James Harold Benoit

October 15, 1917 ~ September 21, 2010

James Harold Benoit, 92, of Lake Charles died at 9:43 PM on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mr. Benoit was born in Thibodaux, LA on October 15, 1917 and lived in Lake Charles most of his life. He was an electrician for Olin Chemical for 43 years before retiring and was a member of IBEW Local #861.

He was Past Commander and Chaplain of American Legion W.B. Williamson Post #1 where he was a lifetime member. He held many titles during his 36 year membership. Mr. Benoit lived life to the fullest and enjoyed his family.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Irene Broussard Benoit; one son, James R. Benoit and wife Linda Sue Miller; one daughter, Marlayne Terro all of Lake Charles; one brother, Warren Benoit of Lancaster, TX; three step daughters, Peggy Platt and Charlene Harrison and husband Gene all of Breaux Bridge, and Jenny Thibodeaux and husband Craig of Dequincy; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and seven step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marvel Kiser Benoit; a son, Ronald Alan; one sister; and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Deacon Dan Landry Will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM with an American Legion W.B. Williamson Post #1 memorial service being held at 5:30 PM. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 8:00 AM until time of services.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Odyssey Healthcare and their wonderful staff for their excellent care and support. Also a special thanks to Liz Riley for your patience and tender, loving care and to Kim Conner, we will be forever grateful of the love and compassion you have shown your grandfather these last few months. You were such a joy to him and brought him so much comfort.

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  1. I met Mr. Benoit while I was working at the credit union with his daughter. From day one, he called me Shorty. When he would walk through the door, you couldn't help but put a smile on your face. Mr. Benoit always had a story to tell.My prayers are with his family. May God comfort you during your time of grief. Love,Stephanie and Cloys

  2. Kim, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.If you need anything please call upon us day or night. We Love You,Dub,Dawn and Chance

  3. one of the true southerngentleman i have ever met,mywife,beverly, I used to talk at the american legionon friday nights, eat playcards. the story i remember most, was him saying how he rode a bike from fort polk tolake charles to talk to a girl who became his first wife during or after w.w.II.he will definately be missed.r.i.p. mike bev

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jim was a gentleman, a friend, a brother in the IBEW and a comrade veteran. I remember is gentle ways and smile. He will be missed.For God and Country,Mike

  5. To one of my favorite Uncle's who always had the biggest smile when you would see him. He called me Nancy, why I don't know. When Marlene was born we thought surely he would call her Nancy but he didn't. He was such a joy to be around, although we were miles and miles apart, if he would come to my area, he would always stop by, not necessarily come in the house, but stop in the driveway to tell me Hi and Bye. Loved you Uncle Jimmy. Rest in Peace …

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