OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY)- Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Progressive Baptist Church, 2001 E. Simcoe Street, Lafayette, LA for John W. Joseph, 84, who passed away on Friday, November 3, at Opelousas General Health System.
He was born and raised on his father’s farm in Plaisance during the time of racial divide and a dual education system, which relegated him to minimum and hand-me-down materials for an education.
On December 24, 1955, John W. Joseph married Cecile Catherine Slaughter.The couple had eight children.
“This anointed public servant was appointed to state wide positions by three Louisiana Governors with confirmations by the State Senate,” his obituary says. “He served as Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services, member of Southern University Board of Supervisors for 8 1/2 years, member of the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Committee on Academic and Student Affairs, was elected parish-wide member for three terms on the St. Landry Parish Democratic Executive Committee, became an Executive and Entrepreneur as co-owner of Ford and Joseph Funeral Home, Inc., was a member of Keystone Lodge No. 196, Commander-In-Chief of R.B. Jones, Sr. Consistory, No. 298, and as a member of Iota Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. The life of this icon reflects ten administrative public service positions.”