William M. “Mackie” Becnel, Jr.
William M. “Mackie” Becnel, Jr. passed peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the age of 98. Beloved husband of 74 years of Elsie Mae Ballay Becnel. Cherished brother of Vera Becnel and the late Lester C. Becnel. Son of the late William M. Becnel, Sr. and Leocadie Martin Becnel. Uncle Randy Becnel (Kathy) and the late Bridget Becnel. Also survived by numerous cousins and friends. Known to friends and family as “Mackie,” he was born on August 10, 1921. After graduating from Port Sulphur High School he served the United States Navy during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he worked for many years for Freeport Sulphur Co. before ultimately retiring from Bass Enterprises. Always active in his community, Mackie belonged to several organizations including the VFW, American Legion and AARP. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus where he was a Fourth Degree Knight and held several prominent offices through the years. In 1991, he was honored to receive the Order of St. Louis Medal. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church and worked well into his eighties at the Tuesday Night Bingo’s. Mackie was a true gentleman and will be missed by all for his genuine warmth and kindness. Relatives and Friends of the Family attended the visitation and Funeral Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Port Sulphur, LA on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Interment: St. Patrick Cemetery, Port Sulphur, LA. Please visit www.mothefunerals.com to view and sign the online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Patrick Catholic church in his honor.