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Ray A. Broussard Sr.

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Ray A. Broussard Sr.

Judice - Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at a 1:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille for Ray A. Broussard, Sr., 74, who passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his residence in Judice.

Entombment will be in St. Basil Mausoleum in Judice.

Reverend Michael Keith Landry, Pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church in Cow Island, Louisiana will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Leeanne Broussard (Daughter-In- Law)and Jenci Rodriguez (Niece). Giftbearers will be Shandy Broussard (Godson) and Simonne Babineaux (Niece).

Left to cherish his memories include his beloved wife Barbara Bennett Broussard; four daughters, Sherrie Roy, Shelia Broussard and her husband, Scott, Patti Guyote and her husband, Charles, and Cristine Burbank; four sons, Joey Roy and his wife, Sandra, Ray Al Broussard, Jr., Jerry Bim Broussard and his wife, Leeanne; and his step-son, James Cluckey and his wife, Ann; three brothers, Lenwood Broussard and his wife, Debbie, Rickey Broussard and his wife, Carol, and Bryan Broussard and his wife, Kelly; three step-brothers, E.J. Lejeune, Martin Faul, and Kelly Richard; sixteen grandchildren, Jonathan LeBlanc, Stephen Roy, Joey Roy, Ashley Tessier, Arica Prejean, Anthony Broussard, Stephanie Guyote, Erin Goudeau, Emilie Broussard, Michael Broussard, Hannah Broussard, Kaitlyn Broussard, Derrick Burbank, Luke Burbank, Tyler Broussard and Dylan Hebert; and thirteen great grandchildren, Kylee, Ashton, Abbi, Mallory, Blaze, Lilly, Kameron, Kennedy, Kiley, Kennedy, Leah, Rilyn, and Emmi-Rae.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rehul Broussard and Yola Boudreaux Broussard Breaux.

If there is one word that describes Ray, it is "LOVE". It is the essence of who he was. He spread that love and joy to everyone he encountered everyday. It started early every school day for 31 years when he drove his big yellow school bus around the country roads picking up children and dropping them off at school. Later in his career, he was picking up children of parents who had ridden his bus many years earlier. He loved them all and they all knew it. And they loved him. He proudly served his country as a member of the Louisiana National Guard. He loved raising horses which he rode in many trail rides and cheered some as they raced at various tracks. Even as he struggled in his final days, he was asking about one of his mares which was going to foal soon. He loved gardening and just recently was having his garden planted by one of his kids. The soil and plants were part of his soul since his cotton-picking days as a young child. But most of all, he loved and was extremely proud of his family. He loved his kids and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His eyes lit up and a smile spread across his face when he saw them-right to the end of his life. Also, there was a strong, loving bond between him and his three brothers. The Broussard brothers always had each other's back and he was the patriarch of the family. They will feel his absence greatly. Ray loved and was specially grateful to his wife, Barbara, for her love for him and the care she provided him through his extended illness. She was the love of his life and his anchor.

Ray gave his family a wonderful gift a few days before his died. He gathered them all around his bed and spoke to each one individually, telling them how much they meant to him and wished them all well. He shared stories about them and what his wishes were for them in the future. Ray told everyone not to cry because he was going to a better place to meet his father and mother.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Anthony Broussard, Joey Roy, Stephen Roy, Derrick Burbank, Luke Burbank, and Dylan Hebert.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jonathon LeBlanc, Tyler Broussard, and Michael Broussard.

The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN location on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until time of service.

A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday at 7:00 PM by Brady LeBlanc in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the at 30 East 33rd Strett, New York, New York 10016.

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Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311

Published in the The Advertiser on Apr. 22, 2014
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