The Life of Robert Alan Philliber

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM in Martin & Castille's La Fleur de Lis Chapel in Lafayette for Robert Alan "Jo Jo" Philliber, age 81, who passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at his residence in Youngsville. The family requests that visitation be observed on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of services in Martin & Castille's SOUTHSIDE location with a recitation of the Rosary at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be held in Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery.

Reverend Robert Ogle will officiate at the service.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Gladys Hebert Philliber; his children, Kathi Palombo, Patti Reed, Cheri McManus and husband Chris, Joey Philliber, and Barry Philliber and wife Jeannie; his grandchildren, Jonathon Lowry, Michael Lowry, Brent Palombo, Kamryn Palombo, Jeremy Reed, Joshua Reed, Thomas McManus, Ragan Philliber, Barry Philliber II, Jilli Philliber, and Jaci Philliber; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents A.B. "Red" Philliber and Bertha Philliber.

Robert “Jo Jo” Philliber was born in Lafayette, LA on October 20,1941. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and went on to get an accounting degree from Texas A&I University. After graduating college, Jo Jo came back to Lafayette and took over running Philliber Directional Drilling from his ailing father. He was able to turn that into a successful and profitable business until his retirement.

Jo Jo was married to his wife Gladys for 55 years. Together they raised 5 children, had 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was an avid sports fan who loved gatherings of friends and family centered around sporting events. He loved to play golf and bowling, always with friends and family as well. He was very generous with his donations to many charities and with his time, which he would donate quite often to help those in need. But his favorite activity of all was just being with his family, and he was instrumental in bringing them all together for every holiday, birthday and any other excuse he could come up with.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Acadiana for their compassionate care, and also to his caregiver Lena Ledet.

A more detailed obituary will be published upon completion.

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