EUNICE~ It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Joseph Earl Manuel, of Eunice announces the unexpected loss of a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend, who passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2023 in the comfort of his home at the age of 93. Chapel Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 27, 2023, at Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Father Nick Ware, officiating.
Joseph “JE” was born on February 22, 1930 to Amel and Lena Marcantel Manuel in Mamou. He served proudly in the United States Army and received an Army of Occupation (Japan), Korean SYC Medal with two bronze SVC stars and a United Nations SVC Medal. He was retired from the United States Postal Service as a Postmaster. J. E. was a volunteer fireman with the Eunice Fire Department as well as a member of the VFW post 8991 and American Legion. He enjoyed all the beauty of nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and restoring vintage tractors. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him especially his two children, Kirk Manuel of Moss Bluff and Cindy M. Darbonne of Basile; two grandchildren, Jacques Darbonne of Basile and Katie D. Maggio and husband, Beau of Oberlin; two great grandchildren the joys of his life, Baylor and Blair Maggio; Kim Bertrand caretaker who has become part of the family as well as extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Olga Fontenot; son-in-law, Horace Darbonne; siblings, Erose Fontenot, Nedwyn Landry, Ena Fontenot, Littel Manuel and Nelson Manuel.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hope Hospice and Nicole Diaville.
At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice on Monday, February 27 from 8:00 am until time of services. Rosary will be led by the St. Augustine Catholic Daughters at 1:00 pm on Monday.
Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337)457.3371 is in charge of arrangements.