James Olan Webb

August 26, 1942 - January 8, 2021

James Olan Webb, 78, of Silsbee, died Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born on August 26, 1942, in San Augustine, to Dorthey King Webb and James Conley Webb. Olan was raised in Central Gardens, Nederland, Texas. He graduated from Nederland High School in 1960 and enrolled in Lamar University that fall.

On the first day of his freshman English class, he met the love of his life, Sherry Ann Hicks. They married July 11, 1964 and began their beautiful life together. Olan worked as an accountant in Houston and Waco before he and Sherry settled in Beaumont in 1968. Not long after they returned, he took a job with Houston Chemical as an accountant. His thirty years of work took him and his family from Beaumont, Texas, to New Martinsville, West Virginia, to Portland, Texas and finally back to Silsbee, Texas, in 1983. In every place they lived, Olan and his family became involved in the local church and made lifelong friends. Olan retired from Oxy in 2002. Not ready to be done working, he took a job as Business Administrator at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont, from which he retired for good in 2007.

In 2002, Olan was appointed to the Lower Neches Valley Authority Water Board, where he served faithfully for sixteen years. He enjoyed learning about water rights and being involved in projects such as the Saltwater Barrier Project in the Neches River. His favorite days were spent at Cedar Ridge Farm, where he never lacked for things to do. He enjoyed mowing, fishing, and entertaining grandchildren. He never stopped learning. He taught himself how to add “smart” features to his house and watched endless YouTube videos for both help and enjoyment.

Olan’s life was a display of love for and service to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved people and cherished the relationships he built with them. He was a “fixer” of many things…from broken hearts to broken cars and everything in between. He often reminded his children and grandchildren to “call people by their name, look them in the eye, and ask people about themselves because, after all, it’s their favorite subject.” He went about doing good in a quiet manner, never drawing attention to himself, and only ever wanting God to get the glory. Olan served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and faithful member of his beloved Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. He was an easy person to love, and his life preached far and wide. A treasured friend to many, he will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Olan is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Sherry Ann Hicks Webb; sister, Ann Webb Brown, and her husband, Gehrig Brown, of Silsbee; son, James Kirby Webb, and his wife, Debra Delp Webb, of Rockwall; daughter, Amy Lynn Webb Fuller, of Silsbee; seven beautiful grandchildren, James Christopher Webb and wife, Brenna Hurst Webb; Sarah Leeann Webb and fiancé, Tanner Kelly; Conally Marie Webb; Whitney Claire Webb; Carson Mattox Fuller; Landon Michael Fuller; and Campbell Gage Fuller, all of whom affectionately called him “Doo Dah”, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A gathering of Mr. Webb’s family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m. with his funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3650 Dowlen Road, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Hardin Memorial Park, Silsbee, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. Calvary Baptist Church Beaumont has requested all family and friends attending Mr. Webb’s service to please wear a mask at all times.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030 or Calvary Baptist Church Beyond, 3550 Dolwen Road, Suite A, Beaumont, Texas 77706.

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Bud Cowart

So sorry to hear of Olan’s passing. He was a dear friend and an example of a Godly man. He will be greatly missed.

Tommie Webb Sealy and Bonnie Webb Nulisch

We didn’t get to see Olan very often but when we did meet up with him he had that smile, that sweet smile that always drew you to him. Condolences to all the family...he was your Rock I know. With love...Tommie and Bonnie

Dave & Marion Stemple

So very sorry for your loss. We have great memories of all of you when you lived in New Martinsville, WV. Dave so enjoyed the phone visit he had with Olan about a month ago..

Faye Whitley Martin

Sweet friend. He will be so missed. Prayers and love for the family.

Johanna Brown

I am sorry for your loss. All of Olan’s family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Michael Hensley

Just a note to say that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of transition and adjustment. A blessed life, well lived, and well served. My sincerest condolences.

Connie Hartt

Olan was a wonderful servant of Christ and a friend to many. He will be missed.

Carlton Berry

yes he was faithful all the days of his life and so kind

Kimberly Nash

Mr Webb was one of the dearest gentlemen I know. He will be missed. May God comfort your family.

Pauletta Meek

I am so sorry for your loss. I didnt know him very well, I did know his son & daughter-in-law. They are a shinging example of his love.

