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William Joseph "Billy" Heroman, Sr.

Died: March 1, 2018

William Joseph “Billy” Heroman, Sr. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 95. Billy was born to Gladys Burk Heroman and Fred I. Heroman on February 28, 1923 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Billy is survived by his wife of 74 years, Janet Landry Heroman; s…read more

William Joseph “Billy” Heroman, Sr. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 95. Billy was born to Gladys Burk Heroman and Fred I. Heroman on February 28, 1923 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Billy is survived by his wife of 74 years, Janet Landry Heroman; son, Buzzy and wife Susie Heroman; son Ted and wife Cate, son Rickey and wife Debbie, and son-in-law Pat McBride. Grandchildren include Jan McBride Sumrall and husband Herb, Amy McBride Kurtz and husband Christian, Todd McBride and wife Marcie, Bill Heroman and wife Sarah of Arlington, TX, Ben Heroman and wife Adria, Robert Heroman and wife Sarah, Kelly Heroman Wood and husband John, Curtis Heroman and wife Laura, Kelley Heroman Buzzell and husband John Ross, and Cammie Heroman.  His great grandchildren include Anna Grace and Mary Beth Kurtz; Edward and Quintin McBride; Bo and Emma Heroman; Towns, Clint, Mary Cate, William and Madelyn Heroman; Claire and John Robert Heroman; Lucy Bea and John Isaac Wood; Samantha and Charlie Heroman; and Billy Van and Mary Taylor Buzzell. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Fred, Harry, and Al, and only daughter, Cyril Ann Heroman McBride.  He graduated from Catholic High School in 1940 and attended Louisiana State University. In 1941, he volunteered and joined the Army. In December, 1944, he was captured by German soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, and saved the life of his foxhole buddy. He remained a P.O.W. until April 21, 1945 when prison camp was liberated. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his military service. In 1955, he and his wife Janet started Billy Heroman’s Flowerland on Perkins Road. Along with being a savvy businessman, Billy possessed a philanthropic heart. He was involved with the Lions Club for more than 60 years, and during that time he worked with the Louisiana School for the Blind. He was president of the Baton Rouge Downtown Lion’s Club and received the Melvin Jones Fellow International Lion’s Club Award. He was inducted into the Cadets of the Old War Skule Hall of Honor in 2012. In 2013, the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Awards program named him Veteran of the Year. In 2016, Billy was named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Hall of Fame. In the floral industry that he loved, he served as President of the Louisiana State Florist Association and as a board member of the Louisiana Wholesale Florists Cooperative. At the regional level for FTD, he served in four different officer positions. At the national level for FTD, he served on many committees as well as being elected to the Board of Directors, representing a six-state region. Billy was an avid LSU fan and loved spending time fishing with his family on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The family will receive visitors in the parlor at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 205 N. Fourth Street, on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the Requiem Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. in the church. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

St. James Episcopal Church

Address:

205 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Service Information

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm -

St. James Episcopal Church

Address:

205 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Roselawn Memorial Park

Address:

4045 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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