Cletus Glay Babin
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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

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Published in The Advocate from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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February 7, 2021
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January 29, 2021
Rest in peace!
Tammy Bridenbeck
January 28, 2021
Tammy, I can certainly see where you got your incredible wit and good looks from. Your dad was quite the gentleman! May the memories always serve as a blessing to you all and may your dear dad rest in eternal peace.
Debbie Bivens
January 27, 2021
My condolences to the family of Mr. Babin. I did not know this man, but this beautifully written obituary with it's air of lightheartedness makes me wish I had! I can tell that he lived a full life surrounded by people that truly loved him. God Bless.
Alicia Y.
January 27, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.
Love - Marie, Desiree and Lexi, "The Babin Girls"
Marie Babin
January 26, 2021
So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and will be missed. Always appreciated the 'Redfish'....

Tony & Marilyn VanCourt
Tony VanCourt
January 25, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the family . He will be missed. Faith and grace to all!
Brent Campanella
January 25, 2021
A legacy to the Mississippi gulf coast!! A man of many words!! From the Roux family we shall always remember him and know that are prayers and thoughts are with the Babin family in this time!! He was a big part of are family also and we feel your loss!!! God bless!!
January 24, 2021
A wonderful gentleman all his life
Jimmie Hyde Watson,
January 24, 2021
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Anna & Jerry Babin Family
January 24, 2021
Condolences to Tammy and Mark with love from Susie Veglia.
Susie Veglia
January 24, 2021
I’ve known Cletus since I was 17 years old. Married his brother, Jerry at 18. He could light up a room with that beautiful smile and hearty laugh. I was so glad that we had a long conversation not long ago reminiscing and laughing about different things that happened in the past. RIP Brother Cletus

Anna and Jerry
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