Edmond "Junior" LaCaze

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Surrounded by family, Edmond ("Junior") LaCaze Jr. of Hicks, Louisiana peacefully departed this life Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in The Woodlands of Leesville. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Hicks United Pentecostal Church with Reverends Huey Haymon and Greg Mortenson officiating. Burial will follow in the Hicks Pentecostal Church Cemetery under the direction of Jeane's Funeral Service. Pallbearers will be Paul Poe, Richard Bailes, Cam Florendo, Brandon McKee, Ross Goins, and Caleb LaCaze. Honorary pallbearers will be Kynel Davis, D.D. Davis, and Larry Burns.

Visitation for the family and friends of Mr. LaCaze will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd at Hicks Pentecostal Church.

Junior was born New Year's Day of 1937 to the late Edmond E. LaCaze Sr. and Anabel Brister LaCaze and he was a lifelong resident of Hicks. He married Margaret Ann Carr in the summer of 1957. In the 1950s he served honorably in the U.S. Army, and following his military service, he went on to work for NASA at Biloxi, Miss., Scogin Auto Parts, and as a Probation and Parole Officer Supervisor for the Louisiana Department of Corrections in West Central Louisiana until retirement in 2006. Junior also served as the Hicks Fire Department Chief, retiring in 2017. He truly relished the lifelong friendships formed and the difference he made in the lives of others through the years. Junior could often be found rocking a baby to sleep and he loved to visit with family, friends, and neighbors on the front porch or at the local store over a cup of coffee, playing and a pickin' his guitar on a Friday night, or watching an old episode of Gunsmoke. Junior rarely met a stranger and he was deeply loved and respected by all that knew him in the community.

Known as Junior to many, Daddy to his three children, and Pawpaw to his grandchildren, the legacy he leaves will endure for many generations and he will forever be cherished in the lives of his family and friends. Junior is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; one sister Shaunda Tafel of Hudson, FL; daughter, Donnis LaCaze Poe and her husband, Paul D. Poe; son, Daniel LaCaze; daughter, Linda LaCaze Smith; six grandchildren: Deshae LaCaze Goins and her husband, Ross; Amy Poe Florendo and her husband, Cam; Courtney LaCaze McKee and her husband, Brandon; Jaclyn Poe Bailes and her husband, Richard; and Caleb LaCaze and his wife, Jessika; eleven great-grandchildren: Gabe Sumner and his wife, Colleen, Brooklynn Sumner; Addison Bailes; Stella Florendo; Heidi Bailes; Ross ("Duece") Goins II; Coleman Florendo; Hayden Gordy; Brody McKee; Ruby Bailes; Max McKee; and Cannon LaCaze; and great-great-grandson, Cade Sumner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dalphard LaCaze, and his beloved grandson, Benjamin("Ben")Smith.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Heart of Hospice of Alexandria and the staff of the Woodlands of Leesville who by their gentle care and compassion made Junior's last days in this life as comfortable as possible. The family also wishes to thank Tara Humphrey, Robin McInnis, and Linda Tibbett, three dedicated caregivers that loved and cared for Junior the past several weeks and were immense blessings during this time.

"Last Coffee Call" Junior enjoyed coffee every morning with family and friends. The family would like to invite everyone to join us for the "Last Coffee Call" Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Hicks Pentecost Church Fellowship Hall. Join us for one last cup.
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Leesville, LA 71446
(337) 238-1700
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Published in Leesville Daily Leader from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31, 2018
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