James Jim LaFargue

July 15, 1943 ~ July 21, 2010

James "Jim" LaFargue, a resident of Lake Charles, passed away at home on July 21st from cancer.

Jim was born on July 15, 1943 to Murphy and Odeal LaFargue in Elton, Louisiana and spent his childhood in Lake Charles. He graduated from Lake Charles High School in 1961 and from McNeese State University in 1966. After graduation, Jim married his wife Becky and served as an active duty Officer in the U.S. Army stationed in San Antonio.

After honorably completing his duty, Jim worked for over thirty years at Amoco Production Company where he will be fondly remembered by his former colleagues in Lake Charles, Lafayette and New Orleans. Jim retired from Amoco in 1999 and moved back to his hometown after spending ten years in Slidell. In 2001, Jim and Becky opened up Bridgepointe Framing with his brother Phil LaFargue and wife Mable. Hundreds of people will remember him from their visits to the shop. He had a natural gift for putting people at ease and enjoyed sharing stories, always seeming to make a connection.

Jim was also an active parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church for twenty years, where he served as a lay minister, lector, Cub Scout leader, and member of the first Family Choir. In more recent years, Jim joined the congregation at St. Martin de Porres, whose community members knew him well.

Jim was a devoted father and expressed to his children recently that his love for their mother was the most important gift he could ever give them. Jim is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Becky Branton LaFargue, their four children and their families: Michelle LaFargue Baxter and Eric Baxter of Littleton, Colorado; Carrie LaFargue McNeely and John McNeely of Mandeville; Christopher LaFargue and Luke Zahner of Washington, DC; Mandy LaFargue Richardson and Jay Richardson of Baton Rouge. Jim and Becky's grandchildren are Alexandra and Austin Niel of Mandeville. Jim is also survived by his sister Charlotte LaFargue Rewerts and husband Larry Rewerts, and by his brother Phil LaFargue and wife Mable Sheffield LaFargue, all of Lake Charles.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents Murphy and Odeal Pierrottie LaFargue.

His remains will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church on Lake Street Saturday, July 24th at 10 AM followed by a mass at noon.

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  1. Becky and children,I was truly sadden to hear of the loss of your husband and father. As you well know, he had such a kind heart. While working for Jim at Amoco, he was a wonderful, kind boss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go thru this difficult time.

  2. Becky and Children,My heart is heavy knowing that Jim is gone from this earth. He was such a great friend from Amoco. He always had great advice and a kind word. He always could make me laugh. My prayers are with you all.Betsy Sens

  3. Becky and family,Me and Connie are very saddened by this news. I am so glad I got to visit with Jim at the LC Golf tournament a couple of months ago–and he seemed to enjoy seeing all of us. I remember back when I had just graduated from college and started to work with Amoco in Lake Charles…….Jim was one of the first smiling faces I met as he signed me up at the company. He has been a friend for many years and was always willing to lend a hand anytime he could help someone–he certainly was a great people person and knew how to cut through the red tape to make things go smoothly. I know the days ahead will be difficult for you and the family but trust God that less painful days are ahead and we will all be reunited again with no more pain and suffering. Will see you guys soon….

  4. Becky and family:Sure going to miss Jim. Have met a lot of people in my life; Jim was one of the finest. Evelyn and I will always treasure the two of you taking time recently to visit with us when you were in Slidell. We know have that special time to remember. You and the family have been in our thoughts and prayers during Jim's battle. May God Bless you and watch over you and give you strength. Harty Evelyn Van.

  5. Becky Family – Jim was a compassionate, friendly, and inspirational man. I had the pleasure of knowing him for over 25 years. I enjoyed our conversations and time together, both at work and on the golf course. He always had a smile on his face and lifted the spirits of everyone who was around him. I am thankful we got to visit back in May. I will miss him. May God comfort you in this difficult time.Jack Donna Long

  6. Becky,Please accept Brenda and my condolences on your loss. I will never forget the time Jim and I worked together and how you and he made us feel so comfortable when we moved to Lafayette. He will be missed.

  7. Dear Becky, Mandy and all of the Lafargue family,Ronnie, Brent, and I were so sorry to hear about the death of your beloved James. We know the pain of someone dying of cancer. My mother died of lung cancer in Oct '09 and my father died Dec '09. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. I was out of town in New Orleans when Ronnie called to tell me about this, otherwise, I surely would have attended his memorial. I'm sorry I could not be there. I know he was a wonderful husband and father and will be terribly missed. may God Bless all of you and hold you in his arms at this tough time of your life. Keep his precious memories in your hearts. Rita, Ronnie, Brent Levet PS: Becky, please email me Mandy's address so I can send her a card in the mail. Thanks.

