Patrick Edward Thibodeaux, 79, of Lumberton passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021. Born August 28, 1941 and raised in the Beaumont area, Patrick was one of two children born to Clifford and Charlotte Thibodeaux. Graduating at 17 from South Park High School here in Beaumont, Patrick immediately joined the US Navy where he proudly served his country for four years as a submariner. After his time in the Navy, Patrick returned to Beaumont and his friends and family; it was these same friends who would introduce Patrick to Dianna shortly after his return home. Patrick and Dianna shared a history that he didn’t remember but had left a lasting impression on Dianna. She vividly remembers first seeing Patrick in the 5th grade at Amelia Elementary and how she thought he was so handsome even then! Patrick and Dianna went on a date after his return to Beaumont in 1962. It was the love at first sight moment that lead them to realize they’d found their life partners; 57 years of marriage, three children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren will attest to that. A dedicated husband and Grandad, Patrick was truly a family man who valued his charge of raising up his children and spoiling his grandchildren. Steadfast and hardworking, Patrick spent his entire career working for Mobil Chemical where he proudly retired after more than 30 years. When not working, it was not unusual to find Patrick off traveling with his beloved wife and taking in the sights of the beautiful and varied United States or perhaps bird watching with his binoculars that were so often close by. Clever with his hands, Patrick also enjoyed fly fishing and wood working, and the good Lord knows that while Patrick loved to golf- his accomplishment was in his attempts to play and not the resulting scorecard. An avid reader and lover of westerns too, Patrick particularly enjoyed reading through his Bible cover to cover several times each year.
Most importantly, if you knew Patrick, you knew him to be a godly man above all things. A man who loved the Lord with all his heart and showed it daily in his actions. He was dedicated to serving his church, teaching Sunday school and serving as an usher for many years. Patrick would gladly share his knowledge and love of the Lord with you if you ever asked him. Discipleship was a core value in his life. Every October since 1977, Patrick would celebrate his spiritual birthday often with more joy than his actual birthday; this was the day Patrick would say his life truly began. It isn’t often in life that you meet a person who embodies so many of the teachings and principles set out for us in God’s Word, but Patrick was certainly one of those rare men. His love, godly example, guidance, and smile will surely be missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish Patrick’s memory is his beloved wife, Dianna Marie Linscomb Thibodeaux of Lumberton; his children, Carla Kay Busceme of Beaumont, Jeffrey Mark Thibodeaux and wife Lisa of Beaumont, Tyler Vance Thibodeaux and wife Karen of Beaumont; his sister, Marie Ellen Monk and husband Mike of Beaumont; his grandchildren, Lauren Brooke Richey and husband Coby of Hot Springs, AR, Garett Ryan Thibodeaux and wife Rebecca of Beaumont, Julian Hope Thibodeaux of Vidor, Jorden Brice Howard of Beaumont, Joshua Joey Howard of Beaumont; his great-grandchildren, Riff Maverick Richey, Maeson Ryan Thibodeaux, Weston Lane Thibodeaux, Madyson Faith Thibodeaux, Raylen Hope Wilson, Cameryn Faith Wilson, and little baby girl Richey on the way; as well as numerous extended family, friends, and loved ones.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Charlotte Ellen Wharton Thibodeaux; and his granddaughter, Gwendolyn Diane Gould.
A life honoring Memorial Visitation will be held at The Apostolic Church of Beaumont, 3333 Eastex Fwy #7948 Beaumont, TX 77706, on Friday, February 12, 2021 from 5:00PM-7:00PM with Military Honors to take place at 6:30PM.
In consideration of the health and safety of the family and friends, all social distancing practices and facial covering recommendations will be observed for all services. The family appreciates your verbal condolences and thanks you for refraining from physical condolences. Thank you for your understanding.
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