VILLE PLATTE – A Christian burial mass will be held for A. Mayner Fontenot at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte, Louisiana. Father Andrew Killeen will celebrate Mass. Entombment will take place at the Evangeline Memorial Mausoleum.
Arthur Mayner Fontenot, 95, a longtime Ville Platte resident and faithful parishioner of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on February 9, 2022 at the Heritage Manor care home in Ville Platte, surrounded by his loving family. Mayner was born June 6, 1926 in Ville Platte to Melvin and Eula Buller Fontenot. He went to live with his aunt Carrie Buller Bacon and her husband, Aronce in Mamou at the age of two when his mother fell very ill. Mayner and Carrie moved back to Ville Platte when he was 10 and he eventually attended Ville Platte High, graduating in 1943.
Like many at the time, Mayner served his country in World War II. He spent two years in the Navy, then returned to Ville Platte to marry the love of his life, Margie Ardoin. They celebrated 71 years together before his death in 2018.
Mayner was a hardworking man, often working multiple jobs to support his family. After attending trade school and working at the Ville Platte train depot, he then went to work at Cabot in 1954. As a second job, Mayner kept the financial books for Demourelle Oil Products and Rixby Manuel Motors. Mayner was instrumental in establishing Evangeline Academy as school treasurer and member of the school board. After retiring from Cabot in 1984, he continued as an accountant with Rixby Manuel for many years.
Mayner was a talented cabinetmaker and loved to share his historical knowledge of the Ville Platte. He skillfully built models of several Cajun homes, a Cajun farmhouse, a blacksmith shop, and the Ville Platte train depot. Mayner also wrote numerous articles for the Good News capturing life in Ville Platte during the Great Depression and during World War II.
He is survived by his sons, Michael Fontenot and his wife, Cathy de Ville Platte, Brent Fontenot and his wife, Louise of Houston, TX, Tim Fontenot of Vidrine, and Patrick Fontenot and his wife, Pam de Ville Platte; daughter, Annette Pellerin and husband, Ted of New Iberia; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Ardoin of Prairie Ronde; and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his wife, Margie Fontenot; parents, Melvin and Eula Buller Fontenot; adoptive mother, Carrie Buller Bacon; brothers, Sheran M. Fontenot and Kermit Fontenot; and her sisters, Willie Mae F. Benson, Ruby Verna Rougeau and Robbie F. Deacon.
Visitation will be held at Ardoin Funeral Home in Ville Platte on Friday, February 11, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited by Deacon Ben Soileau at 6:30 p.m. Visits will resume on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor in Ville Platte for their loving care over the past three years. There are too many nurses and aides to name them all, but the family would especially like to thank Mona Thomas, Cynthia Franks, Daesha Arvie and Jasmine Fontenot for all they have done for Mayner and the family, especially during the COVID shutdown. The family would also like to thank Guardian Hospice Care of Alexandria for their compassionate care of Mayner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart School Foundation or the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Ville Platte.
Family and friends can send their condolences to the family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
The Ardoin Funeral Home in Ville Platte is taking care of the arrangements.
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Posted by Ardoin Funeral Home – Ville Platte on February 11, 2022.