Published 3:48 pm Thursday, February 25, 2016

Philip J. “Butch” Cedotal Jr., a resident of Bogalusa, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at his home at the age of 68. The firstborn and only son of Philip and Audrey Cedotal, he was born May 29, 1947.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley J. Cedotal; his daughter, Phyllis Cedotal Warren; his granddaughter, McKenna Rae Bryant; and longtime friend and mother of his children, Sylvia Drake.

Butch (as he was known to all) served in the U.S. Army from 1966 until 1968, the last year being in Vietnam. Following his discharge, he spent many years as a master carpenter, skilled and talented in his trade.

His love for horses led him to become one of the founders of the Bogalusa Community Arena. Through his carpentry work and his affiliation with the arena he became known and loved by many.

Butch was preceded in death by his beloved son, Philip Joseph “Buddy” Cedotal, as well as his parents, Philip Cedotal Sr. and Audrey Kalb Cedotal.

Visitation was at Brown-McGehee Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the chapel. The Rev. Micah Collins of First Baptist Church officiated.

Burial followed at Hillview Memorial Gardens, with full military rites by the Magic City American Legion Post #24.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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