Charles Joseph Boudreaux, Jr. met his Savior on Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was 93 years young.
Charlie was born in South Louisiana and graduated from Thibodeaux High School in 1943. He attended Louisiana State University and later became an employee of the “then named” Humble Oil and Refining Company, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a Laboratory Research Technician. He was later relocated to Houston, Texas to continue working with Humble, which was then renamed to Exxon. He worked in the Exxon Company USA’s Commerce Department and was assigned various positions in his 42 years of service. Upon retirement, Charlie was a negotiator for Foreign and Domestic Crude. As a result of his shrewd negotiating skills and his witty Cajun demeanor, “Mr. Exxon”, as he was called by his peers, retired with a strong respect and love from both sides of the table.
After retirement, Charlie was able to spend more time with his wife, Joey. They met on a ballroom dance floor and dancing became their main source of entertainment; making lots of great friends along the way. They were members of several dance clubs in Houston, as well as the Petroleum Club. Their dancing was curtailed when Charlie had a stroke in 1999.
Charlie enjoyed a full, loving life. There was not much that he did not introduce himself to, from lettering 2 years in Track and Field at LSU, training in ball room dance, or taking up the piano at 62 years old. Throughout the years Charlie maintained a personal journal, documenting special moments and activities that transpired in his 40 year marriage with Joey. He also authored and published his book “Escaping the Silent Killer”, which was a journal kept by Charlie; a timeline beginning shortly after his paralyzing stroke and continuing through five years of rehabilitation.
However, what brought Charlie the most joy were his wife and family. He is survived by his adoring wife, Jonette (Joey) Boudreaux; son Ron and wife Cindy; son Barry and wife Ninfa M.; daughter Vickie and husband Reagan Naquin. He also leaves his brother Robert and wife Joyce; stepsons Kyle and Drew Johnson and stepdaughter, KanDee Johnson Mirtsching. He leaves 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 1 Niece and 1 Nephew.
This amazing man, that touched so many lives, had several monikers. To the love of his life, who he called “Pretty”, he was Prince Charming. To his children, he was Dad, then Graggy as grandchildren begin to appear on the scene. He was Charlie to just about everybody and “Boo” to some of his friends. Our Charlie had a zest for life, a smile on his face, a story to tell, and a big heart full of love and God’s Grace throughout his 93 years on Earth.
He is and will be forever in our hearts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 507 East 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803.
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