David Chabert Pitre

1879 Larose, Louisiana – 1965 Galliano, Louisiana



Continuation of tree (6th child of David Hippolite Pitre/Josephine Ada Marie Pitre); all known surname descendants:

               8           David Chabert Pitre  b: 8 December 1879  Larose, Lafourche, LA; d: 2 February 1965  Galliano, Lafourche, LA

                                + Lucie Savoie  b: 16 December 1883  Lafourche, LA; m: 4 July 1903  Larose, Lafourche, LA [Auguste Arthur/Eveline Marie Plaisance]; d: 10 November 1912  Larose, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Jerome Lubin Pitre  b: 5 May 1904  Larose, Lafourche, LA; d: 19 June 1905  Larose, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Camillia Pitre  b: 2 October 1906  Lafourche, LA; d: 20 November 1988  Golden Meadow, Lafourche, LA

                                          + Justilien A. Terrebonne  b: 25 March 1901  Leeville, Lafourche, LA; m: Abt. 1927  Lafourche, LA [Oscar Bruce/Charlotte Sandras]; d: 22 September 1993  New Orleans, LA


                            *2nd Wife of David Chabert Pitre:

                                + Evelide Bernadette Bruce  b: 10 June 1892  Larose, Lafourche, LA; m: 10 July 1916  Raceland, Lafourche, LA [Louis Alcindor/Julie Savoie]; d: 18 September 1946  New Orleans, LA

                          9           Jessy Wilson Pitre  b: 13 April 1917  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; d: 24 July 1990  Galliano, Lafourche, LA

                                          + Rosemary Adams  b: 10 February 1926  Golden Meadow, Lafourche, LA; m: Aft. 1940; d: Aft. July 1990

                          9           Nero Maurice Pitre  b: 11 April 1918  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; d: 19 March 1981  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA

                                          + Rosalie Marie Vizier  b: 18 January 1920  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; m: 24 February 1938  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA [Clovis Joseph/Palmire Marie Guidry]; d: 13 October 1998  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Euna Pitre  b: 30 March 1920  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; d: 7 August 1986  Westwego, Jefferson, LA

                                          + Lewis Joseph Green  b: 1903; m: 16 September 1939  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Loulan Joseph Pitre  b: 2 March 1921  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; d: 17 October 2010  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA

                                           +Emelia Marie Chabert  b: 19 October 1925  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; m: 1945 [Charles/Ellia Terrebonne]; d: 25 September 2021  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Lester Michael Pitre  b: 8 May 1922  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; d: 20 January 1975  New Orleans, LA

                                          +Earline May Bourgeois  b: 30 September 1925  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA; m: 17 January 1946  Cut Off, Lafourche, LA [Leon Edward/Martha Valentine Pitre]; d: 11 June 2006  Thibodaux, Lafourche, LA

                          9           Vesta Ann Pitre  b: 2 June 1923  Lafourche, LA; d: 11 February 2013  Dearing, McDuffie, GA

                                          + Leo John Suer  b: 1 January 1928  New Orleans, LA; m: 15 May 1948  Lafourche, LA [Joseph/Rena Lafranz]; d: 17 October 2006  Dearing, McDuffie, GA



Notes for David Chabert Pitre:


- 1910 Lafourche, Louisiana:  David Peter 30, wife of 7 years Lucy 26 (1 of 4 children still living), Pamelia 4.


- 1920 Lafourche, LA:  David Pitre 40 (boat navigator), 2nd wife Eveline 26, Wilson 3, Nero 1; orphan Melodie Bruce 1.  Camilia Pitry 13, living with grandparents Auguste Savoie 73 & Eveline 73.


- 1930 Lafourche, LA:  David C. Pitre 50, wife Euclide 38, Wilson 13, Nero 12, Emma 10, Lullen 9, Lester 8, Vestor 7.


- 1940 Cut Off, Lafourche, LA:  David Pitre 60 fisherman/own shrimp boat [$500 house value], wife Evelia 47, Wilson 23 fisherman/shrimps, Louland 19 fisherman/shrimps, Lester 18, Vesta 16, son-in-law Joseph L. Green 36 farmer/dredging lands, wife Euna 20.

- 1950 Lafourche, LA:  Widower David C. Pitre 68.

WWI registration records:  David Chabert Pitre; Lafourche, LA; born 9 Dec 1879; Mrs. Evelide Bruce Pitre; tall height, medium build; brown eyes & brown hair.

WWII Records:  David C. Pitre, res. Cut Off, LA; b. 8 Dec 1880 Lafourche, LA; contact Wilson Pitre (Cut Off, LA); 5' 10", 155 lbs., brown eyes & black hair, dark complexion; 27 Apr 1942 Houma, LA.


Obituary:  Times Picayune, 3 February 1965:  At the Lady of the Sea Hospital, Galliano, La., on Tuesday, February 2, 1965, at 3:24 o'clock p.m., David Pitre, beloved husband of the late Euclide Bruce, father of Wilson; Nero, Loulan and Lester Pitre, Mrs. Justillen Terrebonne, Mrs. Joseph Green and Mrs. Leo Suer, survived by 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, age 85 years; a native of Chenier and a resident of Cut Off, La.  Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral.  Services from the Falgout Funeral Homes Inc., Galliano, La., on Thursday, February 4, 1965, at 9 o'clock a.m., religious services at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cut Off, La.  Interment in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Falgout Funeral Homes, Inc., Galliano, La., in charge.


Tombstone Inscription, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cut Off, LA:  David C. Pitre, Jr. / born Dec. 8, 1879 - died Feb. 2, 1965


Notes for Evelide Bernadette Bruce:

Obituary:  Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 19 September 1946 - At Charity hospital, New Orleans, La., on Wednesday, September 18, 1946, at 11:30 o'clock a.m., Evalide Bruce, beloved wife of David C. Pitre, mother of Jessie, Maurice, Loulan, Lester and Vesta Pitre, Mrs. Joe Green, also survived by three grandchildren, aged 54 years.  Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral, which will take place from the late residence, Cut Off, La.  Due notice of time of funeral will be given.  Religious services at Sacred Heart Catholic church, Cut Off, La.  Interment in Sacred Heart Catholic cemetery.  Falgout Funeral Home, Raceland, La., in charge.


Obituaries for the children:

Jesse Wilson Pitre:  Lafourche Daily Comet (LA):  Funeral services were at noon today at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Golden Meadow for Wilson Pitre, 73, a native of Cut Off and resident of Galliano, who died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday (24 July 1990).  Interment is in Hebert Cemetery in Galliano.  He was the husband of Rosemary Adams Pitre; father of Perry Pitre and Peggy Copeland and grandfather of Leslie Copeland.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Pitre.  Falgout Funeral Home, Galliano, is in charge of arrangements.

Tombstone Inscription, Hebert Cemetery, Galliano:  Jessy Wilson Pitre / BM2 US Coast Guard / World War II / Apr 13, 1917 - Jul 24, 1990


Nero Maurice Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cut Off, LA:  Nero M. Pitre / BM 2 US Navy / World War II / Apr 11, 1918 - Mar 19, 1981 / Rosalie V. Pitre / born Jan. 18, 1920 - died Oct. 13, 1998


Una Pitre:  Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 8 August 1986:  Euna R. Pitre Green of Westwego, Louisiana, on Thursday, August 7, 1986 at 1:30 a.m.  Former wife of Joseph L. Green.  Mother of Susanna M. McCall, David W. Green, Nancy G. Finlason, Rebecca A. Green and Jennifer E. Green.  Sister of Loulan Pitre, Wilson Pitre, Camile Terrebonne, Vesta Suer and the late Lester Pitre and Nero Pitre.  Daughter of the late David and Eveline Bruce Pitre.  Mother-in-law of Roy McCall and Hugh Finlason.  Grandmother of David W. Green, Garrett McCall, Cynthia Green and Susanne McCall.  Special friend of Felicien Lovell.  Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Services from Westside Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, Louisiana, on Friday, August 8, 1986 at 11 a.m.  Interment in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery, Westwego, Louisiana.  Visitation on Thursday, August 7, 1986, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.


Loulan Joseph Pitre:  Wednesday, 20 October  2010:  Loulan Joseph Pitre Sr., 89, a lifelong resident of Cut Off, on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, finally stopped debating every subject imaginable with anyone lucky enough to encounter him.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 15300 West Main St. (La. 1) in Cut Off. Mass will be held at noon Thursday at the church, with interment immediately following.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Emelia Chabert Pitre; four sons, Dr. Holland Pitre and wife, Melanie, Dr. Wayne Pitre and wife, Marie, Glen Pitre and wife, Michelle Benoit, and former state representative Loulan Pitre Jr., J.D., and wife, Tiffany Peperone; five grandchildren, Gannon, Laura, Jason, Emilie and Mathieu; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Audrey; and one sister, Vesta Pitre Suer.  Pitre was born March 2, 1921, the son of David C. Pitre of Cheniere Caminada and Evilide “Bee” Bruce of Cut Off.  He left school in the ninth grade because his family could not afford to buy him shoes, and began working on the family oyster lugger, the Baltimore.  As a youth his nickname was “Scrap,” reflecting two lifelong affinities: collecting junk and lively contrariness.  Pitre enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and rose to the rank of staff sergeant.  Serving aboard the battleship Idaho, Pitre fought in the Aleutians, the Marshalls, the Marianas, Guam, Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Ulithi and Okinawa, where he survived a kamikaze attack.  On Sept. 2, 1945, he witnessed the Japanese surrender ceremonies from the deck of his ship in Tokyo Bay.  After the war, Pitre returned to his hometown, married his sweetheart and built them a house with his own hands.  In between his career as rig-builder, commercial fisherman and captain of virtually every boat type in the Louisiana oilfields, Pitre was an avid hunter, gardener, beekeeper and reader.  He would serve as commander of the Gros-Guidry VFW Post and leader of Boy Scout Troop 390.  He ran for several offices, each time explaining his loss as “obviously the public is saving me for something higher.”  Indeed.  Renowned as a storyteller, Pitre’s tales were featured in various books, films and stage performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and attracted the attention of world-famous documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock and legendary anthropologist Allan Lomax.  Pitre also occasionally worked as a movie actor, including give and take scenes with Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, and was best known internationally for his role as the Sheriff in Belizaire the Cajun, directed by his son.  He had been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including, just weeks before his death, being quoted on the front page of the New York Times.  Pitre died peacefully at his son’s home surrounded by family.  Maintaining his well-known sense of humor till the end, his near-to-last words were, “I see the Reaper circling; I keep trying to wave him off, but he just won’t listen.”  In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation to the Regional Military Museum, P.O. Box 10247, Houma, LA 70363.  Falgout Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

