Terry Wayne Mayeux, a resident of Opelousas, LA, passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by his family on September 27, 2017 at the age of 80. Visitation will be observed at 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, with a rosary at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on September 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, LA with the Very Rev. Msgr. Keith DeRouen officiating, and with co-celebrant Rev. Angelo Cremaldi.
Terry grew up in Reddell, LA, attended Vidrine High School and SLI college, Lafayette, LA, graduating in Geology and Math. He worked briefly as a geologist, and then worked at Louisiana Social Services Department in Opelousas and Lafayette until his retirement. He served in the Army and was recalled during the Cuban Crisis while stationed at Ft. Sill, Ok.
Some of his proudest accomplishments include achieving the Eagle Scout rank, attending Philmont Scout Camp, and later volunteering as the Scout Master for Troop 165 in Opelousas. He was a devout Christian, attending Cursillo in his youth under the direction of Father Fidelis, serving as president on the Queen of Angels church parish council, and as a Lector for over 50 years. He was quick to help those in need, including regular hair cuts for elderly friends and neighbors, while enjoying their company.
Terry was an avid tennis player, enjoying it weekly until his illness. He was skilled at woodwork, carving, building, and was a handyman who could fix almost anything. He was a kid at heart, playful, and always had a good joke or story to tell.
He was a very devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by his family, whom he devoted his whole life serving. He is preceded in death by his parents’ J.J. Mayeux and Lilly Guillory of Reddell, LA, his son Peter J. Mayeux, and grandchildren Andrew P. Mayeux (son of Peter and Sandy) and Michael B. Mayeux (son of Paul and Ruby).
Terry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Nell Chauffe of Breaux Bridge, and their children: Phillip Mayeux and wife Debbie Moore of Kountze, TX, Paul Mayeux and wife Ruby Smith of Orange, TX, Carmen McFaul and husband Keith McFaul of Oak Harbor, WA, Patrick Mayeux of Cambridge, MA, Eric Mayeux and wife Rachel Millett of Youngsville, LA, Marie Cook and husband Clint Cook of Plano, TX, Megan Cryer Mayeux of Hartman, AR. He has 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by one sister, Wilda M. Chapman, of Scott, LA, and one brother, Stacey Mayeux, of Reddell, LA.
The family expresses its deep gratitude and sincere thanks to all his caregivers during his illness, especially Lafayette General Oncology Group, First Option Home Health, Heart of Hospice for his end of life care, and Dr. Gary Blanchard, his internist.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
I can't remember a time that I didn't know Mr. Terry. I'm grateful for that.
From the time I was a child, he always took the time to engage me in conversation regarding my interests at that time in my life and to offer encouragement.
I had a lot of respect for him and will always remember him with fondness.
My deepest sympathies to the Mayeux family.
Steve Ardoin, LA
Our sympathies and prayers for you and family T. Paul.
Alan & Sherrie
Alan & Sherrie DoughertyOrange, TX
Condolences to the Mayeux family on their loss. Terry was my supervisor at the Lafayette Parish Office of Family Support when I began there back in 1992. I attribute any accomplishments in my career with what is now known as DCFS/ES to the foundation that Terry gave me. He was a generous with his time and patient in his teaching. A truly wonderful man!
My prayers and sympathy for Terry's family. I was a member of Terry's Tennis Family and miss spending enjoyable time with him on the courts. He was always cheerful and full of compliments for fellow players, although he was hard on himself. I know that the Lord has welcomed him to a special place in paradise.
Don D'AvyOpelousas, LA
Mr. Mayeux was always so kind and polite to us. Steve never could hear him well enough to understand what he was saying but I know they made each other laugh. Mr. Mayeux was a great man and role model and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with him and the rest of his family. Lifting you all in prayer. May the Lord bless you all with comfort, understanding and peace during this time. Love and hugs to each of you,
Steve and Melanie JonesGranbury, TX
Very sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for the family.
Tammy TalbotPort Allen, LA
I worked with Terry as a fellow supervisor at Lafayette OFS for years. He always talked about his family. I also have a memory of him sharing that he said little silent prayers at random moments during the day. Such a good man!
Melanie ChoateChurch Point, LA
My thoughts and prayers go to the entire Mayeux family. Terry and I worked together at OFS in Opelousas and Lafayette. He was honest, hard working and had great work ethic. It was my pleasure to have known him, learned from him and worked along with him all those years. May his soul rest in peace!
Debbie Dejean-RiopelSt. Albert, Alberta Canada, LA
My PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY, GOD BE WITH YOU, AT THIS TIME.
MARTHA HUGHESOrange, TX
My condolences to the family on the passing of Terry. So sorry to lose another old Scout from the Redell/Vidrine troop.
Wendell GuilloryFairhope, AL
Nell, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that the family has our deepest condolences and prayers.
Nancy BrileyOpelousas, LA
My condolences to the entire Mayeux family. Mr Terry was a man of honor, hard working, simple and pure in character, and a true man of faith. It was truly an honor to have known him and called him my friend. His legacy will be the extraordinary family that he and Mrs Nell have raised. I will truly miss my old tennis buddy.
Bobby Casanova, LA
Mr Terry and Mrs Nell were our neighbors when I was a teenager. They were the sweetest and kindest people I ever knew. I babysat for them on occasion. I loved them dearly. Mrs. Nell, I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr Terry was a very special person, as are you. If my mom had her senses about her she would want to send her condolences. So I will send them for our family. Much love and sympathy to you and your family.
Cathy BaconOpelousas, LA
Such a sweet man . He will be greatly missed but his smile will always be remembered . Praying for the family .
Julie Hooks and FamilyOpelousas, LA
We are saddened by the passing of a dear friend and neighbor.Many fond memories
Of gatherings with a lot of laughter and
Conversation about friends and our loving children who were so cherished by Terry and Nell, A good man and special friend to Linda and I
Charles and Linda Joubert
Charles JoubertLafayette, LA
Nell, Sandra called me a few minutes ago to let me know about Terry. I am so sorry for your loss. It is unbelievable that a man who looked to be perfectly healthy could have succumbed to such an illness. Am in Dallas. Brennan came down for our neighbor's sudden death (funeral) last Friday, and I rode back w/him. Will be going home next week. Know that you & your family are in our hearts and prayers. Love you, Nell.
Whitney & Carolyn
Carolyn CropperPort Barre, LA