Edward Martin Waggoner
December 11, 1934 – July 12, 2021
Edward Martin Waggoner, 86, of Lakeland Farm, Nacogdoches County, died July 12, 2021, after a brave struggle with cancer. Ed was born on December 11, 1934, in Dallas, to Edward MacCready Waggoner and Helen Lucille Workman Waggoner.
While young, Ed moved to Seattle, a city he would always recall fondly, and attended the University of Washington. The growing oil and gas industry called him home to the Lone Star State, to Houston, where he built a career first with Trunkline and then Texas Eastern Corp, eventually becoming director of regulatory affairs. It was there in the Bayou City that he met a beautiful, blue-eyed brunette lady, named Martha Biggers. Ed and Martha married on September 10, 1960, and made a loving home for their family. Ed loved supporting his family’s activities, at school, church, scouts and sports. During those years, Ed developed an enthusiasm for the Astros baseball team and shared that love with his children, teaching them the game. Ed also enjoyed collecting and building firearms, camping, fishing, hunting and exploring Big Bend in his Toyota Land Cruiser. He also became an expert genealogical researcher. Ed served our country in the Army National Guard. After retirement in 1990, Ed and Martha moved to their family’s beloved Lakeland Farm in the piney woods of Nacogdoches County. They built a beautiful home where they hosted many gatherings of family and friends, as well as the church and social groups in which they participated. Ed was an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He was a devoted Christian and endeavored to serve God and his neighbor.
Ed is predeceased by his parents and is survived by Martha, his beloved wife of sixty years, his son, Rev Ross Waggoner of Hardin County, Texas, daughter Melanie Waggoner Pickering and husband Wayne of Houston, daughter Valerie Waggoner Ruch and husband Scott of Dallas, son Gene Waggoner and wife Kristi of Lakeland Farm, Nacogdoches, daughter Stephanie Waggoner of Dallas, granddaughter Isabel Ruch of Dallas, grandson Michael Ruch of Dallas, granddaughter Rachel Pickering Fulks and husband Tim of Findlay, OH, grandson David Pickering and wife Clare of Chagrin Falls, OH, and great-grandchildren Christian and Clara Fulks.
Visitation hours are Thursday, July 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home. The funeral for Ed will take place at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nacogdoches, Friday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Randy Booth, officiating. A meal at the church will follow the funeral during which attendees can visit with the family. Burial will follow later in the day at Bethel Cemetery in Appleby.
Pallbearers: Wayne Pickering, Gerard Ruch, Scott Ruch, Michael Ruch, Lee Hill and Gary St. John. Honorary Pallbearers: David Pickering, Edmund Benchoff, Paul Davis, Mike Keller, Gary Morse, David Norton and Billy Willis.
Donations in memory of Ed can be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, Heartbeat Pregnancy Center, Nacogdoches, and Operation Kindness Animal Shelter, Carrollton, TX, from where he and Martha adopted their faithful Chihuahua/Pug, Ralphy.
Arrangements under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021