Uncle Lionel services begin today




Today, "Uncle" Lionel Batiste will lay in state until 5 p.m. at the Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home (1615 St. Philip St.). Batiste died July 8 at age 81.

Red Cotton has the details for Batiste's funeral service and procession, which begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Internment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery (4100 Norman Mayer Blvd.). Find the full program here.

Above, a memorial card from Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, with the legendary Treme Brass Band drummer in the bed of a hearse. The photographer is L.J. Goldstein. The back of the card features a poem by Helen Lowrie Marshall, which reads:

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun,
of happy memories that I leave behind when the day is done.

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