He was preceded in death by his wife of over 70 years, Louise Robilio LaFont; his parents, Samuel E. and Lula Dillinger LaFont; his sister, Alene LaFont Brenner; and his brother, Harry L. LaFont.
He is survived by his two sons, John A. LaFont and wife Karen and Steven L. LaFont and wife Valerie; two grandsons, Matthew LaFont and wife Abby and Andrew LaFont; one granddaughter, Victoria LaFont; four great-grandchildren, Cannon, Max, Banks and Rowen LaFont; one brother, Gene LaFont; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. LaFont was known as “Bub” and was a well-known businessman in his home town of Portageville. Throughout the years, he owned LaFont’s Ice House, LaFont’s Service Station and, until his retirement, owned and ran LaFont Oil Co. He later purchased a farm in Brookport and ultimately he and his wife moved to Brookport to be near their children.
“Bub” was an avid fisherman and duck hunter and often took the time to share his love of these sports with his children and grandchildren.
He was also known to goose hunt and turkey hunt, if asked.
He was active until late in life, was always ready to hear a good hunting story and never lost interest in the farm.
“Bub” was always available to help anyone who asked and tried to be a good friend to everyone.
He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Metropolis.
Funeral mass was held Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Father Michael Chris Mujule officiating. Music was provided by Lois Crim, organist; and Mary Harper, cantor.
Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Mark Hobbs, Edwin Wood, Matt LaFont, Drew LaFont, Sam Pikey and Jake Rone.
Memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.