Eric Melton

It is with the heaviest hearts and great sadness that the family of Eric “Easy” Melton announces his passing on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at the Mercy Regional Medical Center in Ville Platte at the age of 45.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Basile with Pastor Charles Hugonin officiating.

Eric, known as “E” or “Easy”, was a commercial shrimper all his life who loved to say, “Shrimpin’ ain’t easy!” He struggled with his illnesses and diabetes for quite some time, but fought a good fight and always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family and friends. If he was a friend, then he was a friend for life.

Eric will be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his loving wife of seven years, Mona Bushnell Melton of Basile; his parents, Jimmy Melton and Brenda Trahan Laughlin of Basile; sons, Samuel Brigham Deavers, Sr. and fiancé, Rhiannon Heskett of Dickson, Tenn., and Christoper Melton of Sulphur; daughter, Erica Melton of Lake Charles; brothers, Joseph Laughlin and wife, Jennifer of N.C., Bobby Joe Laughlin and wife, Christie of Ragley, and D.J. Bagley of Guthrie, Okla.; sister, Felicia Melton Smith and husband, Germaine of Sulphur; three grandchildren, Mia Deshotel, Samuel Deavers, Jr., and one on the way; as well as extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Leon Laughlin; granddaughter, Nevaeh Melton; and sister, Mackey Bagley.

At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Basile on Friday, Jan. 8, from 2 until 10 p.m., and again on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. until time of services.

Family and friends may view his obituary and sign the guestbook at

Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Basile, 1210 South Ryan, (337) 432.6726 is in charge of arrangements.

(Paid Memorial)