OBITUARY

Percy Louis Westmoreland

November 15, 1940July 5, 2017
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Louis Westmoreland, beloved husband, father, grandfather, professor and friend, left this earth for his heavenly home on July 5, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. Louis was born to Elsie and Percy Westmoreland on November 15, 1940, in Madisonville, Texas. He grew up in Normangee, Texas, experiencing what he called the most wonderful childhood a boy could have. He started helping his dad in the family grocery business at the age of nine, and he never lost the work ethic instilled in him as a boy. He played all of the sports available to him, and even played freshman baseball at Baylor University. After he completed Baylor, he married Katherine Herndon, a fellow student he met at Baylor. He then completed a master’s degree at Sam Houston, spent a year at A&M working on PhD, and began his teaching career at San Jacinto College. As a longtime, greatly admired and respected professor, Louis touched so many students. Although he always taught anatomy and microbiology, he often mentioned that he would love to teach history, and was always trying to teach his grandchildren important historical dates and events. As a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Conroe, Louis enjoyed working with the greeter and usher ministries. He was a member of the personnel committee and an active member of the Uplifter’s class. Louis and Kathy had a loving, devoted fifty-two years together. He was the absolute kindest, most supportive husband, and his unconditional love and care for Kathy extended in every way to his children, grandchildren, and his beloved dogs, Max and Annie. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Elsie Westmoreland of Normangee, and his grandparents, Percy and Rachel Westmoreland of Madisonville and Mac Leon and May Bennett of Normangee. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Julie Westmoreland of Conroe, and her children Reagan and Matthew, his son Greg Westmoreland and his wife Kristi of Austin, and their sons Will, Mark and Thomas, and his son Jim Westmoreland of Conroe, and his children Cole, Jackson, Brady and Aubrey. He is survived by one sister, Carole Martin and her husband Ken of Normangee and their sons Kevin, Brian and Brad and their families. He is also survived by several nieces, cousins and other extended family members. In addition to teaching and mentoring his students, Louis always worked in the grocery store in Normangee. After leaving it to Brookshire Brothers he continued to visit the store ever week, wishing he could still work there. He will be so greatly missed by so many. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 11:00am at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas with Pastor Jeff Berger officiating. Burial will take place in Hopewell Cemetery in Normangee, Texas at 3:00pm. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written tributes to the family at cashnerconroe.com

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 8, 2017
  • Interment Service Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Bret McDonald

November 6, 2017

Dear Westmoreland Family,
I don't really know where to start. My grandfather was Vaughn Coman McDonald, Sr and he operated a general dry goods store just down the main street from your store in Normangee, Texas. He operated the store for 49 years until a few years before his death in 1968. My Dad, Vaughn Coman McDonald, Jr grew up in Normangee in the house under the water tower. I loved to go to Normangee and visit as a kid and spent many days hiking and riding bikes through the Normangee neighborhoods and Main Street. When I took up fishing as a hobby as a junior high schooler, Percy gave me permission through my Dad to go fishing on a tank there somewhere north of Normangee. I walked from the water tower so it couldn't have been far. I caught two big bass and Percy came back by later that afternoon to see them and was amazed that fish that big were in his tank. He went on and on about those fish and my abilities as a fisherman. That was probably 1974 or 1975. Anyway, I remember thinking what a nice guy he was. He and my Dad were old acquaintances even though my Dad was older and they talked for a solid hour about different people and laughing over stories.
My Grandma, Irene Brunson McDonald died in 1983 but I always remembered her telling a story on the front rocking porch after dinner that relates to you. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed Leon Hale's editorial each day in the Houston Post and/or Chronicle. She always said that if Leon Hale heard this story, he'd print it in his newspaper. I sent the following story to him:
In the 1940's or 1950's or 1960's (not really sure), laborers would sit out in front of my grandfather's store and wait for farmers or ranchers to drive by to hire them for the day. There was an elderly, black gentleman named Ben who sat out there and he was one of my grandpa's favorites. He walked into the store one hot summer day and pulled five Royal Crown colas from a water-circulated cooler and set them up on the counter and propositioned my grandpa by saying, "Mr Mc, If I can chug all five of these RC cola's one after the other, will you let me have them for free?" My grandpa agreed and a crowd gathered round as he popped the top off all five of the bottles. Ben chugged each one in succession and never spilt a drop. My grandpa said, "Ben, that's pretty amazing. How'd you know you could do such a thing?" Ben said, "Hell, I knew I could do it Mr Mc, 'cause I just done it down the street at Percy Westmoreland's store." That story always made my grandma laugh but evidently Leon Hale didn't because he never published that story to my knowledge. Anyway, I wanted you to hear it and to tell you I am sorry for your loss.

