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James Maurice Gravois "Jimmy", 75, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at the Carpenter House in Baton Rouge.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to funeral time today at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Vacherie. Mass will be held at 2 p.m. today at the church, officiated by the Rev. Mark Toups. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mrs. Geraldine "Deany" Williams Gravois; five daughters, Heidi McDonald and husband, Blake, Donna Sinclair and husband, Dr. Bill, Trudy Clement and husband, Chris, Ginger Gravois Webre, and Myra Pitts and husband, Bill; son, Jim Gravois Jr. and wife, Malissa; two sisters, Beverly Bond and husband, Charles, and Ruby Daigle and husband, Eddie "Mike"; 16 grandchildren, Ashley McDonald Raynal and husband, Stephan, Brett Gravois and wife, Melissa, Blake McDonald Jr., Ryan Gravois and wife, Natalie, Chase Gravois, Matthew Sinclair, Justin Sinclair, Nikki Clement, Connor Sinclair, Trent Clement, Hunter Webre, Henson Webre, Hailey Webre, James Gravois III, Logan Pitts and Brittany Pitts; two great-grandchildren Finn Raynal and Melanie Gravois; and also numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda Tauzin and Renè Louis Gravois; and stepmother, Edith Barrient Gravois.
Pallbearers and altar servers will be his grandsons.
He was a 1955 Graduate of Catholic High of Donaldsonville, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8906 of Thibodaux, a retired sugar cane farmer, entrepreneur, and a founding member of LA Health Care Group of Lafayette.
Jimmy's favorite past time was cooking. He loved food and with Deany's help, they put together a cookbook called "Cajun Cookout". He catered fund raisers in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States for many Senators and Congressmen. He loved football and was a critic of bad plays. He also love to reminisce about his old high school days at C.H.S. of Donaldsonville.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Joseph Hospice "The Carpenter House" of Baton Rouge and Cypress Springs Mercelarion Prayer Center of Baton Rouge.
To sign and view the online guestbook please visit www.oursodonaldsonville.com.
Ourso Funeral Home of Donaldsonville is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from May 1 to May 2, 2012