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Former Bossier City Mayor George Dement passes away at 91

Former Bossier City Mayor George Dement passed away Sunday morning at the age of 91. Former Bossier City Mayor George Dement passed away Sunday morning at the age of 91.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

An additional visitation has been arranged for former Bossier City Mayor George Dement.

Dement died Sunday morning at his farm in Frierson, La. after a lengthy illness. He would have turned 92 on January 23.

"I happened to be at his bedside when he passed," said Sonny DePrang a former Bossier City Councilman, who joined family and friends Sunday morning, as they gathered to spend their last moments with former Bossier City mayor.  "Well I was grieving in my heart and for the family losing a loved one," said DePrang.
 
Dement was first elected in 1989 and served four terms until 2005, leaving lasting marks on the city. 
 
"It was a great run, he gave our city, he gave our city some of the best years of his life, him and Sunshine [his wife]" said Randy Harper, Bellaire Baptist Church Pastor and longtime family friend.

Under his 16-year leadership, the city underwent a complete transformation, from a housing boom to the addition of riverboat casinos, plus the completion of projects like the Century Link Center and the Louisiana Boardwalk.

"When we got elected, back in the time that Bossier City had no money, it was very difficult times, but he was able to do things because of his personality, because of his way with people, it would be very difficult for other people to do I think even today," said Jim Johnson, who served as a councilman during the late 1980's and early 1990's while Dement was mayor.
 
Friends of Dement want the former mayor to be remembered for not only everything he did in office, but also for the type of person he was.  "He was genuine, what you saw was what you got," said Harper.
 
"George was just one of a kind and a gentleman always a gentleman," said Johnson.
 
"He just had that unique talent of that smile and that handshake, that hug that you just knew things were going to be okay," said state lawmaker Henry Burns.
    
While family and friends mourn the loss of Bossier's iconic leader, Deprang says Dement was looking forward to being reunited with his wife Sunshine, who died 3 years ago.
 
Visitation was originally set for 8:30 a.m. at First Bossier on Wednesday, January 15 at First Baptist Church Bossier City, followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m.

An additional visitation has been arranged in order to accommodate the large number of people expected to turn out to pay respects to the late mayor. That additional visitation is set to take place on Tuesday, January 14 from 4 - 7 p.m., also at First Bossier.

The funeral service will be performed by Sonny DePrang, Randy Harper, Rocky Harper and Buddy Puryear.

Following the services, a procession will take Dement to his final resting place at Evergreen Cemetery in Frierson.  

After the ceremony, the Dement family will host a celebration for Mayor Dement's life at the Kingston Baptist Church in Kingston, Louisiana.

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