Tammy Payne

July 8, 2017

Dear Kathy and family,
I met Louis in 1997 when he hired me to work at Westmoreland's. My daddy, James Hinson, was the store manager. Louis nicknamed me "Tammy A", which he shouted out every time he saw me. On the Saturday before he passed away, I heard that familiar yell, "Hey,Tammy A!" as I was standing in the grocery
store parking lot in Normangee. I'm so thankful that God gave me that last time to visit with "P. Louis". He always lit up when he saw me or one of my four daughters, who also worked for him at the store over the past 20 years. He had a way of making people feel remembered and special.
Within the past 16 months, both of my parents have died and Louis made a point to drive that long distance to their funerals. I will never forget the kindness he showed to our family on those two days by taking the time out of his busy schedule to come.
One of my favorite stories about Louis is when he'd ask me to proofread his papers he wrote. I loved English and he'd always say, "Tammy A, you won't find a mistake in this paper." He'd walk to the back office of the store and I'd read his paper. I'd get on the intercom and say, "P. Louis, I found 2." He'd come running to the front office and we'd laugh that I'd found a small grammatical error. I was always amazed at his intelligence and knowledge about the human body.
Lastly, as fellow Christians, Louis and I would talk about the Lord when we worked together. I am so thankful that he was a believer in Jesus and he will be part of my welcoming committee when I enter those gates one day and I'll hear those familiar words, "Hey, Tammy A!"
Having just buried my sweet Daddy two months ago, I know the importance of hearing "stories" about them, so I pray that you know that people have plenty of stories about P. Louis that will be told for generations. I will continue to pray for in the months to come, every time I walk into Westmoreland Grocery store, because I know the road you are walking will be an uneven path. Much love, Tammy Payne

Lin Min

July 8, 2017

Dearest Westmoreland and Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Professor Westmoreland was a great man and individual who truly loved and cared for his peers. He will be greatly missed and remembered by me. God Bless and Rest in paradise.

Sydney LaGrone

July 8, 2017

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I met professor Westmoreland in Microbiology a few years back. He was the most caring, encouraging, kind-hearted man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I've never met someone who not only loved their job as much as he did, but wanted you to love it too. He lit the room up with his laughs and smiles everyday. He made class so enjoyable. Never letting you go without a hug. A soul full of life and a man I am truly honored to have known. He truly loved his family and was so proud of all of them. He always saying so. Literally every chance he could get. I can't imagine the loss you feel. All I know is it's truly a great one. God has gained another angel. He will be so dearly missed.

The Oden Family

July 8, 2017

Dearest Kathy and Family, you all are in our prayers to be comforted in your sudden loss. We are never ready to let our loved ones go and yet we know this world is not our home. Louis is home. He is with the Lord! What a precious thought! May your hearts be calmed with the Peace that only The Lord can bring and knowing one day you will all be together again! Our love and prayers will continue for you all.

Janie Kemp

July 7, 2017

Kathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs to you my friend.

July 7, 2017

Our friend for nearly seventy years. We will miss him.
Bob and JoAnn Peters, Hilltop Lakes, TX

Charlie Powell

July 7, 2017

I am sorry so for your loss. I loved him like a dad. I will miss him dearly.

July 7, 2017

We have known Louis since he married our dear friend, Katherine Herndon in 1964 - just 2 months before our marriage. We've never lost contact and counted Louis as a dear friend also. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family as they face this difficult time. Louis will definitely be missed! Our love to you, Carol & Edwin Farrar

SuEarl McReynolds

July 7, 2017

My deepest sympathy goes to all of the Westmoreland family. Louis was both a good friend and a valued colleague at SJC. He was a kind man, a happy man, a man who truly loved his profession and his students. His life has led to ripples of achievement and joy in many lives.

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