On July 3, 1927 into this world was born Horace Guidry, the fourth son of Francois Gilman and Alta Begnaud Guidry. Surrounded by his family, on October 1, 2016, he went on to his heavenly home at the age of 89.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home. Father Gary Schexnayder, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, will officiate the funeral ceremony. Lectors will be Susie Perry and Carlene LeBlanc. Gift bearers are Connie Guidry Roberts and Eva Dell Albarado. Interment will take place at St. Peter Mausoleum in Carencro.
Mr. Guidry is survived by his wife, Norma Hargrave Guidry; two daughters, Susan (Huey) Perry and Connie Roberts, both of Lafayette; two sons, James Allen (June) Guidry, Sr. of Metairie, LA, and Steve (Tina) Guidry of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren, Gentry (Sharon) Perry of Katy, TX, Michelle (Bobby) Sims of Metairie, LA, James Allen (Michelle) Guidry, Jr. of Metairie, LA, Brandon (Tiffany) Guidry of Porter, TX, Brett (Haley) Guidry of Conroe, TX, Ryan (Iris) Guidry of Greensboro, NC, and Rikki Ann (Steve) Gary of Lafayette, LA; two step-daughters, Cheryl Guidry (Gordon Wingate) of Houston, TX, and Charlotte (Rickey) Meche of Lafayette, LA; and seven great-grandchildren, Austin and Sydnie Sims, Grant and Gavin Perry, James III and Jackson Guidry, and Sean Guidry.
He was preceded in death by his parents Francois (1968) and Alta (1967) Begnaud Guidry; his paternal grandparents, Armand (1943) and Corine Berard (1954) Guidry; his maternal grandparents, Adam (1941) and Honora (1943) Breaux Begnaud; three brothers, Infant (1915), Jessie (1991), and LeeRoy (1995); and his first wife, Leatrice Trosclair Guidry (1992).
Mr. Guidry was born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana, the son of a farmer having lived through the great depression. As a young child, he received his first accordion as a gift from his dad, bought at the Mervin Kahn Store in Rayne, Louisiana for less than $10.
In 1947, he married Leatrice Trosclair, daughter of Aurelien and Angella Lormand Trosclair, having four children. In 1954, he went to work with Shell Oil Company for 16 years. In 1970, he returned to Lafayette and opened Lafayette Valve Service, presently M&J Valve Service. Mr. Guidry’s passion was playing his accordions, and his love was traveling the world and camping with his Cruisin’ Cajun comrades.
Horace served as the Greater Gulf Coast Boating Association President (2000), Cruisin’ Cajuns President (1990), and was an active member of Citizens of District A and Concerned Citizens for Good Government.
Pallbearers are James Allen Guidry, Jr., Gentry Perry, Brett Guidry, Ryan Guidry, Brandon Guidry, and Malcolm Guidry. Honorary Pallbearers are James Allen Guidry, Sr., Steve Guidry, Huey E. Perry, Pete Latino, Darryl Myers, Gordon Wingate, Rickey Meche and Charlie Doucet.
Visitation hours will be observed on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and resume on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. until time of service. A rosary will be recited in French on Monday at 6:30 p.m. by Cecile Credeur. Cajun music will be provided by "T'Monde".
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Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.