After more than 20 years of service in the Lamar County Library System, our much-loved Assistant Director Terry Lajaunie passed away on December 3, 2020. Terry fought very hard these past three months, but he was unable to overcome the injuries from his wreck in September. 

Earlier this week, many of the staff members were able to go visit with him and say their goodbyes. We are glad to know that he was surrounded by the love of his wife and family at the end.  We are all devastated by this loss and will miss him tremendously.   

Terry was a graduate of USM’s School of Library and Information Science and got his start working for USM Libraries. He has been at the heart of the Lamar County Library System and the communities around us for more than 20 years, as well as deeply involved with the library community across the state.  His commitment to librarianship made him a force to be reckoned with. His loss will be felt by many and will affect us all for a long time to come.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to our library system. More information can be found at