Charles James Ardoin
February 14, 1928 – March 1, 2012
Dr. Charles James Ardoin, 84, passed away in his residence in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on March 01, 2012. He was born in Lacassine, Louisiana, and lived in Lake Charles. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, where he served as a Lector. He was a graduate of Lacassine High School and attended McNeese State University. Prior to his retirement he was a professor at McNeese and also worked as a professional photographer for over fifty years. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He learned photography at a naval school in Pensacola, Florida. After serving four years in the Navy, he worked as a camera man/photographer for KPLC in Lake Charles. He later attained his degree at McNeese State University. He was a teacher at Kaufman Elementary and later at S.J. Welsh. He decided to further his education and earned two doctorate degrees in Administration/Supervision and Educational Technology at East Texas State University. He was a professor at McNeese State University and taught there until 1990. He began his own photographic studio known as Ardoin's Photo Gallery and continued for over fifty years. In his lifetime he received many awards. One of his earliest achievements was being awarded first place at the local livestock competition and was able to attend the National Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Other achievements include: Pack 133 Cub Master, 1980 Phi Delta Kappa President, Golden Scholar member of the McNeese Alumni Association. He thoroughly loved camping and boating. He was loving and devoted to his family. Survivors include his wife, Ilene Beatrice Hudson; sons, Dr. Charles James (C.J.) Ardoin II and wife Kimberly of Sulphur, Louisiana, Paul Matthew Ardoin and fiancé Brenda Martin of Westlake, Louisiana; daughter, Antoinette Ardoin Woodard and her husband Rod of Sulphur, Louisiana; brother, Daniel Ardoin of Lacassine, Louisiana; sister, Nadine Arbaugh of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Lindsey Janies, Chase Ardoin, Mark Ardoin, Danielle Woodard, and Ashley Woodard; great-grandchildren, Parker Janies, Brooklyn Janies, and Adrienne Ardoin. He is preceded in death by his parents, Webster and Lorena Ardoin, and his sister Jean Primeaux. His funeral will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Lake Charles, at 12:00 noon Monday March 5, 2012. Visitation services will be held from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday March 4, 2012, with a Cursillo Rosary at 6:00pm at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Visitation will resume Monday from 9am until service time. Burial will follow at Lacassine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Ardoin's honor to the McNeese Foundation, 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, La 70601. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com
- Visitation Sunday, March 4, 2012
- Cursillo Rosary Sunday, March 4, 2012
- Visitation will resume Monday, March 5, 2012
- Funeral Monday, March 5, 2012
Charles James Ardoin
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March 5, 2012
With Heart Felt Sympathy our Prayers are with you. From your Former Student Bessie Gallien.
March 5, 2012
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Earth have no sorrows that heaven cannot heal. Dental Dept. and Staff at the Allen P August Multipurpose Center
March 5, 2012
For me, Uncle Charles was a guide and a friend. He was so wonderful for all he shared with us. I remember how as a young boy, I was so fascinated by all his Navy stories and the films and photographs he had. He had all these cameras and gadgets. He was so understanding, to explain all of these devices to a young boy. He was such an adventurous spirit. I remember how unbelievable I found it, that he owned a pair of snow skis. For a kid from southwest Louisiana, someone who had been to Asia, knew so much about photography, and had skied, he seemed so larger than the simple things I was familiar with.
Uncle Charles was a wonderful story teller and he was also a great listener. I have a childhood memory of going with my Mom & Dad to the Missouri Pacific station. It was the old station by Ryan street. It was very early in the morning. My Mom (Jean [Ardoin] Primeaux) was so anxious as we waited for her brother. When Uncle Charles arrived, there were hugs and a lot of happiness. Uncle Charles had brought me a souvenir. It was a model boat, a cabin cruiser. I played with that boat until I was in High School.
I also remember how wonderful Uncle Charles and Aunt Iline and all the family were for my daughter, Bethany, while she lived in Lake Charles and attended LaGrange. I give my thoughts and prayers for comfort for all the family. Uncle Charles was a wonderful man and I will miss him.
With sympathy, Joe Primeaux & Nancy Primeaux, Clinton, Illinois.
March 4, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. The Lord be with you all and may Charles rest in God's peace. Della Thibodeaux ( classmate)