Joseph Gordon "Curly" Tullier Sr.
1925 - 2021
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Curly passed away peacefully at his home at 10:30am on Thursday, January 7, 2021 surrounded by his children. He was a retired longshoremen, World War II and Atomic Veteran. Curly was born August 18, 1925 on Sardine Point in West Baton Rouge Parish to Howard and Blanche Doiron Tullier. He joined the Navy in 1942 when he was seventeen years old. Curly served in the Pacific Theater on Midway, Pearl Harbor, aboard the USS Bexar. In 1946 he was on Operation Crossroads Atomic Bomb Test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. They exploded two atomic bombs, one underwater and one in the air. The US Navy wanted to see what the bombs would do to a fleet of WWII war ships: US ships, German ships, Japanese ships, and Italian ships. They were three brothers serving in the Pacific in WWII: Howard Tullier (eldest brother) MIA since 1944 (The VA requested two DNA samples to be submitted by Joseph Gordon Tullier and one by Ricky Tullier, eldest son of Joseph). A request by Joseph Gordon, "Please Lord Jesus, find my brother and bring him home. Thank you, Lord Jesus." Earl Tullier was up in the hills above Pearl Harbor copying messages the Japanese were transmitting. Joseph "Gordon" Tullier was in Pearl Harbor on a big harbor tug docking war ships and moving barges around the harbor. Another brother, Cleveland Tullier (the youngest brother) joined the Air Force in 1944 at the age of seventeen. He retired with twenty-nine years of service. After discharge from the service, Joseph "Gordon" Tullier stayed in active Naval Reserve for eight years. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War and was a charter member of the VFW Post 3785 in Addis, LA. Curly was a charter member of the Bulltail Hunting Club and belonged to the National Rifle Association for forty years. A message from Joseph "Gordon" Tullier, "Thank you Lord Jesus for allowing my wife and I to be married for sixty-eight years. God bless her soul, may she rest in peace. I loved her very much, she was everything to me. God bless all of my children, I love them all. They have been taking care of me since my wife died. Ricky stayed with me in the daytime and Barton stayed with me at night. Barton's wife Robin, relieved Ricky when he had something he needed to do. She also cooked me some meals. Shane and his wife Suzi, also cooked me delicious meals regularly. My daughter and her husband Ricky always checked on me regularly. I love all of my children very much. God bless them!" Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rae Mary Francis Quatrevingt Tullier, grandchildren, twin Roth infants, and great grandson, Karson Mascaro. Survived by his children, Ricky Tullier, Rhonda Tullier Roth and husband Richard "Ricky" Roth, Sr., Barton Tullier and wife Robin Haydel Tullier, and Shane Tullier and wife Suzi Pourciau Tullier; grandchildren, Brandy LeBlanc, Barton Tullier, Jr., Ricky Tullier, Jr., Michelle Carpenter, Skye Turner, Heath Tullier, Richard Roth, Jr., Gavin Tullier, Justin Tullier, Matthew Tullier, Hunter Tullier, Lynsey Mascaro, and Pete Thibodeaux; great grandchildren, Andrea Singleton, Kade LeBlanc, Holden Tullier, Hudson LeBlanc, Kaden Mascaro, Kylee Aguillard, Amber Turner, Kori Tullier, Cloey Womack, Tristyn Turner, Sophie Tullier, Ethan Carpenter, Beckham Carpenter, Madelyn Roth, Eva LeBlanc and Oliver Roth. Visiting will be at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 8am to 10am with Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly at 11am, celebrated by Father Matt Lorrain. Entombment will follow at the Church Cemetery. Please share memories online at www.wilbertservices.com.

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Published in The Advocate from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2021.
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Mass of Christian Burial
11:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
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January 12, 2021
WWII Veterans are my HEROES. A fitting tribute to Joseph G "Curly" Tullier Sr
It is the “Sailor”
In Memorial Honor to Joseph Gordon (Curly) Tullier Sr
US Navy

It’s the Sailor,
not the pastor/preacher, who has given us freedom of religion and worship.
It’s the Sailor,
not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It’s the Sailor,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It’s the Sailor,
not the demonstration organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble and demonstrate.
It’s the S Sailor,
not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It’s the Sailor,
not the politician, who has given us the right to vote, ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the Sailor, Who salutes the Flag, who serves beneath the Flag and whose coffin is draped by the Flag, who gives the protester the right to burn the flag.

The American Sailor does not serve and fight because he hates who is in front of him; he serves and fights because he loves who is behind him.

ETERNAL REST GRANT HIM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM.
COL (Ret) Calvin & Jan Washispack
Served In Military Together
January 9, 2021
The entire staff at Wilbert Funeral Service expresses our sincere condolences. May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times spent together as you celebrate a life well lived!
The Staff of Wilbert Funeral Home
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