Billy ''Billy Ray'' Gagnard age 62 of Cottonport

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Funeral service for Billy ''Billy Ray'' Gagnard of Cottonport will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 beginning at 10am at Escude Funeral Home in Cottonport with Pastor Jacob Crawford officating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 beginning at 5pm until 10pm at Escude Funeral Home in Cottonport and will resume at 8am on Wednesday morning. A wake/prayer service will be held on Wednesday evening at 6pm. Interment will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Escude Funeral Home.

Billy Ray Gagnard, age 62, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Dubuis Hospital in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nordine Gagnard; daughter, Angel Gagnard; brother, Calvin Cooper.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 years, Veronica Gagnard of Cottonport; daughters, Nordean Gagnard (Michael McMullen) of Deville and Elizabeth Dauzat (Harold, Jr.) of Ville Platte; father, Acy Cooper, Sr. (Dean) of Bordelonville; sister, Carrie Grundy of Mansura; brothers, Acy Cooper, Jr. (Marla) and Anthony Juneau (Ruby) both of Venice. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Connor, Ashton, Hayden, Branden, Abigail, & Caylen; and a host of nieces & nephews.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers: Michael McMullen, Harold Dauzat, Jr., Shannon Aycock, Acy Cooper, Jr., & Brandon Belgard.

Billy was a jack of all trades, master of none kind of guy. He was a hardworking farmer, handyman, and mechanic. He enjoyed piddling around and fixing lawnmowers for many people. While employed at the Bayou Express in Cottonport, he became known as ''Billy Bob'' to many. In his spare time, he enjoyed duck hunting, but especially enjoyed his time with his kids and grand kids.