OBITUARY

Andy Brian Wise

May 18, 1957March 10, 2019
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Andy Brian Wise, 61, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. Brian is survived by his beloved bride of 36 years, Lydia Prestridge Wise, and his two beautiful daughters, Hannah Rose Wise and Rachel Madeline Donaldson and her husband, Clayton; two grandchildren, David (3 years old) and Madeline Ann, born March 6, 2019. Also left to cherish his memory are his six sisters: Betty Randolph (Billy), Joan Neal (Bert), Gail Naul (Bernie), Becky Hulsey (Guy), Penny Douciere (Ricky), Amy Watson (Don), his two sisters-in-law, Monica Duchesne (“Duke”), and Lisa Elam (Mike). In addition, he is survived by his Uncle James Neal Hays (“Dub”), his Aunt Barbara Hays, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition, Brian’s extended family included Doris Coats, Hannah’s loving and generous caregiver. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Sunshine Wise of Baton Rouge; grandparents Spencer and Ruby Hays of Castor, Louisiana; Ivan and Ida Wise of Bienville, Louisiana; and brother, Roger Craig Wise. Brian graduated from Istrouma High School in 1975 and from Louisiana Tech University in 1981. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1982, and attained the rank of Captain. Brian flew the Cobra Helicopter during his service in the Marines, and thus began his lifelong love and passion for flying. At the time of his death, he was employed as a helicopter pilot for Bristow Group, formerly AirLogistics. Brian was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting, primitive camping, and was famous for his campfire cakes. He was a talented craftsman and spent many happy hours in his shop. Brian was a steadfast source of comfort and support for his family and friends. The role Brian cherished most was that of a devoted Daddy. When Brian’s brother-in-law, Stephen Leslie passed away, Brian was also like a father to his niece, Stephenie. He taught his children by example the value of hard work, courage, good judgement, and integrity. He was a strong Christian whose faith sustained him throughout his life. We love you, Brian. Pallbearers are Joseph Stablier, Patrick Bryant, Wesley Naul, Andy Douciere, Bert Lynn Neal, and Martin Gehling. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31, KJV. Funeral services will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Immediately after graveside service a reception will be held at the Greenoaks Reception Hall. The family has requested donations to Sturge-Weber Foundation, 1240 Sussex Turnpike #A, Randolph, NJ 07869. Sturge-weber.org

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, March 17, 2019
REMEMBERING

Andy Brian Wise

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Hamp Terry

March 19, 2019

Not long after I met Brian I knew we would be lifelong friends. I have never in my life done so many things in such a short period of time. It was only a couple of years that I had met Brian before he joined the Marines. We hunted, camped, canoed, and hiked all over Bienville Parrish around his Grandparents Hays house in Castor, LA, Oklahoma, & Arkansas. Oh yes, we actually went to school full time and were roommates, while we did all these things. It must have been 20% school and 80% fun. He welcomed me into his parent's home and then later on into he and Lydia’s homes. I have so many wonderful memories of being in Brian’s life. It has indeed, been a huge honor to have had the privilege of calling him my friend.
Hamp Terry

Alex Marceaux

March 19, 2019

All I can say is that this man was 100% authentically awesome. I’m sorry for your loss :(

John Pacitti

March 19, 2019

A real mountain man, a real mountain of a man.

Billy Majeau

March 18, 2019

Over 38 years of Flight! More importantly, hundreds and one day, thousands of people will be able to say great things about Brian- great gifts! Behind every great pilot are the greatest women of grace - Steel Magnolias!.. Brian and I shared that sentiment and much more; he hears me call “May Day” and after he picked me up, all we could talk about were our family, our brides waiting for us! Will never be able to repay My debt to Brian and his beautiful bride, Lydia, daughters, granddaughter, sisters, and nieces that I met today! And to the women we worked with, Brian brought us together again! To the men that know Brian, don’t worry, Travis and I saw a Cobra flying above I-10 as we left. Nothing but thanks and admiration for the Family and The Real Woodsman!
God Speed!!

Jay Janus

March 17, 2019

Jay Janus

March 17, 2019

When I first met Brian at Air Logistics 14 years ago as a brand new hire, his reputation had long been cemented as a forthright Marine, exemplary pilot and a man of dry wit. As time went on, and our paths began to cross more and more as Bristow consolidated to 3 or 4 primary bases, I got to know Brian better and appreciate what a true (and rare) renaissance man he was. Hunting, carpentry, history, politics, classical music, opera singers, and literature...he could discuss and challenge your knowledge of all these and more in good natured conversation and debate.

