Ronald Charles “Ronnie” Benoit

November 14, 1945 - June 19, 2022

Ronald Charles “Ronnie” Benoit, 76, of China, died Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was born on November 14, 1945, to Beulah Benton Belile Benoit and Lawrence Benoit, in Beaumont.

Ronnie was a lifetime rice farmer, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 for many years, insurance agent, and pillar in his community. He loved hunting and fishing, coaching basketball, was an avid water-skier in his youth and held records for jumping, was an ag pilot and flew crop dusters, and enjoyed skeet and trap shooting. Ronnie was a lifetime member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and everyone’s “Grumpy”.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Judi Johnston Benoit; daughter, Carol Joy Born and her husband, Kevin, of Beaumont; son, Chuck Benoit and his wife, Theresa, of China; grandchildren, Laura Leigh and her husband, James, Anna and her fiancé, Alex, William, and Emma; great-granddaughter, Lily; three bonus grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard and Larry Benoit.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Benoit will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 245 West Highway 90, China, with a gathering of his family and friends to follow in the parish hall. His cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, P.O. Box 38, China, Texas 77613 or the Hardin-Jefferson Hunger Initiative, P.O. Box 115, China, Texas 77613.


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Celebration of Life

  • June 23, 2022
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Comments (26)

    Bob and VIcki Rose says:

    We were saddened to hear about Ronnie. Hoping that the Lord blesses the family and grants them solace in this trying time.

    God Speed for Ronnie. May he rest with the Angels in Heaven.

    Theresa Hall says:

    Just learned of your loss (7-3) I’m very saddened, a great person. Judi we are praying that God will always keep you and your family, Love Theresa

    Susan Conrad Jarrell says:

    Heaven gained another fine man! As a friend said when Dad gained his wings……he just changed addresses. You will feel Ronnie’s presence with you always. Prayers and love!

    Cleo and Carroll Martin says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. May he rest in the loving arms our our Creator. Save us a spot, Ronnie. We’ll see you soon. THE BEST IS YET TO COME! Love you, Judi.

    Mary Marshall Fontenot says:

    I am grateful to have known such a kind and considerate person. Thank you Mr. Ronnie for always giving me hope that good people did exist in this world. That is how I will always remember you, a good man. May God’s peace keep your family as they learn to live on this side of life until they see you again. I will miss your authentic smile, I felt the genuine kindness you meant to express every-time you shared it with me❤️.

    Pearl Leger and Happy says:

    Ronnie was a good friend and we work insurance claims with him, enjoyed our time with him. I pray his family will find peace.

    Dwight and Candy Burke says:

    Judi and your family have been blessed with an amazing man for 57 years, and now with the blessings of God, Ronnie will be with all of you in your hearts in this next journey of your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we love you, Dwight and Candy Burke.

    Anne & Paul Stryker says:

    It is with great sadness that we learned of Ronnie’s passing and we send our deepest sympathies to Judi and all of the Benoit family. We feel very honored to have known him and we hope that the love and support of the family and their deep faith, will ease the pain of his loss.

    Jim and Shelley Dyer says:

    We knew Ronnie and Judi through Judi’s brother Rick Johnston who married my sister Cathy. Ronnie and Rick were each others’ ‘Best Man” at their weddings! We love reconnecting with Ronnie and Judi whenever we attend Johnston family reunions and events. Extended family was important to Ronnie, and he always kindly welcomed us into his circle. We are so sorry to hear that he is no longer with us and we know that he will be deeply missed by his family and community.

    renee Marsall says:

    sending prayers to the family.
    Mr. Ronnie was loved by my dad Lawrence Marshall who know longer with us. I heard many great stories. You will be missed.

    Alford and Kaye Revia says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with you all.

    Bert and Patsy Fontenot ot says:

    I farmed across from Ronnie and his brothers, Richard and Larry. They lent me a helping hand if I needed one. Lots of good memories. Praying for his family during this difficult loss.

    Debbie Strang says:

    My heart goes out to the family! He was surrounded by love in life and in the end. May the memories new plentiful and bring smiles more than tears one day. Sending love and hugs!!!!

    Bert and Patsy Fontenot says:

    Ronnie and his Brothers, Richard and Larry farmed next to means always lended a helpin hand when I needed one. Lots of good memories. Prayers for the family.

    Lisa & Mike Doguet says:

    Ms Judi, Carol Joy, Chuck & the entire Benoit family, Mike & I want to offer our deepest condolences & most heartfelt sympathies to Y’all! Life around here certainly will not be the same and definitely not as FUN!! Mr Ronnie was our go to man for everything & always had the most upbeat personality, with a smile that never left his face! We will miss him, no doubt, but may he forever Rest In Peace! Loved him & love Y’all! May God Bless, Lisa & Mike Doguet

    Patti Sparks says:

    All my love and prayers god be with you and give you strength in the following days. He will be missed.

    Rita Burke says:

    Dear Judi, Carol, Chuck and all your family,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. I love Ronnie and each one of you. You ALL have been an inspiration to everyone especially through this most recent journey. I pray you can feel His peace.

    Rita Randolph Burke

    Bertand Patsy Fontenot says:

    Ronnie and his 2 brothers, Richard and Larry farmed next to me and was always ready to lend me a helping hand when I needed one. These memories are so special. Prayers for the family.

    Barbara Fesco Lettau says:

    My heartfelt prayers go out to the Benoit family. Your family has always supported the area communities. I know Ronnie is dancing with the angels ???????????? , he was well liked by so many people. You and your family are in my THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ????????????????????????

    Mickey and Barbara Attaway says:

    Ronnie and Judy were lifelong friends and I still remember going swimming at Ronnie’s parents house. Good memories and he will be greatly missed.

    Marilyn BERTMAN says:

    So very sorry to hear this as I know he put up a good fight. Prayers for Judi and her family

    audrey and william bridgesh says:

    He was my class mate.He was a great friend.He was there when i needed him.Iwill miss him.

    Patsy and Keith Henson says:

    So sorry for your loss may the Lord b with u in this time of need he was one of the best for sure. God bless

    Shirley Benson says:

    Ronnie was a lifelong friend! He will be missed by all of his friends! Asking God to bless his entire family and many friends! God bless my dear friend. May you rest in peace.

    Teresa Attaway Dumphy says:

    Judi and family: My condolences to all of you for Ronnie’s passing. He fought a long, hard battle for sure. I know he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be fondly missed by everyone who knew him in China and all surrounding communities. May you all be blessed with a sense of peace as you face the next few days and beyond.

    Gene and Kathy Isabell says:

    So very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a long time asset to HardinJefferson ISD and the China, Nome, Sour Lake and Pinewood communities. Great memories, great family, so honored to have known him. Prayers to the family.

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