Ted Cessac
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Ted Cessac

Charles Edward Ted Cessac was born March 2, 1945. He grew up in Abbeville and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam years.

At 22 he moved to Los Angeles where he spent the late 60's and early 70's working in theatre and the music business. He was the road manager for the legendary blues singer Big Mama Thornton and was with her when Janis Joplin first sang Big Mama's "Ball and Chain".

On the road he met and drank with most of the old bluesmakers like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and countless others. Ted was a key player in the Cellar Theatre in Hollywood and one of the original founders of The Abbey Players with his wife Lynette Winter.

He had an off beat sense of humor and a left handed look at the foibles of life. He loved music and was known to many local singers like Bobby Charles, Ronnie Vice and Juan Nunez.

He often did impromptu harmonica solos from his table near the band stand. For the last year he had been working on the renovation of the Woodlawn Chapel where a memorial party will be held on the weekend before his birthday.

He is survived by his sons Danny Cessac and Matt Cessac, a grandson,Logan,grand daughters. Sisters, Elizabeth "Gwen" Bordeaux, Becky Hatfield, and Kelly Cessac Duhon , brothers Leon Cessac, Richard Cessac, and Brent Cessac, .

He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace Cessac and mother Lena Harriington, one brother Wallace Cessac and his uncle Casey Pierce.

He will be missed by all who knew this gentle spirit, and most by family and friends, including his Aunt Nellie Pierce who raised him through his school years and his sister and brother Russie Pierce-Tiller and Dave Pierce.
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January 13, 2013
Ted and I met at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1966. We were as close as brothers while in the Army. After we were discharged...Ted moved to North Hollywood to live with his cousin Dave Pierce , a KPPC Disk Jockey and part time actor.

On Memorial Day weekend 0f 1968, I got a call from ted who needed a ride to Montery, Ca. The next afternoon we met up with Big Moma Thorton at her Hotel. She asked me to take her to the Liquor store where she purchased "a Christmas Present" of a quart Of Old Grand Dad" that was left over from the Holiday season.

After the first of two concerts Ted, Me and George Smith (Chicago Blues Band) went to pick up the payment for the show from the Club owner. George Smith had brought his Hand gun just in case the Club owner tried anything.

The following night...Big Moma, left the stage and refused to continue her show. Ted asked me to try to get her back on the stage. It took about 20 minutes of ass kissing to get her back on the stage.

Ted and I hung out until he got Married to Lynette Winters and they had a son called Christopher.

The last I heard was Ted was working on the Oil Rigs and Dave Pierce was selling add's for a TV Station near abbyville, La. Radio has never been as good in Los Angeles since the Pierce family moved back to Abbyville, La

Michael Hart