RAYNE, La. (KLFY) — “I’m 98 years old,” Guidry stated.
Earl Guidry gave little thought about how long he would live. However, he had somewhat of a clue.
“My grandmother was 114-years-old when she died,” Guidry said.
Earl was born in Rayne where his children were raised as well. At 98, Earl has an obvious joy for life.
“I said I had eight at home and eight visiting,” he joked.
Earl is from a large family. He says he’s one of two brothers still alive.
“I got a brother who lives in Crowley. I got some relatives living in Texas; but all my children are living in Texas.”
Earl says early in life he worked on a rice farm and cotton farm.
“At that time they would let the sun dry it up in stacks and we would separate the seeds from the stems.”
Also, he’s a former Rayne police officer. The chief says Mr. Guidry is one of two first African American officers on the force.
“That’s where I helped a lot of people when I worked; catching those young boys doing wrong and girls sometimes too. I would talk to them and tell them a lot about life you know?”
For Earl Guidry, life is all it’s built-up to be. In his words, it’s simply wonderful.
“Life is wonderful. It’s very very wonderful but you got to take it one step at a time. One step at a time. You can’t overdo anything.”