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   Ruben Withers, 64, of Liberty City died at 2:05 pm Saturday at Roy H, Laird Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Rader Chapel with his sons the Revs Jim Withers and Mike Withers officiating.
  Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Mr. Withers had lived here since 1932 coming from Haynesville, La. where he was born Nov 19, 1921 He retired from Gulf Oil after 33 years then went to work as a pool pusher for Ranger Well Service. He was a Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II.
   Surviving are his wife Thelma Mae Withers of Liberty City; two daughters, Ms. Jean Withers,Seattle. Wash and Mrs. Carol Lee Farrar Rowlett; three sons, Steven Louis Withers, Kilgore, the Rev William Michael Withers, Texas City and the Rev James Neil (Jim) Withers, Houston; a sister Essie Mae Smith Kilgore, eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews

[The Kilgore News Herald, Kilgore, TX, 11 Aug 1986, Mon, Page 8]

[courtesy of P. Andrews]

Grave marker for Ruben Withers in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, (Gregg County), Texas.


Ruben  registered for the draft in Kilgore, TX on 16 February 1942.

On 11 November 1942, Pvt Withers was transferred from the Reception Center,  Camp Walters, TX to Hq, Hq, 508th PIR.

Pvt withers was sent on detached duty to the Communications School, at Fort Benning, GA, and returned to the company on 25 April 1943.

On 17 September 1944, Pfc Withers was listed as "slightly injured in action" but on 18 December 1944, still not recovered, he was transferred to the Detachment of Patients at whatever hospital he was confined in.  He did not return to the regiment.