Lamar Cruse

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 23, 2011

HARRISONBURG — Services for Lamar Bruce Cruse, 79, of Harrisonburg, who died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Pisgah Baptist Church in Manifest, La. Burial will follow at Heard Cemetery in Manifest under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville.

Mr. Cruse was born Dec. 9, 1931 in Harrisonburg, the son of John Wesley Cruse and Gussie Madge Morris. Lamar was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church where he served for several years as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He served his community as caretaker of Heard Cemetery. He graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1951 where he cherished memories of friends , teachers and basketball. He was an active memberof the Catahoula Cattlemen’s Association.

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Lamar served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years retiring rank senior master sergeant and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He then returned to Harrisonburg where he and his wife Bobbie became owners of Wallace Ridge Grocery and manager of the Gulf Bulk Plant in Jonesville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Bobbie Rae McKay; and his parents.

Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Davis and husband, Lee and Tammie Heafner and husband, Manny; one son, Stephen Cruse and wife, Andrea; a number of grandchildren, Jeffery Davis, Teal Carpenter, Tiffany Davis Konick, Jessica Davis, Stephanie Cruse, Mattie Cruse and Holly Heafner; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Owen Konick; two sisters, Madge Cruse Allbritton and Bonnie Cruse Oliphant and husband, Robert; and special friend, Carolyn Laing.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Crawford, Jason Hardie, Roy Nelson, Den McKeithen, Rowdy Ryland, Teal Carpenter, Jeffery Davis, Richard Netterville, Russell Wright, and E.J. Konick.  Honorary pallbearers are Billy Wright, Jack Coleman, Charles Pentecost, Melvin Humble, Ronald “Red” Renfrow, Joe Holloway, Douglas Rainey, Pete Prudhomme, E.C. Meyers Jr., Huey Meyers, Bud Wright, Sam Mason and Wendal Birkicht.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wild Horse Ministries or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at