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Royal W. Fleming Sr.

On Monday, July 22,2013, Brother Fleming, at 89 years of age, passed peacefully into
the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This affectionate husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend was born on December 10, 1923, in St. Gabriel, Louisiana to the late Alex and Elodie Ambeau Fleming. He was married to Tampa Hall Fleming until her death. He later united in holy matrimony to Gloria P. Fleming who worked by his side for 47 years. She faithfully carried out their marriage vows of "in sickness and health" and showed daily the meaning of true love. He lovingly reared Emmadee Winfield (Isaac), Gloria Brown, Constance P. Bailey, Gwendolyn Dillion, Lois Dillion (Michael), Royal Fleming, Jr. (Mary), Lawrence George Pierson (Azure), Melvin Keith Pierson (Natalie), Kedrlck Jerrod Fleming (April).Royal W. Fleming Sr., affectionately known as "Bu-bute" or "Chief' was a lifelong resident of st. Gabriel. He was best known among his grandchildren as "Paw-Paw". He has provided them with much wisdom, love, and entertainment. Giving each one a unique nickname and leaving them with an abundance of treasured memories. He retired from the National Hansen's Disease Center in Carville, Louisiana in 1983, with 32 years ofloyal and trustworthy service. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army. He was baptized at an early age at the Saint Gabriel Catholic Church. Later in life, he rededicated his life to Christ and became a faithful member of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, serving as an usher and treasurer of this ministry. He leaves to cherish his 89 years of life a devoted wife, his loving children, his 29 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, eleven greatgreat grandchildren, three brother-in-laws, three sister-in-laws, two god-children, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, one son, Alex Fleming, one daughter-in-law, Patricia Fleming, one grandson, Audie Raynard, four sisters, three brothers, one niece, and two son-in-laws, Visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church; 4525 Point Clair Road; St. Gabriel, LA 70776; from 9:00 am until funeral services at noon officiated by Bishop Eugene Harris. Interment in New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Lawson & Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Services, 522 W. Tobey Ave., Gonzales, LA 70737.

Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 24 to July 25, 2013
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