Rev. Ellis M. LeBouef, Jr.

November 21, 1943 ~ January 15, 2011

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." ~ 2 Timothy 4:7-8~

On, January 15, 2011, Ellis M. LeBouef, Jr., 67, of Lake Charles left this world behind to be with his Heavenly Father. Reverend LeBouef passed away at a local hospital.

At an early age he gave his life and his voice to God to do with as He pleased. Rev. LeBouef held many positions during his lifetime including rising to the rank of Major in the U. S. Army. He taught many in the Lake Charles area and their children music in the public school system and worked as a detective for the Calcasieu parish Sheriff's Department. He worked in Security Administration and later Safety Specialist at the Strategic Oil Reserve. However his number one priority, the most important thing in his life, was serving God, always putting Him first in his life. Reverend LeBouef served as Music and Choir Director and then Pastor in many of the Southern Baptist Churches in this area. He was always a loving, kind, faithful, gentle, and generous man. When he entered Heaven's Gates, God's words to him were, "Well done my good and faithful servant, enter in and welcome home my child".

He was married, forty-five years to Janila Bradford LeBouef. Ellis was the proud father of five children, Loran Lane LeBouef of Lake Charles, Michael Chadwick LeBouef of Austin, TX; daughters, Laura Lynne LeBouef Duhon and husband Edward, and Tanya Marie LeBouef Davis and husband Anthony, all of Lake Charles; and was blessed with ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His son, Marty LeBouef, precedes him in death. He is also survived by a brother, Lynn LeBouef and wife Cathy of Tomball, TX

His funeral will be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverends Francis LaRocque and Randy Monroe will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00PM until 9:00 PM, Tuesday, and continue from 9:00 Am until time of services, Wednesday, in the funeral home.

The LeBouef family expresses their deepest gratitude to all his caregivers, especially his personal physician, Dr. Edward Hebert. We also thank everyone for all the prayers during his illness.

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  1. A Wonderful Man! From a Greatful Marion Chorus Student! I will surely miss him. May God wrap His Arms around you all and give you Comfort and Strength. Much Love. Lou Wanna

  2. Dear Family,Ellis gave me the opportunity of a lifetime by allowing me to play the piano at University Baptist Church. I was just a young teenager when this happened. Since then I have played in many churches and I owe it to Ellis giving me the chance. He was such a wonderful man. He lead University Baptist through many trials and was there through many joys. Our faith tells us he is in God's presence surrounded by loved ones. Our heart are heavy, but I thank God that Ellis could see the potential in young people and help us grow. Thank you for sharing your husband and dad with us. It is not easy having someone in the ministry, lots of times they are with the family of God and not at home. My prayers are with you.

  3. Dear Janila,Ellis and I were in the U.S. Army Reserves together. We taught w/the 4157th USAR School out of Baton Rouge. Ellis and I went to Ft McCoy, WI and Ypsilanti, MI back in 1974 teaching MOS courses and also as students, ourselves taking the CGS course.Ellis and I, along with Col Jack Reeves, Sam Liprie and others would travel together several times each year to go to drill in Baton Rouge.I have only seen Ellis a couple of times since our military days, but Ellis was a good friend. Janila, you and your children have my most sincere condolences. Ellis did the Lord's work here on earth and is now enjoying his eternal reward. My prayers go out for you and your family.Yours in Christ,Gilbert Fontenot

  4. Deear Janila, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Ellis since Elementary school. When we went to Oak Park Jr Hi later to LaGrange, we caught the bus in front of his parents home. I knew his Dad who was very kind to me. My heart goes out to you and your family. Wioth fond memories, Millie

  5. Elis was such an honorable and terrific influence in my life. I can remember the first time he convinced me to do a duet with him @ UBC…he had me stand on two hymnals! He influenced me to follow the path of Christ eventually getting my BS in music. Often as I sang for our Lord I would remember that Ellis showed me that sacred music was not for our glory but for the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ. May God bless you on your path!

