LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - His love for Louisiana law spanned a lifetime and touched so many. On August, 31, Judge Henry L. Yelverton died of lung cancer.
In 1971 Henry was appointed judge in Calcasieu Parish in the fourteenth judicial district. In 1982 Judge Yelverton was appointed to the third circuit court of appeals. Family members said he had a passion for the law.
"When you think about him you can't help but think about his law and his law books," said Yelverton's son-in-law, Mike Huber.
But, according to family members, despite all of his achievements, the law did not define him.
"He was just a basic, simple, very intelligent, very humble, very Christian man," said Mike Huber.
In 2002, the judge met with our own John Bridges. Judge Yelverton was KPLC's Hometown Patriot. He told John in an interview, that after leaving the air force, he knew he wanted to go to college but that he was not sure what he was going to study.
"I was uncertain wether I was going to register in the college of chemistry and physics, or law school. And, my wife didn't know, when I had left the house, what I would come back and tell her," said Henry Yelverton, in a 2002 interview.
In the end law school was his choice, a decision that would not only change his life, but would drastically impact so many people along the way. Judge Lilynn Cutrer of the fourteenth judicial district, was actually sworn in by Judge Yelverton, the man she considered to be her mentor.
"His family, his church, our community, and all of us that came before him, and all who will come after, we have all learned something, and we are all better people to have known him," said Judge Lilynn Cutrer.
So, wether he was a family member or a colleague, one thing is for certain, he will be remembered in the hearts of many throughout the community.
Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home, tomorrow from 2pm-8pm, and on Monday from10am-12:30pm. The funeral will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven On Monday, August 3, at 1pm.