ST MARTINVILLE – Funeral Services will be conducted for Mr. Shirley Joseph Broussard, age 80, at 1:00 pm Saturday March 24, 2012 at Evangeline Funeral Home with Fr. Rusty P. Richard officiating. Interment will be held at St. Michael's Cemetery with military honors by the St. Martin Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Friday with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. The funeral home will reopen at 8:00 am on Saturday until service time.
Mr. Broussard was a member of the Army National Guard who served his country honorably during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged after 27 years of service. He was a Lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America; Hill 141 and a dedicated member of the American Legion, Post 0387 which he was so proud of.
Shirley could be heard and recognized blocks away by his contagious laughter from sun up to sun down. He enjoyed spending time in his "Jam Room" playing his guitar and harmonica, singing and recording music.
A native and resident of St. Martinville, Mr. Broussard passed away at 5:40 pm on Wednesday March 21, 2012 at St. Martinville Nursing Center.
He is survived by his sons, Shirley "Bernie" Broussard and wife Belinda of Catahoula and Toby Broussard and wife Lisa of Milton; daughters, Michele LeBlanc and husband Benny of Cypress Island, Rachele Broussard, Celia Dexter, and Shelia Champagne and husband Leonard all of Parks; grandchildren, Shirley "B. J." Broussard, Quintin Broussard, Telecia Broussard, Mason Broussard, and Griffin Broussard, Kala Zaunbrecher, Chelsea Poirier, Bailey Ledet, Cortnee Champagne, Anissa Champagne, Colt Champagne, and Kara Broussard; and brothers, J. C. Broussard and wife Alice of New Iberia and Carol Broussard and wife Deanna of Cade.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Celia Lasseigne Broussard; parents, Casimere and Edna Broussard; brothers, Bobby and Elridge Broussard; sister, Jeanette Guidry; and son-in-law, Michael Zaunbrecher.
Pallbearers will be Shirley "B. J." Broussard, Quintin Broussard, Mason Broussard, Griffin Broussard, Colt Champagne, and Clayton Latiolais.
Honorary pallbearers will be Benny LeBlanc and Leonard Champagne.
To view on-line obituary, video tribute and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.
Evangeline Funeral Homes, Inc. of St. Martinville is in charge of arrangements.