Floyd Ray Burdeaux
July 19, 1933 - November 03, 2021
Mr. Floyd Ray Burdeaux, a resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away peacefully at his home and went to be with his Lord Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the age of 88 from a suspected heart attack.
Floyd worked many different jobs, including three paper routes while still in high school and many years in outside sales at Central Electric before he opened up his Mobil Gas Station on Pleasant Hill in 1967 and later added used car sales. In 1977, he moved to Alabama Avenue and added lawnmowers and motorcycle sales to his gas station and used car business. Later, he franchised and added auto parts to become Burdeaux Auto Parts and continued Burdeaux Used Cars with his son. After the parts store burned in 2014, when he was 80, he was not ready to retire. He rebuilt, opened and operated, along with his daughter, Burdeaux Auto Paint and Supply. He was so proud of his business sense and ability to adapt to changing times to stay in business in Bogalusa for over 50 years.
Floyd was always quick to tell a joke to anybody who would listen, and he would tell his jokes often. He was also quick to share stories of his life adventures. He always enjoyed sharing his bass voice in Praise of our Savior, whether it was in church choir, a gospel quartet, as music director at church, solo-specials at church, or singing with a group to the residents at Rest Haven Nursing Home.
Floyd earned his pilot's license, loved to fly, and owned several different planes over the years. He often told his "near miss" stories and love to talk of his Civil Air Patrol days. He, along with Buck Jordan, Gussy Warner, and Larry Ward, formed the T-Birds Flying Club. He loved his joint-tutorship training teenagers about the Air Force and flying in the Civil Air Patrol. His last literal flight was a gift from his children purchased for him to fly a WWII Stearman bi-plane. On Wednesday evening, he made his final flight home to be with his Savior and rest in the arms of Jesus. He was a member of Lee’s Creek Baptist Church.
Floyd was survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Ladner Burdeaux; two sons Richard R. (Nina) Burdeaux, Sr. of Jacksboro, Tennessee and Fred (Debbie) Burdeaux of Bogalusa, LA; one daughter Lilyan Burdeaux (Bert) Burns of Bogalusa, LA; six grandchildren Robert (Kris) Burdeaux of Lynchburd, VA, Helena Burdeaux (Chad) Johnson of Cookeville, TN, Michelle Burdeaux (Jason) Ehristine of Marryville, TN, Richard R. (Sam) Burdeaux, Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Steven Floyd (Sarah) Burdeaux of Minden, LA, and Alyssa Knight of Bogalusa, LA; 10 Great Grandchildren; 8 Great Great Grandchildren; and his sister Charlene Burdeaux (H.L.) Crain of Bogalusa, LA. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Elouise Martin and two brothers in law Robert Ladner and James Ladner and a very special friend he always joked was “his adopted son and now a Burdeaux”, Virgil Seals.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents Floyd Fytel and Lillian Holston Burdeaux.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa, LA from 10:00 A.M. until time for the services at 2:00 P.M. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.