2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our loved one, Emmanuel Joseph Hernandez, 66 years old, a resident of Baker, surrounded by his loving family and loyal friends, during his passing on March 9, 2018. He was a loving son, brother, step-brother, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. He answered to many names: Manny, Peanut and Popcorn, EJ, Grunck, Daddy, and Poppy. He was a big guy with a huge loving heart, always joking, quite the charmer. He is dearly loved by his family. Prior to retiring he was a Heavy Equipment Operator with the Local Union 406. He loved hunting and fishing and especially loved going to the hunting camp in Lorman, MS. He loved his life-long friends, Bill and Joey Pizzolatto. He played football at St. Gerard School and continued playing with Redemptorist High School. He loved watching football with his father and was an avid LSU and Saints fan.
Emmanuel is survived by his loving wife, Frances L. Hooper; daughters, Charmaine Scott (Christopher), and Shanna Marcotte (Terry); son, Dusty Hernandez; mother, Dorothy Smith; step-father, Earl Smith; sister, Linda Guidroz (Jimmy); step-sisters, Debbie Shaffett (David), Linda Smith, Diane Holden, and Joan Matino (Dean); step-brother, Bill Smith; step-mother, Anna Hernandez; 8 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Emmanuel is preceded in death by his father, Emmanuel Hernandez; sister, Susan Marie Hernandez; and step-son, Paul Hooper.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, La., on Monday, March 12, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The visitation will continue at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4826 Main Street, Zachary, LA 70791, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Fr. M. Jeffery Bayhi. The graveside service and burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker.
The online guestbook may be signed by visiting www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com.