Alex Benoit, 89, of Nederland, died Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Beaumont. He was born on February 15, 1926, in Morse, Louisiana, to Fannie Lee Sonnier and Cleophas Benoit, Sr.
Alex retired from the National Maritime Union, as a merchant mariner. He was primarily assigned to the Texaco Mississippi from 1959 to 1992 until the vessel was sold for scrap metal. Baseball was his passion. Alex was an associate pitching scout for the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He spent most of his free time dedicated to Babe Ruth Baseball in Nederland, East Texas and the Southwest Region.
Survivors include his sons, Michael Benoit and his wife, Marcee, of Katy and Marvin Benoit and his wife, Molly, of Vidor; daughter, Melinda Benoit of Nederland; son, Martin Benoit of O’Fallon, Illinois; grandchildren, Amanda Journeay and her husband, Blake; Derek Griffiths; Morgan Benoit; and Sydney Benoit.
Alex was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Helen; parents, Fannie Lee Sonnier and Cleophas Benoit, Sr. and siblings, E.C. Bourgeois, Elizabeth Hebert, Fannie Lee McKinnon, Mary Leger, Cleophas Benoit, Jr., and cousin Droza Towery.
A gathering of Mr. Benoit’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with his Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Broussard’s, with his private family interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Benoit’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 700 North Street, Suite M., Beaumont, Texas 77701 and Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth League, 7635 Ontario, Nederland, Texas 77627 or the Nederland Babe Ruth League, P.O. Box 1051, Nederland, Texas 77627.
The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers at Harbor Hospice and the College Street Health Care Center for their selfless service and loving care of our father, Alex.
Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.