Deacon killed in Houma
HOUMA/WOODVILLE – Deacon Connely Duplantis died Sunday, Nov. 24, outside his parents' home in Houma, La., the victim of an apparent robbery.
Deacon Duplantis assisted at Gloster Holy Family Mission and Woodville St. Joseph Parish since he and his wife moved to Mississippi a few years ago. He was 66 years-old.
News reports indicate Deacon Duplantis attended Mass at Annunziata Parish in Houma and then went to have lunch with his parents. He was putting his dog in his van when he was approached by several people and shot.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder.
He served in the Navy for four years as a medic and retired as respiratory therapist from Chabert Medical Center. He was involved in Prison Ministry, was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, an avid gardener, who loved camping, fishing, cooking and enjoyed technology and computers.
His wife, Yvonne, was the secretary to several bishops in the Diocese of Houma-Thiibodaux. Bishops and priests from across the diocese celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Nov. 29s, in Houma.
Deacon Duplantis is survived by his wife of 42 years, Yvonne; his parents, Irvin and Drusella Eschete Duplantis; a brother, three sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. His son preceeded him in death.
Memorials may be made to the prison ministry in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.