John Kent Thompson

April 13, 1954 - November 30, 2020

John Kent Thompson, 66, of Beaumont, died Monday, November 30, 2020, at Christus Southeast Texas-St. Elizabeth. He was born on April 13, 1954, to Ethel Madelyn Robichau Thompson and Bonnie Lee Thompson, at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beaumont. 

He was raised in Beaumont and was in the marching band in school. He moved to New York and entered a monastery with plans of becoming a priest. Before taking final vows, he felt God wanted him to reevaluate his future and requested a year to decide. During this time, he worked at a hospital in Ossining, New York, where he met Connie, the love of his life. They eventually married and began their life in Beacon, New York. Their first child, Carley, was born in New York in 1990 and the family soon moved to Texas in 1992. They then had four more children: Hannah in 1994, Matthew in 1997, Jacob in 2000, and Mallorie in 2007, in Beaumont. He loved his church, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica and was a devout Catholic. John eventually found his calling working in the emergency room at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital and spent many years with his work-family serving those who came to the hospital. He was a joyous, caring, generous, hard-working, humorous, nurturing, energetic, selfless father and husband who would wake up early in the morning to start his family’s day. He loved everyone he met and brightened any room he was in. He is deeply missed by those who live on without him and he will never be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his daughter Mallorie. He is survived by his wife, Connie Main-Thompson; brothers, Don Thompson and his wife, Susan; Robert Thompson and his wife, Joyce; sister, Carolyn Sens and her husband, Richard; daughter and son-in-law, Carley O’Burke and Jeremy O’Burke; grandchildren, Joshua and Eva; daughter, Hannah Thompson; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Lauren Thompson, and son Jacob Thompson.

A gathering of Mr. Thompson’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2020, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 5, 2020, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont. Cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703. 

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Francisco & Alicia Gudino

Our sincerest condolences to Connie, Carley, Matthew, Hannah & Jacob. John will forever be remembered for his kind heart and generosity. He will be truly missed by all of us. We love y’all.

CAROLYN BRISCO

J.T. AS EVERYONE CALLED HIM DOWN IN THE ER HERE AT CHRISTUS YOU WILL TRULY TRULY BE MISSED, THIS GUY WAS A VERY SWEET MAN AND ALWAYS HAD A STORY ABOUT LIFE AND GOD, HE WAS VERY VOCAL AND WE LOVED THAT ABOUT HIM, HE WAS LIKE A PERMANENT FIXTURE IN THE ER, HE WILL BE MISSED BUT I JUST KNOW HE IS SO HAPPY AND REJOICING IN HEAVEN I PICTURE HIM SITTING AT THE TABLE WITH ST CHRISTOPHER. PRAYERS TO THE THOMPSON FAMILY HE LOVED YOU GUYS DEARLY CAUSE HE CONSTANTLY TALKED ABOUT YOU GUYS

Justin Farinella

To John’s family: We are sorry to learn of John’s passing. We just saw him earlier this year at St. Elizabeth Hospital where he worked for many years. He was such a good person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in the eternal peace of the Lord! Justin and Pam Farinella

Mark Tyler-Lloyd

My sincere condolences to the Thompson family. I worked with John and Connie more than 30 years ago at a private hospital in Ossining, NY. I remember when Carley was born. I’m at a complete loss for words. May John, Rest In Peace. And, I pray that his family and friends find comfort and strength during a time of sorrow and grief. Prayerfully, Mark Tyler-Lloyd

Lisa Robinson Farinella

I've know Kent (that's what he went by then) since Ogden Elementary. He was such a unique person. I saw him several years ago at the hospital and he hadn't changed. Condolences to his family.

