A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal will follow in the Old Ville Platte Cemetery in Ville Platte. Fr. Mark Melancon will officiate the services.
Fontenot was known as an accordion builder, crop duster, and musician. He was honored in 2001 at the Cajun Music Festival and was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame at Fred’s in Mamou.
Survivors include two sons Jean Fontenot of Carencro and Xavier “Zeb” Fontenot of Alexandria, one daughter, Juan Ella Fontenot of Lafayette, two brothers, Jerald Monier of Eunice and Charles Monier of California, three sisters Shirley Meyers of Eunice, Barbara Monier of Opelousas, and JoAnn Bordelon of Ville Platte, three grandchildren Jessica Fontenot, Chip Hollingsworth, and Laurie Beth LeBlanc, one great-grandchild Michael LeBlanc and his special companion Ethel Bondick of Mamou.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Saby and Marie Fontenot.
Visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Mamou on Monday, January 24 from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM and again on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 8:00 AM until time of service. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Monday evening.