J’ai visiter avec Cynthia Champagne last week at the Cultural Center in St. Martinville and by chance j’ai rejoindre plusieur tourist Français du Canada. They traveled a long way to come visit the town. Some wanted to know what cultural foods of ours to eat and she recommended places around town.
When at the Liberty Theater in Eunice I met trucker James Lalonde, “Lil Cajun,” from Opelousas. He told me about the night he was listening to radio WSM in Nashville when a trucker called in and told the deejay about this Cajun woman who sang like Kitty Wells. My CD was mailed to them and it just so happens Kitty Wells was on radio with them that night and the deejay selected one of her songs from way past, played it, and Lil Cajun said you couldn’t tell the difference between her voice and mine. His wife was agreeing with him like she knew the whole story. Small world! My favorites were WBAP Dallas-Ft Worth or WWL in New Orleans.
Remember a while back I mentioned the meat market Moo & Oink, which I thought was a joke till I got to Chicago and sure enough that was the name? That same night at the Liberty I was talking with folks I know with CFMA, telling them the story of bootlegging Louisiana hot sauce to that store. A man and his wife, Robert and Joy Cleveland, approached me and asked me if I lived in Chicago. I said no, that I was a trucker and had gone there and the meats were on tables and you had to wear a coat to shop. They said they were from there and they’d shopped the Moo & Oink! Small world!
Whitney Douet; What can be said to sum up a man’s lifetime? Are there enough words to truly describe him? A loving father, concerned grandfather, caring husband, close brother, special uncle, true friend, an honest hard-working man, dedicated to the happiness of those he loved and surrounded him. We all share our memories with Pop, whether it’s with him wrestling you down with that one finger when you were a kid, or raising horses with you, or building a boat with you, or throwing you a welcome home party when you came back from Afghanistan. Now let’s not forget the simple things, having coffee and conversation together, or how about that smile? That was Pop! Anyone who knew him knew about his old Prospector. And we all knew that even as proud as he was of that old Dodge, he was still a Ford man. Everything he had was always clean and in order. It was amazing just how long he could make a lawnmower last just because he took such good care of it. Maybe the mud flaps had a little to do with it? We know if it had wheels, it had mud flaps. He was that dedicated to everything he did. From craw fishing and work, to cutting his grass or raking his driveway, and to his family and friends, he was dedicated. That was Pop!
And even all of this isn’t enough to describe Pop. To sum up Pop’s life, I say, just look into your hearts and see the influence he had on each and every one of us. I know that we may or may not have thanked him or whether he realized it or not but I want to say thank you Pop. We are truly grateful to have had your inspiration and guidance through our good times and bad. We love and miss you.
(Derek Louviere, grandson.)
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