Obituaries for Oct. 24-27

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Carlton, Averil Joy (Wilmore)        

She passed away at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at a hospital in Alexandria. She was a member of The Rock Church and a retired nurse who had nursed in Alexandria, Baton Rouge and New Orleans for many years. Joy lived up to her name. She had great joie de vivre. Always fun to be around, she was the life of the party. She loved people, flowers, gardening, sewing, crafting, helping others by community outreach (Americorps), and at one time was even in real estate. She was laid to rest in St. Amant.

Conzonire, Frank Samuel

He died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Oschner Hospital in Baton Rouge at age 85. He was a resident of Ascension Parish and a former resident of St. Bernard Parish. He served in the Army 141st Artillery Unit in World War II in New Orleans. He was a member of the VFW. He was a letter carrier for more than 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. As per his wishes, Mr. Conzonire was cremated and the family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements for Mr. Conzonire were entrusted to Ascension Funeral Home, 426 W. New River St., Gonzales.

Dawson, Thomas

A retired truck driver for General Mud and a resident of Donaldsonville, he died at 2 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville. He was 78 and a native of Hammond.  Interment in Mount Triumph Baptist Church Cemetery.

Guist, Bonnie Mae       

A native of West Baton Rouge Parish and a resident of Gonzales, she passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. She was 68 and a retired sales associate with Wal-Mart. Burial in Lusk Cemetery, Gonzales.

Melancon, Jesse August        

A retired painter and a resident of Gonzales, he died Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. He was 64, a native of New Orleans and a U.S. Army veteran. Interment in Ascension Catholic Cemetery, Donaldsonville.

Parker Sr., Phillip Ray “Phil”       

He was born May 7, 1946, in Gonzales and died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Gonzales. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and also was a great cook who loved to entertain. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969 and was most recently employed by ENGlobal Corp. on assignment at BASF Corp. Prior to that, he worked for many years at Salmon and Associates.