Ginger Ann Dishman "GAD"

October 13, 1936 - February 7, 2021

Ginger Ann Dishman, “GAD”, 84, passed away peacefully in her home on February 7, 2021. The daughter of Curtis and Laura Davis, she was born on October 13, 1936 in Caldwell, Texas, but as a young girl moved to South Park. GAD was proud to be forever a South Park “Greenie Girl”, forming many lasting friendships from this time in her life. 

The Dishman family matriarch and a woman of charisma who, after graduating from Kountze High School, married James Clyde “J.C.” Dishman, in 1955. The young couple returned to what she referred to as “God’s Country” while J.C. attended and graduated from Texas A&M. After which she embarked on a life as a farmer’s wife and mother to their children.

Ginger and J.C. farmed and ranched together for the next 26 years while raising their three sons, Rodney, Monk, Tuff, and friend, Skipper. Ginger had a passion for their farm business and was involved in every aspect of it, keeping the daily journals and books until recently. After J.C.’s death she became a full partner of Dishman and Sons’ Farm and an integral part of growing their agricultural operations for the next 35 years. She was the backbone of a family business that has survived many hardships but yet prevailed through her grandsons, Zach and Josey, who are still carrying on the family legacy. 

She was proud to be a farmer’s wife and enthusiastically cooked noon meals. But she would drop everything to attend Little Britches rodeos, 4-H activities, and any sport their sons played, including supporting their professional rodeo careers and the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame, of which Monk was inducted in 2015.

Rodeo was a family tradition with the Dishman’s, and GAD’s support included founding and administrating the REGION V division of the Texas High School Rodeo Association in the mid 70’s.  Rodney, Monk, and Zach continued the family rodeo legacy and competed professionally in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association before returning home to farm. 

GAD spent her life helping others. Her home had an open-door policy. There was always room for another plate at the Dishman’s table and a bed for a cowboy, and she enjoyed and shared those memories throughout her life.

She loved and lived life with her three grandchildren, Zach, Josey, and Zane. They were the light of her life, following and attending all childhood sporting events (except soccer) school activities and achievement ceremonies, including developing her famous “Crawfish Dip” when they began to farm crawfish. 

GAD and dearest friend, Mike Howell, better known as “Hat-Rack” spent many years laughing and enjoying each other’s company and the company of their families. Many lasting memories were made and to those who were lucky enough to be around probably enjoyed many laughs thanks to Hat.   

She was a woman of tenacity and grit who was never afraid to express her opinion, some would say the last of a dying breed. She relentlessly read and saved newspaper clippings, devotionals, quotes, and books, distributing them to friends and family as she thought appropriate. 

GAD was known to take books, newspapers, and puzzles to friends in need or hospitalized. She had a passion for reading and her church.  She was a patron of Forest Park Methodist Church and lived her lifetime commitment to her church and community.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Laura Davis; brother, Ronnie Davis; husband, James Clyde; and her sons, Monk and Tuff. She is survived by her sons, Rodney Dishman and wife, Libbie and Skipper Tammen and wife, Debra; daughter-in-law, Kay Dishman; sister-in-law, Libby Davis; grandchildren, Zach Dishman and wife, Ashley; Josey Dishman and wife, Ashlyn; and Zane Dishman; six great-grandchildren, Dalton, Ireland, Adalyn, Makenna, Ryce and Legend; and long-time companion, Mike “Hat Rack” Howell; along with many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends whom she loved.  

A gathering of Mrs. Dishman’s family and friends will begin at 9:30 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Sevenne Hall at Broussard Farm, 10714 East Clubb Road, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Forest Park United Methodist Church, 225 South Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77707.

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Comments (1)

    Suzette Watkins says:

    What a beautiful individual was Ginger. I’ll never forget her as long as I live. She was very loving and accepting of all and fixed the best sugar cinnamon toast in the world! Rest in peace sweet Ginger. Love always,
    Suzette Watkins

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Mary Perkins

My condolence and prayers are for Gingers family and friends.

Yvette Daniel

Our Sincere and Deepest Sympathy to our Dishman Family We loved GAD and will miss her! Loving her always! Scott & Yvette Daniel

Vicki cloud Hartwick

Such a special Lady!! She was a wonderful friend to my Mother. I know you are having a wonderful reunion in Heaven with your Family & Friends. Give my Mom a hug for me. RIP Ms. D.

