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Billy Joe Tuten (08-14-2014)
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Billy Joe Tuten, age 76 of Baton Rouge, were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. Celebrating the mass was Rev. Thomas P. Duhé. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be Monday, August 18, 2014 at Farmerville City Cemetery in Farmerville under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
Mr. Tuten was Born in Farmerville on December 6, 1937, to Sarah B. Barham Tuten and Joesph D. Tuten. While at home with his family, he passed this life peacefully into his Heavenly Father’s arms on July 30, 2014.
Billy Joe lived in Baton Rouge Louisiana for the past 39 years. He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and was a chemical engineer for Ciba-Geigy, with a career of 28 years of outstanding service at the St Gabriel plant. Throughout his career, Billy Joe was credited with many accomplishments due to his leadership. However, it was his dedication, integrity and good nature that will be remembered most. Mr. Tuten enjoyed hunting and fishing his entire life, always returning to his hometown each hunting season and maybe a little fishing. Being in the woods or on the water was his quiet time, he referred to as his “retreat and the closest place to God on earth.”
In 2004, Billy Joe joined the Catholic Church via the RCIA process – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Bill stated his experience to be very enjoyable and exceeded all his expectations and said he was at total peace with becoming Catholic. He loved being part of this faith community. His only regret was that he waited so long.
Mr. Tuten was preceded in death by his parents. Bill is survived by his wife: Nancy Jean Tuten; step-mother, Mildred Tuten; children – Patrick J. Tuten and wife Jenifer, Deborah and husband Kenny Mangrum, Janet and husband Charles Laenger, Jennifer and husband David Rincon and James Edgar Ayo Jr. and wife Raye-Anne; grandchildren – Seth Mangrum, Kristen Mangrum, Jessie Mangrum, Justin Roddenberry, Ana Maria Rincon Ethan David Rincon, Ava Marie Rincon, Sarah Katherine Laenger, Emily Anne Laenger, Peter James Ayo, Austin James Ayo and Matthew James Ayo; brothers – Allen Tuten and wife Marybelle and Jim Tuten and wife Linda; as well aas numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge.
To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.