Obituaries week of Aug. 22

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Austin, Lorene Little

She was a native of Plainview, Texas and a resident of Gonzales. She passed away on Aug. 13, 2013 at 11:10 a.m. She was born Jan. 28, 1943. Interment in Hope Haven Cemetery on Highway 30 in Gonzales.

Bradley Jr., Peter Patrick

A native of St. Tammany Parish and resident of Gonzales, he passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. He was 50. Burial in Emmanuel Cemetery in Chopin.

Bratcher, Bobby Wayne "Bob"

Bobby Wayne Bratcher (Bob), 82, of Panama City Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at Gulf Coast Community Hospital. He was born on Aug. 17, 1930 in Nocona, Texas and lived in Bay County, Fla. since 1992. He had served as President of the Venture Out Homeowners Association and was looking forward to beginning a new term on the board on Aug. 17. Prior to retiring to Bay County, he lived in Gonzales, Louisiana for 24 years and Amarillo, Texas for 14 years while he worked for Texaco, Incorporated. Interment in Hope Haven Garden of Memory in Gonzales.

Edwards, Donald E.

He passed away Saturday, Aug.17, 2013, at the age of 74. He was a graduate of North Texas State University and earned a Ph.D. in Accounting at the University of Arkansas. He was a professor and department head at several universities, including University of Louisiana at Lafayette and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Interment in Oak Lane Memorial Park in Prairieville.

Epps, Frances Gaskins

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the age of 90. She was a native of Texas and resident of Prairieivlle. She was married to her loving husband, Howard Mitchell Epps, in 1946 after he returned from his duty in the Navy following WWII. They were married for 67 wonderful years. She taught for 16 years as a special-needs kindergarten teacher at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Metairie. Frances was a woman of great faith who loved the Lord and trusted in Him in all things. God produced great fruit in her life and she demonstrated the love of Christ in everything she did. Frances and Howard enjoyed traveling with the Crusin’ Cajuns and the Les Amie motorhome clubs. She is survived by her loving husband; sons and daughters-in-law, Barry M. Epps and wife Barbara J. Hall, Lt. Col. Danny E. Epps and wife Carol; grandchildren, David M. Epps and wife Melanie, Scott M. Epps and wife Bridgett, Jeremy M. Epps and wife Nicole, Camile Morgan and husband Chip, Raymond J. Epps, Franklin M. Epps; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Brooke, Emily, and John David Epps, Brittany and Stephanie Epps, Abigail and Elizabeth Morgan; brother, Arthur Gaskins; and her loving pet dog, Noel.  She is preceded in death by her brother, Ward Gaskins; parents, Winnie Allwine and Arthur Gaskins; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Epps. Visitation was at Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales, Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation resumed Saturday, Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales from 10 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. Mark Goins. Entombment in Greenoaks Memorial Park Mausoleum in Baton Rouge. Pallbearers were her grandchildren and friends, Ken Judice and Randy Moore. The family would like to extend their gratitude to their family physician, Dr. Cary Aguillard, for his compassionate care throughout the years. To offer condolences to the family, please visit To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Gros Ph.D., Ridley Joseph

He was 72 and passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. He was born June 9, 1941 in Klotzville, was a native of Donaldsonville, and resident of Thibodaux. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Jones, Edna Mae

A native of Paulina and a resident of Prairieville, she passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. She was 68 and a retired cashier. Interment in Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Prairieville.

Landry Jr., Joseph

A native of Gonzales and a resident of Erwinville, he passed away in Port Allen as the result of a motorcycle accident on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. He was 50. Interment in St. Williams Cemetery, Port Vincent.

Latino, Mary Alice Jennings

She was 81 and passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. She was a native of Thibodaux and resident of Donaldsonville. Interment in Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery, Donaldsonville.

Stafford, Irma Theresa Savoy

A native of Lake and resident of Gonzales, she passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. She was 82 and a retired cafeteria manager for the Ascension Parish School Board. Burial in Lake Cemetery.

Stevens, Jynell Landry

Jynell Landry Stevens, age 66, died Friday morning Aug. 9, 2013. ”Jeanie” was born on Nov. 2, 1946 in Bell Rose, LA to the late Junius and Anaise Landry. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She was married to Darrell Stevens of Morgan City and together they had 4 children. Her beloved children are Troy Stevens and wife Shannon, Brandy Little and husband Richard and deceased twins Jarod and Jarrod Stevens. She deeply loved her grandchildren, Lillian Stevens, Thomas Stevens, Emily Stevens, Robert Little and Cole Little. She was blessed with one great grandchild, Evynn Kendrick. Her surviving siblings are Nelson Landry, Harriet Callegan, and Arnold Landry. Siblings who have preceded her in death are Welton Landry, Elma Rodrigue, Mathilda Blanchard, Shirley Caballero, Beatrice Martin, and Raleigh Landry. Jynell possessed many fruits of the spirit of Christ, and her children and grandchildren were blessed to know this living angel on earth. Goodness followed her. She was joyful and content with all that she had, patient and kind in her manner, and faithful to the Lord. She will be deeply missed. There was a visitation at St. Jules Catholic Church in Belle Rose, Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Andrew Merrick, celebrant. Interment followed in the church cemetery. To offer condolences to the family, please visit To sign and view the family guest book, please visit to offer condolences to the family.

Townsend, Joan Ann Goudeau "Joannie"

A resident of Gonzales, she passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013. A 1975 graduate of East Ascension High School, she was 56. Entombment in Hope Haven Garden of Memory Mausoleum, Gonzales.

Vicknair, Phoebe Forman

A native and resident of Maurepas, she passed away at 5:02 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. She was 57. Visiting was held at Ascension Funeral Home, 426 W. New River St., Gonzales, on Thursday, Aug. 15, with a memorial service following.

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