Visitation is Tuesday for former state legislator and ex-mayor of Marksville, Raymond Laborde, who passed away Sunday at the age of 88. Former governor Edwin Edwards grew up with Laborde in Marksville and says Laborde was an influential lawmaker during his 20 years in the state legislature.
"He served five terms in the state legislature and every term that he was there, he had a leadership role, because that's the kind of guy he was," Edwards said.
Laborde was in the state legislature from 1972 to 1992. He was the mayor of Marskville from 1958 to 1970 and also served as Commissioner of Adminstration during Edwards final term in office, which was in the 90s. Edwards says Laborde was a successful politician because he was a people person.
"He was concerned about the parish and the needs of everybody and I think people respected him for that, I know I did."
Laborde was also a successful businessman. He owned and operated Raymond's Department Store in Marksville for 63 years. Edwards says Laborde was still heavily involved with the store in his final days.
"I talked to him three or four days before he died and he was in his store. I kinda of kidded him and said Raymond you have all of the money you'll ever need, why don't you stay home, but he told me this is where I love to be, because this has been my life," Edwards said.
Funeral services are Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marksville.