Harry L. Courville, Sr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Crowley for Crowley’s former Police Chief Harry L. Courville, Sr., 76, who died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. at Lafayette General Medical Center.
Fr. Gary Schexnayder, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, will officiate for the services. The family requests visiting hours Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. by Sr. Justina Baker. Burial will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum.
A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Courville dedicated his life to a long successful career in law enforcement. He served as a Louisiana State Trooper from March 16, 1964 until his retirement on Sept. 21, 1982. After retirement from the Louisiana State Police, he served as Crowley’s Chief of Police for two terms. His most current role in law enforcement had been with the Federal Court House, Lafayette and the Marshall Service as a court security officer.
Outside of his passion and love for serving the public, Harry found enjoyment and solace in serving his family and enjoying the simplicity of nature. When not in his office, he could be found in one of two places, his kitchen or his garden. It was through his love of cooking that he often gathered his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren around him to express his pride, love and affection for each by serving them large, hearty meals while he stood back and watched them enjoy themselves. It was his garden where he spent hours at a time cultivating tomatoes and other produce which he freely and proudly shared with family, friends, and neighbors.
When Harry was not busy in the kitchen or in his garden, he simply relaxed and enjoyed the company of his wife Barbara and doted over their two dogs, Daisy and Jolie’, whom they both affectionately called their “baby girls.”
He leaves behind his wife, Barbara L. Moore Courville of Crowley; three daughters, Joanne C. Rue and her husband Johnny, Donna C. Broussard, and Cindy C. Miller and her husband Joseph all of Crowley; one son, Harry Lee Courville, Jr. of Austin, TX; one step-daughter, Katherine M. Wilder and her husband Tim; two step-sons, David Moore and his wife Tammy, and Terry Moore and his wife Cheryl; his grandchildren, Randall Rue, Elizabeth Rue and her husband Steven “Bubba” Dale, Dr. John Broussard and Brian Broussard, Cody Guillory and his wife Michelle, Victoria Boudreaux and her husband Fred, Brittany Benoit and her husband Drake,; six step-grandchildren, Daniel Abshire, Jr., Brandy Sensat and her husband Chad, Coty Thibodeaux and his wife Charity, Tyler Moore, Whitney Moore, and Austin Moore; twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Audry Ogea and her husband Patrick of Georgetown, TX and Diane Maybrier and her husband Ricky of Basile.
Mr. Courville was preceded in death by his wife Betty Louise Landry Courville; his parents, Richard and Elsie Richard Courville.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.geesey-ferguson.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home, 301 North Ave F, Crowley, LA 337-783-3313.