Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2000

ERIK SANZENBACH / L’Observateur / October 4, 2000


METAIRIE – The Rev. Leon A. Cau, 80, a native of New Orleans and resident ofLaPlace, died Sept. 29. He was the son of the late Fernand and Rita MaderCau and brother of Carmen O’Conner and the late F. Eugene Cau and AliceNegrotto.

He was a retired priest of the New Orleans Archdiocese and served at Sacred Heart in Morgan City, St. Christopher in Metairie, St. Joseph in Baton Rougeand Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Peter and St. Paul and St. Ann’s in NewOrleans.

Services were Oct. 2 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Metairie, withinterment at Metairie Cemetery.


GARYVILLE – James “Bop” French Jr., 75, a native of LaPlace and resident ofNew Orleans, died Sept. 27. He was the former husband of Lula Smith FrenchHayes, father of Abdullah Muhammad (James D. French) and Lois Swaney andstepfather of Latoshia Hayes.

He was also the son of James French Sr. and stepson of Amy French.He is also survived by three grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 3 in the chapel of Hobson-Brown Funeral Home, Garyville,with interment at Providence Rest Haven Cemetery, LaPlace.


HAHNVILLE – Homer Lee McGill, 43, a resident of St. Charles Parish, diedSept. 28. He was the husband of Dorothy Gleen McGill and father of ChrisMorgan, Tangela, Janice and Homer McGill Jr. and stepfather of LaShandaRidley and Lonnie, Lori and Luther Gleen.

He was also the son of the late Leotha and Mary Soucier McGill and brother of Dorothy Paige, Brenda Hayes, Janet Lewis, Leola Alterberry and Mary Ann, Margaret, Julia and Leotha McGill Jr.

He is also survived by five grandchildren.

Services are today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Robottom Mortuary, Hahnville,with interment at Mt. Airy Baptist Cemetery, Boutte. Visitation starts at 9a.m.


RESERVE – Gordon R. Simon, 60, a native and resident of Reserve, died Sept.30. He was the husabnd of Sandra Sardegna Simon and father of Todd Simon.He was also the son of the late Henry and Evelyn Simon and brother of Richard and the late Philip Simon.

Services were Oct. 2 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Reserve, with intermentat the church cemetery.


VACHERIE – Mary Joseph Smith, 62, a native and resident of St. James, diedSept. 27. She was the mother of Lucinda Morris, Wanda Sharper, TracyWilliams and Thealeaisha, Herman III and Kevin Smith.

She was also the daughter of the late Oscar and Samelia Poche Joseph and sister of Beatrice Sutherland, Samelia Ross, Emily George and Wilbert, Oscar and the late Lucille, Betty Mae, Clarence and Fredrick Joseph.

She is also survived by 14 grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 2 at First Baptist Church, Vacherie, with interment at Mt.Calvary Baptist Cemetery, St. James.


LAPLACE – Alvin “Vino” Vicknair, 65, a native and resident of Reserve, died Oct. 1. He was the father of Mamie Stein, Shirley Rodrigue, Alvin Vicknair Jr.and the late Paul Vicknair.

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are today at 10 a.m. Visitation starts at 9 a.m.

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