Louis Troy Risinger, 70, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Shelbyville. He was born on April 6, 1947 in Center, Texas to Carvie Cora Risinger Robinson. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham, Bro. Don Windham and Rev. Jacob Casey officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.
Troy grew up in the Dunnigan Community and attended Shelbyville ISD. He knew Edith Wilburn his entire life, but he had never worked up the courage to ask her out. One day, Troy and a friend of his saw Edith and her friend, Gracie in the middle of the road in their bathing suits. At that moment, Troy took a chance. They went on a double date and the rest is history. The two dated from 1967 until 1970 when they joined hands in marriage on March 20th and stood by one another’s side until Troy’s passing.
For 21 years, Troy worked as a carpenter in Vidor before retiring. He was a master at his trade and enjoyed his career over the years. Troy was at peace in the outdoors. Sometimes he would just sit outside and soak in the sunset each evening adoring God’s masterpiece. He also loved to fish and hunt with his family. You might find them on the bridge at Sleepy’s or hunting wolves and foxes. No matter where they were, the time together was treasured. Troy’s daughters learned a lot about life and about the outdoors shadowing him. He showed them how to fox hunt, how to truck camp and even all the tricks involved in a game of 42. His love for the Lord was the most important lesson he tried to instill in his children and grandchildren. Raising their voices together in praise was a common occurrence. They loved to sing and play guitar at church, family gatherings and revivals. He also loved singing with OC There were times when Troy would sit back and listen to his daughters. In those moments, he found true contentment hearing them use their vocal talents for God’s glory. Pawpaw, as his beloved grandchildren called him, had a special place in his heart for the grandbabies. They were his pride and joy and some of the most beautiful memories of love and laughter were made when they were all together.
He was an easy-going man that would sit back and watch the RFD channel and the Weather Channel somedays and then other days, you might catch him watching old Westerns. There probably wasn’t one that he didn’t see. Troy also loved a good seafood buffet. He really enjoyed it when everyone in the family would get together to eat. Often the highlight of Troy’s day would be his nightly phone call with his cousin Betty Nell. He looked forward to their conversations each night and they would talk for hours. Troy was a light in this world to everyone who knew him. He had a nickname for everyone, but you knew that meant he loved you. So many wonderful memories were made over the years with Troy and will be treasured in the years to come.
He was a member of Pine Forest Masonic Lodge #1420 since 1982. He was also a member of the Easter Star Vidor Lodge #914 and Sabine Carpenters Local of Beaumont.
Troy is survived by his wife, Edith Risinger of Shelbyville; daughters, Jennifer Stroud and husband, Stephen of Shelbyville, Tammy Casey and husband, Jacob of Huntington, Jackie Chauvin and husband, Armand of Nederland, and Janet McGowan and husband, Russell of Kountze; grandchildren, Xavier Pierce and wife, Sara of Porter, OC Stroud and Wife, Courtney of Joaquin, Britni Swearingen and husband, Kyle of Kountze, Reece Stroud of Shelbyville and girlfriend, Sheridan Sharp of Henderson, Jon McGowan and Emilie McGowan of Kountze; great-grandchild, LilyAnn Stroud of Joaquin; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. Troy is also survived by Clinton Risinger who was like a son to him and by his best friends, “Brother” Henry Norris, Cotton Wilburn and Robert Risinger.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Carvie Robinson and grandparents, Jim and Cora Risinger.
Pallbearers will be Xavier Pierce, OC Stroud, Reece Stroud, Jon McGowan, Kyle Swearingen, Henry Norris and Clinton Risinger.
Honorary pallbearers are Cotton Wilburn, Robert Risinger, and all of his Mason Brothers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas.
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.