In order to avoid turning 91 years old, Cletus Glay "Poppy" Babin peacefully passed away on January 18th, 2021 (his favorite holiday). Cletus had a heart attack on Sunday night during the Saints game, like all fans almost do - many times. Here on Earth, Cletus leaves behind his better half and best dance partner, Sandy Delia, daughter Tammy Bridenbeck, son-in-law and best friend Mark Bridenbeck, son Chris Babin, granddaughter Nicole Lawson Gillon, great grandson, Harry Gillon, son-in-law Bobby Gillon, brother Jerry Babin, sister-in-law Anna, his two dog children Izzy and Lulu ("the girls"), and boatloads of fabulous friends. In Heaven, he will be joining his mother Mildred "Maw Maw" Babin, father Alfonse Babin, Sr., and brothers Wayne and Al. Cletus graduated in 1949 from Catholic High in Baton Rouge, La. From there, he went on to build a long and very successful career in land development and home building in Baton Rouge and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He retired in 1983, again in 1989, and finally in 1998. He managed to squeeze in all that work in between his fervent passion of fishing. He preferred fishing in and around the Chandeleur Islands, where the Coast Guard had to rescue him several times because of rapidly arising hurricanes. He always claimed he did not have a clue that hurricanes were coming. He enjoyed wade and deepwater fishing, not from piers or in lakes. The time of day did not matter when he would leave to go fishing; he would take the boat anytime! He was known to leave at 9:30 p.m., 1 a.m., 7 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or any other time - the right time to take off fishing with his buds was any time. The only time he had to come home was when people died, there was a funeral or when babies were born. Otherwise, he fished! Later in life, you could find Cletus and Sandy tearing up the dance floor all along the coast; if they were not dancing, they were either: playing cards with the girls, (yes, they let him in their "ladies" group.), listening to the Checkmates at the Elks Lodge, watching LSU and Saints football with Linda, reading books, gardening, or spending time with family. Today and tomorrow, there will be a few more desserts left uneaten, a million ants that need to be killed, and so many ears that aren't buzzing with his caring words and wise advice. While we all will miss him greatly, he leaves behind the legacy of his million-dollar smile and sparkling personality. A true gentleman, he will be remembered with a laugh and a smile by all who crossed paths with him. There's no way to properly celebrate this legend of a man without a party, so, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home, Gulfport, MS is honored to serve the Babin family. View and sign the online tribute at www.bokfh.com.