Michael Lipsey Derrington

November 21, 1946August 8, 2019
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Michael Lipsey Derrington, age 72, passed away on August 8, 2019, after a two-year battle with cancer. Michael was born on November 21, 1946, in Palestine, Texas, to Felix W. (Mutt) Derrington and Mary Kate Lipsey Derrington, both preceded him in death. Michael was also preceded in death by his sister, Sara Derrington Kennedy.

Michael’s life forever changed in 1977 while on a Christmas snow skiing trip when he met the love of his life, V.J. and her 9 year-old son, Brent. They were married on August 5, 1978 in Austin, Texas and then moved to Conroe, Texas. Michael had a lifelong interest in horses and rodeo. He was a permit holder with the PRCA as a steer wrestler, which he ranked at the very top of exciting accomplishments in his life. Michael retired in 2007 from Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor after over 30 years of service. Prior to employment with the railroad he served two years in the United States Air Force. After retirement, his interests included golf and traveling throughout the US. He got his only Hole-in-One in 2013 at The Bandit Golf Club in New Braunfels, Texas. He was a life time member of Panorama Golf Club and a previous member of Conroe Country Club.

Since 2010 Michael and VJ traveled several months per year playing golf and viewing the wonders of this great nation. Michael was a very social person, never met a stranger. Before he left most RV parks, he knew most everybody’s first name, where they were from, where they were going and what their occupation had been. His church home was The Ark in Conroe, but he also enjoyed attending church services each Sunday wherever our travels took us.

Michael is survived by his wife of 41 years, V.J. Derrington of Panorama Village, his son, Brent B. Boswell and wife Kathie, grandsons Bryce K. Boswell and Brighton M. Boswell, all of Willis, Texas. He is also survived by a nephew, John Michael Kennedy and wife, Kelli of Gause, Texas and niece DeAnn Sears and husband Brewster, of Syracuse, NY.

Visitation with family and friends will be Monday, August 12, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. at Cashner’s Funeral Home, Conroe, Texas. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Please join the family at Cashner’s for a Reception following the service. Interment will be at a future time. Casual dress, golf attire or jeans and boots are preferred.

Honorary pallbearers: Frank Patranella, Dennis Stanford, Ronald Woodard, Bryce Boswell and Brighton Boswell. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the American Cancer Society in Michael’s name or the charity of your choice.


  • V. J. Derrington, Loving wife of 41 years
  • Brent B. Boswell and wife Kathie, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Bryce K. Boswell, Grandson
  • Brighton M. Boswell, Grandson
  • John Michael Kennedy and wife Kelli, Nephew and Wife
  • DeAnn Sears and husband Brewster, Niece and Husband
  • Numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

  • Frank Patranella, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dennis Stanford, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ronald Woodard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryce Boswell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brighton Boswell, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 13, 2019


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Cindy Loutherback

August 18, 2019

What a fun loving and God loving and people loving couple you two were. VJ, Mike will always be with you and you are a strong woman that will go forth loving family, people, and places and you will continue to serve God because of your love for God and Mike. And we all grieve with you on your loss of the love of your life.

Linda Walker Leeth

August 18, 2019

So sorry to hear about your loss..

Lalayne Barber Rich

August 14, 2019

I was a classmate of Michael. Very sorry to hear this. Prayers for his family and friends. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Candace Barrow

August 14, 2019

VJ, I was so sorry to hear about Michael. I know we only met once at Sonny's funeral. My maiden name is Compton and Michael and I were related through my fraternal grandmother, Edna Bacon Compton. The only memories I have of Michael were as kids growing up in Palestine. Sis and Mutt were two of my very favorite cousins. Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. I know Michael will be missed by many.

Ronny/Janet Bredemeyer

August 13, 2019

To, Vj, Brent/wife, and all of Mickey's Family and Friends. We are very sorry to just find out of Mickey's passing. But, Bless his heart, He is no longer in pain. I first met Mickey at Our first Sweetwater Newman High School Class Reunion, way back in 1983!! He had on his fresh Starched/pressed Jeans, and his fresh starched/pressed Cowboy Shirt, and his Cowboy Boots!! Then he had attended several more Class Reunions of our over the years!! Most recently was Our 50th, in 2013. But, I did not find time to visit with him very much!! I'm very glad that he and Vj got to do/see as many things as they did during the course of their wonderful 41 years together!! GOD bless his soul!! Thoughts/Condolences/Prayers to 'each' of you!! Please try to remember the good/fun times that each of you had with Mickey!! and he will live on in 'our' memories!! Ronny Bredemeyer, and the entire Class of 1963 Sweetwater Newman High School)!! Rest-In-Peace Mickey Derrington!!! Vj, Keep your faith in GOD, and Jesus Christ!! Your old Friend Ronny

Ken Leggett

August 11, 2019

New Mike from days gone past here in Palestine. My Sister Lana Leggett graduated with Sara also & were good friends. I knew his Mom & Dad very well also. I always enjoyed being with Mike during those special years. So sorry that damn cancer is constantly taking our friends & family members. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories. Ken Leggett

J Trice Boswell

August 9, 2019

One fine gentleman!