Mitchell "Mitch" Darbonne (1935 - 2014)

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Mitchell "Mitch" Darbonne

LEONVILLE - Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014 at an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville for Mitchell Darbonne, age 78, who passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at 4:14 p.m. at Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas.

Interment will be in St. Leo the Great Cemetery in Leonville.

Musical selections will be provided by Carlene Wyble. The songs will be Amazing Grace, Ave Maria, Here I Am Lord, On Eagle's Wings, and Hail Mary Gentle Woman.

Mr. Darbonne was a native of Port Barre and lived most of his life in Leonville. He retired from the oilfield after more than30 years of service with Delta/Nabors Drilling. He enjoyed fishing and caring for his horses when he was young. Mr. Darbonne was a parishioner of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4023, having attained the status of honorary life member.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Meche Darbonne of Leonville; three sons, Dwain Darbonne and his wife, Kim, Gerald Darbonne and his wife, Pam, and Mitchell Mark Darbonne and his wife, Jackie, all of Leonville; six grandchildren, Kristy Fontenot and her husband, Jamie, Cody Darbonne and his wife, Emily, Sabrina Darbonne, Nicholas Darbonne, Jenae Siffert and her husband, Matt and Dorie Darbonne and her fiancé, Taylor Quebedeaux; three great grandchildren, Lindsey Fontenot, Caroline Quebedeaux, Landon Siffert and one on the way, Aubrie Darbonne, who is due in August; and one sister, Mary Warhol.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wildon Darbonne and the former Doxille Willingham; one infant son, Ricky James Darbonne; three brothers, Doris, Wilbert and Wilder; and five sisters, Zilda, Louise, Shirley, Gladys and Bevelyn.

A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and will continue from 8:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Cody Darbonne, Nicholas Darbonne, Jamie Fontenot, Matt Siffert, Taylor Quebedeaux and Allen Darbonne.

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Melancon Funeral Home of Opelousas, 4708 I-49 North Service Road, (337) 407-1907, is in charge of arrangements.

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4708 I-49 N. Service Road
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Published in the Daily World on June 18, 2014
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