Jewel Lester Duhon

Jewel Lester Duhon

Joint funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Ebenezer Church of the Nazarene for Jewel Lester Duhon, 90, who passed away Feb. 18, 2013, at 4:45 a.m., and Winona Faye Sarver Duhon, 84, who passed away on Feb. 17, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.

Reverend Dale Hoffpauir, pastor of Nouvelle Church of the Nazarene, and Reverend Joe Talhelm, pastor of the Ebenezer Church of the Nazarene, will conduct the funeral services.

Burial will take place in Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Duhon, a resident of Lafayette, was the son of the late Joseph Eric Duhon and the former Anna Thibodeaux. Lester was born in Orangefield, Texas, and was raised in South Louisiana. He graduated from Hackberry High School in 1938 then attended McNeese and SLI (UL Lafayette) until the start of WWII. He joined the United States Navy and after boot camp in San Diego, he went to Pharmacist Mate School in Memphis, Tenn. He was then  assigned to a convoy going to England preparing for the Normandy Invasion. He participated in the D-Day invasion as a Pharmacist Mate then served on a PT boat in the Mediterranean Sea. After the war, he returned to Lafayette to attend SLI (UL Lafayette) where he met Winona and married her in 1946. After several years working in the oilfield, he joined the United States Postal Service in 1950’s and gave 34 years of service. He was an avid sportsman, outdoorsman and a colorful storyteller. He also loved gardening and eating Cajun food. He was a wonderful and loving father. He held Winona’s hand as she took her last breath and then 18 hours later, during his sleep, followed her to their heavenly home.

He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Duhon (John) Nobles of Woodstock, Ga., Denise (Mario Smith) Duhon of Yorktown, Va., and Dianna Duhon (Tab) Faulk of Mermentau; one son, David Lester (Roxanne) Duhon of Hattiesburg, Miss.; 12 grandchildren, Jonathan Duhon, Leah Duhon Ladner, Sarah Duhon, Jessica Nobles, Rebecca Nobles, Rachel Nobles, Kirk Smith, Julia Smith, Stephen Smith, Lauren Green, Daniel Green and Brittany Green; two great-grandchildren, Cecilia and Les Duhon; four sisters, Anne Moore of Lafayette, Bobbie (Ray) Culter of Lafayette, Tessie Culter of Leawood, Kan., and Judy (Terry) LeBlanc of Baton Rouge; one brother, Jimmy (Janel) Duhon of Kaplan; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Duhon of Lafayette.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winona Sarver Duhon; his parents; and two brothers, Joseph Arson “Sam” Duhon and Truby Duhon.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home of Lafayette, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, from 4-9 p.m. Visiting hours will continue at the Ebenezer Church of the Nazarene on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews.

Personal condolences may be sent to

Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, La., is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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