Henry A. "Hank" Fontenot

March 18, 1939February 25, 2018
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NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Henry A. “Hank” Fontenot at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Fr. Richard Broussard will be the celebrant. Mr. Hank will be laid to rest at Holy Family Mausoleum with Military honors by the Iberia Veterans Honor Guard.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm with the Rosary being recited at 6:30 pm. Visiting hours will resume on Wednesday from 8:00 am until 9:30 am.

Henry Allen Fontenot was born March 18, 1939 in New Iberia to the late Augusta Fontenot and the late Ouida Brown Fontenot; and passed away peacefully Sunday, February 25, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Fontenot, known by family and friends as “Hank” was a veteran of the United States Army. He received specialized training as a radio operator in Massachusetts and was sent to the Aleutian Islands where he was responsible for monitoring the Russian forces. After returning to New Iberia, Mr. Hank worked with Dresser Atlas, but eventually began working with his Father-in-law at Darby Motors. He and his wife Gloria have operated the business successfully for past 44 years.

Hank was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where he served as a Lector and formerly on the church parish council. Professionally, Mr. Hank was a founding member and past president of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Louisiana. Mr. Hank was a friend to many in New Iberia and had a generous heart. But it was his love and dedication to his wife and family were most important to him, and he leaves a legacy of love that will forever live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Gloria Darby Fontenot; his three children, Michael B. Fontenot and companion Johanna Pellegrin, Joel C. Fontenot and wife Joyce and Maria Fontenot Richard and husband Chris; seven grandchildren, Brandon Albritton, Morgan Fontenot, Mikayla Borel, Kelly Fontenot, Max Borel, Audra Richard and Bailey Richard; two great grandchildren, Carter and Mason Bourque; his brothers-in-law, Alton Darby, Jr. and wife Patsy and Rayland Hargrave, Sr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Hargrave.

Serving as pallbearers are Mike Fontenot, Joel Fontenot, Brandon Albritton, Max Borel, Chris Richard and Sidney Barrilleaux. Honorary pallbearers are Alton Darby, Jr. Rayland Hargrave, Kenny LeJeune and Darryl Romero.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Fontenot’s Name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Acadian Hospice, 458 Heymann Boulevard, Building A, Lafayette, LA 70503.

To view the online obituary and video tribute, and to leave condolences or share memories, please visit Mr. Hank’s memorial page at

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


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Rosary Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Henry A. "Hank" Fontenot

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Joyce Fontenot

March 3, 2018

Hank was a great person, father, father in law and grandfather. My fondness memory is how much Hank loved having his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren around. There were times when Hank would bring the go cart and the riding lawn mower out for the grandkids to ride. There was a lot of laughter and love not just on those days but every time the family was together.

His generosity was as big as his faith. He believed in helping people. You can't go anywhere in town without running into someone Hank touched in a positive way, even if it was just a simple smile and wave hello.

Hank, I will miss your love, laughter and strength. Thank you for accepting into your family and loving me. I love you.

Denise Brown

March 1, 2018

Ms. Gloria and the entire Fontenot thoughts and prayers are with you all as you try to deal with this incredible loss!!!

Joel Fontenot

March 1, 2018

A few personal words about my Dad. Most importantly, his Catholic faith guided him through his journey of life where, from my perspective, he finished in first place! Dad was always there when we needed anything but was also that firm hand that helped mold us into the people we are today. Growing up around the shop and having an interest in cars, he would always support our “tinkering” on our cars no matter how silly it was but he insisted that we do everything ourselves.

Dad never met a stranger and was well liked by many in town. He was an excellent pit master, and loved to BBQ. We enjoyed many great treats off of his grill. He loved to fish when he had an opportunity to get away. He was able to spend lots of time enjoying his grand kids and great grand kids in every way he could. His kind, generous and fun-loving personality was endeared by many who were lucky enough to know him. I am so thankful for having him as my Dad and teaching me all that he did. The pain and suffering has ended and he is at peace in Heaven. We will all miss him so much. I love you Dad.

Rita LaBiche

February 28, 2018

Gloria, Bill and I wish to express our condolences to you and your family for your loss. Henry was such a people person. He was friendly to all whether he knew them or not. He will truly be missed not only by you and your family but to all who got to know him. Our prayers are with you.

Bill and Rita LaBiche

Alton Darby, jr.

February 27, 2018

H.A. attended all of his grandson Max's baseball games that he physically could from t-ball to high school. He cheered and encouraged Max. I know that Max knew he was there and this meant a lot to him.

I am involved in youth baseball and I know how important it is for parents and grandparents to show up to support and encourage the kids.

Hank was a Number One Fan.

John and Dauria Singleton

February 26, 2018

Gloria and Family, I'm very sorry for your loss. You were such good neighbors!
John and I are attending our church mission and will add Hank's name to the intentions we'll submit to the Vincentians for prayers at their community mass.

Jennifer Romero

February 26, 2018

The Fontenot family is woven into most of my childhood, so picking a "best" memory of Mr. Hank was hard. The annual trip to Lake Dauterive on the party barge is still pretty special, though, especially the time we cruised all the way up Bayou Teche. Thanks for bringing our families together every year for a day of fun.

February 26, 2018

Hank was a very good Friend, and I will mess him

Bugs Rentrop

Alicia Courville

February 26, 2018

Mr. Hank will be truly missed He was a wonderful mentor through answering his phones. He taught me so much. I will keep his family and friends in my prayers in their time of need.


February 26, 2018