Samantha Simon

It was a pleasure and an honor to serve with JT for almost 10 years at St.Elizabeth. Rest well with your sweet baby in the arms of Jesus

Ron Farinella

Dear Connie, please accept my deepest condolence. John (Kent, as we all knew him in high school) taught me how to play the tenor and snare drums so I could join the Beaumont High School marching band. We carpooled together to school and to band practices. During those years we also attended prayer groups every week and played music together for the prayer group. John had a strong and beautiful singing voice and a real talent for harmonizing. He played the guitar and tambourine. After high school I entered the Franciscan monastery in Beacon, New York , and John also joined several years after. During those years in the monastery we played a lot of music together at masses and prayer services. Later we worked together at Stoney Lodge Hospital in Ossining, NY, and we were neighbors in the same apartment complex in Beacon. I am shocked and saddened at the news of death. Although I hadn’t seen John for several years as I live in the northeast and don't travel to Beaumont, I remember him as a kind and good person who never had a cross word with anyone, and someone who made us laugh…something we all need so dearly in these times. I pray he is at peace and that you, Carley, Matthew, Hannah, and Jacob, will also find peace and comfort during this time of loss and sorrow. Ron Farinella

Francine Williams

Praying for comfort and strength for the family during this time and the days to come. Connie, I will forever cherish our friendship. god bless.

JoAnne Brackett Gruter

My condolences to the family. I grew up with Kent having grown up going to Ogden, Crockett Jr Hi and Beaumont High. I eventually married a cousin of his (Robichau) and always felt Kent was a wonderful friend . He was such a lovely person and treated everybody with care and love throughout the years of our growing up. I know he will truly be missed.

Chuck and Ethel Prater

Robert and Family May God comfort and strengthen each of you during this difficult time in the loss of Kent. In light of COVID-19 we are unable to attend the service. Remember the good times of The years we had living next door to your Dad and Mom.

Ramiro and Wanda Ward Ortiz

Condolences to the Thompson Family. Wanda and I are saddened by Kent's passing. Kent was my best man at our wedding in 1977. I lived in Beaumont for only a short-time, but Kent became a good friend. We moved to Houston and were able to visit him a couple of times. Since leaving Houston we lost touch. I never got around to trying to locate Kent. We now live north of Dallas. Even though we visited Beaumont periodically up through the early 2000's we never made the time. I still remember us forgetting Wanda's wedding ring on the way to the church. Ramiro Ortiz I spent many hours with Kent. Talking, sharing thoughts and lots of music. As Ramiro said, he was his best man at our wedding. In our wedding pictures, the ones with Kent show everyone laughing. He was a joy to be around and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Wanda Ward Ortiz

Michael Di Dio

I have sadness in my heart for one of my childhood friends. We met at a very young age going to Sunday school at the Cathedral. I can remember how Kent used to make the class laugh. We played baseball and football together. We even competed for the same girl friends in Sunday school. Then in high school he went one way and I went another then this news brings me sadness. Kent go be with God maybe we will meet again in heaven

Tabitha

May the Lord give you strength & comfort during this time of bereavement. If there is anything I can do Connie, please don’t hesitate. Love, Tabitha

Pamela St.Amand

A truly beautiful man of God. I know he is happy to be with Mallorie Rose again. It was a blessing and honor to know him!

Stokey Thomas

"JT" such a family oriented man who loved the LORD. I was honored and pleasured to have worked with him in the ER at ST Elizabeth for several years. During our time working together he proudly talked of his Wife, Kids, and his Love of life and Family. We became close and he gave me a nickname of "Pork Chop" because we both had a love for cooking and eating pork chops. I am happy to have met and gotten to know such a family oriented man. I ask God to shower your family with Love, Compassion, and a sense of Peace during this trying time.. My continued prayers and condolences to the family.. JT you will surely be missed,

María Isabel montiel

Please accept my deepest condolence did the Thompson family

Carrie and Sam McMahan

Dear Connie and kids. We loved John. He was such a nurturing person who took excellent care of us. He always went above and beyond and encouraged us so much in our pursuit of faith. I cannot believe he is gone. Much love.

JEANETTE (JAN ) FONTANOZA

Condolences, John was a very sweet person. Everyone "knew" him working at St. Elizabeth. God bless and comfort you.

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