Joseph Whitfield Outlaw III

December 20, 1942 - March 16, 2023

Joseph Whitfield “Whit” Outlaw III, 80, of Beaumont, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023. He was born to Eleanor Landes and Joseph Whitfield Outlaw, II in Beaumont, Texas on December 20, 1942.

Whit graduated from Beaumont High school in 1961 and went on to graduate from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, where he was also a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He began his career at Texas U.S. Chemical in Port Arthur, Texas and from there went to work for his family business, Pyramid Concrete Pipe Company. Whit and his brother Danny took over ownership of the company when their father passed away, and then ran the business together until they sold the company in the late 80’s. Whit went on to work as an independent landman until his retirement, which allowed him the flexibility to travel and explore the world. Whit loved a good solid adventure, especially when it involved fishing and being on the water.

Whit also loved good music (Willie and Waylon were staples) and a good party, and he was an avid art collector. He had an affinity for popcorn machines and a good roll of string, particularly given that he was a champion yo-yo player!

Over the course of his life, Whit was very involved with the Beaumont community. He was a Member of the BPM club until it closed its doors, and he also volunteered in countless St. Anne’s cookouts and Halloween carnivals as well as the annual Kaleidoscope festivals held on the grounds of the Beaumont Art Museum and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.

Whit was a man of few words, which blessed everyone around him that much more when he chose to share a slice of his wisdom or a perfectly timed quip with those in his presence. Aptly nicknamed, Whit was always the most quick-witted person in the room, and he was the king of one-liners. However, it was more so what went unspoken – what Whit did quietly, tirelessly, and most often behind the scenes to look after the well-being of others – that instead spoke volumes of his character. He was the consummate “mother hen” to all, and his love and care for family, friends and strangers alike was steadfast and truly immeasurable. Whit’s net was cast far and wide, and he will be fondly and lovingly remembered by all as a great husband, brother, dad, grandfather, friend and wonderful human being who spent the entirety of his life giving quietly and selflessly to others. May Whit rest in His heavenly peace.

Whit was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dana Carole Stough Outlaw; and brother, Warwick Bell “Bubba” Outlaw.

He is survived by his children, Patrick Outlaw; Michael Outlaw and his wife, Kim; Kate Throop; Malorie Leman and her husband, Thomas; Ryan Gist and his wife, Brittany; grandchildren, Landes and Waylon Outlaw; Carolina, Mally and Lila Leman; and Ellie Throop; brother, Danny Outlaw and his wife, Sherry; niece and nephews, Blake Outlaw, Carter Outlaw, Joey Outlaw, Molly Walter and Whit Outlaw; and his former wife, mother of his children and lifelong friend, Kay Henslee Outlaw Neild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for may be made to the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

A gathering of Mr. Outlaw’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023, at Broussard’s Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • March 24, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Graveside Service

Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • March 25, 2023
  • 10:00 am

Comments (7)

    Anthony Fasulo says:

    I knew Whit from several years back when he and I shared a brother in law; Jimmy Henslee. Whit’s first wife was Jimmy’s sister. Whit and Kay were very often involved in the get togethers of various occasions involving my family and friends, and everything that was written in his obituary about him is 100% accurate; especially the part about him being quick witted and king of the one liners. He was not bashful in the least and could be one of the most comical people you would ever want to be around. I haven’t seen him in years, but the world will be a lot less desireable place without him.

    mary+beth+cloninger says:

    Gerald and I have happy memories of Whit, as our groomsman, Sigma Nu buddy, and neighbor. Prayers for the family.

    Holland "Dutch" Mills Zeta Psi 88 says:

    So sorry to learn of Brother Whit entering Chapter Eternal. I know, without any doubt that GOD will bring Peace and Comfort to the Outlaw family, Whit’s friends and the Beaumont community. After reading all of the Good Whit distributed along the way, I am also confident he will enter Chapter Eternal and join the increasing family of Zeta Psi brothers at the side of Our Loard and Savior.
    May GOD contiue to bless the Outlaw family.

    Robert Pledger says:

    My prayers are with his family.

    Kristin Beal says:

    Patrick & family,

    I am very sorry for the loss of your father. May you treasure the love he had for each of you always. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Larry Rose says:

    So sorry to learn of Whit’s passing. Whit and I were classmates from elementary school through Lamar University. Condolences to Whit’s many loved ones.

    Bill and Colleen Buckley Hodges says:

    It has been awhile since I saw Whit. He lived directly across the street from Colleen‘s home in Beaumont. He will be missed by all his friends and family.

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