today for former Major League pitcher, coach Billy Muffett of Monroe
Funeral services for Mr. Billy Arnold Muffett, 77, of Monroe, will be held at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Dr. Bill Dye and Rev. Warren Eckhardt officiating. Interment will follow in Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Muffett retired in November 1994 after 45 years in professional baseball.
Muffett began his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1948. His career was interrupted from 1952-1954 by the military during the Korean Conflict. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants. He became pitching coach with the St. Louis Cardinals, California Angels, and the Detroit Tigers. Among his pupils were Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan, along with Tigers' great Jack Morris. He worked alongside Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson with the Tigers.
Left behind to cherish his loving memory is his wife of fifty-seven years, Janet Lusk Muffett; sister, Donna Jay of Abilene, Texas; a niece in Tampa, Fla.; a nephew in Abilene, Texas; and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Mark Leath, David Leath, Leslie Denison, Kelly Jay, Casey Jay, and Larry Lusk.