Richard Worley

September 17, 1941 - December 13, 2022

Richard Glen Worley, 81 of Silsbee, died Tuesday, December 13, 2022.  He was born on September 17, 1941, in Silsbee, to Edna Joy Worley and Ladson Ervin “Red” Worley.

Richard graduated from Silsbee High School in 1959 and attended Lamar University.  He served on the Silsbee ISD Board of Trustees for nearly twenty years and retired from Eastex Pulp and Paper after almost four decades.  He later worked for the Hardin County Emergency Management-Floodplain Office and served on the Hardin County Appraisal Board.

Richard was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous capacities including bishop. He had a genuine love for people and his life was intertwined with service to others as well as his family. He was a kind, humble man who impacted the lives of many. After retirement, he enjoyed a special camaraderie with his buddies from McDonald’s, Brookshire Brothers, and the Donut Palace.

Richard’s “Wittiest” title in high school followed him throughout his life.  He never tired of entertaining his children and grandchildren, and his quick wit was the stuff of legend.  He loved traveling with his family, and the stories his six kids tell about being packed inside a not-too-steady station wagon for days will provide dinner table conversations for generations to come.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise “Angel” Worley; children, Dr. Kyle Worley and his wife, Pam, of Beaumont; Jill Bebee and her husband, Brian and Glen Worley and his wife, Jana, all of Silsbee; Paul Worley and his wife, Bethany, of Beaumont; and Joy Smith and her husband, Danny, of Wimberley; daughter-in-law, Kelli Worley-Hendren, of Andalusuia, Alabama; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Noah, Thomas, Samuel, Hannah, Brad, Madeline, Cullen, Scout, Annie, Eliza, Ladson, Georgia, Sylvia, Clara, Elise, Opal, Cami, Jaxson, Winston, Stella, Lola, Sullivan, and Desmond; and great-grandchildren, Bamford and Breya.  He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Lee Worley; and brother, Charles Worley.

A gathering of Mr. Worley’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his funeral service at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 8622 Highway 418, Silsbee, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  His interment will follow at Knupple Cemetery, Silsbee.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

  • December 16, 2022
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Funeral Service

  • December 16, 2022
  • 3:00 pm


Knupple Cemetery
  • 461, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • December 16, 2022

Comments (22)

    Shirley McIntyre Cook says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Worley family. Mr. Worley was such an honorable man and it was my honor to serve with him on the Hardin County Appraisal District Board of Directors. He was so kind and understanding and addressed all concerns with honesty and integrity. Sending prayers to his family.
    Shirley Cook, Hardin County TAC

    Lesia and Mike Jones says:

    I am blessed by this man and his awesome family.. He has been a great example of how to love family, community, and God. I appreciate his knowledge and friendship so much. May God comfort and bring peace to all that loved him in the days ahead.

    Nan Gore says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace. My sincere condolences are sent y’all’s way.

    shelly cooper says:

    When I think of Mr Worley…I see someone who was an example to others in many, many areas…dedicated and committed to his faith and his family, community minded, and friend to all. Oh how he will be missed and oh what big shoes to fill… Much love to this family.

    Kenny Burkhalter says:

    So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I served with Mr Worley on the Hardin County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
    I always appreciated his insight and thoughts on issues that confronted the District.
    Such an Honorable man.
    Rest in Peace Sir!


    Our deepest sympathy & prayers are extended to Angel, the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Richard & I were classmates beginning in the first grade and remained close friends thereafter. Richard’s wit, humor, smile, friendship, and genuine humanity is a legacy which will live with each of us forever. It was, indeed, an honor to have been a friend of Richard Worley!

    Gerald “Jerry” McLaughlin & Sharon
    Kerrville, Texas

    Joe & Linda Sanchez & family says:

    Our hearts are saddened at the passing of our most precious friend. Richard had such a beautiful soul and kind heart. He was always there for us. He never failed to cross the street and visit with us when we were outside. Richard had a way of always lifting our spirits. Our love and prayers are with the family ????

    Cynthia Taylor Elmore Carlson says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers to all of the family. Richard was such a great man, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was someone I feel very fortunate to have known. You will be missed by many.

    Claudia (Brodie) Parks says:

    It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum. But I think this will be an exception, as I cannot imagine how anyone could fill the tremendous void created by Richard’s passing. It was my honor and pleasure to work with him for many years. I extend my condolences to the family and pray that you find comfort in the abundance of sweet memories.

    Paula McDonald says:

    Sorry to hear about your husband and dad. We lived around the block all of my years growing up and Richard was very faithful walking past our house and stopping to talk with my dad and knew us kids when he saw us out and about town. Most kind man.

    Steve Broeder says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Richard was a kind man with a good heart.

    Joel and Darlene Watson says:

    A life well lived and a true legacy left behind. Prayers for the family.

    Heath Simpson says:

    Truly the best man I have ever known. I hope he knows the impact him and his entire family had on my life, not once have they ever treated me like anything but family.Paul being my best friend for so many years and me pretty much there all the time growing up I was extremely grateful and lucky to share so many great memories with this wonderful family. I consider myself privileged and honored to have known such a great man love y’all and everyone will be in our prayers

    Larry Cawley says:

    Angel & Family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Richard. He was always able to brighten a room with his cheerful personality. I always respected him as his underclassman, he never treated us differently. God’s Blessings.

    Lisa Sanchez says:

    So many beautiful memories of Mr. Richard and his family that I will always cherish. I loved going to their house to play many hours as a child. I’m fondly remembering how I discovered I was afraid of heights when he had to get a ladder to get me out of an oak tree in their yard! Sending prayer and love to all of the Worley clan. Your family is loved!

    Kirsten Martin says:

    Such a great loss to this world. I feel blessed to have known this kind , smart and gentle man. Love and prayers to The entire family.

    Vanessa Barclay says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Bishop Worley! He was such a fine man. My heart and prayers are with the family. My deepest condolences.

    Shirley Stephens says:

    Saddened to hear of Richard’s passing!!! It was such an honor to work with him during our tenure on the Board for the Appraisal District!!
    I also had the utmost respect for Richard!!
    My prayers are with each of you!!

    Terry Deaver says:

    I loved Mr. Worley. He was always so kind as a Board member and a father to one of my dearest friends in school. Kyle, I am praying for you and your entire family. What a wonderful legacy your father has built.

    Kathy Woods says:

    Such sad news to hear about Richard. I had the pleasure of working with him. There was never a dull moment with him around – he kept us in stitches.

    Prayers for his family and friends. Cherish his memory until you meet again.

    Love you Richard…

    Sarah and Ned Fischer says:

    Sending love to family and friends.

    Wilson Neyland says:

    Love and prayers for the entire Worley clan. Such a kind, great man and father! He will be missed by many.


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