Walter James "Jimmy" Aguillard, Sr.

October 31, 1942 ~ October 27, 2023

Walter James “Jimmy” Aguillard, Sr., 80, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.  A native and lifelong resident of Lake Charles, Jimmy was born on October 31, 1942 to Emile and Junice Aguillard.  

Jimmy was raised in southwest Louisiana, and his love of the land developed into a lifetime career as a farmer of rice, soybeans, and cattle.  He started farming as a young child, alongside his father, and went on to receive the Outstanding Young Farmer Award when he expanded his 30 acre rice crop to 300 acres and added 350 acres of soybeans.  He also received A Friend of the Land Award from Gulf Coast Soil and Water Conservations District for being a good steward of the land, in March of 1979.  Although Jimmy retired from farming in 2006, he instilled his love and good stewardship of the land into his son and grandsons who continue his legacy today.  He continued to help in the daily operations of the farm until the very end.  

Jimmy had a great love of family. He was a wonderful Father, Grandfather, and newly titled Great-Grandfather.  He was happiest when his large brood surrounded him.  He, along with his wife of 60 years, hosted huge family dinners at least once a month, where they all  would feast on cajun delicacies and sweet desserts.  Jimmy’s love for his family could only be paralleled by his love for the church.  He was a lifelong member of Christ the King Catholic Church and could be found there every Sunday at 8:00 am, usually singing in the choir.  After church it was not unusual to find him surrounded by his wife, kids, and grandkids.  These were his best days, when he was encompassed by the love of his family and the Lord.  

Jimmy had a love of cajun music. It was said he had the “golden voice”.  His love of music was not just for public display; at home he regularly picked up his guitar and played as his children danced at his feet.  Jimmy played with Simply Cajun, Les Estrangers, and the Midnight Ramblers, as well as many other local musicians. He also released an album under his own name with nine of his own original songs.  Jimmy also played with the Lacassine Playboys.  Their recording album  “Don’t Bury Me” won three Le Cajun Awards in August of 2011 – Band of the Year, People’s Choice Award, and Best First CD.   In November of 2011, Jimmy was inducted into the Cajun French Music Association’s Hall of Fame.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mercedes Aguillard, his 8 children; Dr. Jeff Aguillard (Christi Bono), daughter; Jolene Michelle Aguillard Hardesty, son; Walter James Aguillard, Jr. (Miyuki), son; Jody Aguillard (Mitzi), daughter; Junice Nicolle Aguillard Messina (Sal), son; Jude Damien Aguillard, daughter Jessica Marie Aguillard Foreman (Kevin), son; Jordan Blaise Aguillard (Jessica), sister; Anna Belle Taylor, step-brother; Leon Matte, 22 grandchildren; Zoe, Ana-Claire, Lauren, Kianni, Kyler, Zion, KoKoro, Trevor, Madi, Myah, Brayden, Grant, Nico, Marie, Jesse, Hunter, Hanson, Harper, Emilia, Branson, Jesslyn, and Blaire, 1 great-grandchild; Raisa, 1 grand-dog; Teddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson; Skyler Aguillard, brothers; Oscar Aguillard, Harry Aguillard, sister; Virgie Marceaux, step-brother, Murrell Matte, Step-sister, Mary Ann Matte Broussard, and his step-mother, Nora Belle Aguillard.

Visitation for Mr. Jimmy will be Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 5:00PM until 10:00PM with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00PM at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA  70605.  Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Friday, at 9:00AM until 10:30AM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:00AM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 3939 Lake St. Lake Charles, LA  70605.  Entombment will follow the Mass at Consolata Cemetery.


Visitation: Thursday, November 2, 2023
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Thursday, November 2, 2023
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Friday, November 3, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, November 3, 2023
11:00 am

Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church


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  1. Candle 5My first introduction to Jimmy was many years ago through the Richard side of my family. I was blessed to have Jimmy and his band play at my 50th birthday party (many years ago). He was gracious enough to let my son, Steve Corbello (a self taught French accordion player), join him on the bandstand that night. Jimmy’s smile was something that always impressed me. When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but learn to live with the love they leave behind. May the family continue to feel his love and the love of Our Father in Heaven at this special time.
    Please accept my sincerest sympathy!

  2. Candle 7Our hearts are just hurting with the loss of Mr. Jimmy. Words can’t express our sorrow for his family. Please accept our condolences. Prayers are with the family.

  3. Candle 1My Prayers and Condolences are with Mr. Jimmy’s Family. I pray God give You All Peace and Comfort to get through the Sorrows of losing Mr. Jimmy.
    May God Bless You All 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  4. I worked as a French associate teacher in Lake Charles for 3 years 2014-2017. I first met Jimmy’s son Jeff and then I met the whole family at crawfish parties the family held on weekends. Meeting Jimmy was such a blessing and an honor. Both of us immediately connected. We would speak French together and he would play Cajun music with other members of the family which I totally loved. Jimmy loved sharing and having people around him. Nobody has welcomed me to Louisiana the way he did. I felt like a member of the family. When I recall my stay in Louisiana, those moments are my best memories, living the life of a true Cajun family with love, joy and laughters. I then came back for a visit in 2019 and I was so happy to see everyone again I had missed. To be honest I also missed their crawfish and I still do 🙂 ! Jimmy made sure there was enough crawfish and that the band would play for my quick visit. Those moments are so special and unique to me. Getting to know Jimmy made a great difference on my experience in Louisiana. You are already missed Jimmy. Thank you for everything. Rest in Peace. All my condolences to the whole family. With love. Sandrine

  5. Like my friend Sandrine, I worked as a French associate teacher in Lake Charles then in Lafayette from 2014 to 2017. Meeting Jimmy was such a great honor and privilege. With his generosity, kindness and openness, Jimmy gave me access to his culture, the Cajun culture and I will endlessly be grateful to him. Also the special moments of sharing with Jimmy and his whole family on week ends parties are forever engraved in my memory.
    Thanks for everything Jimmy ! As a tribute to your talent and qualities, I will play your CD on Friday.
    All my condolences to the whole family.

  6. Dad,
    You are my sunshine.. my only sunshine.. you make me happy when skies are blue.. you’ll never know dear how much I love you!
    Ill always miss you till the day I die ❤️ Rest Easy Dad

  7. Candle 1I’ve had the pleasure to know the Agullard family since high school, with Walter & brothers and sisters close to our age. Mr. Jimmy and Mrs. Mercedes always made me feel like family in their home. Mr. Jimmy always had time to talk, and words of wisdom he would pass on. Keeping your wonderful family in my prayers.
    Love ❤️
    Toby Landry

  8. Candle 1My thoughts and prayers are with the Aguillard family arlt this time. May our Lord give you all the love, peace and strength as only He can at this very sad time. 🙏🙏🙏❤️

  9. Candle 1There are no words that will bring you guys comfort, my heart breaks for your family.
    Jude…I’m so sorry about your Dad. May God wrap His arms around all of you and get you through this my friend 🙏🏼
    Michelle, Nicolle, Jeff, Jody and the rest of your entire family, you all are in my prayers.

  10. Candle 1I’ve known Jimmy since we were teenagers, I still call him by his nickname, we called him “Crow”. Never knew why he was tagged with that moniker but it stuck with him. Walked a few levees with him back in the day. RIP Old Friend

  11. Hey Jeff,
    Amy, Robin Viscardis and I are at a meeting together and saw this, we just wanted to send our thoughts, prayers and love to you and your family as we know your lives are forever changed 🙏🏻💞

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