Shelia Smith

I’m so sorry for your loss Amy.

Robert English

So sorry. We went to school together

Peggy Whitley Cowart

Long time friend and sweet man. Love and prayers for all the family.

Beverly Barnett

Sherry I am so sorry for your loss. Olan was such a kind and caring person. He always had a smile. Many times he would stop at my dad’’s house and mow his yard. Dad do not know he was out there. You and your family are in my prayers.

eileen TINDALL

Just a note to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to Amy on the loss of her dad. Our hearts go out to all of you at this difficult time. James & Eileen Tindall

Rebecca Hicks Kraft

So sorry for your loss. May God bless you and family.

Wayne and Linda Brumley

We are saddened by the passing of Olan. He was a wonderful, kind, and Godly man. We were fortunate to have sweet Sherry and his friendship during our stay in Beaumont. He will be missed, but his legacy will be forever imprinted on his family, and friends.

Sharon Davis

Sherry, I am praying for you and your family and send my deepest sympathy.

Linda Cobb

Olan was one of the Godliest men I ever met. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone. He will be missed by so many people.

Mandy Bullard Broderick

Amy, Mrs. Webb & Kirby- Praying the Lord brings your family peace, strength & comfort during this sad time. My condolences to all of you.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much, Mandy.

Amy Fuller

Thank you for your kind words, Linda

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Sharon.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Brumley. I so appreciate the friendship that you both shared with my dad.

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Rebecca.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Tindall. We so appreciate your prayers.

Amy Fuller

Thank you for your kind words, Beverly.

Amy Fuller

Thank you Mrs. Peggy. Daddy had wonderful childhood memories with all of you.

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Mr. English.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much, Sheila.

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Pauletta. If you know my brother, you have a pretty good picture of what my daddy was like.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much sweet friend. Daddy thought the world of you, too.

Amy Fuller

Thank you for your kind words, Carlton.

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Connie.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much, Michael.

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Johanna. We appreciate your prayers.

Amy Fuller

Thank you, Mrs. Faye. I always enjoyed hearing his stories of your childhood together.

Amy Fuller

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Stemple. We also cherish those memories of our time in New Martinsville. You were some of his most treasured friends.

Amy Fuller

Thank you Tommie and Bonnie. We will miss that smile that endeared us to him.

Amy Fuller

Thank you for your kind words, Mr. Cowart.

Harold Bean

Sherry, I was sad to here of Olans passing, my prays, my hope is that the Lord Jesus give unto you and your family that special grace at this time in your life. May the sweet Holy Spirit embrace you and hold you tight during this sad moment.

Jack and Mary C Martin

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. . He will be missed. A real gentleman.

Mary Kim

I remember when I first came to the States, Mr. Webb helped teach my Pre-K Sunday School class. He was always so kind, thoughtful, and asking my parents how I was doing in college. I never understood why he cared so much because genuine kindness like that is rare and was so foreign to me. From helping a foreign 3 year old color the days of creation to congratulating me on an achievement I didn’t even know about, he always made me feel like I mattered and emulated Christ’s love. He was a blessing and inspiration to us all. Our prayers are with your family as he is greatly missed.

Kendall Barr

Sherry and Ann...I’m so sorry to hear about Olan..even though we haven’t been close for years I just want you to know I’m sorry....if y’all ever want to speak to me my .Facebook is Kendall Barr I’m thinking of y’all and sending prayers to each of you✝️

Randy Frazier

I'm stunned by this news. I'm so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life he lead! It was always great to talk to him. I will miss him. Just know that you and your family are in thoughts and prayers.

Amy Fuller

Thank you for your kind words Mary. Daddy sure did think a lot of you.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much.

Amy Fuller

Thank you so much, Mr. Bean

Rock Griffis

May God comfort you during this time of loss. Mr. Webb was a wonderful example of a Godly man. May his legacy be of those he pointed in the way of Christ.

Richard Glenn

I just recently learned of Olan's passing and was so saddened by the news. Although I haven't been very active in church for about the last six years or so, due to the responsibilities of caring for aging loved ones, I remember Olan as one of the finest examples of a true Christian as I've ever known. A mostly soft spoken man, he was kind, considerate, compassionate and caring. Definitely a man among men.