Cicero Cohron "Buddy" Crutchfield, Jr.

December 27, 1931 - December 28, 2019

Cicero Crutchfield, Jr.

Cicero “Buddy” Cohron Crutchfield, Jr., 88, of Beaumont, died Saturday, December 28, 2019. He was born on December 27, 1931, in Yoakum, Texas to Melba Cannan Crutchfield and Cicero Cohron Crutchfield, Sr.

Buddy’s family moved to Austin when he was a young child, where he and his sister and brother were raised.  After graduating Austin High School in 1950, he entered the University of Texas, where he joined both the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Longhorn Band as a trombone player.  He was elected President of the band his senior year.  He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1954 and then accepted a commission as second lieutenant with the U. S. Air Force.

He was stationed at McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando, Florida.  There he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, the outfit responsible for Cold War command and control of two of the three components of the U.S. military's strategic nuclear strike forces.  His two years of service coincided with the immediate aftermath of the Korean War and the intensification of the Cold War.  This included an extended non-combat deployment to North Africa.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force with the rank of Capitan in 1957, he returned to Austin and enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law.  He graduated Texas Law in 1959 and was admitted to the Texas Bar later that same year.  While at Texas Law he met and became life-long friends with Donald L. DeCordova, with whom he co-founded the law firm of Crutchfield & DeCordova in Beaumont.  They remained partners until Don’s death in 2002.  Buddy’s law partners in the firm included The Honorable Thad Heartfield, currently Senior U. S. District Judge; the late Anthony Brocato; Tony Chauveaux, currently Deputy Chairman with the U. S. National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D. C.; and current Beaumont Attorney Terry W. Wood.  Buddy’s son Scott joined the firm in 1993 and became partner in 1998.  In 2005, Buddy and Scott joined the Beaumont firm of Germer PLLC, with whom Buddy maintained an active practice until and including the day before his passing.  Buddy earned an impeccable reputation as a true “Gentleman Lawyer” with unique skill and ability.  He was admired and respected not only by his colleagues and clients, but equally so by his office co-workers.  In 2009 the Jefferson County Bar Association presented him the Blackstone Award, its highest annual award.

Shortly after moving to Beaumont, Buddy met Rosalie “Tootsie” Woodhead, and they were married on December 9, 1961.  As dedicated as Buddy was to his law practice, he was even more so to his family.  Buddy and Tootsie traveled together, and also with small groups, to Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific Coast of Mexico.  While home, Buddy managed to attend nearly all of his sons’ school functions, sporting events and scout campouts.  Later, he regularly attended and enjoyed the stage, music and sporting events of his five grandsons.  Having been raised as a Methodist, he joined First United Methodist Church after arriving in Beaumont.  He served the church in many capacities throughout the years.  Among the many roles he assumed were serving on the committee that built the present day sanctuary in 1968 and later serving a term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  In recent years, his faith deepened through his association with a men’s group that meets weekly to study and discuss the history, meaning and context of scripture.

In 1981 Buddy and Tootsie built a beach house at Crystal Beach which became the focal point of family gatherings and entertainment throughout each summer and most weekends during the year.  Whether it was a simple weekend with immediate family, a family reunion gathering of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, or hosting a group of the California Cousins, the days at the beach were filled with fishing, shark tooth hunting, and swimming in the surf.  Evenings or bad weather days included board games, puzzles, and more than a few heated poker games.  Buddy’s “idle time” at the beach was spent making early morning donut runs, performing constant repairs and fixes to the house, battling grass burs in the yard, making multiple trips to Claude’s or the Big Store, or setting up for a large-scale fish fry, at which the occasional margarita was enjoyed.

After Hurricane Ike took the beach house in 2005 and Buddy vowed that the good times we shared at the beach would be replaced by travel, and of course he made good on his word.  The entire family enjoyed trips to Jamaica, and the guys experienced a world class fishing trip to Alaska.  Small-ship cruising became Buddy and Tootsie’s favorite way to explore and experience the regions of Central Europe, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Northwest and the Maine Coast and surrounding region.

Buddy will always be remembered for his dedication to family and to his law practice, and for his intellect, integrity, quick wit, and for never being at a loss for an appropriate (mostly) saying, joke or old family story for any situation or occasion.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie “Tootsie” Crutchfield; sons, Scott Cohron Crutchfield, and his wife, Tammy, and Barry Cannan Crutchfield and his wife, Rachel; grandchildren, Matthew Cohron Crutchfield, Jordan Wade Crutchfield, Nathan Cannan Crutchfield, Maxwell Arthur Crutchfield, and Alexander Henry Crutchfield; sister, Margaret Crutchfield Lipps and her husband, Delbert A.; brother, John Roy Crutchfield and his wife, Grace; nephews, Gary M. Lipps and Randall A. Lipps; and numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews. 

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents. 

A gathering of Mr. Crutchfield’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020, at First United Methodist Church, 701 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with a reception immediately following in the Narthex. At a later time, the family will gather for his interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. 

Gathering of Mr. Crutchfield's Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, January 02, 2020
4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First United Methodist Church - Beaumont
701 Calder Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, January 03, 2020
1:00 p.m.
Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (19)

  • PIERRE AND PATRICIA Robert

    05 January 2020 at 23:00 | #

    We were so sad to hear of Buddy's death.. We knew he had a lot of health problems recently, and will miss knowing he's not on this earth. Love to the family

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  • Teresa Lisotta Lee

    03 January 2020 at 03:57 | #

    Mr Buddy was not just our attorney but a very dear friend. When my Dad passed away, I was so distraught and worried about being mentally ready to take over Dads business. Buddy would tell me if you listen to me I’ll get you through this very dark time in your life. When I would go to his office ,sometimes just to pour my heart out , he would listen to me, put his arm around me and walk me to the elevator. Always with a hug and say “love you kid.” He is missed so much already. Such a wonderful man!

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  • Margaret Green.

    03 January 2020 at 02:30 | #

    Buddy always exhibited. graciousness, hospitality, and a welcome smile, which lifted the spirits of all he met. A very dear man has left a wonderful legacy. Peace, Buddy. Ed has a poker game just waiting to greet you.

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  • Ed snowden

    01 January 2020 at 17:55 | #

    He was a great lawyer and a great friend and will be missed by many.

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  • Larry Wilsford

    01 January 2020 at 16:33 | #

    Tootsie ,Barry ,and Scott,
    Your loss is a great one, shared by the multitude of lives that Buddy touched,and impacted. His quick humor welcoming smile was always there. Buddy was a great man , and a friend to me He will be greatly missed. You all are in my prayers,so sorry for your loss..

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  • Larry and Carol Ann Wade

    01 January 2020 at 16:02 | #

    When Buddy accepted you( as he did all of our family) when you came to Beaumont, you were accepted by everyone. I valued his friendship over the last 30 + years, and will always remember everything that he did for us, especially his acceptance and love for Tammy as his daughter-in-law, and of course his love for my grandsons. Tootsie, you are in our prayers, as Carol Ann and I think of you often

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  • Larry Mills

    01 January 2020 at 14:55 | #

    Buddy was a true Officer and Gentleman. An Officer of the Court, an Officer in the U.S. Air Force and a Gentleman Lawyer. I consider it an honor and priviledge to have worked with him on mutual clients. He always treated me with the utmost kindness and professionalism. I miss those times Buddy.

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  • Jim Brocato

    31 December 2019 at 22:02 | #

    Mrs Crutchfield, Scott & Barry,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr. Crutchfield was a special person to me and my family. What a great lawyer and real friend. I will miss him.
    God bless,
    Jim

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  • Lee Wheeler

    31 December 2019 at 17:25 | #

    A great man who greatly influenced the way I do business and treat people. He made me a much better man.

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  • Gary hall

    31 December 2019 at 17:04 | #

    Such a gentleman,he will be missed at the barbershop,gary and darlene hall

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  • Beverly and Paul Hay

    31 December 2019 at 16:32 | #

    Buddy was a life long friend, he was often referred to as "the gentle giant." If you needed a friend in need, Buddy was always willing to help. I will miss him like a brother. Tootsie, you are in our prayers and will be here for you know matter what you need. Buddy will be sorely missed. Love, Bev & Paul

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  • Jane Kinsel

    31 December 2019 at 15:21 | #

    Joe Bob and I were so sorry to hear about Buddy’s passing. What a great guy and loyal Longhorn he was.! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Jane Nelson Kinsel

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  • John H. Fears

    31 December 2019 at 12:18 | #

    What a great man! Always enjoyed everyday with him. He will be missed but never forgotten. My heartfelt prayers to Tootsie and the family. God bless.

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  • Jackie Bouillion

    31 December 2019 at 00:27 | #

    I will miss him. My heart is heavy. With his loss. I worked for him for over 20 years. He was my best friend my teacher my mentor, and a father figure. Great and knowledgeable person anyone ever met. Loved buda. I will miss our talks.

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  • Robert Courville DDS

    30 December 2019 at 12:20 | #

    Buddy was a good man,my prayers are with the family

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  • Betty Garrison

    29 December 2019 at 16:30 | #

    Mr. Crutchfield was held in high regard by the people he worked with. He was dearly loved by many, myself included. He always had a smile and kind word for all. He so appreciated every act of kindness shown to him and was himself one of the kindest men I have ever known. He talked with great love of his family and his love of football. I will miss him so very much! My thoughts and prayers for his family.

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  • Robert Bertrand

    29 December 2019 at 15:07 | #

    Uncle “Buddy” s influence on me growing up was immeasurable...I wouldn’t trade my childhood with the Crutchfield’s for anything in the world...What a great well respected father figure Uncle Buddy was..I Love the Hell out of him and will never ever forget him..Much Love and condolences to this great family!...Love, Cuz

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  • judy

    29 December 2019 at 03:00 | #

    Tootsie, keeping you in my prayers and in my heart..so very sorry and my deepest sympathies...hope they are having a gin game...All my l0ve, Judy

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  • Bill DeForest

    29 December 2019 at 01:36 | #

    In our Tuesday Morning Mens' group, Buddy was an engaging, funny, and insightful guy who lived his faith. We studied the Book of Revelation at his suggestion. He loved the art and science of the practice of law and was optimistic and grateful for what he called the "many blessings of life." He will be missed. Thank God we had a chance to know him and to learn from him.

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