Gus Mijales

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Gus Sam Mijales

(Shreveport businessman and confidante of Governor
Edwin Edwards)

Political party Democrat

Born July 11, 1934
Shreveport, Louisiana
Died February 27, 2018
(aged 83)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Spouse Stacy Anderson Mijales

No children
Parents:
Sam Alex and Evangeline Casse Mijalis

Religion Greek Orthodox

Gus Sam Mijales, known as Uncle Gus Mijales (July 11, 1934 – February 27, 2018), was a businessman in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, who was a confidante of Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards. His family owns Farmers Seafood Company, Inc., which began operations in Shreveort in 1918.

In the middle 1980s, Mijales and Edwards were co-defendants when the then governor was charged with using his influence to gain state approval for certain nursing home and hospital projects. After a mistrial, all the defendants were acquitted in a second trial in 1986. In 1995, however, Mijalis served twenty months in federal prison for various financial crimes.[1] Edwards also later served time in federal prison for seventeen convictions, including money laundering, racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and wire fraud, stemming from a case involving the location of a prison in LaSalle Parish in north Louisiana.

Mijales was one of three sons of Sam Alex and he former Evangeline Casse; he has a surviving sister, Alice Mijales Stravolemos. His nephew, Sammy Mijales, son of Mijalis' brother, diversified Shreveport businessman Alexander Sam Mijalis (1926-2012),[2] is the current president of Farmers Seafood. He described his uncle as "willing to help others. He never met a stranger. He would go out of his way to take care of anybody even if he did not know that person. ... He had a gentle heart, a heart as big as gold."[1] Mijalis was predeceased by another brother, Spiro Mijales.[3]

In 1952, Mijales graduated from Clifton Ellis Byrd High School in Shreveport. In 1956, he received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He graduated first in his class. Named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, he was a senior yell leader, cadet major, distinguished military student, and a member of Phi Eta fraternity. He was inducted into the Honorary Scholastic Society and was vice-president of the Texas Intercollegiate Student Association. Through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He was discharged as a captain in 1959.[3]

In 1961, spurred by his brother Alex, Mijales returned to Shreveport, after two years in Europe, to assume the responsibilities of joint operation of Farmers Seafood Company, He was also the chairman of the board of the Bank of Commerce, Gator Distributors, Inc., and the National Republic Life Insurance Company. He sat on the board of directors of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. He was a member and president of the parish council of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Creswell Avenue. He was also affiliated with the Masonic lodge, the Optimist Club, the American Legion, the 40 & 8 Club, the Shriners, the East Ridge and Shreveport country clubs, the University Club, and the North Louisiana Texas A&M Club.[3]

Mijales died in Shreveport at the age of eighty-three. His services were held on March 6 at St. George Orthodox Church.[1] He is interred the historic Greenwood Cemetery on Stoner Avenue.[3] He was survived by his wife, the former Stacy Anderson.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sarah Crawford and Nick Wooten. Gus Mijales, businessman and friend of Edwin Edwards, dies at 83. The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved on March 1, 2018.
  2. Alexander Mijales obituary. The Shreveport Times (2012). Retrieved on March 1, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Gus Mijales Obituary. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on March 2, 2018.