Virtual Hard Hat

As we begin our 75th year we are revising our on-line presence to reflect the many changes that have taken place recently and the bright future we look forward to.  One of of our many positive changes is the creation of our new “Virtual Hard Hat” company newsletter, blending the latest company news and information with recollections from our long and storied past.   Please check here often for new articles and important information about Justiss Oil Company.


Justiss Oil Company plays a major role in the Louisiana Green Fuels biodiesel project in partnership with Strategic Biofuels Corporation in Caldwell Parish.

JOC Rig 60 On Location In Caldwell Parish

JOC Rig 60 completed drilling a carbon sequestration well in Caldwell Parish as the first step in Strategic Biofuels Corporation’s $700 million Louisiana Green Fuels Biodiesel project.  The project is planned to build a biodiesel production facility at the Port of Columbia to turn bio-mass into diesel fuel.  A major part of the plan is the use of carbon sequestation, capturing carbon dioxide and storing it in underground formations.  As both an investor and the drilling contractor Justiss Oil Company is playing a major role in the project and in our state’s and our nation’s energy future.


Jerry R. Peavy 1945-2021

The Justiss Oil Family recently mourned the passing of retired Petroleum Engineer and Production / Workover Tools Manager Jerry Peavy.  Jerry had 25 years of service with Justiss Oil Company, 1990 – 2015.  Jerry came to us with an abundance of knowledge and experience, and we appreciate his significant contribution to the success of Justiss Oil Company.  Our sincere condolences go to his wife Carol, and children:  Mike Peavy, Scott Peavy, Cheryl Peavy Brenner and families.


John “Joey” Green Retirement

John “Joey” Green retired from Baker Tank Company after thirty one years of service. Joey began his career with Baker Tank Company on February 11, 1990 as a welder and eventually worked his way up to quality control manager. We wish to thank Joey for his years of service at Baker Tank Company and hope that he thoroughly enjoys his retirement years.

Sean Trammell who began working for Baker Tank Company as a welder in September, 2014 will be replacing Joey as quality control manager.


William “Bill” Reeves, Jr. 1939-2021

Bill began his career with Baker Tank Company on July 29, 1974 and worked until his death on January 31, 2021. Bill was a hardworking, dedicated employee of Baker Tank Company and we truly appreciate the service he gave to our company.

Before joining Baker Tank Company, Bill had attended North Texas State University where he earned a degree in banking and finance. Bill then proudly served in the U.S. army for three years. Bill was a member of the Baker Tank Company team for forty-six years. Bill worked numerous jobs while at Baker including swamper, human resources, inventory supervisor and trucking manager. Bill was always sharing stories about his early days at Baker and he had plenty! Bill worked with a lot of folks over the years and he is truly missed.

Bill is survived by his sister, Linda Cabell; and brother, Jared Reeves. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends that Bill left behind.


James F. Justiss, Jr. 1931-2021

James F. Justiss, Jr, Justiss Oil’s Chairman of the Board and past President / CEO passed away January 7th, 2021. James’ father, J. F. “Jick” Justiss, co-founder of Justiss Oil, paved the way for son James Jr. to propel the company to leadership status in the oil and gas service industry for more than half a century.

James’ professional accomplishments are numerous and include serving as Director of the Independent Producers Association of America, President of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, President of LA Independent Producers & Royalty Owners, Chairman of the LA Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and Chairman of the All American Wildcatters. He was a member of the National Petroleum Council Committee on Materials & Manpower, a member of the Executive Committee for the U. S. Oil & Gas Association, and a member of the 25 Year Club for Pioneers of the Industry.

He also received recognition for his contribution to the industry from several industry organizations. He was honored with the Dedicated Service Award from the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the Hard Hat Award from the LA Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and was presented the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Petroleum Institute.

James’ personal achievements describe his contribution to this community and beyond. He was a member of the Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church and served on the Board of the LA United Methodist Children’s Home. He served as Chairman of the Board at Bank of Jena and was a former board member at LaSalle General Hospital. James has served as Chairman of the American Cancer Society LaSalle Parish Fund, as Commissioner of the Tri-Parish Dixie Majors Baseball League, and is the founder of the Cliff Williams Memorial Foundation. James is a member of the JHS Hall of Fame and has also been honored in receiving the LA College Distinguished Service Award, the 4-H Gold and Ruby Clover Awards, the Boy Scouts of America Atakapas Council Award, the Catahoula Lake Heritage Foundation Outstanding Member, and the Delton Brady Outstanding Citizen Award. He was a member of the Board of Visitors at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for many years.


Rosevelt Franklin 1938-2020

Roosevelt Franklin was employed as a welder for Baker Tank Company on August 25, 1976. Prior to that, Roosevelt had been working for Anderson Tank Company in Arp, Texas. Mr. Franklin was a welder for Baker Tank Company for thirty-three years. He officially retired in February, 2001, but worked part time through March, 2009. Roosevelt was a pleasure to work with. Roosevelt passed away on September 15, 2020 and is dearly missed by all who knew him.