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Thoughts and prayers for her family Judi and Ronnie

Mark Koelemay

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Mrs Dishman. She was always so much fun when she came in the pharmacy. She will be sorely missed!

Karl and Wendy Kibodeaux

Such sad news to hear that Gad passed. I know how much she will be missed.. She was such a strong special lady who was so proud of her family! Prayers for you all as you go through this difficult time. Love, Karl and Wendy Kibodeaux

Sherry Travis

She was my mother-in-law, but more than that, she was my friend. I met her when I was only 20 and I learned so much about life from her. She was generous with her love and her time and by her example, she showed me how to care for my friends. She was always doing for others. I’m going to miss the homemade pimiento cheese she would make and tell me to come get so we could talk. I’m going to miss the annual birthday cards she sent. Over 40 years, she never forgot my birthday! She was so special in my life and I’m so thankful I had a chance over the years to let her know that. And I’m going to miss her greatly. Love you, Gad!

Vicky Corbello

Our Heartfelt Confolences, Prayers, and Love to All The Dishman Family, and extended Family and Friends. . Love you Libbie & Rodney..

Trudy Jones

Mrs. Ginger was such a wonderful lady. I met her when I was about 19 at First Security Nat'l Bank. She and Rodney were there to talk to David Weaver about their new year for rice. She was always such a kind and thoughtful soul and will be missed by so many. Rest in peace with Jesus Mrs. G❤

Alan Winzer

Sorry for your loss and the farming community’s loss

Kathy and Joe Hileman

We thought the world of Gad and she will be greatly missed. Sending our love and prayers.

Theresa morris

Sorry to hear about your loss your mom was a very sweet lady

Wade Brown

My sincere condolences

Fred Blanchette

What a sweet and beautiful Wife, Mom, G Mom, GG Mom. but also such a great friend to so many. RIP Ginger

Paul and Crystal Magee

Our deepest sympathies are with Rodney and the family. Gad was a special lady that we always loved talking to and listening to her life stories. We will miss her tremendously.

BennyClark and Connie Clark

May She Rest In Piece for ever! .What a Wonderful person. Our Prayers for the Dishman Family! BennyClark

Shilo Platts

My thoughts are with the Dishman family tonight. I pray for your comfort, strength, and faith in God to navigate you through this difficult time. Rodney, your mom had to have been proud because she raised one hell of a man in you, my friend.

Linda & George Mitchell

You will be so missed prayers for all of your family n children

Barbara & Tom Leicht

Mrs Dishman was a great woman. She raised a wonderful family and Jefferson County was a better place because of her. May Her Soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed "REST IN PEACE", Amen.

Barbara Smith

My deepest sympathy and prayers at this so very sad time. Ginger was a great lady and will be very much missed.

Tim Fading

I was very sorry to hear about Ginger's passing. I have so many fond memories of her, dating back over 50 years. I would go to spend the night "in the country" at her house. She made a mean sandwich and glass of Kool-Aid and was always so nice and thoughtful. She attended FPUMC, as did my parents. My parents thought the world of her. My thoughts are with Rodney and the Dishman Family, as they mourn her loss. She will be missed by all that knew her. May she RIP.

Jim & Sherry Shell

We are so sorry to hear of Gad's passing, she was truly one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. Jim and Sherry

Courtney Howell

Sending my love and prayers to the Dishman family during this time. What a wonderful strong and loving woman. I will always remember her Mayhaw jelly and know she will be missed by many. XOXO

Kristin Williamson Beal

Thinking of the entire Dishman family as you lay Ginger to rest. I’m so grateful that I was to experience her smile, hugs and genuine love for her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace and you all feel the love & comfort of God’s arms around you during this time.

Gerald L Furry

I am most sorry to hear that Gad has left us. She and my fmaily go back a long ways and she will be sorely missed.

Mickey and Shirley Whitley

Sending our love and prayers to the Dishman family and her Loved Ones during this time. Ginger was 'Special' Lady'!

Renee Adkins

Ginger Ann will always have a very special place in heart. I’m so blessed to have call her my friend. I have no doubt there were a lot of “Cooter-Browns” waiting to welcome her at Heavens Gate. I love you sweet lady. RIP!

Jimmy and Marilyn Madaffri

Prayers for Gingers family. She will be greatly missed in the South Park High School Class-of 1955..

