Earl P. King Sr., 91, died at 10 a.m. Feb. 13, 2013. He was born May 16, 1921, at Ashland Plantation, below Houma. He was delivered by midwife Ante Pashchanni and was one of 11 brothers and sisters. He was the oldest surviving sibling.
Earl Sr. worked the swamp with his brothers trapping mink, otter, muskrats, raccoons, and alligators while they logged and sawmilled cypress with their father William King. He taught his children, nephews, and grandchildren his great passion for the outdoors; hunting, fishing, and shrimping. He shared his swamp heritage, time and energy with many who called him dad, uncle, friend and mentor.
With the start of World War II, he joined the Army and courageously served his country in the European Theatre as a medic. He landed in France shortly after D-day and helped liberate France. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. While in Germany he helped liberate concentration camps, while nursing prisoners back to health. Honorably discharged, he came home and was part of that defining generation that rebuilt America.
Earl Sr. moved to Morgan City in 1970 to join a family-owned oilfield trucking business. During his 25 years in Morgan City, he was active in SMIG, API, OCAL, and other oilfield industry related organizations. Earl Sr.’s public service included an appointment to the State Mineral Board.
Earl Sr. is survived by his wife, Eunice Martin King; sons, Earl Jr. and Joel Sr.; three loving step-daughters who knew him as “Poppa,” Janet Moore, Peggy Guidry and Charlotte Clampitt; brother, Gordon King; sister, Mattie Smith; grandchildren, Earl P. King III, Joel J. King Jr., Darla King White, Sharla King Gallagher, Angela King Fremin, and William H. King. He is also survived by a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma.
Pallbearers will be Earl King III, Joel King Jr., Bart Fremin, Mike King, Bubba King, William King, Speedy Moore, and Deuce Freeman.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.chauvinfuneralhome.com.