Obituaries for January 20

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Bennett Sr., Oscar

A farm worker and lifelong resident of Donaldsonville, he died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 68. Interment in Protestant Cemetery.

Braxton, Beatrice Joseph

A native of Modeste, she died at her home in Convent at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. She was 97. Interment in Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery, La. 44, Convent.

Chatman Sr., Roy “Spike”

A native and resident of Donaldsonville, he died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice in Baton Rouge. He was 67. Interment in Mount Calvary Baptist Church  Cemetery, St. James.

Coulon, Mary Lee

A funeral Mass for Mrs. Mary Lee Coulon was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Chemino officiating. Burial followed in the St. Alphonse Mausoleum in Hessmer. Arrangements were under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. Mrs. Coulon, age 79, of Bunkie passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 at the Ville Platte Medical Center. She was the owner and operator of Martha’s Flower Shop in Bunkie for 30 years and prior to that she was a telephone operator for Bell South. She is preceded in death by her husband, Landry Coulon; a son, Timothy Coulon; her parents, Landry and Ruby Diaville Ducote; and a brother, Antoine Daniel Ducote. Survivors include three sons, Bruce Coulon and his wife Martha of Bunkie, Steve Coulon and his wife Angie of Gonzales, and Todd Coulon and his wife Debbie of Bunkie; a daughter-in-law, Mary Kathryn Boatner Coulon of Franklin; her grandchildren, Mark, Koby and his wife Jessica, Callie, Ab, Aaron, Kimberly and her husband Chris, Ashly and her husband Eli, Kevin, Brandon, Jordan, Courtney, Brittney, Kelsey, and Lindsey; and her great-grandchildren, Lance, Karsen, Noah, Emily and Sadie. Pallbearers were her grandsons. Friends were able to call from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A wake service was held at 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of memorials they may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, 116 S. Knoll, Bunkie, LA 71322 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Morgan, John Keith

He was 56 and died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was a native and former resident of St. Amant and a 1971 graduate of East Ascension High.  Interment in the mausoleum of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Amant.

Zimmerle, Jeffrey "Z"

A resident of St. Amant, he died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at age 40. He was a member of UA Local 198, an avid golf player and taught advanced piping class at Local 198. Interment in Faithful United Methodist Church Cemetery, St. Amant.

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