J. E. Hixson & Sons

3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA


Joseph "J.D." Douglas Fruge

January 15, 1929August 31, 2019

J.D. Fruge, age 90, of Sweetlake, Louisiana passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Joseph was born January 15, 1929 in Holmwood, Louisiana.

J.D. was a lifelong resident of Sweetlake. “Pop” worked as a rice and soybean farmer, cattleman, shade tree mechanic. At the age of 64, he found his most rewarding career and friendship when he went to work for Jim Paul Dupont. There he would work until the age of 87. J.D. loved car races, watching his satellite TV, and kids. “Uncle D” had 16 godchildren and many others that he spoiled.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Melotile "Dutch" Fruge, and a brother, Harold Fruge.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Billie Fruge of Sweetlake; son, Kirk Fruge and husband, Jerry Torres of San Francisco; daughter, Bernadette Fruge and wife, Ashley Menard of Lafayette; granddaughter, Cora Fruge; sisters, Betty Babineaux and Totsie Mouton both of Lake Charles.

Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019 with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Visitation will resume 10 a.m. on Monday until time of service.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at Hixson Funeral Home Chapel. Monsignor Gaddy will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.JEHixson.com for the Fruge family.


  • Billie Fruge, Wife
  • Kirk Fruge, Son
  • Jerry Torres, Son-in-law
  • Bernadette Fruge, Daughter
  • Ashley Menard, Daughter-in-law
  • Betty Babineaux, Sister
  • Gloria "Totsie" Mouton, Sister
  • Harold Fruge, Brother (deceased)
  • Cora Fruge, Granddaughter

  • Bruce Beard, Pallbearer
  • Mike Beard, Pallbearer
  • Mike Babineaux, Pallbearer
  • Trevor Laughlin, Pallbearer
  • Terry Beard, Pallbearer
  • Cade Aucoin, Pallbearer
  • Tracy Hillebrandt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryan Babineaux, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jake McCain, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Butch Kowarsch, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Rosary Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 2, 2019


Joseph "J.D." Douglas Fruge

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Cathy-Perry & Tony Smith

September 3, 2019

Billie, Bernadette & Fruge Family,
Our deepest sympathy & prayers to all of u in the loss of Mr. JD..
Tony & Cathy Perry-Smith
David Smith
Toni Smith-Johnson

Lorainne & Swinford Baccigalopi

September 2, 2019

Sorry we could not make it but we extend our condolences.

Joe Dupont

August 31, 2019

I met Mr JD “Pop” after hurricane Rita when my family moved to Grandlake. He was working for Jim Paul at the time never met a kinder man help me get my land ready to build our home when we where down on our luck, always was kind and friendly. We are praying for you sir and your family with all my respect Rest In Peace Mr JD
The Joe Dupont Family

Paula Bonin

August 31, 2019

So sorry for yalls loss.