WELSH – Funeral services for Mr. Clarence “Lou” “Papa Lou” “Popie” Simien-Simon, 86, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Jones United Methodist Church in Welsh. Rev. Louis Currie will officiate.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. in the church until time of services. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Welsh under the direction of Semien-Lewis Mortuary of Jennings.
Mr. Simon entered into eternal rest on Dec. 30, 2013, in Jennings American Legion Hospital.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Welsh. He accepted Christ at a young age and he worked diligently for his church, family and the entire community. His joy and love were extended when he married Mrs. Doris Marie Brown Simon on Sept. 16, 1950. To this beautiful union, nine children were born. Bro. Clarence was very active in his church and served as past chairman of the Trustee Board, Treasurer, President of the United Methodist Men, a member of the Administrative Council, Pastor Parish Relation Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee and Communion Steward. Bro. Clarence was known for his delicious barbeque techniques that helped the church’s major fundraiser every month. He worked for six years at Welsh Rice Growers. Bro. Clarence was head boss at Dixie Vaults for 11 years and was employed for the John Deer Mutual Warehouse for 30 years as the paint and body shop foreman. Bro. Clarence’s talent led him to work as a school bus driver for 18 years for Jeff Davis Parish School Board. He served 58 years in law enforcement which included Civil Defense, Welsh Police Department and Jeff Davis Sheriff Department. As a milestone of recognition, he was the 2007 recipient of the Council on Aging “Senior Citizen Still at Work” Award. The Masonic Lodge #131 has had the presence of Mr. Simon for 62 years in which he served as past Worshipper Master for three years with strong participation within the organization.
He leaves to cherish his wonderful memories, his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Mrs. Doris Simon; nine loving children, Sonja (Calvin) Thorne of Hitchcock, Texas, Clarence (Carolyn) Simon Jr. of Jennings, Brenella Simon of Welsh, Kim (Terry) Vital of Huntsville, Ala., James Simon Sr. (Jennifer Singleton) of Welsh, Ivory (Marie) Simon of Welsh, Stephon (Jacqueline) Simon of Welsh, Craig (Lucille) Simon of Lake Charles and Nicole Simon of Kemah, Texas. He leaves a legacy of 40 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy (Albert) Freeman of Temple, Texas, and Fannie Simien-Simon of Houston, Texas; one brother-in-law, Rolland (Eula) Viney of Beaumont, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Lois Faye Rowlins of Beaumont, Texas and Bernadine Smith-Johnson of Lake Charles; three godchildren, Diane Sims of Houston, Texas, Bernadine Smith-Johnson of Lake Charles and Dwayne Viney of Jennings; and a great host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Bro. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas (Pearl Arceneaux) Simien-Simon; one sister, Betty Lemonia-Guidry; three brothers, Dallas Simien-Simon Jr., Ivory “Man” Simien-Simon and John Lemonia; two grandchildren, Christina Simon-Vital, “Lil” Ivory Jack; his mother-in-law, Viola Viney; his father-in-law Felix Viney; and Alfred Brown.
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