James “Jimmy” Malik Rathe passed away at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 2, 2018 at the Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 25. Jimmy was born on July 4, 1993 in Aurora, CO, the birth son of D’wight Smith and Davina Smith. Jimmy was adopted into the Rathe family by Laura Rathe, his mother. Jimmy grew up in Craig, Colorado and Billings, Montana. In Montana, Jimmy attended Billings Public Schools. He received an Associates Degree in Social Science from River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, Louisiana in 2016. In November 2013, Jimmy and Chelsea Hampton gave birth to their first son, Avery James Rathe. In October 2018, they gave birth to their second son, Noah Reese Rathe. Jimmy was a loved by many. He is survived by his significant other, Chelsea Hampton; sons, Avery Rathe and Noah Rathe; sisters, Leah Rathe, Uniquial Smith, and E’mani Hicks; brothers, Damani Smith, Anterion Hicks, and Daren Hicks; mother, birth mother, and step mother, Laura Rathe, Davina Smith, and Janeya Smith; and Preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Evelyn Rathe; and birth father, D’wight Smith. Jimmy will be remembered for his smile, his laugh, and his gentleness. The family would like to thank the staff in the ICU and emergency room at Baton Rouge General Hospital and the LOPA staff for their wonderful care of Jimmy and their kindness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency at lopa.org, the Baton Rouge chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness at namibr.org. or to his local AA group, Stepping Stones, c/o Becky Leblanc 43304 Black Bayou Rd, Gonzales, LA, 70737
God bless you, Jimmy. You were such a sweet soul, deeply loved and you will be deeply missed.
Jimmy, Knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord I am comforted by these words. You left an indelible print on our hearts and we will miss you. Thank you for leaving us your legacies Avery and Noah.
Jimmy- my love my son… your smile was brighter than the largest sun… your kindness was more gentle than the mist on a flower and your laughter was definitely one we will never forget. May you have eternal rest and peace. See you again. ❤️❤️
He was a good man and a good dad to me