James Theo Winterbauer Rivers

February 12, 1946April 14, 2018
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James T. Rivers, 72, of Houston, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born in Waco, Texas on February 12, 1946 to James T. Winterbauer and Virginia Lee Webb. He was married to Wanda R. Rivers for 35 years. Jim had a career as a Power Plant Supervisor for Texas Petro Chemicals. He worked in his own business Benefits Compensation Specialists, PLLC, along with his wife Wanda and Floyd Howard for 15 years.

He was a proud member of the US Army serving in Vietnam. His passions in life were Jesus, flying, nature and most of all his family. He loved his family dearly. Jim was a private pilot instructor and has been flying since he was 14 years old. He was a member of the Northfork Homeowners Association for 15 years.

He was preceded in death by father, James T. Winterbauer and brother, Don Winterbauer.

He is survived by Mother, Virginia Lee Webb; wife, Wanda Rivers; daughters, Stephanie Price and Kim Eade; son, Jeffrey (Amanda) Embrey; grandchildren, TSGT Ryan (Joanna) Wooley, Amanda Saulsberry, PO 3rd Class Taylor Price, Billy Price, Lauren Caldwell, Brandi Burk, Daniel and Sara Embrey; great-grandchildren, Sienna and Zoe Wooley, Jack Caldwell, Ashton and Addison Saulsberry; brothers, Philip, Gary, Keith, Charles and Don; aunt, Carol Webb; many cousins and many great friends.

A visitation for Jim will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas 77598. A funeral service will occur Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with a committal service to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rivers family.


  • Rob Warner, Honorary
  • Aubin Benitez
  • Ryan Wooley
  • Daniel Embrey
  • Clifton Saulsberry
  • Billy Price
  • Dan Maalouf
  • Alex Becerra


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, April 19, 2018

James Theo Winterbauer Rivers

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Margaret Leatherman

May 11, 2018

Hello Wanda and family, I'm so sad to hear that Jimmy has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I'm Margaret Leatherman (Rivers), Troy Rivers was my Dad. I remember so many family gatherings in Prairie Hill.

Susan Monn

April 18, 2018

I worked with Jim at TPC for many years. He always seemed to have a smile on his face whenever I saw him. I enjoyed working with him and many others at the plant. Sending prayers to the family at this time.

Lauren Caldwell

April 18, 2018

I'm praying for peace and comfort for my family in this time of mourning. Wishing us hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain.

Cheryl Santistevan

April 17, 2018

Deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God comfort you in your time of loss

Tiffany Adams Robinson

April 17, 2018

Praying God's peace and comfort over you. Jim was a wonderful person, and I have many fond memories of time spent together with him, as so many do.

Jerry and Barbara Bass

April 16, 2018

Prayers for strength and comfort for the family during this trying time. You are in our thoughts and prayers here at Prairie Hill Baptist Church.