Larry Walter Deggs

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"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." ~~Jesus Christ; John 14: 2-3

Jesus kept His Word at 5:17AM on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and came to take Larry Walter Deggs to the place He prepared for him. "Pawpaw" was 71.

Called the "Mystery Patient" by local doctors, Deggs died from cardiac wasting syndrome, a complication of heart disease. He'd been living on half of his heart for nearly 20 years following a massive heart attack and quadruple bypass, which was only supposed to last seven years. The difference? Larry accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior after seeing a vision of Death coming for him, and spent his remaining years especially loving his family and serving his community, mostly as a food pantry volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Deggs was a master pressman, having been apprenticed at age 15 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he was born, and worked in the printing industry, mostly in Houston, for five decades. He also owned his own printing company, Pioneer Printing, but was more likely to donate his work than to profit from it. Larry was a graduate of Rosepine High School in Rosepine, Louisiana, and attended McNeese State College in Lake Charles, where his Daddy sent him to be a "lawyer, doctor, or Indian chief". He lived most of the last 20 years in Conroe and Montgomery.

Larry was preceded in death by his soul mate and wife of nearly 50 years, Gloria Diane Caldwell Deggs; his parents, Walter Lee Deggs and Ruth Gertrude O'Quinn Deggs; his sister, Kathy Marlene Deggs Castleberry; and his brothers-in-law, Gary Castleberry and William Clarence Churchman.

Grieving this fine Daddy's loss are his children: Deborah Deggs Cariker and her husband, James William Cariker, Jr. of Montgomery; Richard Lawrence Deggs and his wife, Tina Ann Morriss Deggs, of Allen, Texas; and William Walter Deggs, and his wife, Cheri Bishop Deggs, of Spring, Texas.

He was a bigger-than-life "Pawpaw" and "Poppy", now missed by Philip Lee Rabalais and his wife, Gillian Howes Rabalais, of Mandeville, Louisiana; Larry Richard Deggs and his wife, Kassye Short Deggs, of New Caney, Texas; Leslye Diane Deggs LeCompte and her husband, Seth LeCompte, of Spring; Patrick Charles Deggs and his fiancée, Kristin Rockwell, of Allen, Texas; Christopher John Deggs of Spring; Rebekah Cariker Cummings and her husband, Ross Cummings, of Covington, Louisiana; William Jacob Cariker of Montgomery, and the Lexington, Virginia, campus of Virginia Military Institute; David Adam Cariker of Montgomery, and Nathaniel John-Mark Cariker of Montgomery.

Pawpaw was thrilled to add "great" to his name for his three great-grandchildren: Dylan Short Scott of New Caney, Emili Jane Deggs of New Caney, and Piper Kay Howes Rabalais of Mandeville.

He also leaves his loving memory and godly example with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and with his siblings: Dale Lee Deggs and his wife, Evelyn, of Rosepine; Mrs. Peggy Ruth Deggs Churchman of Rosepine; Terry Lynn Deggs and his wife, Vivian, of Spring; Ricky Dean Deggs and his wife, Rebecca, of DeRidder, Louisiana; Johnny Ross Deggs of Lake Charles; and Billy Ras Deggs and his wife, Mechele, of Rosepine.

Surrounded by family, Larry will be interred with Diane in their family plot in the Rosepine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Larry asked that you send donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at 145 Madeley Street, Conroe Texas 77301, putting his name in the memo field.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Mar. 12 to Mar. 25, 2015