Opelousas - Funeral services will be held for John August Fontenot (known to many as "Johnny") at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, in the Lafond Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel in Krotz Springs, LA. Fr. Pete Smith will officiate the services. Graveside services and Burial will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas, LA.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, in the Lafond Ardoin Funeral Home Chapel, 239 8th Street, Krotz Springs, LA, 70750 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at 2:00 p.m.
Johnny was born in New Orleans and was a longtime resident of Port Barre and Opelousas. He passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020, at Opelousas General Health System at the age of 61. He was a salesman for Coburn Supply in Opelousas for over 42 years. He enjoyed cooking, spending time with his family, playing with his grandchildren, and watching and attending LSU football and baseball games. He was a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He would have been celebrating 15 years of sobriety in January.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carolyn Coon Fontenot of Opelousas; daughter, Meghan Fontenot Ellis and husband, Phillip Ellis of Port Barre; son, Corey Stears and girlfriend, Lindsey Comeaux of Port Barre; father, James Fontenot of Port Barre; brother, James Edward Fontenot and wife, Paula of Leonville; sister, Dolly Mae Vidrine of Port Barre; and three grandchildren, Bennett Michael Ellis, William August Ellis, and Aubrey Smith.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Guidroz Fontenot; infant brother, Terry Fontenot; father-in-law, Clarence Q. Coon; mother-in-law, Dorothy W. Coon; brother-in-law, Larry Don Coon; and sister-in-law, Myrt Coon Soileau.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Ellis, Corey Stears, Dr. Hunt deBlanc, Jim Gates, Cliff Soileau, and Chad Smith.
Special thanks to Dr. Hunt deBlanc, who was like a brother to him, and took excellent care of Johnny. Also, to Dr. Amer Raza and the staff of Opelousas General Health System for their care and compassion until the end.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.