OBITUARY

Clayton Lemelle

April 27, 1933March 7, 2018
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Clayton Lemelle was born to Simpson and Agalia Lemelle on April 27, 1933 in Leonville, Louisiana. After he graduated high school, he served two years in the United States Army.

In 1956 he met Theresa Stelly at a church picnic in Opelousas, Louisiana. They were married on January 18, 1958 and moved to Los Angeles, California. Together, they had three children. Eventually, they settled in West Covina, CA. The Lemelle family attended St. Christopher Catholic Church where he served as an usher for many years.

He taught us how to drive a stick-shift car, play cards, enjoy nature, hike, camp in the wilderness, fish, skeet shoot, and grow vegetables and fruits. He was always taking us on an adventure. While working full-time for the City of Los Angeles, he earned his associate degree from Los Angeles City College. He began his civil service as an animal regulation officer. He brought home animals from the shelter teaching us responsibility at an early age. He was promoted to Department of Water and Power from which he retired after 28 years with the city. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his family.

Words cannot capture the impact our Dad had on us as well as many others. He leaves to carry on his legacy three children: Marie Lemelle, Thaddeus (Francine) Lemelle, and Sheila (Ken) Auzenne; seven grandchildren: Sabrina (D’ante) Lock, Christian (Shania) Love, Thaddeus Lemelle II, Brittney (Jeremy) Cavaco, Claudia (Lloyd) Perez, Michael Love and Mikhaila Love; four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and sister Marie Ruth Auzenne. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, his parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

He is forever loved and always will be missed by many family members and friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Theresa Emily Lemelle, Wife
  • Marie Y. Lemelle, Daughter
  • Thaddeus J. (Francine) Lemelle Sr., Son
  • Sheila A. (Ken) Auzenne, Daughter
  • Sabrina N. (D'ante) Lock, Granddaughter
  • Christian S. (Shania) Love, Grandson
  • Thaddeus J. Lemelle II, Grandson
  • Brittney A. (Jeremy) Cavaco, Granddaughter
  • Claudia A. (Lloyd) Perez, Granddaughter
  • Michael D. Love, Grandson
  • Mikhaila T. Love, Granddaughter
  • Brianna H. Lock, Great Granddaughter
  • Makai K. Cavaco, Great Grandson
  • Maile M. Cavaco, Great Granddaughter
  • D'ante J. Lock Jr., Great Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Christian S. Love
  • Thaddeus J. Lemelle, II
  • Michael "Mikey" D. Love
  • D'ante J. Lock, Sr.
  • Jeremy G. Cavaco
  • Lloyd L. Perez

Services

  • Rosary Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, March 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Dora Sands

March 30, 2018

We will never forget Clayton and Theresa's helpful spirit. In my husband's final years he had Alzheimer's and cannot be left home alone. Clayton would often come over to keep him company while Teresa would take me out to do errands or have lunch
Dora Sands

Marie Lemelle

March 23, 2018

Dad,

I know you were ready to be with mom, the love of your life! You did everything God had planned for you! I was blessed to have you in my life because you were always a loving and supportive dad. You understood me, encouraged me, and cheered for me through all my endeavors. From the day I was born, there was never a dull moment. One of my favorite memories was when you taught me how to ride my tricycle. I was 1-1/2 years old, ahead of my time, and fearless. I often headed to the corner store with no escort to spent a few pennies found in your pockets.
Everyday of my life, you gave me wisdom and unconditional love. You raised the bar for any man who is a father and was the GOLD standard of a real dad. Enjoy the rewards of an everlasting life... You deserve peace, joy, love and light with all your loved ones who were waiting to watch you get your wings! I love you for eternity! Until we meet again!

Ronnie Lemelle

March 21, 2018

Although i met him once when he came to Lake Charles it was a pleasure to meet him. He was close to my dad Paul Lemelle of Lake charles. I remember his smile and a huge out going personality. Sorry for your loss of a great man.

