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301 Services will be held for Shirley Courvelle Labit, 79, on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM in David Funeral Home Chapel, with Deacon Francis Kao officiating.  Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at David Funeral Home of Abbeville on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of service, with the recitation of the rosary at 11:00 AM.

David Funeral Home of Abbeville, 2600 Charity Street, (337) 893-3777 are in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Labit ("mom") was a beautiful woman with a strong heart. Our mother was the most selfless person I've ever known.  Mom didn't plan her girls' trip, or a night out alone, or a spa treatment, her first official pedicure was at 76 when I had to beg her to have it done (and she instantly LOVED IT), you see our mother would have never splurged on herself for such a thing.  However, she made sure her children had everything she could, we had very little, but we always had what we needed, we were not rich by money but she had a way of making us feel we had it all!  You never left her house without saying I love you and hearing I love you, and you surely NEVER went to bed without those words either.  She valued her family like a Queen would value gold!  Our father worked away for many months at a time leaving mom to care for their children alone, basically as a single mother, and she was a force to be dealt with.  Mom was less than 5ft tall, I can't list her true height because she may haunt me for years to come, but let me tell you if you did well she praised you, she made you feel very special in so many ways.  If you messed up and didn't follow rules, you could have sworn she was 7ft tall, because she let you know exactly how she felt about it, and what you would do to make it right.  Our mother was the type of woman who would love you with all her might, and if she knew you committed a crime (especially one that hurt others) she would be the first to turn you in yet visit you in detention every Sunday with love.  She taught us right from wrong, she gave us amazing advice, whether it was hard advice to hear or not.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and so much more to so many of us.  She was a stay at home mom of 8 children which was a huge task in itself; she later assisted in caring for most of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  NO ONE could comfort a new born baby as mom could; she had such a touch that could comfort any baby.  When her 8 children were young, you could find mom cooking a home cooked meal every day.  She later taught most of her daughters and granddaughters how to cook her favorite Cajun meals, pies, cakes etc.  But please never say your dish was better than hers, which never went over well in "Shirley's Kitchen".  Mom made so many traditions with our family, every Sunday we could smell the meat browning as she prepared one of her amazing rice and gravy meals with all of our favorite sides for our Sunday meals. Our mother had an ART of making a little go very far between 8 children, and everyone else was always welcomed.  We often joked she had earned her path to Heaven by raising 8 children, YES SHE HAS, nonetheless when you think you can't possibly have enough love to go around between so many, our mother could prove you wrong and still have some love left over for the child that may have needed extra or for a neighbor or stranger that needed her.  Mom's door was never closed; if you needed she was there to help you.  We often joke that once you marry or become a significant other in our family, you're stuck in the family for life!  Before mom passed away, she could see a former spouse or friend from many years ago, and she was able to give that person a hug, smile and love that made them feel as they had never left our family.

Our mother taught us to love, nurture, be kind, help others in need and to always under any condition respect others.  Mom taught her children to be partners and parents to their families.  She taught us to love ourselves and always give selflessly without expecting any return.

She is survived by her 7 of her children, Cindy D. Labatt of Abbeville, Lisa L. Broussard of Henry, Patty Labatt of Abbeville, Gerald J. Labatt of Alexandria, Tammie L. Duke of Abbeville, Kelly Labatt of  Abbeville, and Shannon L. Motty of Abbeville.  Grandchildren:  Justin Delcambre, Rhani Ganze, Andrea Toups, Theo Labit, Skyla L. Matthew, Louis Hebert, Codi Bessard, Payton Durke, Brianie Burke, Joshua Labit, Brittani Duhon, Drake Duhon, Slayte Nugier, Nicholaus Nugier and Marie-Claude Motty, and many great-grandchildren.

She was also survived by her sisters Claudille Sandifer and Bonnie Blanchard and her brothers, Bobby Courvelle and Lonnie.

She was preceded in death by our father, Theo Gerald Labit, father, her son Gregory M. Labit, her grandsons, Jeremiah J. Broussard and Clay Allen Durke, her father, Leman Courvelle and her mother Paulette Benoit Courvelle and several siblings.

Pallbearers are:   Gerald Labit, son and grandsons Joshua Labit, Slayte Nugier Drake Duhon, Nicholaus Nugier and Payton Durke and great-grandson Dayten Matthew.  Honorary Pallbearers are:  Gregory Labit Son, and grandsons Justin Delcambre, Louis Hebert, Theo Labit, the Late Jeremiah Broussard and the Late Clay Durke.

