Krewe de Mardi Gras lists honorees

The Rayne Krewe de Mardi Gras has announced its 2009 Grand Marshal and Jr. Grand Marshal.

The Grand Marshal and Jr. Grand Marshal will reign over the annual parade to be held on Fat Tuesday, February 24, at 2 p.m.

This year’s Grand Marshall will be James Dewey Mosley.

Mr. Mosley was born January 5, 1924, in Galveston, Texas, to the late Viola Brown Mosley and Dewey Mosley. He is the oldest of 11 children.

He met and married Warbell Guidry Mosley; they have been married for 65 years. He moved to Rayne in 1943 where he made his home. He is the father of six children, Ella Faye Young, Lionel Mosley, Wardell Mosley, Charles Mosley (now deceased), Judy Leday, and Torey LeBlanc, who he raised as his own son.

He has 22 grandchilden and 14 great-grandchildren.

He is a role model to his family and the adhesive that bonds his family together as one. He is well respected in the community and known for his wonderful singing talent that has been heard at many churches around the surrounding area.

He came to know Christ at an early age as a member of Shiloh AME Church in Galveston, Texas, until he moved to Rayne, in 1943. He then became a member of Cunningham CME Church.

He is an active, valued, and loved member of his church. He is a Steward and member of the Trustee Board, and a long time member of the adult choir. Mr. Mosley has received several awards for his outstanding work with his church and community.

He was employed for Louisiana State Rice Mill for two years, Rayne Rice Mills for two years, and Edmundson Duke Rice Mill for 30 years until an accident caused his disability.

His hobbies are singing, reading and carpentry work. He is a jack of all trades and a master of most. He takes a great deal of pride in his accomplishments.

He was nominated by his granddaughter, Samantha Young.

This year’s Jr. Grand Marshal will be Erika Symone Babineaux. Erika is the 17-year old-daughter of Erick and Kathy Babineaux.

She is currently a junior at Rayne High School. She is also a dedicated member of Our Mother of Mercy Church in Rayne.

Her future plans are to graduate from Rayne High School in 2010 and attend Northwestern University and earn a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science. She was nominated by Ryan Charles for this honor.

The Grand Parade will be on Mardi Gras day, February 24. The parade will take the usual route beginning on Louisiana Ave. in front of Worthmore’s and traveling north on the Boulevard. The Parade will turn west on Oak Street and North on Gossen Memorial Drive ending at the Rayne Frog Festival Grounds. Family Fun Day will begin immediately following the Parade.

Any person, group, organization or business wishing to enter the parade is asked to contact Dorothy Cole at 739-9455.

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