Major Roy Allen Birdsong

December 23, 1953 - December 19, 2023

Major Roy Allen Birdsong, 69, of Port Neches, died Tuesday, December 19, 2023. He was born on December 23, 1953, in Beaumont, to Margaret Douglas and Roy Allen Birdsong, Sr.

He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1973. After a brief employment with the Kountze Police Department, he began a 40-year career with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and reached the accreditation of Master Peace Officer. His initial assignment began as a jailer in the “old” jail within the courthouse.

He was rose to the rank of Lieutenant with the Patrol Division and would later be promoted to Major with the Law Enforcement Division. This entailed working in the Jefferson County Narcotic’s Task Force; a joint task force comprised of local, state, and Federal agencies (Jefferson, Hardin, Chambers, Orange County; Port Neches PD, Nederland PD, Port Arthur PD, Beaumont PD, Texas Department Public Safety, DEA and FBI, Customs).

Roy also served as Commander of Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) team for over twenty years.  This team handled hostage situations, barricaded suspects, forced entry into buildings or homes as well as executing narcotic raids and special search warrants and assist in other emergency crisis situations. He also earned his private pilot license and at times acted as copilot for the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit for both the fixed wing aircraft and helicopter.

He was honored to have ended his career as a Water Safety Officer’s within the Marine Safety Patrol. This unit provides safe escort for vessels within the County marine waterways and assists with boating accidents. In this role, he received the United States Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain’s License.

Roy and his family spent annual summer vacations on the Islands of Sanibel and Captiva in Florida. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter. The family are members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Port Neches, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-two years, Julie Birdsong; son, Logan Birdsong; brother, Paul Birdsong; niece, Amanda Birdsong; sister, Dollie Hollingsworth and nephew, Ryan Hollingsworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Emmett Hollingsworth.

Memorial contributions for Mr. Birdsong may be made to Baylor College of Medicine – Movement Disorder Fellowship Fund, 7200 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Suite 9A, Houston, Texas 77030.

A gathering of Mr. Birdsong’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • January 27, 2024
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Memorial Service

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • January 27, 2024
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (11)

    Bruce Guyote says:

    Julie, I’m very sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed working with Roy. He was truly dedicated to the mission. I cannot recall a date or time that he didn’t respond (usually with a joke), and assist my agency with our mission objectives. He often went above and beyond the call to help. My prayers are with you and the family.

    Bobbie Rice says:

    Roy was always a blast to work with! Funny, witty and a great cop! He was so well liked by everyone, just a great person! Rest in Peace Roy

    Paul Simpson says:

    It was truly an honor to work with Roy he made law enforcement fun and exciting. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace my friend.

    Robert L. Hobbs says:

    It was my pleasure and honor to work closely with Roy for many years. Roy was hardworking and diligent in his duties. But the memory I will carry most dearly is that he always did his job with a very kind touch. He taught me much and I will always be grateful.

    Keesha Guilloey says:

    Julie & Logan, I hope that you all know how much Roy meant to me & many others. He taught all of us so much over the years. I thank yall for sharing him with us & allowing me to be a part of your family. Now I have so many memories that I will cherish forever. RIP Roy.

    Pattilea Wilson says:

    Julie and Logan our thoughts and prayers are with you today and the days ahead. Roy was a special man and will be missed by many. Hold all the precious moments and memories close.
    We love you all, Terry and Patti Wilson

    Jake Smith says:

    Rest in peace my friend. Remembering all the good times we had working graveyard shifts in Jefferson County. Know you will continue to watch over your family and friends from above.

    Doug Stephson says:

    Prayers for all. He always help others. I remember he gave me an extra job at K & B Drugs when I worked with him at the SO. RIP and I know you will fly high watching over your family and friends….

    Glenn Brown says:

    Roy Birdsong was a great person and I was lucky enough to know him. He and I worked together at JCSO. He was a dedicated and professional deputy, who did his job to the best of his ability, regardless of what it was. My deepest condolences to his family. My prayers are raised up for you.

    Danny Williams says:

    Julie and family, please accept my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow and loss. Not only was Roy a friend but a mentor and leader for me at the Sheriff’s Dept. He will be grealy missed by all who knew him. He now rests in the arms and grace of God.

    Becky Neeb says:

    Julie, I a so very sorry for you and Logan’s loss. My prayers are with you.

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