The funeral will be on Friday August 6, 2021, at a Christian funeral mass at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Carencro for Milton Louis Armand Guilbeau, 94, who passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. friends, Wednesday August 4, 2021. Interment will be at the Evangeline Memorial Gardens in Carencro. Reverend Mario Romero, parish priest of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, will officiate at the services. Readers will be Bridget Vincent and Kaye Prejean. Musical selections will be provided by Tony Broussard, Tammy Lynn Maturin and Richard Comeaux. Mr. Guilbeau, affectionately known as “Boo Boose”, was born in Ossun, Louisiana, on May 11, 1927, to Augustin and Lydia Broussard Guilbeau when he was the baby of eight children. In his youth, he attended Joseph Broussard School on land donated by his grandfather Broussard and then graduated from Scott High School. After high school, Milton met Sadie Marie Courvelle of Cankton, Louisiana, and they were married on February 14, 1950. They moved to Lake Charles for a time before returning to Acadiana to live in Lafayette where they made their home. . They had a beautiful baby girl, Lisa Marie, who stole her heart. Milton worked as a plumber in his early years, owned a business for a short time, and then was hired by Coburns Supply. While working at Coburns, Milton continued his career taking Dale Carnegie courses. He was still learning, even on computer lessons for Adobe Print Shop. He was a wealth of knowledge on so many subjects. He was instrumental in installing computers in all Coburns locations and in organizing complete inventory systems. After years of hard work, he was elevated to director of Coburns Supply in downtown Lafayette, then was promoted to president of Coburns’ Maloney division, until his retirement in 1992. He played the music very early while working at Coburns. He has performed with many groups, initially with the Streamliners, which performed on radio and television, and in local clubs. At the time, it was frowned upon to be a musician and to have a respectable job. Milton only allowed the camera to show his hands when playing the steel guitar. He used the name Mr. X. He started playing steel guitar at an early age, taking his old guitar and raising the strings on it. While serving in the Navy he played this guitar and it sounded like Hawaiian music using his pocket knife to make the chords. When he first started playing, he was only making $ 4-6 per gig. A steel he made from plumbing pieces was on display at the Hillard Museum, along with a steel tower he made from cypress, made of nails and string. He was honored there for ‘Crafting the Louisiana Sound: Tools of Cajun and Creole Music’. This honor meant the world to him. In the 1970s he worked with Joe Douglas and even played at the Grand Ole Opry in ’75. Then he worked with COD, which was named best country band in the ’80s. He also worked with Louis Meaux and The Rhythm Kings and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 1997. He has worked with so many talented musicians in Acadiana and befriended many players in the country music industry, such as Buddy Emmons , ‘Big E’ as it was affectionately called by all Steel guitarists in Nashville and around the world. Milton would call Emmons “Big E” and Emmons would affectionately call Milton “Big M”! He met many stars and friends along the way. Milton was an inventor, craftsman, builder, mentor and teacher to many players in the music industry. A man of many talents. He played steel guitar, mandolin and dobro. He lived 94 busy years and was blessed in many ways. Her greatest joy in her later years was the birth of her grandson, Frankie. He spent those days playing, designing and building toy trains that Frankie loved, and all the kids who went to see Beau Beau also enjoyed it! He enjoyed his successes in life but was a simple man. As Frankie puts it, âA simple man is not a superficial man. He was simple but had such a big and generous heart with his family and friends, and a deep musical appreciation. He gave generously from his heart to those in need. Milton never missed the duties of Frankie and the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren he adopted into his heart as his own. He was dedicated and loyal to his family and spent his life ensuring that his daughter and grandson would be taken care of after his death. The best way to perpetuate the kindness he has shown to others is to live by the quote he used in his emails: “My goal is to help as many people as possible, especially the isolated and disadvantaged. Â»Let us honor Beau by living our life every day by doing good to others around us! He will be dearly missed by so many in the music industry, our community, his family and friends. Our Eight-Toed Beau, as we called him, may you rest now in peace with God and the love of your life, Sadie. Thank you for everything you have done for us. We love you dearly. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Marie G. Parks and grandson, Frank (Frankie) Parks, IV; several nieces, nephews and an abundance of adopted children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who called him Beau Beau. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sadie Marie Courvelle Guilbeau; his parents, Augustin Guilbeau and the former Lydia Broussard; two brothers, Viateur ‘Ta-Too’ Guilbeau and Raoul ‘Choon’ Guilbeau; and five sisters, Solange ‘Susu’ G. Hernandez, Laurence ‘LoLo’ Trahan, Irene G. ‘Nan’ Latour, Winnie ‘Win’ Dupuis and Amy ‘T-Mae’ Guilbeau. A rosary will be recited Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and continue from 9:00 a.m. until duty time on Friday. The bearers will be Frank Parks, IV, Blaine Courville, Tony Broussard, Randy Maturin, Edward Hebert and Richard Comeaux. Consult the obituary and the guest book online at www.melanconfuneralhome.net. Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by The Acadiana Advocate August 6-7, 2021.