Arthur Wesley Eastman

September 11, 1927 ~ June 14, 2011

Jennings Arthur was a lifelong resident of Jennings. His roots and passion ran deep in family, farming, and service. He was a US Navy Veteran, an active member of American Legion Post 19, and American Legion Hospital Board member. He served 16 years on the Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury. Through the years he also committed his time to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council 9110 of which he was a charter member, and the Roanoke Rice Co-op. The Jeff Davis School Board and many school aged children were served by Arthur as driver of the Airplane Bus for many years. Mr. Eastman was also a member of the Bon Ami Camping Club of Lake Charles. Some of his past times were hunting, fishing and camping. He was dedicated to his wife Alice of 62 years, wife Elsie of one year, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elsie Hollier Istre Eastman, two daughters: Charleen and Danny Doucet of Hathaway and Elaine and Harry LeBlanc, Jr. of Ponchatoula; two sons: Bradley and Judy Eastman and Steve and Yvonne Eastman of Jennings; eight granddaughters, Christine and Donnie Venable, Naomi and David Jackson, Hannah Eastman, Alana and Kade LeJeune, Danielle and Wayne Bertrand, Sadie Eastman, Sophie Eastman, and Haleigh Eastman; four grandsons, Randall and Nicole Doucet, Josiah Eastman, Samuel Eastman, and Marc LeBlanc, and six great grandchildren, Seth Jackson, Emma, Brooke, and Cole Venable, Mary-Grace Bertrand, and Wyatt Doucet. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josiah and Naomi Eastman and wife of 62 years, Alice Soirez Eastman. Funeral services for Mr. Arthur Wesley Eastman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Fontenot officiating. A rosary led by Mrs. Betty LeGros and Knights of Columbus Council 9110 will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Burial with Military Graveside Honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Monday; and 8:00 a.m., Tuesday until time of services. Mr. Eastman died at 4:55 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in the Jennings American Legion Hospital.

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  1. How sad we are to hear of Mr. Art's passing. We send out our warmest sympathy to all of you. He was a friend of my Dad's (George) for so many years. I remember him telling stories of he and Mr. Art's younger days. One in particular about him being a volunteer fireman and his truck sliding on the gravel roads as he hurried to the fire! Through the years he proved to be a true friend to our family in so many ways. He did much hard work for us and NEVER would accept any pay! He was truly a pillar in our community. I know as a family you all must be so proud of his legacy. And what a family you all are. Hannah, My heart goes out to you because I know you were close to him as I'm sure all your sisters were. Mr. Brad, it's so evident in your kindness and strength that your Mom and Dad raised you so well. I can't say I know the rest of the family really well but I do know you all are good people. Mrs. Elsie, I did have the pleasure of meeting you and I know you proved a good wife to him. Each of you, please be reassured of our warm thoughts and prayers for each of you at this sad time.

  2. May God bless you all through the difficult days ahead. You will remain in our prayers. We love you

  3. Dear Elsie and family: I first met Mr. Eastman at the ASCS office many years ago and then saw him at many school functions. What a nice gentleman!!! I have been praying for him and the family. May God comfort you as you face the days without your husband/father/grandfather.

  4. My grandmother had 3 sisters-one of them was Arthur's mother. He is the last of his generation. A wonderful man beloved as a child and young adult by his aunts and cousins, particularly my mother, who adored him. He led a wonderful life and stands as an example to us all. Love to all

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eastman family at this sad time. Mr. Eastman was what society needs a lot more of in this day an age… an honest, hard-working, true friend. He has touched many many lives with his kindness and will truly be missed. Brad, Judy, and the rest of you…. you know where we are if you need us. Don't be shy. Love ya'll!!

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