Willis Newman Webb, 79, of Lake Charles, LA, died Monday, July 18 in his residence. He was born at home near Teague, TX on Mother’s Day, May 9, 1937.

A previous life-long Texan, Webb “jumped the river” to Louisiana in 2012, following a 50 plus year career with newspapers. A 1960 graduate of the University of Houston, Webb began his editing/publishing career as editor of his hometown newspaper. From there he went on to serve as editor/publisher for numerous Texas newspapers, with his last 16 years at The Jasper Newsboy.

Webb was a columnist of many newspapers with his “Writer’s Roost” musings.

Webb was preceded in death by his beloved son Christopher Webb and his parents L. Ray Webb and Ruth Webb Barger.

Those left to mourn him include his loving wife Julie Webb, of Lake Charles, LA and his devoted son Weston Webb and fiancé Heather Bertrand, of Sulphur, LA; granddaughter Jessica Webb of Austin; brothers Kerry Webb and wife Glenda of Round Rock, Clydell Webb and wife Carole Ann of Huntsville and Danny Webb and wife Nelma of McGregor; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to TPA or Texas Newspaper Foundation : 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704, STPA: P.O. Box 400, Hondo, TX 78861, Texas Gulf Coast Press Association : P.O. Box 1845, Richmond, TX 77469 or the charity of your choice.

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