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Numa Sylvie, 89, Mason Springs

Numa Sylvie, 89, of Mason Springs died Oct. 5, 2012.

Born Sept. 25, 1923, in Natchiotoches Parish, La., he was the son of the late Doretta and the late James Sylvie.

Mr. Sylvie was educated in Louisiana public schools and after graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II from 1942 until 1946. He was awarded decorations and citations.

After his honorable discharge, he made his way to Washington, D.C., looking for employment as a cook. He found it at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, ultimately retiring as a chief cook after 38 years of service. While employed at St. Elizabeth’s, he was well-respected and made many friends. As a result of his friendship with Waverly Henton and Vincent Jameson Sr., a business venture developed. They were all cooks and partnered in the establishment of a barbecue pit they called Murphy’s since it was behind Murphy’s Store in Port Tobacco.

Unfortunately, Mr. Henton had to bow out for health reasons but he and Mr. Jameson worked for many years creating a reputation for themselves as having the best ribs around. He was known to his customers as “Indian Man.” After working at Murphy’s, they moved to what was known as T&J Bar-b-que Pit. Their customers moved with them and business grew. It was at the new location, better known to family and friends as the Pit, that a friendship between he and Madeline “Tat” grew into a relationship. On June 11, 1996, they were married. He, wanting to enjoy life with a new bride, retired once again.

In addition to “Indian Man,” he was known as “Sylvie,” “Syv,” “Uncle Sylvie” and “Mr. Sylvie.”

Not only did he love to cook, he also enjoyed fishing, bingo, trips to Atlantic City, N.J., and Dover, Del., dancing and visits with his brothers and sisters in other states. He was a family man and enjoyed the company of his family and friends. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pomfret, where he was an usher. He was an usher at every church at which he was ever a member.

He was also a member of the St. Joseph’s McDonald Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Benjamin “Ben,” Jesse “Tiny” and Edward; sister, Aleta Sylvie Moran; and first wife, Lula.

He is survived by his wife, Madeline “Tat”; children, Antoinetta and her husband, Lynwood Proctor, Daphne and her husband, James Carter, Deborah and her husband, Paul Smith, Denise Hargrove, Eugene and his wife, Lisa Chappelle, Paul Chappelle, Dwaine and his wife, Lorraine Marbury and Dwight Marbury; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Isabel and her husband, Anthony Arcneneaux, Julia Sylvie Brossett and Rosa and her husband, Phillip Sarpy; brothers, Roy and his wife, Delores Sylvie, Arma and his wife, Judy Sylvie and Lynell “Doc” and his wife, Patricia Couty; aunt and uncle, Willie Mae and James LaCoor; sister-in-law, Barbara Jameson; brother-in-law and close friend, Vincent Jameson; and many other relatives.

Visitation was held Oct. 10 at Thornton Funeral Home, Pomonkey, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial took place at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton.