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Hixson Moss Bluff

150 Bruce Circle, Moss Bluff, LA

OBITUARY

Francis J. LaRocque

January 14, 1938October 30, 2019
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Francis J. LaRocque 1/14/38 – 10/30/19

“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord,” (Matt. 25:21) And the Lord called home His faithful servant, Rev. Francis J. LaRocque, early hours of October 30th, 2019, and he entered the gates of Heaven after a lifetime of ministry and service, living his life as an example of humility and complete surrender to God’s calling on his life.

Francis was born January 14, 1938 in Big Rapids, Michigan to Frances Struble-LaRocque and Paul Arthur LaRocque. He grew up in Lake Charles, LA, attending Lagrange High School and later graduating from McNeese State University. While at McNeese, he also expanded his talents in the Performing Arts, taking the stage as lead actor/vocalist in many musical plays. At the age of 16, he married the love of his life for 65 years, Peggy Plaisance-LaRocque. Together, they raised two sons and two daughters. His ministry in music began at a very young age. He traveled the world for 25 years as an evangelist and leading others to Christ in many countries. During that time, he produced multiple recordings of his music that will continue to speak his heart to listeners. Later, he began serving as pastor to churches in Gillis, LA, Sulphur, LA, Eudora, AR, Wichita, KS, and Lake Charles, LA where he retired from Emmanuel Baptist Church. He also served on various mission boards and Baptist associations across several states. Even after retirement, he continued to step in and fill the pulpit for pastors, perform concerts on request, speak at Faith walk events, make continual trips to hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral homes to pray with the sick, the lonely, and the heartbroken. He loved his family with all his heart and always expressed that love with hugs, kisses, his words in prayer, and through his generosity in giving. He would always send a loving emoji whenever he sent a message to those dear to him, which always brought a smile on the receiving end. He loved to fish and, upon retirement, he spent many hours on Toledo Bend Lake catching the big ones and sharing that joy with his friends there. He also enjoyed his early morning coffee with his dear friends at Market Basket in Moss Bluff where they laughed and spoke of a lifetime of memories together.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Plaisance-LaRocque, his brother, Leo LaRocque of Lake Charles, his brother, Louis LaRocque, wife Gwen, of Ragley, LA, his son, Bryan LaRocque, wife, Renee Mathis-LaRocque; daughter, Cyndie LaRocque-McManus, husband, Stewart McManus; daughter, Denita LaRocque-Conner, husband, Dennis Conner; grandchildren, Kyle LaRocque and wife, Samantha, Brennan LaRocque and wife, Alicia, Ashlee LaRocque-Saxby and husband, Levi, all of Moss Bluff, LA, Kortland McManus and wife, Gabrialle, of Houston, TX, Cameron McManus of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jonathon McManus of Lafayette, LA, and Nathan Conner of Moss Bluff; also seven great-grandchildren, Bryson, Jackson, Brooks, Briggs, Eli, Emery and Ayva.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Paul & Frances LaRocque, his brothers, Joe LaRocque, Paul LaRocque, his sister, Mary LaRocque-Laymon, and son, Steve LaRocque.

The family would like to express our great thanks to the doctors, nurses and multiple members of support staff at St. Patrick’s, Lake Charles Memorial, Acadian Ambulance and Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, TX for the excellent care he received throughout his final months here on Earth.

Funeral services and visitation will be at First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff on Saturday, November 2, 2019 with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with service to immediately follow at 1 p.m. being officiated by Dr. Steve Bennett. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Kyle LaRocque, Brennan LaRocque, Kortland McManus, Cameron McManus, Jonathon McManus, Nathan Conner, and Levi Saxby. Burial will follow at Prien Pines Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Peggy Plaisance-LaRocque, his brother, Leo LaRocque of Lake Charles, his brother, Louis LaRocque, wife Gwen, of Ragley, LA, his son, Bryan LaRocque, wife, Renee Mathis-LaRocque; daughter, Cyndie LaRocque-McManus, husband, Stewart McManus; daughter, Denita LaRocque-Conner, husband, Dennis Conner; grandchildren, Kyle LaRocque and wife, Samantha, Brennan LaRocque and wife, Alicia, Ashlee LaRocque-Saxby and husband, Levi, all of Moss Bluff, LA, Kortland McManus and wife, Gabrialle, of Houston, TX, Cameron McManus of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jonathon McManus of Lafayette, LA, and Nathan Conner of Moss Bluff; also seven great-grandchildren, Bryson, Jackson, Brooks, Briggs, Eli, Emery and Ayva.

