Mar 15, 2013 1:59 PM by Ian Auzenne
A longtime St. Martin Parish public servant has died. Lloyd "Red" Higginbotham passed away Thursday at his home. He was 86. Higginbotham served the Catahoula area for more than 40 years as a justice of the peace, police juror, and parish councilman. Higginbotham also owned Red's Levee Bar in the Catahoula.
State Representative Mike Huval, who served on the St. Martin Parish Police Jury and, later, Parish Council with Higginbotham, remembered him fondly. "He's what you would call a political legend," he said.
Huval also recalled when Higginbotham and his bar, Red's Levee Bar, were featured in a Robert Duvall movie. "Red was in the movie, 'The Apostle,' he said. "They filmed part of the movie at the Levee Bar, and you can catch a quick glimpse of him in one scene working behind the bar."
Visitation will be held from 11:00 A. M. Sunday until 2:30 P. M. Monday at Dion Hall in Catahoula. The funeral will be held Monday at 3:00 P. M. at St. Rita Catholic Church in Catahoula. Burial will follow at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery in Catahoula. Pellerin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
From Pellerin Funeral Homes:
Lloyd Dave "Red" Higginbotham, Sr.
Catahoula - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Catahoula, for Lloyd Dave "Red" Higginbotham, Sr., 86, who passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his residence.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Dion Hall in Catahoula from 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and continue until 2:30 p.m. on Monday. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Fr. Richard Fabre will officiate at the Funeral Mass. Scriptures will be read by Lloyd Higginbotham, Jr. and Tiffanie Bulliard. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery in Catahoula.
Lloyd, better known by his family and friends as "Red," was a veteran of the United States Army, having honorably served his country during World War II, and also served as a medic on the U.S.S. Comfort.
He was the owner and operator of the well-known, Red's Levee Bar and various other businesses for numerous years. Red was activly involved in politics, serving as an elected official for 42 years. During the span of his political career he served in the capacity as: Justice of the Peace, Parish Councilman, and was a past President of the Louisiana Policy Jury Association.
Red was a renowned fortune teller and Cajun healer, otherwise known as a "Traiteur" and was visited by patients from all parts of the world.
In his free time, Red enjoyed going to the horse races and casinos, dancing to Cajun music, and he also enjoyed gardening. He was known by many as a generous man and always willing to assist anyone in need. Red especially loved visiting with his friends at the bar and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his son, Lloyd D. Higginbotham, Jr. of Carencro; four daughters, Vicki Boudreaux and husband, Barry, Trudy Jetton and husband, Shawn, Arlene Higginbotham, and Liz H. Breaux and companion, Wilton Gary, Jr., all of Catahoula; his brother, Francis Higginbotham of St. Martinville; two sisters, Edith Higginbotham of Lafayette, and Jeanette Higginbotham of Catahoula; 22 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Lee Camille Higginbotham; his parents, Dave and Bernadette LeBlanc Higginbotham; and his sister, Gertrude Theriot.
Pallbearers will be Lloyd Higginbotham, Jr., Ridge Boudreaux, Rusty Latiolais, Lane Savoy, Lloyd Higginbotham, III, Kagan Breaux, Tanner Boudreaux, and Francis Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers will be Darby Robicheaux and Mark Lanerie.
Pellerin Funeral Home, (337.332.2111), is in charge of arrangements. To view on-line obituary, sign guestbook and view video tribute, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.com