Lionel “Chip” Conerly

Published 3:34 pm Friday, November 10, 2017

Lionel Edwin “Chip” Conerly, 82, a resident of Bogalusa, went to his heavenly home on Nov. 8, 2017, at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.

Chip was born in Varnado, on March 19, 1935.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brock and Edna Glover Conerly; and by his uncle and aunt who raised him, Warren and Mae Glover.

In 1953, Chip graduated from Varnado High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1959, as well as his Master’s plus-30 in 1961, from the University of Southern Mississippi. Chip was employed by the Bogalusa City School System in various positions for over 50 years, starting his career as a teacher, advancing to a guidance counselor, and ending his employment as Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. He retired in 1998, returned to the school system as Supervisor of Maintenance and Transportation in 2005, with his final retirement occurring in 2012.

In addition to his educational pursuits, Chip had many other interests and hobbies, including owning and operating a dairy barn and farming. He was a member of the American Breeders’ Association, raising Holstein cattle, along with Appaloosa and Quarter horses, and beagles. Later in his career, Chip became a real estate broker, working with James Stevenson of GAR Real Estate. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Shriners, and was a Master Mason with the Masonic Lodge.

Chip is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rose Menish Conerly of Bogalusa; three daughters, Kristen Hope Conerly (Michael) Nicoladis of Metairie, Debbie Jenkins of Bogalusa, and Lynda (Doug) Cookston of Monroe; grandchildren, Michael Frank Conerly “Conner” Nicoladis, Corbin Michael Nicoladis, Christopher Clay Jenkins, Leah Catherine Jenkins, Anna Elizabeth Chao, Lansing “Lane” Maxwell Dedman and Grant Farrell Cookston; and great- grandchildren, Claire Jenkins, Weston Bush, Madeleine Chao and Piper Ward.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Rest Haven Living Center for their kindness and support, and would like to extend a special thanks to Chip’s long-term caregivers, Arlene Lewis and Hazel Harrington, and to his short-term caregiver, Kristina Smith, for their dedication and loving care.

Visitation will be at Annunciation Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Daniel Brouillette will officiate the service and entombment will follow at the Sanctuary of Peace Mausoleum in Ponemah Cemetery.

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