Delores May LeBlanc Evans, 86, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019. She was born in New Iberia, Louisiana, on May 17, 1933, to Ben Leblanc and Martha Romero Leblanc. She grew up in New Iberia working in sugar cane fields and eventually, at the Evangeline Theatre. She grew up with 7 siblings - Percy, Dunis, Jeckell, Emile ( Nicky), Geraldine, Judy, and Sandra.
Delores loved Christmas. She decorated every room in her home, including the bathroom. Each year, she made it bigger and bigger. More lights, more trees, more Santas. Her yard was elaborately decorated as well, with her own version of a Christmas village. She often had the score of the Iron Bowl Game written out in lights on the roof of her house, and one year showed her support for the Dallas Cowboys by putting a huge star on the roof. She was a celebrity in Chatom. Many people came to see her decorations, and the local paper even did an article about her love for Christmas.
Everyone called her Chut. We still aren’t 100% sure how she earned that nickname, but it has certainly stuck. Chut loved to travel, go to church, attend WMU meetings, teach GA’s and Acteens, sing in the choir, cook, spend time with her “Golden Girls” (Sadie Jewel Akridge & Vivian Vann), and be her extra, sparkly self. She loved music, jewelry, sequins, hats, scarves, and the color mauve. She was also a fan of Billy Graham, Alabama football, Melba toast, Fresca, Diet Coke, Duffy’s, and Donald Trump.
There were definitely 3 things she believed in - other than God, Family, and Faith; and those were: baby powder, Vick’s VapoRub, Abdul Dramamine. She did resort to shoving Creomulsion down her grandkids’ throats from time to time, if she heard them cough even the tiniest bit. She loved watching her “soaps”, and by soaps, we mean Dallas and Dynasty. There were many hours spent snuggled in bed at night watching Mama’s Family, The Golden Girls, and Johnny Carson. She enjoyed seeing who could grow the biggest tomatoes - her husband, Joe, or his brother, Bill. Boy, did she give Bill fits! She made Joe his nightly banana split almost every evening during the news, and to this day, no one can make a banana split, or a batch of pralines,like her.
Alabama Chut, as her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews from Louisiana called her, was a breast cancer survivor. She learned English, while teaching others French. She was proud of her Cajun heritage. It showed through her loving way of giving her family nicknames such as Pom, Palooney, Ya-Ya, Pasquale, T-Luke, and Suga Boo.
Delores was always surrounded by a multitude of family and friends. She is preceded in death by her Father, Ben; her mother, Martha; her brothers, Percy, Dunis, Jeckell, Emile (Nicky); sisters, Judy and Geraldine; husband, Joseph Evans, and husband, Francis Norman. She is survived by her sister, Sandra. She is also survived by sons, Leroy Louviere, Jr. and wife, Jenny; Chris Evans, and wife, Cheryl; and daughter, Martha McDowell, and husband, John Ray.
Surviving grandchildren include: Nikki Louviere Medieros (Germon), Logan Louviere, John Louviere (Amber), Adam Louviere (Aubrey), Mallorie Evans, Adam Carpenter (Heather), Andrew Carpenter (April), Simone McDowell Jordan (Luke), Michelle McDowell Taylor (Jerry Lee), Shea McDowell Webb (Michael), 17 Great Grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.
Chris (Cheryl) Evans
Leroy (Jenny) Louviere, Jr.
Martha (John) McDowell
Seventeen Great Grandchildren
Preceded in Death By:
Husband ~ Joseph B. Evans
Parents ~ Ben & Martha Romero LeBlanc
Pallbearers ~ Jerry Lee Taylor, Luke Jordan, Michael Webb,
George "Peanut" McDonald, Shane Frioux, John Wesley Vaughan, III
Honorary Pallbearers ~ Brock Pellerin, Byron Pellerin, Gaylen Pellerin
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM ~ 2:00 PM, at Believe Worship Center. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 PM with Bro. Terry Hartley, Bro. Bob Younge, & Bro. John Louviere officiating and St. Stephens Funeral Home directing. Interment will be at Joseph B. Evans Memorial Cemetery.