  8. Dear Becky, Phil and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I am a little late in sending these condolences. I had so much fun with Jim, Becky, Phil and the Louviere's doing the Battle of the Red Beret fundraisers a few years back benefiting CMN. I felt like I had made good friends. May God comfort you in your loss and help you in the coming days. Jill Breaux

  9. Dear Becky,Mimi and I want you to know our sympathy and prayers are with all of you during this time.I so fondly remember my visits with Jim in the Amoco office,I still have the Pink Panther sketch he did for me(he knew I liked the Pink Panther)Moris and Mimi Watson

  10. Dear Carrie and the LaFargue family,We are so sorry to hear about your father. Regretfully, we cannot attend the service, but our thoughts and prayers continue to be with each of you. With deepest sympathy,Scott, Martha(McLeod), Marie Louise, Mac Caroline Livanec

  11. Dear Phil,Cheryl and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.Peace Be With You, Debbie and Cheryl Prejean

  12. First, I want to send my deepest sympathy for your family. Mr. Jim touched my heart in more way than one. I will never forget the love and concern he had for me after i had my surgery. If I am not mistaken I believe that was right after he found out that he had cancer. Even through he had his on pain to deal with he still reached out to me. The love, compassion and concern he showed for me will never be forgotten. He always shared with me how grateful he was for my music. It is such an honor for me to be able to sing one last time for a man who made me smile every time I saw him. Remember that the Lord is with you during time of grief. And Mrs. Becky if there is ever anything that you need please do not ever hesitate to ask.

  13. I am so sorry about his passing. He was a great person who when I was around him seemed to enjoy life! I regret I couln't make it today. I have shingles and it's contagious and extremlely painful. Love to all of you!!!

  14. I remember Jim from high school, he was such a neat guy. His battle with cancer was courageous. He will be greatly missed.

  15. I'm sure I've told this story before but it did have such an impact on me I'll tell it again. On the rare occasions that I got to spend a night or a week with the LaFargue family I would be a part of their routine. Aside from the feeling of love and warmth that was always present, the images and feelings that stayed with me the most were when it became bedtime. I guess at this particular time it was part of the family routine to sit in a circle and say what we were grateful for, then they would play some soothing music (usually John Denver). This attitude of gratefulness and daily practice became and still is part of my bedtime ritual. It also started my love for John Denver which bonded me to my husband when we first met. That practice of being grateful and remembering God's grace has helped me through many a rough time including my and Erron's current illness. This small story is, I'm sure, just one example of the ways in which Jim touched peoples lives without even trying or realizing. Erron and I love you all, Becky, Michelle, Carrie, Chris, Mandy, and although we are unable to travel to be there our hearts are with you.

  16. Jim was a wonderful man. I have many fond memories of my years working with Jim at Amoco in New Orleans. He will be missed. Becky, may God provide you and your family comfort.

  17. Jim was one of the best bosses that anyone could have, plus a wonderful person. He was a great influence in my life and I will never forget him. My deepest condolences to you, Becky, and to your family. Mimi

  18. Jim will be sorely missed. It is sad that there is one less truly wonderful person walking this earth. It was an honor to have had Jim's friendship bless our lives.Keith and Kandy

  19. Mary and I want to extend our deepest sympathy and and condolences to Becky and the family. Our years in Lake Charles associated with Jim and you all are still some of the best years of our lives. The world was a better place because of Jim.Roger and Mary Golden

  20. My condolences to the LaFargue family. It was a pleasure to know Jim at Amoco. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

  21. My deepest condolences to all the family in the loss of Jim. Thanks to people like him, my daughter, Laura, made a successful career with Amoco. As her mother, I will always be grateful to Jim.

  22. My prayers and love go to you the family. I have such awesome memories of our first days of the Family Choir. What a wonderful time we all had singing God's word to the world. Even though he will greatly be missed he now sings where the Angels Sing! God bless you all.

  23. My prayers for Jim, you and your family have been and will continue to be offered up. What a remarkable family I've learned y'all are. I know GOD has made a reserved spot for Jim and that he will be your source of strength. GOD bless you all.

  24. My thoughts and prayer go out to you all. Jim was such a wonderful person and I was glad that he was apart of our Life. Here is a poem I found and wanted to share it with you all.The Day God took You HomeGod looked around his garden,And He found an empty place.He then looked down upon this Earth,And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you,And lifted you to rest.God's garden must be beautiful,He always takes the best. He knew you were suffering.He knew you were in pain.He knew that you would never,Get well on Earth again. He saw that the road was getting rough,And the hills were hard to climb,So He closed your weary eye lidsAnd whispered, Peace by Thine. It broke our hearts to lose you,But you didn't go alone.For part of us went with you,The day God called you home.Love Ya'llCousin Jeff

  25. Oh how I will MISS him….more than anyone will ever know! He has such a special place in my heart and I will always remember him making me laugh and smile!So long dear friend…I'll always love and care about you deeply!Becky, my thoughts and prayers and love are with you also! xoxo

  26. To Becky and the loved ones of Jim,You are in my prayers everyday. I know from recent personal experience the heartbreak Jim's death has brought to your family. The Glorious Grace of God and your unwaivering faith in Him will carry you through this journey where someday we will all be reunited.With Love And Condolences,Kathy McManus

  27. We regret that it took us 4 years to find this notice. Jim was a good friend in the Armh, and we enjoyed our time with he and Becky. He will be missed.

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