Emanuel Paul Dupree was born on August 28, 1943 in Melrose, LA to Joseph Landry Dupree and Frances Severin Dupree. He graduated from St. Matthew High School in Melrose. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Chicago, IL where he worked at several jobs before he secured the position of bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority where he continued to work until his retirement. Between these jobs, he met and married Allie Mosley. This union brought forth two daughters, Theresa and Lila. While their marriage wouldn't last forever as they hoped, Manuel and Allie remained friends. Later he met and married his wife of 37 years, Brenda Beaudion. Brenda had two children from a previous marriage, Dawne and Anthony. He also helped to raise her grandson, Jeremy. Manuel is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe, Isaac, and Donald; three sisters, Margaret, Annie Mae, and Mary; his stepson, Tony and grandson, Jeremy. He is survived by his brother, Wilfred (Doris); two sisters, Marjorie (Teat) and Frances; his wife, Brenda; his daughters, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. His life-long dream was to come back home to Cane River to enjoy the good ole country life and his passion for motorcycles, old cars, and good cold beer. Manuel was known for his corny jokes and stories. He was easy going, kind hearted and considerate of his family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle with Rev. Charles Ray serving as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Cloutierville. The family will receive friends from 9 am until 10:30 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Saturday the 9th with recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 10:30 am. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include David Dupree, Donald Dupree, Jerry Wooldridge, Joseph Mora, Leo Dupree, Jr., and Steven Dupree.