James "Jimmy" Benoit

March 15, 1942 ~ October 2, 2023


A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. James “Jimmy” Edward Benoit, 81, of Lake Arthur will be celebrated on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Rev. Jay Alexius officiating.  Burial will follow in Andrus Cove Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 4:00 p.m and will close at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Miguez Funeral Home in Jennings.  A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 12:15 p.m. to leave for church.

Mr. Benoit was born on March 15, 1942, in Welsh, to Eloi Benoit and Mimae Thibeaux Benoit.  He graduated from Roanoke High School in 1960 and then graduated from LSU School of Banking.  He started his career at Calcasieu Marine Bank as a teller but worked at several other banks over the years.  He later became CEO and President of Vermillion Bank in Kaplan and retired in 2022 after 60 years in the banking industry.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Chairman of the board at Vinton Harbor and terminal, involved in several charities and ran several fund-raising campaigns over the years.  Mr. Benoit was a mentor, leader and known as a very generous and loving person.  He loved his family dearly and cherished his time with them.  He served his country honorably as a SGT-E-6 in the Army National Guard.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Judy LaFleur Benoit: daughters, Jamie Benoit and Julie Benoit Guillaumin; a son, Darren Benoit; two brothers, Edgar Benoit and Michael Benoit; grandchildren, Henri Guillaumin and Jana Benoit Picard; three great grandchildren and one great greatgrandchild.



Burial: Thursday, October 5, 2023
2:00 pm - 12:00 am

Andrus Cove Cemetery

Funeral Mass: Thursday, October 5, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

Rosary: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Miguez Funeral Home - Jennings

Visitation: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miguez Funeral Home - Jennings

Visitation: Thursday, October 5, 2023
8:00 am - 12:15 pm

Miguez Funeral Home - Jennings

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  1. Mrs Judy, Jamie, Daren and Julie I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for strength and comfort in the days ahead. I will always remember Mr Jimmy’s kindness during my time working with him at Vermilion Bank❤️
    RIP Mr Benoit🙏🏼🙏🏼

  2. In the late 60s ? I worked with Jimmy at Calcasieu Marine Bank in Jennings, the first and most pleasant job I ever had. Jimmy and Gerald Vallow had the 2 officer's desks outside Mr. Henry Conner's office. Jimmy was a very pleasant person to work with and coped so very well with the temprament of Mr. Conner. Good memories and prayers that he rests in peace.

  3. Jimmy was a great supervisor & mentor as well as a great friend. I truly enjoyed working for him. My condolences to his family as I’m certain he will be genuinely missed.

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