Joseph Lawrence Roque, Sr. was born on March 6, 1930 in Bermuda, Louisiana to Charley and Daisy (Llorens) Roque. He lived his early years in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He went into the service and served in the Army from January 12, 1951 to December 12, 1953. When he returned home from the Army he was reunited with his sweetheart Loretta, the love of his life in Los Angeles, California. They married on January 8, 1955. To them, family was everything… their love created six loves: Joseph, Jr., Charlotte, Kevin, Donna, Ronald and Brian. “Life was Simple”. He was a great son, brother, loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather. Birthdays, holidays, and any special occasion, the family was always together. He worked for American Airlines from 1954—1989. He was transferred to Houston, Texas in 1970, where he retired after 35 years of loyalty. There they also became very active at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in Marriage Encounter (Couples Sponsorship), the Eucharistic Ministry, and the Hope, Love and Joy Senior Group, and more in God’s name. After retirement he enjoyed gardening, woodwork and, of course, watching his Astros and Texans. He is at peace now in the arms of our Lord, with his beautiful Loretta Rose, his parents, his sisters—Annie Mae Bernestine, Jesweater Metoyer, and Nora “Boonie” Balthazar—and his son in law—John “Bud” Rachal. Left to cherish his memory are his children—Joseph, Charlotte, Kevin (Shelia), Donna (Andrew), Ron and Brian (Lori). His grandchildren—Andrew (Keshia), Angelique (Fredrick), Latonia, Kourtney, Glenisha (James), Christina (Morgan), Casey, Nicole, Kaila, Brenna and Braelyn. Great grandchildren—Ashley, Ashton, Drew, Lauren, Joy, Grant, and Blake. His sisters—Elizabeth Bernestine and Theresa Norman. His brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws and many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church at 11 am on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, with Rev. John O'Brien serving as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches. The family will receive friends from 10 am until 10:30 am on the 22nd at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with recitation of the Holy Rosary beginning at 10:30 am.