Pillar of the community, Claude Babineaux, to be laid to rest Saturday

Staff Report

Claude Babineaux has left a large footprint of service in the City of Gonzales where he served on numerous Boards and Councils. He passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the age of 80.

A longtime resident of Gonzales, he was born in Church Point on August 22, 1934 to Nolton and Ezor Cormier Babineaux. He served in the United States Army and had retired as a maintenance supervisor with Southern Maintenance Incorporate, He was a member of the Gonzales Hall of Fame, S.A.L.T. with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, and the City of Gonzales Zoning and Planning Commission.

Babineaux was also very devoted in the community having been a Boy Scout Leader and in the St. Theresa Council 2657 Knights of Columbus for 40 years earning a 4th Degree rank. He was also a past K.C. Grand Knight.

He is remembered for creating the Law Enforcement Banquet, along with a few others, to honor those who serve the community.

He was longtime member of St. Theresa Church and served as an Usher.

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Donachricha Babineaux; sons, Anthony Keith Babineaux (Carol Chidester), Brian Joseph Babineaux (Kellie McAlum), and Dwayne Paul Babineaux (Jossette Savoie); sister, Lea Ann Lejeune (Raymond); brothers, Forrest Babineaux (Juanita), Nolan Babineaux (Gwen); and Charles Babineaux (Karen); nine grandchildren, Alysha Terry, Karen Watson, Brittany, Joseph, Jackson, Matthew, Benjamin, Jacob, and Nicholas Babineaux; two great grandchildren, Anna and Chase Watson; and numerous other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Prejean Babineaux and his parents.

Visitation will be Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales on Friday, January 23 from 5 pm to 9 pm and will resume on Saturday at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church from 8:30 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am. Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 2 pm in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, 6080 Mire Highway, Mire, LA. His grandson will serve as pallbearers and Chase Watson will serve as honorary pallbearer.