EUNICE~It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gerald "Jay" Fontenot announces his passing on Thursday, July 02, 2015 in the comfort of his home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 83. A Celebration of Life will be celebrated at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 04, 2015 at Ardoin's Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice. Entombment will follow in the St. Paul Mausoleum with Deacon Gary Gaudin officiating.
Gerald, or "Jay" as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was the owner/operator of West End Radiator Shop where he retired after over 60 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially time spent with his beloved family. A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend Jay will be missed dearly by all who knew him especially his loving wife of 64 years, Cecelia Landreneau Fontenot of Eunice; four wonderful daughters, Pamela Fontenot Soileau and husband, George, Mona Fontenot Guillory and husband, Gerald, Carla Fontenot Miller and husband, James "Terry" and Jackie Fontenot Thibodeaux and husband, Bart all of Eunice. He was blessed with six grandchildren, Jason Sonnier and wife, Jeanne, Taffy Fall and husband, Lance, Yvette Hollier and husband, Bryan, Robbie Miller and wife, Natasha, Sandi Miller and Jacob Thibodeaux; two step grandchildren, Alicia Thibodeaux and Jeremy Thibodeaux and wife, Kelli; further blessed with fifteen great grandchildren, Erin, Kaylen and Brett Sonnier, Kalob, Alex and Drew Zaunbrecher, Kasen and Wesley Hollier, Mila Kate Miller, Carter, Landon and Allie Grace Olivier, Joshua, Benjamin and Jonah Thibodeaux; and the proud grandfather of one great granddaughter, Aubrey Clair Zaunbrecher.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Lita Bertrand Fontenot; three brothers, Ross, Oliver and Clifton Fontenot; and two sisters, Lois Fruge and Anna Lou Miller.
At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice on Saturday, July 4th from 10:00 am until time of services. Deacon Gary Gaudin will recite a Rosary at 2:30 pm Saturday afternoon.