bAcosta Sr., James Thomas "Jimmy" A native and resident of Brule Maurin, he died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, in Donaldsonville at the age of 79. He was born Sept. 4, 1927. He was a retired sugarcane farmer, having won numerous high-yield awards. He loved deer hunting, playing cards and gardening, but his passion was dancing. He was a wonderful dancer. In his earlier years, he was active in politics, having served three consecutive terms on the Assumption Parish School Board. He also served on the Assumption Parish Waterworks Board. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 56 years, Ruth Boudreaux Acosta; three daughters and son-in-laws, Wanda and Michael Gauthreaux of Gonzales, Gina and Kurt Lanoix of Prairieville, and Jamie and Bret Louque of Donaldsonville; three sons, Craig Acosta, Mark Acosta and James "Jay" Acosta of Donaldsonville; 10 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a great-grandson due in December, and three stepgreat-grandchildren; and sister, Twilla Cavalier of Kenner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Davis and Elda Acosta; four brothers, Sandy Acosta, Oneil Acosta, Hubert Acosta and Jerry Acosta; two sisters, Daisy Acosta and Nellie Acosta. Visitation at Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jules Catholic Church in Belle Rose at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Phil Spano, celebrant. Interment in St. Jules Church Mausoleum. Paw Paw Jimmy, we will miss you! Love, Brittany, Michael, Travis, Wendy, Heidi, Brooke, Heather, Scott, Colby, Rhen, Caroline, Bailey, Brant, Anabelle, Lexie, and Ezra James. Pallbearers will be his sons-in-law and grandsons. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Diabetes Foundation. A special thanks to our mother for being such a loving caregiver.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Sept. 15, 2006