Etta Nelams Vannoy

May 23, 1939June 27, 2021
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Etta Nelams Vannoy, a faithful servant of the Lord and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, sister and dear friend, entered into her Glory in the early morning hours on of Sunday, June 27, 2021. She passed away at her home with her loving family at her side. She was 82.

Etta was born May 23, 1939 in Church Point, Louisiana to the late Amos Nelams and the late Edith Huckaby Nelams, and was raised by her foster parents, the late Pete and Thelma Foster. She was raised in a home filled with the spirit of the Lord and she lived that life to her passing.

Her husband of 64 years, Clarence (better known as “Tot”) recalls the very first time he saw her. He told his parents that very same day, “I met the girl that I’m going to marry and spend the rest of my life with.” They thought he was joking, but his heart was right on. They began courting and married in 1957 and have lived a life together filled with faith, love, and compassion for each other.

Mrs. Vannoy was a proud homemaker and devoted her time to family and ministry. Being that Mr. Clarence’s entire family worked with Louisiana State Penitentiary, she offered her time to not only pray for the incarcerated, but she sent gifts of clothing and cards so that the inmates could write home on holidays and special occasions. Mrs. Etta always sought the good in someone and believed that all deserved to be treated with kindness regardless of their past. She also worked faithfully with the Benevolent Ministry at her church. She and her fellow church family gave hope and assistance to those in need. Her children said of their mother, “She had a servant’s heart and love for all.” Her legacy will live on in the hearts and thoughts of all who knew and loved her. Rest well, for we will meet again.

Those left to cherish her memory is her husband and best friend of 68 years, Clarence “Tot” Vannoy; her five children, Jon A. Vannoy and wife Tammy, Ward A. Vannoy, Perry L. Vannoy and wife Renee, Anne Vannoy Courville and Janna L. Rowe; 12 grandchildren, Jonathan Vannoy, Garet Vannoy, Zack Vannoy, Molly Vannoy, Brandy Vannoy, David Vannoy, Heathe Courville, Hoyt Courville, Harlee Courville, Colton Rowe, Holden Rowe and Janai Rowe; 7 great grandchildren, Rowan Vannoy, Penelope Vannoy, Ashton Courville, Elliot Courville, Ava Courville, Anniston Barrett and Capri Courville; and her sisters, Betsy Adams, Nora Shepherd, Pearl Brown, Ruby Doucet, Gayle Riviere, Linda Gayler and Barbara Burns.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her foster parents, Pete and Thelma Foster; her son-in-law, Hugh Mark Courville; her great grandsons, Nyle and Griffin Courville; and her brothers and sisters, Wayne Bihm, Rufus Nelands, Amos Dangler, Nancy Dangler, David Lafleur and Barbara Deshotels.

Funeral services celebrating Mrs. Etta will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, June 28, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Broussard, 210 Morgan Street. Rev. Weldon Moak will officiate with Rev. Garron Maples co-officiating. Following services, Mrs. Vannoy will be laid to rest at Morrow Baptist Church Cemetery in Morrow, Louisiana at 3:30 pm.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at First Baptist Church of Broussard, 210 Morgan Street in Broussard on Monday from 8:30 am until time of services.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jonathan, Garet, Zack and David Vannoy, Heathe and Hoyt Courville, Colton and Holden Rowe and Legion Myers. Her granddaughters, Molly and Brandy Vannoy, Harlee Courville and Janai Rowe will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In keeping with Mrs. Vannoy’s devotion and love of her church, please consider making a contribution in her name to the First Baptist Church Benevolent Fund, so that her ministry can continue to assist those in need.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Amedisys Home Health and Transitions Hospice for the love, care and compassion shown to our dear Etta. You are all greatly appreciated.

Family and friends are encouraged to share their condolences, memories and support with the family by visiting Etta’s memorial page at

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.


  • Clarence "Tot" Vannoy, Husband of 64 years
  • Jon A. Vannoy (Tammy), Son
  • Ward A. Vannoy, Son
  • Perry L. Vannoy (Renee), Son
  • Anne Vannoy Courville, Daughter
  • Janna L. Rowe, Daughter
  • Jonathan Vannoy, Grandson
  • Garet Vannoy, Grandson
  • Zack Vannoy, Grandson
  • Molly Vannoy, Granddaughter
  • Brandy Vannoy, Granddaughter
  • David Vannoy, Grandson
  • Heathe Courville, Grandson
  • Hoyt Courville, Grandson
  • Harlee Courville, Granddaughter
  • Colton Rowe, Grandson
  • Holden Rowe, Grandson
  • Janai Rowe, Granddaughter
  • Rowan Vannoy, Great Grandchild
  • Penelope Vannoy, Great Grandchild
  • Ashton Courville, Great Grandchild
  • Elliot Courville, Great Grandchild
  • Ava Courville, Great Grandchild
  • Anniston Barrett, Great Grandchild
  • Capri Courville, Great Grandchild
  • Betsy Adams, Sister
  • Nora Shepherd, Sister
  • Pearl Brown, Sister
  • Ruby Doucet, Sister
  • Gayle Riviere, Sister
  • Linda Gayler, Sister
  • Barbara Burns, Sister
  • Amos and Edith Nelams, Parents (deceased)
  • Pete and Thelma Foster, Foster Parents (deceased)
  • Hugh Mark Courville, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Nyle and Griffin Courville, Great Grandsons (deceased)
  • Wayne Bihm, Brother (deceased)
  • Rufus Nelands, Brother (deceased)
  • Amos Dangler, Brother (deceased)
  • Nancy Dangler, Sister (deceased)
  • David Lafleur, Brother (deceased)
  • Barbara Deshotels, Sister (deceased)

  • Jonathan Vannoy
  • Garet Vannoy
  • Zack Vannoy
  • David Vannoy
  • Heathe Courville
  • Hoyt Courville
  • Colton Rowe
  • Holden Rowe
  • Legion Myers
  • Molly Vannoy, Honorary
  • Brandy Vannoy, Honorary
  • Harlee Courville, Honorary
  • Janai Rowe, Honorary

  • First Baptist Church of Broussard


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 28, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, June 28, 2021


Etta Nelams Vannoy

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Curtis (Sonny) Bihm

June 30, 2021

Tot, we are so sorry to learn about Etta’s passing. It was quite a shock since we didn’t know she’d been ill. She was always full of energy and doing so much. We both loved being around her and wish now it had been more. She definitely was a loving, caring and thoughtful person and her Christian witness was apparent to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Our love and condolences to you and the family.
Sonny and Sandy Bihm

Kay Richard

June 29, 2021

Etta was the example of a true Christian in all aspects of her life. She will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her . Etta was one of my favorite cousins who always made you welcomed no matter what. To many memories to write here but one day when we meet in the paradise that Jehovah God has promised for those who obey His commandments Etta and I will talk about those memories and we will laugh and rejoice in the blessings to follow. To all my family my prayers are hoping that God will give you the peace that only He can give you at this time. Love y'all.

Christina Bounds

June 27, 2021

Mrs. Etta is one of the kindness most loving woman of god I have had the pleasure and greatest honor knowing for years. Her smile when seeing my son Brenden entering church will forever be in my heart. The love she and her husband have always shown to myself and my family will always be greatly treasured. May everyone be at peace as we know she is dancing with the angels very happy with her lord and savior she lived each day for. My deepest condolences to her husband we love you Mr. Tot and “that boy” will be by to see you soon and to all the rest of her loving family my prayers are with you all. We will greatly miss you forever Mrs. Etta! Love sincerely Christina Shows Bounds and “ that boy” Brenden Bounds. 🙏🏻❤️

Judy Carter Gardiner

June 27, 2021

Memories of Etta and Tot in high school are still fresh in my mind. Etta was a sweetheart. I hope that all of those happy times will help to lessen your loss in some way.

Lynette Taylor

June 27, 2021

Early Sunday morning, Etta stepped into the presence of her Savior. Gone were all the bodily aches and pains, the sorrows of this world forever erased, replaced by a perfect body and perfect peace. While Joel and I are saddened that we will not fellowship with Etta again on this earth, on some glorious morning we shall be reunited.  We extend our heartfelt prayers to Tot and the children for peace and comfort during this time of loss.
Joel and Lynette

Mildred and Charles Bison

June 27, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to Etta’s family. May she be forever in the loving arms of our lord and savior.

Lyn Deville

June 27, 2021

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Etta from this earthly place. It is with great joy that we celebrate a life well lived and her journey to spend eternity with God. May she Rest In Peace in the loving arms of her Savior. It was an honor to have known her. Our sincere condolences to you, Tot, and to all her loving family.
Love, Lyn and Mickey

Lyn Matthiesen

June 27, 2021

Ms Etta got her wings early this morning and flew high to the heavenly realm. God has gained another angel. She blessed the lives of her husband and children. Janna Rowe is my dear friend and I mourn her loss . Keep your head up and glory in your Mother.

Suzanne Duhon Payne

June 27, 2021

My deepest condolences to the entire Vannoy family ~ I shall continue to keep each of you in my prayers … Jesus has welcomed your sweet loved one with open arms I know ~
God Speed Ms Etta

Lori Voigt

June 27, 2021

Mrs. Etta was surely an angel walking among us. Her love knew no bounds, and was given freely to all. She will be missed, her love is something we should all strive for. God blessed us all that knew her, loved her, and called her family. Rest in peace, Mrs. Etta!