Wesley Arthur "Art" Cawthon

February 8, 1953 - June 26, 2021

Wesley Arthur “Art” Cawthon, 68, of Fannett, died Saturday, June 26, 2021. He was born February 8, 1953, in Paris, Texas, to Letha Merle Nance Cawthon and Woodson Arthur Cawthon.

Art was a lover of nature. He loved looking out his kitchen window, over Deanna’s African violets, at the bird feeders hanging just outside. He once called it, “The most beautiful scene in the world.” Art also loved to eat great food, often picking up the phone or shooting a text to his son, Rob, to share something about the “best thing he ever put in his mouth.” He shared a special bond with his daughter-in-law, Christi and it extended beyond his love for her lasagna and deviled eggs. He was a doting grandfather who was extremely proud of his grandkids Keely, Caleb, Christopher, Kyan, and Kelcie. He would frequently ask Christi or Rob for that “last picture of…” or “that video you sent me of….”, which always meant that he was telling someone or was about to tell someone about his grandkids.

His favorite thing to talk about was “his De”. Art often said he didn’t “grow up” until he married her on July 4th, 1989, and many people would probably agree with that sentiment. She was the love of his life, and he was in awe of her strength, often telling Rob, “If it wasn’t for your mom…”

What made Art special was that he never met a stranger. He only met friends. Whether it was as a guitar player, the guy from All Pro Audio, or as a faithful employee at Tricon, he had a way of connecting with people and making them feel special.

Survivors include his wife, Deanna Cawthon, of Fannett; son, Rob Woodruff and wife, Christi; grandchildren, Keely, Caleb, Christopher, Kyan, and Kelcie Woodruff, all of Bismarck, North Dakota; and Kathy Day, of Mt. Pleasant.

Art is being greeted, in the afterlife, by his parents, Merle and Arthur Cawthon and sister, Ann Saam.

A gathering of Mr. Cawthon’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his funeral service at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church, 2955 South Major Drive, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

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Greenlawn Memorial Park - Groves

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Funeral Service

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  • 2955 south major drive beaumont tx 77707
  • 07/01/2021
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Gathering of Family and Friends

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  • 2955 South Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77707
  • 07/01/2021
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Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland, TX

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  • 505 n 12th street nederland tx 77627

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Derald Bulls

I was one of the lucky neighborhood kids in Paris that was befriended by Art as a young kid. I grew up around his parents, Merle and Art. My last Instant Message from him was more him encouraging me than me trying to do the same to him. Rest well my old friend. You’ve made an impact on so many! May God provide strength for each day, De and family.

Kirk Droddy

Huge loss . Art became a fast friend when my family moved to Silsbee in 9th grade. We had many great journeys together and my life is better from knowing him. Lots of great memories., we had lots of fun My condolences go out to his family and all who loved him . Our lives have been enriched by his presence. Seeing him at the class reunion in 2011 was a great surprise for me and a cherished moment. Happy trails Art ! ✌️

Beth and Corky Wheeler

Dee, I am so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. I immediately started thinking about all of the good and fun times the four of us had to together. One of the favorites was our canoe adventures. I will never forget Art’s smile and kind words. He was one of the happiest guys I have known. He loved his family dearly. He will be missed by Corky and I, but always in our hearts. Our sincere sympathy to Dee and the family. Love you all.

Robert Purks Sr

Sorry to hear of Art’s passing I worked with him at Tricon years ago my prayers to his family and friends at this time.

Patricia Baggett

So sorry to hear about the passing of a dear friend. Spent some great times at Gallagher’s and many other places. He was a good friend and a great musician. He will be missed by many. Sending prayers for the family

Patty Martin Browning

Deanna, I’m so sorry for your loss. Have you and the rest of family in my thought and prayers. I’t seems like yesterday that Betty and I visited you guys. Great memories. Sending my love.

Ronald Guarnere

I met Art 9 years ago and was hired by h as a tanker driver at Tricon..From the first day, he proved to be a good friend and kind person . I will miss him and our talks together..Condolences to the family. Rest in peace my friend.

Joyce Lowrey

I am so sorry to hear that Art had passed. God bless you and your family. Joyce Lowrey

Ronald Johnson

Art was never shy about anything. Always a big greeting and a hug. His warmth and genuine spirit always shone through. He's been taken far before his time, but will be with his wonderful parents, waiting for the rest of his adoring family. We love you and we miss you! Rest, old friend.

Abdul Reza Golshan

Deanna, My condolences go out to you and your family. My name is Abdul Reza Golshan. I worked with Art at OTIS Engineering in Beaumont 45 years ago. I always remember his nice smile, genuine kindness towards me and everybody around him. We were just reconnected via Facebook last year and had plans to meet each other after COVID-19. Today I happen to came cross his video of obituary. My heart is saddened beyond words can describe. Rest in peace Art, I will forever remember you.