Tommy Keith Cryer

September 11, 1949June 4, 2012

SHREVEPORT, LA – Celebration of Life services for Tommy Keith Cryer, 62, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012, in the Centuries Memorial Chapel with the Lodge of Sorrow Masonic presentation. Tommy Cryer was born September 11, 1949, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to the late Thomas Preston and Marjorie Iva Gibson Cryer and was called home June 4, 2012, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff, Louisiana - graduating third in his class in 1967. Tommy received the American Heritage Award, Continental Oil Scholarship, T. H. Harris Scholarship, JFK Memorial Scholarship and the Civitan Award. Tommy was involved in several activities at Houston High such as Football letterman, FBLA, Beta Club, Drama Club founder and Literary Rally. He attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, B.A. 1970 (Psychology, Sociology, Military Science and Pre-law), 3.4 GPA. Tommy achieved a multi-major degree in three years at McNeese University. Tommy attended LSU Law School, Baton Rouge, LA, J.D. 1973, Honor Graduate, Order of the Coif and inducted LSU Law School Hall of Fame, 1987. He served this grateful nation by serving his country as Captain in the U.S. Army, Adjutant General Corps. Tommy’s professional accomplishments where Louisiana Constitutional Convention, 1973, Special Advisor and Draftsman (Bill of Rights, Municipalities). Hargrove, Guyton, Ramey & Barlow, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1973-1975; Associate engaged in Oil & Gas Transmission (including extensive work in expropriation), Corporate, Estate, Personal Injury and others. Private Practice, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1975 – Practice has included virtually every aspect of the law, both criminal and civil, with clientele consisting of numerous individuals, families and business (including many third generation clients) whose varied needs have provided experience and expertise across an extremely broad spectrum. Litigation in all courts, including pro hoc vice appointments to try cases in New York, California and Texas. Extensive trial experience, bench and jury, and appellate experience including Louisiana Supreme Court, in which have been privileged to successfully advocate several cases forging new law (two of which were significant enough that the legislature overturned them within one year). His civic activities persisted of; Shreveport Jaycees (exhausted rooster), Board of Directors, Legal Counsel, Chaired numerous projects. Caddo Heights United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees 1974-1980. Shreveport Optimist Club, Board of Directors. Past Master, W.H. Booth Lodge #380, F & AM. Past Master, First Masonic District Lodge. Louisiana Grand Lodge, Law & Jurisprudence Committee; Board of Charities and Benevolences; Education Committee; Certified Instructor; Lecturer at numerous Grand Master’s Seminars across the State. Scottish Rite Bodies, Shreveport Valley, 32 degree. El Karubah Shrine, Shreveport, Louisiana. Past President, Shreveport High Twelve Club. Chairman, Shreveport Republican PAC, 1991-3, Delegate 1992 State Republican Convention; oversaw and consulted for eleven campaigns, left office 11 and 0. (No longer active in politics) Tommy’s personal interests; study of History and Constitutional Law, Hunting and Fishing, Woodworking, Licensed Pilot, Multi-engine Land. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; Johnny Lloyd Cryer, first wife; Carolyn Fisher. Left to share precious memories of Tommy will be his beloved wife Dee Dee Cryer, one sister; Susan Faye Cryer, four brothers; Timothy Ray Cryer (Pat), Danny Michael Cryer (Cathy), Gary Lee Cryer (Darlene), and Randy Gibson Cryer (Nicole), one sister-in-law; I.J. Lutz (Dick), one brother-in-law; Jim Bowman (Tammy), along with many extended family members and country wide friends. Memorials may be made in honor of Mr. Cryer to the Shriners Hospital for Children at 3100 Samford Av. Shreveport, La. 71103 To see full version of this obit you may visit our website at


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November 23, 2012

My husband and I just found out about the passing of Tom. He was a VERY special friend of ours. He was one of my husbands lawyers for his trial and he spend ALOTTTTTTTT of time at our house.

Tom was without a doubt the most brilliant man I've ever come across in my life. I will never forget all the great memories, laughs and tears we had together. He was a beautiful man with a beautiful heart. I have my pictures of us all together and will cherish them for the rest of my life.

R.I.P. will be missed more than you could ever imagine....

Nannette Carley

June 10, 2012

Tommy was my friend. He taught me a lot, not just about law, but believe it or not, and Tommy would get a chuckle out of this, about dignity, grace, and style. I will miss him

A. J. Reeves

June 8, 2012

Tommy was in our thoughts often through the years, even though we were not in touch. Then hearing the news of his passing brought memories of Tommy and his family on the Calcasieu River! All of us growing up in the country together. I know his family is proud of the accomplishments Tommy made in his life. So sorry for the loss that his family has experienced. Praying for peace and comfort for each of them.


June 8, 2012

It is a tough loss when when it is before their time.
Our prayers go out to the family. I know he will be missed. I really admired Tommy for his stand.

Karen Januless

June 7, 2012

Our sympathy to the family on this tragic loss. In our nation's appeal for freedom from the evils of financial & legal tyranny, the loss of Tommy's presence is a great void in the cause, but we will march on in memory of him. We, too, had looked forward to hearing him speak again (this week on Joyce Riley's radio show). but the Lord took him too early and must have some great work for him to do upstairs. In sympathy to his legacy.


June 7, 2012

A great beacon for Truth and Liberty has gone out in the world.

Tommy, you were an awesome inspiration and strong support to those who most needed it; you saw your duty and did not shirk it. Your insights, strategic intellect, marvelous humor,dogged persistence in standing for what is right in the face of evil -- all of these were sorely needed in this world, and are deeply missed.

Go in Peace. And may all who love you be consoled by the Prince of Peace.

June 7, 2012

Tommy's passing is a sad loss to our community. Can only think of really interesting and funny stories he would tell while lunching at Beam's Restaurant. Those times will be truly missed.

Mike Lombardino (Bossier City, La.)

S W Winters

June 7, 2012

Our sympathy to the family of a very courageous brilliant patriot. He was missed on the Power Hour internet radio program with many in tears and will be very missed by many going forward. We love you, Tom.

Mike Wilbourn

June 7, 2012

To those he inspired and educated no words of gratitude nor loss can do justice. To those that know him best and have listened to him over the years, who better to make the argument to St. Peter and his superiors for the cause of Liberty, truth and a state restrained in a very small box.
Thank you, Mr. Cryer. You will be missed.
Our prayers go out to all he touched.

Vic Antolik

June 7, 2012

Tommy was the real deal! He had a heart of gold!

Vic Antolik
Austin, Texas