A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, 1100 Lee Avenue, in Lafayette for John Thomas Gault, 77, who passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Lafayette.
Visitation will be observed Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00 am until the time of service.
Reverend Dr. Steve Horn, Pastor and Brother Luther Burney, Assistant to the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette, will officiate.
John was born February 24, 1940 in Center, Texas and was a long-time resident of Acadiana. He graduated from Center High School in 1958 in Center, Texas. A proud veteran, John served in the United States Coast Guard. He worked as a welding engineer serving the oilfield. John was a member of the American Welding Society for 50 plus years and served as Chairman in the Lafayette, Beaumont and Houston, Texas chapters. He had two patents on welding procedures and authored the book, Major Welding Processes and Gases.
John was a member of Park Place Masonic Lodge #106 and the Arabia Shrine Club, both in Houston. He played in the Shrine band unit. He was an avid golfer and square dancer. He loved all kinds of music and dancing. Most of all, John loved spending time with his family and friends.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Judy Gault of Lafayette; his children, Kathy Miguez, Kimberly Blackburn, Tommy Ginn, Amy Abbott, Darin Fountain, and John Robert Gault; one sister, Meg Albertelli; eight grandchildren, Krystal, Zachary, Karsyn, Georgia, Katom, Kelsilynn, Aubrey and Beckett and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Payne and Edith Mary Lacy Gault.
The family wishes to thank the staffs at Lafayette General Medical Centers, main campus and southwest location, Magnolia Nursing Home and the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital, all in Lafayette. The family also wishes to extend special thanks to members of First Baptist Church in Lafayette, family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John's name to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202, 1-800-342-2383, www.donations.diabetes.org.
Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1010 Pandora Street, 337-981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.