Wilbert Joseph and Joy’Da Spurlock reigned as the 2020 king and queen for the Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade.
The king was unmasked during the annual Mardi Gras parade that moved through the streets of New Roads on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The queen was crowned during the annual Mardi Gras ball on Feb. 22 at William Scott Civic Center.
Joseph is a native of Pointe Coupee Parish and resident of Baton Rouge.
He is the father of three adult children – Kimberly Joseph Johnson, Kandra Joseph Colomb and Kirkland Brandon Joseph. He was married to the former Ella Pate Joseph (now deceased), a relationship that lasted 48 years.
He is a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, where he serves as lay leader, a member of the Church Council, a member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, former Sunday School teacher and superintendent, member of the Trusteed Board and former chair of the family ministries committee.
He also serves on the scholarship and discipleship committees at St. Mark.
Joseph is a graduate of Southern University with a bachelor of science degree in vocational business education and a master’s degree in administration supervision.
He began his teaching career in 1966 at Batchelor High School, where he taught business subjects. Fourteen years later, he received his first administrative assignment as assistant principal at Poydras High School in New Roads. He served in that capacity for two years.
In 1982, he became the principal of Rosenwald High School – his alma mater – and the High School for Academics, a position he held for nine years.
He remained principal when the closure of Rosenwald made way for Rosenwald Elementary, where he worked as principal until 1996.
Joseph was transferred to Pointe Coupee Central at the beginning of the 1996-97 school year, where he remained until his retirement in 2001.
As an educator, Joseph viewed his students as the most important people in the school.
“In addition, they were little animals who came to us with needs and/or wants,” Joseph said. “It was our job to fill those needs.”
He spends most of his time today with his grandchildren, work in his church and traveling.
The queen is the daughter of Vernita A. Benton-Spurlock and Henry Spurlock.
She is a second-semester freshman at Southern University. She is one of 10 children and has two nieces and three nephews.
Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Benton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Spurlock Sr. Her aunt Ebony K. Benton is a former Community Center of Pointe Coupee queen.
Spurlock graduated from Livonia High School in May 2019 and made her debut with Louisiana Tri-Parish Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 2018.
She attends Southern University School of Nursing and plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician.