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Sgt 1st Class Louis Frederick Gonyea Sr., 71

Sgt 1st Class Louis Frederick Gonyea Sr. 71, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away February 19, 2020. He was born on February 12, 1949 in Ticonderoga, New York. He devoted 17 years to the United States Army with the 101st Screaming Eagles Airborne Unit and fought two tours in Vietnam. Louis was a member of VFW Post 11474 of Levy for 25 years were he was also a past commander. One of his greatest joys was devoting his time to helping the Marines with “Toys for Tots” for over 12 years and the annual Veterans Fishing Derby at Fort Roots.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters. Louis leaves behind the love of his life, Alice Gonyea; son Louis Gonyea Jr. (Tiffany); daughter Tracey Dyer (John); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; close niece Jeannette Montgomery and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Toys for Tots in his memory.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6-8pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:00am with burial to follow with honors at Arkansas Memorial Gardens in North Little Rock, AR

11 Comments

  • BOB MCGHEE Posted February 22, 2020 10:52 AM

    RIP Warrior.
    Condolences to the family.

  • Don & Robin Centerbar Posted February 23, 2020 6:21 AM

    Our thoughts are with Alice and family. We will miss Lou.

  • Michael Ritchey Posted February 23, 2020 7:06 PM

    R.I.P my Brother

  • Tony Anderson Posted February 23, 2020 10:44 PM

    God Bless Lou’s Family
    And many Friends
    Thank you for making America safe
    THE WORLD WAS SO MUCH BETTER WITH LOU IN IT.
    Now Heaven is…..

  • Donna & Randy chu Posted February 24, 2020 7:01 AM

    My sincere condolences to the family & friends of this Patriot. May God give you His peace and comfort at this difficult time and in the days to come.

  • Louis Frederick Gonyea, Jr. Posted February 25, 2020 2:08 AM

    This breaks my heart tremendously and I wish my life and everything in it wasn’t so tore up right now. Unwise I could make it to the viewing and the funeral but financially I am not able to do so.

  • Jeannette Montgomery Posted February 26, 2020 12:49 AM

    Praying peace, strength and comfort for Aunt Alice and Uncle Lou’s family and many, many friends. Love and miss ya already! Our loss is heavens gain, fly high Uncle Lou

  • Diane Carter “Girfriend’s Karaoke” Posted February 27, 2020 4:32 AM

    I have known Lou for approximately 26 yrs. Before Alice came along, I really didn’t know who Lou was. I ran the Friday Night Shuffleboard Tournaments 4 bout 15 yrs and there would be some nights where we saw Lou’s Yankee Attitude, but of course us Southern Women knows what to do when this happens.

  • Diane Carter “Girfriend’s Karaoke” Posted February 27, 2020 4:34 AM

    Cont’d from previous comment from Diane Carter: One night Lou came over to me and he started looking over my Tournament Sheet and I said, “Lou Lou, what seems to be the problem?” He started to tell me what to do when you have a odd# of players and I said “OH REALLY”. I said who is running this tournament, me or you? Well, he started in on me and said I was cheating, etc. I said, I am going to forget what just came out of your Yankee Ass Mouth. Of course he blew up and stomped out, well as most of you know Alice usually went to my house on Friday nights. Well, the next morning me and Alice was eating breakfast at my house and she said, well guess I better call Lou and see if he is up.

  • Diane Carter “Girfriend’s Karaoke” Posted February 27, 2020 4:35 AM

    Cont’d from previous comment from Diane Carter: 3rd: I said Alice, tell him not to even drive down my road today!!!! So, she did and it wasn’t just a few minutes I got a phone call from none other than “Lou Lou”. He said, u can’t stop me from driving down your road and I said u want to bet? He said, Diane we have been friends way to long for us to be like this with one another. I said, I guess u r a “Damn Yankee” now. I said, I knew u would come around to my way of thinking. From then on I knew for certain how to treat my dear ole friend.

  • Diane Carter “Girfriend’s Karaoke” Posted February 27, 2020 4:37 AM

    Cont’d from previous comment from Diane Carter: 4th: He was a true Veteran in my eyes. Then when I had my stroke, he and Alice would bring me spaghetti dinners to prime rib dinners. Lou was a dear dear friend to me. I loved him just like my own Daddy. He will be greatly missed. Love u Lou Lou and I will see you in Heaven one of these days, so save me a place round the Shuffleboard table.

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