It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Tony Cefalu, Jr. of Baton Rouge, LA. He passed away April 22, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. Charles Tony Cefalu, Jr. will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Colette Pierce Cefalu.
He left behind 3 children: Rachel Cefalu Conerly (Bo Conerly); Becky Cefalu Jordan (Tom Jordan); and Charles Tony Cefalu, III (Christal Parrino Cefalu) and his beautiful grandchildren Jacob Conerly, Jordan Conerly, Jenny Jordan, Thor Jordan, Gabrielle Cefalu and Caleb Cefalu. He will be remembered dearly by his brother and 2 sisters Joseph Cefalu, Josie Thomas and Camille Seabolt and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles was born the youngest of 11 children on May 17, 1944, in Bogalusa, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Tony Cefalu, Sr. and Mary Giordano Cefalu and his loving brothers and sisters, Mary Jo Seale, Theresa Busby, Rose Allison, Sarah Paul, Roy Cefalu, Vinson Cefalu, and Antoinette Warner. Also preceding him in death are his parents in law, Jack and Judy Pierce and sisters in law, Judy Pierce and Jaki Roberson.
Charles was a graduate of LSU and went on to be a math and science teacher. Soon after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Baton Rouge and began his own construction business. He became a well-known and respected contractor. While no longer a teacher, he often mentored the crew members who worked with him. He had a soft spot for the troubled or weary and was always willing to help others, even if he had little to give. He was an avid lover of music and could often be found dancing in the kitchen to the Platters or Kenny Rogers on a Sunday morning while making a spaghetti dinner. He loved to watch football with his family, especially LSU and Saints games. He loved writing and often shared his stories with family and friends.
Visitation will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 15615 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 10:30AM to NOON. Mass of Christian Burial at NOON and entombment to follow at St. George Catholic Church Mausoleum. Flowers are welcome. Also welcome are expressions of sympathy through a memorial donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Tunnel to Towers in Charles’ name.