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Staff members of Melancon Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors, licensed embalmers, office staff and support staff.

Our Team

Gerald Melancon

Gerald Melancon

President {Funeral Director/Embalmer}

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

President {Funeral Director/Embalmer}

Gerald is a native and resident of Carencro and is a 3rd generation funeral director.

He is President of Melancon Funeral Home, Melancon Life Insurance Company and Evangeline Memorial Gardens.
 
He graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1972, attended the University of Southwest Louisiana majoring in business administration and graduated from Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston in 1975.

He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery and Funeral Association, Past President of the Louisiana Cemetery Association, Past President of the Louisiana Insurers Conference, St. Peters Church in Carencro, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 6958, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Executive 300 Club, Opelousas Chamber of Commerce, the Carencro Commerce Club and Past President of the Carencro Jaycees.

In 1998 he was appointed and still serves as a member of the Louisiana Cemetery Board representing Public Service District #2. In February 2009 was elected Chairman of the Louisiana Cemetery Board. He was the recipient of the 2016 Louisiana Funeral Directors Association C. A. Charlet Funeral Director of the Year Award.

Gerald is married to the former Sandra Geisendorff and they have three children, Cory, Casey and Megan, two granddaughters, Madison and Lillian and one grandson, Eli.

Sandra Melancon

Sandra Melancon

Administrator {Funeral Director}

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

Administrator / Funeral Director

Sandra is a native of Lafayette and has been a resident of Carencro since 1977. She is a 1975 graduate of Lafayette High School and attended University of Southwestern Louisiana. She has been employed in the funeral & insurance industry for over 30 years. She is Corporate Secretary and Board of Director for Melancon Funeral Home, Secretary-Treasurer and Board of Director for Melancon Life Insurance Company, Melancon Mutual Burial Assn., and Evangeline Memorial Gardens.

Sandra is a licensed funeral director and insurance agent, cemeterian and administrator-office manager for her family owned companies. She is very involved and active in the management and day-to-day operations of these locally owned firms. Sandra stands willing and able to help anyone, whether it be her fellow employees or the families she serves, with care and compassion.

Her professional memberships include Louisiana Funeral Directors Assn, National Funeral Directors Assn., Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Assn., Louisiana Insurers Conference, and Louisiana Cemetery Assn., where she obtains numerous continuing education hours from a variety of seminars. She feels great importance of continuing education as the funeral care and insurance industry are forever changing in the regulatory aspect and society trends.

Sandra is married to Gerald W. Melancon and together they have three wonderful children, Cory, Casey and Megan. She is proud of her children and enjoys having them work in their family businesses.

In her spare time, Sandra likes working in her yard, enjoys fishing and crabbing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Casey Melancon

Casey Melancon

Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-407-1907 or 337-896-6366

Casey is a 4th generation funeral director/embalmer who earned his license after graduating from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston. Casey is dedicated to his family and to his businesses, striving always to achieve excellence in everything he does.

Casey is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. He has held offices on several professional boards, including LFDA and the Southwest District of LFDA, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Limousines Limited and Lafayette Crematory.

Megan Melancon Moring

Megan Melancon Moring

Administrative Assistant

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Megan is a native and resident of Carencro and a 2005 graduate of Carencro High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.

Megan is a licensed insurance producer and a member of the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. She is eager to learn about the family owned businesses and actively goes to meetings and conventions in the area.

Megan is married to Joshua Daniel Moring and they have two beautiful children, Lillian Claire and Eli Daniel.

Mark Cortez

Mark Cortez

Assistant Manager {Funeral Director/Embalmer}

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

Assistant Manager {Funeral Director/Embalmer} Mark Cortez is a native of Houma, LA and a current resident of Carencro. Mark has been employed with Melancon Funeral Home since 1976. He is a graduate of Delgado College of Mortuary Science in New Orleans. Mark is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. He is married to the former Phyllis Baudoin. They have two children Lindsey and Marcus.

Brandi Miller

Brandi Miller

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

Brandi is a native of Lafayette and a current resident of Vatican. Her parents, Monty Hester and the former Marilyn Delrie, reside in Lafayette. She is a graduate of Comeaux High School, class of 1996. Brandi was awarded an academic scholarship to Louisiana College in Pineville and majored in Biology, where she played for the Louisiana College Women’s softball team during its first year. After two semesters, she left to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an embalmer and funeral director. Brandi moved to Houston, TX in 1997 to attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. During her time in Houston, Brandi had the privilege of working at several funeral homes in the Houston area, gaining invaluable experience with families of different cultural backgrounds. She graduated with a degree in Funeral Directing and Embalming in 1998. She was employed with Earthman Funeral Home in Baytown, TX prior to gaining employment as an intern in the Acadiana area. She is currently is employed as a Funeral Director/Embalmer with Melancon Funeral Home.

