Oct. 6, 1943-Sept. 29, 2020
Andy Wayne Airhart entered the world Oct. 6, 1943, to the late Ulysses Samuel Airhart and Aurelia Kerry Airhart of Cloutierville. He was the first and only love of his wife of 50 years, Candis Sewell Airhart. He was well-known for his love of his children, grandchildren, siblings and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
Andy had a great love for all things automotive. He was forever an automotive and diesel mechanic. He had a great love for his customers, students and grease! Throughout his career as an automotive and diesel mechanic many were blessed to be able to work alongside him. From his beginnings at the People’s Motor Company and Lowery Chevrolet, to establishing his own company: CAR CLINIC, all the way until retirement after 20 years as an automotive instructor at the Natchitoches Technical Campus, he proceeded to continue his love for mechanics. After retirement, he continued working for 112 more years as a diesel and hydraulics mechanic at the Valley Electric Co-Op (Swepco). Upon full retirement, he enjoyed spending time with all his pups, rescuing animals of any kind, yard work, building his BBQ shed and tinkering in his work shop.
Andy Wayne’s love of mechanics was surpassed only by his love for his family. His most cherished times were when entertaining his beloved grandchildren, Hallee, Nate, Camryn and Tristin.
Andy Wayne was a prankster at heart and shared tons of jokes and laughs with so many family members and friends! Although he was a prankster, Andy also had the faith of a mustard seed and believed in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and loved Father John dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Candis Airhart; children, David Airhart (Lisa Shaw Airhart) of Montgomery and Andi Airhart Lazarus (Michael Lazarus) of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; siblings, Ambrose Airhart (Anna Smith Airhart) of Natchitoches and Sharon Airhart Tobin (Tom Tobin) of Arkadelphia, Ark.; sister-in-law, Melanie Airhart of Pineville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leah Sewell and Bill Gordy; grandchildren, Hallee and Nate Airhart as well as Camryn and Tristin Lazarus; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews and beloved friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ulysses Samuel Airhart and Aurelia Kerry Airhart; brother, Larry Airhart; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mona Brunson and Nathaniel (Candy) Sewell; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Delilah Sewell and Mark Brosset.
Pallbearers are Michael Lazarus, Ambrose Airhart, Bill Gordy, Josh Manuel, Greg Pierson, Tommy Tobin, Ed Pierson and Michael Waters.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Stephen Wheat, Dr. Bob Massengail, Nate Airhart, Jarred Henry, Kimber Call and Aubrey LaCaze.
All services will be Saturday, Oct. 3 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rosary will be from 1-2 p.m. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. followed by a procession to Memory Lawn Garden Cemetery.