Ewell Joseph (E.J.) Faul, Sr.
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LAFAYETTE - Ewell Joseph (E.J.) Faul, Sr., 79, of Lafayette passed away from natural causes on November 12 at Courtyard Manor nursing home in Lafayette. He was born on December 26, 1932 in Cankton, LA to parents Jean Batiste Faul and Emma Leger Faul.
He is survived by his sisters Janelle Faul Loraine of New Orleans and Louella Faul Benson of Alexandria, Virginia and six children by his marriage to Nellie Champagne Webb: Melody Faul Thibodaux, Blane Faul, Brent Faul, and Ewell (E.J.) Faul Jr. of Lafayette, Laurette Faul Bienvenu and her husband Kevin Bienvenu of Houston, TX, and Kenneth Faul and his wife Catherine of Gulf Breeze, FL. He was also the grandfather of five beloved grandchildren, Claire Thibodaux, Rachel Thibodaux, and Caelan LeBleu of Lafayette and Lindsey Bienvenu and Nathan Bienvenu of Houston, TX.
He was preceded in death by his aforementioned parents, three sisters, Lois Bearb, Eura Prejean and Grace Kidder, and four brothers, Lester Faul, Leslie Faul, Harvey Faul and Lloyd Faul.
A lifelong resident of the Lafayette area, E.J. earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Southwest Louisiana Institute (now UL-Lafayette) in 1955 before joining the Air Force for a two year active term of service. He returned to Lafayette to enjoy a highly successful, half-century long career as a petroleum geologist working for a number of enterprises in the local oil and gas community, eventually finishing as a private consultant. He was well known for his professional integrity and his work ethic.
He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and all manner of spectator sports, and he shared that passion with his children and grandchildren through myriad expeditions over the many years.
In accordance with his wishes, a delayed private family service will be held on what would have been his 80th birthday in December.
Donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Acadiana at http://hospiceacadiana.com/donations
Published in the The Advertiser on Nov. 14, 2012