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Joseph Clarence "J.C. " Devall

Died: July 31, 2018

Joseph Clarence “JC” Devall Jr. passed away peacefully on July 31, 2018, in the home that he built with his own hands in 1946 and in the same bedroom in which he had slept for 72 years. JC was born March 16, 1920, on a farm in Woodville, MS, where his father worked as overseer. Shortly after JC was born, the Devall fam…read more

Joseph Clarence “JC” Devall Jr. passed away peacefully on July 31, 2018, in the home that he built with his own hands in 1946 and in the same bedroom in which he had slept for 72 years. JC was born March 16, 1920, on a farm in Woodville, MS, where his father worked as overseer. Shortly after JC was born, the Devall family moved to the Baton Rouge area and JC attended Istrouma High School. He was later inducted into the Istrouma Athletic Hall of Fame, having set a Louisiana state record in the high jump that remained unbroken for 30 years. JC was employed for 42 years by what is now ExxonMobil Corporation, beginning his career as a pipefitter helper and retiring in 1982 as shift supervisor for the chemical plant. He was a child of the Great Depression and grew to be a man with character traits instilled during that period: great personal integrity, prudence and frugality, and a wealth of common sense. He was a cool-headed man during any crisis and was often sought out by people who needed practical advice, a listening ear, or a helping hand. He had an unshakeable faith in God and attended Blackwater United Methodist Church each Sunday for many years. He was at heart a gentleman farmer and enjoyed nothing more than working with his tractors and raising a large garden. He was renowned for his succulent tomatoes, which he gave away to friends and family by the basketful. JC also loved to tell stories and his stories will live on in the hearts of the countless people who visited him and cared for him during his long retirement years. JC was the beloved patriarch of a family that included 2 children, 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Alma Craig Devall; parents, Joseph Clarence Devall Sr and Louise Krumholt Devall; and 9 brothers and sisters. He is survived by a son, Ivan Craig Devall; and a daughter, Jo Ellen Prather and husband Bert. JC and Alma were loving grandparents and especially proud of their 5 grandchildren, all of whom are LSU graduates: Natasha Devall Callahan, Chad L Prather, MD, James Joseph Devall, Jill Prather Cowart, and Kristen Devall Chapman. JC’s special friends included brother-in-law Leslie G. Craig (deceased), cousin Johnnie C. “Boo” Devall (deceased), and neighbor for nearly 70 years, Howard Martin. Serving as pallbearers are family members Bert Prather, Chad Prather, Jake Devall, Gary Carmena, Tim Craig, and Bill Craig. Mr. Howard Martin and Randy Craig are honorary pallbearers. Ivan, Jo Ellen, and the grandchildren offer our deepest gratitude to the wonderful caregivers who stayed in his home during the last 2 years of his life, Ms. Linda Thabet and Ms. Lynn Sylvester. Services will be held Monday, Aug. 6, at Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road, Baker, LA. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, the services will be held at noon, followed by interment at Blackwater Cemetery. The Rev. James Efferson and the Rev. Pattye Hewitt will conduct the services.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackwater United Methodist Church

Address:

10000 Blackwater Road
Baker, Louisiana 70714

Service Information

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm -

Blackwater United Methodist Church

Address:

10000 Blackwater Road
Baker, Louisiana 70714

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018

Blackwater United Methodist Cemetery

Address:

10000 Blackwater Road
Baker, LA 70714

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