J. E. Hixson & Sons

3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA


Joan "Jody" (Cangelosi) Brierty

December 15, 1931July 26, 2020

Joan "Jody" Cangelosi Brierty, 88, of Lake Charles passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Verandah. A native of New Orleans, she was born December 15, 1931, the daughter of Frank H. and Mary H. (Gauthier) Cangelosi. She was married to Dr. Paul A. Williams, Sr. of Rensselaer, IN in 1952. In 1984 she was married to the late Dr. Robert E. Brierty, Jr. in Lake Charles. Early in their marriage, the Brierty couple were active members of the Lake Charles Racket Club, playing tennis and passing a good time with friends regularly. An established artist, Jody’s paintings have been featured in several galleries throughout the South in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. In 1992, her son Troy preserved her likeness in a sculpture entitled “Love, Strength, and Beauty,” defining her true character. She was indeed a beautiful, strong, woman, loved by all, and her precious memory will live on in the hearts of many.

Survivors include four sons, Paul (Maxine) Williams, Jr., Indianapolis, IN; Thane Williams, Ocean Spring, MS; Troy (Deborah) Williams, Jemez Springs, NM; Avery (Racquel) Williams, Moss Bluff, LA; two daughters, Deni Helms, Ocean Springs, MS; Gabrielle (Jody) Treadwell, Jacksonville, FL; two step-sons, Robert (Nelly) Brierty, III, Houston, TX; Timothy (Ashley) Brierty, San Antonio, TX; five step-daughters, Kathleen (Don) Dodson, Fort Worth, TX; Colleen (Robert) Beasley, Aspen, CO; Maureen (Peter) Boyce, Amarillo, TX; Patricia Corsi, Plano, TX; Margaret (Jason), Spring Branch, TX; one sister, Dorothy C. Kramer, Chalmette, LA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Merlie Rose “Bunny” Douglass, Fort Myers, FL; and one son-in-law, Ernest J. Helms, Jr., Ocean Springs, MS. Services will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:30am, with Monsignor Jace Eskind officiating. Visitation will begin prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home, beginning at 10:00am until the Rosary at 11:00am. The service will immediately follow at the funeral home. Interment will be at Consolata Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.jehixson.com.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Rosary

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


Joan "Jody" (Cangelosi) Brierty

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Kathy Nugent

July 30, 2020

Never had the pleasure of meeting your mother Paul, but it sounds as though she lived a wonderful full life. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God hold you in his loving arms.

dorothy kramer

July 29, 2020

i will miss my beautiful sister joan.love her very much. i use to make her laugh when we would talk on the phone and when we got together. so many good times we had. hope you are with our mother and daddy and my other sister merlie cangelosi douglass. may the holy family watch over you always. your little sister dorothy ( dot) cangelosi kramer.

Colleen (Ci) Beasley

July 29, 2020

I think of Jody often as I have one of her paintings and one of her prints hanging in our home. Indeed she was a talented artist who saw the beauty in our world. I remember her as kind, patient, quick to laugh and full of love. She served up a delicious etouffee as well!!
I believe she is savoring God's love following a life well lived.

Maureen Egan

July 28, 2020

Sending love and prayers to you all from your Indiana family - the Egan Clan. So many years of family friendship and memories started by our parents. What a stunningly beautiful picture of your mom. Lots of love, Maureen "Mo" and the Egan Family.

Beth Darby

July 27, 2020

I met Ms. Jody many yours ago when my brother married her daughter, Deni Helms. I always thought that she was beautiful and had a wonderful sense of humor. She shared many stories of her young childhood in New Orleans, La. I was entranced. She could tell a story so well that I could just picture what was happening. There is so much history in her family and it was fascinating to hear.
The world is losing a very special lady. Very talented and so kind. May you rest in peace Ms. Jody. You will be sorely missed.