  6. Ellis was a winner, and now he has received the greatest prize eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our prayers are with his family during his passing into eternity.

  7. Ellis's Mom and Dad were good friends with our parents, who are now with the Lord. Ellis was a very humble man who loved the Lord and fought the good fight. I remember as a Freshman, Ellis was the one who caught me and thus was able to shave my head. that's when those things were still allowed. Ellis will be missed, and I await the day when we will see each other again.

  8. He is leaving behind GREAT memories for us. What a difference Bro. Ellis made in our lives and so many others. Every time we hear It Is Well we think of treasured memories of Bro. Ellis leading, so magnificantly, Psalms Camp Youth Choirs in It Is Well and sharing the message behind the story…and so many other wonderful memories. We are praying for the family. Lots of hugs and prayers. – Bro. Darry Pamela

  9. He was my chorus teacher at Marion and was so kind and understanding. Sending my thoughts and my prayers to all of you.

  10. How much I loved my Louisiana cousins growing up! I enjoyed spending time with Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Eli, Ellis and Lynn – and those memories are ones that are precious, dear – and I hold so close to my heart. I am so proud of the man that L – as his mother called him – became. He was a wonderful son, husband and father. He will be missed, and truly knew the meaning of love. Susan Patten Markel

  11. I am remembering Mr. LeBouef with fondness as he was the music director at Marion High School when I attended school there. May God bless him in Heaven and watch over his family in this time of grief.

  12. I have fond memories of Ellis during the years that we taught together at Lake Charles High School and worked at The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. He was always a kind, gentle and giving person. My thouhts and prayers go out to his family.

  13. I remember him in the stage performance of South Pacific at McNeese! He was also my music teacher in chorus at Lake Charles High School! It was good to have Christian teachers and principal in my high school!

  14. I was at University Baptist Church from the beginning and enjoyed such good music. Such a blessing to live a life for Christ. May your family be comforted in your loss. Linda Colley Junk

  15. I will always remember Ellis with such fond memories at UBC. I can remember when he was the minister to come to the hospital to be with me, instead of our Pastor. This made such an impression on me. It is with love and prayers to his family that I say goodbye to Ellis LeBeouf.

  16. Janila, May the Lord bring you and your family comfort and strength at this sad time.Even though he will be missed to this world, how wonderful is it that we can rejoyce knowing Ellis has gone to heaven to be with our heavely father. I am so sorry that I will be unable to come by the funeral home to express my condolences. I am keeping you in my prayers. Love you,Nancy Tucker

  17. Janila, please know you and the family are in our prayers. There were some very good times at UBC. Ellis will be missed. What a choir he's leading in Heaven. Our love, Charla and Larry

  18. LeBouef family, I am so sorry for your loss, I know you will miss Ellis very much, but I also rejoice with you in knowing that he is Home, and there is no more pain and he is thinking clearly and singing with the angels of heaven right now! Will be praying for God's comfort for you all during this time. Blessings and grace to you, Linda Sandefer Cardella

  19. May continue to comfort and embrace you in this difficult time. I am so sorry to hear about Ellis but know he is in a better place now.

  20. My years in the UBC choir under the direction of Ellis LeBouef are among my fondest. I was so sorry to hear that we have lost him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends now. God grant you peace.

  21. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family at this time. Rev. LeBouef married us in Feb. 25, 1989. After almost 22 yrs. and two sons, we are still happily married and fondly recall the counseling that he gave us prior to marrying us. We have quoted several things that he told us to other couples and we will always be grateful that we were married by such a faithful servant of God. Heaven is rejoicing as they receive him!

  22. Our Sincere condolences are sent to the Family. We know Mr. Ellis is with the Lord watching over all of us. Prayers sent during this time of loss.

  23. Sincerest condolences, Janila. You and Pat were some OLD friends who have always remained in my memories from LaGrange. God bless,Dennis

  24. So sorry to hear about Mr. LeBouef. In the 60's, he was the chorus teacher at Marion. I have nothing but good memories of him. My condolences to his family and friends.


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