A Central Legend-One of the Good Guys
|Russell Jacobs aka|
Dave Freneaux, Rusty
The interviewers asked Rusty questions about his personal life as well as his efforts to make a Central a city. The Rooster grew up in a single parent household with a working mother and two devoted sisters, Sharon and Patricia. A neighbor helped by making sure the kids had their clothes ready, their Bible lessons studied and their shoes shined for Sunday. Sharon has confessed that as siblings, they fussed and argued, but in adulthood they are "thick as thieves" as they see each other many times a week and have even traveled together with their spouses. It was not an easy life for this family, but love prevailed and all got good backgrounds of positive morals and values.
|Sweethearts after all these years|
Attending public schools of Baton Rouge, he was a 1967 graduate of Istrouma High School where he excelled in athletics and leadership. He married his high school sweetheart, Susan. They have three sons and several treasured grandchildren. A daughter was lost in infancy and this tragedy led to the closeness of the family and a strengthening of their faith.
Rusty valiantly served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. He spent 15 months in Southeast Asia fighting for our country. He has kept in touch with his service buddies, with whom he formed strong bonds. He has attended a few battalion reunions over the years. He was honored recently, for his service by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Before his army days, he studied briefly at Louisiana State University, but his true calling was working with his hands. He began working as a carpenter after his discharge. He was good at it and decided to strike out on his own. With an enduring entrepreneurial spirit he formed his own company. Jacobs Building began in 1985 and continued operating un 2010, when the doors were closed.
|Rusty in the Army|
|Gov. Jindal presenting medal|
In spite of health issues for Susan and himself, Rusty remains the bright spot on the radar for many people. He has an undying faith in Christ and lives his faith. He is generous, supportive and can always be counted on for a smile and a word of encouragement. He's a true friend to many. As one person pointed out: "He is one of the good guys!"
I was so impressed to be in the company of a legend that I asked him to autograph my napkin. Here it is: Marilea with Rooster autographing napkins for us! What a fun evening.