Jalmer Royce McConathy

January 27, 1944 - July 17, 2022

Jalmer Royce McConathy, 78, of Beaumont, died Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Christus Southeast Texas- St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born on January 27, 1944, to Letha Anderson McConathy and Jalmer Tynes McConathy, in Port Arthur. Royce grew up in southeast Texas where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School then attended Lamar University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After high school, Royce was introduced to the love of his live, Susan Sherwood. He married Susan in 1966, and they stayed happily married for the next 56 years. Royce and Susan had two sons, Jay and Craig McConathy, to which Royce passed on his love of nature, through time spent outside hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Royce began his career as a mechanical engineer for Gulf Oil Company. Then moved to Chevron where he worked his way up to the position of Utilities Department Superintendent before retiring after 30 years of service. He then moved to Jamacia with his wife, Susan, where he worked for another five years as the Manager of Utilities for Kaiser’s Alpart refinery. After their time in Jamacia, Royce and Susan returned to Beaumont to spend time with their family.

Royce accomplished many great things during his life, but the traits that his family will remember most are his kindness to strangers, his strong work ethic coupled with excellent craftmanship, his steadfast resolve in doing what he believed was right, and his love for his family.

Royce is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Omera McConathy. He is survived by his wife Susan McConathy; children, Jared McConathy and his wife, Sally, of Tyler and Craig McConathy and his wife, Haliegh, of Lumberton; grandchildren, Jared T. McConathy, Connor McConathy, Charlotte McConathy, Samantha McConathy, and Averliegh McConathy; and great-grandchild, Gabriel McConathy.

His cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Comments (16)

    Howard Rusche says:

    My dad worked for Royce during his time at Gulf Oil. My father always spoke with respect when talking about Royce. Our prayers of condolences and comfort in this time of mourning.

    Jay and Melanie Hughes says:

    Heart felt condolences to Susan and family. RIP, Royce!

    karen Linn says:

    Jay, I’m so sorry. You are in our prayers here in Jamestown, New York.

    Clyde and Joanne Perkins says:

    Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.I. am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

    charlotte Fitch says:

    My condolences my friend, Believe that God hsa him, asking God to heal you and your family.

    Jeanette Cook Knight says:

    Jay,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Jeanette Knight

    Shelly (Jones) Wilson says:

    I’m so very sorry Jay. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Matt East says:

    Sue Sue, Jay, Craig, I’m so sad about the passing of Royce. I know he is know with Jesus. I’m so thankful his faith has become sight. We Easts love you guys very much even if we don’t get to spend enough time together. May the Holy Spirit bring comfort to you guys during this time of loss. Love you guys.

    Steve & Inez Fasold says:

    Susan, it was so sad to hear that Royce passed away. I always laugh when I recall some of the times Royce and I shared. We will be praying for you and your family as you deal with your loss.

    Larry Swint says:

    There are friends in life that one never forgets. Royce was one of those. He was one of the good guys at Gulf Oil.
    Condolences and best wishes to Susan, Jay, Craig and their families.

    Ron Jordan says:

    Fond memories of Royce. We were in club scouts together in Port Arthur and graduated Thomas Jefferson High School and Lamar University in Beaumont at the same time.

    Joe & Andy Hartson says:

    Susan and Family, You are in our thought and prayers and we will never forget Royce and the many good time we had together.

    Eric and Rona Schneider says:

    Susan, Jay, Sally, Charlotte , Sam and Jared –

    We are thinking of you all and are so very sorry to hear about Royce. I know he loved you and was so so prions of you all. Love to all-praying for comfort

    Sam Strader says:

    God bless you Royce. I’m sad to see you go and I’ll miss you.

    Tom Rutledge says:

    Royce, RIP, Good and tough times were had at Gulf Oil and Chevron. Susan, your boys and their families will be in JoAnn and my prayers for their comfort.

    Wayne Taylor says:

    R.I.P. Thomas Jefferson High School 1962 Graduate and Classmate.

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