Funeral Mass for James “T-Jim” Moreau of Cottonport will begin at 11am on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport with Fr. John Wiltse officiating and being assisted by Fr. Derek Ducote, Fr. Walter Ajaero, Fr. Jacob Thomas, and Fr. Anthony “Raj” Dharmaraj. Entombment will be held at the St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Mausoleum No. 2 at 1:30pm.
“T-Jim”, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at his home in Cottonport. T-Jim was a well-known business man who was the owner and operator of T-Jim's Grocery and Market in Cottonport for 55 years where he made a name for himself with his homemade sausage, boudin, and other Cajun projects. Cottonport High School was his alma mater, here he played football, basketball, and ran track. Upon graduating he attended ULL for a short time when he began sales, he also was a member of the US National Guard for 8 years. He loved people and worked at Baker's Shoe Store and Goudeau Tobacco Company. While working at Goudeau Tobacco, he had the opportunity to purchase a small grocery and bar. This was the beginning of his career as a successful business man for the next 55 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1199 and was a past member of the Parish Council of St. Mary's Church. His passion was duck hunting was followed by squirrel hunting. He was a member of Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club where he enjoyed fishing and cooking for his friends and fellow hunters. He had a love for horses, and always owned at least one for all his life. His favorite holiday was Easter when he enjoyed pocking eggs. He is credited with beginning the first annual Egg Knocking Contest in Cottonport in 1955 and hosted it for 5 years.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Kinta Gaspard Moreau; his three children, Miche Moreau Balius (Scott), Jacques Moreau of Marksville, and Noelle Moreau of New Orleans. He is also survived by his three younger sisters, Mae Moreau Chatelain (Ted), Laura Moreau Gremillion (Kenneth), and Jean Moreau Roy; and his six grandchildren, William Moreau, Regan Balius, Zachary Moreau, Rylie Balius, JoLynn Moreau and Brody Moreau.
He was preceded in death by his 2 infant daughters, Michelle Ellen and Nicole Gerise and his parents Dennis and Adele Ducote Moreau.
Visitation will begin at 8:30am until 11:00am on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.escudefuneralhome.com.
Escude Funeral Home of Mansura, 6608 Porterie St. Mansura, LA 71350 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.