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08/07/1957 - 01/31/2020
Gerald Joseph Laneaux Jr. passed away peacefully on January 31, 2020. A true warrior of strength, courage and faith, he was welcomed by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gerald Jr. was born August 7, 1957 in Ft. Riley, KS to Gerald Sr. and Patricia Laneaux. As the eldest son, in time he assumed the role of patriarch of the Laneaux family.
A 1975 graduate of Andress High School, he enrolled at UTEP where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, becoming a Life-time Member. He would go on to graduate from Park University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Disciplined to work hard and provide for his family, he pursued careers in Management, Law Enforcement (El Paso Police Dept.) and the U.S. Postal Service, until full retirement as a Postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service in Lake Charles, LA.
On June 7, 1980, Gerald married Deborah Slaughter and they were later blessed with two children, Ginessa Danielle and Gerald Joseph III. Affectionately called “Big Papa” and “Papa-Sani”, Gerald relished in his role as a devoted hands-on father. Becoming a grandfather brought him even more joy as he cultivated a special relationship with each of his eight grandchildren: Gerald IV, Simeon, London, Judah, Eden, Selah, Elias, and Tobias. Near and dear to his heart, “Papa G” cherished the generous love of his godchildren Kyndall Franklin and Emerril, Jayden and Jonathan Nevers.
Gerald loved music of all genres and was a voracious reader of the Bible, World History and John Grisham novels. An avid sportsman, he loved golf, fishing and hunting. Whatever the sport, whatever the game, he was up for the challenge. His good-natured, competitive spirit and sense of humor drew people in. Friends, family, and those he just met often shared the same sentiment: “He was just fun to be around.”
Gerald’s love of Christ was instilled at an early age and as he matured, so did his relationship with the Lord. Ordained as a Deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church, he expressed his faith in serving others. He especially enjoyed singing in the Men’s Chorus and Sanctuary Choir. Most importantly he shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with his family.
Gerald leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Deborah of 39 years, devoted children Ginessa (Delvin Pikes) and Gerald III (Brittany Gonzales) sisters Debra (Japhus Baker), Sandra (Ethelma Gill), Angela Laneaux, Trina Laneaux, Geraldine (Dominique Bernard) and brothers Pierre Laneaux, Thomas Laneaux and Gerald Gemeaux. Other loved ones left behind include grandfather John Brown, mother-in-law Thurma Bonds, uncles Cecil Brown (Pride) and Keith Brown (Bennie), aunt Angela Mills (Joe) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Gerald Sr. & Patricia Laneaux and brother Lionel Patrick as well as grandmothers Manuela Brown and Edna Benoit; and grandfather Thomas Dupart.
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:23
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at San Jose Funeral Home-East, 10950 Pellicano Dr., 79935 (915) 590-8700. Funeral service Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3201 Frutas Avenue 79905. Private burial in Luisiana.