Burney Joseph Latiolais Sr.

Breaux Bridge – Private funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery for Burney Joseph Latiolais Sr., who passed away on Sept. 10, 2008, at Lafayette General Medical Center.

He was born in Breaux Bridge on Sept. 10, 1915. After high school he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served his country with honor and pride until his retirement in 1947.

On Dec. 7, 1941, he was on board the USS Pelias in Pearl Harbor during the surprise Japanese attack. He spent the rest of WWII fighting the Pacific Theater of War. After the war he enjoyed attending reunions with his fellow USS Pelias shipmates and Pearl Harbor survivors.

He was Post Commander of the VFW Post in Breaux Bridge for a number of years. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Temple of St. Martinville. He belonged to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assoc., the Retired

Officers Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Vandelle Guilbeau Latiolais; his son Burney J. Latiolais Jr. and his wife Laurie of Lafayette; four grandchildren, Sarah K.Latiolais, M.D., of New Orleans, Jason Latiolais, BM2 USCG of New Orleans, and Callie and Joseph Latiolais of Lafayette; his sister Lucille L. Castille and her husband Percy Castille.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Lucille Guidry Latiolais; two sisters, Pearl L. LeBlanc and Hazel L. Begnaud; and two brothers, Danny Latiolais and Chester Latiolais.

The family would like to thank the fourth floor staff at Lafayette General,

Hospice of Acadiana, and all of his family, neighbors, and friends.

Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 70503.

You may sign the guest register book online at www.davidfuneralhome.com.

David Funeral Home of Lafayette handled the arrangements.

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