Funeral services for E. E. “Heavy” West was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Chaplain Don Stanaland will officiate. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation was held prior to the services beginning at 10 a.m. Mr. West passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, at Palestine Regional Hospital.
E.E. “Heavy” West was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Teague, to C.H. West and Lydia Williamson. He was the youngest of three children.
He was raised in Teague. He graduated from Teague High School in 1945 and was a Lion Football star.
He went into the United States Army in 1945 during World War II where he volunteered for Military Police, Hazardous Service in the European Theater of Operations in Germany.
He was with the RA38 773 797 820th Military Police.
While in the service he rose to the rank of Corporal. He was also a boxing champion in Delta Company.
His service in the Army is the proudest time in his life, he was the truest Patriot. He was a part of the “Greatest Generation” and was happy to tell anyone he met about his experiences.
He would go on to receive many awards for his service. He also served and is a life member of the VFW Post 5872.
After being honorably discharged in 1947, he returned to Teague and began working on the Rock Island Burlington Northern Railroad and would work from Houston, Dallas and Galveston for most of his career. He retired in 1991 after more W est than 45 years.
In 1966, he would meet and marry Elaine Milligan, and in 1967, together they would welcome his only child, Michelle. Although the union did not last, the friendship did.
Over the next 55 years, he would enjoy many family events that also included his stepson Kent Maree. He was the greatest storyteller of all time and was noted for being the town’s Historian.
He never met a stranger and he will always be remembered for being a friend to everyone. He is survived by his daughter. Michelle Glover and husband Kevin; granddaughter, Ashley Urban; grandson, Jacob Glover; step-son, Kent Maree; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
The family would like to thank all of his close friends and caregivers over the last few years and months.
A special thank you to the amazing staff at Palestine Regional Hospital and Solaris Hospice.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Solaris Hospice, 1521 Loop 256, Palestine, Texas 75801.
Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or leave a message for the family.