Wednesday, January 18, 2012

J. T. Costner 1921-2011 (John Thomas Costner)

Published: 12/12/2011
John T. Costner, Capt. USAF Ret., 90, of North Monroe, La., formerly of Magnolia, died Tues., Dec. 6, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La.

John was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Heavener, Okla., to the late John and Ona Costner. He retired from the Department of Transportation and Development and was a Mason locally and overseas. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II and Korea. He retired as captain and was one of the first men to volunteer and graduate from the Glider Pilot School. John enjoyed bowling and gardening and was a great and loving family man who provided for his family.

Those preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Marguerite (Nall) Costner; and a brother, Robert “Pete” Costner.

Survivors include his daughter, Dana Bennett and her husband, Ray, of Sicily Island, La.; grandchildren, Brandon Conger, of Portland, Ore., Malcolm Rogers, of Shreveport, La., and Jake Bennett, of Sicily Island, La.; step-grandson, Reagen Bennett, of Owensboro, Ky.; sister-in-law, Eileen Nall, of Magnolia; and a host of nephews and nieces.

A graveside service was at 10 a.m. today at the Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Zane Gray officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia.

J.T.'s brother, R.G., Robert Gene Costner, lived 1925-1987. "Gene" was for their grandfather, Edgar Lugene (Gene) Costner.

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