Joseph Dale Withers

January 18, 1933March 3, 2019

Joseph Dale Withers, 86, of DeQuincy, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital. He was born to his late parents, Wilburn and Emma Withers in Hornbeck, LA on January 18, 1933. He was Valedictorian of his class at Hornbeck High School, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern State University, and received his Masters Degree in Environmental Science from McNeese State University. Joe was the Founder and General Manager of Water District #7 for 35 years. He served in the United States Air Force and United States Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge due to family circumstances. Prior to being the founder of the Water District, he had retired from the State of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Withers of 58 years; two daughters, Julie Galley and husband Bryan of DeQuincy, Ellendale Gabbert and husband Billy of Sulphur; one sister, Nita Gay Sneed of Shreveport; grandchildren, Claire Elisabeth Galley of Austin, TX, Conner Galley and wife Jaelyn of DeQuincy, Darby Camille Gabbert of Sulphur; and one great grandson, Stetson Withers Galley.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Fred Withers; sister, Myrtle McNett; nephew, Gary Lyn Withers; and niece, Lisa Withers.

A Celebration of Joe's life will be held at a later date. He was a kind and humble soul, requesting no formal farewell, just to be remembered as that special person he was. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice, Methodist Children's Home, St. Louis Catholic High School Band Department, in his memory. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


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Crystal Nix

March 14, 2019

I can remember him bringing a cake to the Wise’s. He was so thoughtful. Great man!

Kathy Walter

March 10, 2019

Ms Pat,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during your time of loss. Your daughters, Julie & Ellendale, have meant so much to my family as excellent healthcare providers & friends. I know their talent & compassion come from their parents and we thank you for sharing them with us. I know your husband, Joe, rests with our Lord & Savior. God bless you, Mark, Kathy, Sarah Walter & family

Amanda Racca

March 9, 2019

I remember meeting Mr. Withers as my Coumadin patient and couldn't wait to see him cause I loved hearing him tell life stories. Such an interesting, sweet and gentle man. Definitely going to be missed by many. Praying for Ms. Pat and family .

Delsie Naquin Russell

March 8, 2019

Sending sympathy and prayers to you Patsy and all of your family. So sorry to hear about Joe’s passing.


Dorothy Lyons

March 8, 2019

Pat,Julie and Ellendale so sorry to hear about your loss .Praying πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ that God will hold you in the palms of His hands and give you the peace that you need at this time ,there are no words to say at this time to ease the pain .πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ for you all. Orvy and Dorothy

Cheryl Garrison Smith

March 8, 2019

So very sad to hear of Mr. Withers passing! He was such a kind soul. My prayers and thoughts are with Ms. Pat, Julie and Ellendale and all family! I know he will be greatly missed!

Kayla LeDoux Leger

March 8, 2019

May the love of God wrap his arms around the Withers family and soul of their loving Father as he crosses over to the other side of eternity! Prayers to my special friends Julie and Ellendale for strength during this journey in life! Love, Kayla Leger

Anna Leonard Kee

March 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to you, Patsy, and all your family. Hugs and prayers to all of you as you grieve the loss of Joe.