 

Brandi is a member of the Southwestern Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. She has two beautiful daughters, Lyndsie and Kaitlyn and is a member of Crossroads Church in Lafayette.

Joshua St. Cyr

Joshua St. Cyr

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

Joshua St. Cyr is a native and resident of Opelousas. He is a 2004 honor graduate of Beau Chene High School in Arnaudville. In high school he was a member of the Beau Chene High Gator Band. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is a 2006 honor graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX., where he earned an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He also passed the National Board Examine given by the auspices of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards which is recognized by 49 states in the U. S. Joshua joined the staff of Melancon Funeral Home as an apprentice funeral director/embalmer in January 2007 and received his dual license one year later. He is a member of the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. Joshua currently is serving as an officer of the Southwest District of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. Families served by Joshua comment on his willingness to help and compassion for the families he serves.

David Credeur

David Credeur

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

David is a native and lifelong resident of Carencro. He is a 2001 graduate of Carencro High School and a graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Science in Houston. David was employed with various funeral homes statewide before beginning his employment with Melancon Funeral Home in 2014. He a past president and member of the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

David serves families with compassion and great attention to detail. He is married to Hope Savoie Credeur and they have a beautiful daughter, Ellison and a handsome son, Hutchins. They are members of Crossroads Church in Lafayette.

Tylor Quebedeaux

Tylor Quebedeaux

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

Tylor Quebedeaux is a native of Kaplan and a longtime resident of Carencro. His mother, Cindy Comeaux Herpin, resides in Carencro and his father, Troy Quebedeaux, resides in Lake Charles.

He is a 2012 graduate of Carencro High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. In April 2015, he began attending Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Science to pursue an Associate Degree in Funeral Directing and Embalming. During his tenure, Tylor was a member of the Honor Society, received the McEnany and Moen Academic Achievement Award for obtaining a 3.9 grade point average being the highest in his graduating class, and was the recipient of the Gerald M. Robbins, Sr. Scholarship award. He graduated with honors on June 16, 2017.

During his enrollment with Commonwealth, Tylor served his Funeral Director and Embalmer internship with Melancon Funeral Home.

Tylor continued his excellence by being nominated and becoming a board member for the Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services. He remains very involved in the community and enjoys attending social events and traveling.

Tylor is grateful for the opportunity to serve families in Acadiana with the utmost compassion and dedication. After losing someone close to him, he has a greater understanding of how life changes for grieving family members and he strives to make that process easier for the families he serves.

Ashley Pelletier

Ashley Pelletier

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-6366

Ashley Pelletier is a native of Pecaniere and a resident of Sunset. She is a 1999 salutatory graduate of Beau Chene High School and taught college English for almost a decade before moving overseas and having plenty of time to ponder a career change.

In the summer of 2017, Ashley enrolled at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service to pursue the Associates of Applied Sciences in Funeral Services degree. During her academic career at CIFS, Ashley was inducted into the National Honor Society of Funeral Service, and she graduated with top honors in June of 2018. She began her funeral director/embalmer internship with Melancon Funeral Home in August of 2018 after having worked several part time shifts throughout the latter part of her collegiate studies.

Ashley is married to Adam Pelletier and they have a wonderful daughter, Evangeline. The family attends Mass at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville.

Ashley always felt drawn to the death care industry, but after the passing of her own father and the care that her family received from the Melancon team, she felt compelled to give to other families that same empathy and compassion.

Chad Thibodeaux

Chad Thibodeaux

Staff Manager/Pre-Need

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Chad is a native of Opelousas and a resident of Carencro.

He graduated from Opelousas High School in 1999 where he was an active baseball player, attended LSUE in Eunice receiving an associate's degree in Computer Information Systems. He also attended New Orleans Theological Seminary and Southwest Bible College.

He has numerous years working with families for all aspects of their funeral service whether it is for their pre-arranged funeral plans, cemetery needs (through Evangeline Memorial Gardens) or ministering to families at their funeral services.

Chad is married to Jamie Thibodeaux and has two beautiful children: Micah and Lexie. He is a Christian pastor who is currently the pastor of Vatican Baptist Church in Carencro. He enjoys spending time with his family, teaching the Bible and watching sports.

Thomas Patrick Saucier

Thomas Patrick Saucier

Pre-Need Specialist

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Thomas is a native of Ville Platte, a resident of Port Barre and currently resides in Opelousas.

