In Celebration of Life
Escamillo Peter Felton
We gather in memory of Escamillo Peter Felton who has left lasting impressions with family friends and loved ones. He will be dearly missed but lovingly remembered.
Felton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 1, 1933 to Eulalie and Ruby Felton. He was the last of 10 children and went by the nickname “Eski” before he left New Orleans. He attended Corpus Christi Elementary School, Xavier Preparatory and graduated from Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and served his time in Germany. When he left the army, he made a quick stop in Chicago for three weeks and eventually returned to New Orleans. In 1955, he arrived in Los Angeles, California worked as a painter. Two years later, Felton married Marilyn Weaver at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. From their union, they had four children: Eski Jr., Helen, Gregory and Dean. Marilyn would later precede Felton in death in 1988.
Felton’s love of painting was instilled during his youth when he would assist his father, who was a painting contractor in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1963, he worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a supervisor of painters and furniture refinishers. He also taught at Los Angeles Trade Tech. In 1997, Felton’s son, Gregory would also pick up painting as a trade. Felton retired from the LAUSD in 1997.
Felton was the life of a party and loved to dance. He was an active member of The Autocrat West, Crescent City Lodge and The Lunch Bunch of LAUSD. He was known as “Mr. Proud Bird,” securing venues for many types of social activities for family and friends.
Felton would later meet and marry Vange Rigard-Westfield in 1991. The first eight years of their marriage they traveled to many places. They enjoyed a happy marriage and many good times together.
In 1999, Felton lost his left leg in an accident. He would go through many health problems at this time. Despite these obstacles, Felton fought with bravery and diligence during this time. Nevertheless, He still enjoyed the party and being in the center of it.
As he continued to deal with debilitating health issues, Felton moved to St. John of God Care Center. He would become further dependent when he lost his eyesight. He would later be honored by St. John’s in 2008 as “Father of the Year.”
A man of deep faith, the Lord would call Felton home on April 6, 2011.
Escamillo Peter “Eski” Felton will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, caring brother and generous friend. Friends and family will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn; sister, Noella; brothers, Nicholas, Ruby, Samuel and Vernon. He is survived by his wife, Vange; his sisters Marie Bernal and Ramona Jupiter; brothers, Charlie and Thaddeus; his children Eski Jr. (wife Denise), Helen Felton-Martin (husband Ken), Greg and Dean; three grandchildren, Nicole, Kayla and Shane; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends.