Joseph “Tell” Dartest was born on Aug. 23, 1942, in Lewisburg to the late Mary Essie Chavis-Dartest and the late Clarence Dartest Sr. He departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Jennings American Legion Hospital.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Jennings. Visitation will begin at 8-10:45 a.m. in the church. He will be honored with full military rites.
Joseph was drafted by the United States Army on Nov. 4, 1964, where he served his country and was stationed in Kentucky, Washington, Missouri and Korea. After his military service, he was employed as a certified welder by SBA and Lee Vac Shipyards until he retired after more than 40 years of service.
He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He was a loving and dedicated brother and a very giving person. His love and compassion enriched the lives of those around him.
Joe always had a deep love for softball. He was an exceptional and competitive ball player who loved the game. In the early 1980’s, he started his own team called “The Mermentau Raiders”. Oh, how he loved his baseball family! They were unbeatable and traveled all over the southern parts of the United States with U.S. Triple Softball League. He was known by those who loved him as Tell, Joe, Hose and Papa.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories his faithful companion, Mildred Randolph; eight sisters, Ella (Winston) Willams and Connie (Dorsey) Dartez, both of Jennings, Lucretia (Calvin) Jenkins and Mary (William) Dartez, both of Baton Rouge, Bettye (Ronald) Boutte’, Vina (Foster) Charles, Earline (Kenneth) Marchand and Esther (Ed) Dartez, all of Lake Charles; four brothers, Hallie (Demetrius) Dartez of Jennings, Howard Dartez of San Diego, Calif., Elridge Dartez of Lake Charles and Clarence Dartez Jr. of Baton Rouge; one aunt, Irene Dartez; and one uncle, Robert Bayone; his beloved extended family, Betty (Wayne) Campbell, Dr. Antoinette (George) O’Neil, Dr. Wayne (Dayness) Campbell Jr; Carrol (Lydia) Breaux and Paul Broussard, Barry (Shelby) Randolph, Cynthia (Rock) Woods; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Clarence Dartez Sr.; his mother, Mary Essie Chavis-Dartez; his sister Maynell Dartez-Gilbeaux; his brother Ronald Lee Dartez; and three loving nieces, Bridget Gilbeaux-Thibodeaux, Katherine Elizabeth Boutte’ and Dawntisha Dartez.
To extend online condolences, please visit www.matthewsandsonfuneralhome.net.
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