TGS Newsletter
Vol. 27 No. 10 January 2009
Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at bellsouth.net
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor: Wanda Moore
     116 Cottonwood Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      E-mail: wmoore1048 at aol.com
      Phone: (985) 876-2686  

Next meeting:   Saturday, January 31, 2008, 1:00 p.m.     Main Branch Library    Houma, LA

WOW!! Did you make it to the holiday social gathering last month? No! Well you missed all the fun, prizes and food. Ooh la la, my taste buds are still jumping. We had so many delicious dishes-drummets, meatballs, Mexican taco salad, deviled eggs, roast beef sandwiches, vegetable trays, fruit trays, shrimp dip to die for, cakes, cookies, brownies, peanut butter and banana cake, just to name a few. M’m, M’m-good. So many door prizes that we had to put everybody’s name back in the box to draw again and again and again. Three people shy of everyone getting four door prizes each. Now aren’t you sorry you did not come? Maybe you would like to join us this December. This is an annual event.

Juanita Chaisson also says thanks to everyone who donated a toy or money for the Toys for Tots drive collected at our annual social gathering. It is such a blessing to see a child smile when they get a gift. Remember when you were a child and got a gift.


Cliff (Diddy) Williams will be speaking at our January meeting. He will talk about saving our cemeteries. He will explain what are the roles of the Sons of the Confederacy and Daughters of the Confederacy and how they work as a team. He will also talk about what is being done in Oakdale and Bellevue Cemeteries, Willington, N.C.


It is time to renew you membership for 2009. Look on your envelope that your newsletter came in. Does it have EX2/09 on top your name on the right side of the label? If it does, it is time to renew. Dues are due by March 1, 2008. If you would like a TGS membership card, please send a self addressed stamped envelope. We will mail it to you. When renewing your membership please list your phone number and email address. Our membership list is private and only board members have them. There is a renewal form with this newsletter. If you need one, contact Jess Bergeron at (985) 876-2348 or email jessndot at bellsouth.net.

If you know of a seminar coming up or maybe you are having a family reunion coming soon, let me know and I will put it here for you. My email address is wmoore1048 at aol.com.


Percy LeCompte, husband of long time member Laurella LeCompte, died Dec. 9, 2008. He was 86, a native and resident of Chauvin, LA. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church cemetery in Chauvin, LA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Laurella Duplantis LeCompte; two sons and spouses, Jesse and Etha Ann LeCompte and Aswell and Donna LeCompte; two daughters and spouses, Brenda and Terry LeBlanc and Nell and Freddie Crochet; three brothers, Chester, Aubrey and Charles LeCompte; two sisters, Helen Soudelier and Barbara Breaux; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruffin Charles and America Pitre LeCompte; two brothers, Lester and Cyrus LeCompte; and one sister, Dorothy LeCompte. He was a World War II veteran in the Philippines and was a retired boat builder and boat captain.
My own aunt, Juanita Verdin Fitch “Taunte Bay Bay”, died Dec. 31, 2008. She was 71, a resident and native of Houma, La. Burial at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery in Houma. She is survived by her two sons, Felix Fitch, Jr. and wife, Holly, and Enos Fitch and companion, Jenna; four daughters, Marlene Fitch and companion, David, Karen Solet and husband, Donald, Jackie Keifover and husband, Jason, and Rhonda “Julie” Eschete and husband Darrell; one brother, John Verdin; two sisters, Clara “Jean” Fitch (my mom) and Shirley Landry; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Joseph Fitch, Sr; parents Enos A. Verdin and Pearly C. Trosclair Verdin; three brothers, Roy Trosclair, Enos Jr. and Anthony “Pierre” Verdin; two sisters, Inez “Toot” Parfait and Eva “T-Sud” Fitch.

Donald J. Besson, 89, a native and resident of Thibodaux, died Dec. 5, 2008. Burial at St Joseph Co-Cathedral Cemetery in Thibodaux, La. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Dantin Besson; one son, Bruce Besson and wife, Barbara; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Besson and Beatrice Raye Besson; one grandchild, and one sister Dorothy Adema.

Amanda Isabel “Belle” Avet, 79, a native of San Diego, TX, and resident of Houma, LA, died Dec. 8, 2008. Burial in St Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2 in Houma, LA. She is survived by her husband, James Merlin Avet; one sister Sylvia Alma Lopez of Hebbronville, TX; three daughters, Linda Avet of Metairie, Kathy Avet of Houston and Mary Boudreaux and husband, David, of Houma; four grandchildren, Jessice Lee Chilton Salinas of Spring, TX, Steven Boudreaux, Christopher Boudreaux and Alicia Boudreaux of Houma; four great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan G. Garcia and Alicia Gomez Garcia; one sister, Anna Maria Quintanilla; and one grandson, James Evertte Chilton


If there is a book you would like in theTerrebonne Parish library genealogy section, give the title, author, publisher, price and where it can be purchased to Patty Whitney at the meeting or email pattywhitneyathotmail.com.


South La Records, by Rev. Donald Hebert, Vols 7 and 8 only. Need these to complete the set. If anyone has these volumes for sale, or know where they can be purchased, contact Celeste Boudreaux Peters at pcpetersatubtanet.com.


The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Historical Research Center at 205 Audubon St., Thibodaux, LA is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They close from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. Kevin Allemand, who attended our August 2007 meeting, is the administrator of the center and is interested in portraits of past and present marriages, confirmations, and communions. If you have not yet visited the center, make a little time to stop by and see the wonderful work they have done. Contact information (985) 446-2383 or email kallemand@htdiocese.org or yrodrigue@htdiocese.org .

If you have not been to the Terrebonne Parish Library website, check it out. There are some online database sites with loads of information. You will need your library card number to get on the website.

The Local History and Genealogy Dept at 135 Main St, Biloxi, MS celebrated its Grand Reopening on Oct. 2, 2008, for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The new library location encompasses approx. 2500 sq. ft., and has a variety of books, maps, archival records, architectural plans, images, microfilm, and many indexes.  Take a look at their website: www.harrison.lib.ms.us/genealogy/lhgmain.html .

REMINDER…all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you may start to receive sale calls. You will be charged for these calls. To prevent this, call 1-888-382-1222, it is the National DO NOT CALL list. You must call from the cell phone you want blocked.


Do you remember Colleen Fitzpatrick? She is the expert who talked about forensic genealogy and investigating old photos. If you want an update on some interesting things she has been involved with check their new website at_http://www.identifinders.com_. Especially read the stories under Case Histories and Finding People. This is her favorite.

        We’re on the Web!!! Check us out at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laterreb/tgs/


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