GRAND ISLE, LA
Nov. 16, 1928-May 8, 2020
Jack Roy Brasher, 91, permanently departed from his beloved home, “Jack’s Shack,” on Grand Isle May 8, 2020, after a brief illness. Born Nov. 16, 1928, an only child to Roy and Theopa Collins Brasher, Jack lived his earlier years in Natchitoches.
Upon graduation from Natchitoches High School, a true patriot and water lover, Jack enlisted in the US Navy and served on several aircraft carriers, the most notable , the USS Midway.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he married Mary Louise Bobbitt of Natchitoches. They were blessed with four wonderful children during their 72-year marriage. Ironically, their first born, Lydia Ann, was delivered by her future mother-in-law, Mary P. Keyser, RN.
Devoted to family, possessed with a diligent work ethic and intellectually gifted with a photographic memory and genius-level analytical skills, Jack defined the term “Jack-of-all-trades.” Although he enjoyed all of his jobs, his primary ones were working for the state of Louisiana, first as a State Trooper, then as a Revenue Dept. auditor. Upon his retirement, he was honored to serve as Administrative Assistant/Head of Special Fuels & Petroleum Products to his lifelong friend, James E. Davison of Ruston.
Throughout the majority of his life, Jack was an expert hunter and an award-winning fisherman, both complimented his diverse cooking talent. Additionally, he was an avid football enthusiast, immensely enjoyed solving Sodoku and jigsaw puzzles and loved playing Mahjong on the computer. Jack’s innate affinity of the water led him to the perfect, peaceful place to reside for the rest of his days, “Jack’s Shack” in Grand Isle. Affectionately adopted by the town as a true native islander, his door was always open with a dog by his side.
Jack’s loved ones left to honor his memory are his wife of 72 years, Mary Louise Bobbitt Brasher; first-born daughter, Lydia Ann Brasher and husband Paul Keyser Jr. of Natchitoches; daughters, Mar Lou Brasher of Shreveport and Holly Brasher Sandifer of Natchez, Miss; son, Cole and wife Helen Ann Brasher of Houston; grandsons, Paul H. “Trey” Keyser III, Aaron Kyle and Brandon Cole Sandifer, and Jack Wesley Brasher; granddaughter, Mary Ann Brasher; great-grandkids, AvaGrace, Paul Westin and Karley Ann Keyser.
Per Jack’s wishes, a memorial service will be on Chee Chee Bay at a later date. As Jack’s life is celebrated, those who knew him can not help but remember his favorite, often-recited quote: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence: Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent…” –Calvin Coolidge