James Russell Prejean, 47, of Orange, passed away Friday, May 17. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Father Joseph P. Daleo officiating. Entombment will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m., led by Deacon Melvin Payne, Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Orange on Oct. 22, 1965, James was the son of Julius and Mary Mazie (Leleux) Prejean. James previously worked for I.T.W. Mueller. He had a God-given talent of being an exceptional mechanic, tackling many jobs others would have given up on and being meticulous, and done every job to perfection.

He was a loving son, husband, father and brother and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Preceded in death by his parents, James is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lisa (Lilyquist) Prejean; and son, Dylan Prejean both of Orange.

James is also survived by his brothers, Johnny Prejean, Bryce Prejean both of Orange, Donald Prejean and wife, Cathy Prejean of Channelview, and Austin Prejean of Orange; sister, Stacie Longron and husband, Artie of Deweyville; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Joey Claybar, Dan Lilyquist, Jr., Jason Lilyquist, Shawn Hilson and John Roy Fredrick and Odell Caraway.