Billy Ray Causey

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Billy Ray Causey was born in Washington Parish in 1961, the elder son of Arizona “Bill” Causey and Madora Conerly Causey of Franklinton. He departed this life Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Paradis.

He graduated from Franklinton High School in 1979.  Always a hard worker, he worked throughout Franklinton as a high school student with several different businesses. Not many years after graduating high school, he gained employment with Brown and Root. He continued with Jacobs Industries for more than 20 years, working in many different capacities, eventually achieving a leadership role in the plant.

Throughout the years, he was instrumental in helping others acquire employment at the plant as well. He was diligent and dedicated throughout his career.

Billy was known as a servant throughout the community.  He provided cookouts for politicians in the running as well as Mother’s Day meals for his family. He was an excellent cook and loved to entertain his family and friends. He maintained a reputation for being “the life of the party.” After completing a delicious meal he often stole the spotlight at any gathering with song and dance. His hospitality will never be forgotten.

His father, Arizona “Bill” Causey, preceded him in death.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Terri Thomas Causey; one daughter, LaChante’ (Christopher) Matthew of Bogalusa; one son, Damorrial  “Pedi” (Whitney) Causey of Gramercy; five stepchildren, Kim Thomas of Boutte, Keaundra, Katina (Jared) Hydell and Kyla, all of Paradis, and Kanisha Paul of St. Rose; his mother, Madora Conerly Causey; a brother, Clifford Ray (Crystal) Causey of Memphis, Tenn.; three sisters, Sharon (Donald) Briggs of Covington, Trease Dawson of Memphis and Mary (Demetrius) Wells of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; his father- and mother-in-law, Curtis and Pheola Gullage of Boutte; and one man’s best friend was added to the union,  “OREO” Thomas Causey; along with a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 20 at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Franklinton from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., and will continue at Mt. Airy Baptist, 13635 Old Spanish Trail in Boutte, from 6 p.m. until time for the funeral service at 7 p.m., with Elder John Vaultz officiating.

On Friday, visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time for dismissal at 11 a.m. at St. John Temple Church of God in Christ in Franklinton, with Elder Esco Burton officiating. Interment will follow in Lear Hill Cemetery.

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