Ralph C. Berniard, Jr. was taken to the King in the early morning hours of December 4, 2013. He was 69 years old and was born to the union of the late Ralph C. Berniard, Sr. and Gloria M. Berniard. He was "Naturally N'awlins" and love to cook, watch the N.O. Saints play, and participate in Mardi Gras activities. In 1983 he served as a member of the "Yellow Jackets Indian Tribe". And paraded through New Orleans in a fiery Red Indian costume. Ralph also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received an Honorable Discharge. He also served as a security guard at the Federal Reserve Bank. Realizing there's more to life than what is seen. Ralph was baptized in the name of Jesus at St. Mark's Fourth Baptist Church on May 12, 1974. He is preceded in death by his beloved infant daughter Charita Marie Berniard, his siblings Anthony and Brenda Berniard. He leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted wife of 40 years, Brenda F. Berniard, son Ralph C. Berniard III; siblings JoAnn, Robert, Brian, George, Kim, Gisele and Rhonda and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, family and friends. Relatives and friends of the family, also St. Mark's Fourth Baptist Church, Dillard's Department Store (Lakeside), JOB 1 Business and Career Solutions are invited to attend the Memorial Service at Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. (corner of St. Philip St. and N. Claiborne Ave.) for 11:00 am. Interment is Private. Visitation begins at 10:00 am, on Monday, December 16, 2013.
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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2013