Phillip Melancon

Mire—A Mass of Christian Burial for Phillip Melancon, 87, was celebrated on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Mire. Monsignor Russell Harrington served as celebrant.

Entombment followed in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Mausoleum.

Visitation was held on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. in Duhon Funeral Home of Rayne, with a rosary being recited at 6:00 p.m. Visitation continued on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., with American Legion memorial rites being conducted at 8:45 a.m. in the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers were Shane Melancon, Howard McBride, Melvin Melancon, Ronald Castille, Scott Courville, Martin Faul, Blaine Trahan, and Travis Castille. Named as honorary pallbearers were Gerald Creduer and Cody Guidry.

Mr. Melancon passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012, in his Mire residence.

A native and lifelong resident of Acadia Parish, Mr. Melancon was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. He was a part of America’s greatest generation, having served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Melancon was a member of American Legion Post #77 in Rayne.

After returning from the war, Mr. Melancon worked as a farmer and as a carpenter. He was a member of the carpenters’ union local out of Lafayette.

Mr. Melancon enjoyed raising cattle, eating crawfish, and spending time with his family. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughters, Vernola “LaLa” Castille and husband, Ronald, of Church Point, Elaine Courville of Mire, Virginia Breaux of Mire, and Genevieve Creduer and fiancé, Gerald Credeur, of Carencro; sons, Howard McBride and wife, Jeanette, of Church Point, Melvin Melancon of Mire, and Phillip Melancon, Jr. of Mire; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Proceeding Mr. Melancon in death were his wife, Lillian Mary Patin Melancon; parents, Onezime and Emelie Thibodeaux Melancon; sisters, Odelise Thibodeaux, Odit Thibodeaux, and Edese Bearb; brothers, Charles Melancon, Dumas Melancon, Clopha Melancon, Moise Melancon, Onezime Melancon, Jr., and Henry Melancon; grandson, Lee Jean Creduer; son-in-law, Loyton Courville; and great-granddaughter, Rebecca Kate Faul.

Arrangements were entrusted to Duhon Funeral Home, L.L.C. of Rayne.

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