Lionel Washington, 97, a native of Jeanerette, LA and resident of Fredricksburg, VA, passed away on Friday June 8, 2018 at 9:59 PM at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, VA.
Visitation will be from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church 11200 Old Jeanerette Road, Jeanerette, LA 70544, with a rosary being recited at 8:30 A.M. followed by Tributes, then Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 A.M. Burial will Military Honors will follow mass services in the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery.
Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto thee. Today shall thou be with me in paradise”
He was born October 10, 1920, to the union of Sonny Washington and Lucille Smith Washington. Lionel’s siblings were; one brother, the late George Washington, three sisters; Enola Barabin, Orelia Martin, and Sunnie Mae Sampay, all deceased.
Lionel attended school in Jeanerette and later joined the United States of the Army and served from 1941 – 1945. During this time, he married the love of his life, the late Genevieve Bowles, April 1, 1944. Upon returning home from service, Lionel held jobs with J&L Inc, Coca-Cola Inc. Also, Lionel Washington performed custodial services for Jeanerette City Hall and later Iberia Parish School System where he retired with high accolades.
Lionel was highly recognized as a great catcher and batter for the Semi-Pro Baseball organization with the “Colored League”. In fact, unknown to many, Lionel was called upon several times to play with Jackie Robinson team whenever a catcher was needed. He was also an excellent boxer that he trained for while serving in the United States of the Army.
Lionel was also a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church and later changed his faith to Catholicism. He joined Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church along with his wife Genevieve and became a Eucharistic Minister. Lionel also assisted in raising funds for the construction of the newly remolded church. Throughout the years, Lionel’s home was the meeting place for reciting the Rosary.
Oh, did Lionel enjoy tasty food at home, the Coffee House, Anna’s Seafood in New Iberia and Miss Lillian’s Kitchen in Jeanerette, at least once a week. His pastime each week was traveling and reminiscing about the hunting grounds and the Sugar Cane fields, he formerly trotted. He looked forward to Lou Berry and her group coming once a month to recite the rosary and Mr. Batiste bringing him communion. Also, a part of his daily menu were snacks from his niece Paula.
Lionel leaves to cherish his loving memory a devoted young man, Leroy McNeal Jr. who was the son he never had. Lionel also leaves many young people of whom he was most instrumental in helping to rear. Michael McNeal and Kevin McNeal; other families; The Aples, The Bowles, The Butts, The Hamptons and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides Lionel’s late family members previously mentioned, he was also preceded in death by five brothers-in-law; Richard Sampay Sr., Irving Bowles Sr., David Bowles Jr., Frank Martin and Leo Barabin; five sisters-in-law; Martha Fontenette, Patricia Bowles Robinson, Mary Ann Bowles Spencer, Elvie Bradley Bowles, and Doris Bowles; Special Caregiver Roy Jean “Jeannie” Bernard.
Active Pallbearers: Leroy McNeal Jr., Michael McNeal, Kevin McNeal, Eldwin Boyd, Archie Aples III, Gregory Aples
Honorary Pallbearers: Samuel Aples, Archie Aples II, Leroy McNeal Sr., Lawrence Jenkins, Clifton Grant Jr., Irving Bowles Jr., Tyrone Bowles, Terry Lee Bowles