In 1979, the Erath 4th of July Grand
Marshal was Nodily J. Faulk, an educator at Erath High
Nodily was born July 29, 1930, the son of
Nell (Hebert) and Whitney Faulk. He had one brother Dallas
and one sister, Dorothy "Dot" Faulk Kline.
He married the former Hilda LeBlanc on
July 29, 1961 (on Nodily's 31st birthday) and
together the couple had four sons, Garland, Joey, Ricky,
Tommy and one daughter Michelle, who passed away as an
He was a veteran of the U S Army, having
served his tour in Germany.
As an educator, Faulk earned his teaching
certificate from USL in 1954 and his Masters from McNeese
University in 1971. He also attained his +30 in 1975. Nodily
taught school in Erath from 1957 to 1982 and was Principal
at Meaux Elementary from 1983 to 1984. From 1985-1987, Mr.
Faulk also taught adult education in Vermilion Parish and
also did substitute work in Lafayette Parish from 1988 to
1992 Since 1992 until 1996, he had been teaching G.E.D. at
the Vermilion Parish Correctional Facility.
Through 50's, 60's and 70s, Mr. Faulk, was
an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for
many years, as well as the photographer for many events in
town. He served as
Eucharistic minister and religious education director for
high school students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
in Erath for a few years. Mr. Faulk was former Grand Knight
of the Erath Knights of Columbus for two years, and He was
also was named Erath Citizen of the Year by the Erath
Knights of Columbus in 1979.
Nodily was also a Cub
Master for the Erath Cub Scouts and active in Erath baseball
during the summer months.
Nodily J. Faulk passed away on January 8,