Harold "Buddie" George Chauvin Jr., 83, a native and resident of Houma, died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 2014, after a long battle with frontal lobe dementia at Chateau Terrebonne Health Care.
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He has donated his body to the Louisiana Bureau of Anatomical Sciences at L.S.U. in New Orleans. Visitation in memoriam will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deretha Normand Chauvin; children, Harold George Chauvin III and wife, Vickie, of Abita Springs, Michael A. Chauvin, of Houma, and Jeannine Chauvin Bergeron and fiance, Paul Anderton, of Houma; stepdaughters, Amanda Clark and husband, Johnny, of Destin, Fla., and Lily Cardneaux, of Gonzales; grandchildren, Phillip, Sarah, Christopher, and Mitchell Bergeron, Shane, Jene', and Sophie Chauvin, and Michael and Michelle Chauvin; and step-grandchildren, Jade Jacob, Evan Paternostro, and Bradley and Kimberly Clark; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald J. Chauvin and wife, Betty; sisters, Sybil Boudreaux and husband, Jimmy, Yvonne Daigle, Patricia Autin, of Houma, and Beverly Carrol and husband, James, of Gretna; and brother-in-law, Walter Prather, of Houma.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene "Gene" Chauvin; sister, Maybelle Prather; brother-in-law, Buford Autin Jr.; and parents, Harold George Chauvin Sr. and Irene Thibodeaux Chauvin.
Harold was a champion distance runner in track at Terrebonne High School in Houma and Loyola University in New Orleans. He was inducted into the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame with his team in 2004 and then again for himself in 2007. He still holds many records for distance running at both schools. He joined the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant in the Military Police in 1954. Then he joined his father's family in business at Chauvin Brothers in Chauvin until he opened his own furniture store, Imperial Furniture Mart, in 1967 in Houma, which was in business for 40 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the
, Louisiana Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or at www.alz.org.
To send condolences, please visit www.chauvinfuneralhome.com.
Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Apr. 8 to Apr. 10, 2014