Roy Joseph Arabie

March 25, 1940July 24, 2013
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Roy Joseph Arabie, 73, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in a Houston, Texas hospital.

Roy, affectionately known as "Paw Paw" was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton. He retired after 32 years of service with Marathon Oil and spent most of his retirement years raising cattle. Roy enjoyed bailing hay and spending time with his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Annette "Charlie" Arabie of Vinton; two daughters, Kimberly Blanchet and husband, Chris of Ville Platte, and Lanie Quebedeaux and companion, Alvin Brossette of Vinton; one brother, J.C. Arabie of Lake Charles; two sisters, Una Savoie of Carlyss and Audrey Wallace of New Iberia; five grandchildren, Ashely "Pete" Gould and husband, Darrell of Vinton, Josh Quebedeaux and fiance', Chelsea Roll of Sulphur, and Ethan Blanchet and companion, Morgan Soileau, Elliot Blanchet, and Everett Blanchet, all of Ville Platte; five great-grandchildren, Hadley, Wasey, and Copelin Gould of Vinton, and Haven Gould and Kyleigh Quebedeaux, both of Sulphur; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. He is preceded in death by four siblings, Betty Felder, Geneva Johnson, Gladys McGee, and Arthur Arabie.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. The Rev. Russell Beard will officiate. Pallbearers will be Josh Quebedeaux, Ethan Blanchet, Elliot Blanchet, Everett Blanchet, Copelin Gould, Darrell Gould, Hadley Gould, Chris Blanchet, and Travis Beard. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud McClelland, Bret Malone, Jason Trahan, David Alexander, Jeff Addison, and Harvey Istre. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Friday with a rosary service at 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday in the funeral home.


  • Visitation Friday, July 26, 2013
  • Rosary Friday, July 26, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, July 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 27, 2013

Roy Joseph Arabie

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Mike Willard

October 1, 2013

Just found out about Roy. I'm sorry about your loss. I worked on rig 98 with Roy and learned a lot from him. When we use to ask him what he was doing, he would always answer spreading hate and discontent with a big smile on his face. I find myself saying that still today. Roy was a good man and our prayers are with his family.

Renee Johnson

August 7, 2013

Aunt Annette, Kim, Laney and families....It broke my heart to see Uncle Roy had passed. What a fun-loving Uncle he was. Such a tease.....ALL THE TIME!! Lots of laughter to remember. I am so sorry for your loss. He passed on my birthday. I'll never forget him. Love and prayers, Renee Johnson (Facebook)

Janet Roussell

July 27, 2013

My dear Annette it sadden Shelby and I so much to hear of Roy's passing. He was a great and dear friend We loved him very much and always felt as family. So many good memories we share and will always keep close to our heart. Please take care, our prayers and sympathy are with all of you. Roy is at peace with our Lord. Janet and Shelby Roussell,Kelly and Rocky

July 26, 2013

I really enjoyed working with Roy while at Marathon he always made it an enjoyable place to work. He taught me a lot and he will be truly missed.

Carlos Cretsinger (Houston TX)

Jimmy & Myra Duhon

July 26, 2013

It was a pleasure to work with Roy in my time at Marathon. My prayers are with Roy and the family.


July 26, 2013

To the Arabie Family;

Roy and I worked together at Marathon years ago. I used to really enjoy teasing him about how wealthy he was from raising all those cattle on his 10,000 acre ranch! Roy Arabie was a fair man and an honest one, he was also a darn good driller. He sure made my job a lot easier than I probably deserved.

Linda Mott

July 26, 2013

Dear Annette and family,
So sorry about Roy's passing. He was such a good person. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
My prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Linda Mott


Ashley and family at Wasey's birth


Roy waiting for a great grandchild