Cathy Lemelle Reyes

March 20, 2018

Uncle Clay,
Your laughter will forever be a precious memory. I wonder if anyone could ever come close to it. Your smile would light up the entire room. I remember being at Uncle Clay and Aunt Theresa’s home for hours on end as a child. Looking and learning from all their photos. I also remember getting so frightened when he would scold us.... that distinct Lemelle voice you’ll never forget ❤️ You’ve taught and showed us love in so many ways. You are a strong huge hearted Uncle that will be forever loved and missed. RIP with Aunt Theresa and some of the family....Until we are together again. We love you always!
Cathy Lemelle Reyes and Family

Sylvia and Andre Doss

March 20, 2018

Uncle Clayton was always a lot of fun. He had the best stories. Some true, others just simply comical. One of my favorites is when he told us about this bird who was eating the fruit from his tree in the back yard. He said that he engaged in a stakeout and caught the bird in order to have a "man to bird" talk with him. After that talk, according to Uncle Clayton, the bird was never seen again. Evidently, bird whisper was yet another one of Uncle Clayton's talents. We will miss him.

Eddie and Lisa Morales

March 20, 2018

Dear Clayton,
We are so sad to hear of your passing. You are the kindest and most loving person we've ever known. How proud you were of your children and grandchildren. Your laugh was contagious! We shall miss you and
Know that you are in a place where you and Teresa can live on eternally.

paul stelly

March 17, 2018

I was a little boy when I first met Uncle Clayton. He and Aunt Theresa, as newly weds, had come to visit my parents and I will never forget how engaging and fun loving he was. Throughout the years you could see it was no act. That's who he was. His outgoing personality made him center of attention during family gatherings. He was a gracious host and always included Linda and I in family events. He was well informed about current events and could debate with the best of them. I will miss his energy, his creole accent, and most of all his laughter. Rest in peace Uncle.

Paul and Linda

Maryann Najar

March 16, 2018

I fill very blessed to have known such a wonderful man, a person that lights up the room with his smile and his kind words to everyone he meets, you have always been in our hearts and will continue to be. All I can say is heaven has received a wonderful man we will all miss you very much.
Love Maryann Najar and Family

Thaddeus Lemelle Sr.

March 14, 2018

Dad,

Thinking of you makes me feel so happy, missing you so sad. You guided us from the start of our lives, to your last day. Your gifts of love, kindness, and knowledge now are living in our children and beyond.
I know that you and Mom are together in heaven.
Always you will be in my mind and heart!

Love you,
Thaddeus James Lemelle Sr.

Richard Chabran

March 14, 2018

Clay was an amazing human being. He was a peaceful confident man who was well respected. From the very first time I met him, he always made me feel welcome. He would always engage me in a conversation asking me about school, work and family. He had a beautiful smile and distinctive voice. He made use of new technologies like email and cell phones. Clay was an important part of my development and I will always carry his memory within me.

Biography

Clayton Lemelle was born to Simpson and Agalia Lemelle on April 27, 1933 in Leonville, Louisiana. After he graduated high school, he served two years in the United States Army.

In 1956 he met Theresa Stelly at a church picnic in Opelousas, Louisiana. They were married on January 18, 1958 and moved to Los Angeles, California. Together, they had three children. Eventually, they settled in West Covina, CA. The Lemelle family attended St. Christopher Catholic Church where he served as an usher for many years.

He taught us how to drive a stick-shift car, play cards, enjoy nature, hike, camp in the wilderness, fish, skeet shoot, and grow vegetable and fruits. He was always taking us on an adventure.
While working full-time for the City of Los Angeles, he earned his associate degree from Los Angeles City College. He began his civil service as an animal regulation officer. He brought home animals from the shelter teaching us responsibility at an early age. He was promoted to Department of Water and Power from which he retired after 28 years with the city. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his family.

Words cannot capture the impact our Dad had on us as well as many others. He leaves to carry on his legacy three children: Marie Lemelle, Thaddeus (Francine) Lemelle, and Sheila (Ken) Auzenne; seven grandchildren: Sabrina (D’ante) Lock, Christian (Shania) Love, Thaddeus Lemelle II, Brittney (Jeremy) Cavaco, Claudia (Lloyd) Perez, Michael Love and Mikhaila Love; four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and sister Marie Ruth Auzenne. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, his parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

He is forever loved and always will be missed by many family members and friends.