Clifford Dustin Tolbert

June 9, 1983 - May 22, 2020

Clifford Dustin Tolbert, 36, of Kountze, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Medical Center Southeast Texas. He was born June 9, 1983, to Bobbie Jo Walker and Marrin Clifford Tolbert, Jr., in Port Arthur.

Cliff grew up in Silsbee Texas and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was especially fond of duck hunting and wing shooting. He grew up enjoying the outdoors and ATV riding. As he grew older, he began to enjoy cooking for his family and friends. Any given weekend, he could be found enjoying time with family and friends and always enjoying a good meal.

Cliff worked for CHRISTUS Health System as Regional Operations Manager for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. He was deeply engaged to serve the well-being of his colleagues and patients. He made many critical decisions for CHRISTUS, including staying at the hospitals during hurricane evacuations to make sure that the facilities were able to maintain operations. He had a deep dedication to his team, and they were not only his employees, but his friends.

Cliff, together with his loving wife, Shelie, had one daughter, Aubrey. Aubrey was the light of his life. He was a dedicated father, always making sure that Aubrey had a smile on her face. He spent his free time making sure that she had lasting memories of the time they had with one another. He always wanted to make sure that his daughter knew how much he loved her.

Cliff was a man with an incredible zeal for life and he lived his life to the fullest. He loved his friends and family fiercely. He was a strong-willed man with an incredible way to command a room. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Shelie Tolbert and daughter, Aubrey Tolbert, both of Kountze; father, Marrin Tolbert of Port Neches; father, Lee Murphy, of Tiki Island; sisters, Tiffany Morrison and her husband, Randy, of Beaumont and Tabitha Prince of Tiki Island; brother, Justin Murphy of Tiki Island; nieces and nephews, Kohen Jacobs, Bailey Brisendine, Kennedy Phillips, Keaton Phillips, Kove Morrison, and Kayla Morrison; and a host of other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his recently departed mother, Bobbie Murphy.

A gathering of Mr. Tolbert’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2020, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Broussard’s. A family committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of your choice.



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Mary Merryman

Offering my deepest prayers for you and your family at this time of great loss. Cliff was a wonderful co-worker and will be greatly missed.

Michael Conley

Great person to work with....... He will be missed.

Aunt Kathy

I will miss those cute cheeks I use to kiss. The sweetest face and such a good and loving young man. We will miss you.!

Pama Walker Davis

I’ve known Cliff since he was born; his mom and I have been best of friends for 30 + years! Cliff was an amazing and outstanding person! I will never forget him! You will truly be missed! God speed!

NIck Corrigan

Only knew Cliff for a few months but in that time he has made a huge impact on me. His passion for family and work inspire me to this day. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

John Garcia

Great guy to work will be missed brotha.....I will dedicate my next workout to you - going to gym to take 315 for a ride on incline bench followed by a 4 hour arm workout in your memory!

Stephen DeLoach

Cliff was a great friend of mine. He was always there when I needed someone to talk to and was always positive about everything. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family, and most importantly, his daughter that he loved so much. Cheers to Cliff.

Jakus Miller

He was one of kind and brought nothing but positive energy to everyone he came in contact with. He will be missed.

Keith Martin

You will be missed sir. You will always be on my mind. You impacted my life in a positive way. Great mentor and boss. Bros for life.

Brian Hamilton

Cliff will always be my friend. I will always look for that text after 5 that made me laugh. I will keep looking for that ice cream beer he said was the best and when I find it I will buy 2. I will continue to aspire to be as good and honest as a friend to others as he was to me. Slainte Cliff!

John Crouch

Cliff was an incredible husband and a loving father He loved his job and would do whatever he had to do to get things done Cliff was an amazing friend who didn’t know a stranger and was willing to help out in any way he could We will miss you, Cliff. There is a hole in all our hearts that will never be filled. We are all better people for knowing you. Goodbye, my friend.

Joe Robledo

MY condolences to Cliff's family on his passing. I met and got to know Cliff as a co-worker. My interactions with Cliff were always positive. He work standards were high and you always knew that Cliff opinions and decisions were always based on what he thought was best for his co-workers.

Michael Ruiz

I am blessed that I got to meet Cliff for the first time two year ago. He noticed that I had went to an ACTS retreat with the church when I wore my fishing bracelet.. We had shared our experiences together. It was nice that how we are separated by miles that our love for God is what connected us. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He will be missed.

Deborah Robison

Sympathy and prayers to Shelie and Aubrey, and family. GOD give you strength during this time.

Helen Morales

Cliff attended a Diversity & Inclusion Tour I had coordinated in 2015 that brought him and several other CHRISTUS associates to San Antonio's ITC. We've been friends ever since and he will be greatly missed! He offered sympathy and compassion when my dad and brother passed away in Oct 2019 just 12 days apart from each other. He was there for me just like he was there for so many of us.. He had a great work ethic and drive to work his way from the bottom on up to becoming a ROM. I was so proud of his accomplishments and how he always offered to help anyone. My deepest condolences to his family and sending my prayers to them. Cliff I'm gonna miss you my friend!

Adam Tomplait

Cliff was a boss, a leader, a mentor, and a friend. It’s hard for me to put into words the pieces that will be missing after this time. Even now I find myself hearing a story and knowing he’d have a laugh over it. Cliff lived his life to the fullest on his terms, and I think that’s the greatest lesson he ever taught me. I grieve not for my friend, but for the family he leaves behind, because I know he meant ten times more to them. I celebrate Cliff because I knew he grabbed a hold of life and got everything he wanted from it.

Deborah Laird Walker/Wayne Walker

Cliff was always pleasant and helpful. He will be missed by our Christus family. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Rhonda Winford

Cliff was always so nice and professional to work with. He is one of those rare individuals that you never hear anyone talk bad about. Praying for Cliff's family and friends in this devastating time.

