More detail on this person: James Laurent
Barousse, age 71, passed away October 18,
following a brief and unexpected illness.
Jim was born in Opelousas, LA and attended A.I.C. (Opelousas Catholic High School). He graduated from LSU in 1962 and then joined the Marine Corps. As a Marine aviator he flew the UH-34D "Ugly Angel" helicopter on medevac missions in Viet Nam and was honorably discharged in 1966. Jim continued his aviation career as a pilot for Eastern Airlines. Following the strike in 1989, he continued flying for a variety of airlines. He ended his flying career as a test and ferry captain for Northwest Airlines.
Jim moved from Marietta, GA to Pensacola Beach with his wife in 2001 where they joined old friends, Wendy and Tom Brandon. He subsequently began a new career as a tax advisor with H & R Block. Jim got in a daily workout at The Club, palled around with his dog "Lucky", and loved his LSU Tigers. He never missed an opportunity to get together with old friends and trade Marine Corps and aviation stories. More than just about anything, he treasured time spent with his grandchildren, Delaney and Sean.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Nita and Victor Barousse and brother, Michael. He is survived by Judy, his wife of 36 years; stepdaughter, Christine Murphy of St. Louis; stepson and wife, Michael and Karen Murphy and grandchildren Delaney and Sean of Marietta, GA; his brother and wife, TeVic and Mona Barousse of New Orleans; and niece, Monique Cobb, and nephew, Michael Barousse.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Barrancas Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Our Lady of the Assumption, 920 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach, Florida
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