W. B. "Bill" Lenderman


W. B. "Bill" Lenderman

W. B. "Bill" Lenderman, 77, of Lufkin, Texas was born July 1, 1930 in Trinity County, Texas, the son of Willie B. and Ila Mae Lenderman. He passed away on Monday, December 24, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center after a courageous fight against cancer.

A celebration for the life of Mr. Lenderman will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin Texas, with Reverend Horace Fletcher and Reverend Randy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin, with graveside services under the auspices of Burke Masonic Lodge No. 833, A.F. & A.M.

Mr. Lenderman was a retired businessman, musician, and rancher. In 1946, Bill began his career at Sears and Roebuck Company in Dallas. After a few years, he moved to Lufkin where he continued to work for Sears. In future years, he owned an appliance repair business in Lufkin. Ultimately, he was offered a sales position with Westernaire Air Conditioning Company in Houston, and became territorial manager for sales before retiring in 1988.

Mr. Lenderman was an accomplished musician. In 1957, Bill played fiddle with Hank and Juanita Huggins as a regular member of the K-Tree Jamboree. He continued to play fiddle in various bands and at special events throughout the East Texas area for the next 30 years. He loved good country music and especially the Western swing style. One of his greatest legacies will be the fact that his son, Glenn, became a musician also playing the fiddle, and today continues the tradition of country music in the family.

During the past 25 years, Mr. Lenderman has enjoyed ranching on a farm in Houston County that his father and ancestors once owned. He improved the land and enjoyed raising hay and working with cattle.

Mr. Lenderman was also active in two historical associations in Houston County. He participated in the Antioch Cemetery Association and was one of several that were instrumental in getting a historical marker placed at the Sutbblefield Church Association. Bill was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas.

Mr. Lenderman was a 50 year Mason. He was a member of the Trinity Valley Lodge #1048 in Dallas, and a dual member of the Burke Lodge #833. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anita Lenderman of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Chuck Robinson of Lufkin and Karen and Michael Nathman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Laura Lenderman of Lufkin; grandchildren, Jennifer Robinson of Fort Worth, Forrest Robinson and wife Julie of Spring, Amy Slaton and husband Bryan of Wylie, Nick Lenderman who is currently serving in the military in Iraq, Sara Padelford and husband Bryan of Charleston, South Carolina, Ben Nathman and Katie Nathman of Oklahoma City; one step-granddaughter, Kellie Page of Lufkin; one great-granddaughter, Clara Sue Padelford of Charleston, South Carolina; sister, Shirline Lewing of Lufkin; three brothers and sister-in-law, Aubra Lenderman and wife Loretta of Lufkin, Raymond Lenderman and wife Sophie of Diboll, and Charles Lenderman and wife Jane of Diboll; a great number of nieces and nephews; and a host of dear friends.

Pallbearers will be sons-in-law, Chuck Robinson and Michael Nathman; grandsons, Forrest Robinson, Nick Lenderman and Ben Nathman; and grandson-in-law, Bryan Slaton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Vernon Havard, Don Sessum, Edmund Kelsey and members of the Burke Masonic Lodge #833.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mr. Lenderman's memory to Calvary Baptist Church, 516 Montrose, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.

Gipson Funeral Home; Randall Scogin, director