Joseph Barthelemy sociably known as “Buffalo” transitioned from earthy life at his home in Zachary, on Sunday, April 19, 2020 to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior at the age of 84.
Joseph was born September 4, 1935 to the late Almon Barthelemy and Rita Encalade in Bohemia, Louisiana. Joseph was baptized and persistent in his Catholic faith in spite of physical difficulty until his departure.
Joseph married the late Irma Demolle and from this union were two daughters: the late Aurora Picone. (Bernie), and Wendy Gray (Kevin); three sons: Joseph Jr. (Sadie), Talbot (Jerralyn), and Kenny Barthelemy.
Joseph was the grandfather to Tony, Patrick Jr., Breck, Aaron, Shamirah, Shanee’, Brianna, Joseph Harold, Nekisha, Tre’, Kiarra and Kenny Jr.; great grandfather to: D’ Tonio, Lynnea, Serenity, Brenton, Ariana, Gabriel, Kylie, Ahmir and Isosiya; brother to: Anthony (Cherren), Frederick (Lois), Louis (Monette), Norman, Randy, Daisy (Arthur Sr.), Louise, Geneva, Rita Mae, Leslie, and Judy; Brothers-in-law to James, Warren, Robert and Calvin, Willie Mae, Josephine, Beatrice, Elizabeth, and Jill.
Joseph is preceded in death by his parents Almon Barthelemy and Rita Encalde, Father and Mother-in-law James and Josephine DeMolle, Brothers: August, Gary, and Arthur, Sisters: Emma, Gladys, Anna Mae, and June.
Joseph loved his family and always told jokes. He worked during his early years as a fisherman and later as a laborer until his retirement in1997. After Hurricane Katrina, he would visit his family in Zachary sparely but in 2013 at the beginning of his health battle he moved permanently. On occasion whenever he would visit his home in Davant, everyone in the community would come to see him before he would return to Zachary.
Today we do not mourn his death but celebrate his home going from an enriched and fulfilled life completing the roll God had intended for him. Surely Joseph’s family will miss him in his earthly form but will always cherish his memories, His journey here has ended but he has ascended with his Lord and Savior eternally.
PRIVATE funeral service will be held on Saturday, April, 2020 at the St Thomas Catholic Church located at 17605 Hwy 15, Point ala Hache, La. 70082. The visitation will begin at 10A.M. followed by and 11A.M. Mass. Father Sampson Abdulai will officiate and entombment will follow in the church’s cemetery.
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