Essie Mae Veal
May 21, 1945 – Oct. 28, 2019
GLOSTER— Services for Essie Mae Veal, 74, of Gloster, who died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sweet Home Baptist Church in Gloster with the Rev. Percy Wright officiating.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Mrs. Veal was born May 21, 1945, in Gloster, the daughter of LaFate and Patsy Bryant.
She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Cleveland Johnson and Ethel Winzy; paternal grandparents, Albert Bryant and Mattie Powell; two sisters-in-law, Celeste Dean and Estella Weathersby; two aunts; and a daughter-in-love, Mildred “Minnie” Veal.
Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Deacon Robert Veal Sr.; six children, Pastor Robert Veal Jr. and wife, Fannie, Charles Veal Sr. and wife, Katina, Gloria Bell and husband, Everett, Larry Veal Sr. and wife, Joyce, Jerry Veal and wife, Angela, and Aretha Veal; a son she raised reared as her own, Royal Veal Sr.; 13 grandchildren, Everette Bell, Quinton Baker, Jamila Bell, Quazendre Veal, Charles Veal Jr., Eric Bell, Shanquanletha Veal, La’Keilla Veal, Arsheenique Veal, Larry Veal Jr., Latronda Gayten, Allen Henyard and JaBorian McKenzie; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lillie Sweazy and husband, Larry; two aunts, Callie Woodard and Edith Powell; four sisters-in-law, Katie Taplin, Carrie Powell, Myrtis Williams and Sadie Veal; and a number of special friends, nieces, nephews, cousins, and her Sweet Home Church family.