Obituaries

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Carey Aldon Thornto

Carey Aldon Thornton passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the age of 81. He was born and grew up in Biloxi, MS, but spent most of his adult life in Plaquemines Parish, LA, both in Empire and Belle Chasse. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis ”Bull” Thornton and Ivy Parker Thornton; and his brother, Louis “Butch” Thornton. He is the beloved husband of 53 years of Jimmie Lee Phillips Thornton. He is the loving father of Carey “Bubba” Thornton, Jr., and Lela Thornton Sercovich (Gary). He is the devoted grandfather of Mila Sercovich, Anica Sercovich, Ivana Sercovich, and Garyn Sercovich. He is the cherished brother of Jean Thornton, and Donna Gaspard (Danny). He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. A commercial fisherman, Carey spent his time fishing, both professionally and recreationally. Above all, he loved spending time with his loving family. A loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Private Services are to be held at a later date. Mothe Funeral Home of Harvey, LA, will handle the arrangements.

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Vincent Ross

Vincent Ross entered eternal rest at his home in Gretna, LA, on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the age of 77. He lived a full life. Vincent retired from Avondale Shipyard in Westwego, La, and was known for having a radiant smile and joking personality. Beloved son of Vincent Ross the late Melvin Sr. and Juanita Ross, husband of the late Doris Frye Cheatteam Ross, brother of Melvin Ross, Jr., Shirley Jason, Rev. Irvin Ross, Sr., Helen Ross Trufant and Juanita Ross. He is the stepfather of Sonia Barber Johnson and Dwayne Rounds, and Godfather of Adasha Thomas. Vincent was preceded in death by three siblings, Clyde, Hewitt, and Olester Ross. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and devoted friends. Relatives and friends of the family attended a night visitation on Friday, September 11, 2020, at Robinson Family Funeral Home, 9611 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA; followed by graveside services at Ironton Cemetery in Ironton, LA on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Officiants: Rev. Haywood Johnson, Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Ironton, LA, and Rev. Irvin Ross, Sr. For online condolences please visit www.robinsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Terry Dumas Encalade, Jr.

Terry Dumas Encalade, Jr., departed this life on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at the age of 47. He was a native of Davant, LA, and worked as an oyster fisherman for many years. Beloved son of Joyce Williams Encalade and the late Terry Dumas Encalade Sr., and brother of Anesta Martin and the late Maysha Michelle Encalade. Terry is survived by 12 children, 11 grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, four great nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends of the family attended the Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Thomas Catholic Church located at 17605 Hwy. 15, Point-a-la-Hache, LA. Officiant: Father Sampson Abdulai. Interment: St. Martin Cemetery. The Encalade family invites you to share thoughts, memories and condolences online at www.robinsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Anthony Francis “Tony” Danos

Anthony Francis Danos, or “Tony,” a long-time resident of Belle Chasse, LA, joined his wife in eternal companionship on Sunday morning, September 6, 2020, at the age of 76. Despite numerous chronic and acute health conditions, Tony’s perseverance to live each day to the fullest and by his own rules was evident until his final hours. He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Nora Robin Danos. Tony is survived by his children Jeff Danos (Theresa) and Debbie Sisung (Cole), and his five grandsons: Adam Danos, Jack Danos, Rafe Danos, Eli Sisung and Luke Sisung. He was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Farizo (Joe), and his brother, Johnny Danos (the late Joann; Teresa). He is survived by his siblings: Melva Barcelona (the late Sal), Paul Danos (Mary Ellen), and Barbara Artigue (Jerry), as well as numerous loving relatives from near and far. Tony was a graduate of the West Jefferson High School Class of 1962. He earned a B.S in Accounting from the University of New Orleans. He began his career as an accountant for Shell Oil Company, but soon realized that he wanted to be his own boss. His entrepreneurial talents led him to establish Danos Nursery on the Westbank of New Orleans, where his horticultural knowledge was respected and valued by countless homeowners throughout the community for many years. In the 1980’s, Tony left the retail business for wholesale gardening, with a focus on cultivating bedding plants and the most beautiful poinsettias that could be found for miles. He subsequently became a certified teacher, taught at several schools throughout the area, and eventually retired from the Plaquemines Parish School System. His retirement was far from a withdrawal from active work, rather, it was an opportunity to venture into different areas. In his “retirement,” Tony established mobile home communities in Jesuit Bend and Buras, LA. He also became a commercial fisherman. Tony enjoyed checking on his properties and his tenants after a morning on the bayou catching bait shrimp. Before most people had started their day, he had already driven down the road, had his coffee with friends at the Myrtle Grove Marina, and caught enough shrimp to stock the tank for the day’s fishermen. He was a savvy businessman who always found a profitable and enjoyable way to provide for his wife and children. Tony was also an excellent cook. Friends and family alike savored many delicious meals that he prepared to perfection. From his famous gumbo to his melt-in-your-mouth meatballs and tender roast beef, Tony’s food was always delectable. He cooked for his family daily, and, because he did not like leftovers; friends and co-workers of his family often reaped the benefit of his enormous portions. As a Dad and Pawpaw, he was always generous and supportive. He never discouraged unconventional ideas and consistently provided help in any way he could. As a husband, he was an all-giving saint. He catered to and cared for Nora, always supportive of her unusually creative ideas. As a couple, Tony and Nora began dancing together in high school and continued cutting the rug throughout their golden years. Though he was sometimes gruff in his daily interactions, his grace with Nora on the dance floor and throughout their life together was exemplary. Friends and family are invited to attend an openair memorial lunch gathering to celebrate Tony’s life on Friday, September 18, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Myrtle Grove Marina, 161 Marina Rd, Port Sulphur, LA. A remembrance ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a boat procession down the bayou. Tony spent most mornings at the marina wearing his pocket t-shirt, cap, and shrimp boots; and he would be honored for you to come equally as casual to his memorial. In lieu of flowers, Tony would want you to spend your money on the ingredients for a nice meal to share with your family. Please pray that he is resting in peace and dancing with Nora.

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