Joseph “Captain Joe” Anslum, 73, a native of New Orleans and resident of Patterson, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at his residence.
“Captain Joe,” as he was known by those closest to him, spent 40 years as a tugboat captain until his retirement in 2007. Working tirelessly to provide a stable life for his family, he was a man of simple pleasure and held true to the values of hard work and accountability. He had a passion and dedication to his family that was unwavering. He was a father to many and “paw paw” to many other children. A practical joker, he loved to laugh and make others laugh, while tending to his garden and spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids were his passion. He had a huge heart and is loved and missed by all that knew him.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Mary Elise Voisin Anslum; one brother, William Anslem and his wife Judy Millet Anslem; his children, Terry Anslem and his wife Lorie, Jolene Guillory and her husband Kirk, Chad Anslum and his wife Rebecca, Celeste Williams and her husband Greg and Kimberly Anslum; his grandchildren, Heather and Matthew Anslem, Kira and Haley Guillory, Cassandra, Ariana, Brittany and Carina Stewart, Lillian, Rhiannon and Tristan Anslum and also Olivia and Alexander Williams; two stepdaughters, Delia Voisin and Virgie Norman; two stepsons, Samuel Williams and John Williams; one nephew, George Dupre III; he also is survived by 13 other grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, one stepdaughter, one sister, one brother and one brother-in-law.
A time of remembrance and reflection will be observed today, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, 1-6 p.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home in Morgan City with services at 6 p.m. in the Hargrave Funeral Home Chapel.