Aaron Joubert, Sr.

James Aaron Joubert, Sr., 81, a former prominent Jena businessman, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. He was born August 30, 1936, in Washington, Louisiana, to the union of his parents, John and Estelle Stephens Joubert. Aaron grew up in the era of hard times, with a single mom after Aaron’s father died, leaving his mother with three small children to raise. Aaron began working at the age of 6, hauling ice and doing other small jobs to help bring a little money home to his mom and sisters. He grew up in Washington, Louisiana, along with his sisters. He cherished spending time with his cousins Allen, Raphael, and Vernon. Aaron also served in the US Army. Aaron and his late wife, Sherry, moved to Jena in 1963 after purchasing the Golden Age Nursing Center. Aarons hobbies centered around working and staying busy. He loved to tinker in his shop, keep his farm equipment maintained, bush hog, and maintain his beautiful home and property. He loved his tractors so much that you could catch him driving his tractor through town on his way to the Ford dealership or Mitch’s Restaurant, two of his many favorite places. During his early years in Jena, Aaron was an active member of the Jena Jaycees and was active with the club in promoting many community projects. He received several awards as a member of the Jaycees. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 31, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home with Sister Evelyn Thompson officiating. A Rosary Service was held at 1:30 p.m. Interment followed in the Mausoleum at the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Hawsey Joubert; his parents; and sisters, Mercedes Breithaupt and infant Alphee Mae Joubert. Those left to cherish in his memory include his sons, David Petch and wife Sharon of Calhoun, James “Jimmy” Aaron Joubert Jr. and wife Kimberly of Baton Rouge, and John “Johnny” T. Joubert and wife Amy of Baton Rouge; daughters, Angelia “Angie” Smith and husband John of Jena, and Michelle J. McCartney and husband Brad of Jena; sister, Margaret Ann Bonin of New Iberia; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Grandsons served as pallbearers and granddaughters served as honorary pallbearers.

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