Opelousas – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for James “Jim” Lastrapes, on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Monsignor Keith DeRouen will celebrate the mass. A private inurnment will take place at a later date in Bellevue Memorial Park.
Jim, age 68, a resident of Opelousas, entered into eternal rest on June 30, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
During his early years Jim built a career in the oilfield, as he grew older he decided to pursue his passion for gardening and changed career paths. In 2000, Jim and his wife, Peggy built and opened Lastrapes Garden Center, where they have provided for the Opelousas community for 23 years. When Jim wasn’t busy tending to the nursery, he enjoyed cheering on his favorite LSU tigers. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors cycling with friends. Jim cherished gathering up his family and friends at the campground and whipping up some delicious BBQ. While he was known for being a jokester, he will also be remembered for his strong sense of faith. Jim absolutely cherished spending time with his family and grandkids. Jim will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew and loved him.
Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy Bernard Lastrapes; daughter, Amy Lastrapes Cummins and husband, Chris; son, Eric Lastrapes and wife, Jill; mother, Gloria Mistric Lastrapes; brothers, Robert “Bob” Lastrapes and wife, Anne, John Lastrapes and wife, Colleen, Jeff Lastrapes and wife, Penny; sisters, Amelie Lastrapes Breaux, Ann Lastrapes Rolke, Janie Lastrapes Bol and husband, Jeff; 3 grandsons, John Cummins, Luke Lastrapes and Evan Lastrapes.
Jim is preceded in death by his father, Edward; paternal grandparents, Harold, Sr. and Lulie Lastrapes; and maternal grandparents, Carlton and Gladys Mistric.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. by Deacon Jerome Collins. Visitation will resume on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Words of Comfort for the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.