Michael “Tuffy” Hamilton

Michael “Tuffy” Hamilton

Death 8 Nov 2019 (aged 58)
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 204571790 · View Source
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Former State Representative Michael

Former State Representative Michael “Tuffy” Hamilton, 58, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019. He was born on September 30, 1961 to Michael “Mickey” Hamilton and Carrie Hebert and was the eldest of six. Michael was a loving father and grandfather who was always giving great advice. He truly loved life and enjoyed helping others enjoy it alongside him.

Hamilton attended Lamar University and was president of Alpha Tau Omega. He worked in various positions in the food and beverage industry before buying Tuffy’s Eatery in Mauriceville in 1990. Hamilton became well known for his chicken fried steak, rolls, desserts, and southern food which caused the nickname “Tuffy” to stick. Hamilton sold Tuffy’s Eatery shortly after Hurricane Rita in 2005 and opened Hamilton’s Restaurant and Bar in Port Arthur in 2017 with similar food. He is the current owner of the West Bar and Grill in Beaumont.

Hamilton was a former Texas Restaurant Association President and served in the Texas Legislature from 2003-2012. While in office, he served as Chairman of Licensing and Administrative Procedure and Natural Resources. During his time in office he served various roles in special disaster response committees and he affected state water funding, local government rights, as well as public education and fiscal responsibility in education funding.

Hamilton is preceded in death by his father, Michael “Mickey” Hamilton.

Hamilton is survived by his spouse of thirty years, Terry Hamilton; his mother Carrie Hebert; daughters, Melissa Eggleton and her husband, Mike; Lacey Coyne and her husband, Alex; sons, Kevin Sensat and his wife, Kim; and Michael Hamilton; grandchildren, Taylor, Tyler, Gabby, Emily, and Sophie.

A gathering of Mr. Hamilton’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Broussard’s. Mr. Hamilton’s interment will be held at the Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota Street, Austin, at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, 2390 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or the Wounded Warriors Foundation, P.O. Box 130727, Tyler, Texas 75713.
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  • Created by: Jimmy Stephens
  • Added: 9 Nov 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 204571790
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael “Tuffy” Hamilton (30 Sep 1961–8 Nov 2019), Find a Grave Memorial no. 204571790, citing Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Jimmy Stephens (contributor 47431693) .