Braxton “B.I.” Moody III, a outstanding determine within the enterprise and neighborhood of Acadiana, has handed away on the age of 98. Moody, for whom the College of Louisiana at Lafayette’s faculty of enterprise is called after, had a outstanding life and profession.
Moody started his training at Rayne Excessive Faculty and went on to attend Auburn College. Nevertheless, his faculty research had been interrupted when he served in the USA Navy throughout World Battle II. After the conflict, Moody returned to pursue his training and obtained a bachelor of science diploma in accounting from then-SLI.
After graduating, Moody grew to become the founding companion of the CPA agency Moody, Broussard, Poché & Guidry. He additionally held important positions because the chairman of The Moody Firm and Louisiana State Newspapers Inc., each situated in Lafayette. Moody’s involvement within the newspaper trade started in 1943 when he acquired the Rayne Acadian Tribune. He continued to broaden his newspaper group by buying different publications throughout Louisiana and at the moment owns and publishes 22 newspapers by way of Louisiana State Newspapers.
Aside from his contributions to the enterprise world, Moody was additionally acknowledged for his philanthropic efforts and neighborhood involvement. Trina Edwards Alario, the widow of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, expressed her heartfelt condolences and described Moody as a beacon of sunshine in her life throughout tough instances.
Along with his varied roles, Moody served as President and CEO of Chart Home Inc. in Lafayette and as Chairman of the Board for First Nationwide Financial institution of Lafayette. He additionally held positions on a number of boards, together with Rayne State Financial institution & Belief Firm, First Nationwide Financial institution of Crowley, Acadia Financial savings and Mortgage Administration, and others.
Braxton “B.I.” Moody III leaves behind a legacy of management, philanthropy, and dedication to his neighborhood. His contributions and influence will likely be remembered by many in Acadiana and past.