Charles Stephen Plauche', 64, was born September 12, 1951 and died September 3, 2016 at home. Visitation and wake will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 6 at St. Mary Basilica, 107 S. Union Street in Natchez. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7 at St. Mary Basilica. Laird Funeral Home of Natchez is handling the arrangements. Steve is survived by his wife, Eliza Sharp Plauche; daughter Emily Plauche' Maxwell and husband Chris, all of Natchez; son Charles Stephen Plauche', Jr. of Austin, Texas; son Michael Brian Plauche' and wife Megan of New Orleans; son William Montgomery Simonton; sister Anne Plauche' Marks and husband Paul, all of Baton Rouge; sister Marie Plauche'-Gustin of Houston; brother John Treanor Plauche'; and brother James Winfield ("Jimmy") Plauche' and wife Joan, all of Baton Rouge. Steve was loving, devoted Papa to his granddaughters Parker Claire Maxwell, Anne Bailey Maxwell, and Iva McDonald Plauche'. He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Locke A. (Dorothy) Plauche' and his brother Locke A. ("Tony") Plauche', Jr. Steve grew up in Lake Charles, where his love of horses began. He had a newspaper route as a boy to be able to feed and care for his first horse. Steve went on to raise and show American Quarter Horses, and was a member of the state and national Quarter Horse Associations and Reining Horse Associations. He graduated from Lake Charles High and LSU, and was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Steve worked as sales manager for Davidson Louisiana, was an entrepreneur, and owned and operated B&B Building Materials in Vidalia. His ultimate career move was as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for Bergeron & Plauche', LLC in Natchez. Steve's philosophy in estate planning and assisting clients in long-term health care was to treat every client with the same dignity, respect and service as he would his family and friends. Steve was a member of Natchez's legendary Santa Claus Committee, in which local businessmen try to help every child in the community have a merry Christmas. Steve was the community's Santa Claus in 2006. He cherished his family and friends, embraced life and lived it largely and fully. Steve freely shared laughs, stories, tears, kind words and warm embraces. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Barlow, Guy Brenner, Steve Cavin, Randy Cooley, Ed Deicke, Treanor Marks, Harley McElroy, Mike Miller, Ross Plauche' and Tommy Spinosa. Special thanks to Drs. Kenneth Stubbs, Brooks Emory, and Brad Lemay for their care of Steve. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Reining Horse Foundation (rhsf.com
) or to Natchez Children's Services (ntzchs.org
). Online condolences may be sent to lairdfh.com.
Published by The Advocate from Sep. 5 to Sep. 6, 2016.