Javis Joseph Roberts(1923 - 2014)

Javis Joseph Roberts

LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at a 10:00 AM Service in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille for Javis Joseph Roberts, 90, who died on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Lafayette General Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Reverend Gary Schexnayder, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, will officiate the services. Jodi Bollich, organist and soloist, will sing for the services, "Be Not Afraid," "Psalm 23," "I Can Only Imagine," "One Bread, One Body," and "On Eagles' Wings."

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Rita Mary Roberts; four daughters, Rusella Menard and her husband, Joe, Lorna Boudreaux and her husband, Huey, Christine Roberts and her partner, Ratana Landry and Maureen Hardy and her husband, Reggie; six grandchildren, Anita Roberts Long and her husband, Thomas, Derrick Menard and his wife, Mindy, Brady Boudreaux, Brandy Debaillon and her husband, Rene, Stacie Hardy, and Hunter Hardy; eleven great grandchildren; his grand dogs, Nick and Sassie; and his grand cat, Chloe.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Salafide Blanchard Roberts; and one sister, Bertha Robert Melancon.

Javis Joseph Roberts was born on September 20, 1923 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and was a resident of Lafayette for most of his life. He proudly served his country as a member of both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. Tech. Sgt. Javis Roberts was a flight engineer and aerial gunner and flew many missions including the 561st Bomber Squadron over Europe and during WWII in the 388th Bomb Group. While serving his country Mr. Roberts earned many commendations including 5 Battle Stars, ETO Campaign Ribbon, Air Medal, 1st OLC to AM Per Go # 125, 2nd OLC to AM # 172 and 3rd OLC to AM # 198. Mr. Roberts was a member of VFW Post 9822 as well as the American Legion. He volunteered for Disabled Veterans, driving fellow veterans to the VA office and served as a volunteer at the VA Clinic often hosting at the visitor's center. He worked for many years at B & B Office Supply before his retirement. Mr. Roberts enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Pallbearers will be Perry Thibodeaux, Wilfrid Thibodeaux, Hunter Hardy, Derrick Menard, Brady Boudreaux, and René Debaillon. Honorary Pallbearers will be Huey Boudreaux, Joe Menard and Reggie Hardy.

A Rosary will be recited by Brady LeBlanc on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN Location.

The family requests that visitation be observed on Friday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM and will continue on Saturday from 8:00 AM until time of services.

The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff of River Oaks Retirement Manor for their care, love and concern for our dad. Also thanks to Dr. Glenn Mire and the 5th Floor nurses and Staff of Lafayette General Medical Center. May God Bless you all for the way you have blessed us.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille - DOWNTOWN, 330 St. Landry Street Lafayette, LA. 70506. 337-234-2311


Funeral Home

Martin & Castille
330 Saint Landry Street Lafayette, LA 70506

Published in the The Advertiser on May 1, 2014