelley Wayne Menefee and wife Kim, Daniel Brady Menefee and wife Janette, and James Robert (Bobby) Menefee, and daughter Molly Menefee Gray and husband Raymond Lambrecht; sisters, Edwina Menefee Ewell and Nancy Menefee Menasco; grandchildren, Craig Menefee and wife Emily, Meagan Lambrecht, Madelyn Menefee, and Dillon Menefee; two step-great-grandsons, Troy and Evan; numerous nieces and nephews, and other relatives.
He leaves behind many dear friends, with a special note to the members of the “breakfast club” whose fellowship he so enjoyed. He also loved caring for his neighbors. He would take them to appointments, run errands, and check on them. He was a familiar sight on his riding lawnmower.
The family would like to thank Dr. Corky Davis, Dr. Cooper Heard and his staff, DeAnna Kamphius, Dr. Sanford Katz and his staff and all of Gamble Hospice, especially Shari and Barbara.