Adam Manuel

October 29, 1922 ~ January 4, 2011

Adam Manuel, age 88, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2011, in local hospital.

He was born October 29, 1922, in Basile, to Kossuth and Eva Bertrand Manuel. A graduate of Basile High School, he also obtained a history degree from UL at Lafayette, formerly USL. He retired after many years of service from PCI Refinery in the lake area. An Army Air Corp veteran, he served his country proudly in WWII as a waist gunner on a B24 Bomber over Germany, with his entire crew surviving 25 missions. Mr. Manuel was a long time member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He had served as president of the Oak Hill Duck Club. Breeding as well as training and racing thoroughbred race horses were his passion. Mr. Manuel enjoyed reading and hunting and will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Preceding him in death was his parents, two sisters, Bonnie Duplechain and Ena Sonnier, a brother, Laney Manuel, and two grandchildren, Nicole McGrath and John McGrath.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Geraldine Fontenot Manuel of Lake Charles; two daughters, Edwena Manuel Ash and husband, Gary of DeQuincy and Sandra McGrath and husband, Kurtis of Lake Charles; three grandchildren, Becky Ash Cart, Matthew Ash, and Adam McGrath all of Lake Charles; and one great-grandchild, Alexandra Ash of Baton Rouge.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Father Danny Torres will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Eunice under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 6, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. only. No visitation will be held on Friday. A scripture service and rosary will be held Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

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  1. I was so sorry to learn of Mr. Manuel's death. I really enjoyed getting to know him and having him as a resident of Villa Maria. My prayers are with you all.

  2. im so sorry for your loss i hope you guys remember me and paul and our mama and the friendship we shared many years ago i know you will miss uncle are in our thoughts and prayers love you

  3. Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your dad. I am sorry that I won't be able to attend the services as I have prior committments that I cannot get out of. Just know that you and your family are in my prayers always. I hope that we can get together at some point in time in the near future. Take care. If you need anything, please let me know. Judy

  4. The Burley and Vernita Sonnier Family in Adam's hometown of Basile are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you in this difficult time…let your memories help carry you through…RIP Adam

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