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Eugene James Walters

Eugene James Walters

Born and reared in New Iberia, Louisiana, "Gene" Walters graduated from New Iberia Senior High School and attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL). His interest in the funeral profession was piqued by a relative in the funeral industry and, after much soul searching, he decided to make a change from pre-med to funeral sciences. 


Mr. Walters relocated to Houston, Texas where he attended, and later was graduated from, Commonwealth Mortuary School (Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service). He has since returned to his prestigious alma mater as the invited keynote speaker of several graduating classes. 


Following college graduation, Mr. Walters was drafted into the United States Army during his funeral apprenticeship and served in the Viet Nam Conflict as a combat field medic. He was discharged honorably as a highly decorated soldier of the 101st Airborne Division with numerous medals and citations to his credit. Upon his return, he completed his apprenticeship in the funeral business and went to work for his relative. Shortly after returning from Viet Nam, his uncle died, and he became the youngest general manager of a funeral home in Louisiana. He served in this capacity for 41 years, meticulously guiding the business to the success it heralds today. 


Along the way, Mr. Walters received many awards in the industry. Most meaningful to him are the MOTS (Morticians of the Southwest Award) given in 1992 and the C.A. Charlet Funeral Director of the Year Award in 2001, both voted on by his peers for untiring dedication and the highest integrity within the funeral profession. 


Gene recently completed his certification to become Lafayette's only Certified Preplanning Counselor, adhering him to a strict Code of Ethics developed by the National Funeral Directors Association. He has served in every capacity in the state association and served as the Executive Director for the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, a job held for 12 years. In 1995, he was named Policy Board member to the National Funeral Directors Association where he traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby members of the Louisiana delegation on behalf of the funeral industry. 


FAMILY… In 1971 Gene married Lafayette native, Phyllis Duhon. They have two children, Ross, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service graduate, and Cecile Hebert, a Louisiana State University graduate.

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Benjamin Ross Walters

Benjamin Ross Walters

Ross Walters was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. After graduating from Saint Thomas More Catholic High School, he pursued and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 


Once he graduated from UL, Ross moved to Houston, Texas where he enrolled in Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. During his time there, Ross was voted President of the National Honor Society of Funeral Service by his classmates. Graduating with top honors in December 2007, he was selected by the faculty to give the commencement address to his fellow students, family, and friends at his graduation ceremony. 


Currently residing in Lafayette, Ross is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, and the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. He is also active in the University of Louisiana Alumni Association, and serves on the National Board of Trustees for Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity.  He is also a Board member for the Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission, and is an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.


In his free time, Ross enjoys playing tennis, watching NFL football, supporting Ragin' Cajun Athletics, extensive traveling, and studying commercial aviation.

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Cecile Walters Hebert

Cecile Walters Hebert

Cecile was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She attended St. Thomas More Catholic High School where she was actively involved in Student Council and was member of the national champion dance team, the Sparklers, for three years. In 1995 she was honored with the Distinguished Citizens Award by Mayor Kenny Bowen for her dedication and involvement with the Sparklers. 


Cecile went on to attend Louisiana State University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication. After graduating, she moved to Houston and served as the special events coordinator for the Houston Intown Chamber of Commerce. Upon returning to Lafayette, Cecile worked as the public relations director and copywriter for Right Angle, an advertising, public relations and marketing firm, where she won numerous awards for her work in print, radio and television. She furthered her career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's sponsored program the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPOL). During her first year at MEPOL she was awarded the "Newcomer of the Year Award" at the National MEP conference held in Orlando. 


At Walters Funeral Home, Cecile directs the strategic planning of the business and all marketing efforts. She earned her funeral director’s and insurance licenses along the way to further complement her skill sets. Although she manages the office operations for both Walters Funeral Home and Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, her true talent lies in her creativity that she employs in business decisions and while making arrangements with families. Always forward-thinking and always learning, Cecile brings a fresh perspective to Lafayette’s funeral industry. She’s attended multiple industry conferences and the inaugural Green Funeral Conference in New Mexico in 2019. She has implemented multiple initiatives to offer her community alternatives to the staid, sometimes stuffy, funeral services of the past. She is passionate about her work and her community.


Cecile is a member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. She believes in volunteerism, and has gladly served her community through the Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club, the United Way, Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children, St. Joseph’s Diner, and the American Cancer Society, in which she served as publicity chairman for the annual Relay for Life event for two years. She sits on the Board of Directors for her Homeowner’s Association, and is a member of St. Barnabas Church. In her free time, Cecile enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, and leading her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop on adventures. She lives in Lafayette with her two children, Daniel and Olivia, and their cat, Minoux.

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