Herbert Muckleroy Obituary


It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Herbert Muckleroy (Silsbee, Texas), who passed away at the age of 88, on May 14, 2020.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Willie Lambert Muckleroy and Henry Albert “Sye” Muckleroy; and his brothers and sister-in-law Clarence, Hurshel Muckleroy (Dora).

He is survived by : his wife Mary Kathrine Muckleroy; his sons, Mark Muckleroy (Emily) of Silsbee and Don Muckleroy (Becky) of Silsbee; his siblings, Kelly Muckleroy Hamilton of Silsbee and Robbie Muckleroy (Joyce) of Harper and Nephew, Mike Muckleroy of San Antonio; his grandchildren, Danielle Muckleroy Webmeyer (Mark) of Silsbee, Lauren Barron (Brandon) of Webster Groves, Missouri, Matthew Muckleroy of Lumberton and David Muckleroy of Silsbee; and his great grandchildren, Grayson of Silsbee, Grant Wehmeyer of Silsbee, Aria, Bryce Barron of Webster Grove, Kinsley and Kyla Muckleroy of Lumberton.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 16th 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Family and Friends Broussard’s Mortuary – Silsbee (490 Cemetery Rd, Silsbee, TX 77656).

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 17th 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Broussard’s Mortuary – Silsbee (490 Cemetery Rd, Silsbee, TX 77656). A burial will be held on Sunday, May 17th 2020 at the Resthaven Cemetery.

Herbert attended elementary school in Pelly, Texas, and attended Cedar Bayou Middle and High School where he played football for the Bears. Herbert began his varsity career with stellar play as an all district tackle.

He graduated in 1947 at 16 years of age with a football scholarship to Sam Houston State Teachers College. His college was interrupted with a call from the draft into the Army. After his Army service, he returned to Sam Houston and after graduation was inducted into the Letterman Hall of Fame. He was also the Citizen of the Year in 1998.

He taught school and coached after graduating from Sam Houston at Smiley High School, Kountze High School as Head Coach, Silsbee High School as Assistant to the Head Coach, Principal at Middle School, Principal at the Silsbee High School, and finished his teaching career as the Superintendent of Silsbee schools. After retiring, he served as Mayor of Silsbee for several years.


In retirement he devoted his time to his family, football games, fishing, and gardening.

Here you see him tending his garden and always supplying his friends with vegetables.


And then, during football season he would attend football games at Sam Houston and Silsbee High School.


“It’s not the will to win that matters — everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

Then, in his spare time, he would take off for the lake with his whole family and spend time fishing – which was Herbert’s way of removing the cobwebs from his mind.


Herbert was not afraid of hard work. He was a person who felt:

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

Herbert grew up in a versatile family. His father was an avid fisherman while his mother,who he loved, dearly, was an advocate for the kitchen where meals were never denied to anyone if you happened to be around at meal time.


From my respectful standpoint:

He was all of those things – a red-headed stranger to some with an occasional hot temper.


“Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true, we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And, so, it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But, we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.”

But, in the end, Dear Lord, we all have our faults, we pray and know that Herbert will be a member in good standing after cleansing him of his sickness and showing him the way.

By the way, his mama is onsite and is available to help.


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  1. Kelly Muckleroy says:

    Thank you for a beautiful tribute to someone who meant so much to so many people and especially to me. Herbert lived big, yet chose a small town to make a difference and rear his family. His death has been devastating to me, but he will always be near in all the things in nature he so loved.


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