Lunch at Pat’s

If you’ve been a Traveling Supremes member for any length of time, chances are you had lunch during Mardi Gras time at Pat’s Riverside Seafood restaurant. A real Cajun treat, serving only the freshest seafood. The Cooks, Butauds, and Moreaus all showed up for lunch. Alas, Burnel was stilL under the weather a bit and stayed at home. And, we had a pleasant surprise, charter members Dave and Cynthia Reed came by to say hello.

So we had plenty of old stories and fresh seafood for an terrific lunch.

Entrance to Pat’s restaurant has plenty of other sights to see

Cynthia and Dave Reed
The Reeds and Cooks
The Butauds, Laninga’s and lonely Marie

Mardi Gras!

Not a Rally, not even a gathering, but more like a get together… the Butauds, Cooks, Laninga’s and Moreaus met in Lafayette for some fun togetherness. And, of course, with it being Mardi Gras we had to attend the parade and collect beads. But before all that Marie prepared some most excellent shrimp etouffe. Too bad Burnel was feeling under the weather but except for that the hospitality and getting together was most appreciated. Even the weather held with no rain or cold spell!

The group (sans Burnel) getting set up for the parade

The parade started by some impressively large horse patrols

There was some most impressive musical effort taking place
One of the 25 or so floats

You want beads? No problem!

Some pretty fancy beads

Elaborate art work on the floats

Downsizing your coach?

The Cooks and the Phillips travelled to Tampa for the big RV show. As luck would have it, the Smith’s (James and Gail) were there as well. They also ran into the Bayless’s.

Driving these big motor homes is difficult and many people downsize their rigs. The Cooks and Phillips took advantage of the RV show and downsized to a Cricket. They also took the Smiths for a ride. Now they fit into the smallest RV sites!

Actually the Cricket is a cool little electric cart that fits in the back of many SUVs. Great for those huge RV shows as well as getting around the largest RV Park.

Left: Deanne and Dave, right: James and Les,, back Gail and IdA

John Brandon, followup

John Brandon passed away last Tuesday night of a heart attack, like his father. Funeral arrangements are as follows. There will be visitation at Rector funeral home Sunday, June 10th from 3-7. Funeral will be Monday June 11th , 10am at Dreamland Cemetery, in Canyon, TX. The graveside will be with full military honors.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to CASA Amarillo (click here). This is a wonderful child advocacy organization. Any flowers received will be donated to the Ussery Roan retirement home for Veterans and to the Veterans hospital in Amarillo, following the service.

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RIP John Brandon

It is with saddened heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of fellow Travel Supreme member John Brandon.  John always was a fun person to be with and the life of any rally.  He loved playing dominoes with the guys in the club (even though he never won). He always had a kind word for everyone and enjoyed meeting new people.  His skills as a singer, reciter of poetry, and all around good guy will be sorely missed at future rallies.

John was very active with rendering Military Honor Funerals.  As of last end year, he had given military honors at around 700 funerals.  We have seen him sing the national Anthem during Military Appreciation Day at civic events.  He loved God and country.

His friends, Don and Betty Smith in Amarillo, are making final arrangements.   His cremated remains will be lain to rest with Military Honors on Friday, June 8th.  A memorial will be held at a later date.  Details  are still being finalized but Don and Betty Smith may be reached at (806) 570-8056.

May he rest in peace.  We will miss him.

RIP Bill Waters

From Linda Brian

It is with great sadness I inform you that Bill Waters, past president of the Traveling Supremes, has passed away from cancer at the age of 89.  The funeral arrangement is incomplete at this time, but the visitation will be Tuesday May 29th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Zachery United Methodist Church in Zachery, Louisiana.  The funeral will be on Wednesday, 30th, but the time has not been set.

If you plan on attending the funeral, you may call the funeral home at 225-654-4480 later today or Monday for the time.  You may read the obituary on line by logging on the internet  by clicking here  to see all the accomplishments he achieved in his lifetime.  News about Geneva is that she is in the nursing home and not in good health.

Please pray for the family during this time of great loss of such an outstanding man.  We all loved his wit and leadership while members of our club.

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Lou and Carol Butaud update

Update from Lou and Carol:

We hope to close on our Boerne home by April 24. And, on our new home in Boerne soon thereafter. Yes, Boerne. Health concerns, mostly related to Carol’s concerns about leaving her current medical team in the middle of her five year evaluation for lung cancer, have caused us to abandon our plan to move to Louisiana. We feel confident that this is the best option for us at this time. We are also currently evaluating if we are going to change from our current preferred mode of travel (RVing ) to more cruises and destination vacations by air and spending more time with children and grandchildren. Our RV could wind up somewhere near Lafayette, as a second home —– and, then again, maybe not. Another big decision ahead. Our new address will be 206 Branson Falls, Boerne, Tx 78006. Home phone will change, cells numbers will not.

Safe Travels, Lou and Carol