Wayne Talmage Crochet

December 31, 1942April 26, 2021

Wayne Talmage Crochet, born in New Orleans on the last day of 1942, passed away on April 26, 2021, age 78.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carol Johnston Crochet; three children: Bill Crochet (Selena King) of Houston, TX; Stephen Crochet (Nicole Maris) of Alexandria, VA; and Laura Reddy (Steve Reddy) of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and six grandchildren: Liam, Marcelle, Reese, Walker, Will, and Maggie. He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Gertrude, as well as his three siblings, Bill, Warren, and Joyce Owens.

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, he graduated from Behrman High School where he served as Drum Major under the guidance of legendary teacher and musician Milton “Whitey” Bush. He attended Oklahoma University and graduated from Loyola University, where he also earned his law degree. Wayne served as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 as Forward Observer, B Company 2/35th Infantry and Executive Officer B Battery 2/9th Field Artillery. For his brave service he received many awards, including the Bronze Star Medal. He began his career in the Oil and Gas Industry with Brown & Root, where he worked for 26 years, and practiced law for the past 30 years focusing on small businesses in the construction industry as well as estate planning and successions. Dedicated to his neighborhood, community, the city he held so dear, and as a firm believer in civic duty and responsibility, he gave back countless volunteer hours to the organizations that fostered his family and career. He was a lifetime member of The Harvey Canal Industrial Association (now WBIA), serving as President in the mid-eighties. As a graduate of New Orleans Public Schools, as are his wife and three children, he served as President of the Alice Harte Elementary PTO as well as President of the Ben Franklin High School PTO. In response to the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he was a founding Board member of InspireNOLA Charter Schools and, most recently, served as President of the Board until his death. Well known for his kindness, sense of humor, love of life, and willingness to help however he could at the drop of a hat, his dedication to making the world a better place will live on in his friends, colleagues, and his family whom he cherished. No account can reflect his unique approach to life; he knew no enemies, carried himself with the greatest humility, cheerfully engaged with every walk of life, and perfected the art of barter, reciprocity, and pro bono service to others.

A service to celebrate his life will be scheduled in the coming months. Gifts in his memory can be made to InspireNOLA Charter Schools


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Wayne Talmage Crochet

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gerry garvey

May 4, 2021

I met Wayne through Pat Jackson and Bob Garrity; we often ended up as lunch buddies at The Cellars near our offices. He was delightful, upbeat and always had a smile. I had no idea that he had served our country or the extent of his civic activities. The Bar has lost a true gentleman, he will be missed. Gerry Garvey

Russ Kercher

May 4, 2021

Carol, Laurie and I were saddened to learn of Waynes passing. He was a true gentleman, with a friendly smile, and kind heart. We will remember his leadership at Alice Harte when Bill and David were students there. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

Lee Kittrell

May 3, 2021

Remember many miles pounding the pavement right in front of your home! Happy memories - peace my friend
....The Kittrell Family

Cynthia Schaubhut

May 3, 2021

So sorry to hear about Wayne. We were life time friends from the same neighbor. He would laugh because I am older than him born 12/26/1942. Rest in peace sweet friend.

Praying for his family.



May 2, 2021

Dear Carol and family, The only way I can explain my relationship with Wayne is he was "The Best Friend I Ever Had." What started out as a childhood friendship lasted a lifetime. We shared so many experiences together, some better than others. Every day I think of him and cherish the many years we were blessed. with such a beautiful friendship. My sincere and warmest sympathy to you and the family. Love to everyone.

Judie Reddy

May 2, 2021

Oh my, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing. The few times we met he impressed me as a very caring person. He seemed at home and at ease with all of us and fit right in with our Nova Scotia crew. He listened to the least of us and was interested in everyone. He will leave a hole in all our lives but a huge one in yours. I wish you peace in the days ahead knowing that he will no longer suffer and will be held in His hands.

Jack Lampert

May 2, 2021

Carol,our prayers and thoughts for you and your family. We know what a special person Wayne was. His humanity, his sense of humor, and his dedication to his family will always be remembered.

Lorraine McInnis

April 29, 2021

Carol, I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Wayne. He was a very special person, and loved you all fiercely. He spoke unabashedly about you, Bill, Stephen, and Laura, in the several years we worked together. He was a faithful and loyal friend, and he will always hold a special place in my heart. Wayne, the race is won. Rest in everlasting peace. Love, Lorraine

Christina Elguezabal

April 28, 2021

I am so saddened by the news of Wayne’s passing. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend, and a hero to our country. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Chris

Brenda Huffstutler

April 28, 2021

Dear Carol and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Huffstutler