A native of Wallace and a resident of Donaldsonville, he died at The Carpenter House on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at age 89. He was a graduate of Catholic High School in Donaldsonville and LSU in Baton Rouge. He was a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a businessman who operated an accounting and tax service. He was president of Business Service Inc., a domestic and international business advisory corporation, and was involved in sugar-cane farming, a family enterprise. He served on the board of directors of four corporate entities. He was past president of the Donaldsonville Rotary Club, Donaldsonville Toastmasters' Club, Ascension Parish Library Board and the Louisiana Library Trustees' Association, Louisiana Advisory Board for Public Libraries, director of Ascension-Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce, Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Advisory Board, Ascension Parish Planning Commission and the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau Advisory Board. Survived by his children and their spouses, James Jr. and Elaine Abadie, of Donaldsonville, Cynthia and Peter Evans, of Katy, Texas, Noelie and Michael Loland, of Donaldsonville, Babette Abadie, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Gregory and Vicki Abadie, of Barbados, West Indies, and Anita and Bobby Magee, of Gonzales; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Falcon, of Donaldsonville. Preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle Simoneaux; parents, Frank and Elma Schexnayder Abadie; and brother, Ray Abadie. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Troy and Steven Abadie, Stephen Evans, Mike and DJ Loland, Brendan MacHamer, Jon Ebert and Brad Gomez. Visitation at Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, was from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitation on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, Donaldsonville, with the Rev. Phil Spano, celebrant. Burial in Ascension of Our Lord Cemetery. The Abadie family would like to thank the staff, doctors and nurses at the Carpenter House, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and the Nursing Care Connection Service, all in Baton Rouge.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2009