Irvin Lee Gauthier

(April 7, 1940 – April 3, 2012)

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Funeral services for Irvin will take place at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church of Evergreen on Thursday, April 5, 2012, beginning at 10:00am with Rev. David Trimbur officiating. Visitations will be held at the Escudé Funeral Home of Cottonport on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, beginning at 5:00pm and will last until services on Thursday morning. Burial services will commence at the First Baptist Cemetery of Cottonport.


Irvin Gauthier, age 71, passed away at Rapides Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents, Euris & Lillie Redmon Gauthier. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Hukins Gauthier of Cottonport; children, Christine & husband David Campbell of Sunset, Sheila & husband Dwight Juneau of Baton Rouge; step-children, Chad & wife Sherry Hukins of Hessmer, Sheila & husband Jamie Aymond of Marksville; sisters, Myrtle & husband B.F. Lemoine of Simmesport, Shirlene Armand of Cottonport; brothers, Marvin & wife Lou Ann Gauthier of Bunkie, Russell & Pam Gauthier of Cottonport, Gene Gauthier of Hessmer; also fourteen grandchildren & two great-grandchildren.


Services and arrangements are under the direction of Escudé Funeral Home.

Source: Escude Funeral Home

Pelican Footnote:

An original member of the James Gang, Irvin's family lived across from EHS (Hwy.29) for many years. Everyone knew his dad as a first-class mechanic and Irvin followed in his dad’s footsteps.  


Until we built our home on the Burns Road in 1946, we lived on the side of our store (corner of Hwy. 29 and Rabbit Lane, across Rabbit Lane from Mr. Ford Robert's store).
Being close in age and location, he and I became friends prior to entering school. It was some of the best of times and our friendship continued through the years.

Click here for Irvin with his first grade classmates in 1946-47. This class became the last class to graduate from EHS in 1958.

Click here for a picture of five of the original James Gang members at the home of Georgie Galland Gremilion Dauzat.

The picture included a certificate  (spoof)  presented to our host by gang members. It read as follows:
James Gang - WANTED in Evergreen,
Louisiana since the early 1950s for crimes of youth and innocence - CAPTURED by the warm hospitality of Georgia Gremilion on Jan. 31, 1998. DOCUMENT of SURRENDER confirmed by Carolyn, Clerk of Records, Federal Sanitarium.

Click here for the entry of his repair shop in the Evergreen Business Page. It includes information and several pictures and is dated Oct. 15, 2008



Click here for  Gains Visibility Through Tag Lines - pictures of locations of tag lines taken in June/July, 2009, including the one installed at his shop.

Click here for a story and picture of one of my last visits to his shop in October, 2010.  When I repeated my graves preparations in 2011, I visited with him at his home in Cottonport - his shop had been closed.

Click here for Ed giving eulogy at Irvin’s funeral service at Bayou Rouge Baptist ChurchApril 5, 2012 (turn up volume).  

Remarks include what life was like in Evergreen – Dorsey Williams, Billy West…The Great Train Robbery – God, Church, Family, School, Community.

I will miss my friend. The fond memories of him will remain forever with us.

My condolences to his family at this time of sorrow.

Peace, Ed Dugas