Sylvia Woolwine Herring

February 6, 1954 - August 20, 2022

Sylvia Woolwine Herring, 68, of Vidor, died Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Mrs. Herring was born February 6, 1954, in Laurel, Mississippi, to Vallie Bellow Woolwine and Woody Woolwine, Sr. She grew up in Vidor, TX and was a graduate of Vidor High School. For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper for Waldman, Smallwood & Grossman Law Firm where she was not only an invaluable asset to their team but a cherished friend to Mr. Waldman, Mr. Smallwood, Mr. Grossman, and their families. She co-owned and operated Vidor’s Merle Norman cosmetics with her sister Diane for over 25 years, where she had many wonderful clients who became close friends. She went on to spend her later years working alongside her husband Terry in their commercial flooring business, Custom Flooring.

Sylvia was a devoted wife and mother, a loving sister, a caring Nana, and a generous friend to everyone in need. She dedicated her life to being a Christlike example, selflessly spending all her days making sure that each person in her life was provided for and knew that they were loved by her. She was the first to help celebrate her loved ones’ accomplishments, the first at a bedside when someone fell ill, the first with a hot plate of food for anyone in need. She remembered the little things- never forgetting a birthdate or anniversary, always being present for important moments or sending a heartfelt card or gift when appropriate. She was an incredible person, a true lady who exuded beauty, grace, and kindness everywhere she went. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Herring, Sr., of Vidor; daughter, Callie Herring and her husband, Randall Lavergne, of Vidor; son, Todd Herring of LaBelle; brothers, Carroll Woolwine of Beaumont; Wayne Woolwine and his wife, Wilma, of Collins, Mississippi; Woody Woolwine, Jr., and his wife, Gaynell, of Sanford Mississippi; Jerry Woolwine of Semmes, Alabama; Roger Woolwine of Corpus Christi; sisters, Jeanette Willett of Vidor; Diane Buoy and her husband, Mike, of Magnolia; Brenda Cantella of Beaumont; Kay Holloway and her husband, Perry, of Brookeland; Roxanne Jenkins and her husband, Steve, of Lumberton; sister-in-law, Debbie Herring of Belzoni, Mississippi; grandchildren, Katherine Lavergne, Thomas Lavergne, Daniel Rubero, Christina Rubero, Lyndsey Rubero, Briana Herring, Stephen Herring, Haleigh Herring, Tyler Herring, and Chelsea Herring; fourteen great-grandchildren; a host of very special cousins, nieces, and nephews; and her church family at Grace Baptist Church in Vidor.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Woody and Vallie Woolwine, her brother Earl “Bud” Woolwine, Sr., her son Terry Wayne Herring, Jr., and her daughter Toni Rubero.

A gathering of Mrs. Herring’s family and friends will be at 11:00 a.m., with her funeral service beginning at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont. A reception will be held following interment at North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, and all family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 24, 2022
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • August 24, 2022
  • 1:00 pm


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (18)

    Connie smith says:

    “Heaven surely has gained another Angel” Sylvia was Special, so loving & kind. I can’t remember a time over the years that she wasn’t there for me & my family. Cousin, you are Forever loved & missed. ❤ My thoughts & prayers are with her husband,children & all Woolwine families tonite.

    Cheryl Portier says:

    My sweet Sylvia. I just learned of your passing today. I look back on our days while working at Waldman, Smallwood and Grossman with much love and fondness. We were family there – with Brenda, Kay, Roxanne, Pam and Sanetta and some of the others. So many fun, great memories!
    You were one of the kindest, sweetest people I knew. You will be missed sis, but I know we will see each other again one day!
    Condolences to the entire family and I pray God gives each of you strength to get thru this difficult time.

    Linda Wortham Cook says:

    I met Sylvia and her sisters many years ago, when they worked at Waldman & Smallwood. My former husband was an attorney with the firm for a while, and I met her there. Sylvia was an incredibly kind soul, and a person of deep Christian faith. Through the years, our paths would occasionally cross, and I was always struck by the way we could pick up conversations about our families and activities, as if no time had elapsed. Sylvia was a joy to know. It was rare that I saw her without a smile on her beautiful face.

