Alton J. Olinde

July 24, 1935November 8, 2013
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Alton James “Cotton” Olinde entered eternal rest on November 8, 2013, age 78. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A native of New Roads and a resident of Bridge City and Kenner, Louisiana, he was the beloved husband of Jacqueline Olinde, father of Craig, James Jr., and Patrick Olinde, Misti Wall (husband Rory) and Tracy Yeager (husband Edwin), and stepfather of Yvonne Murphy (husband Michael). He is survived by 12 grandchildren, 9 great-granchildren, brother Lawrence Olinde (wife Olive) and Wilfred Olinde Jr. (wife Debra). He was preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth Langlois Taylor and Wilfred Olinde. He served in the Army in the Korean War as part of the Rakkasans and was a past Commander of Metry Post 6640 of the V.F.W., past District II Commander of the V.F.W., past Grand Commander of the Military Order of the Cootie, past Seam Squirrel Mud Bugs Pup Tent #3, past 6th District Quartermaster of the M.O.C., and President of the Metry Veterans Association. He also held many state chairmanships for the V.F.W. Formerly featured in Hot Rod Magazine as a mechanic on the 1961 National Championship Car Craft Best Appearing Dragster, he was an avid Nascar enthusiast. Services will be held on Wednesday November 13, 2013 at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. Visitation for family will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am , visitation for friends from 10:00am until time of service. A V.F.W. service will begin at 11:00 am followed by a Mass at 1:00pm. Family, friends, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary, members of the Military Order of the Cootie and its Ladies Auxiliary, and members of the Republican Women of Jefferson Parish are invited to attend. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Metry 6640 Auxiliary Cancer Fund, 2809 Harvard Avenue, Metairie, LA 70006. The family would like to extend special thanks to Lakeside Hospice for their compassionate care. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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November 13, 2013

Jackie our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of your loss. Charlie said that Cotton was the best boss he ever had! We cherish the memories of years past with the both of you. God Bless You.
Pam and Charlie Burdett

Donna LeBoeuf Satter

November 12, 2013

My sympathies to you and your family. He was a good friend to my father and he will be deeply missed. I remember our families getting together when I was a young girl. I can remember him racing with my dad and later with my brother. Your family is in my prayers.

Angela deBoxtel

November 12, 2013

You knew more love in your life and you Always showed your love right back..You will be so very missed by So Many people Daddy Cotton,I Love You and everytime we got together at Tracys over the past 33 yrs. you treated me as a daughter now you are with Our Father !!!!! Flying on the Wings of Eagles,fly Daddy Cotton,You Earned Your way To Heaven.....Angela Carter DeBoxtel,Picayune,Ms.

Kim & John Ormiston

November 12, 2013

We will all miss Papa Cotton! Jackie, Misti, Rory, Patrick, and Saskia you are all in our thoughts and prayers. How lucky his grandchildren are to have been able to spend time with him and know his love for them! May he forever rest in peace.

Jack Boudreaux

November 11, 2013


I was so sad to learn of the passing of your beloved Cotton. As you know, he was my friend for many years, and I shall always remember his smiling face as he toiled thru each day-- the sun was always shining. God has him now in His keep, and may He be with you and yours in this great loss.

Reverend Jack Boudreaux
Major, USA (Ret.)

Edwin Hebert

November 11, 2013


Fred Wesley, Past State Commander

November 11, 2013

Comrade you will be missed!
Jackie, we loved you both.
See you Wednesday.

Patricia Wesley, Department President LAVFW

November 11, 2013

God Bless and you all have my sympathy, Jackie! I know Cotton was very well respected and loved by all! We lost a good friend, a good comrade who was willing to give his all to the VFW. and the MOC & MOCA with his beautiful wife by his side. We love you Jackie, stay strong in The Lord and the power of His might and he will bring you through it all!

November 11, 2013

Our prayers are with the Olinde family. Cotton was a very good man. He will be sadly missed.
Sincerely,The Belsom family
Patrick Belsom, Janice Belsom Corb and Elaine Belsom Craig

November 10, 2013

Jackie, You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Angela & Jack Kilcrease