Wayne Moore

The world is a little sadder without Cliff in it. Cliff always had an upbeat, can-do attitude at work. He took good care of us and made sure we had what we needed to do our jobs better. I will miss him as many will. God bless his soul and comfort his family.

Mike Lenway

Cliff was my best and closest friend and i imagine many folks could say that about him because he was that kind of man. He was a once in a lifetime kind of friend who leaves an enormous hole in the lives of those left behind. No matter the time or circumstance, if I was in a bind, I could count on him without fail. Always ready with advice followed up with "You're grown - gonna do what you want anyway". And after ignoring his advice multiple times in a row and falling on my face every time, he was there with a beer, a shoulder, and not a single I told you so. Taken far too soon with so many unfinished plans, he leaves behind an empty chair that no one could possibly ever fill.

Michael Dunn

I got to get to know Cliff as he was just starting his Career. He was so open and honest with with a "let me tell you straight". The care and loving he had is a very are and special thing to find and he had it in spades even while telling you the truths that hurt. Cliff, Go with peace as your journey is now with God, brotha!

Gwen Lingenfelter

I have tears on my face and prayers in my heart for Cliff and all his family. I always looked forward to going to Beaumont to work projects with Cliff & his team. Cliff was always fun & full of energy and creative & positive ideas. I truly miss Cliff already.

Taylor Wigley

Cliff taught me quite a few lessons in life. He was an excellent boss and mentor, but what enabled that is that he was a truly great and social friend. He always found the perfect balance between getting his projects done, training his team, and still having time to go golfing on the weekends or hanging out cooking BBQ (he loved to cook and was great at it). He introduced me to so many things that will never be the same without him (working out, golfing, learning craft beers and brewing). My heart goes out to Shelie, Aubrey, Justin, Cody, Scott, Brad, Mike, Tim and everyone else ( which is a ton of people) whom he had changed lifes for the positive. The only thing taking the pain away is looking back on all the great memories we made and knowing A. He lived life to the fullest with no regrets and B. He would want us to keep marching forward. In summary, I'll miss Cliff and all the memories we shared together, advice he imparted upon me, and his straightfoward live life to the max attitude. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. To anyone else reading this Stay strong, it's what he would want.

Daniel Ford, CHRISTUS Health Mission Leader

Cliff was all the wonderful things I am reading here, but I will add that he also was a very important leader for our health ministry. He extended the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. His work enabled all that we did for our patients and the community. I believe our Lord will richly reward him in Paradise beyond anything our mind can conceive of or imagine. We look forward to seeing him again some day.

Eriic Harris

As we go through life we have the opportunity to interact with many people. I can honestly say Cliff was one of the best. He was the definition of character, and integrity. You could count on an honest opinion delivered to you compassionately. The struggle was real but he embraced it with a smile and was quick to lend a hand to anyone in need.. I was fortunate enough to no only work with Cliff but also spend time with him as a friend. He was rock solid in every situation. He lived to have a good time and I am confident that we should all strive to get as much out of life as he did in his short time. Cliff will be missed tremendously.

Chat Musick

Cliff, it's hard to believe that you are not with us anymore, your CHRISTUS family will miss you very much. Asking God to comfort Shelie, Aubrey and all your family members as only He can in this difficult time..

Bill Boyett

My deepest condolences to Cliff's family. Cliff was a person we all hope and wish to be in our lives. His compassion and passion were unmatched. He always strived to do the right thing for those around him, even it meant sacrifice on his part. Cliff exceeded at Extending the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ at CHRISTUS Health. Cliff's earthly light went out way to early, but for those of us who were blessed with having Cliff in our lives, his light will always glow warmly in our hearts. Godspeed my friend.

Elfa Humble

I’ve know Cliff since he started his career at CHRISTUS as one of our FSTs. He has flourished through the years but his heart and caring attitude never changed. Our hallways won’t be the same without you. Shellie, know that your CHRISTUS family will always be here for you and Aubrey. Prayers for your family.

Stacie LeBlanc

We are all shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of our CHRISTUS brother. Cliff was a kind, professional, friendly co-worker who will be greatly missed. at St. Elizabeth.. Prayers for his family during this difficult loss.

Shelly Cooper

RIP coworker. You will be missed by many... Prayers for Shelie and Aubrey and the rest of Your family.

Jocelyn Cox

It has been my pleasure and my teams pleasure to have an opportunity to meet you and spend time with you in CHRISTUS Gulf Coast Texas.(Houston/Galveston). My condolences to your family.

Phillip Treadway

Cliff – It has been a little over a week since the last time we communicated. That has been a big change from us communicating every day, all day long for the past 12 years. I miss you My Coworker, Boss, Friend, most of all My Brother. I know you are some where laid up watching Gold Rush and eating Spicy Nacho Doritos sipping on a nice Kraft. God Speed and thanks for the great memories!

Effie Butts

So hard to believe you are gone. Your smiling face and can do attitude will be missed by many at Christus Health. Prayers for your family at this difficult time.

Susan Pustka

Cliff was a remarkable person and he will be missed, My prayers for him and his family during this time of great loss.

Darlene Firmin

Cliff you touched so many lives. I enjoyed your friendship over the years at work. You will be missed. But always remember I'll be watching you. To Shelie my heart goes out to you. Sending you & your family prayers. If you need a shoulder I'm here for you.

Lance Walker

My deepest condolences for Cliff’s family. Cliff was an absolute joy to work with and be around. He always exuded positive energy. Working with him, you could easily see the drive and ambition to be the best and give 100%. Your legacy of kindness will never be forgotten.