|Etienne Brouillette was born on August 24, 1900; he died on January 28, 1976. He is survived by his wife, Jane Morgan Dyson Brouillette; two sons, Sims and Etienne, Jr.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on January 29, 1976, in the Abbeville United Methodist Church; leading the services were Rev. Byrl J. Moreland, District Superintendent, Lake Charles District, and Rev. Kenneth McDowell, District Superintendent, Lafayette District. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery.
Bro. Brouillette was a teacher and a preacher. A lover of children and youth, a strong believer in the basics in public education, he served as a teacher in the Vermillion Parish schools and as a principal of the Perry High School for twenty-four years. He felt called of God to enter the Christian ministry through the United Methodist Church, which he so deeply loved. As a lay pastor he served at Ebenezer, Crowley-Wesley, Indian Bayou, and Church Point. Every church he served loved him and his devoted wife and each church grew under his guidance and ministry.
He attended Northwestern University and the University of Southwest Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the latter institution. He also attended the Lay Pastors’ School at Southern Methodist University.
He was active in community affairs; he served as Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army in Vermillion Parish; he was active in scouting; he was a Master Mason and served as chaplain of the Abbeville Lodge.
Bro. Brouillette will be sorely missed. Throughout his life and active work, far beyond his retirement, he will be fondly remembered and cherished. Pupils, teachers, parents, church members—young and old—loved him for what he stood for and for what he gave. For what he gave was what he knew he had received—grace!
Bro. Etienne Brouillette, like the Lord he loved and served, was a grace-giver!
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1976, p.133 By Tracy Arnold|