John ""Peeps" "Poncho"" Sauls
John Wayne 'Peeps' 'Poncho' Sauls
John Wayne Sauls, 74 years old, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at The Crossing with Clarity Hospice in Baton Rouge. He was born January 26, 1943 in Baton Rouge to the union of Vollie Sauls and Thelma Gillis Sauls. John was a long-time resident of Zachary, LA, graduating from Zachary High School in 1961. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. His accounting career led to employment with several plant contractors in the Baton Rouge area, taking him to sites around the United States to work, but retiring from Jacobs Group Baton Rouge office. The last 17 years of his life, he resided in Natchez, MS where he was a member of St. Mary Basilica Church parish and worked with several areas of the tourism industry. In his retirement, he enjoyed building bird houses for family and friends. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, 2121 N. Sherwood Forest Dr. in Baton Rouge. The mass will followed by a celebration of his life and lunch. John was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents John Clinton and Ida Sykes Sauls and Joseph and Eliza Landry Gillis. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Page Mizell-Cobb Sauls of Baton Rouge; two sons, John Russell and wife Terri of Zachary and their children John Isaac, Mason, Hannah and Daniel, and William and wife Julie of Azle, Texas and their children Anika and Clark; two daughters, Carla Messina Walker of Prairieville, LA and her children Catherine Smith and Landon Smith, and Angela Messina Magee and her children, Ryan and Jeremy. He was also the proud 'Peeps' of one great-grandchild, William Maddox Magee of Natchez, MS. 'Poncho' is also survived by one brother, Charles Ray Sauls and his wife Martha, two nephews, Michael and Scott, and his two sons, Stephen and Matthew Sauls, all of Wiggins, MS. The Sauls family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to John's total healthcare team for their constant care, support, and compassion throughout the last five years. We would especially like to thank Dr. Gene Thompson, Dr. Charles Thompson and his associates at Cardiac Institute of the South in Zachary, Dr. Scott Nyboer, Dr. Paul Perkowski, Dr. Victor Oliver, Dr. Mark Mouton, Nurse Practitioner Will Boston, their nurses, technicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and staff. We also thank the doctors and staff of Lane Regional Medical Center AMG L-Tac Hospital in Zachary, Promise Hospital Mancuso Lane, as well as the Crossing and Clarity Hospice.