Obituaries from May 1, 2014

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Obituaries from May 1, 2014

William Aaron Butler passed away in the early morning of Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Butler was one of 11 children born to the union of the late Otis and Augustine Butler in Mandeville, La. He is preceded in death by his wife, Verna; son, Charley Peter Butler; and grandson, Dennis Mark Batiste, along with eight brothers and two sisters. Butler was the last living of that union.
He was born and raised in Mandeville. He was a member of First Free Mission Baptist Church, attended Mandeville Rosenwald, and was a Covington Rosenwald High School graduate and valedictorian of his class.
He served in the Army, and was the co-owner with his wife Verna Clara Poole Butler of Butler’s Barbershop and groceries in Covington for many years.
He is survived by children, William Aaron Butler Jr. (Sharon) of Baton Rouge, Fannor Butler (Pamela) of Fredrick, Maryland, Casimir Butler, Paulette Batiste (Ollie Jr.), Felton Butler (Naomi) of Lacombe, and Mary White (Herbert) of Mandeville.
A funeral service was held April 29 at Morning Star Baptist Church, Mandeville.
Arrangements entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Covington.

Glenn Stuart Gay passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014.
He was 63 years old.
He was the son of the late Louis B. Gay and Shirley Drewes Gay; brother of Benton Gay and sister-in-law, Tracy; and uncle of Ryan and Brittany Gay.
He was a native of New Orleans and resident of Covington for the past 30 years.
Gay was a graduate of LSU where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He began his career as a clerk of court for the Federal District Court in New Orleans, later transitioned into the restaurant business where he was the General Manager for La Provence in Lacombe. He concluded his career as a private investigator for the Barnett Group and JS Investigations.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services on Monday, May 5 at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, at 12 noon with visitation on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Donations in memory of Gay may be made to any German Shepherd Rescue Organization.
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David Reid Draffen passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
He was 54 years old.
Draffen was raised in Harahan by his father and mother, Reid Draffen of Missouri and Mary Constance Draffen of Illinois. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in 1978. After his graduation at Ranken Technical Institute in St. Louis, Mo., he moved home to Louisiana to marry Karen Landers Draffen, on May 29, 1982.
After the birth of his first child, Courtney Draffen Guillen, Draffen opened his own mechanic shop in Folsom. In 1989, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that he trumped by surgery and radiation. He served as Folsom alderman and a volunteer fireman before the birth of their second child, Jacob Reid Draffen, in 1991.
For 12 years, he was blessed to contract his fleet mechanic company to Cleco Power. During his time there, he developed close friendships with the men of Cleco. In 2010, David also developed a closer friendship with Christ at First Baptist Church Covington.
On May 12, 2012, David was diagnosed with lung cancer. His first goal was to give his daughter away at her wedding. He surpassed his goal to fight to reach his son’s wedding in July 2014.
Funeral services were held on April 29 at First Baptist Church of Covington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of David to be made to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Roger Dale Hunt II passed on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at his home in Loranger, La.
He was 27 years old.
He was born in Covington, and was the son of Elizabeth Hunt-Ramirez and Humberto Ramirez.
He is survived by his sister, Jessica Hunt; brother, Matthew Quinn Ramirez; niece, Isabella Elizabeth Hunt; aunts, Barbara “Sissie” Jenkins, Gwen “Bou” Gervais, Margaret Mostowski; uncle, James A. Ficaro; grandparents, Maximino Ramirez and Elvira Fernandez; and his girlfriend, Alicia Harting.
He is preceded in death by his father, Roger Dale Hunt; sister, Amanda Christine Hunt; grandparents, Roland “Bob” Trimble and Barbara “Strand” Howard; and great-grandmother, Margie Carlisle.
He was a lifelong member of the Pentecostals of Lee Road Community.
Funeral services were held on April 29 at the Pentecostals of Lee Road Community, Covington.
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Mary Agnes Borck “Mab” Patin Valois, of Covington, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Hammond, La.
She was 79 years old.
She was the youngest child and only daughter of Thomas Clifton Patin Sr. of New Roads and Mary Agnes Borck of Oaks Plantation in Port Allen.
She went on to board at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington. She then went on to earn her B.A. at Southeastern in Hammond. She married Marcel Laurent Valois of Covington at Holy Ghost Church in Hammond on May 11, 1958. They spent their entire married life in Covington.
She spent a few years teaching in the St. Tammany Parish Public School System before retiring to stay home with her children. Later in life she was a founding partner and manager of The Armoire, a ladies fashion boutique on Lee Lane in Covington. She closed the shop in the mid 90’s to spend more time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas Todd Valois; and brother, Thomas Clifton Patin Jr.
She is survived by husband, Marcel; daughter, Mathilde Valois McCann (Brent) of St. Francisville; son, Walter Abbott Valois (Jenny); and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on April 28 at at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, Covington.
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Joseph Milton “Bay” Morse passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Covington.
He was born in Madisonville, LA on Saturday, March 19, 1927, to Thomas and Carrie Perrilloux Morse.
He was the husband of 66 years of Lula Mae Vining Morse. He is survived by daughters, Marilyn Morse Pelloat and Syvonne D. Morse; sons, Ronald J. and Terry W. Morse; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Esther Morse Koppenol and Ann Morse Revere; and brothers, John Sr. and Chester Morse.
A lifelong resident of Madisonville, Morse was dedicated to the First Baptist Church of Madisonville where he served as Deacon. He retired from Avondale Shipyards in 1976 after 28 years.
Funeral services were held on April 29 at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, Covington.
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