Memorial services set for Cayard, title-clinching defensive back for '73 Lions

Published on Wednesday, 7 November 2012 21:15 - Written by Phil Hicks

Graveside services for Mike Cayard, who clinched the 1973 state football championship game for John Tyler High School with an interception, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery, 2400 S. Donnybrook Ave.

The Rev. Justin Braun will be officiating.

The family will greet friends at a celebration of his life afterward in the Cathedral Center at Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Cayard, a 1975 JT graduate, passed away Oct. 26 at his residence in Palmer. He was a junior defensive back on the Lions’ 15-0 Class 4A title team. The Lions defeated Austin Reagan, 21-14, in the state title game at the Astrodome in Houston.

His senior year the Lions were 9-1.

He later attended Louisiana Tech and then went into the oil and gas industry.

Cayard was preceded in death by his father, Earl Jr., and his brother Earl E. Cayard III.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Chris and Marie Cayard of Texas City, and Carolyn and Josh Hollum of Jefferson, Ga.; his grandchildren C.J. and Mia Cayard, and Gavin Hollum; his mother, Juanita Cayard of Tyler; siblings and their spouses: Connie and John McClung, Colleen and Ed Kelly, Mary and Conny Eikner, Ginny Cayard, and Richard and Mona Cayard; several nieces and nephews; his former wife Leta Winters; and his former in-laws Dixie and Tom Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory.