Glenn O'Neil Joseph Gonsoulin

November 15, 1946 - February 26, 2021

Glenn Gonsoulin

Glenn O’Neil Gonsoulin passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2021, surrounded by his family, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.  He was born on November 15, 1946, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Mavola and Chart Gonsoulin.

Glenn was a 1965 graduate of Thomas-Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, where he met his high school sweetheart, Carol Wimer, and married her on June 24, 1966.  A veteran of the United States Army, he served as an expert marksman.  He worked for FINA/TOTAL refineries for forty years as a welder, operator, and OSHA/fire-safety inspector.  After his retirement in 2006, he devoted his time and attention to his family, whether it was mowing lawns with his TAZZ-man tractor service or helping his children and grandchildren with remodel projects around their homes or checking the truck out with his grandkids.

Glenn loved his family, more than anything, and loved going out to eat with everyone and cooking gumbo or crawfish, never passing up the opportunity to teach his grandkids the ways of a true coon-ass chef.  He loved the Lord and was devout in his faith later in life, growing in grace every week at Sunday service (right after his weekly trip to the Waffle House)!  Glenn was an avid fisherman and hunter, an excellent teacher when it came to firearm safety and self-defense.  He was also a 4th degree black belt in various martial arts and trained under Mr. Armatour, Mr. McNeese, and Mike Maxwell in Port Arthur.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Gonsoulin of Kountze, Texas; daughters, Teri Rodriguez of Sour Lake and Jeri Kirkendall and her husband, Chris, of Silsbee; and his six grandkids, Justin Kirkendall, Taylor Jacquet, Erin Jacquet, Joey Rodriguez, Rebekah Kirkendall, and Benjamin Kirkendall.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Mavola Thibodeaux; father, Chart Gonsoulin; sisters, Shirley Wood Cooksey and Betty Campbell; and stepfather, Coleman Thibodeaux.

A gathering of Mr. Gonsoulin’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with his funeral service at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  His interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hardin-South Jasper Gideons, P.O. Box 1138, Silsbee, Texas 77656-1138 or Christian Care Center, 415 West Avenue P, Silsbee, Texas 77656 or Southeast Texas Food Bank, 3845 South ML King Parkway, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

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Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
12:00 p.m.
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Groves
3900 Twin City Hwy Groves, TX 77619
Hardin-South Jasper Gideons
P.O. Bo X1138, Silsbee, Texas 77656-1138
Christian Care Center
415 W Avenue P Silsbee, TX 77656
Southeast Texas Food Bank
3845 S. Martin Luther King Pkwy Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (4)

  • Brenda Wyer

    03 March 2021 at 02:46 | #

    Carol and family, so sorry praying for you all.


  • Chadwick M Mills

    28 February 2021 at 23:44 | #

    Hard for me to write this. I don't think I will ever see Glen, Carol or the kids, Jeri and Teri, any other way outside a gym asking Glen about martial arts, or a bowling alley, or playing in the backyard on Canal Ave. Mom and Dad considered Carol and Glen family, like a brother and sister. Dad always said Glen Gonsoulin was his best friend. Glen had a boisterous laugh while Carol had a much quieter force. We didn't have a lot of money and family vacations were not much more than driving to Houston to see Mom's relatives or a day trip to Galveston. Mom and Dad went to Tennessee with Glen and Carol and it was one of their fondest memories. I still have the stack of polaroid pictures they amassed traveling through the Smokey's and touring Nashville's Grand Ole' Opry. They looked young, they looked happy and they looked the way I want to always see them. Love to all of you. Chad


  • Rose & Tommy PreJean

    28 February 2021 at 20:22 | #

    Carol our prayers and sympathy to you and the family. So sorry to hear about Glenn's passing. He was a wonderful person inside and out a great classmate to have know all those years.
    Tommy and Glenn were in army reserves together a great person.. May he RIP. Rose & Tommy PreJean


  • Karl and Gilda Leigh

    28 February 2021 at 01:58 | #

    So sorry to hear about Glenn. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. We love y'all even if we haven't been around y'all for a long time.
    Love y'all,
    Karl and Gilda


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