Billy Eugene Cogswell, 85 of Center

Billy Eugene Cogswell, 85, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor Francis Schroeder officiating.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Mr. Cogswell was born September 25, 1932, in Center, to Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Bridges Cogswell.  He graduated from Center High School in 1951 and later joined the United States Army. He worked for Neches Butane Products Company, where he retired after 35 years. Mr. Cogswell was on the Board of Directors of Neches Federal Credit Union for many years. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SFOA. Mr. Cogswell was a proud supporter of the Nederland Bulldogs, where both of his sons played. He enjoyed coaching his sons in little league and umpiring for Nederland Babe Ruth League. He also refereed and umpired many high school and college games. Mr. Cogswell was even nominated and chosen to go to Cooperstown, New York, to umpire little league baseball games.  He was a member of Pipefitters Local #195 of Nederland and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland. 


He is survived by


Keela Johnson and husband, Mike, of Center

Kyle Cogswell of Nederland

Kirk Cogswell, US Navy RP1, of Okinawa, Japan



Austin Johnson and wife, Krystin

Anthony Johnson, US Navy IT2


Great Granddaughter: Nicole Grace Johnson


Brother: Lynn Burke Cogswell of Garrison


Sister: Linda Lawler of Longview


Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law:

Bobbi Cogswell of Tennessee

Nelda Shillings of Center

JC and Patty Kasper of Wimberly

Jerry Singelton of Groves


Special Sister-in-law: Joyce Cogswell


Preceded in death by

Wife of 35 years, love of his life, and mother of his children: Beverly Kasper Cogswell

Parents: Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Bridges Cogswell

Brothers and Sisters: Barney Cogswell, Alton Cogswell, Ben Cogswell, Ray Cogswell, Harold Cogswell, Leon Shillings, Elna Lout, Claudia Mae Martin, Hazel Metz


Pallbearers will be Larry Singleton, Randy Hilton, Mike Johnson, Chip Heslep, Leon Shillings, Michael Cogswell, Ricky Cogswell and Bubba Metz.  Honorary pallbearers will be J.D. Matt, Curtis Kimbro, Vance Green, Dr. John Rogers, Chuck Lunsford, Donald Cravey and Grady Whitton.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627 or to Nederland Babe Ruth League, PO Box 1051, Nederland, TX 77627.


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