James Cormier, 94, of Orange passed away Saturday, March 29, in Houston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange, with Father Tom Phelan officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Born in Breaux Bridge, LA, on May 3, 1918, James was the son of Gerard and Margaret (Belaire) Cormier. He served in the Army during WWII and was later a fitter for American Bridge. Mr. Cormier was a fourth degree, and a charter member in the Knights of Columbus, a charter member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was very active in the Catholic Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Isola Cormier; son, Leroy Cormier; grandson, Evan Michael Rayner; sister, Germaine Brasseaux and brother, Jerome Cormier.
He is survived by his daughter, Jeanette Hubert and husband, Iky of Orange; son, Steve Cormier and wife, Barbra of Vinton; niece, Russela Stoute of New Iberia; three grandchildren, Wendy Rayner and husband, Chris, James Bryant and Tracey Mere and husband, Joey; five great grandchildren, Steven Mere, Savannah Mere, Kalyn Rayner, Cale Rayner and Luke Rayner. He is also survived by his siblings, Emile Cormier, Simon Cormier, Inez Patin and Ernest Cormier.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Mere, Chris Rayner, Norris Stoute, Jim Urban, Ron Rhodes and Keith Dauterive. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Wendy Rayner, James Bryant, Tracey Mere, Steve Mere, Cale Rayner, Luke Rayner, Savanah Mere and Kalyn Rayner.  

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