OBITUARY

Delma Joseph Meaux Jr.

August 27, 1927September 29, 2021

Delma Joseph “DJ” Meaux, Jr. of Delcambre, Louisiana passed away peacefully at home under the prayerful care of his wife, Mary Nell, and family on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at the age of 94. DJ is a native of South Louisiana and lived most of his life in Vermilion Parish. He was born at home to a French only speaking family in Abbeville on August 27, 1927. He will be remembered for his honesty, family loyalty, and the many poems and stories he wrote. During his youth he ran his own bicycle newspaper route developing his sense of dependability, organization, and commitment. He enlisted on his 18th birthday and joined the Army on November 8, 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1948. He was stationed in France during the occupation as a translator and in Germany as an accountant. During this time, he reunited his mother with her Desjacques ancestry cousins from Cervens, Haute-Savoie, France forming a family connection which continues to this day. DJ attended Spencer’s Business School of Lafayette; Southwestern Louisiana Institute earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education B.A. (1952); and Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge earning a Master’s of Education Degree M.Ed. (1957). DJ obtained Louisiana State Certification in the areas of Principalship (K-12th), Parish Supervisor (1st-12th), and Elementary Grades Teacher (1st-8th). His first teaching assignment in 1952 was located at Bayou Chene in the Atchafalaya Basin, a two room schoolhouse reachable only by boat in the Louisiana Swamps, where he was also the US Postmaster (1952-1953). He had a brief teaching assignment in Berwick before completing his 23 year teaching career in Delcambre. He retired from teaching in 1975. DJ enjoyed his teaching career which included organizing Delcambre High Schools yearbook staff, photography lab, filming Delcambre High’s football games, and starting a French language program at the school. He was an active member of the Lions Club. After retirement he served as the City of Delcambre’s Town Clerk. He took great pleasure gardening and raising cows, horses, chickens, ducks, pigs, and an Alpaca at his farm which was known as Pine Haven Farm. DJ and Nell loved to travel and made numerous trips to France to visit their relatives and trips with family members to various parts of the United States, Europe, Mexico, Israel, South Korea, and Indonesia. Even though he lived outside the city limits of Delcambre, DJ was awarded the Key to Delcambre by Proclamation on December 29, 2019, by Mayor Pam Blakely . DJ’s children established a ULL Scholarship Fund in his honor for the Advancement of French Studies. This scholarship has been awarded to a deserving student each year majoring in French Studies since 2015. DJ was preceded in death by his parents Marie Marceaux Desjacques (1903-1996) and Delma Joseph Meaux Sr. (1868-1953), brothers Dave Meaux (1929-2007) and Dalton Meaux (1932-1932), daughter in law, Lee Anne Meaux, and granddaughter Shawna Meaux Terrell Licata (1975-2021) daughter of Delma III and Rosemary. DJ is survived by his wife of 71 glorious years, Mary Nell Suire of Delcambre. Together they enjoyed a family of nine children: Anna Marie (1 daughter, 3 grandchildren) spouse Michael Roebuck; Brenda Faye (2 daughters, 1 grandson +1 one on the way) spouse Daniel Trevino; Delma Joseph III (1 daughter, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandson) wife Rosemary Harringa; Dalton James (1 daughter, 5 sons, 7 grandchildren) wife Roxanna Young; Mary Nell (3 daughters, 1 son, 9 grandchildren) spouse Mark LaSalle; David John (4 daughters, 1 son, 2 grandsons +1 one on the way) wife Tina Dupre; Dwight Jason (2 sons) wife Karen Reeves; Margaret Jane (4 daughters, 3 sons, 2 grandchildren) spouse Richard Templeton; and Douglas Jeremy (3 daughters, 2 granddaughters) wife Heather Thibodeaux. DJ is also survived by his sister Marie Melise Meaux Broussard and foster siblings Sister Mary Evelyn Needra Mire of Lafayette and Saul Mire of New York. The family appreciates the care provided by the staff of NSI Nursing Specialties Home Health and Hospice of Lafayette, as well as, Rev. Paul Broussard for his words of comfort. All are invited to attend the visitation at Evangeline Funeral Home in Delcambre on Monday, October 4, 2021, starting at 9:00 AM. A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery in Delcambre with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Delma Joseph & Mary Nell Meaux Scholarship in French Studies by visiting this website: https://give.louisiana.edu/academic-colleges/college-liberal-arts” and include the name of the scholarship with your donation or you can contact Katherine Burlette at the ULL Foundation at email: Katherine.kennedy@louisiana.edu. To view on-line obituary and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com. Evangeline Funeral Homes of Delcambre is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Nell Suire Meaux, Wife
  • Anna Marie Roebuck (Michael), Daughter
  • Brenda Faye Trevino (Daniel), Daughter
  • Mary Nell LaSalle (Mark), Daughter
  • Margaret Jane Templeton (Richard), Daughter
  • Delma Meaux, III (Rosemary), Son
  • Dalton Meaux (Roxanna), Son
  • David John Meaux (Tina), Son
  • Dwight Jason Meaux (Karen), Son
  • Douglas Jeremy Meaux (Heather), Son
  • Marie Melise M. Broussard, Sister
  • Sister Mary Evelyn Needra Mire, Foster Sibling
  • Saul Mire, Foster Sibling
  • Delma Meaux, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Marie Marceaux Desjacques, Mother (deceased)
  • Shawna Meaux Terrell Licata, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Lee Anne Meaux, Daughter in law (deceased)
  • Lee Anne Meaux, Daughter in law (deceased)
  • Mr. Meaux is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Mass of Chrisitan Burial

