OBITUARY

Albert "Rabbit" Manuel

August 31, 1928June 15, 2014

Albert “Rabbit” Manuel Funeral services for Albert “Rabbit” Manuel, 85, will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation is from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Consolata Cemetery following the service. The Reverend Msgrs. Charles J. Dubois, Jace F. Eskind J.C.L, and Harry D. Greig will officiate the Memorial Service. Rabbit died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at a local hospital. Born August 31, 1928, in the Black Bayou area, he was a lifelong resident of Lake Charles. Rabbit graduated from LaGrange High School and holds a B.S. in history from McNeese State College. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. Rabbit joined the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in 1954, was appointed chief deputy in 1965 by Sheriff H. A. Reid Jr., became sheriff in 1980 upon the death of Sheriff Reid, and retired later that year. After his retirement from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, he worked part time for the Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and later returned to the sheriff’s office, working part time until retiring in 2009. Rabbit was inducted into the McNeese State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. He was one of the top boxers for McNeese during its junior college days, losing only one match in his entire career and knocking out LSU’s undefeated NCAA champion Doug Elwood. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Collette Broussard Manuel, formerly of Welsh; his daughter, Michelle Lowe, and husband Peter of Kingwood, Texas; two granddaughters, Catherine Harwood Lowe and Emilie Collette Lowe; a sister, Bert Rains of Lake Charles; one aunt, Ethel Fontenot; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, three sisters, and by his parents, Joseph and Alice Guillory Manuel of Lake Charles. The family thanks Peter Karam M.D., the staff of Memorial Hospital, and the staff of The Guardian House for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rabbit’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

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Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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maria fogal

June 18, 2014

Collette and family my prayers are with all of you. He will live in our hearts forever
Ron and Maria Fogal

Jim Bower

June 18, 2014

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

David Hunter

June 18, 2014

I want to send my sincere condolences to you and the family of Rabbit Manuel. I have know Rabbit for many years when he was Chief Deputy. He was in the Guardian House when my wife and myself was there. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

Ann Rizzi

June 17, 2014

Coco, Michelle, Peter, Catherine, Emilie,
Rabbit had a great life and part of the reason is because he had all of you. This last year has been rough but he is at peace now. God rest his soul. I have not stopped thinking about you.

Patty Gray Boyd

June 17, 2014

Dear Mrs. Manuel, I am so sorry to read of Mr. Rabbit's passing. Please know that my prayers are with you and Michelle during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Patty Gray Boyd

Marie Welsh

June 17, 2014

In memory of Rabbit Manuel

Marie Welsh

June 17, 2014

Dear Coco, Michelle, Peter, Catherine, and Emilie .... So sorry for the loss of Rabbit. He can now rest peacefully and no longer have to struggle. He was blessed to have such a wonderful family. All our love and prayers to you all. The Welsh Family.

FROM THE FAMILY