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Paul Thames '75 July 13, 2022 11:51 AM updated: July 13, 2022 12:15 PM

Paul Frederick Thames
December 22, 1937 - January 19, 2022

Paul Frederick Thames went to his heavenly home January 19, 2022 after a short illness. He was born on December 22, 1937 to Helen Price Lee and Travis Thames Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter in law, Winona “Sissy” Thames. A life long resident of Beaumont, he graduated from South Park High School in 1957 and attended Lamar University and in 1975 graduated from Texas A&M.

Paul was a carpenter by trade. He worked at DuPont for 11 years. Then he taught in BISD as the building trades instructor where they built houses using several trades. Later, Paul became the administrator of the Carpenter Apprenticeship Program where he continued to work for 25 years. After retiring, he decided to go back and teach wood shop at West Brook for another 12 years. He enjoyed teaching his students.

Paul was an avid gardener. He grew tomatoes commercially in greenhouses for several years. He enjoyed trying different varieties of seeds to see how they would grow. He liked to share his produce and knowledge of gardening with his family, friends and neighbors. Paul also loved to cook and preserve the bounty from his garden. He loved deer hunting with his son, Paul Fred and his grandson Travis. Paul liked to fish and spent many hours on the lake with his son, Scott and grandsons, Cordell and Hunter.

While at South Park High School, Paul played on the Greenies football team as the center and developed a life long love of football. He watched his sons play football while in Jr. High and High School, enjoyed college football and loved the Dallas Cowboys. When the Cowboys were on, he was watching.

He is survived by his children, Linda Kirk and her husband, Bert; Paul Thames Jr.; Scott Thames and his wife, Laura; Tiffany Taylor and her husband, Rob; grandchildren, Brian Kirk and his wife, Heather; Travis Kirk and his wife, Victoria; Nicole Thames; Kayla Reynolds and her husband, Jeremy; Cordell Thames; Hunter Thames; Aidan Ward; and Jacob Taylor; great-grandchildren, Cameron Burgess, Cera Kirk, Kent Kirk, Mason Reynolds, and Abby Reynolds.

Pallbearer will be Brian Kirk, Travis Kirk, Cameron Burgess, Cordell Thames, Aidan Ward and Jeremy Reynolds with an Honorary Pallbearer, Hunter Thames.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

A gathering of Mr. Thames’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 24, 2022, at Broussard’s, Beaumont. There will be a private interment at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Fairdale, Texas.

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