Washington - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for James "Jimmy" Hershall Bertrand on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington. Reverend Matthew Higginbotham will celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Readers will be Brandy Bertrand and Shelbi Baham. Gift bearers will be Jacob Kelly, Jordan Kelly and George Dupre.
Mr. Bertrand, age 75, a resident of Washington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas.
Jimmy worked many years for Huval Insurance Agency and then became and independent agent until his retirement. He was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting squirrels, doves and ducks. He loved being on the water fishing for sac-a-lait. Jimmy enjoyed playing tennis and watching LSU football and baseball. He also enjoyed automotive restoration as well as buying and selling the cars he restored. Jimmy was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lois Vidrine Bertrand; his sons, Toby Bertrand and wife, Amanda Olivier Bertrand, Blair Bertrand and wife, Brandy Fontenot Bertrand, Shaun Bertrand and wife, Shellie Lavergne Bertrand, Billy Bertrand; his brothers, Ted Bertrand and wife, Ava Peterman Bertrand and his sister, Glenda Bertrand O'Neil and husband, Jack O'Neil. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Shelbi Baham, Nick Bertrand, Jake Bertrand, Colby Bertrand, Kristin Bertrand, Brandon Kelly, Alex Kelly and his great-grandchildren, Logan Baham and Patrick Baham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Junious James Bertrand and Ethel Deville Bertrand.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Skip Montet Chapel at LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM on Friday by Reverend Matthew Higginbotham. Visitation will continue Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM.
Pallbearers will be Nick Bertrand, Jake Bertrand, Colby Bertrand, Brandon Kelly, Alex Kelly and Shelbi Bertrand. Honorary pallbearers will be Blair Bertrand, Toby Bertrand, Shaun Bertrand, Billy Bertrand, George Dupre, Jordan Kelly and Jacob Kelly.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.