BRIANT, GEORGE LEON George Leon Briant, 103, of Hammond, formerly of New Orleans, died on Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Belle Maison Nursing Home. He was born in New Orleans on March 3, 1901, to the late James Phillipe Briant and Rose Simon Briant. He was the father to the late Capt. George H. Briant; and brother to the late Walter, Lassaline, Hamilton, Gabriel, Ferdinand, James, Rose and Pearl Briant. George was a World War I veteran with the U.S. Army's 76th Field Artillery and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Covington. He was a former member of St. Louis Cathedral, St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church in Covington. He is survived by two nieces, Claire Briant Lowery and Marcelle Briant Maurin; and a godchild and caregiver, Irma Koerin Smith of Ponchatoula. Visitation will be at St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road, Covington, from 12:30 p.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, celebrated by the Rev. Justin Abbot. Burial in church cemetery, under the direction of Schoen Funeral Home, Covington, (985) 892-2424. In lieu of the usual remembrances, Masses preferred or memorials may be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Covington. On July 20, 2005, George and Germaine Briant would have celebrated their 84th anniversary. On July 20, 2003, the Catholic Diocese of Louisiana recognized them as the oldest living married couple in Louisiana, wherein they received special recognition from Gov. Mike Foster.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Although I did not know these wonderful Christian people, even in death they are sharing God's love. How can we ever doubt God's hand in our lives as he tends to every detail. I saw their beutiful story on the news on Valentine's day, may they enjoy God's promise of everlasting love and joy in eternity with Him.
February 15, 2005
Please see the photo attached to Germaine Briant's guest book. It is a beautiful picture of the 2 of them in all of their love for one another. We should all be blessed with the love that they shared. I'll miss the both of you dearly.
February 3, 2005
You were my neighbor for about 17 years, and you and grandma were the 2 most generous and loving Christians I've had the pleasure of knowing on a very personal basis. I'm so sorry I didn't visit after your move to Hammond.
I know that you and grandma are home now and I'm happy for you.
I Love You,
February 3, 2005
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF GOD'S LOVE FOR US.
February 2, 2005
I didn't know your parents, but read about them yesterday in the paper. Their story was so sweet and so touching. They were truly meant to be together, and so lucky to enjoy their love as long as they did.