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Thomas Barker "Tody" Dupont

PLAQUEMINE - For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Thomas Barker "Tody" Dupont , 66, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, passed away on April 14, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. In 1964, Tody graduated from Plaquemine High School. While attending high school he was a superb athlete exceling in track and field and football. His record in the javelin throw lasted for 20 years. Due to his prowess on the gridiron, Tody was awarded a full collegiate football scholarship to the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana.

During his college football career for the Ragin' Cajuns, he was well known throughout the region as one of a trio of players nicknamed "The Headhunters" for their ruthless pursuit of pass interceptions. His most notable highlights were intercepting passes thrown by Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach. His college football career was cut short by injuries sustained on the field. While at USL, he also became a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He graduated from USL in 1968.

Tody's political roots ran deeply on both his maternal (Jumonville) and paternal (Dupont) sides of his family, and he was proud to tell anyone that he was a true "yellow dog democrat" like his "daddy."

In 1970, Tody left Louisiana, with little more than the clothes on his back and a deep passion for politics, and headed to Houston with the goal of becoming a lawyer. He quickly found a position with then Harris County Clerk R. E. "Bob" Turrentine in the elections department, while attending law school at night. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1973.

Shortly before receiving his law degree, Tody met and married Dianne Rodeheaver, daughter of longtime and beloved Harris County Clerk Anita Rodeheaver. During her tenure, Tody was active in Anita Rodeheaver's campaigns and political career, thereby further ingraining himself in Texas politics.

After being admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973, Tody hit the ground running. He shared a private practice with his friend Billy Kerr for 25 years before forming Dupont & Dupont with his son, T. B. Todd Dupont II, in 1999. In an age of specialized legal fields, Tody prided himself on being a true general practitioner, proficiently and effectively representing people in most of areas of the law. He remained in private practice with his son until his death. Tody fundamentally believed in serving his community. During his long legal career, Tody served as a prosecutor, and then municipal court judge, for the city of Jersey Village, Texas. He presided on that bench for over ten years. In recent years, Tody had relocated to the country in Plantersville, Texas, and, once again, got involved in the local politics. He had been recently appointed a municipal court bench in Magnolia, Texas. Continuing his love of writing and serving his community, he also created the P-S Bulletin, a community newsletter serving Plantersville, Texas and the surrounding areas, and served as its editor and publisher. Tody maintained an active spiritual life, and each Christmas season, Tody loved to don the red suit, and play Santa Claus for children across the State of Texas.

Tody was preceded in death by his parents John Shelby Dupont and Olive Jumonville Dupont. He is survived by his daughter Kimberly, 39, and her husband Ron Naumann of Fayetteville, Texas and grandchildren Kortney, Kelsey and Kole Parchman; son Todd Dupont, 38, of Houston, Texas, and grandchildren Madeline, Natalie and Ava Dupont; and, daughter Tammy, 37, and her husband Heath Barber of Cypress, Texas, and grandchildren Savannah, Brayton and Lauren Barber; two sisters and their husbands, Olive "Lolly" and Michael Tuminello and Desiree and Carl Goodbar, and six brothers, Dr. John S. DuPont Jr. and Erin Dupont, Frank J. Dupont, William E. "Bill" and Alexia Dupont, Stephen O. "Talon" and Donna Dupont, James Jude Dupont, and Charles Denis and Eva Dupont. He also has a special first cousin Ernest "Bo" Hopmann III, wife Lisa, daughters Elizabeth and Anita, and companion Janet Bentley.

Tody Dupont never met a stranger. And no matter where he went in life, he would often be late—always maintaining he was "worth the wait." Tody made it to Heaven much too early. The many friends and family who were there to greet him must have been pleasantly surprised at, finally, not having to wait on Tody. But those of us whom he leaves behind are left with little comfort. His departure has left a deep void in our lives and the legal community. Tody was truly one-of-a-kind, both in and out of the courtroom, and will be truly missed.

Visitation will be at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine, Saturday, April 23 from 10am until memorial service at 2pm conducted by Rev. Cleo Milano.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to either the Make a Wish Foundation, Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter, 1604 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005 or the Louisiana Special Olympics, 1000 East Morris Avenue, Hammond, La. 70403. Rest in eternal peace, Tody.

Published in the The Advertiser from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2011
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