THIBODAUX - When Loulan Pitre died at 89 on Sunday, he “finally stopped debating every subject imaginable with anyone lucky enough to encounter him.”  Those were the opening words of his obituary, penned by one of his four sons, and a fitting line for those who knew him best.  The only one who might have disagreed would have been Pitre himself.  “He would probe you to find out what you believe in and would immediately take the other side,” said Glen, one of Pitre’s sons. “Then he’d switch sides to convince you back.”  Rep. Jerry “Truck” Gisclair, D-Larose, said he considered Pitre a worthy debater. The two would regularly spar when Pitre called into Gisclair’s radio show on KLRZ, “The Rajun’ Cajun,” a radio station in Larose that Gisclair owns.  “His knowledge was just so deep on every subject that we’d cover, from fishing to engineering of levees,” he said. “We’d have a great conversation.”  Holland, another son, said his dad simply enjoyed debating.  “He would wear his Obama T-shirt just to start stuff,” he said. “He loved discourse and discussion.”  Pitre was a lifelong resident of Cut Off, born March 2, 1921.  “He grew up in a home where not only was English not the first language, it wasn’t spoken at all,” Holland said. “His parents never spoke English, only Cajun French.  He had to learn English, and his parents never learned it.”  Pitre worked on the family’s oyster lugger after dropping out of school in the ninth grade because his parents could not afford to buy him shoes.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He served on the battleship Idaho and fought in the Aleutians, the Marshalls, the Marianas, Guam, Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Ulithi and Okinawa.  On Sept. 2, 1945, he witnessed the Japanese surrender ceremonies from the deck of his ship in Tokyo Bay.  He returned to Cut Off after the war, married Emelia Chabert Pitre and worked as a rig-builder, commercial fisherman and boat captain.  “His life was one of the modified American dream,” Holland said. “He came back determined his kids would have a better life than he did.”  Holland and Wayne are doctors. Loulan Jr., now an attorney, served as a state representative in the seat Gisclair took over.  Glen is a screenwriter and film director.  “We all see bits of him in ourselves,” Glen said.  “We all decry how much we have become pack rats like he was.”  Glen said he remembers his father giving Robert Duvall acting tips on the set of “Belizaire the Cajun,” a 1986 film Glen wrote and directed.  “This is right after Duvall won an Oscar for best actor,” he said.  Pitre played the sheriff in the movie.  Loulan Jr., a Harvard-educated attorney, said his dad had no qualms giving him legal advice.  “He’d even give it to me and I’m an attorney,” he said.  “He was brilliant and completely self-educated.”  Pitre was also a fan of the outdoors, an avid hunter, gardener and beekeeper.  Holland said that Pitre got lost in the woods one night during a hunting trip near the family’s cabin in St. Francisville almost 10 years ago.  After hours of unsuccessful searching, Holland called the police, and a helicopter was eventually used to search for him.  “He’s 80 years old at the time,” Holland said. “My mother really thought he was dead.”  But after an entire night and most of the next day searching, “here he comes out of the woods, we were all speechless, and he says: ‘Worst night I’ve spent since Iwo Jima.’ ”  He was also a notorious do-it-yourselfer.  “The first repairman of any stripe that he ever hired was for his heart bypass surgery when he was 80,” Glen said.  “If something went down, he fixed it. Fortunately he was very good at fixing things.”  His sons rattle off dozens of stories about their father, adventures the family will never forget.  “I think if there’s anything I learned from him, it’s that nothing is impossible,” Glen said.  “If something was wrong, you should go after it.  If something needed doing, you should do it.”

Lester Michael Pitre:  Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 22 January 1975:  Lester M. Pitre Sr., at New Orleans, La., on Monday, January 20, 1975 at 6 o'clock p.m.  Beloved husband of Earline Bourgeois Pitre. Father of Lester Pitre Jr., Mrs. Gwendolyn Cheramie, and Mrs. Sandra Stahler.  Brother of Wilson, Nero and Loulan Pitre, Mrs. Camellia Terrebonne;, Mrs. Euna Green and Mrs. Vesta Suer.  Also survived by 5 grandchildren.  Age 52 years.  A native and resident of Cutoff, La.  Relatives and friends of the family, also members of VFW Post 8538, are invited to attend the funeral.  Services from Falgout Funeral Home Inc., Galliano, La., on Wednesday, January 22, 1975 at 1:30 p.m.  Religious services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cutoff, La., at 2 o'clock p.m.  Interment in Sacred Heart Mausoleum.  Please omit flowers.  Donations to Heart Fund preferred.  Falgout Funeral Home in charge.

Tombstone Inscription, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cut Off, LA:  (photo of the couple) / Lester M. Pitre / SC2 US Coast Guard / May 8, 1922 - Jan 20, 1975 / In memory of / Earline B. Pitre / Sept. 30, 1925 - June 11, 2006


Vesta Ann Pitre:  Tombstone Inscription, Alleluia Community Cemetery, Dearing, GA:  Leo John Suer Sr. / US Army / World War II / Jan. 1, 1928 - Oct. 17, 2006  //  Vesta P. Suer / June 2, 1923 / Feb. 11, 2013



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Items in RED verified from transcriptions in the following:

- South Louisiana Records: Church and Civil Records of Lafourche-Terrebonne Parishes  (Rev. Hebert)

- Some Louisiana deaths in RED taken from obituaries or the Louisiana Deaths collection (which includes spouses/parents).

- Some birthdates in RED taken from Social Security records based on obituary/tombstone inscription deathdate.


Last updated:  17 June 2022.