Nathan “Raddy” Thomas Sent Home in Style

The Black Men of Labor posing before their annual second line

The Black Men of Labor posing before their annual second line

This morning, the life of Nathan “Raddy” Thomas, a member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, was celebrated in true New Orleans style with a jazz funeral.  Prior to the body leaving Corpus Christi Church in the 7th Ward, the  Treme Brass Band, featuring “Uncle” Lionel Batiste on bass drum, Benny Jones on snare drum, Roger Lewis on baritone sax, Jeffery Hills on sousaphone, Kenneth Terry on trumpet, Eddie King on trombone and Bruce Brachman on clarinet, played a short dirge while marching towards the front of the church.

As two priests led the pallbearers, including members of the BMOL, to the hearse, the band split in half and continued playing the mournful sounds.  After the casket was in the hearse, the band led a group of mourners along A.P. Tureaud Blvd before stopping in front of St. Augustine High School.  The band played one final tune, and the hearse slowly proceeded to Mount Olivet Cemetery for his final interment.

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