Nominated by St. Genevieve:
After Mayor John Becnel graduated High School, he went into the Marines for two years in 1946. He mentioned that he always prays for the military -- for the great men and women that serve our country. He then graduated from Loyola in Physical Education and moved to Thibodaux in 1960 with his wife and five girls, and later had two more boys. Mayor Becnel worked for General Motors Acceptance Corporation for 30 years, then retired. He has 28 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Mayor Becnel was accompanied by his wife June, Joan Bourg (daughter), Julie Vesich (daughter), Jay Vesich (grandson), Peter Vesich (grandson), and Jane Durocher (daughter).