Byrns Michael Eves Sr. died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at his home in rural Ascension Parish while being tended lovingly by family, nurses and aides of Hospice of Baton Rouge and caregivers Thelma Pruet, Marcie Cornejo and Victoria Faucheaux.

A memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church of Gonzales on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service. Following the service will be a reception in The Celebration Center. Internment of ashes will be in Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie, at a later date.

Byrns was born in rural St. Mary Parish in August 1925 to Inez Holleman Eves and Alexander “Lex” Porter Eves. After graduation from Franklin High School, he attended SLI (ULL) until entering the U.S. Army Air Corps, from which he was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant. He entered into commercial aviation: charter work, instructing and crop-dusting. He became owner-operator-pilot of Crop Work in Bunkie, his home for 17 years. In 1968, he became a real estate broker in Ascension Parish until his retirement in 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Tatum Eves; their son Byrns Michael Eves Jr.; grandsons John Michael Eves and Julian Thomas Eves, and their mother, Tammy Lynn Mayeux. Other survivors are a nephew John R. Morris and his daughters Jennifer and Rebecca; great-nephews Dean Morris and Ted Morris; cousins Lorraine Barras Johnson, Roxy Barras Bryant and Anna Holleman Adams. Also mourning are members of Helen’s family Roberta Tatum Cooper and her husband, Ralph Cooper, and their adult children Karen Cooper Deaton, Mark Cooper and Dan Cooper; Carla Toler Tatum and her husband, Bob Tatum, and their adult children Jo Ellen Tatum DiDonato and John Tatum. He is also survived by special friends Challie Thornton and M’Lee Rabalais Eves.

Ruth Ellen Tatum preceded in death. Also preceding Byrns in death were his parents, an infant brother; sister Rowena Eves Morris and her sons Alexander “Lex” Morris and Archie Paul Morris Jr.

The family expresses appreciation to Byrns’ physicians Dr. James D’Antonio, Dr. Steven Gremillion, Dr. Mark Hodges, Dr. Gerald Miletello and staff at Hematology-Oncology Clinic and to the oncology nursing staff at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. The family wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary helpfulness of neighbors; Pastors Garry Willis and Joy Comeaux and members of First United Methodist Church of Gonzales and other friends.

Byrns had many enduring friendships.

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to any of the following: DH Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 680, Bunkie, LA 71322; First United Methodist Church-Gonzales Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 252, Gonzales, LA 70707; Mac Donell Children’s Services (and Home for Children), 8326 Main St., Houma, LA 70363; Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, LA 71273; UMCOR, P.O. Box 850, Baldwin, LA 70514; Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810; Boy Scouts of America, any troop or to troop at Bunkie, LA c/o Scoutmaster Joe Hoover, P.O. Box 680, Bunkie, LA 71322.

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