    Monday, October 4, 2021

Memories

Delma Joseph Meaux Jr.

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Martie Smithey

October 16, 2021

To me, DJ was a Grandfather that I never had in my life...I am a friend of Delma and Rose Meaux...I enjoyed going to visit him and Grandma and listing to his poems and stories..He was a man that I would be proud to call my Grandpa..He loved people and enjoyed visiting and playing cards..I miss him so much and am so sorry I wasnt able to be at the funeral because of living in Texas..God Bless the Family and my prayers are with you all....Martie

Katherine Caldwell Davis Bacala

October 11, 2021

I remember coming to your home, Mrs. Meaux, for Sunday dinners, always fun and lively. I also enjoyed your visits to Vet Village where Anna and I shared a front porch. Anna was second mom to our daughter, Kelly, and later to our son, Jack. Mr. Meaux not only leaves a legacy through his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, but also through how he lived. Married for so long, traveling, and the scholarship fund.
Anna, all the memories of Vet Village still make us laugh today. How far we have come!
I only learned of the passing of Mr. Meaux yesterday from Kenneth Davis. I think he waited as my uncle Alex passed away two days before Mr. Meaux.
Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Katherine Davis Bacala

Stephen Trahan

October 4, 2021

There are so many people that we cross paths with throughout our lives. A vast majority of people come and go. The , there are those that are so incredibly human…so incredibly genuine….that even so much as a relatively fleeting period of knowing them leaves such a lasting impact on you. Mr Meaux was one of those people to me. Getting to know him as a patient first, this man left an indelible mark on me that will never be forgotten.

Debbie Blaize

October 4, 2021

He was my french teacher in Delcambre! Great person and teacher! I loved him. I visited them with my Uncle Edwin and Aunt Lucy. He is one that you never forget.

So very sorry for you loss. He will be missed!

Lucille Colomb

October 4, 2021

Ms. Nell
My sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Mr. Delma. Every Monday he would come to the bank with Ms. Nell in the van on their way to meet with the bowling league to play. Mr. Delma had shared that they were in the league for many years and how they enjoyed bowling. He had a quick wit about him making it pleasant to service him at the bank. May he rest in the sweet, peaceful, eternal embrace of our Lord!
Love and Prayers
Lucille B Colomb

Sally Broussard

October 4, 2021

To Anna and all of the Meaux Family: so sorry to hear about your loss. One of my favorite teachers and such a credit to his profession.

Vicki Spinnler

October 3, 2021

So wishing we could be with you all at this time to share memories and laughs about the good times… I will always remember how warm and welcomed I felt when visiting the family… Always loved the stories and poems he would share !!!! Your family is so special !!!! His memory and wisdom will carry on through you all and everyone that had the pleasure to know him…Aunt Nell I know you will miss him more than anyone….May God Bless all of you and comfort you ♥️♥️

Johanna Favre

October 3, 2021

Dear Nell, dear Sunnie and all the family,
It is with great sadness that I am writing those lines. I am so grateful I had the chance to meet Joseph along with Nell and all the family, they’ve been so welcoming and loving, I’ll never forget the great conversations I had with Joseph in french as well as the great times spent at their house, and the nice Cajun food we shared. I’ll fondly cherish these memories. I wish I could have come back in the last few years but life had other plans... I can’t be here in this hard times but I’m with you all with all my heart. Joseph was an amazing man and I’ll never forget him. I’m blessed I could spend those times and I am now sending you all my affection and prayers for this hard time.. I’m with you all. Love you all ♥️
Johanna

Lonnie Delcambre

October 3, 2021

Not only were he and Nell our family friends, but he was truly one of my favorite teachers. Loved visiting them and hearing his wonderful collection of poems he wrote and memorized and the tour of his garden. Fun loving and kind, I know he will be missed by many.

Elaine Watts

October 3, 2021

so sorry for your loss Sunny, and the big hole left in your heart by such a sweet daddy. You Have a lot of wonderful memories of a dad who’s life was well lived. praying God is bringing you His comfort and peace! 💕🙏

FROM THE FAMILY