Stephen L. Guillot Jr. Ph.D., 50, a native of Thibodaux and resident of Franklin, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the company of his loving wife and family.
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Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at St. Genevieve Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held at a later date at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tenn.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sheri Schexnayder Guillot; sisters, Gaynel G. Becnel and husband, Mike, Sheila G. Pitre and husband, Bob, and Cheryl G. Thibodaux and husband, Gerald; mother-in-law, Janell Rodrigue Schexnayder; sister-in-law, Melissa S. Benoit; brother-in-law, Ryan Schexnayder and wife, Rhonda; nieces and nephews, Alex and Josh Becnel, Ashly P. Delatte, Sydney and Cassie Thibodaux, Jeremy (Alex) Benoit, and Clint, Kaitlyn and Kurt Schexnayder; and his beloved Weimaraners, Emerson and Sawyer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Joyce Marcel Guillot; grandparents, Claude and Flore Roger Guillot and Gunder and Mildred Breaux Marcel; and father-in-law, Gerald J. Schexnayder.
He was a graduate of Nicholls. He also held a Master of Science in emergency management degree from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Science in disaster medicine degree from the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Wales.
Dr. Guillot began his professional career at LSU in 1990 as a hazardous materials coordinator. He then rose to assistant director of both the hazardous materials programs and municipal programs within the Fire and Emergency Training Institute at LSU. In 1999, he was appointed the director of the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education and Training and a year later the director of the National Center for Bio-Medical Research and Training at LSU. In 2002, he moved to Nashville, Tenn., to become the director of the National Center for Emergency Preparedness at Vanderbilt University Medical School where he was also an assistant professor. In addition, Dr. Guillot held an adjunct faculty position at the Institute for Emergency Preparedness at Jacksonville State University. He was recognized for his many professional accomplishments and received numerous awards and accolades.
He was an active member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tenn., where he served as Eucharistic minister, sacristan and was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. He was also a member of the West Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thibodaux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2013