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BATISTE, James Harold Sr.

was born on March 6, 1932 in Elton, Louisiana and died on March 11, 2021 at the age of 89. His 63-year-old wife, Mary Lee Chretien Batiste, preceded him in death. his parents Peter Batiste and Cora Bushnell Batiste; Stepmother Lillie Lavan Batiste; Sister Bee Anna Batiste Chretien; and Sister Ellen Batiste Boling.

James attended school in Elton, Louisiana and Opelousas, Louisiana until he joined the US Army in July 1950. He joined the US Air Force in January 1954. While in service, he married Mary Lee on July 24, 1955. After retiring from the air in February 1971, James began a career with the US Postal Service, from which he retired in October 1992.

James’ priority was his family, from annual trips to see his extended family to attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. James also enjoyed playing pinochle and dominoes, and watched The Price is Right, The Young and The Restless, CNN and ESPN. James was an avid fan of all sports. His favorite teams were the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Saints, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Arizona Wildcats. James will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, a true friend for all he knew, a longtime member of the Catholic Church and an avid bargain hunter.

James is survived by his six children, James Batiste Jr. (Janet) of Abilene, Texas; Roxann Batiste of Tucson, Arizona; Jacqueline Cook (Vernon) of Tucson, Arizona; Annette Batiste-Chaisson (Greg) of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Karen Batiste of Tucson, Arizona; and Kevin Batiste (Sarah) of Tucson, Arizona; Sisters, Audrey Gobert and Berda Foster of Elton, Louisiana; and Dorothy Edwards of Covina, California; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and special lifelong friends.


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