OBITUARY

John Phillip Soulé, MD

July 14, 1957March 31, 2018
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John Phillip Soulé, MD, 60, died at home on Saturday, March 31, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by numerous loving family, colleagues, neighbors, and friends.

A native of El Paso, Dr. Soulé (“Dr. John” as he was long since christened by his patients) graduated from Eastwood High School in 1975, and Baylor University in 1979. Dr. Soulé graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1983, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, VA). Following a short stint as an internist in Houston, Dr. Soulé hung out his shingle in Victoria in 1989. His beloved partner-in-life of nearly 25 years, Kathryn Custer RN FNP joined him in the practice in 2009. Dr. Soulé had a mutual love affair with his adopted home town. An esteemed member of the local medical community, Dr. Soulé served as President of the Victoria County Medical Society in 2003, and Chief of Staff of Citizens Medical Center from 2003 to 2005. Known for his suspenders, cowboy boots, strong opinions, and flamboyant ties, Dr. Soulé was a valued colleague and beloved MD. He was fierce in his care and service to all who crossed his path, personally and professionally. As he meant to be, he was the very model of service to others, a loving and committed physician.

Passionate about history, Dr. Soulé had a special interest in World War II battles, and old westerns and war movies. Not surprisingly, he was fascinated by modest but strong heroes, from sheriffs to soldiers. Sunday gatherings with family often found him insisting that others again watch his favorites with him, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Lilies of the Field.” He leaves us as his heroes often did, riding off before we can even grasp how much we’ll miss him.

In addition to Kathy Custer, Dr. Soulé leaves us his beloved son, Nicholas, North Carolina; and stepson, Layne Custer (Kristen) San Marcos; his parents, Charles Sr. and Carolina, Victoria; his siblings, Charles Jr. (Patricia), New York; Michael, Houston; and Carole, Danbury, CA; 11 nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and grandnieces and grandnephews throughout Texas and the US. Among so many, we wish to offer special thanks and blessings to Dr. Mehran Nezhad, Dr. Bob Harvey, Dr. Khiem Vu and Dr. Andrew Clemmons, to Elliott Costas, to Brandi Fauth RN, to our beloved office staff Gaby Lefferts and Maria Hernandez, and to Dr. Vu’s very caring office staff, for the many loving ways in which they’ve eased his path and ours in these past weeks.

Dr. Soulé was predeceased by his grandparents, Jesús and Carolina Bencomo, and Carlos and Consuelo Soulé; his aunts, Lucila Soulé Santiesteban, Maria Bencomo Bárcena, and Julieta Saucedo Bencomo; his uncles, Robert Santiesteban, Fernando Soulé, Ronald Perryman, Guillermo Bárcena, José Bencomo, and José Santos; his cousins Robert Santos, Peggy Santiesteban, James Santiesteban, Hortencia Bárcena Fernández; and his nephew, Charles R. Soulé III.

The family will receive friends and share memories on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River St. in Victoria. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 7, 2018 followed by the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, 1309 E Mesquite Ln, Victoria, TX 77901. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Harbor Hospice, 5606 N Navarro St., Ste 306, Victoria, TX 77904 or www.harborhospice.com.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Carolina Soulé, Mother
  • Charles Soulé Sr., Father
  • Carolina Bencomo, Grandmother
  • Jesús Bencomo, Grandfather
  • Carlos Soulé, Grandfather
  • Consuelo Soulé, Grandmother
  • Kathryn Custer, Partner-in-Life
  • Nicholas Soulé, Son
  • Layne (Kristen) Custer, Stepson
  • Charles (Patricia) Soulé Jr., Brother
  • Michael Soulé, Brother
  • Carole Soulé, Sister
  • Charles R. Soulé III, Nephew
  • Lucila Soulé Santiesteban, Aunt
  • Maria Bencomo Bárcena, Aunt
  • Julieta Saucedo Bencomo, Aunt
  • Robert Santiesteban, Uncle
  • Fernando Soulé, Uncle
  • Ronald Perryman, Uncle
  • Guillermo Bárcena, Uncle
  • José Bencomo, Uncle
  • José Santos, Uncle
  • Robert Santos, Cousin
  • Peggy Santiesteban, Cousin
  • James Santiesteban, Cousin
  • Hortencia Bárcena Fernández, Cousin
  • Dr. Soulé also leaves 11 nieces and nephews, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Rosary Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Pamela Lightbody

May 26, 2018

Kathy and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of this great man . Every time I ever came into your office I felt like I was talking to a caring friend. (Both you, Kathy, and Dr. Soule made me feel this way always). I don't think I would be exaggerating one bit to say he was a genius. He shared his medical knowledge in such a way that you did not feel talked down to, just educated. There was no arrogance in him, a rarity among physicians. When I had to move out of town, leaving your practice was so hard. There will never be another like him. A monumental loss to you, this community and this world. May God comfort you. Sincerely, Pam Lightbody

Maria J Huerta

May 1, 2018

I have no words. Heaven has gained a truly amazing soul. Kathy, family, I offer my condolences and embraces, as little as that seems to me. I've been missing you for weeks, now I miss you more, Dr. J.P. Enjoy that wonderful celebration that has been prepared in your honor at the home Christ promised. You did some very, very good work for Him.

