Opelousas - A Mass of Christian Burial for Raphael Paul Fontenot will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Opelousas. Reverend Gregory Simien will celebrate the Mass. Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. by Deacon Tom Lindsey prior to Mass. Readers will be Sophia Fontenot and Mallory Fitzsimmons and the gift bearers will be his great-grandchildren. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery in Opelousas.
Mr. Fontenot, age 87, died on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was retired from the LA Department of Transportation and Development where he worked as a Road Project Manager. He was a U. S. Army Veteran who proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict.
Raphael was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for many years. He enjoyed going to his Wednesday night suppers and playing Bourre' with his friends, barbecuing for his family on Sundays, watching the Saints, listening to French Music, gardening, and woodworking. He cherished his time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his daughter, Dianne Fontenot Womack and husband, Ralph, of Opelousas; his sons, Bryan K. Fontenot and wife, Joni, of Lafayette; and David B. Fontenot of Lafayette. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mallory Womack Fitzsimmons and husband, Dan, of Dallas, TX; Sydni Womack Smith and husband, Michael, of Lafayette, LA; Corgan Womack of Opelousas, LA; Andre Fontenot of Lafayette, LA; Sophie Fontenot of Lafayette, LA and Grant Fontenot of Lafayette, LA and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Gayle Hidalgo Fontenot; his parents, Ulysse Fontenot, Sr. and Lucreasy Fontenot; his daughter, Rebecca Lynn Fontenot; two brothers, Ulysse Fontenot, Jr., and John Gerald Fontenot; and four sisters, Hazel Sloane, Verna Macip, Willie Mae Soileau, and Nora Dell Guillory.
Pallbearers will be Corgan Womack, Grant Fontenot, Andre Fontenot, Michael Smith, Dan Fitzsimmons and Carl Fontenot.
The family would like to give special thanks to his wonderful caregivers.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Dianne, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I was thinking about him the other day. Remember him borrowing my Doug Kershaw tape so he could listen to it. Prayers to your family!
Cindy Stelly RomeroArnaudville, LA
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sending my deepest sympathy and a comforting thought to the family of Mr. Raphael Fontenot. The Father of tender mercies and the GOD of all comfort, comforts us in all our tribulation, GOD made hope for the dead possible by sending His only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for us . And Jesus promised that the dead will live again. Read John 5:21, 28, 29.
Jean WilliamsPort Barre, LA
He was loved by many.
Bonnie Guillory LoftusBiloxi, MS