Allen C. Gremillion

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Allen C. Gremillion​

Louisiana State Representative for Acadia and Vermillion parishes]]​
In office
1964 ​ – September 30, 1971​
Preceded by Two-member district:

W. P. Arceneaux
​ Jerry S. Ashley ​

Succeeded by Louis Dischler, Jr.

John N. John, III​


Born November 5, 1928​
Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana​
Died September 30, 1971 (aged 42)​
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery in Crowley
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Judy Childers Gremillion​
Children ​No children
Residence Crowley, Louisiana​
Alma mater Crowley High School
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center​
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Allen C. Gremillion (November 5, 1928 – September 30, 1971)[1] was an attorney from his native Crowley in Acadia Parish in south Louisiana, who served as a Democrat state representative from 1964 until his death in office.[2]​ ​ Gremillion was born to Curtis L. Gremillion and the former Beatrice Watson. After graduation from Crowley High School, he entered the pre-law program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He served in the United States Navy and received his law degree from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[3][4]

Twice elected to the Louisiana House, the first time from Acadia Parish and the second incomplete term from Acadia and Vermillion parishes, he served on the Conservation, Game Fish and Oysters, Judiciary, and Transportation and Highways committees. He was instrumental in the passage of a bill to provide additional funding to the LSU Rice Experiment Station in Crowley. He also worked to establish a two-year branch campus, Louisiana State University at Eunice. He co-sponsored bills to create a state loan program for college students. He also worked to create the Southwestern Louisiana State School for Mentally Retarded Children in Iota in Acadia Parish.[3]

In his last year in office, Representative Gremillion sponsored a scholarship at Tulane University for a son of influential former Crowley City Judge Edmund M. Reggie. Some seven members of the Reggie family received such scholarships sponsored by the Acadia Parish legislative delegation.[5]

Gremillion practiced law from 1953 until his death. He was a member of the American Legion and the Roman Catholic Church. He was chairman of the Acadia Parish Boy Scouts committee. He and his wife, the Judy Childers, had no children. Gremillion died at the age of either forty-two, with eight months remaining in his second House term. He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Crowley.[3][6]

References

  1. Allen C. Gremillion. Ancestry.com. Retrieved on September 27, 2019.
  2. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020 (Acadia and Vermillion parishes). Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on September 27, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gremillion, Allen C.. Louisiana Historical Association: A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved on December 24, 2010.
  4. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography indicates that Gremillion was a World War II veteran, but he was only sixteen when the war ended. Perhaps, the dictionary editors meant World War II-era veteran. The dictionary does not give his years of military service.
  5. Tyler Bridges, "Scholarships to Insiders," The New Orleans Times-Picayune, October 15, 1995, p. A-13.
  6. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography bases its biographical sketch of Gremillion on his obituaries in the Crowley Daily Signal and the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, October 1, 1971.

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