James Madison Verret

March 9, 1979 ~ March 24, 2011

James Madison Verret, a devoted family man and avid outdoor enthusiast, died on the morning of March 24th, 2011. James was at his home, surrounded by family and friends, when he ended his long struggle with brain cancer and was forever freed from the restraints of his physical being. He was 32 years old.

James was born in Lafayette, LA, and he grew up with his parents and two younger brothers in Lake Charles, LA. He later married his high school sweetheart, Leah, and they had two beautiful children. James took great pleasure in experiencing his kids' milestones, and he shared his love of simple pleasures with them. His interest in outdoor activities was evident from a young age, and he took advantage of any opportunity to go fishing and hunting with his beloved family and friends. James' love of nature was instrumental in his decision to pursue a degree in environmental science and a career in geology.

Despite overwhelming odds, James fought a valiant fight, and he and his family refused to give up hope. He did not allow his diagnosis to keep him from enjoying his last several years, and with the help of numerous family members, friends, and outstanding health care professionals, he was able to experience life as fully as possible.

He leaves to honor his memory, his loving wife of ten years, Leah Campbell Verret of Lake Charles; two children, Jackson Thomas Verret and Madison Olivia Verret, of Lake Charles; father, Merlin Verret and wife Kelly of Austin, TX; mother, Kathleen Rigler of Lake Charles; two brothers, Jonathon Verret and Benjamin Verret and fiance' Jodi Barras; nieces and nephews, Ian and Mila Alcantara and Aurora Verret; paternal grandparents, Merlin and Betty Verret of Lake Charles; maternal grandparents, Donald and Mary Rigler of Natchitoches, LA; close family friend, Sandy Gobert and his best friend, Wilson Kibodeaux.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Billy Caldwell; aunt, Cindy Verret Porter and cousin, Jeremy Williams.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, in First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles. Reverend Weldon Bares will officiate. Visitation Friday will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM in Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation Saturday will be from 12:00 PM until the time of service in the church.

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  1. Dear Katherine and Mary,My thoughts are with you and your family this week. I am so sorry for your loss. My mother, Deborah, has been keeping me up to date over the years, and I knew the challenges that James faced. I prayed for his recovery, and I am sorry he is now gone. When I read his obituary, I think he and I may have been a kindred spirits in our love for nature. I send you my thoughts and sincere condolences. Best Regards,Catherine

  2. Even though we only met him a couple of times, he was always upbeat, friendly and kind. He always took great care of Elizabeth. We will miss him.

  3. Here is to a great man, and to an even greater friend. His name is James Verret. To a man who was always there to help, always there to love, always there to smile, a true light in my life. I'm a better man today because James was in my life. Here is to a man who knew just about everything and could do just about anything he set his brilliant mind to do. A kind heart indeed, the kind only God himself could mold. Bless you James and thank you for blessing my heart in soo many ways. Thanks for being an older brother to me. Thanks for teaching me so many things about life, not only with your words, but by your example even more so. Here is to a beautiful and wonderful man. His name is James Verret and I love him… See you on the other side my dear friend!

  4. I never knew James, but I have been blessed to know his mother and one of his brothers. You are all in my thoughts in this difficult time.

  5. James Verret was one of the most loving,caring,kindest,friendless, and a wonderful man that we all were so lucky to have in our life.My godchild Wilson (Bubba) had the best friend and best man always by his side .He will be missed, but will never be forgotten. I'll always remember that big smile:0) Love You James Aunt Jen

  6. Kathy, Jon, Ben, family…..our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow and loss. We love you!! Wendell, Madonna, Amy Blake.

  7. Maddy- my family shares your unimaginable grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you do what no parent should have to do. May God's strength and peace be with you, Merlin, and the rest of your family. With deep sadness,The LoBue family

  8. Maddy, We were saddened to hear about James passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Bill and Rachelle

  9. Mrs. Rigler and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I will keep you all in our prayers as you say good bye. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:2Hugs, Belinda

  10. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.Love,Ruth Alan Rigler

  11. We are saddened to hear the news of James' passing. The staff, here at Advanced MRI, will be praying for your family during this time of great sadness.

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