He attended Belmont High School in Opelousas. He also attended SLCC in Lafayette studying Business Management. Thomas is a graduate of The American College and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers, aka LUTCF. He has been a member of NAIFA for several years.

Thomas worked for Saucier Hardware/Rental Inc., a locally owned family business for 10 years. He has been in the insurance industry for over 12 years working for Monumental Life Insurance Company and TransAmerican Insurance Company. He joined Melancon Life Insurance Company in January 2014 as a licensed insurance agent and pre-arranged funeral specialist.

In his spare time Thomas loves traveling and cooking.

Leighann Kidder Artigue

Leighann Kidder Artigue

Family Service Secretary

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Leighann is a native and resident of Carencro and is the daughter of Ronn and Ann Kidder. She is a 2010 graduate of Carencro High School where she was a member of the Academy of Information Technology, Homecoming Court, and an avid softball and volleyball player. After graduation, she attended South Louisiana Community College for two years studying Digital Graphics and Web Design.

Leighann joined Melancon Funeral Home in August 2012 and has been the Family Service Secretary since 2015. She has a profound respect for the funeral industry after losing her father in 2016 and infant son in 2019. She strives to help families during one of the most difficult times by personalizing obituaries, easing the burden of paperwork, and providing a safe space to talk through the grief process.


Leighann is married to J.C. Artigue and together they have two beautiful girls, Marlei and Jade and sweet baby boy in Heaven, Ronn Jameson. She enjoys being outdoors, playing softball and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda Hewitt Gaspard

Amanda Hewitt Gaspard

Family Service Secretary

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-407-1907

Amanda is a native of Austin, Texas and a resident of Eunice.  After earning her high school diploma in 2005, she studied nursing at South Louisiana Community College.  She currently serves as the family service secretary at Melancon Funeral Home of Opelousas where she shows compassion through meeting families and helping them through their difficult time.   

Amanda is married to Christopher Gaspard.  They have an adorable baby girl, Nora, one dog, Canaille, and two cats, Ava "Flurry" and Luna. 

She enjoys camping, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jessica Boutte

Jessica Boutte

Business Office Secretary

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Jessica is a native of Broussard and a resident of Carencro.  She is a 2007 graduate of Carencro High School, having been a member of Color Guard, FFA, and TSA.  Following her graduation, she pursued a degree in Information Technology, holding a minor in Web/Graphic Design with the International Academy of Design and Technology in Florida for 2 years. 

Jessica began her employment with Melancon Funeral Home in June of 2015 and moved to the Insurance and Cemetery Departments shortly after October of 2016.  She is also the lady behind most of our families’ video tributes, adding her own touch of compassion behind the scenes. 

Aside from her passion for serving our families at the funeral home, Jessica spends most of her free time with her many siblings, nieces and nephews.  She loves reading, cooking, baking, fishing, and her two fur-children, Broda & Sir Sutton. 

Casey L. Richard

Casey L. Richard

Business Office Secretary

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Casey attended St. Leo-Seton Elementary school and earned her high school diploma from Carencro High School in 2003.  After graduation, she attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in December 2007, which she has a passion for.  She was in Who's Who of high school students in 2002 and 2003.  Casey was a Girl Scout for 18 years and earned the 2nd highest award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Casey has been with Melancon Funeral Home since 2008.  She is always there to help others and lend a helping hand.   

She enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, with basketball being her favorite, reading books and learning as much about psychology as possible. 

Johnathan Dural

Grounds Maintenance

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-896-8596

Lloyd Ardoin

Lloyd Ardoin

Funeral Assistant/Pre-need {2001 - 2012}

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 337-407-1907

Funeral Assistant/Pre-Need

Lloyd is a native of Lebeau, a past resident of Opelousas and currently resides in Washington.
 
He attended Palmetto High School. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Lloyd is a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, a 50-year member of the Opelousas Elks Lodge # 1048, the American Legion Post in Washington, Volunteer Fireman, past member of the Opelousas Sertoma Club, a 28-year member of the St. Landry Parish Drainage Board having served as vice-president.
 
Lloyd owned Ardoin Grocery Store in Opelousas for 18 years. He worked in the funeral service/insurance industry for over 36 years. Lloyd worked as a salesman for Security Plan Insurance Company having won numerous awards and previously worked for Sibille Funeral Home.
 
Lloyd likes to cook, go camping and help his friends.
 
He is married to the former Birdie Brown.  They have three children, Lloyd, Jr., Thomas Wayne and Tony and eight grandchildren.