Sunday, March 24, 2013

Curtis Joseph Dumas, Sr. (1908-1983) & Julia Jones (1914-1982)

Curtis Joseph Dumas, Sr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 11, 1908. He was the son of Leopold Dumas and Laurence Morris Dumas. He was born into a large family and made a living as a laborer on a sugar cane plantation.

Julia Jones was born in Louisiana on March 15, 1914. She was the daughter of Ignace "Ernest" Jones and Adelaide "Bella" Grant, both of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. She, too, was one of several children. She was the ultimate caregiver: an excellent cook and loving mother. Her faith was the foundation of her family. She was a Bible believing Baptist.

Curtis Sr. and his wife Julia lived a simple life. They served God, their family and the community. They married young and had several children (13 living and at 1 stillborn). Wallace, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana was home. Pop Curtis spent his free time relaxing on the front porch. Mama Julia split her time between the kitchen and the church.

Their love was legend. After Julia died of a heart attack in September of 1982, in the arms of her youngest son, Curtis would die soon after. Though being in good physical health, he would pass away months later of a broken heart. Oral history states he missed his dear Julia more than anything else on this Earth and chose to be with her in eternity.

They are buried together, side by side, on a family burial plot in Wallace, St. John the Baptist, Louisiana.

Obituary Transcript:

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La. 
May 29, 1983

Curtis Joseph (Wallie) Dumas, Sr., at Wallace, La., at Lakeside Hospital Metairie, on Tuesday, May 24, 1983, at 8:31 p.m., son of the late Leopold and Laurence Dumas, beloved husband of late Julia Jones Dumas, father of Curtis, Jr., Larry, Clifford, Ronald, Olga Mae, Patricia, Ernest, Leo, Clarence, Deborah and Alana Dumas and Lillian Myles and the late Dorothy, Jerry and Harold Dumas, father-in-law of Diana, Lucricia, James, Etta, Thyra, Stelphine, Linda, Joy and Jessica Dumas and Walter Miles, brother of Theresa D. Jackson, Laurence D. Harris, Marion D. Williams, of Germany and the late Cornelius and Ernest Dumas and Louisa Jackson, nephew of Carmen Jones, brother-in-law of Alfred Jackson, Willie Taylor, Willie Williams, of Germany, Mr. and Mr. Alvin Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Johnson, Willie and Philip Rogers, Evelyn Delone, Shirley Ross, Vivian Dumas and Frank Holland; deceased also survived by 14 grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, a native of Vacherie, La., and a resident of Wallace for many years; age 74 years.

Relatives and friends of the family, also pastor, officers and members of the Morning Star Baptist Church, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Edgard, La., Woodville Baptist Church, St. Rose Baptist Church, First Pentecost Church, New Orleans, Willow Grove Benevolent Society, employees of Colonial Sugars, Gramercy, La., St. John Parish School System, Southern University Commuter Bus Westside and neighboring churches are invited to attend the funeral services from the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Edgard, La., on Monday May 30, 1983, at 12 o’clock Noon, Rev. F. Johnson officiating. Interment Willow Grove Cemetery, Wallace, La. Wake services Sunday, May 29, 1983, from the above named church at 8:30 p.m. Friends May call after 6 p.m. on Sunday. Earl Baloney & Sons Mortuary in charge of arrangements, Carmen M. Baloney, Director.

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