March 14, 1938 ~Feb. 8, 2013
Funeral services were held Monday, February 11, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Ibert’s Mortuary in Franklin for Mr. Norman J. Thibodaux, Jr., 74, a native and lifelong resident of Franklin, who passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2013, at his home with his family at his side. Burial will follow in the Franklin Cemetery. Chaplain Ken Dupre’ will officiate the services.
“Mr. Brother” or “Thib,” as he was affectionately known as by family and friends, was born on Belleview Plantation and attended Hanson Memorial High School. Norman loved the outdoors. His passions in life were camping, fishing, dancing, watching old westerns, listening to his country music, tinkering in his shop, and visits with his grandchildren, family, and friends.
Following the death of his first wife, Norman was blessed to find love again, meeting his soul mate and best friend, Evelyn. Although he didn’t cook, he was a master of the BBQ pit and was a seafood boiler extraordinaire. He was his wife’s “Assistant Chef”, helping her bake cakes, which were then distributed throughout the community, as well as helping with the cooking by chopping the vegetables. He will always be remembered with a smile on his face and a witty joke to share. Though he wasn’t much of a talker, he was an excellent listener.
During his career, Norman worked as a diesel mechanic in the sugarcane industry for many local businesses, including Bayou Tractor, Donny Rome, Leonard Martin, Viator Brothers, Pete DeGravelle, Sterling Sugars, Jackie Hebert, and Frank Martin Farms. He retired in 2001 and was honored as one of the St. Mary Parish Sugar Daddy Award recipients, an award given to those who have made lifelong contributions to the local agriculture industry.
Survivors include his loving wife of 23 years, Evelyn Dupuis Curry; and her children, Sybil LeBoeuf, Brett Curry and Terry Curry, and their families; one sister, Melba Boudreaux; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Waguespack Thibodaux; his parents, Norman J. Thibodaux Sr. and Loretta Poincon Thibodaux; one sister, Carol Alcina; as well as by one of Evelyn’s sons, Kim Curry.
A gathering of family and friends was held Monday at Ibert’s Mortuary from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.
The family would like to extend their deepest, heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Journey Hospice, Dr. Bourgeois and staff, Dr. McPherson and staff, and also to family and friends for all of the compassion, prayers, and care given to Norman during his illness.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.