Captain Earl J. Devall, Sr.

December 31, 1931 ~ January 23, 2011

Captain Earl J. Devall, Sr., age 79, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011, at a local hospital.

He was born December 31, 1931, to Hyman and Lucille Benoit Devall in Big Lake and lived the majority of his life in Lake Charles. Proudly, he retired as a tug boat captain. Following that, he and his wife enjoyed travelling in their rv, cleaning and polishing it every chance he got. Mr. Devall was a true Christian man having belonged many years to the Grand Lake Faith Temple, often referring to them as his "family". A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death was is parents, his daughter, Sharon Lucille Devall, and his siblings, Calvin Devall, Dozie Poole, and Della Vidrine.

Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Joyce Ardoin Devall of Lake Charles; three sons, Earl Devall, Jr. and wife, Pat of Lake Charles, James Israel and wife, Sheila of Moss Bluff, and Randall Israel of Lake Charles; two daughters, Cammie Edmonds and husband, Keith of Lake Charles and Shelva Reed and husband, Jimmie of Lake Charles; a brother-in-law, Carl Ardoin and wife, Sylvia of Lake Charles; a sister-in-law, Gloria Gossett of Lake Charles; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, JoJo.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Johnson Funeral Home. Brother Andrew Martin will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 24, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, January 25, from 8 a.m. until time of services. A prayer service will be held Monday evening at 6 p.m. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Brother Martin for his undying love, friendship, and support he has given to Earl and his family as well as to the church family for their unending prayers, love, and support. They would also like extend their gratitude to the staff at Landmark for their care give to Earl during his illness.

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  1. Earl Jr. – We have not met your father but clearly he was a fine and respected man. He has left his legacy in his children and their children, may he rest in peace.

  2. It has been several years now that we have seen Mr. Earl because of our move to Texas. He was a very kind and caring man. He always came into church smiling, especially when he would have a new automobile to show everyone. He was like a little child with a new toy. Always happy, laughing, and joking with us. We are very sorry we will not be able to attend his memorial services and pray that the family be comforted during this most sorrowful time.God Bless!

  3. Just wanted to let you know I am sorry for your loss. Earl and Randy I didn't know your father but I remember growing up with y'all in the neighborhood. It's been a long time. I will be praying for your family during this difficult time.Margaret Snatic

  4. Mr. Earl was so good to my dad when he was suffering with cancer. He was always so kind. We will keep him in our prayers.

  5. My heart is saddened with the loss of Capt. Earl. Capt. Earl was a good christian man, family man and a great guy to work with.I had the pleasure of working with Capt. Earl for many years. We are sending you, Joyce, and to Capt. Earl's family and friends our condolences and prayers. I had a hip replaced this past Tuesday so I dont think I will be able to make the service, but my thoughts and prayers will be there with you all.David and Roselyn Hunter

  6. There are too many stories and good memories to list here.Im proud to call Earl my cousen.He is with all the family that are gone before us and will be waiting for us with the grin only he had.Love you all and hope God will help ease the pain and lost feeling you have and may have to come. Greg

  7. We are saddened by the news of your dad's passing. While it is comforting to know he is in the presence of our Lord, we pray that the Lord will comfort you and your family during this time.

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