Kenneth Gremillion, a beloved member of the Cottonport community, passed away on October 31, 2023, at the age of 83. Kenneth was known for his unwavering commitment to his family, his community, and his passion for various organizations and businesses.
Kenneth began his education at Cottonport Elementary and later graduated from Cottonport High School. He further pursued his studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Throughout his life, Kenneth continuously sought to expand his knowledge and skills.
As an active member of the “Cottonport Jaycees”, Kenneth served as President, leaving behind a legacy of community involvement and service. He also made significant contributions as a truck operator for the Cottonport Volunteer Fire Department, ensuring the safety and well-being of his fellow community members.
Kenneth's entrepreneurial spirit shone through his ownership and management of Gremillion Bros, Inc. Farm Equipment Dealership in Cottonport and Marksville. He was not only a successful businessman but an integral part of the farming community. Kenneth's dedication to the agricultural industry led him to co-own Dixie Tractor Co of Opelousas and venture into real estate, developing several subdivisions in Cottonport.
One of Kenneth's most notable achievements was the establishment of the annual "Fireworks on the Bayou" event in Cottonport. An event that started with red road flares lighting the bayou, it grew to become a cherished tradition that brought the community together to celebrate and enjoy the illuminating display.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Kenneth held public office as Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem for the Town of Cottonport, exhibiting his commitment to improving the lives of his fellow citizens. Serving for eight years, Kenneth tirelessly worked to make Cottonport a better place for everyone.
Kenneth's love for nature led him to become one of the original incorporators and board members of the Grand Lake Rod & Gun Club. He cherished and respected the beauty of the Louisiana landscape and local wildlife.
In his spare time, Kenneth was an avid member of the Deep South Farm Equipment Association, fostering connections and sharing his expertise with fellow industry professionals.
Kenneth Gremillion is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Laura Moreau Gremillion, and his three loving children, Craig Gremillion (Mary), Jody Normand (Wayne), and Jamie LaPraire (David). Kenneth is also survived by his six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched throughout the years.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his children, Christine Gremillion and Chad Gremillion; great-granddaughter, Jordyn Barnes; parents, Roland & Ruby Scallan Gremillion; siblings, Barbara Gremillion and Ronald Gremillion; and brothers-in-law, Jack Roy and Ted Chatelain, James “T-Jim” Moreau; sister-in-law, May Chatelain.
Funeral services to celebrate Kenneth's remarkable life and honor his memory will be held at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 beginning at 11:00am with Fr. Charles Ray officiating. Visitation will take place at the Escude Funeral Home of Cottonport on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 from 8:30am until time of mass. Following the services, Kenneth will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Catholic Mausoleum #2 of Cottonport.
Kenneth Gremillion will forever be remembered for his extraordinary contributions to his community, his dedication to family, and his unwavering spirit. Although he may be gone, his legacy will continue to inspire and impact the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Escude Funeral Home of Cottonport, 552 Front St. Cottonport, LA 71327 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.