John Earl Fontenot, Jr.
November 2, 1924  -  August 26, 2015

John Earl Fontenot, Jr.


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Ardoins Funeral Home
709 W. Main St.
Ville Platte, LA  70586
Thursday, August 27, 2015
4 PM - 9 PM
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Ville Platte, LA  70586
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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St. Peters Catholic Church
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Grand Prairie, LA  70589
Friday, August 28, 2015
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St. Peters Cemetery
Grand Prairie, LA  70586

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GRAND PRAIRIE- It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of John Earl Fontenot, Jr., age 90, announces his passing at his home on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Funeral services for Mr. Fontenot will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1 PM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grand Prairie. Burial will follow in the St. Peter’s cemetery with Father Richard Vidrine, Celebrant.
Earl Fontenot graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1941 and entered L.S.U. majoring in Agriculture Engineering as part of the ROTC program. The Japanese invasion on Pearl Harbor changed his plans and he was called to serve in the United States Army as part of the Allied invasion of Europe. His service included time in the United States Infantry and as a French interpreter along the Siegfried Line in Belgium. He was discharged from the United States Army in April 1945 and returned to L.S.U. Obligations to the family farm called him back home where he began his career as a third generation farmer and earned the nickname “The Potato Man.”
Earl spent his entire career making invaluable contributions to the agricultural industry and the community. During Earl’s 70 years of farming, he received many honors and awards from local, state, and national agricultural and civic organizations. The Potato Man was recognized by the Sweet Potato Association, Yambilee Association, Farmer Bureau Advisory Board, Cattleman’s Association, Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Posse-St. Jude Trail Ride. Earl also served on the Evangeline Parish Soil and Water Conservation Board for 47 years. He strongly believed in agriculture research and supported LSU and Soil Conservations Services. He also showed support to the cattle industry by holding Cattleman’s Field Day and other farm related events.
Earl was a hardworking man, as well as a devoted Catholic. He served on the St. Peter’s Church Council for many years. His loyalty and dedication to his faith, his country, his community and to the agricultural industry will be remembered for many years to come.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Earl will be missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Earline Soileau Fontenot, sons, Lonnie Fontenot and wife Denise of Ville Platte, Larry Fontenot and wife Jan of Grand Prairie, Dennis Fontenot and wife Jan of Grand Prairie, John Fontenot, III and wife Connie of Opelousas, daughters, Linda Deville and husband Stefan of Grand Prairie, Lorraine Loup and husband Harrell of Baton Rouge and Laura Fontenot and husband Jerry of Grand Prairie. Also left behind to cherish his memories are his 19 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
He now rests in Heaven with his parents, John Sr. and Edith Doucet Fontenot, brothers, Flornoy Fontenot and Billy Fontenot and sister, Jackie Fontenot. They will be awaiting his arrival with open arms and joyous hearts.
At the request of the Fontenot family, a visitation will held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Ville Platte from 4 PM until 9 PM and again on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 8 AM until time of services. A rosary will be prayed in Mr. Fontenot’s honor on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Foundation or St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte, La.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or send words of comfort to the Fontenot family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.

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  1. Tad Hardy
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Larry and Family,

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I feel privileged to have known Mr. Earl and to have had the opportunity to experience his knowledge, his wit and his gracious manner. I know he will be missed by a great number of people!

    Tad

  2. Dee Dee Ortego
    San Diego, CA

    Sending my love and sympathy to Aunt Earline and family. Uncle Earl was a great man and I have many wonderful childhood memories of visiting the farm growing up. He truly earned his place in heaven with his selfless love and devotion to all that he believed in.

    With love and cherished memories,

    Dee Dee Ortego

  3. Dee Dee Ortego
    San Diego, CA

    Sending my love and sympathy to Aunt Earline and family. Uncle Earl was a great man and I have many wonderful childhood memories of visiting the farm growing up. He truly earned his place in heaven with his selfless love and devotion to all that he believed in.

    With love and cherished memories,

    Dee Dee Ortego

  4. David and Barbara Godwin
    Dunn, NC

    Praying for all of Mr. Earl's family during this difficult time. Know that Mr. Earl is with our Lord and Savior resting in peace and comfort.

  5. Freida DeJean
    Opelousas, LA

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your family will be remembered in our prayers.

  6. Mary Beth Broussard, Dan Lewy Jr.
    Lafayette, LA

    Earlene,
    Dad and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of Earl. What a sweet, wonderful and inspiring man. We are thinking of you and your family. Craig and my children Connor and Olivia send you their best.
    Much love,
    Mary Beth Lewy Broussard

  7. Brenda Baque & Karen Ducote
    Washington, LA

    We offer our deepest sympathies and our heartfelt prayers.

  8. Susan Reed Holden
    Watson, LA

    To all of Mr. Earl's family I offer my condolences during this difficult time. He was a very kind and gentle man. I have great memories of him and his family at The many livestock shows over the years.
    May your faith in the Lord comfort you during this difficult journey.

  9. Dale and Rhonda Marcantel
    Faubourg, LA

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Noonie Bell Soileau
    Eunice, LA

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Earl's passing. I won't be able to attend the funeral but want to extend to the family, my sincere sorry at his passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him when I picked up potatoes. He was such a kind man and will be missed by many.

  11. Kathleen Vidrine Laseur
    The Woodlands, TX

    Larry, sending prayers your way! Your dad's legacy will live on as he was truly blessed with a beautiful family.

  12. Steve and Cindy Pitre
    Lake Charles, LA

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Earl's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  13. Lee Bert and Juy Ardoin
    Ville Platte, LA

    Ms. Earline and family. We are so sorry for this great loss. Mr. Earl was such a loving and kind person, a true gentleman. We will be forever grateful for the kindness you showed our family. We pray that God will comfort you in this time of sadness.

  14. Kip and Becky Manuel
    Ville Platte, LA

    We are so very sorry for your loss!! We have nothing but fond memories of Mr. Earl as he was such a kind and wonderful gentleman.
    We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Roe Ortego
    Ville Platte, LA

    My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to your family. May God bless all of you in your time of grievance!

  16. Ardoin's Funeral Home
    Ville Platte, LA

    On behalf of the staff at Ardoin's Funeral Home, we send our deepest condolences to your family. May your many memories bring you comfort.

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