Fred C. "Coach" Theobald, Jr.

October 05, 1924 - October 05, 2019

Fred Theobald, Jr.

Fred C. “Coach” Theobald Jr. a lifetime Beaumont resident passed away on October 5, 2019 at the age of 95 on his birthday. Fred was born October 5, 1924 in Beaumont to Lee Dovie Hayles and Fred C Theobald Sr. Fred had two brothers David Harmon Theobald, Mahlon Edward Theobald and four sisters Ruby Anna (Trixie), Katherine Lee (Katie) Hamm, Opal Juanita Smith and Shirley Beatrice Brammer. Dad graduated from French High School in 1941 where he played football with a teammate by the name of Bum Phillips. He used to work with and for Bum’s father after school and weekends delivering frozen vegetables to the markets. Dad attended Lamar Tech for almost two years before joining the United States Airforce on November 12, 1943. Fred flew on several successful bombing missions in WWII over in Europe including D-Day. Fred was a waist gunner and told us he strapped a 50-caliber machine gun to his hip. He achieved the highest position as a staff sergeant and many medals and accommodations for his service. Dad was discharged on September 16, 1945 and moved back to Beaumont to attend Lamar Tech. Dad met and married our mother Martha ‘Totsie’ Marie Bodin on July 3, 1946. Dad was married to mom for 60 Years before she passed away in 2006. Fred and Totsie’s family grew to 5 Children, six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and one great grandchild .After he completed his two years at Lamar Tech he went on to attend Baylor University and obtained a BBA in accounting and graduated in May of 1949. On January 20th of 1951, Fred passed the CPA exam and worked till the age of 94 at the firm of Theobald & Demahy CPA’s. He practiced Public accounting for 67 years and was one of the oldest practicing Texas CPA when he retired in 2018.

Fred lived a full blessed life and was well respected in the business community for his service and ethical behavior. He also served the community and supported the community in many ways. Fred was one of the founding members of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont. Fred was a member of the YMBL and served many years as a judge on their beauty pageant. He also was involved with the Lions Club of Beaumont and worked with them at the Southeast Texas State Fair. Fred also loved Lamar and supported both the Basketball and Football programs with his Cardinal Club Donations. During his lifetime, he had many activities that included water skiing (he could barefoot) he loved fishing and hunting, and motorcycle trail riding. Dad also started his own running club that included many professionals and this where he received his nickname “Coach”. If someone did not show up at 4:45 in the morning for the run, they received a scathing phone call and a warning. Dad’s favorite hobby was photography and has beautiful pictures of wildlife, flowers and of course family and friends.

Coach leaves behind his children Cindy Johansen of Beaumont, Fred “Mark” Theobald and his wife Colette Theobald of Honey Island and Renee Cole and her husband Charles C. Jr. of Beaumont; brother Mahlon Theobald of Georgia; grandchildren, Ann Marie Hoffhien and her husband, David, of Minnesota; Rebecca Baltrush and her husband, Hans of Missouri; Jessica Theobald and Ashley Rose Theobald, both of Port Arthur; Sarah Elizabeth Dunham and her Husband Kyle, of Grapevine, Texas; Abigail Grace Theobald of Missouri City, Texas; great-grandchildren, William Theobald and David Hebert of Missouri: Jeremy Barrios of Port Arthur; great-great-grandchild, Kalen Davis of Missouri.

Coach is preceded in death by his wife, Martha “Totsie” Theobald; sons Charles Lee Theobald and Alan Brian Theobald; and grandchild Ole Johansen.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Dr. Sidney Marchand, Compassion Hospice for the critical care of our Father. The family also wishes to thank Theresa Lewis, Vanessa Savoy and Lesia Evans for their loving care of our father Fred “Coach” and Dad during his final illness.

The services for Fred will be conducted by Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations be made to Lamar University, Accounting Department Scholarship, P.O. Box 10042, Beaumont, Texas 77710; Baylor University, Accounting Department Scholarship, One Bear Place #97026, Waco, Texas 76798-2561; or a charity of your choice in memory of Fred. A gathering for Fred “Coach” Theobald’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday October 11, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday October 12, 2019, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

After the Interment at Forest Lawn it is the wishes of the Family for all to join us back a St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in the Hall for a Celebration of Fred’s Life and sharing of his most favorite foods from Chick-fil-a!!    


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Friday, October 11, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
6825 Gladys Beaumont, TX 77706
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (11)

  • Becky and Rodney Ames

    14 October 2019 at 18:51 | #

    "Mr.Theobald" as I called him was one of the finest men that I have ever known and will be truly missed. Always had a great sense of humor and was a mentor to me when I worked in our family business. Mr. Theobald was my father's CPA for many years. I always had a great deal of respect for the balance that he appeared to have in his life. Becky and my thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the family. Due to an out of town commitment we are sorry that we were not able to attend the family gathering or service. Rodney & Becky Ames


  • Martha Zoch

    11 October 2019 at 14:32 | #

    Renee, So sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. .


  • Greg and Carolyn King

    10 October 2019 at 13:09 | #

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. May God comfort you in the days ahead as you mourn his loss and recount fond memories. He lived a full long life and an interesting one as well. I did not know about some of his activities until now. Love to all.


  • Diane Cannon

    09 October 2019 at 22:10 | #

    Renee, so sorry for the loss of your precious dad. May God’s Love and Peace help you at this difficult time.


  • Kurt Andreason

    09 October 2019 at 18:08 | #

    Fred was the very first accountant I got to know when I came to Beaumont from law school, and he remained my accountant until the day he retired at age 94. I will miss him greatly, his practical wisdom and his sense of humor.


  • Paul Cooksey

    09 October 2019 at 02:51 | #

    Fred was One of the most Solid and dependable Father, Business Man, and Friend I have ever known, He was always there when someone needed an encouraging word or a kick in the paints. Loving prayers to his Family and friends, He will be missed.


  • Charlotte Zoch

    08 October 2019 at 02:34 | #

    Fred was a man of true character. A quiet soft spoken man of few words, yet you always knew where he stood. Many great memories. He will be missed. .My deepest sympathy to all of you.


  • Carol Flatten

    07 October 2019 at 17:09 | #

    Mark, Cindy and all,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you. What a legacy he leaves you, devotion to family and honesty and integrity in his career.


  • Jean Bell Moncla

    07 October 2019 at 14:21 | #

    Fred took care of our family for many years. He and my father were such good friends. They enjoyed working together, running, hunting and many other adventures. Rest in peace Coach.


  • Patricia Adams

    07 October 2019 at 11:00 | #

    Fred has been part of the Adams Family life for generations with his intelligence, caring, and generosity. He was a blessing to his family., and the memories will become even more precious.


  • Joe &Peggy Parigi

    06 October 2019 at 16:29 | #

    Were thinking of you'll in our PRAYERS.


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