Billy Hughes Mardis, 86, of Watson, La., died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.

He was the son of Elijah and Effie Mardis and was married to the former Patsy McAdams.

Adored by so many as “PaPa” or “Mr. Bill”, he led a life of caring and giving without judgment.

He began his career in the petroleum/heavy construction industry, and continued into retirement as the beloved janitor at Live Oak Elementary.

He was never idle. If something broke he always knew how to fix it, and he was an avid gardener with the greenest thumb. There was never a hungry stray animal in his presence as even the wildest of creatures knew his care. To say he will be missed is an understatement. The world became a better place because of him.

He is survived by his wife: Patsy Mardis; daughter and son-in-law: Blanche Elaine and William West; granddaughters and in-laws: Bryana and Michael Hall and Julie and Paul Ellender; great-grandchildren: Julianne Elizabeth Hall, Benjamin West Ellender and Oliver Hughes Ellender; and extended family: Bobbie Sue Burden, Hazel and Busie Moore, Terrie Jenkins and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by siblings: Henry Hobart Mardis, Annie Nipalois Humphries, Johnnie Hampton, Eddie Mauree Perfetti, Valarcus Jerome Mardis, Algae Brownlow Mardis, Malcomb Montroy Mardis, Laurel Elizabeth Josephine “Betty Jo” Parker; extended family: Richard Humphries, and Randy Humphries.

A private service will take place at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 24, 2019, at Evergreen Memorial Park in Denham Springs, La.

Memorials may be to The St. Joseph Hospice Foundation; The Alzheimer’s Association; or Second Chance Dog Rescue of Louisiana

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