He was also one of the last Bristow pilots adamant on working a 7/7 schedule, which meant that almost everybody else at the company got to work with Brian for at least half of their 14 day hitch. There are so many fond (and amusing) memories of our friend and older brother:
- His pride in bringing the venison, ducks and other critters that he took at his hunting lease to share with us in meals at the base cottages.
- Driving him 7 or 8 miles from our base and dropping him off so that he would have the proper motivation to jog back to the company housing.
- His transition from 20+ years of hand-written flight sheets to an iPad, and his quick adoption when he discovered the abundance of YouTube videos on hunting, science, and classical music.
- Talking with passengers and offshore operators all over the Gulf who would inquire, “Hey, do you know Brian? What’s he up to? He was my pilot back when I first started out here...

On busy crew change days, you might only say a few words or hear a single joke from Brian before everybody launched and went their separate ways, but you could also go up on the numbers if you wanted Brian to give you a good-natured ribbing while you were enroute somewhere.

He was a good coworker who became a great friend and he will truly be missed!
Semper Fi, Brian

Daniel Hess

March 16, 2019

Hugh Bailey

March 16, 2019

I have known Brian for years and loved him like a father. I have a million awesome stories about and with him over the years.
This picture was taken one morning when we had bad weather and decided to go have coffee and bacon At the local diner. Sitting next to him is his very good friend JayJanus. We had coffee and laughed and talked about everything under the sun. It was a great day and a wonderful memory. I had a level of respect for him that is unmatched. See you soon Marine!

Daniel Hess

March 16, 2019

Ed Quaid

March 16, 2019

I worked beside Brian for more than 20 years at various Gulf Coast bases. He showed up for work the same way every day: ready, dependable, exemplary. Brian was not a Rock Star. He was a Rock.

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Biography

Andy Brian Wise, 61, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. Brian is survived by his beloved bride of 36 years, Lydia Prestridge Wise, and his two beautiful daughters, Hannah Rose Wise and Rachel Madeline Donaldson and her husband, Clayton; two grandchildren, David (3 years old) and Madeline Ann, born March 6, 2019. Also left to cherish his memory are his six sisters: Betty Randolph (Billy), Joan Neal (Bert), Gail Naul (Bernie), Becky Hulsey (Guy), Penny Douciere (Ricky), Amy Watson (Don), his two sisters-in-law, Monica Duchesne (“Duke”), and Lisa Elam (Mike). In addition, he is survived by his Uncle James Neal Hays (“Dub”), his Aunt Barbara Hays, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition, Brian’s extended family included Doris Coats, Hannah’s loving and generous caregiver. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Sunshine Wise of Baton Rouge; grandparents Spencer and Ruby Hays of Castor, Louisiana; Ivan and Ida Wise of Bienville, Louisiana; and brother, Roger Craig Wise. Brian graduated from Istrouma High School in 1975 and from Louisiana Tech University in 1981. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1982, and attained the rank of Captain. Brian flew the Cobra Helicopter during his service in the Marines, and thus began his lifelong love and passion for flying. At the time of his death, he was employed as a helicopter pilot for Bristow Group, formerly AirLogistics. Brian was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting, primitive camping, and was famous for his campfire cakes. He was a talented craftsman and spent many happy hours in his shop. Brian was a steadfast source of comfort and support for his family and friends. The role Brian cherished most was that of a devoted Daddy. When Brian’s brother-in-law, Stephen Leslie passed away, Brian was also like a father to his niece, Stephenie. He taught his children by example the value of hard work, courage, good judgement, and integrity. He was a strong Christian whose faith sustained him throughout his life. We love you, Brian. Pallbearers are Joseph Stablier, Patrick Bryant, Wesley Naul, Andy Douciere, Bert Lynn Neal, and Martin Gehling. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31, KJV. Funeral services will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Immediately after graveside service a reception will be held at the Greenoaks Reception Hall. The family has requested donations to Sturge-Weber Foundation, 1240 Sussex Turnpike #A, Randolph, NJ 07869. Sturge-weber.org