Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday for Jack Wimbish, 34-year-old Shreveport attorney who took his own life yesterday morning [April 10, 1958] by shooting himself with a shotgun.
Services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Meade Brown, rector, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Ira Flowers of Mangum Memorial Methodist Church.
Wimbish was found at 11:50 a.m. yesterday in the bedroom of his home at 131 Southfield Rd. by next door neighbor, Mrs. Lamar Eberhardt.
Mrs. Eberhardt checked the home at the request of Mrs. Wimbish, an oil company employee. Wimbish had driven his wife to work early that morning. He apparently then returned home instead of going to his office in the Ricou-Brewster Building.
Mrs. Wimbish became worried when she tried to contact her husband twice at the office during the morning and was told by a telephone answering service that he had not come to the office.
She then called Mrs. Eberhardt. Mrs. Eberhardt saw the Wimbish car in the driveway of the home and entered the home to find the attorney lying on the bedroom floor fully clothed.
Dr. C. S. Boone, Caddo Parish chief deputy coroner, said Wimbish shot himself in the chest once with a 12 gauge shotgun. The charge struck Wimbish about the heart. Boone said his death was instantaneous.
Shreveport Detective Lt. Cecil Payne, who investigated together with Detective M. U. James, said Mrs. Eberhardt told him she heard a noise as though someone was fixing a car, earlier in the morning.
Dr. Boone said, however, that since the muzzle of the shotgun was placed against the chest, the sound of the blast would be difficult for anyone to hear.
Mrs. Eberhardt had been taking care of the Wimbishes’ 5-year-old son Gary.
The other son, Jack Wimbish Jr., 8, was at school.
Dr. Boone said that relatives told him Wimbish did not appear to be mentally despondent. Although Boone was told that Wimbish had just recovered from a recent bout of the flu, Boone said he was told Wimbish was in generally good health.
Wimbish served with the Marine Corps as a Marine Raider during World War II.
A native of Shreveport, he was a graduate of Fair Park High School, attended Centenary College and graduated from Tulane University where he received his law degree.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Shreveport Bar Assn., the Louisiana Bar Assn. and the American Bar Assn.
He also was a member of the Queensborough Masonic Lodge No. 418, Mithra Grotto, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors in addition to his widow and two sons include a brother, Sam Wimbish Jr. and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wimbish Sr., all of Shreveport.
Pallbearers at the funeral services will be Terrell Bass Jr., Ferdinand Labenne, John W. Haygood, L. Hill Harris, Kenneth G. Burgess and James T. Jeter.
Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wellman Funeral Home.