St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA


James "Jimmy" Thomas Becnel

June 10, 1943May 14, 2020

James “Jimmy” Thomas Becnel passed away peacefully at West Jefferson Medical Center on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the age of 76. Born June 10, 1943 and raised in Braithwaite, Louisiana Jimmy attended Woodlawn and St. Stanislaus High Schools, and Southeastern Louisiana University graduating in 1966 with a degree in Business. Jimmy worked for the Lykes Brothers Steamship Company for 17 years and then for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Jimmy was a well-known resident of the Esplanade Ridge neighborhood where he lived most of his life. Words cannot express our deep gratitude and appreciation for the care and compassion of the many nurses, aids and social workers at Jo Ellen Smith Living Center who cared for Jimmy over the better part of the last decade of his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eustis Simon Becnel and Jessie Collura Becnel. He is survived by his sister Carol Ann Becnel Thompson, and his nephews, Hays Brown Thompson III of Austin, Texas, and Stephen Christopher Thompson of New Orleans. A private graveside service for limited friends and family will be held at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, www.ccano.org, in memory of Jimmy.


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Patricia Aucoin

May 21, 2020

So sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing.
Patsy Mackbee Aucoin

Joseph Gex

May 18, 2020

The Saint Stanislaus College family sends their most sincere condolences to Carol Thompson and her sons, Hays and Stephen, on the loss of her brother and their uncle, Jimmy Becnel. Please know that we are with you in prayer during this most difficult time. We rejoice with you knowing that Jimmy has received his eternal reward.
Joseph Gex '88
SSC Alumni Director

Karen Lobrano Schafer

May 18, 2020

My deepest sympathy to you Carol and Jim’s nephews. He was such a sweet man and good friend of my brother Bob all through his life. May you Rest In Peace Jim.

Robert Lobrano

May 18, 2020

Jim was a classmate and good friend. We grew up together on the Eastbank of Plaquemines Parish, went to Woodlawn together and graduated from St. Stanislaus together. He always had a smile. He will be missed.

Bob and Marilyn Lobrano


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