John Wesley Able Jr.

January 7, 1935December 16, 2013
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John Wesley Able, Jr. Shreveport, LA

A celebration of his life will be held on December 18, 2013, Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends on December 18, 2013, Wednesday from noon until time of service. John passed away on December 16, 2013, peacefully on a beautiful day surrounded by family and friends. He was born to John and Delaine Able on January 7, 1935 in Melville, LA. He was a graduate of LSU and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was also a member of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Free and Accepted Master Mason; and a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason. John also served his country in the United States Marine Corp and retired from Marion Laboratories. He was passionate about hunting, fishing, and enjoyed spending time with his family. John was preceded in death by his father, John Wesley Able, Sr. and mother, Delaine Roan Able. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carole Ann Able; daughter, April Ann Able; sons, John Wesley Able III and wife Nancy Able and Marc LeBlanc Able and wife Ashley Doughty Able and sister, June Regan of Baton Rouge, LA. John is also survived by his grandchildren: Stephanie Parkman Bridges and husband Dave , Brooke Ann Parkman, Norman E. Parkman, Cassie Able, John Wesley Able IV, Cameron L. Able, Dianna Kathleen Able, John Travis Able, Lily Thomas and Amelia Thomas; great grandchildren, John Hunter Layfield, Abigale Dorsey, Richard Parkman, John Wesley Able V, and Lily Bridges. Honoring John as pallbearers will be Brian Davidson, Clint Land, Cameron Able, John Able IV, Steve Randol, and Tommy Attaway. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Barry, Don Drake, Joe Kelly and Fred Packard. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Clarence Teagle and Dr. Stephen Kilpatrick for their compassionate care.

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February 2, 2014

Carol Ann, I was so sorry to hear about Ju-Ju. I loved him so much. I can remember how much fun he was when ya'll lived in Kenner. He will surely be missed. Love you! Debby Bays Falterman.

Linda Brown

December 20, 2013

My prayers going up for the Able family. It is hard lossing member of the family. I lost my father in April, 2013 and a brother in 2008. So sorry!

Connie Miller

December 19, 2013

I am so very sorry to hear y'all have lost your honey, your Daddy, your Granddaddy and good friend... Blessed Be... Connie from carpool days

Harold, Michele & Taylor Black

December 19, 2013

So sorry to hear about "Big John". We are thinking of all of you.


December 18, 2013

Nancy just wanted to extend my condolences to you, John and your family on your loss. May God be with you all during this time.

David Landry

December 18, 2013

Ms. Carol Ann, John, April, and Mark our thoughts and prayers are with you today as you bury JuJu. Sorry we can't be with you in person, just remember your friends in South Louisiana are with you in spirit and prayers.

Helyn McGee

December 18, 2013

Nancy I was so sorry to hear of John's Father's Passing. May God wrap his arms around them in their grief.

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

December 17, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to John Wesley Able, Jr. our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it Johnsymbolizes the love and respect that we have for John. And to John it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. John, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, Generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to John's family and loved ones.

Tommy Mills, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Brian Davidson

December 17, 2013

Mr. Able was a kind hearted, generous, and dedicated family man. Always laughing and joking, you couldn't help but have a permanent grin on your face when you were around him. It was an honor to know him well in this earthly life, and it will be a joy to see him again in the Lord's sanctuary, where he waits for us now. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his extended family. I love you all, as if you were my own family.

Keeth Wren

December 17, 2013

We are sorry for your loss..