Richard STOVAL, MD

April 30, 2018

Ever competent and caring, always with a touch of levity…
Served me well for many years…
Saved my life at least once…
A doc’s doc…
Forever grateful…
Godspeed
Richard

John Vaughan, MD

April 11, 2018

As a full-time ER physician in Victoria for almost 30 years, I worked closely with John on many occasions, mostly at Citizens Medical Center. He was one of my favorites. John made sound medical decisions, and when the stress of the moment had cleared, he was always ready to lighten the moment with his wry sense of humor. His patients received excellent care. His bedside manner was impeccable. John was a good one in many ways. I'll miss you, John.

Roberto Davila Jr

April 10, 2018

will always remember the morning I went to office for a routine visit and John asked if I had anything new, I mentioned I had a little episode the evening before with wooziness and loss of memory -he smiled, asked if I felt well enough to walk across the street to Citizens and he would have me checked in by the time I got there. He and his team found I had a small stroke and all was well afterwards. will miss his smile and personality, so very sorry to hear of his passing

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

April 7, 2018

We were sorry to hear that Dr. Soule had passed away. He was a fine doctor with a great personality. He always had a smile on his face. May God bless the entire Soule family during your
time of loss.

John and Kay Brown

April 7, 2018

John and I have been a patient of this fabulous doctor for many years, we are sadden by the loss of such a great man. A doctor who cared so deeply for every patient. He will be missed.

Gary & Dorothy Dufour

April 6, 2018

Gary and I both feel a deep sorrow for the loss of Doctor Soule. He had been our doctor for over 20 years. You could not ask for a more caring and considerate doctor. We will truly miss him. Condolences to all his family.

Frances Pohl

April 6, 2018

My husband, James and I met Dr. Soule 25 years ago when James was very ill. He needed surgery and called in the best surgeon he knew in Victoria. We have continued to visit Dr. over the years dealing with many hospital stays and the progress of cancer. We always could talk to him and get answers to questions we had. He was gentle but firm when needed. He never seemed to rush through any visit. We will certainly miss him and his wonderful staff.
Go with God fine young man.
James and Frances Pohl

William Fishbeck

April 6, 2018

Many prayers and sympathy to the family.
William Fishbeck/

Biography

John Phillip Soulé, MD, 60, died at home on Saturday, March 31, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by numerous loving family, colleagues, neighbors, and friends. A native of El Paso, Dr. Soulé (“Dr. John” as he was long since christened by his patients) graduated from Eastwood High School in 1975, and Baylor University in 1979. Dr. Soulé graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1983, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, VA). Following a short stint as an internist in Houston, Dr. Soulé hung out his shingle in Victoria in 1989. His beloved partner-in-life of nearly 25 years, Kathryn Custer RN FNP joined him in the practice in 2009.

Dr. Soulé had a mutual love affair with his adopted home town. An esteemed member of the local medical community, Dr. Soulé served as President of the Victoria County Medical Society in 2003, and Chief of Staff of Citizens Medical Center from 2003 to 2005.

Known for his suspenders, cowboy boots, strong opinions, and flamboyant ties, Dr. Soulé was a valued colleague and beloved MD. He was fierce in his care and service to all who crossed his path, personally and professionally. As he meant to be, he was the very model of service to others, a loving and committed physician.

Passionate about history, Dr. Soulé had a special interest in World War II battles, and old westerns and war movies. Not surprisingly, he was fascinated by modest but strong heroes, from sheriffs to soldiers. Sunday gatherings with family often found him insisting that others again watch his favorites with him, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Lilies of the Field.” He leaves us as his heroes often did, riding off before we can even grasp how much we’ll miss him.

In addition to Kathy Custer, Dr. Soulé leaves us his beloved son, Nicholas, North Carolina; and stepson, Layne Custer (Kristen) San Marcos; his parents, Charles Sr. and Carolina, Victoria; his siblings, Charles Jr. (Patricia), New York; Michael, Houston; and Carole, Danbury, CA; 11 nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and grandnieces and grandnephews throughout Texas and the US.
Among so many, we wish to offer special thanks and blessings to Dr. Mehran Nezhad, Dr. Bob Harvey, Dr. Khiem Vu and Dr. Andrew Clemmons, to Elliott Costas, to Brandi Fauth RN, to our beloved office staff Gaby Lefferts and Maria Hernandez, and to Dr. Vu’s very caring office staff, for the many loving ways in which they’ve eased his path and ours in these past weeks.

Dr. Soulé was predeceased by his grandparents, Jesús and Carolina Bencomo, and Carlos and Consuelo Soulé; his aunts, Lucila Soulé Santiesteban, Maria Bencomo Bárcena, and Julieta Saucedo Bencomo; his uncles, Robert Santiesteban, Fernando Soulé, Ronald Perryman, Guillermo Bárcena, José Bencomo, and José Santos; his cousins Robert Santos, Peggy Santiesteban, James Santiesteban, Hortencia Bárcena Fernández; and his nephew, Charles R. Soulé III.

The family will receive friends and share memories on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 7, 2018 followed by the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral.