Curtis “Paw Paw” Nezat, 88, of Orange, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Baptist Orange Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m., Monday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Curtis was born on June 7, 1921, in Arnaudville, La. He was the son of Matilda (Herbert) Nezat and Freddie Nezat Sr. Curtis served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a boilermaker at American Bridge and retired after thirty years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign War, and Disabled American Veterans.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Freddie and Matilda Nezat Sr.; and daughter, Gail Hazelwood.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Dorothy Nezat; daughter, LaJuan Navarre; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Stanwood Nezat; and sister, Elsie Mae Callier.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bryon Herman, Drew Herman, Bill Herman, Carlton Murillo, Joseph Bryan, and Jared Bryan.
Serving as an honorary pallbearer will be Michael Murillo.