John Paul Kelly, Jr.

September 10, 1953 - December 25, 2022

John Paul Kelly, Jr., 69, of Lumberton, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2022, at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont.

Paul enjoyed the outdoors. He liked to hunt and fish.  He was always tinkering on something.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, Paw Paw, brother, Uncle and Friend. Paul always had an open door and giving heart. He was an active member in the Knights of Columbus. Paul graduated from LIT for Instrumentation and retired from Exxon Mobil.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Claudia Kelly; son, John ‘J.P.’ Kelly III; daughter, Danielle McCarty and her husband, Mark McCarty; grandchildren, Tyler Kelly, Jadon McCarty, Maverick McCarty, Maggie McCarty; siblings, Bill Hecht and his wife, Charlene; brother, Jerry Hecht, Sr.; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Margie Kelly; nephew, Stephen Hecht; sister-in-law, Terri Hecht.

Paul was diagnosed August of 2021 with a rare tumor, Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma. The doctors were not sure if he would make it to Halloween that year. He told them he wanted to fight, and that is what he did. He fought a good fight.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2022, at Broussard’s. His cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.


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Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 29, 2022
  • 6:00 pm

Memorial Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 30, 2022
  • 2:00 pm


Broussard’s Crematorium
  • 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,

Comments (9)

    Albert and Anna Saldana says:

    Claudia and family, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and the family in our prayers.

    Martha Zavala Manriquez says:

    Claudia condolences to you and your family. Prayers for you and your family ????????????????

    Mari Maywald says:

    Claudia, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers.

    rodney c wing says:

    Claudia, may Paul rest in peace and prayers be with you and family.

    Raymond Garcia says:

    Prayers & condolences for the family – Love the Garcia family (Sue – Roy – Raymond).

    John David (Huey) Hamilton says:

    Claudia – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lisa Laurent says:

    Dear Lord see those who mourn, and You promise to comfort them. Please bring healing to there hearts when they grieve.
    Give hope to those feeling hopeless, and strength to anyone feeling overwhelmed. In [Jesus’ name, Amen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you always

    Diane Cortez Reyes says:

    Claudia. Sorry to hear about your loss.

    Gary George says:

    Claudia, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers for you and

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