David Funeral Home, 2600 Charity Street, (337) 893-3777 is charge of the arrangements. 
Courvelle, Shirley (I600655)
302 Sidney Joseph Lavergne, 80 of New Caney, TX was called from this life on August 17, 2015. Sidney was born in Crowley, LA to Evita LaVergne and Alida Leger Lavergne on September 22, 1934. Sidney was employed as an Electrician, he loved his job. He also loved to dance and have a good time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Sidney is survived by one son, Rommie Joseph Lavergne of Montgomery, TX; two daughters, Tammy Ann Lambert (Garrey) of New Caney, TX, Gay Judith Rains (George) of New Caney, TX; one brother, E.J. Lavergne of Houston, TX; thirteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren.

Sidney is preceded in death by his parents, Evita and Alida Lavergne; his beloved wife, Della Mae Lavergne; his daughter-in-law, Ivy Gail Lavergne; two sisters, Mabel Dubois and Naomie Guidry.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gueydan, LA on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM with Father Corey Campeaux officiating. Burial will follow in the Gueydan Cemetery under the direction of Matthews and Son Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Matthews & Son Funeral Home in Gueydan, LA on Friday, August 21st from 5:30 PM until the time of his Funeral Mass with a Rosary recited at 6:00 PM Friday evening.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Matthews & Son Funeral Home. 
Lavergne, Sidney Joseph (I444856)
303 The family and friends of Gerald "Jerry" Marcel Dugas are mourning the loss of their loved one who was called from this life on March 20, 2016 at the age of 86. Jerry was born in Carencro, LA to Willie "Frere" Dugas and Lauris Mouton Dugas on October 28, 1929. Jerry worked for KJEF & KSIG for over 50 years. He loved to go for walks, loved to dance and listen to Cajun music. Jerry especially loved spending time with his family. Throughout his life, Jerry was honored with many awards for the work that he did, his most cherished awards were being inducted into the Official Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 1997, his Cajun French Music Association Pioneer award in 1993, and his CFMA award for his 53 years of dedication to promoting Cajun Music and help preserving our Cajun Heritage and Culture. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jerry is survived by his companion of 35 years, Louise G. Bergeron of Jennings, LA; three daughters, Gerry Ann Traylor of Dallas, TX, Diane Savoy (Darrell) of Carencro, LA, Shelley Dugas (Dale Biessenberger) of Carencro, LA; one sister-in-law, Joyce Dugas of Carencro, LA; three step children, Lisa Landry (Larry) of Iowa, LA, Angie Hardy (Sam) of Sulphur, LA, Kenneth Bergeron (Bea) of Jennings, LA; four grandchildren, Russell Traylor, Nikki Scancella, Emily Biessenberger, Bryce Biessenberger; one great-grandchild, Dominic Scancella; as well as numerous step grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Lauris Dugas; one brother, Chester Dugas; one great granddaughter, Chiara Scancella

Funeral services for Gerald "Jerry" Dugas will be held at the Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings, LA on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Father Charles McMillin officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Matthews & Son Funeral Home in Jennings on Tuesday, March 22nd from 4:30 PM until 9:00 PM with a rosary recited at 6:00 PM. The family request that visitation resume on Wednesday March 23rd at 9:00 AM and continue until the time of his funeral service.

Carrying Jerry to his final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery will be Larry Landry, Tyler Landry, Bryce Biessenberger, Kenneth Bergeron, Keenan Landry and Sam Hardy. Honorary pallbearers will be Barney Barnes and Russell Traylor.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the American Heart Association. 
Dugas, Gerald Marcel (I227296)
304 The family and friends of Jearayne Mehal are mourning the loss of their loved one who was called from this life on March 18, 2016 at the age of 62. She was comforted and surrounded by her family as she passed from this life unto the next. Jearayne was born in Rayne, LA to Thomas Garrett and Helen Blue Garrett on December 2, 1953. She spent her career working as a Graphic Design Artist. Jearayne, in her spare time, enjoyed gardening and scrapbooking. She also had a passion for rifle and pistol shooting and as an umpire coordinator. For thirty-four years Jearayne and her husband resided together in Lafayette, LA and recently in the past thirteen months took residency in Church Point, LA. Jearayne was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jearayne is survived by Cyril "Cy" Mehal (beloved husband) of Church Point, LA; Thomas J. Garrett (father) of Mandeville, LA; Garrett and Christina Mehal of Jennings, LA, Derrick Mehal of Houston, TX, and Nathan Mehal of Grayson, GA (her cherished three sons); Jordan Mehal (grandson) of Jennings, LA; Keira Mehal (granddaughter) of Jennings, LA; Tommy and Stephanie Garrett of Rayne, LA and Paris and Jill Garrett of League City, TX (two brothers); Matt Mehal (brother-in-law) of Lafayette, LA and Becky Fielding (sister-in-law) of Lafayette, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jearayne was preceded in death by her mother, Helen B. Garrett; mother-in-law, Lucille Billeaud Mehal; father-in-law, Joseph B. Mehal; sister-in-law, Emma Mehal Fabacher; and nephew, Luke D. Fabacher.

Funeral services for Jearayne Mehal of Church Point, LA will be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings, LA on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM with Pastor Bob Zannini of Life Church of Lafayette officiating. The family request that visitation be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings, LA on Sunday, March 20th from 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in order to assist with medical expenses.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Matthews & Son Funeral Home. 
Garrett, Jearayne Helen (I40326)
305 The family of Mary Kay McDuffie, 45, sadly announces her passing on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at Rapides Regional Medical Center.

She leaves behind her parents Richard and Cindy Reed of Ville Platte; sisters Destiny Lynn Ardoin and husband Buckey of Ville Platte, Jodie Vining (Kenny Billiot) of Bourg, LA; step brother Beau Wade Reed and wife Sarah of Edmond, OK; nephews and nieces Saige, Kristen, Kade, Claire, Kailyn, Andrew, Annaleece, and Ainslee. She is preceded in death by her nephew Seth Pellegrin.

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LaVille Funeral Home, 2353 East Main St., Ville Platte, LA 70586, 337-363-1100 
McDuffie, Mary Kay (I628543)
306 Thomas Laperouse "Tam" Delcambre, 79, died on Monday, August 10, 2020. The son of Jimmy and Claudella Laperouse Delcambre, Tam grew up on Avery Island and later became a homebuilder/developer in New Iberia. He was the founder of TLD Homes.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Armentor Delcambre; daughter, Susan D. Musso (Mark); sons, Tommy Delcambre (Robyn), and Rene Delcambre; sister, Suzanne D. Landry (Lynn); brothers, Mickey Delcambre, Bill Delcambre (Gail), Wayne Delcambre (Cheryl); granddaughters, Kate M. Migues (Paul), Natalie M. Rodrigue (Stetson), and Meredith Musso; and great-grandchildren, Lucas T. Rodrigue and Eliza G. Migues.

Tam was a good man with a good heart and a warm smile. He shared his smile and his laughter with all around him. He deeply loved his children and his family. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help those in need. Tam will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Consolata Nursing Home for extraordinary care and compassion, especially Betty Bernard, R.N., and Dr. Mike Alvarez.

Due to the limitation of COVID-19 guidelines, there will be no service.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Catholic High School, 1301 De LaSalle Dr., New Iberia, LA 70560, or St. Edward School, 175 Porter St., New Iberia, LA 70560.

Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560 (337-365-3331) is in charge of arrangements. 
Delcambre, Thomas Laperouse (I47519)
307 We will celebrate the life and memory of Jeffrey Charles Broussard who passed away at his home in Arnaudville on Tuesday, September 24, 2018.

Visitation will be held at David Funeral Home in Erath on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a memorial service starting at 4:00 PM.

Jeffrey was a long time resident of Erath and enjoyed cooking, music, and making his friends and family laugh.

He is survived by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Broussard of Erath; his companion Wesley Lalonde of Arnaudville; his three children; Zachary Broussard and his wife Monique of Milton; Elizabeth Broussard Romero and her husband Chad of Youngsville; Benjamin Broussard and his fiancĂ© Kelsey Lambert of  Box Elder, SD and grandchildren Aubrey Broussard, Sydney Romero, Lane Romero, Adele Broussard, and Hannah Romero.  He is also survived by his brothers Jude, Joel, and Jeremy Broussard and his sister Julie Broussard.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Harry Broussard and Mr. & Mrs. Wilton Suire all of Erath.

Condolences may be made to the family at

David Funeral Home of Erath is in charge of arrangements 209 E. Putnam St., Erath, LA  70533, (337) 937-0405. 
Broussard, Jeffrey Charles (I384063)
308 will be Gabe Turner.

He is survived by his wife, Loraine Broussard Campbell of Gueydan; his son, Darryl Wayne Campbell, Jr. and his partner, Sergio Yibrin of St. Gabriel; his daughter, Tanya  Vallo and her husband, Robbie of Gueydan; his five grandchildren; his three great grandchildren; and his brother, Rocky Lee Campbell and his wife, Christine of Gueydan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson "Buck" Campbell and the former Ouida Pego; and his two sisters, Alicia Campbell Istre and Cynthia Campbell Gaspard.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home - Gueydan, 311 Fourth St., on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM; Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 8:00 AM until the procession departs for the church at 12:45 PM. 
Campbell, Darryl Wayne Sr. (I419958)
309 Wilman J. Richard, 89, passed away in the comfort of his home on July 24, 2017.

Wilman was born in Church Point on March 21, 1928 to the late Archangel and Alette (Matt) Richard. He was a member of CFMA for many years. Wilman enjoyed raising his animals and loved going dancing with his late wife Belle.

He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Terry Richard and wife Mauren, Malcom Richard and wife Sonya, Bryan Richard and fiancé Sallie; sister-in-law, Tracy Thibodeaux and husband Charlie; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; dogs, Molly, CC and Skippy. Joseph is preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle "Belle" Richard; parents; sisters, Dorothy Johnice and Ezola LeJeune.

A Mass of Christian burial will be in St. Raphael Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2 PM with Father Bennie Wego officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens under the direction of Johnson & Brown Funeral Home. Visitation is Wednesday in Johnson & Brown Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until 1:30 PM with a rosary at 11 a.m. 
Richard, Wilman J. (I385399)
310 "Angels rejoiced today when Enola Dugas entered into heaven's gates." Enola Dugas lovingly known as "TeNolle" entered into eternal life on July 8, 2015, after a very courageous battle with cancer. At her side was her beloved "Tiny" who remained at her side, 24 hours a day. TeNolle was 89 years old and resided in Scott, Louisiana the majority of her life.

TeNolle was the beloved mother of Dr. Paul Roger, Jr. and was preceded in death by her beautiful and loving daughter, Deanna Lormand. She is survived by her grandchild Michelle Alleman and great granddaughters Chelsi and Shelbi Allemon along with many nieces and nephews. TeNolle will be greatly missed by her brother, J.C. Dugas and sisters, Eldine Navarre and Sadie Ramagos. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Dugas and her parents, Aglious and Claudia Castille-Dugas.

TeNolle will always be remembered as a very strong and loving woman who worked extremely hard throughout her entire life. She was a very giving person with her time and talents. Her passion was designing and sewing beautiful custom draperies and pillows which graced many elegant homes near and far.

The family of Enola Dugas wishes to thank the many family members and friends who tirelessly loved and cared for her, especially during these past months. Many thanks to TeNolle's life-long friends, Juanita Boudreaux and Marie Hebert along with Glenda Trahan and Rebecca Guidry.

Graveside services will be held Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Mary Mother of God Cemetery (3121 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 70503).

Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements. 
Dugas, Enola (I406193)
311 "Cecil J. Picard", the third longest serving State Superintendent of Education in Louisiana history, and the catalyst for many nationally recognized educational initiatives including Louisiana's Accountability Program and the LA 4 Pre-K initiative, has died. He was 69 years-old.

Picard died Thursday afternoon, February 15, 2007, from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. His loving wife and family were by his side.

Picard began his life on January 1, 1938 in Maurice, Louisiana, the son of Romain and Evangeline. He grew up on the grounds of Maurice High School where his father served as principal. Picard often recounted peering into the school's windows as a boy, too young to attend classes, curious to see what the teachers and students were doing inside. Picard later recalled thinking that he never wanted to follow in his father's footsteps as an educator, knowing the difficult realities of leading a school.

Despite his misgivings, Picard graduated from Maurice High School and set off to achieve a degree in Upper Elementary Education from Southwestern Louisiana Institute, which later became the University of Southwestern Louisiana and then the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas. In 1959, Picard began his educational career as a teacher at LeBlanc Elementary School in Erath, Louisiana. He became a teacher and coach at Maurice High School in 1962; but upon his father's death in 1969, he stepped into his father's position as principal and leader of the school.

Picard always believed that education needed to be a top priority in Louisiana, but he knew if he wanted to have an impact, he would have to leave the schoolhouse for the statehouse to accomplish his goals. So, in 1976 he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 1979, he was elected to the Louisiana Senate serving a combined 20 years as a legislator. He was a long-time member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Education. He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs and the Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.

As a member of the Senate, Picard was lead author of more than 50 pieces of legislation and championed numerous education reform initiatives aimed at improving education in Louisiana, including the Educational Employees Professional Improvement Program (1980), the law requiring mandatory kindergarten (1984), the Children First Act (1988) and the law creating Louisiana's first Early Childhood Opportunity Program (1992).

Picard became State Superintendent of Education in 1996, making him the third longest serving superintendent in Louisiana history, behind Thomas H. Harris (1908-40) and Shelby M. Jackson (1948-64). Picard worked closely with 5 governors and 8 administrations, including those of Governors Edwin Edwards, Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer, Mike Foster and Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. He was scheduled to retire effective May 1, 2007.

During his tenure as the state's top education leader, Picard transformed Louisiana from one of the worst performing states academically, to one of the nation's leaders in education reform. Picard led the way in developing Louisiana's Accountability Program that is currently ranked number one in the nation by Education Week Magazine. Under his leadership, Louisiana was also ranked number one in the country for its efforts to improve teacher quality and has shown improvement in almost every national indicator available, including ACT scores, NAEP tests, The Iowa Tests and the state's LEAP and Graduation Exit Exams. After Hurricane Katrina, Picard greatly assisted impacted school systems in their recovery efforts, especially in New Orleans. However, Picard considered his most important contribution to be the creation of Louisiana's pre-K program for at-risk students, LA 4 which is now a model for the nation in early childhood education.

Although education was his lifelong endeavor, his happiness came from spending time with his family, (particularly his four grandchildren) duck hunting with his friends and sons, and traveling the world with his wife. He had an affinity for sharing good wine and cigars with his friends. He also loved thoroughbred horse racing, a passion passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Picard was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in May of 2005. He aggressively battled the disease since his diagnosis including participating in experimental drug trials in hopes of prolonging his health.

Visitation will be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice, Louisiana from 6:30 PM until 10:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2007. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM Visitation continues Monday, February 19, 2007 from 8:00 AM until the time of the funeral service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice, Louisiana at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 19, 2007. Overflow seating will be available at Maurice Elementary School, 203 S. Albert Avenue. Entombment will be in the church mausoleum.

The Rev. O. Joseph Breaux, Pastor will be the Celebrant of the funeral Mass and will conduct the services co-celebrated by Rev. Patrick Primeaux, Rev. Keith J. Derouen, Rev. Louis J. Richard and Rev. Martin Leonards. Eulogists will be Charles R. Sonnier, Jimmy Long and Carole Butler-Wallin. Jodi Bollich, vocalist, accompanied by Raymond Hebert, vocalist, will sing for the services, "Here I Am Lord", "Amazing Grace", "Taste and See", "Old Rugged Cross", and "Be Not Afraid".

Pallbearers will be Roland "Rip" Eveland, Jr., Roland "Rob" Eveland III., Robert S. Walker, Eugene M. Sellers, Jason LeBlanc, Charles R. Sonnier, Jansen LeBlanc and Kenneth Picard. Honorary Pallbearers will be the employees of the Louisiana Department of Education.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Gaylen David Picard; two sons, Tyron D. Picard and his wife, Elizabeth Guglielmo and Mark Lane Picard; four grandchildren, Stephanie Marie Picard, Madeline Ann Picard, William Andrew "Drew" Picard and John Wright Picard; one sister, Geraldine "Gerry" Picard LeBlanc; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Fadra David; his sister-in-law, Bonnie Eveland.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Picard's name to The Cecil Picard Endowment Fund, benefiting The Early Childhood Development Center at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, c/o the Community Foundation of Acadiana, P.O. Box 3892, Lafayette, Louisiana 70502-3892.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jody Rosson, Dr. Leo Dealvare, Dr. Ed Lyons, and Dr. Charles Bowers for their care and compassion. The family would like to give special thanks to his friend and hunting companion, Dr. Steve Abshire, as well as the 5th floor nursing staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, his Home Health Sitters, Rashanda Evans, and Aneka Duhon, and Mike Michot with Premiere Medical for their kindness and gentle care given to Mr. Picard during his time of need.

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Martin & Castille Funeral Home, Inc. of Lafayette is in charge of the arrangements 
Picard, Cecil J. (I126204)
312 "Clara Georges Fontaine" ??? George, Clara (I84827)
313 "I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there awaits for me a crown of righteousness, not only for me but for all who wait on His appearance."

It is with great sadness that the family of Melvin Joseph Fontenot announces his passing. Melvin passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at The Carpenter House in Lafayette, LA. at the age of 92.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Burial will follow in the Evangeline Memorial Park Cemetery with Father Mitchell Guidry officiating services. The family requests that visitation be observed at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte beginning on Tuesday at 8:30 AM until time of service, with a Rosary to be recited at 2:30 PM.

Melvin is survived by his wife Jessie Rene L. Fontenot of Ville Platte; his children Martha Jonetta F. Thompson and husband David, Francis K. Fontenot, Charlotte F. Savoy and husband Arthur, and Joe Fontenot and wife Sue all of Lafayette; four step-children, Billie Jean Vidrine of Ville Platte, Keith McDaniel and wife Coopey of Eunice, Benjie Gaspard and husband Mike of Quitman, and Kevin McDaniel and wife Jamie of Ville Platte; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and one brother Dalbis Fontenot of Ville Platte.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Savio Fontenot and Ella McGee Fontenot, his first wife, Barbara ''Butch'' Deshotels Fontenot, brother Ezema Fontenot and two sisters, Earline Fontenot and Betty F. Sylvester.

Melvin Joseph Fontenot was a native of Point Blue, Louisiana and was a resident of Ville Platte for most of his life. He was a Veteran of the military, proudly serving in the United States Army during WWII. Melvin worked as an Instrument Mechanic for the Cabot Corporation in Ville Platte for over 30 years. He was a past member of the Woodmen of the World and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed camping, visiting with friends, going to the casino and spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to give special thanks to The Carpenter House for their kindness, compassion and devoted care to Melvin and his family during their time of need.

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Ardoin's Funeral Home, 709 W. Main Street, Ville Platte, LA. 70586, 337-363-2181, has been entrusted with the arrangements. 
Fontenot, Melvin Joseph (I480643)
314 "Mama, Maw-Maw, Mrs. Bea" passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on November 18, 2018, at the age of 103.  She was born August 15, 1915, to Dozelia and Marguerite Simoneaud.  She was a native of Jeanerette and a 1931 graduate and co-valedictorian of Jeanerette High School.  Prior to marrying Percy Eldridge on February 3, 1937, she worked as a bookkeeper at D. A. Simoneaud's General Merchandise, her father's store.

As a life-long resident of Jeanerette, she was the bookkeeper in the family's business, Eldridge's Grocery, and the homemaker for the large Eldridge family. She was an active member of the Jeanerette Book and Hobby Club and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She enjoyed being at the family camp at Cypremort Point, cooking (and what a great cook she was!), playing booray with friends, watching the New Orleans' Saints on TV, and most of all watching her children and grandchildren participate in sporting events.                        

Mrs. Eldridge is survived by eight children, Gerard Eldridge and his wife Ruth of Jeanerette, Dickie and JoAnn Eldridge, Linda Eldridge Viator of Ruston, Michael and Claudette Eldridge, Glenn Eldridge and his wife Flavia of Jeanerette, Danny Eldridge and his wife Judy of Coteau, Percy Eldridge of Jeanerette, and Mary Eldridge and Cathy Goss of Scott.  Her grandchildren are John Eldridge and his wife Ginger, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Laurie Eldridge Auffant, of Prattville, Alabama, Nina Eldridge Lloyd and her husband Brad, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, Jerry, Dwayne, and Erin Eldridge, of Jeanerette; Keith Viator, New Iberia, Michelle Viator Moudy and her husband Tate, Jackson, Mississippi, Todd Viator and his wife Traci, Magnolia, Texas, Kerry Viator and his wife Stephanie, Ruston; Brook Eldridge and his wife Candace, Baton Rouge, Josh Eldridge and his wife Heather, Lafayette, Reed Eldridge and his wife Ellen, of Zachary; Ellen Eldridge DeValcourt and her husband Todd, Lafayette, Gregg Eldridge and his wife, Julie, Mandeville, Scott Eldridge and his wife Kelly, Lafayette, Elizabeth Eldridge Schwab and her husband Dustin, Baton Rouge, Joseph Eldridge and his wife, Kristin, Baton Rouge; Brad Eldridge and his wife Jillian, Lafayette, Janie Eldridge Franke and her husband James, Lafayette; Jill Eldridge, Baton Rouge, Maggie Eldridge Been and her husband Darrell, Houston, Ben Eldridge and his wife Brittany, Lafayette,  Jennifer Eldridge and Joe Tindell, and Katie Eldridge Faucheaux and her husband Sean, of New Iberia.  She is also survived by 35 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Percy Eldridge, son Jimmie Eldridge, infant son Percy Pierre Eldridge, grandchild Victoria Eldridge, son-in-law Stanley Viator, her father Dozelia A. Simoneaud, her mother Marguerite "Maggie" Landry Simoneaud, her brother V. P. (Volzie) Simoneaud, her sister Bernice Guillotte, her grandparents Clarville and Elmira Barras Landry and Peter V. Simoneaud and Ofida M. Landry, her  mother-in-law Amelina "Mama Eldridge" Crochet and father-in-law Alphonse Eldridge.

Visitation will begin on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM at David Funeral Home in Jeanerette. There will be a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 8:00 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Jeanerette.  Rev. Ed Degeyter will be officiating the services.  Burial will follow at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery.

Grandsons, John Eldridge, Keith Viator, Brook Eldridge, Gregg Eldridge, Brad Eldridge, and Ben Eldridge will be pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Simoneaud, Roy Simoneaud, Wayne Simoneaud, David Guillotte, Eldridge Navarro. and Johnny LeBlanc.  Ruth Eldridge, daughter-in-law. will serve as Eucharistic Minister.  Reed Eldridge, grandson, and granddaughters Janie Franke and Ellen DeValcourt will serve as lectors.  Granddaughters Jill Eldridge, Erin Eldridge, Michelle Moudy, and Laurie Auffant will be gift bearers.

The family would like to thank Lamonica Darnell, Mrs. Rita Broussard, Dr. Barrow Bourgeois, Mary Bourgeois, their office staff and Hospice of Acadiana for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA. 70503

You can sign the guest register book and / or send condolences at

David Funeral Home of Jeanerette, 400 Provost St. (337) 276-5151 is in charge of arrangements. 
Simoneaud, Beatrice (I381709)
315 "Our" beloved Simonne", a Retirement Analyst 3 with the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana, died 4:45 PM Monday, July 9, 2007, at her residence in Baton Rouge.

She was 62 years of age and a native of Lafayette. She graduated from Mt. Carmel High School and the University of Southwestern Louisiana where she was a member of A O PI Sorority.

She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Calhoun; father, Charles J. Debaillon Jr.; sons, David Sanders and wife, Karen, and their children, Olivia and Benjamin, Stephan Lyle S Calhoun and wife, Mary, and their children, Caleb and Rebekah Simonne; brothers and sisters, Charles J. "Chuck" Debaillon III and wife, Teresa, Mary Bowden "Beaver" Debaillon Miley and husband, Michael F. Miley, Daniel Debaillon and wife, Loretta, Anne Camille Debaillon Harris and husband, Michael P. Harris, Paul Nichols Debaillon and wife, June, Lindsey Patricia Debaillon Foss and husband, Eddie Foss; her lifelong friend since childhood, Nelda Richard Henry; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis Josephine Durand Debaillon; and her first husband, D.J. Sanders.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd. in charge of arrangements. 
DeBaillon, Phyllis Simonne (I352847)
316 "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Rosalie F. Moore, made the most important journey of her life on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 when she passed from this life to the next to await the Messianic Banquet.

A Funeral Ceremony will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette for Rosalie Fletcher Moore.

Visitation will be observed at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Spiritual services will be conducted by Pastor Tom Lambert of Community Baptist Church in Lafayette.

Committal prayers will be recited by Gary Funderberk.

Entombment will follow in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.

Rosalie was born September 15, 1918 in Jennings. She was an ardent disciple of the LORD, teaching Bible and Sunday School for many years. She graduated from U.S.L. in Lafayette with a Master's degree in Education. Rosalie was a dedicated teacher in St. Mary and Lafayette Parishes for many years. She affectionately referred to herself as an "old retired school teacher". She touched the lives of thousands of students throughout her career.

Ms. Moore is survived by three children; a daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" M. Mouton of Carencro; two sons, John "Johnny" F. Moore and Jeffery "Jeff" R. Moore and his wife, Irene, both of Lafayette; four grandchildren, John Scott Moore, Edward "Eddie" P. Bollich III, Jared M. Moore and Christopher C. Moore and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Bell Moore; a son, James Craig Moore; a granddaughter, Dawn Michelle Moore-Ingram; her parents, Griffin and Eliza Fletcher; and the most important person in her life, Marion "Mano" Fletcher (step-mother), who raised and guided her after her natural mother died when Rosalie was just one month old.

Pallbearers will be Deacons John Keller, Paul Davis, Jim Turner, Jody Miller, Ben Clark, Fred Saucier, Wayne Lucius, Rick Bailey and Jim Poole.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kenneth McCarron, Heart of Hospice and Concepts of Care for the compassionate care given to Rosalie and her family.

In lieu of flowers that wither like grass, any memorial donations should be made in Rosalie's name to a ministry that actively serves Christians such as Grace to You at, 28001 Harrison Parkway Valencia, CA 91355, (661) 295-5777; Israel My Glory at, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. PO Box 908 Bellmawr, NJ 08099 or Community Baptist Church at 800 Rue De Belier, Lafayette, LA 70506, (337) 984-3744.

Online obituary and guest book may be viewed at

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery of Lafayette, 1010 Pandora St., (337) 981-7098 is in charge of arrangements. 
Fletcher, Rosalie (I168120)
317 "Rendez vous des Cajun" lost a loyal viewer on Monday, May 1, 2017. Joseph Venance (JV) Landry, Jr, age 87, passed away at his home in Milton, LA. He was surrounded by his family, who were his loving caregivers for many years.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at a 10:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milton. Reverend William Schambough, Pastor, will be Celebrant of the Funeral Mass. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Musical selections will be performed by Soloist, Jodi Bollich.

JV was a kind, charming man who never met a stranger. His family meant everything to him. If he had his way, his home would have been "The Landry Compound". He loved riding the countryside or barbecuing in his backyard, always listening to Camey Doucet. In his last years he could be seen around Milton in his golf cart, gathering the local news from neighbors to bring home and share.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 67 years, Luby Hebert Landry; children Katie Martin and husband Denny, Merrell Landry, Shelley Broussard and husband Ben, Kenray Landry and wife Kaye, Damon Landry, Laurie Landry and husband Tony Broussard, Roxanne Yon and husband Andrew; grandchildren, Jennifer Taylor and husband Dean, Greg Martin, Ryan Landry, Brett Landry, and Philip Broussard; sisters Dorothy Collins, Audrey Carroll, and Frances Landry, brother Larry Landry, and sister-in-law Wilma Rae Landry.

Preceding in his death are his parents, Joseph Venance Landry, Sr. and Edia Prejean Landry, siblings Lula Mae Guilbeau, Mary Lou Carver, Aston Ray Landry, and Robert Herman Landry, and infant daughter Mary.

Pallbearers will be sons Kenray and Damon, and grandsons Greg, Ryan, Brett, and Philip. Honorary pallbearers will be son Merrell, brother Larry, and sons-in-law Denny, Ben, Tony, and Andrew, and grandson-in-law Dean.

Visitation will be observed at Martin & Castille - SOUTHSIDE location on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4:00pm-9:00pm and will continue on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 8:00am until time of services.

A Rosary will be prayed by family on Thursday at 6:30 PM.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his neurologist Dr. Dealvare, Amedysis Home Health, and St. Joseph Hospice. Memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Joseph Hospice, 1003 Hugh Wallis Road, South, Ste. F3, Lafayette, LA, 70508.

View the obituary and guestbook online at .

Martin & Castille - SOUTHSIDE, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508.
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