Willie Dourty Jr., a native of New Roads and a resident of New Orleans died on Thursday December 24, 2020 at the age of 70. Affectionately known as “Bodyman” or “Jobo”, he was a graduate of Rosenwald High School Class of 1968. He enlisted in the United States Army, where he served in the Vietnam War. When his tour ended, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, which became his permanent home. Willie worked and retired from the world-famous Trolley Stop Café for over 25 years. He was a faithful giver to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and a devoted New Orleans Saints fan. He leaves to cherish his memory a brother, Johnny Lane Sr; nieces, Calandra Wilson and Shannon Jarvis; nephews, Gerald Leonard Lane and Johnny Lane Jr.; godchildren, Clarissa Matthews, Paula Lucas Collins, Pamela Lucas, and Lakeisha Porche. He was preceded in death by both parents, Lena Lane and Willie Dourty Sr, his brother, Leonard Lane, and his sister Rose Wilson. Visitation was held on Tuesday January 5, 2020 at 152 Hwy 3050, Morganza from 9 am until 12 pm. Funeral service and burial followed at 1:00 pm at Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary. Professional services entrusted to A. Wesley’s Funeral Home of Maringouin.
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