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Sybil Lacaze Loftin

November 7, 1918 April 29, 2018
Sybil Lacaze Loftin
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Sybil LaCaze Loftin
Mrs. Sybil LaCaze Loftin departed this life on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Woodlands Health Care Center in Leesville at the age of 99 years, five months and 22 days. She was born on November 7, 1918 at Meridian, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana to James M. and Holly (Bell) LaCaze. Her given names were Mildred Sybil but she never used Mildred. Early on, her younger sister Juanita tried to use it but couldn’t say it and called her “Miltil”, sometimes just “Til”, which endured between only them into their later years.
Sybil’s funeral service will be at First Baptist Church in Leesville at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 with The Rev. Craig Forque, Associate Pastor, officiating. Afterward, she will be laid to rest beside her husband within the circle at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Leesville. Funeral and burial activities are under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service.
Visitation will be at First Baptist Church from 8 a.m. until time of service on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Sybil was a 1936 graduate of Simpson High School and was steadily employed from then until her retirement in September 1982. Her first job was as a waitress at the Ruby Café on S. 3rd Street in Leesville which was owned and operated by our Aunt Cecil King LaCaze Bridges. During her time there, she met and married her husband, Moss Loftin, in 1940. From 1942 until 1947, she was employed as a clerk at the KCS Railway depot in Leesville. She had to leave this job in 1947 because of a reduction in force after the end of WWII. Thereupon, she owned and operated The KCS Café on S. 3rd Street across from the KCS Depot in Leesville from April 1947 to August 1962. The next few years, she worked as a clerk in the gifts and notions areas of the Phoenix Drug Store in Leesville. Her next challenge was to work as a window clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Leesville, Fort Polk and New Llano; she later became a rural mail carrier. She retired from the Postal Service in September 1982.
Sybil became a Christian and a member of Simpson Baptist Church in 1928; she later affiliated with First Baptist Church in Leesville and has remained a faithful member for near 70 years and was the oldest member of the church at the time of her death. She has also been a long-time member of Chapter #26, Order of the Eastern Star since August 15, 1945. She has served in all offices of the order and was Worthy Matron on at least four occasions. A few years ago, she was recognized by the Louisiana Grand Chapter as Louisiana’s Eastern Star Sweetheart; further, she served the Louisiana Grand Chapter as its representative in Florida. She was also a member of the Leesville Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees where she served as Secretary and as President.
Sybil is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Claude Moss Loftin; her parents; a brother, James Dalphard LaCaze and wife Charlene Thompson LaCaze Bailey; four sisters, Juanita LaCaze Latham and husband James F. Latham, Sr., Wilma “Billie” LaCaze Loftin and husband Olin W. Loftin, Roberteen “Bobbye” LaCaze North and husband David K. North, Sr., and infant Danny Brasher LaCaze. She is also preceded by nephew James Robert LaCaze, niece Margaret North Gould and Grandniece Emilie Gabrielle North.
Survivors include a brother, Gene LaCaze, of Leesville, at least three generations of nieces and nephews and a large group of friends.
In lieu of flowers or plants, if you wish to make a memorial gift in her name, I suggest the R & R Fund at First Baptist Church, 1400 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA 71446 or to a charity of your choice.
I deeply appreciate the excellent care provided my sister over more than four years at The Woodlands Health Care Center in Leesville. Your new facility is nothing less than fabulous; something all Leesville should be proud of whether you have loved ones there of not. Mr. Jeff Johnson and his staff and all nurses and aids have done a marvelous job and were kind and considerate of residents and family members while doing it. A special thanks to all of you; also, a special huge Thank You to Dr. Melissa Moss who has been Sybil’s physician for a number of years.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

5

May

8:00 AM 5/5/2018 8:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 5/5/2018 1:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Leesville

1400 Nolan Trace
Leesville, LA 71446

First Baptist Church of Leesville
1400 Nolan Trace Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Funeral

Saturday

5

May

1:00 PM 5/5/2018 1:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Leesville

1400 Nolan Trace
Leesville, LA 71446

First Baptist Church of Leesville
1400 Nolan Trace Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Forest Lawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

400 S. 6th St.
Leesville, LA 71446

400 S. 6th St. Leesville 71446 LA
United States
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