Aug. 9, 1921 ~ May 16, 2013

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Beau Pre Cemetery in Jeanerette for Mr. Emile Joseph “E. J,” Doucet, 91, a St. Mary Parish native and a longtime resident of Jeanerette, who passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 4 p.m., at Iberia Extended Care Hospital in New Iberia. Father Jody Simoneaux will officiate the services.

Mr. Doucet was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II in the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of Omaha Beach. He was a member of the VFW Post 4201 in Franklin. E. J. loved music. He played the accordion in the Golden Age Band, playing at numerous area nursing homes. Most recently he sat in with a local band at Landry’s Seafood while celebrating his 91st birthday.

Survivors include three children, Patricia D. Fulton of Arkansas; Edwin J. “Boo Boo” Doucet and his wife, Tammy, of New Iberia; and Judy D. Trahan and her husband, Todd, of Jeanerette; one sister, Betty May and her husband, Ivy, of Franklin; six grandchildren, Brandi Fulton Ringler, Jennifer Doucet Folse, Alyse Doucet, Madeline Doucet, Joshua Trahan and Jacob Trahan; five great grandchildren, Nicholas Ringler, Gracie Ringler, Garrett Folse, Carson Folse and Mallorie Smith; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Philomine Pillaro Doucet; his former second wife, Julie Derouen Doucet; his parents, Eloie Doucet Sr. and Effie Parrah Doucet; two brothers, Eloie ‘Boobie” Doucet Jr. and Edwin Doucet; and five sisters, Cecile D. Freeman, Elnora D. Bernard, Gloria D. Frederick, Hazel D. Theriot and Audrey D. Caro.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, May 20, at Ibert’s Mortuary in Franklin from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., with the rosary being prayed at 7 p.m. Visiting will resume Tuesday morning at Ibert’s at 8 a.m. until time of dismissal at 10:30 a.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be members of the family and friends.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to AAA Home Health, Dr. Carl Ditch, Dr. Stephen Boudreaux and Smith & Honey Adult Day Care, where he was affectionately known as “Deuce.”

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www. iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.

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