April 13, 1936 – June 1, 2021

Joseph (Joe) Ellis Chevalier was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, teacher, mentor and friend.  He passed away peacefully June 1, 2021, at the age of 85, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Joseph was born into a loving, nurturing family in Natchitoches.

His mother, Mary Louise (Chevalier) Roque preceded him in death, as did his great-grandparents, Louis Grover Chevalier and Melezine (Roque) Chevalier, who played significant roles in his upbringing.  His Aunt Rosalie (Chevalier) Sarpy, his Uncle Louis James (Jimmy) Chevalier and his cousin Marie Grace (Chevalier) Moran were also key to his day-to-day life during his early years.  Joseph’s Uncle Jimmy and Cousin Gracie were like a brother and sister to him.

Joseph is preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Mary Louise (Chevalier) Roque and Collins F. Roque; great-grandparents, Louis and Melezine (Roque) Chevalier; uncle, Louis James Chevalier; aunt, Rosalie (Chevalier) Sarpy and her late husband Luke Sarpy.

When he married Dorena, Joseph became a beloved part of her large family. On Dorena’s side, Joe is also preceded by a sister-in-law, Mary Pearl (Llorens) Listach and three brothers-in-law, James Llorens, Nora Listach, Louis Llorens and Sydney Llorens.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Dorena (Llorens) Chevalier; daughter Lynne Marie Chevalier-Ray and his son-in-law, Ralph Chevalier-Ray; Joseph was blessed with two amazing grandchildren, Vanessa Gribowski and Alexander (Alex) Gribowski; five sisters-in-law, Patricia (Llorens) Taylor, Sadie (Raymond) Metoyer, Rosa (James) Llorens, Carolyn (Louis) Llorens and Ann (Sidney) Llorens; and one brother-in law, Ernest (Barbara) Llorens; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe will be fondly remembered to all who knew him as a loving, compassionate, upright, devoted, inspirational and fun-loving person.  He was known as Joseph, Joe, Daddy, Pem, Grandpa, Mr. Chevalier, Uncle Joe and “Donald Duck” to his immediate family, as well as a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, co-workers and students. He will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 12 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches. Visitation will start at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a rosary recitation at 10:30 a.m. and funeral mass at 11 a.m.  Father John O’Brien will officiate.