James Barton, “JB” Sonnier Sr., 79, of Orange passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, surrounded by his loving family. JB was a native of Scott, La., and was born on Dec. 7, 1933 to parents Alicia (Comeaux) and Joseph Sonnier Sr. He had lived in the Orange area for 51 plus years, and had retired from Boilermaker Local Union #587 in 1995. He was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. JB was an avid hunter, gardener, and fisherman. He loved spending time with his family, who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Lee Sonnier Sr., sister, May Rose Guidry; brothers, Joseph Ivey Sonnier, Gardener Sonnier, Ray Arnold Sonnier Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Marie Sonnier of Orange; children, Monica Lynn Sonnier of Orange, Cheryl Ann Barfield and husband, James “Rusty” of Orange, James B. Sonnier Jr. of Idaho, Paulette Alicia Allbritton and husband, Wayne of Mauriceville, Bernard Eugene Sonnier and wife, Darla of Orange.

Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren, Joseph Jr., Jeremy, Shontel, Christopher, James III, Colin, Joel, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Bernard Jr., Gabrielle; two great grandchildren and numerous much loved nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm at the church.

A Christian Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 11:00 am at the church, with the Rev. George Kidangen officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.