New Iberia — Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2013, at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia, for George Bourliea, 64, who died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
Interment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park. Deacon Theo Landry will officiate.
A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Visitation will continue Friday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
A native of Franklin, Mr. Bourliea was born on February 25, 1948, and was a 1966 graduate of Centerville High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving several medals and awards including the Bronze Star, an Oak Leaf Cluster for valor, the Vietnam service medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badges, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation Badge, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Air Medal.
Mr. Bourliea worked in the oilfield for 30 years prior to becoming disabled with cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange, and was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Beulah Mae Savoie Bourliea of New Iberia; son, Kevin John Bourliea and wife, Latoya, of Carencro; daughter, Angela Marie Bourliea of Carencro; stepson, Allen Hebert of Lydia; stepdaughters, Wanda Hebert Barras and husband, Jimmy, of Bayou Vista; Barbara Hebert Pichoff and husband, John, of Lydia; Jennifer Myers Bodoin and husband, Shawn, of Youngsville; and Peggy Myers Milliman and husband, Marvin, of New Iberia; brothers, Frederick Bourliea and wife, Joyce, of Hammond; and Wilbert Bourliea and wife, Beatrice, of Franklin; sisters, Theresa Simoneaux and husband, Melvin, of Charenton; Eunice Ransonet of Duson; Rita Guillot and husband, Donald, of Franklin; and Betty Broussard and husband, Ray, of Franklin; 11 grandchildren, 12 step grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Pierre Bourliea and Emily Desormeaux Bourliea; son, George Paul Bourliea; sister, Amy Boudreaux; and brothers, Wallace Bourliea, Jr., Louis Paul Bourliea and James Bourliea.
Pallbearers will be Mark Simoneaux, Kevin John Bourliea, Wilbert Bourliea Jr., Scott Broussard, Donnie Broussard and Fredrick “Johnny” Bourliea Jr.
Honorary pallbearers include Fredrick Bourliea Sr. and Wilbert Bourliea Sr.
To view online obituary, video tribute, and sign guestbook, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.com.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia LA 70560, 337-365-3331, is in charge of arrangements.