Landry’s 100th honored by Players

Paul Landry (right) was the star of the night, even getting some TV time.

A big group of friends and family gather to congratulate Landry on hitting the century mark.

A collage of Landry’s life was on display.

Paul Landry is a familiar face to those with the Abbey Players. Even at 100 years old, he’s a big supporter. And, in thanks for his support, the group threw him a party.

Landry has been a nearly lifelong resident of Acadiana. He was born in Midland, Texas, to parents who worked in the Spindle-Top Oilfields, but the family moved to Perry when he was four years old.

It’s been a long ride for Landry, who has seen many historic events in his life, but to him, being able to still be here with his family is the best gift he could have. He lost his wife, Doll, last October, who was just shy of hitting 100 herself. Together, the pair had four children: a son, Larry, and three daughters named Judy, Paulette, and Connie.

The Abbey Players’ party for the veteran was also held in honor of the armed forces, with a very visible 4th of July theme in the atmosphere, as well as the familiar scents of Cajun cooking.
And, while Cajun food may not be considered the healthiest, Landry has managed to stay strong and sharp even this late in life.

How? “I followed all the doctors’ rules and regulations,” he said. “And I got by.”

Landry was the star of the night, with friends, family, and even the media there to congratulate him on a long, wonderful life. He spends his time talking to loved ones, and even the cameras when they showed up.

Landry doesn’t plan on slowing down, and the Players certainly don’t want him to.

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