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James Soileau

James Verdon Soileau

Thursday, April 26th, 1934 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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James Verdon Soileau, a resident of St. Francisville, died on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. He was 86 years old and Former Superintendent of East Feliciana Parish Schools, Former Executive Director of Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Former Executive Director of Louisiana School Boards Association. Visitation will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 from 9am until Mass of Christian Burial at 10am conducted by Fr. M. Jeffery Bayhi. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Cemetery, St. Francisville. He is survived by his children, Kristi Soileau DeGenova and husband, David, Kelli Soileau Day and husband, Daniel, Traci Jo Soileau, Tara Soileau Eisele and husband, Matthew, Tobi Soileau Fontenot and husband, Dwayne and James Verdon Soileau, Jr. A brother, George “Bobby” Soileau and wife, Ina. 10 grandchildren, Alexis McCall Day Rushing, Alexander David DeGenova, James Verdon Soileau, III, Adam Emory DeGenova, Christopher Louis DeGenova, Christopher Marx Meadows, Oliver-Grayson Mills Day, Parker Peterson Ashby Meadows, Hudson Joseph Eisele and Griffin Samuel Eisele. A great grandson, William Jack Rushing. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Verna Nezat Soileau, granddaughter, Claire DeGenova, parents, Isola and Emory Soileau and a brother, Joseph Soileau. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Day, Dwayne Fontenot, William Colby Rushing, David DeGenova, Matthew Eisele and James Soileau, Jr.
Special thanks to the staff at Oakwood Assisted Living for all the care and compassion given to our Dad.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    4826 Main Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 10:00am
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    4826 Main Street
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    Mass of Christian Burial
  • Interment

    Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church
    11485 Ferdinand St
    St Francisville, LA 70775
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Posted at 09:47pm
Dear Soileau Family
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Jim. He was a great friend and Executive Director for BESE. We remember the trips we had with Jim and Verna and how we enjoyed them.

Claire Landry, former member and President of BESE and husband Larry.

Natalie Aggarwal

Posted at 11:06pm
Kelli,Kristi,Traci, Tara,Tobi, and James,

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I know Mrs. Verna is glad to have him again. I remember the stories your mom use to tell me. She said your dad never knew she colored her hair. I think he did. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Much love to you all,

Jerry Brasseaux

Posted at 09:58pm
Kristi, Kelli, Traci, Tara, Tobi, and James,
Please know that we are deeply saddened by the death of your father. I loved him like a brother and will always cherish the many fond memories we shared. He was a wonderful and remarkable man. Vickie, Madeline and Chuck admired and loved him very much. We take comfort in knowing he is with your mother in heaven. Love you all,
Aunt Jerry and family

Daniel Day

Posted at 01:26pm
You were a Father to me and I will miss you greatly. Go be with Mrs. Verna, your beloved. We will all be sad for a while here but know how much you longed to see her again. Thank you for the 42 years of friendship and love from you both. Our hearts are heavy today.

Dan Day

Sarah Pipes Posted at 07:40pm

Dear Soileau Family, I thought very highly of your dad and your mom. My heart goes out to you during this most difficult time! I am praying for peace and comfort for each of you! God Bless! Love, Sarah Pipes

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