Joseph C. Cormier
1940 - 2021
Labby Memorial Funeral Home - Leesville
601 South Fourth Street
Leesville, LA
In Loving Memory of MSgt Joseph C. Cormier, USA, (Retired). MSgt Joseph Cormier was the first-born of the late Ashby Cormier (Lafayette) and the late Mable Skipper (Breaux Bridge), in Carencro, Louisiana on March 13, 1940. He departed this earth on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Joseph met the love of his life, the late Ruth Marie Cormier (Breaux Bridge), at a Valentine's Day party and united in holy matrimony on May 5, 1962. Together, this couple blessed the New Llano and Leesville, Louisiana community. Joseph was the epitome of spiritual servanthood, a family man, and committed to community service. Joseph retired in 1992 after a 30-year career in the United States Army and again, in 2006 from Civil Service-Fort Polk, where he served in various supervisory capacities in the military hospitals and Nutrition Care Divisions. He continued to serve his country and community as an active member at the local, district, and departmental levels in the American Legion Post #387, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Forty and Eight, Disabled American Veterans, and the Knights of Columbus. He spent time volunteering to visit the ill and shut-in as a Eucharistic Minister and as a faithful member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Leesville. Known as "Skipper," Joseph was an active member for the Holy Rosary Institute, Class of 1960 Reunion Committee. Joseph "Honey or Clarence" was an avid supporter and companion alongside his late wife Ruth and loved her dearly. He loved to cook, watch westerns, work puzzles, listen to jazz and zydeco music. He loved cheering on the Saints. Now, he'll be dancing with mom, again. His legacy continues in his three daughters, Melissa Strauss, Ed. S., of Clinton, Mississippi; Dr. Antionella "Shelley" (Cedric) Upshaw of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jannease (Ronald) Seastrunk, M. S. in Alexandria, Louisiana. His grandchildren knew him as "PePaw". Alongside Ruth, he nurtured each one with unconditional love and laughter. The seven grandchildren include Jalisa (Justin) Dyer of Zachary, Louisiana; Hillary Strauss of Clinton, Mississippi; Colin and Mia Upshaw of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Sydney, McKenzie, and Rubin Seastrunk of Alexandria, Louisiana. God blessed him to celebrate the birth of two great-granddaughters, Carrie Ruth Lewis and Avery Carol-Ann Dyer. He leaves to cherish his memories four sisters Velma Boyd of Breaux Bridge; Gwendlyn Miller, Sunset; Barbara (Joseph) Connor of Seattle, Washington; and Mary Broussard of Lafayette, Louisiana; four sisters-in-law, Marcella (Clifford) Sassou, Virginia Derouselle, Octavia Norbert, Pauline (Eldridge) Menard; three brothers-in-law, Cleopha (Thelma) Derouselle, Ralph Derouselle, Orel Ledet of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Marie (Derouselle) Cormier; his father Ashby Cormier and his mother Mable Skipper; one sister-in-law Cordelia Ledet; three brothers-in-law Edward Derouselle, Almo Miller, and Kenneth Boyd; one niece, Alma Ledet, one nephew, Jamall Menard.

Published by The Advocate from Jul. 27 to Jul. 28, 2021.
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Deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in eternal peace.
Mike Boyd
July 30, 2021
Sending Prayers of Comfort to the Family, during this time of bereavement.
Shandra Kennedy-Simmons
July 29, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. My prayers and condolences to the family.
Maebelle Richardson
July 29, 2021
What a beautiful homage to an incredible man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May you find peace in knowing the love birds are together again, and watching over you all.
Loren Brown
July 29, 2021
Anthony Sylvester
July 29, 2021
The Lloyd family
July 28, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Karen Wheatley
July 28, 2021
The Fuller Family
July 28, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with MSG Cormier for many years at BJACH. He was the epitome of professionalism and kindness. Thank you sir for your service. Go rest high!
Gwen Bassett
July 28, 2021
I keep the family in pray
From American Legion of Louisiana Department Commander
Richard Bell
July 27, 2021
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” Uncle Clarence was indeed "one of a kind". His wisdom and advise was always veracious. The concerted love he and Aunt Ruth bestowed on family was boundless. Together, they were always welcoming, loving and supportive. You can be sure on one thing;
MSG Cormier is organizing, giving orders and counseling folks in heaven.
Orlando Miller
July 27, 2021
Shelly: I don't know if you remember me, but we worked together at Household Finance in the 80's. I wanted to tell you how much I remember the way you talked about your mom and dad. You always talked highly of them. My prayers for peace and comfort for you during this time. I can only add that when he closed his eyes his next breath was in the heavenly fathers arms. If I can help in anyway, please let me know.
Angie Wiggins
July 27, 2021
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