A Tapestry of Rural Life in Southwest Louisiana: The Story of Stooge and The Ghep

Darrel LeJeune, editor of The Basile Weekly and a retired Basile High educator, released a new book last week about the life story of his late parents.

The memoir is titled A Tapestry of Rural Life in Southwest Louisiana: The Story of Stooge and The Ghep. The book’s back cover blurb summarizes the story as follows:
Step into the vibrant world of Basile, Louisiana, where the lives of Marcus “Stooge” LeJeune and Sadie Louise intertwine in a tapestry of love, laughter, and enduring connections. As their son, the chronicler of their legacy, invites you into their remarkable journey, prepare to be swept away by the warmth of their personalities and the richness of their experiences.
Meet Stooge, the magnetic force whose charisma illuminated every corner of Basile, leaving an indelible mark on all who crossed his path. From farmer to entrepreneur, husband to friend, his story unfolds with resilience and an unwavering love for his community.

Discover Sadie, the epitome of grace and strength, whose journey from shy beginnings to confident fortitude is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Married at 16, she embraced motherhood and work with equal dedication, her unwavering faith guiding her through life’s challenges.

In these chapters, gathered as the LeJeune legacy, find inspiration in everyday moments, laughter, and the bonds that transcend time. Through their joys, triumphs, and shared wisdom, Marcus and Sadie LeJeune’s story reminds us to embrace life’s joys and cherish the connections that define our existence.

Join us on this journey through the heart of Basile, Louisiana, where the legacy of Marcus and Sadie LeJeune lives on—a testament to lives well-lived and hearts fully loved.

The memoir is Darrel’s fourth publication, having compiled A Photographic History of the Basile Bearcat Band, The History of the Basile Sing Out, and The History of St. Augustine Catholic Church. All are currently out of print but plans are to re-release them soon through Wise Publications and Amazon.com.

The new book may be purchased directly from the author, who may be contacted at [email protected], from the publisher’s online bookstore at wisepublications.biz, and from amazon.com.