Lew Cary “Poncho” Russell, Jr.

August 24, 1930 - December 3, 2021

Lew Cary “Poncho” Russell, Jr. (Pawpaw to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren) went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ and his beloved wife, Patti, on Friday, December 3, 2021. Born on August 24, 1930, to Lew Cary Russell, Sr. and Rose Catherine Hebert Russell, Poncho was the oldest of five children and was a proud resident of Beaumont, Texas, almost his entire life.

Poncho attended St Anthony High School and Lamar University, where he played football and basketball. He held fond memories of football season at Lamar and reunions with the team over the years. During the Korean War, Poncho was a Navy Corpsman and met his wife Patti, then a nursing student, at a surgery they were both present for at Hotel Dieu. They were married in Eunice, Louisiana in 1954 and started their life together in Beaumont where they had three children, Cary, Lisa and Leah. Poncho was a successful insurance agent, helping many people throughout his long career.

Poncho was a huge sports fan, especially of his Dallas Cowboys. It was a safe bet that the television on Shelly Drive would always be tuned into a football game or that night’s episode of Wheel of Fortune, which Poncho never missed. He also enjoyed playing the slot machines at the casino and was known to have a lucky streak more often than not. He was a devoted father and grandfather, attending all of his children and grandchildren’s sporting and dance events. He and Patti were also very involved at St Anthony Cathedral Basilica, where Poncho was a lector and Eucharistic minister. He was an active supporter of his alma mater, helping to found the St Anthony Cathedral Basilica School Foundation.

Poncho is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Patti. He is survived by his children, Lew Cary Russell III and his wife, Mary; Lisa Teague and her husband, Baron; and Leah Russell; grandchildren, Lew Cary Russell IV and his wife, Holly; Cory Russell and his wife, CiCi; Victoria Teague and her husband, Bryan; Mackenzie Teague; and Elizabeth Teague; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Lew, Malley, and GiGi; and sisters, Betty Sue “Susie” Russell and Catherine “Teeny” Zoch.

A gathering of Mr. and Mrs. Russell’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Their Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 11, 2021, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School Foundation, 850 Forsythe, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 10, 2021
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 10, 2021
  • 6:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
  • 700, Jefferson St, Beaumont, TX, 77701,
  • December 11, 2021
  • 10:00 am

Graveside Service

Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • December 11, 2021
  • 1:00 pm

Comments (7)

    Lizzie Bordelon says:

    I never met my grandfather but wish I would have! My dad got to meet his biological dad before he died a wish come true! He searched for his dad all his life! Sorry for his families loss may he rest in peace!

    Anthony Giardina says:

    Dear Susie and Teeny,

    My sympathy and prayers are with you in your loss of Poncho and Patti. Many years have passed since I moved from Beaumont, but I have such pleasant memories of Poncho and your brother, Don.

    Paula Holliday says:

    Pancho and my dad were both in the first class for lay lectors at St. Anthony Cathedral over 50 years ago and our family always admired his beautiful, deep voice as he skillfully read The Word on Sundays. A legend among that generation of lay ministers. He and Mrs. Russell were the sweetest couple, always warm and friendly. May they Rest In Peace after a life devoted service to us, their church.

    Tyke Nosek & Dusty Nosek - Hromcik says:

    We are sad to hear of the loss of Ms. Patti and Mr. Poncho Russell. They lived next door to my Dad for years and years, and I have so many fond memories of being their neighbors as a little girl. We are so sad to hear this sad news, as they were so kind and loving. Best–Dusty Nosek – Hromcik

    Barbara & Tom Leicht Leicht says:

    Pancho and I grew up together on the Avenue”s and went to school together, played sports together and were friends for life. Patti & Poncho were two people that loved their Hebert Ancestry, Church, & Schools. May His Soul and ALL the souls of faithful departed, REST_IN_PEACE, Amen.

    Manuel, Donna, Nicholas, Christopher, and Anthony Rizzotto says:

    We are so sorry about your losses. We are so sorry we will not able to be at the funeral but know that we are there in spirit. We are thinking about you and love you all.

    The Rizzotto’s

    Wilhelmina Roberts Brown MKHS c/o 82 says:

    I remembered Mr. Russell when I attended Kelly. He and his wife were always there and involved. God rest his soul.

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