Jacob Talley Jr.

Published 2:29 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

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Jacob “Skip” Talley Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 3, 2019. He was a graduate of Bogalusa High School, class of 1965, and attended classes at both LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University. He voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 during the Vietnam Era, where he trained at Naval Justice School and became a Court Recorder/Reporter, taking verbatim accounts of Court Martial Trials. After his service in the Marines, he also served in the Army Reserve, and then, the Louisiana National Guard.

He wore many hats in his time. Among them, he drove the student bus route to Southeastern Louisiana University, was an instructor in crane operations, was a timber buyer and former owner of Jacob Talley Forest Products, Inc., was a Lease Operator for Shell Oil Company, farmed, raised cattle, and was a nurseryman.

Jake was preceded in death by his mother, Myra Monroe Talley; his father, Jake Talley Sr.; his brother, Walter Talley; his sister, Dorothy Reynolds; and a baby son.

He is survived by his wife, Dera D. Talley; his son, Perry Talley (Michele Hickman Talley); his son, Todd Talley; his daughter, Victoria “Tori” Hoppen (Bryan Hoppen); and four grandchildren, Vivian Talley, Sam Talley, Harrison Hoppen, and William Hoppen.

He was a longtime resident of the Rio community, later residing in the Lee’s Creek community. He was a lifelong member of Palestine Baptist Church. His love for the outdoors was unmistakable. In spite of being a somewhat private person, he loved camping, gardening, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, boating, four-wheeler trail riding, story telling, and any excuse to be with friends and family.

A wake and funeral will be held at the Brown-McGehee Funeral Home, and interment will be at the Palestine Church Cemetery. The wake will be the evening of Saturday, Oct. 5, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. A graveside service with Military Rites conducted by American Legion Post #24 will follow at the Palestine Church Cemetery.

Siempre Fi (Always Faithful).