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Stephen Philo Coco

April 22, 1930 ~ January 8, 2014

Stephen P. Coco, of Jennings, Louisiana, passed peacefully at age 83 at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home. Steve was born on April 22, 1930 to Nell and Philo Coco in Marksville, Louisiana. He attended George Military Academy in Atlanta. He studied at Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts and his first year of law school. He finished his law degree at Louisiana State University, earning his JD in 1953. In 1954 he married Fay Moreland of Baton Rouge. They settled in Shreveport, where Steve served in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps at Barksdale Air Force base. In 1956, Steve moved to Jennings, and opened a law practice, handling criminal and civil cases. He retired in 1992, and would reflect some years later that talking to people and helping them with their problems was what he enjoyed most about practicing law. Steves desire to help people led to his strong engagement in civic affairs. He sat on the Zigler Foundation board, served as president of the Jeff Davis Parish Bar Association, and volunteered as a scoutmaster. The Rotary Club scholarship was established during his presidency. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church serving as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. Steve leaves behind a devoted wife and five children: Stuart Coco of Houston, Cindy Coco of Baton Rouge, Clay Coco of League City, Texas, Ann Coco of Decatur, Georgia, and Jean Coco of Charlotte, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and two sisters: Ann Coco of Baton Rouge, and Sally Smith of Sugarland, Texas. He leaves a legacy of living a life of integrity and a belief in respecting all races and religions. The Coco family appreciates the care provided by Dr. Charles Ray, and the entire staff at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 11, at 11 a.m. at Miguez Funeral Home, 114 E. Shankland Avenue in Jennings. Visitation hours at Miguez are from 5 ” 8 PM on Friday, January 10. Memorial donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org or Heifer International at www.heifer.org.

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  1. Dear Faye, Cindy, Stuart, Clay, Anne and Jean, I was so sorry to hear about Steve's passing but know that he is with friends and family who have gone before. I'm also sorry that I will not be able to be with you this weekend but I will be on vacation and can't get to Jennings. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and may your memories of happy times help to give you strength and peace at this time and going forward. He was truly a remarkable man. Much loved by his family and admired and respectd by his friends. He's probably discussing the current state of politics with Daddy right now. My love to you all. Lois Ann

  2. Dear Faye, Stuart, Clay, Cindy, Ann, and Jean, I'm so very sorry for your loss and I know you must be experiencing horrific grief while at the same time knowing that Steve is in peace which is a comfort to you all. He was such a sweet man, a loving husband and father and an attentive son to Aunt Nell. The days when we were children and our parents visited and enjoyed their first cousins are some of my best memories . Please be assured of my prayers and, if there is any way possible, I will see you on Saturday. God bless all of you Sally Bennett Dubroc

  3. Dear Fay & family, What a dear and gentle person Steve was—and with such a cute smile!! I remember so often seeing him walk down Academy for his exercise. There are such fond memories of our times together on Academy, especially the Christmas caroling days. I have been in Chicago since December 3rd—and am returning to Jennings on the 19th—but not in time to be there for the services. Know that I will remember all of you in my prayers. With love, care, and concern, Joy LeBleu

  4. Sending much sympathy, love and many prayers to the Coco family during this difficult time. May your special family memories bring you peace. Steve was truly 'one of a kind'.

  5. Dear family of Mr. Coco, I am so sorry to hear of your husband, father, grandfather's death. I have been in Pearland TX and just learned of his death a few minutes ago. I graduated with Cindy and knew of most of you from my siblings. He left a fine legacy not only of his own but through each of you. I pray that you all find strength and comfort from each other with the passing of time. Of course our greatest comfort is from the Holy Bible, the word of God. Very Truly Yours, Peggy Tupper


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