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Graveside services for Charles L. Gould Sr., age 91, Jacksonville, TX are scheduled for 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA with the Rev. Eddy Secrest officiating under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2017 with family receiving friends from 5-7p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, 1025 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville, TX.
Mr. Gould, better known as "Les" passed away August 4, 2017 in Jacksonville, TX. He was born December 15, 1925 in Oak Grove LA. He was a member of Jacksonville First Baptist Church, Men's Bible Class and American legion Post 345. He served in the U.S. Air force during World War II and for three years following World War II.
"Les" grew up in Waterproof, LA, a small village, located less than a mile from the Mississippi River, thirty miles north of Natchez, MS. He graduated from Waterproof High in 1943, participated in most sports, including football, baseball, tennis and golf. He hunted in the cornfields and woods around town and fished the surrounding lakes, rivers and bayous. Football was his favorite sport and he was a long time LSU fan.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served with the 563rd squadron of the 388th Bomb Group at Knettishall, England where he was the "tail gunner" on a B-17 Flying Fortress on 35 combat missions against Germany from November 6, 1944 to April 19, 1945. The B-17 had a crew of ten.
"Les" also served overseas with the 51st Fighter Group at Naha AFB, Okinawa, an island in the Pacific Ocean. He received the Air Medal, Victory Medal, Japan Occupation Medal and Good Conduct Award. He married his beloved wife, Janie Louise Jacks, soon after he returned from Okinawa. They celebrated 65 years together.
He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech and worked as manager of pipeline construction contracts for United Gas Pipeline Co. in Shreveport and, as it was later known, Pennzoil United, in Houston. He retired after thirty years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zelma Hawkins Gould and Elwood Hofer Gould. Survivors include his children Sarah Beth Long and Charles Gould, Jr., grandson Josh Long, son-in-law Danny Long, brother, Elwood Gould and sister-in-law Jane Gould of Sulphur, LA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A special thank you goes to the following for providing care of our father: Dr. James and Patti Low, Angelina House of Jacksonville, and Heart to Heart Hospice.
Published on August 7, 2017
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