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Joseph "Bill" Westmoreland Jr. '45 November 1, 2022 3:05 PM updated: November 1, 2022 3:13 PM

Joseph William Westmoreland
November 23, 1924 - October 8, 2022

Memorial services for Joseph William (Bill) Westmoreland, 97, of Livingston, Texas, will be held Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, Texas. Interment will be at a later date in the Shepherd Hill Cemetery in Willis, Texas.

Bill was born on November 23, 1924 in East Columbia, Texas to parents, Joseph William and Margie Lester Westmoreland, and passed on October 8, 2022 at his home in Livingston, Texas.

Bill attended Texas A&M University 1941-1943; and was called to active duty in 1943 from the Enlisted Reserves and received Basic Infantry Training at Camp Roberts, California. He transferred to the 70th Division with the 276 Trailblazers I-Company in Eastern France and was wounded in action during the liberation of Forbach, France and obtained the rank of Sgt. before he shipped home in 1946.

He then returned to West Columbia, Texas, and married his childhood sweetheart, Virginia (Sugar) Weems. In 1949 he finished college on the G.I. Bill at Texas A&M with a degree in Petroleum Engineering; he worked for Texaco, Inc. and after 33 years retired and moved to Livingston, Texas on the Lake.

Bill attended the First United Methodist Church in Livingston and was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart where he was Treasurer of his chapter for 16 years. He was also a member of the Saint John's Masonic Lodge No.5 for 71 years.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Virginia (Sugar) Weems, his parents, and his grandson Jacob Ross Anglin.

Bill is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, J.W. (Joe) and Marylee Westmoreland III of Livingston, Texas; daughter, Stacy Callihan of Willis, Texas; daughter, Zee Anglin of Liberty, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Bill Duran of Lockhart, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Jacques Poincloux of Conroe, Texas; son Mark Westmoreland of Rosharon, Texas, 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren along with numerous relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

First United Methodist Church of Livingston, 2801 US Hwy 190 W. Livingston, Texas 77351, or the charity of your choice.

 



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