Stephen McKay Cruse

Stephen McKay Cruse, 55, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Sunday, January 12, 2014. He was born July 29, 1958 to the union of Lamar Bruce and Bobbie Rae McKay Cruse. Stephen graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephensville, Texas in 1980. He was employed by USDA- NRCS as Assistant State Conservationist for Programs. He was a member and former president of the Catahoula Cattlemen’s Association, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, NRA, DU, and SWCS. He was a member of New Ouachita Baptist Church. Stephen was a staunch family man who loved rodeo and equine activities. He always supported the Wild Horse Ministries of Jena because it involved the horses he loved and reached a population  that might not attend traditional church. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Liberty Worship Center in Jonesville with Paul Daily and Earl Isonhood officiating. Interment followed at Pine  rove Cemetery at Rhinehartunder direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 26½-years, Andrea Meyers Cruse of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Stephanie Marie Cruse and Mattie Rae Cruse, both of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Marcy Davis and husband Lee of Burleson, TX, and Tammie Heafner and husband Manny of Shreveport; his in-laws, E. C. “Sonny” and Rose Meyers; brotherin-  law, John Meyers of Harrisonburg; aunt and uncle, Bonnie and Robert Oliphant; aunt, Madge Allbritton; aunt and uncle, Wanda and Milton
Ringle; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Chance Birkicht, Cody Chandler, Jason Hardie, Matt Posey, Ray Fannin, Gary Evans, James White, Richard Dickey, Ray Faulk, Denva McKeithen, Roy Nelson, Kenny Crawford, Kevin Norton, and Jack Haller.Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Prudhomme, Jr., Sam Mason, Huey Meyers, Les Enright, Russell Wright, Robert Box, Robin Brown, Britt Paul, Dale Fannin, John Wayne
Allbritton, Ronnie Lynn Cole, Joe Bond, George Evans, James Dickens, Steve Gleason, Wandel Birkicht, Richard Netterville, Billy Moore, and Marlin Jordan. The family requests memorials be made to the Wild Horse Ministries, 460 Appleby Road, Trout, LA 71371. 
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