Albin Joseph, “A. J.” Judice Jr., 80, Bridge City died Sunday April 6, 2008 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur surrounded by his family.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1927 in Port Arthur, Texas to Lariza and A. J. “Tabin” Judice Sr.

He attended Port Arthur schools and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1945. A. J. owned and operated Judice’s French Market in Port Arthur. He lived in Port Arthur his entire life until moving to his beloved Cow Bayou in Bridge City in 1976.

A. J. enjoyed promoting any and all Cajun related activities in the local community and happily traveled spreading the Cajun culture. He was appointed Crawfish Racing Commissioner by Texas Governor Preston Smith.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Lois Bourgeois Judice and five children; Larry and Brenda Judice of Bridge City, Debbie and Paul Roy of Bridge City, Al and Michelle Judice of Bridge City, Kevin and Susan Judice of Kingsland, Karen and Mark Eddingston of Nederland, fifteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, A. J. “Tabin” Judice and Lariza “Mawmaw” Judice and his sister, Tillie Mulholland.

He will lie in state on Wednesday, April 9 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family to receive friends beginning at 5 p.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Father Jim McClintock will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City on Thursday, April 10, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City or Bridge City Orangefield Ministerial Alliance, 200 West Roundbunch Road, Bridge City or Odyssey Health Care in Beaumont.

Thank you to the ICU and third floor staff at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas as well as Odessey Hospice.