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James Ray Leger

August 7, 1950 ~ March 28, 2024

James Ray Leger, 73, of Sulphur passed away Thursday, March 28, 2024 in a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Leger was a lifelong resident of Sulphur. He was a graduate of Sulphur High School and studied at McNeese State University. Mr. Leger was well known in the southwest community as an icon at Tony’s Pizza. Through the years he not only enjoyed working wherever needed, but also greeting and meeting customers and developing friendships with countless regulars. He loved Christmas, shopping and gift giving: a little something for everyone, co-workers, family and friends. His latest years, he shopped for candy and sodas for the staff and fellow residents. He was sociable, kind and generous. He found joy in looking after his parents, their home and their needs as they grew older. His passion was travel! Mr. Leger loved travel by Cruise ships but began to travel to and explore throughout the Caribbean islands and mountains: Tahiti, Hawaii and Martinique Island being amongst his favorites. He acquired knowledge of the language of his travels and in recent years began studies of the French language as he looked forward to practicing every day. He was also a man of faith and prayer, a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Mr. Leger will be most remembered for his great attitude, his gift of getting to know people and his character of always having something nice to say.

He leaves to honor his memory, one brother, Louis Leger of Woodward, OK; nieces and nephews, Mary Kate Spaulding (Britt), Connie Owens (Steve), Steven Leger, Linda Cannizzaro (Carl), Dana Price, Mark Howard (Leesa), Trish Varela (Raul), Scott Howard (Kelly), April Woodard (Alan) and Johnny Leger; nephew-in-law, Lonnie Fruge and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Antoine Leger and Laurence Savoy Leger; brother, Robert Leger, sisters, Lula Mae Johnson and Betty Hanchey; nephew, Randy Johnson and niece, Paula Fruge.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM Friday, April 5th, 2024 at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Monsignor Jace Eskind will officiate. Interment services will be held at Mimosa Pines South Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:30 PM until 8:00 PM with a rosary service beginning at 6:00 PM in the funeral home.

Services

Visitation: Thursday, April 4, 2024
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


Rosary: Thursday, April 4, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


Funeral Service: Friday, April 5, 2024
11:00 am

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
5495 Elliott Road.
Lake Charles, LA 70605


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  1. Candle 5James’ smile, compassion and generous heart are forever etched in the lives of the people of Southwest Louisiana – a rare, gifted person. What a blessing for our paths to have crossed at Tony’s Pizza for many years!
    “Death can leave a heartache that no one can heal……………BUT! Love leaves memories that no one can steal.”
    James’ memory lives on…………………

  2. Candle 1May the perpetual light shine upon you and guide you home. God has granted you to rest in peace.

  3. Candle 4Mr. Leger, you will be tremendously missed. Your kindness and laughter was everything you needed to get by. Thank you for always showing me love and patience

    Love, your “favorite nurse”!

    • Candle 1Always the friendly face you look forward to seeing when eating at Tony’s Pizza. May you rest in peace.

  4. Candle 1James, you were so kind to me for so long. You don’t know how much it was appreciated. I wish I could tell you now. May angels carry you to your rest. 💜

  5. What a kind man he was. Always a pleasure to see his smile. He will be truly missed when dining at Tony’s Pizza. Prayers for the family. May God comfort you each day.

    The Willis family

  6. James. Some of us from Sulphur High School always enjoyed sitting with him at the library at McNeese. He was so kind and sweet! Later in life, there he was at Tony’s! Loved seeing him the times we went there to eat. Rest in Peace good buddy. I’m sure that God was waiting for you with open arms!

  7. Uncle Ray,
    You will be greatly missed ! You have been part of my life since I was born. And we are so very close in age, you were more like my older brother than an uncle. May you rest in peace. Love you forever, Mary Kate ♥️♥️

  8. Uncle Ray, You will be greatly missed ! You have been part of my life since I was born. And we were so very close in age, you were more like my older brother than an uncle. May you rest in peace. Love you forever, Mary Kate ♥️♥️

  9. Candle 1I love u so much James it’s so hard for me we have so many memories that I will always keep with me thanks for teaching me so much you gain ur wings forever my friend my heart goes out to your family ima miss u coming to Tony’s on Sundays I love u


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