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L. Michael "Mike" Waites, class of 1975, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, in Alvin, TX. Mike earned his bachelors degree from the School of Architecture. He was a trombonist in the Tech Band and served as Drum Major. He also sang tenor in the Concert Chorale.
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Scott E. Russell, age 52, died on July 4, 2016 at home after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Scott Earl Russell was born on May 15, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Earl and Bettie (Peppard) Russell. He was a 1982 graduate of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. He then graduated from Louisiana Tech University, class of 1986 with a bachelors degree. After graduating and receiving a commission to become an officer in the United States Air Force, Scott married Pamela Waguespack on August 28, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota. He later received his Masters of Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in Aviation, from Embry Riddle University.

Major Russell was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son. He retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service in the missile and space career field, and five duty stations, at the rank of Major.

He was an avid HO scale model train hobbyist, loved movies and music from the 1980s, and was enthusiastic about crewing for hot air balloons.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Russell; daughters Jenna (Marshall) Konegni and Melanie Russell; son Derek Russell; mother Bettie Russell of Jonesboro, Louisiana; brother Alan (Linda) Russell of Keller, Texas; sister Gwen (Sam) Gaspard of Jonesboro, Louisiana; aunt Mona Hodson of Weaverville, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Earl Russell and brother Melvin Russell.

A visitation will be held from 9-11am on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 E. Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909. Funeral Services will follow at 11am in the Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance ( or to the colon cancer coalition (
Class of 1950
In Memoriam
Lee M. Smith. Jr. 86, mecanical engineering, April 23, 2014, Hattiesburg Miss.
Velsa Louise Bryan Morris died on June 14, 2011 in Springfield, TN

She was a 1976 La. Tech graduate and a 1962 Ruston High School graduate.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Morris, her son, Wallace Sisemore, her step-son, Michael Morris, her brother, Roy Bryan of Powell, WY, her sister, Judie Harrell of San Antonio, TX and her sister, Romayne Cessac.

Harvey "Harvey" Helms

Class of 1981
- Deceased
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Harvey Helms, 51, at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 3rd at La Chapelle de Martin & Castille. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Lectors will be, André Arceneaux, Sr. and Nicholas Barcelona. Giftbearers will be Emily Olson and Erin Helms. Jodi Bollich, organist and soloist, will sing for the services, "Ave Maria", "Pie Jesu", "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" and "May The Angels Lead You Into Paradise".

Visitation will be held from 6 pm until 9 pm on Tuesday, November 2nd with a Rosary at 7:00 pm in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Location.

Born in Bossier City and a resident of Lafayette since 1981, Harvey passed away October 30th surrounded by his family at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.
Harvey graduated from Parkway High School in 1977 and from LA Tech University in 1981. He was a loyal Louisiana Tech Bulldog fan and was an active member of the alumni association. Harvey was an avid New Orleans Saints supporter and was a long time member of the Krewe of Bonaparte. Those who knew Harvey know that he would not want his family and friends to mourn his death but rather celebrate his life.

Harvey is survived by two sons, Beau Helms and Bobby Helms; one grandson, Hayden Helms; his mother, Marie "Bobbye" Helms; his sister, Vivian (Helms) Olson and her husband, John; two brothers, Michael Helms and Robert Helms; the mother of his children, Lynnette Jacob; nieces and nephews, Erin Helms, Emily Olson, Patrick Helms; great nephew, Taylor Helms; his girlfriend, Maggie Guerrini; former sisters-in-law, Kristi Helms and Patricia Edwards; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis E. Helms.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation in Mr. Helm's name to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

View the obituary and guestbook online at

John "John" Trigg

Class of 1961
- Deceased
Passed away at home on 8/3/10
It is with great sadness that I report the death of our class mate from the class of 1986, Laura "Elise Delony" Heathman. I have not kept in contact with many from our class, but met Elise's cousin last week and she informed me of her death in October 2007. I never expected anything like this to happen and she will be missed.

Elise was a good friend and a great student. I worked with Elise on several projects while we persued our Masters of Professional Accountancy degree at LA Tech and both graduated in May 1986.

Elise went on to become a dedicated wife, mother, teacher and volunteer. Below is her obituary from the Ruston Daily Leader:

Laura Elise Heathman (10-12-2007)

Laura Elise Heathman went home to God on Oct. 9, 2007 after a tragic accident in her home the previous morning.

Born March 21, 1964 to parents Roy and Margaret Delony of Vienna, she is preceded in death by her grandparents Maggie Huffman, and Belva and W. D. “Hap” Delony.

Elise is survived by her husband James; their three children Claire, Thomas and Leslie; her sister, Daphne Taylor and husband Kirk of Ruston; her parents; her grandfather, T.R. Huffman of Dubach and dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and close friends that will miss her dearly.

Elise and James met while going to school at Louisiana Tech University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in accounting. After marrying on Aug. 1, 1987, she and James lived in Ruston, Bossier City, Laurel, Miss., Duncan, Okla. and Katy, Texas. While living in Katy, Elise began substitute teaching for KISD. It was here where she learned her true calling in life was working with children, and the past 2 years has worked for the Early Childhood Development Center at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. She loved nothing more than to sit in the floor surrounded by her little penguins teaching them the wonders of life. Elise also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at several age levels.

Visitation in Katy will be held Friday, Oct. 12, from 4-7 p.m. at Schmidt Funeral Home, and memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at St Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy. Visitation in Ruston will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 from 3-5 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Elise will be laid to rest with a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 in Vienna Cemetery.

A special thank you goes to the EMT crew of West I-10 fire department, the emergency and ICU staff of Memorial Hermann, and to friends of the family Pam Neilson and Ralph Clark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St Peter’s ECDC located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450.
April 2008
April 2008
Stephanie Sale Johnson, Elementary Education class of 1990, passed away on July 21, 2008 after a 4 1/2 year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Greg Johnson, Mechanical Engineering class of 1990, and three children Greyson, Spencer and Briannah.
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