Robert J. East, 94, departed this life to go to his heavenly home on Jan. 2, 2010. A gathering of friends and family , plus funeral service was held Monday at Dorman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Douglas Caldwell of the First United Methodist Church of Deweyville officiating. Interment was at Deweyville Cemetery.

Robert “Bob” was born on May 6, 1915 in Bogalusa, La. He was a resident of Monroe, La. until nine years ago when he came to reside with his sister, Nita in Deweyville. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from the Monroe Fire Department where he was an accountant and assistant to the chief from 1949-1982.

He was born with a wonderful God given gift, a natural talent for playing the piano and guitar and he shared the talent with many friends, nursing homes and at all family holidays and events. As a young man he played with the Louisiana Playboys for several years. Bob and his brother, Prentis had their own one hour radio show daily. He was noted for always being pleasant, easy going, and appreciative. He brought happiness with his music and will be missed by all who knew him.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara East; wife  of many years, Camille East; six sisters and five brothers.
Surviving him are two sisters, Irma Gudmenson of Anacortes, Wash. and Juanita “Nita” Peveto of Deweyville; a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Pat Brown, Lonnie Cooper, Stephen Rodrick, Shane Strickland, Jay “Butch” Brown, Jeremiah Spell and Josh Spell. Honorary pallbearers were George Booth, Harry Taylor, Charles East, Richard East, Ralph East and David Holzem.

The family wishes to thank Joanie Williams and the entire staff of “Answered Prayer” and the Southeast Texas Hospice staff for the dedication, love and care shown to our loved one for the past four years.