Emoor Samuel Bordelon, Jr

Emoor Samuel Bordelon, Jr

Birth
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 14 Jan 2013 (aged 81)
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot Section 12, Plot 9, Space 5
Memorial ID 103619835 · View Source
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Baptized by Father M. L. Plauche. Godparents: Collins Mayeux, maternal uncle, & Irene Mayeux, maternal aunt.

Emoor Samuel Bordelon, Jr. know to the family as Sam. Never married. Just before Sam was born, our Dad had to go to sea on one of the oil tankers. He was gone on a round the world trip for 2 years. Mon moved back to Marksville, while Dad was away. So, Dad did not see his son until he was 2 years old. During that trip, another man on the ship also had a son named Sam. Dad was told that Sam had died. Much later, the company reported the mistake to the 2 men. It was the other man's son, Sam, who had died. Dad felt badly for the man, but was glad his son was alive.

Sam attended St. Joseph's Catholic School on Church Street (now 4th Street) for the first grade. From the Second to the 8th grades, he went to St. Anthony of Padua school in Baton Rouge.. St. Anthony's was a girls only high school. He transferred to Catholic High School for high school. It was run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. After graduation, in 1949 he entered the novitiate for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. They were a religious order of men who taught school in various states. After the novitiate, he went to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama for college. After graduating, he taught school at Menard in Alexandria, Donaldsonville, Thibodeaux, and McGill in Mobile, Alabama. He decided to join the Benedictine order of monks. He left the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to enter a monastery in northern Alabama. However, by 1962, on the advice of doctors because of declining health, he left the Benedictine Order. They sent him to live in the rectory at a church in Thibodeaux to get acclimated to civilian life.

In 1962 he accepted a job teaching high school in Soda Springs, Idaho. He remained there until he retired in 1993. While in Soda Springs, he purchased an electronic organ for the church so he could add music to the liturgy. He had played the piano & organ since his high school days. Upon retiring from teaching, he moved back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take care of his mother for the last years of her life.

In 2003 wrote a history of St. John Vianney Parish in Baton Rouge. The parish priest, Father Blanchard, thought it was excellent, and asked if he would write a history of the Catholic Church in Louisiana. After a year of research, in June of 2005 he started a series of lectures on the History of the Church. The pastor also asked if he would instruct men who were trying to return to the Catholic faith. He did so on Wednesday nights at his home.

In December of 2009 he was diagnosed with parkison's disease. By the spring of the next year he had to be moved into an assisted living home. After regaining conrol of himself, he moved to the indenpendant living side of the same place. In 2010 he decided to sell the family home because he would not be able to move back into it. With the help of his sister, Mary Catherine and her husband Dr. Alvin Garon, they got the place ready to sell. It took a year before there was an offer. It was accepted in 2011.

From that time on his health began to deteriorate slowly.
He died at Ollie Steele Burden Manor in Baton Rouge.

He was cremated. We buried him in the family plot on January 19, 2013 next to his parents.


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  • Created by: Jerry Bordelon
  • Added: 15 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103619835
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emoor Samuel Bordelon, Jr (8 May 1931–14 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103619835, citing Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Jerry Bordelon (contributor 46879940) .