OBITUARY

Col. David (Dave) M. Withers U.S. Air Force, (Ret.)

August 15, 1919May 6, 2013

Colonel David (Dave) M. Withers, U.S. Air Force, Retired passed away peacefully May 6, 2013 at the age of 93 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his lovely bride of 69 and a half years, Velora Manning Withers; son, Dale Lee Withers and wife Brenda; daughter, Susan Withers Canty; grandchildren, Shawn A. Withers and wife Jette B., Michelle S. Withers Gawlik and husband David W., Blaine H. Canty and wife Samantha, Jason Growcock and Jennifer Growcock; great-grandchildren, Shelby Anderson, Sierra Withers, Clara Withers, Rachel Gawlik, Hannah Gawlik,Magen Gawlik, Brandon Whited, Stacy Whited, and Brittney Whited. He will be remembered as such a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, gentleman, and patriot. He was the Director of Supply at Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base until his retirement in 1968. He was subsequently employed by the Texas Department of Human Resources until his retirement in 1983 as the Assistant Regional Director, San Antonio Region. Col. Withers was a 50 year member of the Belleview, Florida Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree member of the Alexandria, Virginia Scottish Rite Bodies. He was a Past State Commander and a Past National Officer of the National China-Burma-India Veterans Association as well as a member of the American Legion, The Reserve Officers Association, Windcrest Citizens Patrol, Windcrest Golf Club, and The San Antonio Conservation Society. His hobbies included golf and gardening which he enjoyed greatly. A visitation will begin Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. and the funeral service will begin at 12:00 P.M. at Colonial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors and Masonic Rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boysville, P.O. Box 369, Converse, Texas 78109 or to a charity of ones choice. Please sign the guestbook at www.colonialuniversal.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2013
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Col. David (Dave) M. Withers U.S. Air Force, (Ret.)

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Lucy Gauna

May 10, 2013

To witness Granny and Grandfather Withers together was such a joy. What they shared will always be a model of love and devotion, and I feel blessed for knowing both of them. Grandfather's hugs and smiles made everyone feel special and loved. He is truly an angel among us. My sincere condolences to all of the family.

May 10, 2013

We want to express our deepest sympathy to the Withers family at this time.
Many Blessings, the Gauna Family

Betty and Bob Watson

May 9, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Jackie & Neil Cato

May 9, 2013

Mrs. Withers, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Neil and I had the pleasure of meeting you both through mom and dad (Effie and Paul Cato) back in 1990. Colonel Withers will be greatly missed and his smile forever remembered!

Dave Hatch

May 9, 2013

Dave Withers, may the good Lord restore you soon to the powers of your youth  so that you may be with Him where life has no endings anymore, and knows not the passing of time.  May He walk close with you down the pathway that leads to His open, waiting arms, always ready to enfold you into everlasting joy, peace, and serenity.  I pray you ease out in peace with the knowledge that you are His evermore.  God be with you on this journey. Dave

May 9, 2013

Lee, so sorry to hear about your Dad but he got to be with you for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, my friend.
Johnny E. Smith: Schertz

helma ann martinez

May 8, 2013

i also had the privilege of getting to know dave through the windcrest citizen patrol, when i became wcp team #4 captain in 2010. 1st thing i learned; he was the most reliable of drivers, then i quickly came to know him as a kind, loving, joyful man. he seemed genuinely disappointed when he was made to retire from driving on september 20, 2011, after 27 years of dedicated service to our fair city. i think he would have loved to keep volunteering to the end. i can safely say we felt the loss of a valuable member of the wcp when he retired, and now more so, we all feel the loss of a wonderful human being on this earth...he now gets a well deserved rest...we send our heartfelt sympathy & prayers to you, velora, suzie & family

Cheryl and Jeff HaleyScruggs

May 8, 2013

Grandfather you have always been a smart and remarkable man you will never be forgotten.

May 8, 2013

The Dwyer Family sends its condolences to the Family.

Dawn Sicina

May 8, 2013

My condolences to you Lee and to your family. I'm sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you and all of those beautiful grandchildren.