Milton Dale Magee

May 19, 1935 - July 25, 2023

Milton Dale Magee, native of Beaumont, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. Those who knew him, loved him. Milton lived a storied life and his Irish heritage bestowed upon him a gift for storytelling. It was always an honor and pleasure to sit with him, listening to his hilarious and inspiring tales spanning his lifetime. He was a proud graduate of South Park High School (Go Greenies!) and attended Lamar University as a member of the Lamar cheerleading squad. He later joined the Navy where he served on the USS Oriskany during the Korean War. He went on to work for and retire from the Mobil Oil Magnolia Plant. Soon after retirement, he started a local sign company known to many, NEMA Enterprises. However, most will remember him as the CEO of Poppas Hook, a BBQ tool manufacturing and distribution company founded by his father Dewey (Pop) Magee, a man to whom he was always quick to give respectful recognition. It is through his work with Poppa’s Hook that Milton’s spirit truly shined. He and his loving wife, Nedra, sold Poppa’s Hooks across the south and beyond as well as gave them away as gifts to countless friends and acquaintances, always proudly spreading the word about Pop’s legacy. “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”, and “Everybody needs something worthwhile to do”, are the credos Pop lived by, Milton lived by, and the credos he carried forward through his words and actions.

Milton is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dewey, Walter, Harlin, Charles Henry; and sons, Mark and Sam Magee, Michael Hemmings; and granddaughter, Amanda Casey Duvall.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nedra; children; Vicki Pruit; Donna Magee; Lorrie Duvall (Ken); Monnica Bruno (William); Phillip Hemmings (Lisa); Andrew Hemmings (Lisa); grandchildren, Gretchen Courting (Jason); Kaelee Fallin (Caleb); Chance Magee (Lily); Gentry Magee; Erin Frederick (Justin); Meagan Gear; Reagan Blackmon (John); Jeremy Hemmings (Marcy); Jacob Hemmings; Kendall Duvall (Lindsey); Nick Bruno (Shelby); Dylan Bruno (Peyton); Avery Hemmings (Joel); Drew Hemmings; and Grace Hemmings; ten great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Mr. Magee may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; Salvation Army USA, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; or Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77058.

A gathering of Mr. Magee’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 28, 2023, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. His cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
  • 700, Jefferson St, Beaumont, TX, 77701,
  • July 28, 2023
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Mass

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
  • 700, Jefferson St, Beaumont, TX, 77701,
  • July 28, 2023
  • 11:00 am


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

Comments (31)

    Cleo Martin says:

    I’m so sorry that you have lost the love of your life. Although I never met him, Milton had to be a prize to have snagged you. I remember us talking about our good fortune, finding our perfect mates late in life. The good Lord knew what we needed and placed ‘him’ in our paths at just the right time. Forty-one years is just not long enough. But it’s not over, “the best is yet to come”. He’s waiting for you and maybe I’ll get to meet him then. Love you and praying for your comfort. Cleo.

    Mary Jane Mouton says:

    Jim and I want to express our condolences to you Nedra, Andy and your entire family on the loss of a genuinely sweet, kind, warm, husband and father. You can’t think of Milton without seeing that great smile. May his memory give you peace in your sorrow.

    Dr. Dena McGowan says:

    Nedra, so sorry I couldn’t be there. My brother’s service was the next day in SW Wyoming. Uncle Milty was my second favorite Magee boy, until he moved up after Budy’s passing. Sure going to miss him. I will keep you in my [prayers.

    Dr. Dena McGowan says:

    Nedra, so sorry I could not be there. My oldest brother’s service was the next day in SW Wyoming. I was there in spirit. Uncle Milty was always my second favorite Magee boy, until he moved up with Buddy’s passing 🙂

    With deepest sympathy, Dena

    JoFrances Manuel says:

    Nedra and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss of Milton. He was a special person and I know he will be missed. Please know Milton and you and his family will be in my prayers.
    Jo Frances

    Bruce and Kay Guidroz says:

    Nedra, so sorry for your loss, I really enjoyed my visits with Milton when he would come by Gateway. He was such a special man. You are in our prayers.

    Julie Magee says:

    Thank you Nedra for taking such good care of Milton and all of us Magee’s when we visited over the years. You and uncle Milton always made us feel welcome.
    I will really miss his funny and touching stories.
    Prayers for you at this difficult transitional time.
    Love, Julie 😞❤️🙏

    Harlin Magee says:

    There is a song lyric that says, “to know him is to love him”. People did not have to know Milton very well to love him; so, I think that many will agree that this lyric applies to Milton. Uncle Milton was a friend to me from my teenage years until his graduation to heaven and I believe I now have another friend in high places. There are beliefs about the afterlife that include many levels of heaven and purgatory. I believe Milton earned a mansion in Jesus’s neighborhood. I hope to visit his mansion soon in spirit, while I still live in this body and to join him in paradise as soon as God wills it.
    May his dear wife, Nedra, find comfort in the certainty that a great reunion with the Lord, the Saints and our loved ones is assured.

    Julie magee says:

    The day is done.
    Your battle won.
    But we here below will miss you so….

    Kyle &. Connie Bland says:

    We met Mr. Milton when I worked for Technical Assistance next door to his business. Each day he would come by and say hello and tell a story or two. He was such a kind man. He gave my husband a Poppas Hook and he still uses it to this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless

    Tracie Courville Simmons says:

    Nedra, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family.

    Manuel and Donna Rizzotto says:

    Nedra. So very sorry for the loss of your husband. Please know that we are thinking of you.

    Jason Magee says:

    My great uncle Milton always meant a great deal to me and I wish I could’ve been there today with everyone.

    One of my favorite sayings of all time is something he once said to me and almost everyone I know has heard me say it.

    “If you want to get something done, start”.

    Thank you for everything Milton. I will miss you.

    Walter L Magee Jr says:

    He was always there for me when I needed him. Sometimes he even knew I needed him when I didn’t. The man could spin a tale and he spun my mind many times. I haven’t lost him. He’s with me every step I take.

    Mike cacioppo says:

    I first met milt when I worked for the Sachitano family at their store on Delaware.

    Always looked forward to Milton’s visits for some hydration. No one was any nicer and always a pleasure with his positive attitude.

    Years later loved his insight at msgr jack bible studies.

    So happy that yall found each other.

    Yall are 2 people i respect.

    So sorry for your loss.

    Love and prayers


    Willie & Linda Hall says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Milton is one we will never forget. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.

    Sadie bean says:

    Til we meet again my friend. I loved being around you and your special love, Nedra. I and all who knew you will miss you but are left to cherish your memories of a cherished life and great sense of humor. See you later Milton Magee.

    Milton and Sherrie Dominy says:

    So sorry, Nedra! The world has lost a jewel! My Milton was so fond of your Milton, and was proud to call him Friend!

    Matt and Karen Puckett says:

    Nedra and Family,

    Our sincere condolences to you all. What a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. Praying for comfort and peace for you. Rest in Heavenly peace, Milton.

    Kelli McArthur Kantor says:

    May you find peace and comfort .. Mr. McGee and Nedra are such a good friends to my mom and dad. @Andy and Lisa, Danielle and I are so sorry to hear this news. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jerry Hamilton says:

    I’ve known Milton, (a.k.a., Mr. Maggie) almost my entire life. He was one of my parents BFF’s. The kind of friend you didn’t have to call before you stopped by for coffee. And the stories they would tell. I remember, listening to the stories around the kitchen table like it was yesterday. God granted me the privilege of saying goodbye just before he called Milton home and I am so grateful. You are a wonderful person and a great friend. You will be missed. And tell Sambo and Mom and Dad I said hi and we Love them.

    Charlotte Vallot says:

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your precious Milton. He was a good man, & you two had a beautiful life together. May he rest in eternal peace. 🙏

    Spencer & Mendy Sager says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all friends and family.

    Barry nd Lynne Larkin says:

    Milton was truly a one of a kind and will be missed dearly. But I know he was met in Heaven by Sam and they are dancing on streets of gold now.

    Selma Sue Stinson says:

    My friendship with Milton goes back to South Park High School. I remember us “street dancing” in Austin when South Park basketball played/won the state championship in 1953. Years passed and our daughters became best friends. Milton was full of fun and laughter and a life-long friend who will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Vickie and the family.

    Jill (Stinson) Hendrix says:

    Some of my happiest childhood memories are being around this crazy, wonderful man on a regular basis! Pearl beer, keg cold in the shop fridge…we didn’t DARE! Vicki, my heart and love is with you and all the family. Also, Vicki, I’ve looked to get ahold of you and can’t seem to find you. Please, when you can, call me 972-352-7659.

    John & Judy Bryant says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to Nedra and all of Milton’s family, friends and loved ones. Milton was truly one of a kind. It has been our pleasure to have been friends with Milton and Nedra for many years. May he rest in peace. May GOD grant him salvation, and an eternal life as a member of the Family of GOD, in Heaven. Our love to all.

    Kathy Burkhalter says:

    I am so sorry for your loss 💜 prayers for peace and comfort. Milton was full of love and laughs … just being around him filled you with joy💜

    Cindy Dodson Taylor says:

    Nedra, so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family.

    Dorothy Overstreet says:

    Still enjoy memories of Milton ! Thinking and praying , Vickie of you and your mom ❤️

    Nan & John Nelson says:

    Ol’Milton Magee: there will never be another like him. Kind, compassionate and comforting, weaver of yarns so hilarious there was constant, imminent danger of peeing your pants. For more decades than we can tally, Milton and John aka “Two Old Dudes”
    manufactured Vinyl Caps, tank gauge boards,
    Papa’s Hooks and Jar Genies, driving to the cedar sawmill in Rusk, Texas for supplies and manufacturing and selling In chemical plants
    Of Southeast Texas. With his lovely bride Nedra, Milton played matchmaker for the two of us, and we therefore named our firstborn
    (Dalmatian) Milton in his honor. We will greatly miss listening to his stories and I will remember his warm “Nannie-Poo” greeting with a bittersweet twinge.

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