VILLE PLATTE - Funeral services will be held at a 2:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 for Gerald L. Fontenot, 89, who passed away on Monday, April 02, 2018 in Ville Platte, LA surrounded by his loved ones.
Father Tom Voorhies, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, will be celebrant of the mass and will conduct the funeral services.
Entombment will take place in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum in Ville Platte, LA.
Gerald Fontenot was born on October 02, 1928 to Luke and Eldie Shuff Fontenot. A lifelong resident of Ville Platte, he was very active in his community. Gerald was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and served as Colonel Cotton and Parade Marshall for the Cotton Festival. In 1999 he was chosen as Ville Platte's Man of the Year. He had a great love for horses and was a past member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Gerald was Tournoi Champion in 1968 and was very involved in the Tournoi Association. He proudly served as a long-time member of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Posse; a mounted horseman group that assisted the Sherriff with search and rescue operations. Gerald loved serving his community and he loved his culture. He planned the first Twinning or cultural exchange program that allowed residents of Ville Platte and Belgium to visit each other's country to share ways of life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Verna Guillory Fontenot; son, Collins Fontenot, grandchildren, Amy Fontenot, Jimmy Fontenot, Kelly Bellard, and Katie Vidrine; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Norman Glen Fontenot; and sister, Jolene Fontenot Tate and husband Bob.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Luke and Eldie Shuff Fontenot; brother, Perry Fontenot; and sister, Vera Lee Fontenot Guillory.
The family requests that visitation be observed at Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM. A rosary will be recited by Father Tom Voorhies at 6:00 PM Tuesday. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Fontenot family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com
Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.