Wilfred “Wil” Joseph Chenier, 73, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2020.
He was born in Opelousas. He attended Grand Avenue until the fifth grade and graduated from Paul Dunbar High School in Washington in 1966. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Grambling State University in 1970. He later graduated from McNeese State University with a Master’s in Education and a Plus 30.
He was a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Qualified Mental Health Professional. He founded Chenier Family Guidance Center in 1993 and later opened Chenier Family Counseling in 2010.
Throughout his career, he held a variety of positions as an educator, guidance counselor, speech pathologists, testing coordinator and an academic advisor – until he retired from McNeese State University as the Dean of Student Services. Although he was retired, he continued counseling and began working at Bridgeway Psychiatric Center.
He attended St. Henry’s Catholic Church for many years where he was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus #5022 and the Knights of Peter Claver #168. He was active in his community and belonged to several professional organizations.
Survivors include three sisters, Elizabeth Skinner of DeQuincy, Louisiana, Elva Davis of Shreveport, and Mary Chenier Hayes of Killeen, Texas; and three brothers, Albert Thomas of Huffman, Texas, Preston Chenier, Sr. and Ray Chenier, Sr., both of DeQuincy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Elva (Roberts) Chenier, Sr.; two brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at King’s Funeral Home with a rosary at 10 a.m. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church followed by burial at the Community Cemetery in DeQuincy.