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John Stephen "Steve" Bosarge

November 12, 1938 — December 4, 2022

Gulfport

John Stephen "Steve" Bosarge

 

John Stephen “Steve” Bosarge, age 84, passed away December 4, 2022. He was born November 12, 1938, in Pascagoula, MS.

In 1955, at age 16, Steve graduated from Our Lady of Victories High School, Pascagoula, MS, then worked for an amusement machine firm, served in the U.S. Army, and was employed by Ingalls Shipbuilding.

In 1960, via a student loan and evening work as a professional musician, Steve enrolled as a full-time, year-around student at LSU. He graduated in 1963 with a Journalism degree. The only pause in achieving a 4-year degree with a 3-year period was the summer he won a Congressional internship to work in Washington as a legislative aide to the late U.S. Senator, Russell B. Long, of Louisiana. In addition to working as a musician, Steve worked as men’s dormitory proctor and 2 terms as editor of the LSU student newspaper, “The Reveille.”

His 40-year management career included public relations positions with AT&T in Atlanta, GA and Baton Rouge, LA; senior public affairs representative with Kaiser Aluminum in New Orleans, LA; communications manager with Southwestern Public Service in Amarillo, TX; and as an independent management consultant and as a FEMA crisis communications specialist deployed for hurricanes, floods and other disasters, before retiring in Gulfport, MS in 1995.

Steve was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Long Beach, MS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loran James Bosarge and Katherine Stephens Bosarge; and brother, Loran “Bub” Bosarge.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Caroline Bosarge; 2 children, Stephen Mayo Bosarge of New Orleans, LA and Katherine Jane Bosarge of Kansas City, MO; 2 grandchildren, Brendan Bosarge of Amarillo, TX and Kira Bosarge of Bend, OR; a  great granddaughter, Alice Jane Bosarge of Texas; brother, Ozzie Bosarge of Gulfport, MS; sister, Kathilee Bosarge Slater (Jack) of Moss Point, MS; sister-in-law, Mary Ethelyn Bosarge of Port Arthur, TX; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held on December 30, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport, MS. Interment will follow at Machpelah Cemetery, Pascagoula, with Father Vincent Ajayi officiating. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport is honored to serve the Bosarge family.

In lieu of flowers, Steve requested memorials or donations to Resurrection (formerly OLV) Catholic School, 520 Watts Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567 or to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 East Beach Blvd., Long Beach, MS 39560.

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Visitation

Friday, December 30, 2022

10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home - 15th Street

1726 15th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501

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Memorial Service

Friday, December 30, 2022

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1726 15th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501

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Friday, December 30, 2022

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