A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for, Mr. Eugene Clyde Soileau, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, LA. Reverend Matthew Higginbotham. Interment will be at the Gardner Hinckley Family Cemetery.
Mr. Soileau, age 81, a resident of Washington, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy. Mr. Soileau was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He enjoyed tending to his garden, spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, and time with his children and grandchildren. Mr. Soileau was well known for his perfect garden and his spicy rice and gravy. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family and all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Merryle Anne Hinckley; daughters, Karen JS McKinney and husband, Robert of Washington, Kim Soileau Lofaso and husband, Daryl of Mandeville, Katrina Soileau of St. Cloud, FL, Claudia Soileau Abell and husband, Chad of Lafayette, LA, Hope Soileau Gardner and husband Jason of Mandeville; brother, John Dale Soileau of Houston, TX; sister, Delores Couvillion of Opelousas; grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Gardner, Jacob Phillip Lofaso, Amanda May Lofaso, Davin Joseph Gardner, Anna Louise Mina McKinney, Lily Marie Abell and Charles Ellery Abell.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Maise Soileau and brother, James Curtis Soileau.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 1, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sibille Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary will be prayed by The Ladies Altar Society at 6:00p.m. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Daryl Lofaso, Chad Abell, Robert McKinney, Jason Gardner, Jacob Lofaso, Davin Gardner, Charles Abell, Jared Meche, and Greg Meche.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Gardner Hinckley Cemetery Association (P.O. Box 291 Washington, LA 70589).
Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
Was so sad to hear about Clyde. I can barely remember life before him. When I was a kid, he gave us a kitten that we named Clyde, but renamed Clydine after her first litter. We worked together at DOTD. He was a loyal friend to my dad, and he stayed in touch with me after my dad’s funeral. I can’t imagine the hole that his passing has created in you and your girls’ lives, Mrs. Merryle. But I do believe that God’s Angels hold us up until we are able to stand on our own again.
Peggy DanielRichard, LA
My sincerest condolences go out to the entire Soileau family. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you in thIs difficult time.
Steven BodinBroussard, LA
Candolences and prayers to Merryle and family on the passing of Clyde.
Charles & Shirley SavoieBerwick, LA
Mr. Soileau was a very nice man. I will miss him because he and I would try to solve the world problems at the health club in Opelousas. Have faith Mrs. Soileau. He is smiling down on you. Be strong.
Gerald Greene Sr.Opelousas, LA
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family! May your family feel comfort from all those praying. And your Dad rest in eternal peace!
Graeme and Carolina TuminelloBroussard, LA
Sending condolences and prayers to your families. I have many fond memories of Mr. Clyde growing up from helping in his gardens, digging worms, riding his 3 wheeler and of course the warm meals! We stayed in touch in the woods where we hunted together for many years... I miss those days as I'm going to miss him.
"God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. " ~ unknown
Buddy Ortego & FamilyBreaux Bridge, LA
We have lost an old friend and he is missed. We spent many days together at Bayou Jack hunting club and shared many stories. Clyde could cook better by accident than most people could cook on purpose. We also spent some good times at Grand Isle together.
Clyde and I worked together at the Department of Transportation and Development.
My prayers are with the family and friends of Clyde.
Ray MumphreyBaton Rouge, LA
My prayers continue for Clyde and Merryle and his family! He is now with the Good Lord and at peace.
James FrancheboisLake Forest Park, WA
Our prayers continue for Clyde, Merryle and family!
Kathleen Deville GodchauxLafayette, LA
I send condolences to your family at this time of sorrow. May you receive comfort from the word of God which gives us a sure hope for seeing our loved ones again—here on earth (John 11:39-44). The resurrections performed by Jesus offer clear proof of his power over death, and Revelation 21:3,4 promises that one day death itself and all that cause tears of pain will be no more. See the website jw.org video presentations for comfort. As the days and weeks pass, may these divine promises bring peace to your hearts.
Jeanette SaundersWashington, DC