R.A. "Dick" Nugent

October 15, 1934 - September 22, 2019


R.A. “Dick” Nugent, 84, of Nederland, died Sunday, September 22, 2019. He was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, on October 15, 1934, to Olene M. DeLaune Nugent and Purvis M. Nugent. Mr. Nugent was a United States Army veteran and former Mayor of the City of Nederland.

Dick graduated from Port Neches – Groves High School in 1953. In 1955, he graduated from Lamar University with his Associates Degree. For twenty-four years he was a lab technician for the Texaco Research Lab, Port Arthur. In 1990, he graduated from the Lamar University Police Academy with his Texas Law Enforcement Certification. Dick served the City of Nederland for over forty years. He began his political involvement in 1968 serving as a council member for a total of twenty-eight years. In 2004, he was elected Mayor of Nederland and in 2005, Dick effectively coordinated Nederland’s response to Hurricane Rita. Along with his service to the City of Nederland, he worked for Jefferson County for sixteen years serving both as Assistant to the County Judge and Emergency Management Coordinator. His involvement with the South East Texas Regional Planning Committee spanned many years, including service on the Executive Committee, as well as, worked with other committees and projects. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation. Dick was known for his willingness to serve and his desire to the see this area prosper.

He was also a faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church where he was involved in the Men’s Acts Group, Parish Board, Knights of Columbus Nederland Council # 5145, and was an usher. Dick was an avid hunter and a little-known fact was that he also loved to build stain glass windows and lamps.

Survivors include his children, Ricky Nugent and his wife, Laura, of Burleson; Scott Nugent and his wife, Melanie, of San Antonio; and daughter, Kelli Nugent, of Nederland; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Olene and Purvis Nugent; and wife and best friend of fifty-three years, Patricia Agnes Cheatham Nugent.

A gathering of Mr. Nugent’s family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church followed by his interment at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Nederland Council #5145, 311 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
211 Hardy Nederland, TX 77627
Friday, September 27, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park-Port Neches
618 Block Street Port Neches, Texas 77651

Comments (7)


    26 September 2019 at 16:15 | #



  • M. E. and Nellie Jones

    25 September 2019 at 18:32 | #

    Deepest sympathy. Pray that God will comfort you and give you strength.


  • Fr. Kevin Badeaux

    24 September 2019 at 20:27 | #

    Dear Nugent Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers. Dick and Patsy were both wonderful, faith-filled people who left a great mark on their community. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
    In Christ's love,
    Fr. Kevin L. Badeaux


  • Danny Williams

    24 September 2019 at 17:01 | #

    To the family, please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers in the loss of Dick. He and I met during the 1950's and remained friends, workiong together, visiting, and serving together with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department. A better person could not be found, it was an honor and privilege to know him. May he rest now in the arms and grace of God.


  • Michael Branson

    23 September 2019 at 21:56 | #

    I pastored the Nederland First Assembly of God (2013-2018). One of the first people I met upon my arrival was Mayor Nugent. I appreciated so much his warm welcome and his desire that the churches in Nederland were included in local events. I respected and appreciated his service. He will be missed. .


  • Mary Ann James

    23 September 2019 at 17:54 | #

    So sorry to hear about Dick! He was my boss at Jefferson county Emergency Management. My condolences to his family. RIP Dick. Job well done serving your county and city. .


  • Judy radcliff

    23 September 2019 at 15:23 | #

    So sorry to hear this. Dick was such a special guy and was so helpful and kind when I served on the city council. He will be missed by so many.


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