Joe Edward Biggerstaff

September 6, 1936February 3, 2019

Joe Edward Biggerstaff, 82, of Nacogdoches passed away, February 3, 2019 in Nacogdoches. He was born on September 6, 1936 to B.W. Biggerstaff and Lois Rector Biggerstaff. Joe married Betty Collins on June 21, 1961. He served his county in the Navy and attended SFASU earning a B.S. in Agriculture. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches.

Joe began working at Bright Coop at the age of 16. Eventually bought out N.G. Bright and was partners with Charles Bright until 1989. Rather than retire, Joe fulfilled his dream of owning a sawmill and thus began Carrizo Wood Products. He worked there up until his illness in 2018.

Joe loved fishing/running trot lines with long-time friend Ray Hardy. As they progressed in age, Keith Drewery joined them as designated boat driver.

Club memberships include: Grand Lodge of Texas- Master Mason, Commandery of Knights Templar, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry 32nd degree, Shriners, Gideons, Deacon at First Baptist Church, Member of NISD board of trustees 1974-76, and member of Fireside Sunday School Class at First Baptist.

He is survived by daughters; Angie Cadman and husband Phillip, Dovie Carrell and husband Phil; grandchildren; Catie Cadman, Russell Carrell and Colin Carrell; sister, Jean Boatman and husband James; special friends, Jackie Prince and Ray Hardy; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife of 53 years, Betty Collins Biggerstaff.

Funeral services will be held, 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches. Entombment will follow at Sunset Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Russell Carrell, Collin Carrell, Tim Hardy, Keith Drewery, Inosente Garcia, and Mike Boatman.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.


  • Angie Cadman and husband Phillip, Daughter
  • Dovie Carrell and husband Phil, Daughter
  • Catie Cadman, Granddaughter
  • Russell Carrell, Grandson
  • Collin Carrell, Grandson
  • Jean Boatman and husband James, Sister
  • Jackie Prince, Special Friend
  • Ray Hardy, Special Friend
  • Betty Collins Biggerstaff, Wife
  • B.W. (Bill) Biggerstaff, Father
  • Lois Rector Biggerstaff, Mother

  • Russell Carrell, Active Pallbearer
  • Collin Carrell, Active Pallbearer
  • Tim Hardy, Active Pallbearer
  • Keith Drewery, Active Pallbearer
  • Inosente Garcia, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Boatman, Active Pallbearer
  • Ray Hardy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jack Heard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Monte Rector, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Manchester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Tindall, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tony Rector, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Rector, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Randy Rector, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Joe Edward Biggerstaff

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Jari Jordan Green

February 6, 2019

Joe was as good of a man as we get! I remember my late husband Ellis Jordan
Telling me stories about being a teenager when Joe & Betty we’re dating. Joe would take Ellis fishing and that tradition continued decades down to our son Lance . Joe never failed to share the Gospel with all the young men he took fishing. I remember many family gatherings with Joe & Betty who were always a joy to be with... Our love & Prayers go out to Angie,Dovie & All the BIGGERSTAFF Family.

Ann Parrish Green

February 5, 2019

Mr. Joe would often stop and check on my Mom and handicapped brother. He stopped more, especially after her bout with cancer on his way to town just to see if she needed anything. He would take my brother fishing for the day and give the catch to Mom. He was there for us when Mom passed and was such a compassionate person. He will truly be missed by many. Rest In Peace Mr. Joe.

Carl Hess

February 5, 2019

Joe and I were classmates from 1947 (when my family moved to the county) until we graduated from Woden HS in 1955. He was always an inspiration and a good friend. Joe was plain talking with a lot of common sense. Joe joined the Naval Reserve a few months before we graduated. This inspired me to join the Texas National Guard a few weeks later and began a 27 year career in the military. I am 650 miles away now but always looked forward to seeing Joe at the mill and at the school reunions. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and other friends. You are in my prayers.

Rob and Sissy Harris

February 4, 2019

Mr Joe was such a sweet man.Man could he cook fish.Angie he loved you girls so much.Rob and I are praying for you and your family.