OBITUARY

Paul Ray Rachel

October 5, 1937May 5, 2021
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NEW IBERIA – Funeral Services will be conducted for Paul Ray Rachel, age 83, at 11:00 am Friday, May 7, 2021 at Evangeline Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Pope will officiate at the services. Inurnment will be held privately at a later date.

A gathering of family of friends will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Evangeline Funeral Home. The funeral home will reopen on Friday at 8:00 am until service time.

Mr. Rachel was a native of Clarksville, Arkansas and resident of New Iberia. He passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:55 am at his residence.

Mr. Rachel was a veteran of the United States Navy and served his country honorably with 6 years of service. He continued his career in Civil Service as Navy Support Activity in Algiers, LA. He retired after more than 30 years of service. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, bowling with his wife and spending time with his family. He also liked playing dominoes with his father, cards with his brother in laws and the game “Rook” with the Rachel family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Leona Labit Rachel of New Iberia; two daughters, June R. Cunningham and husband Mark of Lafayette and Cynthia R. Pope and husband Greg of Jasper, GA; one son, Ray A. Rachel of Lafayette; eight grandchildren, Joseph Paul Theriot; Danielle Marie Theriot; Jordan James Theriot; Stephanie Marie Champagne; Bree-Ann Rachel; Kristen Rachel Pope; Jennifer Caroline Pope and Ryan Gregory Pope; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Ricky Allen Rachel and wife Rita of Bentonville, AR and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Norma Shinn Rachel; three sisters, Patricia June Pickle, Gloria Nell R. Cowell and Emma Caroline Rachel and one brother, James “Jimmy” Rachel.

To view the on-line obituary, video tribute, and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Leona Labit Rachel, Loving wife of 61 years
  • June R. Cunningham (Mark), Daughter
  • Cynthia R. Pope (Greg), Daughter
  • Ray A. Rachel, Son
  • Joseph Paul Theriot, Grandchild
  • Danielle Marie Theriot, Grandchild
  • Jordan James Theriot, Grandchild
  • Stephanie Marie Champagne, Grandchild
  • Bree-Ann Rachel, Grandchild
  • Kristen Rachel Pope, Grandchild
  • Jennifer Caroline Pope, Grandchild
  • Ryan Gragory Pope, Grandchild
  • Ricky Allen Rachel (Rita), Brother
  • James Rachel, Father (deceased)
  • Norma Shinn Rachel, Mother (deceased)
  • Patricia Hune Pickle, Sister (deceased)
  • Gloria Nell R. Cowell, Sister (deceased)
  • Emma Caroline Rachel, Sister (deceased)
  • James "Jimmy" Rachel, Brother (deceased)
  • Mr. Rachel also leaves behind to cherish his memory, nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Susan Labit-Irwin

May 5, 2021

Was devastated to hear of your passing. Will always have nothing but wonderful memories of the amazing man you were! You handled life and being a man better than anyone I’ve ever known, rock solid. I know the Good Lord said “Job well done !”when you got to Heaven. Going to miss you. Love you Uncle Paul!

Sue

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Biography

NEW IBERIA – Funeral Services will be conducted for Paul Ray Rachel, age 83, at 11:00 am Friday, May 7, 2021 at Evangeline Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Pope will officiate at the services.
Inurnment will be held privately at a later date.

A gathering of family of friends will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Evangeline Funeral Home. The funeral home will reopen on Friday at 8:00 am until service time.

Mr. Rachel was a native of Clarksville, Arkansas and resident of New Iberia. He passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:55 am at his residence.

Mr. Rachel was a veteran of the United States Navy and served his country honorably with 6 years of service. He continued his career in Civil Service as Navy Support Activity in Algiers, LA. He retired after more than 30 years of service.
In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, bowling with his wife and spending time with his family. He also liked playing dominoes with his father, cards with his brother in laws and the game “Rook” with the Rachel family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Leona Labit Rachel of New Iberia; two daughters, June R. Cunningham and husband Mark of Lafayette and Cynthia R. Pope and husband Greg of Jasper, GA; one son, Ray A. Rachel of Lafayette; eight grandchildren, Joseph Paul Theriot; Danielle Marie Theriot; Jordan James Theriot; Stephanie Marie Champagne; Bree-Ann Rachel; Kristen Rachel Pope; Jennifer Caroline Pope and Ryan Gregory Pope; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Ricky Allen Rachel and wife Rita of Bentonville, AR and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Norma Shinn Rachel; three sisters, Patricia June Pickle, Gloria Nell R. Cowell and Emma Caroline Rachel and one brother, James “Jimmy” Rachel.

To view the on-line obituary, video tribute, and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.