William H "Billy" Jarrell, Jr.
February 7, 1938  -  March 11, 2019

William H "Billy" Jarrell, Jr.

Sibille Funeral Home
2309 George Drive
Opelousas, LA  70570
Monday, March 18, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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2309 George Drive
Opelousas, LA  70570
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
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MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
St. Landry Catholic Church
1020 North Main Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
10:00 a.m.
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ELKS SERVICE
Sibille Funeral Home Chapel
2309 George Drive
Opelousas, LA  70570
Monday, March 18, 2019
5:30 p.m.
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ROSARY SERVICE
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2309 George Drive
Opelousas, LA  70570
Monday, March 18, 2019
7:00 p.m.
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Bellevue Memorial Park
4833 Highway 182
Opelousas, LA  70570
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William Hamilton Jarrell, JR, better known as Billy, passed away on Monday night, March 11, 2019 at Opelousas General Hospital. He was surrounded by his large loving family after suffering a heart attack early Sunday morning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 19th at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. Celebrant will be Monsignor Russell Harrington, Concelebrant will be Reverend James Brady. Lectors will be his granddaughters, Lauren, Jaime and Chloe. Gift bearers will be his granddaughters, Caroline and Emily. Rite of Committal will follow in Bellevue Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 18th from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Sibille Funeral Home in Opelousas. Monday evening an Elks service will be held at 5:30 PM and a rosary recited at 7 PM. Visitation will continue Tuesday, March 19th from 8 AM until 9:30 AM in the funeral home.

Billy was born February 7, 1938 in Opelousas, LA, the oldest child of William Hamilton Jarrell, SR and Jessie Rosa Barnett Jarrell. Growing up in Opelousas, Billy attended the Academy of the Immaculate Conception (AIC) and graduated from there in the Class of 1955. He went on to attend Southwestern Louisiana Institute (SLI), which later became University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) where he graduated in 1961 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He then practiced his profession with his father-in-law, Morgan Goudeau, JR, and his brother-in-law, Robert L Wolfe, SR, at Morgan Goudeau and Associates. He later became Director of Public Works for the City of Opelousas from which he retired in early 2000. He was an altar boy at St. Landry Catholic Church throughout his youth and a member of The Boy Scouts of America, Troup 32. He attended the Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, PA in 1950. We have many funny stories about that trip, including him making the front page of The New York Herald with his alligator, Jojo, which he turned loose in Grand Central Station in New York City. His picture was also in The New York Times with a Princess Rao from India. He started The Half Fast Krewe of Franks Mardi Gras parade along with Lee Worley. This brought a Mardi Gras parade to Opelousas for several years. He enjoyed his farm and bringing his little ones to feed his chickens, ducks, rabbits, donkeys, etc. He also loved watching his grandsons play baseball and football, and his granddaughters cheer and dance at Opelousas Catholic.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn Goudeau Jarrell; one daughter, Margaret Jarrell Ellis and husband, Greg of Washington, LA; three sons, William Hamilton Jarrell, III and wife, Kathryn, Charles Morgan Jarrell and wife, Sandy, and James Michael Jarrell, all of Opelousas; brother, Bishop Michael Jarrell; two sisters, Jessica Jarrell Bernard and husband, Dr. John Bernard, and Mary Kathryn Jarrell Lalonde, all of Lafayette. The loves of his life were his grandchildren, including Sarah, and his thirteen surviving grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; Lauren Marie Ellis Laurent and husband, Derek, and their children, Melanie and Evan; Charles Morgan Jarrell II and wife, Ashley, and their children, Charles Morgan III, Bailey, Natalie and Benjamin; Jaime Jarrell Olinde and husband, Travis, and their children, Isabelle, Austin and Annie; Jeffrey Ellis and wife, Dani, and their children, Bella and Mason; Jacob Jarrell and wife, Erin, and their children, Carter and William Hamilton IV “Roly Poly”; Dr. Caroline Jarrell and her children, Edward and Elizabeth Matt; Seth Jarrell and wife, Lauren; David Jarrell and wife, Sydney; and Samuel, Emily, Chloe, John Michael and Irie Jarrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved daughter, Melanie Anne Jarrell; and his granddaughter, Sarah Marie Jarrell.

Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be his lifelong friend of 80 years, Richard Dejean; Dr. John Bernard, Estelle Perrault, and his fishing partner, Ralph Edwards.

The family extends thanks to Dr. David Homan and Dr. Amer Raza and all the nurses that cared so lovingly for him during his final hours at Opelousas General Hospital. Also, a special thanks goes to John Bernard for his love and medical guidance during this time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Opelousas Catholic School.

Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.

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  1. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz
    Opelousas, LA

    May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.

  2. Greta ( Elliott ) May
    Opelousas, LA

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Jarrell. My prayers are with you Carolyn, William, Katherine and the entire family.

  3. Jody Suite
    Breaux Bridge, LA

    I am so sorry for your loss, Carolyn and family.
    Teaching with you all those years ago was special even though we were both going through trying times. Take good care of yourself.

  4. Fr. Cyprian Eze
    Lafayette, LA

    May the merciful and loving God welcome him into His eternal abode of peace and happiness .Amen. May He also grant you all the fortitude to bear the loss of your beloved one. Amen .

  5. Cecil & Karen Soileau
    New Orleans, LA

    Dear Carolyn and family: Karen and I offer you our sinsere condolences! So sorry for your loss. We are sorry that we cannot be there with you at this time.

  6. Paula Stevens
    Crowley, LA

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Jarrell family. The death of a husband father grandfather and brother is difficult. I hold you in my thoughts and prayers on this sorrowful day.

  7. Michael K. Saucier
    Church Point, LA

    " 'Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and share your master's happiness.' "
    Matthew 25:21 NIV

  8. Leslie Hynson Lagasse
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Dear Carolyn, Margaret, William, Charles, Jimmy and all of the family, I am so deeply sorry to hear of Billy's passing. My heart truly aches for all and I am so so sorry that I cannot be there to share in the love for Billy, give Carolyn and all of my cousins a hug, and to hear the many stories that are a memorial to the wonderful and unforgettable person he was! You are all in my thoughts and prayers everyday! I am fortunate to be a part of this wonderful family. Love you, Cousin Leslie

  9. Scott Roy
    Iota, LA

    My condolences to the entire family. It was a pleasure knowing Mr. Billy. He was the biggest supporter of sports at O.C.S., especially baseball. I have been blessed to teach most of his grandchildren and consider the entire Jarrell family great friends with which I share fond memories of my time at the school. Mr. Billy was a great man in a wonderful family. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. Charlie Boudreaux
    Pilot Point, TX

    Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of Billy. One of the true legends of Opelousas. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  11. Vera Briggs Smart
    Friendswood, TX 77546, LA

    My deepest sympathy to you, Carolyn, and bereaved family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God provide the love and support you need at this difficult time.

  12. John Harper
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Miss Carolyn - I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Billy’s passing. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Fr. Godwin Imoru
    Crowley, LA

    May the soul of Mr. William Jarrell rest in peace. My condolence to his family.

  14. G & GENIE DUHON
    Lafayette, LA

    May he be welcomed with open arms into God's Kingdom. We pray that your faith will sustain you during this sorrowful time. May family and loved ones find comfort in remembering all the good and fun times you had together.

  15. Charles Daniels
    PORT BARRE, LA

    My sincere condolence in the loss of Billy. He was an Icon in the community and will be sadly missed.

  16. Tootie and John Nixon
    Houston, TX

    To Miss Carolyn, Margaret, William, Charles, and Jimmy, loving spouses, and precious grandchildren,

    John and I send our deepest sympathy on hearing of Mr, Billy's passing. To me he was awesome !! No doubt he is making the angels in heaven smile.

    Miss Carolyn, you were the light of Mr.Billy's life, no doubt! I can remember the twinkle in his eyes when he looked at you and his precious children. U still remember that truly after all these years.

    Miss Carolyn, you both fostered a legacy of love that will go on for generations!! THAT is a beautiful thing and does just not happen.

    To my dear old friends Love and Hugs , Toots and John

  17. Debbie Soileau
    Sunset, LA

    Cag, I am so sorry. Praying for all of you.💕

  18. Charles & Shirley Savoie
    Berwick, LA

    Carolyn, Billy was a special person and will always be remembered fondly. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  19. Mary R. Miller
    Opelousas, LA

    May the Lord wrap his arms around you during this difficult time. Mr. Billy will be sadly missed. Mrs. Carolyn and family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Marlene Labbe
    Opelousas, LA

    Carolyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you in a special way and grant peace to each of you. Love, Marlene

  21. Aileen Kidder
    Arnaudville, LA

    It is with great sadness that I offer prayerful condolences to Carolyn, Bishop Jarrell and members of the Jarrell family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort and consolation during these days of great grief.

  22. Sharon Fontenot
    Opelousas, LA

    To Carolyn and all of the family my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you...

  23. Sharon Fontenot
    Opelousas, LA

    To Carolyn and all of the family my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you...

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