Edgar Hunter Lancaster Jr.

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2009

TALLULAH — Edgar Hunter Lancaster Jr. died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at the age of 91 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church with Father Ferreolus D’Cruz officiating.

Visitation will be this evening from 5 until 7 at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah, and burial will be at Silver Cross Cemetery.

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Mr. Lancaster is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beverly Vedros Lancaster; and his three children and their spouses: Judge Michael E. Lancaster and his wife, Becky, of Tallulah, Patricia Ann (Patsy) Lancaster and her husband, Billy Clapp, of Ocala, Fla., and Edgar Hunter Lancaster III and his wife, Terri, of Monroe. He is also survived by three grandsons, Will Lancaster of Ruston, Kris Lancaster of Lafayette and Ethan Lancaster of Monroe; and his sister-in-law, Thellis M. Lancaster of Tallulah, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Hunter Lancaster Sr. and Willie Butler Lancaster; his sister, Mabel Clair Placke; and his brother, Donald B. Lancaster, all of Tallulah.

Mr. Lancaster was a graduate of Tallulah High School, Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, he returned home to attend law school. He was in the active practice of law from 1948 until the time of his death. He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1952 until 1968, where he was chairman of the Judiciary A House Committee and speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives. He was an organizer of Southern National Bank at Tallulah and served on its Board of Directors and as the bank’s attorney. Mr. Lancaster was honored by the Louisiana Bar Foundation in 1986 as the Attorney of the Year, and he was inducted into the LSU Law School Hall of Fame in 1987. He was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as the 6th Judicial District judge pro tempore from 1992 until 1993, and served on the Louisiana Law Institute for over 50 years, having served as past president and chairman emeritus of the Institute. He was active in the Louisiana State Bar Association, having served on the Board of Governors and the Attorney Ethics Commission. Mr. Lancaster was an avid golfer, civic and business leader and unofficial historian.

Active pallbearers will be Will Lancaster, Kris Lancaster, Ethan Lancaster, Kent Lancaster, Allan Placke, Dale Placke and George Vedros.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Thomas A. Neumann, Dr. L.P. Neumann Jr., L.D. Napper, Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell, Henry C. Sevier Jr., all members of the Sixth Judicial District Bar, Collins Thomas, Charles Roberson and Charles Ladd Abrahm.

In lieu of flowers, any planned memorials may be made to the Tallulah Rotary Club Scholarship Fund in memory of Mr. Lancaster, P.O. Box 1534, Tallulah, LA 71284-1534 or to the church or charity of your choice.