Parish, Berwick community leader, Thorguson, dies
BERWICK, La. -- Longtime businessman and civil servant Carroll Thorguson died Thursday in Lafayette.
Thorguson, 67, was a 1963 graduate of Berwick High School and a 1967 graduate of Nicholls State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In the decade following college, he opened Thorguson Realty.
Thorguson served on the St. Mary Parish School Board from 1972 through 1986. He served as board president from 1984 to 1986. In 1994, Thorguson was appointed to serve as an interim town councilman in Berwick.
He also held positions with many area civic and business organizations.
Thorguson was a member of the board of directors at Patterson State Bank for 27 years.
He also was longtime member of the Morgan City Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member and past president of the St. Mary Board of Realtors, as well as a member of both the Louisiana Realtor’s Association and the National Association of Realtors.
For many years, Thorguson was active in Berwick youth baseball. He served as both a coach and sponsor of Dixie Youth Baseball. He also helped to organize and raise funds for the construction of the baseball field at Berwick High School.
Berwick Mayor Louis Ratcliff said Thorguson was instrumental as an advisor when the town was developing Renwick Subdivision. His office administers the sale of lots.
“He was a lifelong resident of Berwick, one of the community leaders. He was a personal friend of mine. We grew up together. Even though I was born and raised in Morgan City, we were friends even back then. He’s going to be a loss to the whole community,” Ratcliff said.
Thorguson is survived by his wife, Genevieve Manfre Thorguson, three children, seven grandchildren and two brothers.
Funeral services were held this morning in Berwick.