January 21, 2024


Norris Paul Bourgeois, Jr.

November 23, 1952 - January 19, 2024

Norris Paul Bourgeois, Jr., age 71 and a resident of Mount Hermon, passed away Friday night January 19, 2024 at North Oaks Medical Center. He was a native of Raceland, Louisiana, born on November 23, 1952 (and “Still a Chap” as always). Norris worked at Dairyman, Inc. for a time and then served as an engineer and mechanic on offshore tugboats before retiring. He was a true “Jack of All Trades” as he could fix or build just about anything and he worked as a handyman for family, friends and neighbors. Norris had a kind heart and was always willing to help others in need. He also had a “green thumb” and enjoyed planting a garden and many different types of fruit trees for his family. He loved to spread joy to people that he met, including all the nurses, doctors and patients he met during his own tough times. Quick to tell jokes and play pranks, Norris loved to make people smile and laugh, often saying he “was truly blessed, so how can I be sad”. He wore a big white beard for much of his life, meaning he played the role of Santa Claus many times, just another opportunity to spread joy to others and show love to the children. Norris had a special place in his heart for his pet Chihuahua “Cedar Rose” and he will be forever missed by all that knew and loved him.

Survived by: Daughter and Son In law: Darlene Bourgeois Stinson and Travis Stinson of Mt. Hermon; Son: Charles Hardebeck of Shreveport; Step-Daughters: Glenda Smith, Linda Smith; Grandchildren and Spouses: Ashton St. Germaine, Kimberly and Bradley Choat, Jacob and Natalie Bradford, Ryan Stinson, Judy Anderson and Sean Oquinn, Daniel Keating, Cody and Mary Strickland, Steve Ortiz; Great-grandchildren: Rylan, Cohen, Sawyer, Quinn, Cooper, Reed, Carolyn, Barrett, Kadence, Nyjah, Nolan, Dakota, Emma Sue, Adeline, Jewlie and an expected great-grandchild; Sisters and Brothers in law: “Baby Sister” Linda and Carroll Aucoin, Susan Bankston al of Raceland, Sally and Al Babin of Geismar; Brothers in law: Doug Turnage, Jimmy Turnage, Wayne Turnage; Also numerous nieces, nephews and other family members

He was preceded in death by an infant son Edward Paul Bourgeois, parents Norris Paul Bourgeois, Sr. and Marion Matherne Bourgeois, brother Ellis James Bourgeois, sister Nancy Rodrigue.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton) on Wednesday January 24th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and after 10:00 am on Thursday. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 2:00 pm Thursday with Bro. Ed Story officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Travis Stinson, Carrol Aucoin, Jacob Bradford, Sean Oquinn, Ricky Bankston, Steve Ortiz

Honorary Pallbearers: Ryan Stinson, Jermie Bankston, Doug Turnage, Jimmy Turnage, Wayne Turnage, Don Rodrigue

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