BRIANT, GEORGE LEON George Leon Briant, 103, of Hammond, formerly of New Orleans, died on Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Belle Maison Nursing Home. He was born in New Orleans on March 3, 1901, to the late James Phillipe Briant and Rose Simon Briant. He was the father to the late Capt. George H. Briant; and brother to the late Walter, Lassaline, Hamilton, Gabriel, Ferdinand, James, Rose and Pearl Briant. George was a World War I veteran with the U.S. Army's 76th Field Artillery and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Covington. He was a former member of St. Louis Cathedral, St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church in Covington. He is survived by two nieces, Claire Briant Lowery and Marcelle Briant Maurin; and a godchild and caregiver, Irma Koerin Smith of Ponchatoula. Visitation will be at St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road, Covington, from 12:30 p.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, celebrated by the Rev. Justin Abbot. Burial in church cemetery, under the direction of Schoen Funeral Home, Covington, (985) 892-2424. In lieu of the usual remembrances, Masses preferred or memorials may be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Covington. On July 20, 2005, George and Germaine Briant would have celebrated their 84th anniversary. On July 20, 2003, the Catholic Diocese of Louisiana recognized them as the oldest living married couple in Louisiana, wherein they received special recognition from Gov. Mike Foster.
Published in The Advocate on Feb. 2, 2005.