Obituaries for March 10

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Avants, Wanda       

A resident of Head of Island, she died Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Interment at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery, Head of Island.

Brewer, Patricia Ann Leblanc “Pat”        

A resident of Zachary and a native of Gonzales, she died at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a lengthy battle with COPD/emphysema. She was 65.

Ellis, Marilyn B.       

A retired Ascension Parish school teacher at St. Amant Middle School with 33 years of service, she passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009. She was 75, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Yazoo, Miss.

Gauthreaux Sr., Rev. Donald Charles        

A native of Welcome and a resident of Gonzales, he died at 11:45 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2009, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was the pastor of Word of Faith Outreach Ministry Church in Gonzales. He was 53. Interment in Do Right Baptist Church Cemetery in Gonzales.

Hernandez Sr., Roy Joseph    

A native of Galvez and a resident of Prairieville, he passed away at age 76 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge on Friday, March 6, 2009. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and spent three years in the National Guard. He retired from the U.S. Army Military Police after 23 years of service and also fought in Vietnam War. He was an Ascension Parish deputy and also served as a reserve policeman for the City of Gonzales. There will be a visitation at St. John Catholic Church in Prairieville Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Entombment in Hope Haven Gonzales Cemetery.

Lambert, Elphy Marie “Tiny"    

A native and resident of Gonzales, she passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009, at Promise Hospital. She was 83.  Interment in Prairieville Cemetery.

LeBlanc, Ernest Paul “Ernie”    

He passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Gainesville, Fla., as the result of an accident. He was 53, born July 27, 1955, in Baton Rouge. A resident of Duplessis. Burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park.

LeBlanc, Ola May Smith “Mawmaw Ola”

A resident and native of Gonzales, she passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Gonzales. She was 95 and a homemaker. Visitation at St. Mark Catholic Church, Gonzales, on Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Burial at Hope Haven Cemetery, Gonzales.  She was a graduate of Gonzales High School and a member of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church.

Lobell, Melvin Joseph        

A native and resident of French Settlement, he passed away at 4:28 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace. He was 84 and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.   Burial in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.

Long, Louis “Twin Boy”    

A lifelong resident of Dutchtown, he departed this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Jefferson Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. He was 70. Interment in Progressive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mayers, James B. “J.B.”

A resident of St. Amant, he died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Gonzales Health Care Center at age 73. A memorial service will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 44450 La. 429, St. Amant, on Thursday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Porter Jr., Troy G. “TG”       

Troy “TG” was born on April 21, 1925, to Troy G. Porter Sr. and Mary Claire Gobble Porter in Brownsville, Texas. He graduated from Brownsville High School in 1942 and from Texas A&I College, Kingsville, Texas, in 1949. He served in World War II as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Forces. He is survived by wife of 61 years, Margie Riecker Porter; three children, Richard and spouse Glenda, Jeff and spouse Jeannine, and Janet Porter Allred and spouse Allen; five grandchildren, Tiffani Lagarrigue and spouse Steven, Matthew Herring, Troy and Julia Porter, all of Gonzales, and Amy Porter, of Knoxville, Tenn.; great-granddaughter, Marissa Lagarrigue; sister, Doris Coe, Beltsville, Md.; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy Sr. and Mary Porter; and brother, Clair Earl. Troy and Margie moved from Brownsville in 1957 to make their home in Gonzales. Troy retired from BASF-Geismar with 33 years of service. As a young boy, he enjoyed Boy Scouts, band, football and spending time in Oklahoma with his grandparents for many summers. As a man he enjoyed gardening, choir, 20 years of square dancing and his grandchildren. Troy was a member of the Brownsville Masonic Lodge. Visitation was held at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Thursday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Chris Andrews. Pallbearers were Glenn Denoux, Allen Allred, Matthew Herring, Troy N. Porter, Steven Lagarrigue and Jimmy Allred. Please sign his guestbook at and

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