BASILE-It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of John David Aguillard announces his unexpected passing on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at his home in Watson at the age of 61. The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church in Basile on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm with Funeral Services to follow at 2:30 pm with Pastor Mike Fontenot officiating. Burial will follow in the Basile Protestant Cemetery.
John was born on January 24, 1960 to Elson and Nellie Aguillard. The youngest of four, “Li’l John” brought many years of jokes and laughter to his family, as well as anyone who knew him. A 1978 graduate of Basile High School, John attended LSU and LA Tech where he met his wife, Linda Riddle. As a young child, he had a voracious fascination with cars, electric trains, hot wheels, and anything with a motor. His experise and knowledge of motor vehicles would ultimately lead him to become a successful, master mechanic. He was a talented and gifted artist and photographer, having captured numerous distinct images of places and objects that would be featured in various prominent publications. John was the family photographer, and whether it was a family gathering, a wedding, or a simple candid shot, he was always willing to capture the moment. His memory will be alive as we treasure these beautiful photos.
John is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Linda Riddle Aguillard of Watson; son, Austin David Aguillard of Watson; brothers, Gary Aguillard and wife, Daria of Carencro, and Dana Aguillard and wife, Betty Jo of Elton; sister, Suzanne Andrus and husband, Chuck of Basile; mother in law, Edith Riddle of Lake Providence; sister in laws, Debbie Riddle Cheney and husband, Alan of Vicksburg, MS, and Sharon Riddle Hale and husband, Casey of Lake Providence; uncle, Carrol Aguillard of Upland, CA; nephews and nieces, Wesley Aguillard, Alison Trammell, Aaron Aguillard, Jeffrey Aguillard, Abel Andrus, Alyssa Futrell, Adrienne Andrus, Blade Hale, and Nickolas Hale; great nephews and nieces, Lauren, Maya, Tal, Ebby, Eryn, Trapper, Edie, Ethan, Mia, Kate, Jillian, Callie and Dani; as well as extended family and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Elson and Nellie Aguillard; father in law, William Riddle; as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Pallbearers carrying John to his place of rest include Wesley Aguillard, Jeffrey Aguillard, Abel Andrus, Chad Trammell, Blade Hale, and Nicholas Hale.
Family and friends may view his obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Basile, 1210 South Ryan, (337)457-3371 is in charge of arrangements.
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