David and Wendy Telger

Sorry to hear about Ms. Ginger,prayers for the family and loved ones.

Jimmy harris

Sorry to hear she was a nice lady. Prayers.

Louis and Aline Broussard

We are sorry to hear of the loss of Ginger. A special lady and know she will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. She always came to the Christmas party Gail gave for her FHS girlfriends for years and she was always so so very much fun to be around and know. (Aline). I have known her and family for years a fine lady. (Louis) Our Deepest Sympathy and in our thoughts and prayers. Louis and Aline Broussard. Burkeville, Tx

Dennis Landry

From my first memory of Ginger Dishman as a very small boy up to my last visit with her not long ago , to me she never changed. From the second she saw me for over 50 years, She always made me feel the same. We love Jesus because He loved us first. She loved me first, l loved her. She gave us all reasons to love and respect her ! Tough but kind. Unconditional love and loyalty for family. Perseverance and grace few of us could exhibit. The ability to see through all the distractions and courage to speak truth. You knew what Ginger Dishman was gonna say before you asked her a question...... For the family she cherished, I pray the empty feeling because she passed is soon filled with thoughts, memories and knowledge of her love Peace Ginger Dishman, I love you

Janet Kizziah

Ginger was a wonderful woman, my Dad Tom Watkins thought the world of her. Deepest condolences from Watkins and Kizziah families.

Lela Lovett Parrish

Rodney and family, So sorry to hear of Gad’s passing. She was always so sweet and welcoming to me. I have very good memories of her from so many years ago. Prayers to all of you.

Ginger Ann (Gilfillian) Carrabine

Ginger was my namesake. I have the fondest memories of her giving me wonderful Christmas gifts when I was a child. She went out of her way to make me feel so special. I loved that my daddy, Derrell Gilfillian, named me after such an incredible woman. Rest In Peace, Ginger. Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

Tom and Julie Munro

Our sympathy to your family, Rodney. What a cool mom !

Kyle & Ann Kahla

We are so sorry to hear about this. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Roy Gibson

The best Lady I’ve ever known, kinda loving caring open hearted person ever, she was like a mother to so many she will be greatly missed and the world is a lesser place without her in it Prayers for the Family RIP my great friend

Justin and Jolie Hartwick

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Ann Mitchell & Family

Dishman family, you are in out thoughts and prayers, we loved Ginger Ann and will miss her so much! The pimento cheese, book swaps, visits, Greenie picnics were all made so special by GAD!

Sylvia McBride Kehle

Ginger was a great woman and will not be forgotten by the Greenie Girls.

Joan McCown Dudley

The Greenie class of 55' in heaven is rejoicing that Ginger has joined them, She was such a warm, caring friend to so many.

Shelley Clubb jones

My thoughts and prayers are with the Dishman family and Mike . GAD was a strong and wonderful woman. I have so much admiration for her strength. Her love for her family and faith always shining through. There was never a doubt what Ginger stood for or what she would not stand for. She has been A wonderful lifelong friend to me and my family . I truly will miss our Friday morning visits

Jessica White

I remember my father Rexell taking me to visit Mrs. Dishman when I was younger. He thought a lot of her and loved her dearly. Prayers to the Dishman family.

Torri Buchholz Tucker

To Rodney and the Dishman Family, as a young teenager I would go spend the night with Mrs Dishman. I remember that like it was yesterday.. Fast forward to my first born whom is 22 now , GAD gave him a pair of tiny rubber boots. I still have those to this day. Mrs Dishman will be missed, my dad had the upmost respect for her and loved her just as much. They are together visiting in heaven with family and friends now.. My prayers go out to the Dishman family......God Bless

Carl Lane & Cindy Henderson

Dear Rodney and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Ginger’s passing. Praying that you will feel God’s comfort and peace during your time of grieving. May God surround you with sweet memories of your mom. In His love, Carl Lane and Cindy Henderson

Elizabeth A Harris

Zane & Zach We are never ready to let go of someone we love, but how fortunate you are to have had GAD as your grandmother. Her love for you will never end.....

Becky Ames

Rodney, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how close your family is....I understand. My Mom passed on January 10. It’s tough but know she is in heaven and is heaven in for a treat! . I saw Ginger several times in the past and she was exactly the same. She will surely be missed. I am very sorry for your loss. Becky

Terri Nelson

What an amazing lady! I’m grateful I got to know her. Sending all the Dishman family prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.