New Iberia – Lawrence Huey Bayard passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on the 5th of June 2023, at Heritage Manor of Mandeville Nursing Home.
Born on September 10, 1933, in New Iberia, Louisiana, Lawrence was the youngest child of Laurent Bayard and Helena Songe Bayard. He resided in New Iberia his entire life until recently moving to Mandeville to be near his family.
Growing up on a farm gave Lawrence, also known to those who knew him well as Whitey, a love for all outdoors. He cherished memories of living on the farm and told many stories of his youth and how simple life was back then. Lawrence enjoyed working in his yard and took pride in his beautiful gardens and citrus trees that he grew so well. He also took joy in fishing and riding in his boat while he was still able to. His passion was deer hunting as can be seen by so many photos, stories and trophy bucks.
As a young man, Lawrence served in the Louisiana National Guard Co. G, 156th Infantry Regiment with the rank of sergeant. After marrying his high school sweetheart, JoAnn, he began working in the oil and gas industry and remained with this until his retirement at 79 years old.
Lawrence loved his children and grandchildren dearly, but when he would see his great grandchildren, his eyes would light up. They brought him true delight.
Lawrence is survived by his children, Michelle Bayard of Mandeville, Brenda B. Champagne and husband, Dwight of Mandeville, and Richard Bayard and wife Debbie of St. Martinville. Survivors also include his grandchildren, Benjamin Champagne and wife Ashley of Conroe, Texas, Sally Forshag and husband Casey of St. Martinville, Kelly Matt and husband Johnathon of Lafayette, Jonah Stoute of Lafayette, and Hunter Bayard of St. Martinville; and nine great grandchildren. Lawrence also leaves behind to cherish his memory many nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to him as “Uncle Bub”.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife, JoAnn Landry Bayard; and his sons, Bryan Daniel Bayard and David Lawrence Bayard.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Heritage Manor of Mandeville, as well as St. Catherine’s Hospice. The care and compassion shown was very comforting and meant so much to him and his family.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd, New Iberia, LA 70560 (337.365.3331)