August 31, 1947 – June 27, 2020
Gary Joseph Thibodeaux, age 72 of Bentonville, AR, formerly of Lake Charles, LA, died peacefully in his sleep on June 27, 2020, at his home in Bentonville. Born August 31, 1947 in Lecompte, LA, he is predeceased by his parents, Cladie and Pearl (Hebert) of Lake Charles, LA and his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Peyton Thibodeaux of Bentonville.
Gary was a devout Christian servant, loving husband and father, and a friend to many. He enjoyed spending time with family, watching Western movies, taking road trips, and working with his horses.
Gary earned his Associate’s degree from Southeastern Christian College in Winchester, KY and a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He served his country as a Marine in the Vietnam War with the 1st Marine Division Danang. For his bravery and deeds, he was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Gary went on to have a career as a Louisiana State Trooper, earning the rank of sergeant. He led the state in the recovery of stolen vehicles and was once chosen as “Trooper of the Year”. After retirement, he was sought out across the nation as a safety consultant for the trucking industry.
He is survived by his children, Laura (Rodney) Thibodeaux Ashlock of Abilene, TX; Scott (Mavenee) Thibodeaux of Kingwood, TX; Lance (Amanda) Thibodeaux of Bentonville, AR; his grandchildren, Nathan (Erin) Ashlock; Bonnie (Alec) Ashlock Finch; Sophie and Graham Thibodeaux; and Peyton and Myra Thibodeaux; one great-grandson, Olen Snow; his sister, Judy (Wayne) Wolfford; his brothers, Eddie (Anita) Thibodeaux, Carl (Debbie) Thibodeaux, Craig (Jenny) Thibodeaux; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gary was laid to rest with his wife at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
- Bentonville Church of Christ
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
July 2, 2020
Gary was kind hearted, quick to tell a joke and raised his kids well. I’m certain he’s gone to his heavenly home and is catching up with loved ones gone before. Prayers for his family and friends that will be missing his company.
July 1, 2020
I’m thinking of you all. So many wonderful memories of our time in Lake Charles. Know that you are being lifted up in prayer, and that you are all loved!!
July 1, 2020
I met Gary when he came in the Benton County Veterans Office. He was a big presence with a kind heart and was very easy to talk to. We had the Lord in common and we had very nice chats. I was very sad to learn of his death. I enjoyed our short visits.
July 1, 2020
Gary and I are distant cousins. I knew him from CYE and later we both attended Southeastern Christian College and sung in the choir. Both of us were Louisiana men that married Ky. women. One year I rode from Winchester to Glenmora, Louisiana, my hometown, with Gary and Elizabeth. Sorry to hear of his passing, but we know where he is.
Don and Cheryl Johnson
July 1, 2020
Worked with Gary at Wal-mart and Rode Horses with him he was a Pleasure to be around at work and fun event’s a Gentle kind man sure will miss him.
June 29, 2020
My heart is so sad, I’ve lost another best friend.
He is home now with his beloved Liz. Thank you for sharing part of your life in our friendship.
My precious memories is when Gary, Liz and me and Nan shared a cabin at camp quest the times we had and never to be forgotten. Nan and I will miss them deeply, and for me our front porch setting there at his barndominion late in the afternoons telling stories and watching the sun go down, and hours of cowboy movies we watched together and bowls of gumbo he always shared.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of grief.
I’ll miss him dearly.
May the Lord have a horse saddled and ready.
Rest In Peace my dear friend.