Clovis "Buddie" Alphonse
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Mr. Clovis "Buddie" Alphonse passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La. He was 89 years of age and a resident of Big Bend.
Visitation will be at the St. Peter's Church Hall in Bordelonville from 5pm until 11 pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014. There will be a Christian wake service on Thursday at 5:30 pm in the church hall. The church hall will reopen on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8am. Funeral services will be at 11am on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Rexmere, La. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughters: Darlene Lemoine and Dina Melerine both of Big Bend; grandsons: Brett (Lorrie) Bordelon, Branden (Brittany) Lemoine; granddaughter, Roxanne Medina; great-grandchildren: Brittany Best, Emily Bordelon, Alexis Medina, Kylee Lemoine, Zander Lemoine, Raegan Lemoine; great-great-grandchildren: Gabriel Best and Gracie Best.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella Alphonse; parents: Frank and Lucy Alphonse.
Mr. Alphonse was the youngest of 11 children. His parents were Italian immigrants. As a teenager he worked with his brothers and dad on a cane farm. He soon decided that the U.S. Army would be a better choice for him, so without his parents knowledge, he joined the U.S. Army in June 1943 until his separation date which was October 1945.
During WW II he served as a squad leader, rifleman and staff sergeant. He also supervised and trained his squad in the use of 30 caliber rifles against enemy territory operating in connection with armed force division. He served in battles of Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe, Normandy and Northern France. He served under General Patton and earned among many metals his purple heart during his 21 months of combat. After coming home from the war he met and married the love of his life, Stella Lemoine, who was his wife for 62 years. He farmed and raised cattle and pigs. He later worked 12 years at an asphalt plant.
In 1966, he worked as an operator after joining the reunion of operating engineers, local 406 until retiring at the age of 63. During his retirement he enjoyed gardening. He gave away his produce to his friends and family. He enjoyed reading and got books from a local library. A fine man, you couldn't help but love. He was a devoted husband and father and a friend to all. He's left a legacy of love and memories to all. He led life to his fullest without ever giving up. He may have lost the battle but he has won the war!
Published in The Town Talk on May 2, 2014