Thomas Patterson Cude
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Thomas Patterson Cude
Thomas Patterson Cude
Thomas Patterson Cude, 93, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2014, at Hacienda Nursing Home in Beeville, Texas. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Pat was born on April 22, 1920, in the Viggo Community, about 5 miles west of Beeville, to William Leslie Cude and Anna Williamson Cude.

Pat lived his childhood during the Great Depression. His family, like many in Bee County, survived having little money, living off what they could barter in town from the family farm. In the ninth grade he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and could no longer attend school. He was sent to the sanatorium in San Angelo to recuperate. As a result of his illness he was eligible to attend the National Youth Administration camp near Colorado Springs, Colorado. He went to the camp to learn how to fix radios, but the camp was unable to offer the course. He studied bookbinding and woodworking instead. In his spare time he would get old discarded radios from a local radio shop and salvage the good parts. From those parts he would put together working radios and sell them to the other boys in his dormitory for $4 or $5 dollars each.

Later Pat enrolled in the Coyne Electric School in Chicago. There he studied radio, refrigeration and electricity. He graduated in the top of his class.

After graduation he was hired by Coyne Electric School as an assistant shop instructor where he taught radio skills to World War II soldiers who were enrolled there.

In 1942 with recommendations from Coyne Electric School Pat got a job with Goodyear in New Orleans as their radio service man. He worked there about eighteen months before opening up his own business, Audubon Radio Shop on Magazine Street where he sold and repaired radios. He also maintained electric fans. Fans at that time had to be regularly cleaned and oiled, or they quit running.

While there in New Orleans he bought a television to watch the historical first broadcast from the new TV station there. He learned to repair televisions from training courses offered by RCA and Philco.

Pat married Alice Irene Johnson on August 2,1952, in New Orleans.

In the fall of 1953, they moved back to Beeville and with his brother Bill’s help, started building the new shop. In the spring of 1954 he opened Cude TV & Radio. There, he sold many people in the Beeville area their first television. He also installed car radios, TV antennas, and personally made home service calls to repair stereos and televisions.

In 1973, he purchased a Radio Shack Franchise. In 1983, Pat changed the name to Cude Electronics, Inc. He eventually turned over the management and ownership of the business to his son, Paul.

Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gideons, and the Masonic Lodge.  He could fix just about anything. With a little tinkering, he could figure out a way to make it work again. He enjoyed photography, gardening, woodworking and traveling.  

Pat was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Irene Cude; parents Anna and William Leslie Cude; and brother Bill Cude.

He is survived by children Garry Cude and wife Sheila of Beeville; Paul Cude of Beeville; Diann Miller and husband Bill of Commerce City, Colorado; grandchildren Will Cude, Avery Cude, Chris Messer, Brandon Messer, Allyson Messer; sisters Cille Haszier, Ruth Reece, Mary Cutkosky; and brother George Cude.

Visitation will be held at Galloway and Sons Funeral Home in Beeville on Tuesday, February 4th, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5th, at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Beeville. Interment will follow at Beeville Memorial Park.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Hacienda Oaks Nursing Home, and to the caregivers from Exclusive Home Health and Hospice. They also appreciate the ministry provided by staff and members of the First Baptist Church, and the medical care provided by Dr. Joseph Larakers.
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February 12, 2014
I remember seeing Mr. Cude on his afternoon walks and bike rides as I'd be heading to or from home on Viggo Rd. I thought, "I sure hope I get around like he does for his age."

After moving away, starting a family, then coming back to Beeville in '08, I recall seeing him at the 200 acre park. I was there watching my boys practice baseball. Mr. Cude was walking amongst the bluebonnets and paint brushes, admiring them. Once again I thought, "God willing, I sure hope I get around like he does for his age....I hope I live as long as he once again have time to take long bike rides and smell the flowers."

Thank you for sharing his story.