OBITUARY

Guy W Sockrider Jr.

November 5, 1921February 26, 2011

Guy W. Sockrider Jr., father, Senator, and entrepreneur died on, Saturday, February 25, 2011 at a local hospital.

Guy was born November 5, 1921, in Jennings Louisiana to Guy William Sockrider, Sr. and Myrtle Bell Clarke Sockrider and was a graduate of Jennings High School in 1938. Mr. Sockrider served the people of Southwest Louisiana with great distinction for over 50 years. He married Ruth Grein in 1941 and voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army’s 89th infantry division in 1942. He was assigned to a headquarters Company as a commissioned officer and served as a 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant and Captain. He was honorably discharged as a captain in the United States Army Reserve.

Guy began his prolific work career in 1933 at the age of 12 and worked until the time of his death. In 1949, Guy founded Industrial Construction Company also, in 1989 IMTC, a non-union company was formed, of which he served as CEO. Guy served as a Louisiana State Senator for 16 years from 1948 - 1964. He represented the Imperial Calcasieu district of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis Parish. During his 16 years of dedicated service, Guy served in numerous capacities including as a member of the Senate finance committee and industrial relations of which he later became chairman. During his tenure as a Louisiana State Sen. Guy was instrumental in numerous statewide projects including co-authoring legislation to elevate McNeese from a junior college as part of LSU to a four year state University. He also co-authored legislation to establish a charity hospital in Lake Charles at that time called Charity Hospital, now known as W. O Moss regional Hospital. One of his proudest accomplishments in the senate was obtaining the financing for McNeese football stadium. Guy also served as Chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Council for eight years and in 1964 decided not to seek reelection to the state Senate.

Guy is survived by his daughter, Debbie Sockrider of Lake Charles, his companion Frankie L Trahan from Lake Charles and his stepson Wilson Morris of Lake Charles, and stepdaughter Patricia Morris Barrodale of Seattle Washington.

Funeral services for Mr. Sockrider will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in the chapel of Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles with burial to follow in Prien Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 5 PM until 8 PM and on Wednesday from 8 AM until time of service. Reverend Betty McGehee will officiate. In leiu of flowers, donations can be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles on 1802 2nd Avenue, Lake Charles, LA 70601 in memory of Guy W. Sockrider, Jr.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 2, 2011
REMEMBERING

Guy W Sockrider Jr.

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Bob Stratton

March 6, 2011

Debbie,
I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. I was out of the country at the time of his death and was just informed about it today. Having worked for him directly and indirectly for 16 years, he was my mentor in business and life during those years. I know you will miss him as we all will. May God give you the strength and guidance to deal with this time in your life.

George L. Sockrider

March 3, 2011

Guy, Was my outstanding Uncle, that will be missed by me as well as the world, that has lost another Great Man.
This Man gave me my High School Dance at the Lake Charles County Club, he helped me to be employed by the Louisiana State Police and was always there to help me if I needed it. May You Rest In Peace. God Bless!

Dubby Fontenot

March 3, 2011

Debbie,
As we go through life a lot of people cross our paths and some leave an everlasting impression on us. Your Dad was one of those people, he meant a lot to me. I will always cherish the times we had and the memories made. I love you both, Dubby

Lydianne {Feldes} Hammons

March 3, 2011

Debbie, as you know, you have a lot to be proud of concerning your dad. He lead a very contributory life to mankind in general and to those he knew personally. I know that you will have a void in your life because you and he were so close but that love and memories is something to cherish. I pray that before too long the pain will pass and the love and memories will embrace you. Love, Lydianne

March 2, 2011

Dear Debbie, My prayers are sent to your family in the loss of your sweet Father. Take care, Jo Ann McDaniel Niles

Ron & Nancy Johnson

March 2, 2011

Frankie/Debbie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We know you will miss this very special man. May you find some comfort in knowing others care.

March 2, 2011

Debbie, I am Judy Briley Lavergne. My dad worked for your dad for many years and my mom made you Easter baskets for years. I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a great man. My mom and dad thought the world of him. He was very good to my family when my dad got sick with cancer. I will never forget all that he did to help my mom and dad. My prayers are with you.

Hazel Gahagan

March 1, 2011

Guy had a full time gardner and he would come two doors down from the river camp to help Chuck cut the grass on Sat. mornings so that he and Chuck could play together for a while.Guy was always there for everone he knew. What a kind heart and enjoyed each and everyday with a newfound interest.Guy,will always be remembered and loved and Debbie our hearts go out to you
in this time of greif

March 1, 2011

Debbie,
Your dad was the most generous man I ever knew. My dad and brother also worked for Industrial and they loved him too. May God be with you in the days ahead.

Bruce Butts

Cindy Van Woeart

February 28, 2011

Debbie,
I am so sorry to hear of your Daddy's passing. He was such a jolly, kind man. I will always remember his one of a kind laugh and how good he and your mother were to all us poor little Leithead urchins (I fondly remember him referring to us neighborhood kids as "the Dirty Dozen"!). Heaven is a little brighter now that Mr. Sockrider is there.
Love,
Cindy Leithead Van Woeart