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Carol John Vinning
  • In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Carol's memory to:
  • Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Foundation (WWA & CSF)
    PO Box 38
    Patterson, LA 70392
  • In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Carol's memory to:
  • Boy Scout Troop 41
    Patterson State Bank
    Payable to their Sponsor: Knights of Columbus #1710
    Patterson, LA 70392

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1 of 16 | Posted by: Barry Jarreau - White Castle

“Grandfather, not by blood but by the heart. Grateful for the many years of wonderful memories as Paw-Paw Carol's "adopted" granddaughter. Wishing the...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Shantell Toups - Berwick, LA

“I am sorry for you'll loss, wishing I could be there. Never has anybody had such an influence on me as Mr. Carol. I continue to use lessons he...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Craig Comeaux - Houston, TX

“Mr. Carol was the perfect grandfather to our 2 sons Ian & Kyle. He was kind, gentle, and jolly. We were so blessed to have Mr. & Mrs. Vinning as our...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Dean & the Valdez Family - LA

“Miss Tuffy, and your family, I am thinking of you all and remembering all the fond memories I have of Mr. Carol and you all growing up in Patterson. ...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Becky Nuttall Richardson - TX

“Great husband, great father, great man. It was an honor to have you as a Godfather. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Gina Cutrera

“Rest in peace, Mr. Carol! Prayers for your beautiful, sweet family! ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Tina Bergeron Hector - LA

“What a blessing to know that life's final journey leads to the eternal peace that waits for us in Heaven. Hope it softens your sadness to know that...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Connie Carter Giandelone - TX

“Rest in peace, dear Uncle Carol. Aunt Tuffy, you and the wholeVinning family are in our prayers. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: John and Teresa (Gil) Preiss Family - AL

“Prayers and condolences to the Vinning family. A good man , rest in peace and I hope you and Frank have a nice reuinion in heaven and get to catch up...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Carla and family, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time for strength, comfort and peace! ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Danielle Sharpe - Baton Rouge, LA

“Tuffy, so sorry to hear the passing of Carol, he will be missed buy all who knew him. Louise and I will keep you and the family in our prayers. May...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Oray,Louise Rogers - Franklin, ME

“Memories from high school are all good ones. We had good times as a small class. Carol will always be remembered as a steady force behind all of us....Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Gail Landry Hays - Zachary, LA

“Fond memories as a child with you and your family, we were all blessed to have been touched by you. God has a new angel. Prayers to all of you.Robbie...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Robbie Picou - Lafayette, LA

“God's speed Mr. Carol Vinning... The Clifford LeGrange family remembers you fondly from the days of the End of the World Bar & Restaurant at...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Cliff LeGrange, III - LA

“Offering our deepest condolences and prayers during this difficult time. May he rest in God's eternal peace and may our Lord Jesus Christ console...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: ~ the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - LA

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Carol Vinning of Patterson, LA passed away Thursday morning in the Butterfly Wing of Hospice of Baton Rouge. He spent his last days with his extensive, loving family. Born in Patterson on December 18, 1935, he lived his life there. An Army veteran and one of the hardest working men anyone knew, he belonged to the Knights of Columbus, served on the Kemper Williams Park Advisory Committee, Patterson Cypress Saw Mill Museum, and was Scoutmaster to Pack 339 and Troop 41. He received the Bronze Pelican and Silver Beaver Awards and Citizen of the Year by the American Legion, to name a few of his many accolades. Working for Williams, Inc. and St. Mary Parish, he knew and loved the land, waters, and people of south Louisiana. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, fishing and community activities. Those lucky enough to encounter him knew him to be fair, honest, quick to laugh and ready to share a childhood story of the swamps in which he grew up. He will be missed by many.

Those he leaves to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Alene "Tuffy" Rushing Vinning; his children, Joette V. Michel and her husband Jon, C. Lance Vinning and his wife Cindy, Carla V. Griffin and her fiancé Scott Rundell, and Crystal V. Eldringhoff and her husband Tom; his siblings, Emma Lee Belanger, Jerry Vinning, Gwen Gill, and Beth Hammond; eight grandchildren, Heather M. Bergeron, Jennifer Michel, Joey Vinning, Caroline Vinning, Lauren G. Brown, Ryan Griffin, Ashley E. Barber, and Rebecca Eldringhoff; two great grandchildren, Kelsey Michel and Theodore Barber; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Corbett Vinning and Ella Landry Vinning; and his son-in-law, Brent Griffin.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 15, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson during an 11:00 a.m. memorial Mass of Christian burial. Inurnment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Father Herb Bennerfield will be the Celebrant for the Mass with Father Angelo Cremaldi concelebrating. Pallbearers will be Jon Michel, Tom Eldringhoff, Scott Rundell, Ryan Griffin, Joey Vinning, Brandon Brown, Dwayne Bergeron, Peyton Barber, Frank Guarisco, Henry "Bo" LaGrange, Paul Gill, and William Gill. Honorary pallbearer is the late Brent Griffin.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday at Ibert's Mortuary in Patterson from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume Monday at the church at 9:00 a.m. and continue until time of the memorial Mass.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Carol's memory to the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Foundation (made payable to WWA & CSF), PO Box 38, Patterson, LA 70392 or to the Boy Scout Troop 41 to help in the relocation of their Scout Hut. Contributions to the Boy Scout Troop 41 can be made at Patterson State Bank made payable to the sponsoring organization, Knights of Columbus #1710.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1111 Lia St., Patterson, LA 70392, (985) 395-7873.