Jully 2, 1932-Sept. 14, 2022
A celebration of life service for Archie Ray Worsham will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at First United Methodist Church, Coushatta, with the Rev. Stuart Sherman officiating. Interment will follow at Springville Cemetery in Coushatta.
Archie was born July 2, 1932, in New Verda to Richard Philip Worsham Sr. and Mary Jane Millican Worsham. He entered into eternal rest Sept. 14, 2022, in Coushatta.
Archie was an outstanding athlete at Natchitoches High School in both football, where he was a quarterback, and baseball, where he was a third baseman. He pursued his dreams of college baseball and football until a throwing shoulder injury side-tracked his career. He continued to pursue his degree at Northwestern State College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. He then began his career in education. He taught and coached at Coushatta Elementary. He then moved to Coushatta High School where he was a teacher and football coach. He later returned to Northwestern to receive a Master of Education plus 30 hours in 1967. After which, he continued his teaching and coaching career. He later became the Assistant Principal at Springville Jr. High in Coushatta. He was promoted to Principal at Coushatta Elementary where he remained until he retired with 30 years of service in 1987.
Archie joined the Army National Guard in 1949 and became a commissioned officer in 1956. During his military career, he reported to military bases all across the country. He was activated for several natural disasters for the state of Louisiana including Hurricane Betsy. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Assistant Adjutant General for the State of Louisiana and retired with 33 years of service.
Not only did Archie provide years of service in education and the military, he also served his community in a civic capacity and through volunteer work as well as serving on numerous boards and commissions. He taught swimming lessons for years at the Town of Coushatta pool, ran the Town of Coushatta Recreation Department, including Little League Baseball and adult softball leagues where he was a coach and umpire and was active for many years in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts organizations. Archie served as a city councilman before being appointed the Mayor of Coushatta and then re-elected mayor three times.
Throughout his career and even after retirement, he loved and served in various capacities at First United Methodist Church, Coushatta. He had a love for the outdoors, especially duck hunting with his close friends and family. Archie will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings, Ailene Burns, Gladys Johnson, Lenora Smith, Mildred Sylvester, Mary Tallent and Richard Philip Worsham Jr.; and his infant daughter, Mary Margaret Worsham.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Emily Jean Stothart Worsham of Coushatta; children, Philip Stewart Bonner and wife Donna Townsley Bonner of Round Rock, Texas, David Paul Worsham of Coushatta and John William “Johnny” Worsham and wife Lisa Williams Worsham of Coushatta; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Philip Stewart and Ann Bonner of Mansfield, Texas, Beth and Matt DeVille of Baton Rouge, Laura and Eric Mayeaux of Natchitoches, Jessica and Aaron Watkins of Haughton, Jennifer and Michael Lofton of Bossier City, Mark and Taniuska Worsham of Thornton, Colo., Sarah and Chris Jett of Florien and David Paul Worsham II of Coushatta; and 14 great-grandchildren, Brooks, Sutton and Shaw Bonner, Drew and Jake DeVille, Hadley Mayeaux, Sofia and Evan Watkins, Journey and Addison Lofton, Audrey and Nathan Worsham and Landry and Maisyn Jett; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to his favorite charity, the Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston, First United Methodist Church, Coushatta, or any charity of your choice.