Gervais Matte, 84, of Port Acres, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. Born September 23, 1928, in Church Point, Louisiana, he was the son of Elena and Olivier Matte. A veteran of the United States Army, Gervais was employed with Gulf Oil for over thirty-six years before his retirement. Gervais was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #3195, and O.C.A.W. Union, Port Arthur. In his spare time, he enjoyed listening to country music, barbequing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Rosa Belle Matte of Port Acres; daughters, Bonnie Matte Daigle and her husband, E.J., of Taylor Landing and Sherry Vines and her husband, Jeff, of Port Acres; son, Keith Matte and his wife, Dana, of Labelle; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; brother, Leo Matte and his wife, Lauris; and sister, Rita Mae Premeaux. Gervais is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Wilma Oaks; and brother, Evans China Matte. A gathering of Mr. Matte's family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2012, at St. Therese, the Little Flower Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet Avenue, Port Acres, with interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Dec. 27, 2012