Erath 4th of July Celebration
1994 Grand Marshal
Ethel and Travis
Ethel and Travis Kendrick, long-time citizens of Erath and
supporters of Erath youth, have been selected to serve as grand
marshals of this year’s Erath Fourth of July Parade.
“Mr. Travis,” as he is fondly called by many, was born
and attended high school in Haynesville, La. He was quarterback of
the Haynesville state championship football team in 1936 and the
1939 Northwestern State University football team that was undefeated
He is a World War II veteran, having served in the Army
Air Force from 1942-1946. He helped Bob Segura Sr. start the first
football team at Erath High, as six man team.
He retired from the Texaco Cycling Plant in 1975 with 31
years of service. He is a member of AARP, the Erath American Legion
Post, and the Erath Backers Club.
The Kendrick’s met at Northwestern State University
(then known as Louisiana State Normal College). They have been
married for 54 years.
Mrs. Kendrick was born in New Orleans and graduated from
Erath High School. She earned a B.A. degree at USL and began
teaching in 1944 at Erath High School. She obtained her M.Ed.
degree in 1965. She has taught at every grade level, except second
and third, in elementary school.
She began the high school girls’ physical education
program under the administration of Henry Bernard Jr. in 1951. She
was privileged to coach some volleyball, softball, and basketball
She spent her last seven years in education as an
elementary guidance counselor at Youngsville Elementary and Erath
Elementary and retired in 1972.
Mrs. Kendrick is a member of AARP, the National Retired
Teachers Association, the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association,
the Vermilion Parish Retired Teachers Association – where she serves
as treasurer, the Erath Backers Club, and serves on the Board of
Directors of Bares Ranch.
The Kendricks love and support the youth of Erath and
are loved and respected by the whole community. They are ardent
Bobcat fans and have been described as having “Bobcat Blue” blood in
They have a foster son, M.C. Trahan (married to Marilyn
Melancon), and three grandchildren, Paul, Elise, and John Travis.