Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 25, 2013

EDC head dies

Lake area civic leader to be missed by many

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Steve Webster, President of the Gun Barrel City Economical Development Corporation, died unexpectedly on Wednesday. According to long time friend Larry Spiegel, Webster was taken to East Texas Medical Center  Tyler after complaining of back pains. The doctors diagnosed him with what Spiegel explained was an infection in the aorta valve in the heart.

Webster will be remembered for having  served on the Gun Barrel City EDC board since 2006 and for being president of the board since 2008. Webster was president of Sun Commercial Roofs, a company in Dallas he founded in 1988.

Webster was a graduate of Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. He served as president of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas and belongs to regional and national trade associations and various chambers of commerce.

“He and his wife, Barbara, were good friends with myself and my wife,” Spiegel said. “He was an incredible human being. He gave so much to Gun Barrel City, the Library at Cedar Creek Lake and many other worthy organizations.” “He surely will be missed,” said Spiegel.

Spiegel said Webster was dedicated to the  economical development of Gun Barrel City. On the GBC website, Webster was quoted as saying, “We’re actively inviting businesses to come to our town, specifically those that will add to the character of the area.  We want and need the basics – restaurants and retail – but we also would like to have businesses that enhance our resort-like environment and that provide jobs to our full-time residents.”

Webster and his wife Barbara were well-known at Cedar Creek Lake. Barbara serves as the Gun Barrel City Beautification committee president and is on the Park and Recreation Board. Steve was recently elected as the Vice President of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake.

Spiegel said his friend was a very caring man who would do anything for the lake community. 

“Steve and Barbara did a lot for the Library at Cedar Creek Lake.” Spiegel said. “They helped with carpet, flooring and monetary donations to the library.”

Steve is survived by his wife Barbara, three daughters Stacy Bowman, Susan Webster DeVanney and Shannon Dean and seven grandchildren. Webster leaves behind a host of friends in Dallas and the Cedar Creek Lake area.

A memorial service is planned for Aug. 17 at the Webster home.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Library at Cedar Creek Lake.