Memorial service for Farrugias and Dickson is Saturday

Published 2:12 pm Friday, July 16, 2010

A freak accident on Friday, July 9, ended the lives four members of the same family.

Thomas Farrugia, Jr. and  Eva “Jeanne” Bayhi Farrugia, the owners of Bayhi School of Dance, and their son, Thomas “T.J.” Farrugia along with son-in-law the Rev. Daniel Deen Dickson, Jr., were killed in the accident caused by a tractor-trailer crossing the median on Interstate 59 just south of the state line and stricking the pickup truck they were riding in.

A memorial service will be held at Resurrection Life Worship Center on Memorial Boulevard on Saturday at 2 p.m.  A reception will follow immediately after the service at Christian Life Assembly of God on Miss. Hwy. 43.

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The family requests prepared dishes for the reception be brought to Christian Life at 11 a.m. and requests help with cleanup after the reception.

The family asks for donations in lieu of flowers to help with burial expenses.

Thomas and Eva Farrugia are survived by three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Dickson is survived by his wife, Tammy Farrugia Dickson and five children and 11 grandchildren.

According to a Louisiana State Police Troop L press release, a Montgomery, Texas man, was driving a 2003, Freightliner 18 wheeler when his  left front tire blew out, and he lost control of the vehicle. He crossed the center median and hit the Dodge pickup carrying the Farrugias and driven by Dickson in a near head-on collision. All passengers in the pickup were pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

Today, there are flowers, little dance shoes, photos, candles and empty PJ’s cups stationed in front of the Bayhi School of Dance.