Terry James Clement

Terry James Clement

Birth
Evangeline, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 5 Jul 2019 (aged 85)
Evangeline, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Evangeline, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 200942523 · View Source
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Obituary for Terry James Clement
Terry James Clément passed away July 5th in his residence. Terry was born May 5th, 1934 the 6th of 9 children for Laurent and Ada Clément. A Mass of Christian Burial for Terry James Clement, 85 of Evangeline, LA will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Evangeline, LA on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM with Father Paul LaFleur officiating. Burial will follow St. Joseph Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held Matthews & Son Funeral Home in Jennings, LA on Monday, July 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM with a Rosary recited at 10:00 AM and continuing until his Christian Mass at 11:30 AM.

Terry fell in love with French Music at a very early age and in 1949 formed his first band, Terry Clément and his Rhythmic Five with brother Purvis and brother-in-law Ronnie Goodreau. He would go on to form the Tune Tones and finally; when younger brother Grant was old enough to join, he formed The Clément Brothers band.
In 1952 Terry and Purvis were riding in a pickup truck to a show in Holly Beach when they decided they were going to make a record, the two of them played around with some catchy tunes and lyrics and the following week “Diggy Liggy Lo” was recorded in Crowley. They continued to play music around the country and in 1993 they were inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame and presented the “Prix De Pionnier” award in 2002 by the Cajun French Music Association.
Terry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from LSU in 1957 and was an avid LSU fan. You could often spot him on a Saturday Night at LSU stadium proudly wearing his custom-made Tiger “Fur” sport coat cheering on his “Little” Tigers.
Terry retired from the United States Department of Agriculture in 1989 after 32 years of service as a Soil Conservationist, often traveling to foreign countries to assist in developing their agricultural programs. He was recognized by the USDA for his outstanding performance above and beyond his assigned duties with a Meritorious Service Award in 1977.
Terry was an avid horticulturist and enjoyed tending to his garden and many fruit trees. He also spent many hours in his wood shop creating a variety of wooden toys and furniture for friends and family.
Left to cherish his memories are: son Jules Clay (Sharon); daughters Anissa (Larry), Lisa Mullett (Matt) and Angela LeJeune (Kyle); brother Grant (Diane) and sister Carita Goodreau (Ronnie); grandchildren Bradley, Abby, Jack, Madison, and Bennet; plus, a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Terry is preceded in death by his parents Laurent and Ada; sisters Audrey, Melba, Thelma (Tilly), and Cecile; brothers Hubert Sr., and Purvis.


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  • Created by: Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis
  • Added: 8 Jul 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 200942523
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Terry James Clement (5 May 1934–5 Jul 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 200942523, citing Saint Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Evangeline, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis (contributor 47145065) .