    He was predeceased in death by his parents, Paul & Frances LaRocque, his brothers, Joe LaRocque, Paul LaRocque, his sister, Mary LaRocque-Laymon, and son, Steve LaRocque.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kyle LaRocque
  • Brennan LaRocque
  • Kortland McManus
  • Cameron McManus
  • Jonathon McManus
  • Nathan Conner
  • Levi Saxby

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Carolyn Elliott Richard

November 8, 2019

I am so so very sorry to just find out that Francis died. My niece Kay told me yesterday...We live in San Antonio and I don't always get notices.
Francis and my brothers Don and Charles and Peggy went to school together at La Grange ..Francis and Peggy... her sister Brenda( my good friend all through school), and us Elliott's grew up within a block from each other.
Francis presided over my Mother Jewel's funeral in 2003 at Trinity Baptist and sang all of her favorite hymns..He gave us a CD of his Gospel music..HE WAS SUCH A VERY SPECIAL PERSON.
PLEASE KNOW HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND HE IS IN HEAVEN WITH HIS LORD AND FAMILY.

Barbara Maddox Oldham

November 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of hearing Rev. LaRoque many years ago at WestWood Baptist church. This has always been a Happy memory for me. His singing was grand and I am sure he is leading the angels in the heavenly choir. Ms. Peggy my thoughts are with you in the days coming in your grief. So sorry for your loss.💘!

Debby Davenport

November 2, 2019

I always thank God that He allowed me to get to know this amazing man through FaithWalk. Brother Francis was the”real deal.” You know- the kind of person who left you feeling better after being with him. The kind of person who just sloshed Jesus all over you! Jim and I loved him.

Helen Jackson

November 2, 2019

Brother Francis was such a great pastor. He always spoke the truth from Gods word. I grew so much in my Christian faith under his teaching when he was my pastor. I could listen to him all day long. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers for Ms Peggy and the family.

Jack Tillery

November 2, 2019

When I think of Bro Francis, I simply think of Jesus. There is no doubt Bro Francis had an intimate and rich relationship with his Heavenly Father. He knew His Heavenly Father’s Word thoroughly. He hid God’s Word in His heart. He spoke God’s Word every opportunity He was given, whether to one or to many. He prayed God’s Word as he interceded for others. And he led us before the very throne of God when he sang praises to His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ . And most of all, Bro Francis lived God’s Word before us pointing us all to Jesus.
When learning of his home going, my first response was that I smiled and the immediately thought, “Bro Francis is Home!”
My heart goes out to Peggy and all their family during these days. Much love.

Sandra Landry

November 1, 2019

Bro. Frances was truly one of the greatest men I have ever known! He preached at our church when I was growing up back in the 1960s and 1970s. Then I was greatly blessed to work on 3 Faith walks with him. I will never forget him, his kindness, his sermons and singing while he preached. Being in his presence was always a blessing! Praying for all the family during this time! Since his home going, I can only imagine what it's like for him being there ... his greatest desire has come to pass..... being with his Heavenly Father for eternity! What a legacy he leaves.

Sharon and Terry Ardizzone

November 1, 2019

Bro. Francis was such a godly and precious man. Terry and I had such deep respect for him. We cherish the Faith-walks that we were able to work with him. Our hearts go out to all of the family.
Sending deepest love and prayers.
Sharon and Terry Ardizzone

Alan Weishampel

November 1, 2019

A dear friend whom I greatly admired. I can only guess at the joy he must have seeing our Savior who he preached and sang about most of his life.
May God comfort you, Peggy and the entire family.
Alan Weishampel

Barry Forrester

October 31, 2019

I’m going to miss you so much you poured into me so much even fishing you always talked to me about the Lord I’m sure going to miss you

Hilda Wright

October 31, 2019

To the family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My husband and I were at church back in June and got to see both Francis and Peggy. It was really great to see them. He was such a wonderful man of God and his life surely showed it. Always keep his memory alive in your heart. I will be praying for your family

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Biography

Francis J. LaRocque 1/14/38 – 10/30/19

“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord,” (Matt. 25:21) And the Lord called home His faithful servant, Rev. Francis J. LaRocque, early hours of October 30th, 2019, and he entered the gates of Heaven after a lifetime of ministry and service, living his life as an example of humility and complete surrender to God’s calling on his life.

Francis was born January 14, 1938 in Big Rapids, Michigan to Frances Struble-LaRocque and Paul Arthur LaRocque. He grew up in Lake Charles, LA, attending Lagrange High School and later graduating from McNeese State University. While at McNeese, he also expanded his talents in the Performing Arts, taking the stage as lead actor/vocalist in many musical plays. At the age of 16, he married the love of his life for 65 years, Peggy Plaisance-LaRocque. Together, they raised two sons and two daughters. His ministry in music began at a very young age. He traveled the world for 25 years as an evangelist and leading others to Christ in many countries. During that time, he produced multiple recordings of his music that will continue to speak his heart to listeners. Later, he began serving as pastor to churches in Gillis, LA, Sulphur, LA, Eudora, AR, Wichita, KS, and Lake Charles, LA where he retired from Emmanuel Baptist Church. He also served on various mission boards and Baptist associations across several states. Even after retirement, he continued to step in and fill the pulpit for pastors, perform concerts on request, speak at Faith walk events, make continual trips to hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral homes to pray with the sick, the lonely, and the heartbroken. He loved his family with all his heart and always expressed that love with hugs, kisses, his words in prayer, and through his generosity in giving. He would always send a loving emoji whenever he sent a message to those dear to him, which always brought a smile on the receiving end. He loved to fish and, upon retirement, he spent many hours on Toledo Bend Lake catching the big ones and sharing that joy with his friends there. He also enjoyed his early morning coffee with his dear friends at Market Basket in Moss Bluff where they laughed and spoke of a lifetime of memories together.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Plaisance-LaRocque, his brother, Leo LaRocque of Lake Charles, his brother, Louis LaRocque, wife Gwen, of Ragley, LA, his son, Bryan LaRocque, wife, Renee Mathis-LaRocque; daughter, Cyndie LaRocque-McManus, husband, Stewart McManus; daughter, Denita LaRocque-Conner, husband, Dennis Conner; grandchildren, Kyle LaRocque and wife, Samantha, Brennan LaRocque and wife, Alicia, Ashlee LaRocque-Saxby and husband, Levi, all of Moss Bluff, LA, Kortland McManus and wife, Gabrialle, of Houston, TX, Cameron McManus of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jonathon McManus of Lafayette, LA, and Nathan Conner of Moss Bluff; also seven great-grandchildren, Bryson, Jackson, Brooks, Briggs, Eli, Emery and Ayva.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Paul & Frances LaRocque, his brothers, Joe LaRocque, Paul LaRocque, his sister, Mary LaRocque-Laymon, and son, Steve LaRocque.

The family would like to express our great thanks to the doctors, nurses and multiple members of support staff at St. Patrick’s, Lake Charles Memorial, Acadian Ambulance and Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, TX for the excellent care he received throughout his final months here on Earth.

Funeral services and visitation will be at First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff on Saturday, November 2, 2019 with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with service to immediately follow at 1 p.m. being officiated by Dr. Steve Bennett. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Kyle LaRocque, Brennan LaRocque, Kortland McManus, Cameron McManus, Jonathon McManus, Nathan Conner, and Levi Saxby. Burial will follow at Prien Pines Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com