W. Etheridge

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Whitson B. Etheridge, lifelong resident of Conroe, died on Dec. 26, at the age of 95. Preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Etheridge, his parents, Obie and Hilda Florence Etheridge, and his brother, Kenneth, he is survived by his present wife, Dorothy Etheridge, and children, Ann Marie Hopkins and Doug LeJeune, Mary Faye Way and Peter, W.B. Etheridge II (Pete) and Nancy, and Jo Carol Oberman. Also, Don Williams and Jean, and Kaye Newell and Jim.

In addition, he is survived by brothers, Obie Etheridge and Sanford Etheridge and sister, Shirley Hughes, 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 2 great, great grandchildren.

Whitson received a degree in Journalism from the University of Texas, after which he worked as a writer and photographer for the San Antonio Light, as a surveyor, a deputy tax collector, and general trouble-shooter for Columbian Carbon Company, during which time he obtained his law degree from South Texas School of Law. He was licensed in 1952, and practiced his profession for the next 60 years. He was at one time president of the Montgomery County Bar Association.

He was a member of First Baptist Church from 1928, served on the State Baptist Executive Board, and was once Director of Palacios Baptist Encampment. He also served as a Trustee of Houston Baptist University for nine years, and was chairman of the real estate committee for part of that time.

Whitson was a charter member of Conroe Evening Lions Club, holding all the offices at various times.

He was Past Master of Montgomery Lodge No. 25, AF&M, served as Deputy Grand Master in 1989-90, District Deputy High Priest, was past commander of Trinity Commandery No. 29, was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas in 1996, and from 1990-98 served as District Masonic Relationship Officer for the seven lodges in District 28.

He once was active in local Girl Scout work and was president of the Montgomery County Girl Scout Association.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7p.m. on Friday, Dec.28, at Metcalf Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be at First Baptist Church, Conroe on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11:00 a.m.


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