A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1 p.m., at St. Elizabeth-Seton in Lafayette for James ”Doodlebug” Ina. Interment will be private.
James “Doodlebug” Ina was born January 14, 1942. He was the sixth child of Joseph Ina and Cecelia Johnson Ina. He departed this life on October 5, 2012 at his residence surrounded by loving his family.
James attended Willow Street Elementary and Franklin Senior High School where he was a member of the football team. After high school, he began working various jobs. But Doodlebugs’ coming out party in life was his first day of work with the United States Postal Service on March 24, 1967 where he was employed for 44 years. James enjoyed many years of dedicated work with the United States Postal Service and still to this very day his family meets someone he touched with that busy personality of his, whether it was good or bad. James would do anything he could to help a friend and sometimes with that Busy personality and mouth you knew exactly what he wanted to say. James enjoyed many years of traveling as a delegate with the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a firm believer in Union. His travels took him all across the United States conventions.
One of his most cherished moments was when he was awarded the St. Mary Parish Black Achievement Awards on March 11, 2006. James was an avid fisherman and would look forward to any fishing trip that came along. James was also an avid bowler along with his brothers, Raymond Ina, Joseph Ina and Lester Wells.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 28 years, Justina Navarre Ina and his children, Shaun DeFils, Michelle Renee’ Ina, Tyra Yarberra, Nicholas Navarre and his wife, Franshell T. Navarre, Quintin Matthew Ina, James Michael Ina, “Special Sons” Ernest Martin and Alfred Felix; brothers, Raymond and Joseph Ina of Franklin, and Lester Wells of New Iberia; grandchildren, Destini Guy, Makayla Guy, Nigel Navarre and Kaison Ina; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Ina and Celia J. Ina; brothers, Nathan Ina, John H. Ina and Lionel Joseph; and one sister, Ida Belle Lewis.
Viewing will be at Kinchen Funeral Home Friday, October 12, 2012 from 7 a.m. until the time of service.
Kinchen Funeral Home, Inc. of Lafayette is in charge of final arrangements. www. kinchenfuneralhome.com.