Lawrence “L.J.” Naquin, Jr., 84, a native and resident of Gheens, LA, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019.
Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Gheens, LA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Legendre; sons, Marlon John Naquin (Tiffany), Ryan Paul Naquin (Darlene); daughter, Cynthia Pitre (Decatur); step sons, Michael Falgout (Lisa), Patrick Falgout, (Susan), Ryan Falgout (Bonnie), Kerry Falgout (Angela); sister, Velma Encardes; granddaughter, Allison Duval (Nicholas); great granddaughter, Lydia Yvonne Duval and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Yvonne Neil Naquin; daughter, Rebecca Naquin; parents, Lawrence and Olidia Naquin; brother, Allen Naquin and sisters, Verlie Gautreaux, Eunice Blanchard, Leona Naquin, Delores Lewellen, Shirley Bergeron and Janice Terrebonne Mandenia.
L.J. was born in Delta Farms in 1935, delivered by a midwife at almost 13 lbs. After Delta Farms flooded the family moved to Cut Off where as a young boy and teenager he served as an altar boy at Sacred Heart. At the age of 20 he met the first love of his life, Yvonne through a mutual cousin. He married at the age of 21 in 1956. In 1958 he was called to serve in the army, but was called back home to be the man of the house due to his father-in-law passing. L.J. and Yvonne had four children. In 1970 they had an accident where the family lost Yvonne and Rebecca. He was a butcher for A&P for 19 years, He first cut meat at Klingman’s Grocery Store in Montegut before leaving for army boot camp. He had two others wives before he met the other love of his life, Joyce in 1998. In 1999 their families merged for a total of 7 children, 6 boys and 1 girl. His accolades were starting the Lions Club with his cousins and being a member of several different clubs. His proudest moment was when he was elected District Governor for District 5 and was to represent Louisiana at National Convention in Taipei, Tawan.
He was loved by many family and friends and known for his kindness and big heart.
Falgout Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.