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BREAKING 12-31-11 Decorated Veteran, Plain Dealing Postmaster Lavelle Pepper Dies at 63
Tuesday, Jan 03, 2012 10:33pm

SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: LONGTTIME POSTAL EMPLOYEE, DECORATED VETERAN, LAVELLE PEPPER DIES AT 63; Posted Dec. 31, 2011 I lost a true friend, and Shreveport lost a great man over the New Year’s weekend.  Lavelle Pepper, who had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years, passed away suddenly Friday night, December 30th.

What they say is true: “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night would stop Lavelle from his job at the Post Office." Whatever the project, you could count on him. He was a very good man who would do anything for anybody, and will be sorely missed by all.

A 1966 Woodlawn graduate and decorated Vietnam veteran, Lavelle was most proud of his role in helping bring the 2002 Medal of Honor Convention to Shreveport. I had the privilege of working alongside him, and his “can-do” spirit was infectious.

As the Times reported, Lavelle was born January 22, 1948 in Shreveport to Helen and Chester Pepper, Sr. He passed away on December 30, 2011 in Shreveport. Lavelle honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Bronze Star for Valor.

He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service from 1977 until his death. Lavelle held several positions including customer service and spokesperson for the local Greenwood Road post office. At his death, he was the Post Master at Plain Dealing, LA.

Lavelle was preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Amanda Pepper Wyatt and husband, Byron; granddaughter, Ava Wyatt; sisters, Sherri McIntyre and Rosemary Carlson and husband, James; nephew, Bryan Carlson; and numerous uncles, aunts, and other family members..

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