Houma courthouse named for former Clerk of Court

Family, colleagues and friends of the late “Bobby” Boudreaux, former Clerk of Court, gathered on Wednesday morning inside the Division D courtroom of the old courthouse building as it was dedicated and renamed the Honorable I. Robert “Bobby” Boudreaux Courthouse. 

Boudreaux passed away in February 2018. An air force veteran, Boudreaux began working in the courthouse when just out of high school. He worked himself up the ranks in the clerk’s office, earning the post of clerk in a 1963 election, serving until his retirement in 2012. He was the second longest-serving clerk of court in Louisiana history. 

Boudreaux was well known to every lawyer practicing in Terrebonne, and they all have stories to tell about him, most notably his seemingly inexhaustible supply of Boudreaux jokes. They tended to feature “Boudreaux “ growing up in “Bayou Self” with his cousin “Flounder”.

At the ceremony, the family of Boudreaux filled the first two rows, the first seat filled by his wife Rose.  

The Honorable Glynn Voisin, who is also Boudreaux’s cousin, made opening remarks in his honor.  

“Bobby spent most of his adult life in this courthouse,” reflected Voisin. “He truly loved the people of Terrebonne Parish and lived a life of service to his family and to his community, according to his motto ‘the greatest of men are those who serve others’.”

Voisin continued, “Bobby was a man of the people. He knew just about all of you and he probably knew you by your first name. He recorded our births, he recorded our deaths. He recorded when we were married, when we were divorced, when we bought property, when we sold property… Bobby truly loved that service.”

Parish President Gordon Dove also spoke, recalling his first election to State Representative in 2003 that came down to a five vote difference. 

“I held an umbrella over his head and a flashlight as we counted the votes,” Dove laughed. “It was an honor to work with Bobby. He was a man among people.”  

The bronze plaque was unveiled by Rose, Dove, Theresa Robichaux, and Voisin. The plaque will be hung outside the old courthouse. 

Boudreaux’s son Barry Boudreaux, gave remarks after the unveiling about his father.  

“We are honored and humbled by this dedication of the courthouse to Dad,” shared the younger Boudreaux. “His work ethic and love for his wife and his family and the people of Terrebonne parish who remain with us as an example of how we should handle our own lives.”