Oustalet Dies At 79

A.J.M. ``Bubba'' Oustalet, who operated a string of car dealerships between the Mississippi Gulf Coast and south Louisiana for more than 35 years, has died. Oustalet of Pass Christian died yesterday. He was 79. Funeral services will be Thursday at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Jennings, Louisiana. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Jennings.

Oustalet, who was born in New Orleans, served in naval aviation during World War Two. He earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1947. Oustalet got his start in the car business in 1948, when he became general manager of Capital City Ford in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Oustalet was president of the Ford Dealer Training School from 1951 to 1958 and was on the National Ford Dealer Council of America for two years during that time. He was named a Time magazine ``Quality Dealer'' in 1976. In 1959, he became chairman of Bubba Oustalet Ford in Gulfport, splitting time between homes in Pass Christian and Lake Arthur, Louisiana.

In 1984, he sold the dealership to his son A.J.M. ``Butch'' Oustalet The Third. Survivors include his wife, Lena Mae Easley Oustalet, three daughters and seven sons.