    Sylvia is someone whom I feel blessed to have known. She made the world a better place with her kind heart and caring ways. I have no doubt that she has angel wings, and her family has a precious guardian watching over her. She will be greatly missed. I have Sylvia and her family in my heart and in my prayers.


    Truly, an Angel has received her wings and she is
    soaring high…Thoughts and prayers are with all her
    family and friends. She will be missed immensely.

    Donna V oss says:

    Sylvia was such a blessing to know, such a dear lady and friend. She will be missed….

    Vicki Jennings says:

    She was such a kind lady. There will never be another one like Sylvia. My heart goes out to her family. I was blessed to have had her in my life these many years. I love the way she loved my children and grandchildren. Sorry I will not be with ya’ll today. Love and prayers for all of you.

    Iris Johnson Sistrunk says:

    Sylvia will truly be missed by many that loved and adored her. She was in the Vidor High School Class of 1972. She was the most gentle and kind person to all people. Prayers going up for peace beyond understanding to her family and friends.

    Roxann Ogden says:

    Sylvia was truly one of a kid. Her capacity for love and kindness was unmatched. She thought of everyone else first and herself last. I feel privileged to have had her for a cousin and friend. I will never forget her❤️

    Susan K Porter says:

    Sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing. She was a wonderful friend. I know she will be greatly missed. Prayers for her family.

    JoAnne Brackett Gruter says:

    So sorry for your loss. I remember her fondly from the days when I worked next door from Waldman & Smallwood for Sparks & Walker. She was so helpful in my early days of working at a law firm and so kind.

    Susan Beard says:

    Ever since I first met Sylvia at Waldman Smallwood, she was always so kind to me, always inquiring after my family. She was a gracious lady, and I was genuinely saddened to see that she had passed away.
    My prayers go out to her family.

    Suzi Waldman Gerstenhaber says:

    Sylvia was such a kind and giving person. She was a gentle soul with a soft voice and a big heart. Our family, especially my parents, had such a strong bond with Sylvia and her precious sisters. We send prayers and love to all of you in this very trying time.

    Terri Sanford Suggs says:

    To know her was to love her. She was genuinely one of the most Christ like people I have ever known. Though soft spoken and gentle, she was fiercely loyal. Her heart was a servants heart and we were all blessed to have her in our lives. Rest safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior sweet Sylvia! We will meet again in Heaven!

    Gayle Sanford Safer says:

    Sylvia has always since seventh grade been my friend and over the years has held a special place in my heart! Through the years she has always been a kind and compassionate friend. She never thought of herself first but always concerned about others. I will always remember her concern and compassion for my sister-in-law when she was diagnosed with cancer. Sylvia was the epitome of what a Christian should be! I had so much respect for her! I will always remember her giggles! Lots of times she was giggling at something she herself had done or said. So sweet! I love you Sylvia, my sister in Christ! Til I see you again on the streets of gold!! Love you sweet friend!! Gayle

    Don Olsen says:

    Sylvia was the sweetest person I knew from Junior high when I met her until now I loved her immensely and will miss her

    Carolyn Gallier Faul says:

    I agree Don. She will greatly be missed by our 1972 Vidor Class. She was a team player and always waNted to help anywhere she could. She alwas had a kind heart for us all. Love ya Syl.

    Dwana Ricks says:

    My prayers are with the friends and families. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Kathie Inzer Nichols says:

    If you ever met Sylvia you were loved, waited on, listened to, respected, understood!
    Her ministry was “is there anything you need?” and “what can I do for you?” If you did not respond, she would call a relative just to be sure???? If you knew Sylvia you were loved! She called after I lost my Mom and told me after she lost hers that she continued giving love from her Mom to her Mom’s friends. She will be so missed. Love and prayers for this special family that Mrs. Vallie shaped, taught and loved.

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