Area obituaries

Staff reports

Biggs, Margie Lynn Thomas

She passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at 1:35 p.m. She was 46, a resident of French Settlement and a native of Gloster, Miss., born Dec. 10, 1965. Burial in Carpenter's Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

Court, Elizabeth Denise

A native of Lake Charles and a resident of Maurepas, she passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the age of 20. Burial in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, French Settlement.

Dupuy, Chester Wayne

A native and resident of Port Vincent, he passed away at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. He was 63.  Interment in St. William Cemetery, Port Vincent. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Furlow, Gussie Leo

A retired boilermaker and a resident and native of Gonzales, he died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was 75 and a U.S. Air Force veteran. A graveside service was held at New River Baptist Church Cemetery on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Gonzales, James Ronald “Jim”

James "Jim" Ronald Gonzales, 68, was born April 26, 1943, and died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. He graduated from St. Amant High School in 1961. He was a member of the Louisiana National Guard, attended Southeastern Louisiana University and completed electrician school with Local 995. He began his work as an electrician in the chemical plants in Geismar. His work with MMR and NEWTRON Group, Inc./TRIAD brought him to locations throughout the United States. He returned to Louisiana in the summer of 1995. He continued his work in the field of construction engineering. When he lived in Chillicothe, Ohio, he joined the Masonic Lodge of Ohio, Scioto Lodge 0006 and was a lifelong member. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Gonzales. A memorial service was held in his honor at First United Methodist Church, Gonzales, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Jumonville Sr., Edward Louis

“Bu Buzz”

A resident of Gonzales, he died early Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at his home. He was 86. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was the last living of the first six men Ludger Peytavin hired when he started the Pontchartrain Levee Board. After 53 years of service with the Pontchartrain Levee Board he retired as the shop superintendent of maintenance at the age of 70. Burial in Hope Haven Cemetery, Gonzales.

Loupe Sr., Nelson Paul “Paw”

A resident of Livingston, he passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. He was 84 and a native of St. Amant. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Loyd, Sara Elizabeth Jones

A native of Vivian and a resident of Gonzales, she died early Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice in Baton Rouge. She was 79. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service with more than 20 years of service. Burial in Hope Haven Mausoleum, Gonzales.

McGrew, Jerry L. “Dan”

A native of Mississippi and resident of Dutchtown, he passed away at his home, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at the age of 61. Entombment in Hope Haven Garden of Memory in Prairieville.

Morgan Jr., Ernest Eldon

A truck driver and a resident of Maurepas, he died at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Baton Rouge. He was 66 and a native of Alabama. Visiting was at Old South Jamboree, 9554 Florida Blvd., on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Mulé Jr., Joseph “Joe”

A resident of Prairieville and native of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish, he passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the age of 69. He was a graduate of Chalmette High School and served in the U.S. Navy. Upon honorable discharge, he worked at Lonestar Cement for 22 years before successfully running his own private contracting company. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend the funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Interment was private.

Parent, Alice Ruth Frederic


A resident of St. Amant, she died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice in Baton Rouge. She was 82. Burial in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3693.

Parrish, Samuel Cecil “Paw”

A resident of Prairieville, he passed away at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at his home. He was 85 and a former longtime resident of Baton Rouge where he owned Cecil's Auto Repair until his retirement. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the PT boat tender USS Willoughby-AGP 9 in the South Pacific. Interment to follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge.

Phillips, George Edward “PlowBoy”

He was a working foreman for Brock Services within the Honeywell Plant in Geismar. He was a resident of Prairieville and a native of Bogalusa. He passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at the young age of 61 after a battle with lung cancer. While honorably serving in the U.S. Army (1969-1980), he served in the Vietnam War, where he received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 3D Award, Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Overseas Service Bar. George also continued his 12-step work during his 20 years of continuous sobriety. Visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 12, at Ascension Funeral Home, 426 W. New River St., Gonzales.

Smith, Charles Esmond

A native of Sunset and a resident of Prairieville, he died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at the age of 87. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and a retired school bus driver for the St. Landry Parish school system. Interment in St. Charles Cemetery, Grand Coteau, at 1 p.m.

Williams, Glenn P.

He was born in 1945 and passed away at home Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. He was born in Brunswick, Ga., raised in Belle Glade, Fla., and moved to Gonzales 20 years ago. He was retired from Associated Terminals. He served in the Vietnam War where he was wounded in combat and given an honorable discharge. He was given a National Defense Service Medal, Sharp Shooter (Rifle M-14) Parachutist Badge and Service Medal. A military service was held at Port Hudson V.A. National Cemetery, 20978 Port Hickey Road, Zachary.

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