Ned H. Theall
A native of Abbeville, La., and a longtime resident of New Iberia, La., Ned H. Theall, 72, died Friday Jan. 8, 2010, at 8:20 p.m. in a Lafayette, La., hospital.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in the David Funeral Home Chapel in New Iberia with Pastor Jeff Ables officiating.
Visitation will be until service time Monday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Theall was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Theall is best known as the long time band leader of the Fabulous Boogie Kings, the legendary hall of fame, “blue-eyed” soul band. He led the Boogie Kings from the 1950s through their most recent performance on New Year’s Eve 2010, just a short week ago. For more than 60 years, he worked tirelessly and dedicated his life to a body of work that will not soon be duplicated or surpassed. Besides his family, his love of music and his incomparable talent lent itself to the genius that was Ned Theall. Through his horn, sax, composing and arranging he created a sound that was the soul of Louisiana which was his gift to the fans and musicians worldwide that he touched and inspired along the way. He wrote such songs as “Philly Walk” and “I Love That Swamp Pop Music.” He will be remembered as one of the greatest Louisiana musicians in history. He truly was “The Boogie King.”
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Rene Koch Theall of New Iberia; children, Thad Theall of Maurice, La., Marty Theall of Erath, La., Bobbi Kaye Fontenot of Lafayette and Kimberli Kai Ridgeway of West Monroe, La., and a stepson, Deno Sonnier of Lake Charles; brothers, Gary Theall of Abbeville, La., and Carl Theall of California and a sister June Grabill of Arkansas; grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah, Stephen, Jenna and Lyndi Theall, Natalee Boutte, Sidney Ridgeway and Silas Boutte and one great-grandchild, Lyla Grace Theall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Neddy H. Theall and Enid Smith Guarino.
Pallbearers will be his three grandsons, Chris and Stephen Theall and Silas Boutte and Jon Smith, Mark Klein and Matthew Schlenker.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Boogie Kings.