July 27, 1926 – August 7, 2019
Earl Gerald Derveloy, 93, went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 7, 2019, at Avalon Memory Care in Atascocita, TX.
Born July 27, 1926 in Crowley, LA; raised in Iota, LA; graduated from St. Francis Catholic School. Earl served in the Army during WWII in Japan. He attended LSU for two years in Baton Rouge, LA. He later became a rice buyer and worked for several rice mills in Louisiana and Texas. He retired from P&S Rice Mill after 30 years of service.
He is survived by his children; Victor (wife Beth) Derveloy, Brett (wife Glenda) Derveloy, Dina (husband David) Burks, and Mark (wife Lisa) Derveloy, Steve (wife Kathy) Wright, Andy (wife Stephanie) Wright, Jerry (wife Elaine) Wright, thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and brothers Robert and Glenn Derveloy; numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death his parents Robert and Rose Menou Derveloy, wife Adrienne Craddock Derveloy, sister Audrey Roy, brothers Donald and Carrol Derveloy.
- Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, August 10, 2019
August 14, 2019
Dad liked to know people by their name, and for them to know his.
Dad liked to tell us stories of growing up in Louisiana as a boy.
Dad told us that Paco was the name of the barber who cut his hair growing up, so dad’s friends started calling him Paco. They would say “here comes Paco”, and some of us still called him “Paco”. He liked that!
Dad loved his family and lived a full life. He enjoyed drinking coffee and watching golf tournaments on the weekends. He also liked playing golf with his friends well into his 80s.
Dad always liked to be organized and have a plan. When dad moved into assisted living, he had to come up with a new system to help keep everything organized.
He created a training program for all of his caregivers.
- Shoes by the night light
- Hat on the dresser
- Glasses in my hat
- Wheelchair by the bed to block the night light
- Last but not least - Pajama instructions
“Button the top two buttons, only please”
He had to go through this countless times, so he came up with his own nickname for himself.
- 2 Button Earl
“They call me 2 Button Earl, because I don’t run and I don’t dance”
We never knew what that meant, but he really liked saying it.
He liked to cut up and have a good time, so he routinely asked his caregivers if they would like to get married. It was his way of making the best of his situation.
He also came up with various nicknames for his caregivers;
- Blondie- blond hair girl
- Goldie - gold tooth girl
- Big Hat Lady - Lady who always wore hat
- Parakeet - Cherokee
They all called him Mr. Earl, and he like that.
The bearded guy - our son Daniel
Chris - one of my brother in laws Mike
His grandkids all called him Papa or Grandpa Earl.
Names are an important part of our lives while we are on this earth, but when we leave this earth there is only one name that is important. That is the name of Jesus. The one who died for our Sins, so that we could be saved.
August 9, 2019
When I managed to hit a parked car at around 2 am (Jerry was the only other one than myself bloodied as a result) - the next he saw of me Earl didn't really say much. He didn't criticize nor was he openly critical of me. He somehow figured that the reason we (3 passengers) managed to more or less walk away was due to my choice of vehicle and driving. I was privileged to have known him going back at least 38 years. He will most certainly be missed.