Maurice Raphael died peacefully at home on July 8th, 2013; loving and beloved husband of Phyllis S. (Phrose) Raphael for 68 years; adored father of Nanette (Mel) Cohen, Elaine (Gus) Kuhn, and Alan S. Raphael; devoted grandfather of the late Jonathan Cohen, Jason (Amy) Cohen, Amy (Brian) Katz, Gina Kuhn, and David Kuhn; cherished great-grandfather of Taylor, Grayson and Samantha Rose Cohen; brother-in-law, Joseph M. Schendle. He is also survived by numerous caring and attentive nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Anna Raphael of Monroe; brother, Dr. Mortimer (Carol) Raphael of Monroe; in-laws, Jacob and Helen Grace Seligman and Miriam S. Schendle, all of Bastrop.
Maurice was born on June 27th, 1920, in Arkansas City, Ark., and lived with his parents and brother there and in other small towns around the ArkLaMiss. He met his future wife, Phyllis Rose Seligman, when, at the age of 8, he and his family moved to Bastrop. Maurice graduated as Salutatorian in 1936 from Jonesboro-Hodge High School, where he was president of his class, a member of the J-H High School Band, the Annual Staff, and the Library Club. Maurice attended Louisiana Tech for two years, and then transferred to LSU Baton Rouge, from which he graduated in 1940. In early 1941, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was commissioned at Quantico, Virginia, into the Fifth Regiment, First Marine Division. During WWII, he participated in the original landing at Guadalcanal on August 2, 1942, and later served at Cape Gloucester, Talasea, New Britain and in Australia and New Zealand. He ended his military career as a Major in the USMC Reserves.
On April 14, 1945, Maurice and Phrose were married in Bastrop, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Seligman. The couple lived on the Marine Corps base in Camp LeJuene until Maurice was mustered out, at which point the couple moved back to Bastrop and Maurice joined his father-in-law, Hyman S. Seligman, and his two brothers-in-law, Jacob Seligman and Joe Schendle, as partners in Seligman’s Inc. The downtown department store sat right on the square, and Maurice spent the next nearly 40 plus years as a fixture in the retail life of Seligmans’, Inc., and in the city life of Bastrop. After his retirement in 1988, the Raphaels traveled the world and spent time with their family and friends.
Over the years, Maurice was an active member of Silver Waters Girl Scout Council, a Charter Member of The Lion’s Club, Temple B’Nai Israel (Monroe), the Henry S. Jacobs Camp and Morehouse Country Club.
The family wishes to express its deep affection for and abiding thanks to the round-the-clock sitters who helped make his last years comfortable: Glenda Theus, Brenda Badger, Linda Badger and Janice Morehead.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Temple B’Nai Israel, the Henry S. Jacobs Camp, or the charity of your choice.
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