Sue Eakin


Myrtle Sue Lyles Eakin, known as Sue Eakin (December 7, 1918–September 17, 2009), was an American professor, newspaper columnist, and historian from Bunkie in Avoyelles Parish, who researched Louisiana history, particularly the Old South plantation system. Eakin was born on the Compromise Plantation in the Lyles community at Loyd Bridge near Cheneyville in south Rapides Parish, the eldest child of Samuel Pickles Lyles, Sr., and the former Marie Myrtle Guy She graduated from Lecompte High School in nearby Lecompte. On January 31, 1941, Sue Lyles married Paul Mechlin Eakin, Sr., (July 19, 1917–February 6, 1995) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later New Jersey. They resided in Bunkie, where he was a financial consultant and she a professional freelance journalist and a columnist for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, the Opelousas Daily World, in Opelousas, the seat of St. Landry Parish, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, traditionally the state’s largest newspaper. From 1957 to 1959, Paul and Sue Eakin owned and operated the Bunkie Record newspaper. At the age of forty-two, she began commuting to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to earn two master's degrees, one in journalism and  ( Wikipedia article )


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Rapides Parish
Historian, Journalist, Professor


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Louisiana State University
University of Louisiana at Lafayette


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