" We do everything with Love, Honor and Respect." ~Alvin Verrette
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”---Psalm 91
Sylvester Muckelroy was born on September 29, 1925, in Kilgore, TX. He was the fifth child of Marie Palmer- Muckelroy and Joseph Muckelroy. He was called to his Heavenly home on Monday, October 2, 2017.
Sylvester received his early education in the Public School System in Kilgore, TX. He received a B.S. in Education and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.
On November 25, 1948, he married the former Leona Veronica Duhe, and God blessed this union with five beautiful children. Sylvester and Leona cared for their children with love and patience. Sylvester served as an educator in Pointe Coupee Parish for over 30 years holding positions as a classroom History teacher at Rosenwald High School, Assistant Principal of Rosenwald High School and later being assigned to the position of Supervisor of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Pointe Coupee Parish Public Schools. He also worked as a tailor during his early professional career where he used his skills to make clothing alterations for family and friends.
He was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver, Council #41 for 59 years, having joined in 1958. Sylvester was also a member of the American Legion, John C. Aguillard Post #560 for 50+ years.
On April 1, 1989, Sylvester Muckelroy made history by being elected the first African-American Mayor of the City of New Roads. He honorably served as Mayor of the City of New Roads where his heart and efforts were anchored in being the best possible Mayor that he could be for all of the people of New Roads. During his tenure as Mayor, he was instrumental in working with the city council and residents in planning and executing many community projects such as the Railroad Avenue Road Improvement Project, the Sewer Lift Rehabilitation Project, the Storm Drain Improvement Project, the Doris Park Project on Main Street, the opening of the Emmitt J. Douglas Park, the Beautification Campaign Project dedicated to changing the appearance of various streets in the New Roads area and many other initiatives designed to improve the general well-being of New Roads and its surrounding communities. He retired from office in December of 2006 after having served four consecutive terms. He was awarded the Community Impact Award for outstanding leadership in the City of New Roads.
Sylvester was especially proud of supporting various community activities, such as serving as the Commissioner of the New Roads Little League and Pony League baseball teams. He was a member of the National League of Cities, the National Black Mayors Association, Team City of New Roads and the False River-New Roads Rotary Club. Sylvester was elected Chairman of the Board for Guaranty Bank and Trust Company in 2010, after having served on the board for twelve years.
Being a man of faith, he attended mass every Sunday at Saint Augustine Catholic Church in New Roads, LA, until he was no longer physically able to do so. He served in his church ministry as a lector for many years.
While a resident at the LaCour House in New Roads, he met many new friends with whom he shared many memorable stories.
Sylvester Muckelroy was a man of honor who cherished and held true devotion to his family and loyalty to his friends. He was a mild-mannered man who always showed the same joyful spirit whenever he met someone. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need and his professional demeanor was notably admired.
It was once written that Kilgore Texas was his place of birth, but New Roads was his place of choice.
Sylvester leaves to cherish his memories: two sons, Denis Muckelroy (Shirlene) New Orleans and Drexel Muckelroy (Kim) of Houston, TX, two daughters Colette M. Newton (Alton) New Orleans, Lynette M. Moody (Mark) New Orleans, one brother Jasper Muckelroy, (Anexial) Houston, TX, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Sylvester was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Leona Duhe Muckelroy, his parents, Marie Palmer Muckelroy and Joseph Muckelroy; one son, Leslie Muckelroy and wife, Euradell Muckelroy, one brother, William Lawrence Muckelroy, and two sisters, Viola Muckelroy Hilburn, and Alice M. Muckelroy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 809 New Roads Street, New Roads, LA 70760 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation begins at 8:00 followed by the Rosary at 9:00. Interment will follow at St. Augustine Catholic Church Mausoleum.