Mason James Arceneaux

Mason James Arceneaux was born on April 6, 1928 in Raywood, Texas to Norris Arceneaux, Sr. and Effie Gradney Arceneaux.  Mason married Rena Fontenot on June 28, 1947 and to their union was blessed with two daughters, Alma Goudeau Hodge and Debbie Goudeau.

Mason was employed with American Rice Growers Inc. in Raywood, Texas for 41 years.  He retired as a supervisor.  Mason served on the Ra ywood Water Board for many years, was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver #83 whereby he held many offices including Grandnight, member of the claverites, President of the Flamingo Club, Eucharist minister and member of the Sacred Heart Parish Council.

Mason loved to plant his garden and shared his garden and shared that good okra with everyone who wanted fresh okra.  The other love of his life was his cows.  He spent a lot of his time in the pasture taking care of the cows and loved bailing hay and caring for his lawn.  He also loved talking with his nieces and nephews.

Mason was preceded in death by his parents Norris and Effie Arceneaux; three brothers:  Louis Arceneaux, Sr., Andrew Arceneaux, Sr., and Norris Arceneaux, Jr.

He is survived by his wife:  Rena Arceneaux 71 years, daughters Alma Goudeau Hodge, Debbie Goudeau (Malcom), Grandchildren Marvin Goudeau, Jr., Joanne Knepper (Bruce), Malcom Goudeau, Jr. (Kelly), Stacy Eaglin (Gerard).  Seven great grandchildren Ashleigh Goudeau, Gerard Eaglin, Jr., Abbie Knepper, Mason John Goudeau, Adrian Eaglin, Madyson Goudeau, and Lillie Knepper.  Five sisters Geneva Allen, Mildred White, and Julia Beaudoin of Raywood.  Felicite Espree (Gene) of San Antonio, Tessie Gagne of Crosby.  Two brothers Leo Arceneaux (Marie) of Houston and Lonnie Arceneaux of California.  Two sister-in-laws Olivia Arceneaux Love and Lorita Arceneaux.

Mason was an awesome husband, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and to his nieces and nephew whom he loved dearly was known as Uncle Moose.

He will Lie-in-State Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3730 FM 160 North; Raywood, Texas, from 8:00am to 11:00am; Rosary will began 10:00am, followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00am.

Fr. Ayo Emmanuel Efodigbue, MSP officiating.

Interment is Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery – Raywood, Texas.


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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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