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Wilson David Yaws

December 13, 1937 ~ April 21, 2020 (age 82)


Wilson David Yaws was born December 13, 1937 to Reed and Ida (Collins) Yaws in Leesville, Texas.  He entered his eternal home on April 21, 2020 in West Columbia, Texas. David graduated from Smiley High School in 1957. In 1955, he met the love of his life, Gillis Pauline West. They were married on March 1, 1958 in Leesville, Texas. After living in several Texas cities, David and Gillis settled their family in West Columbia in 1975. 

David worked construction for many years throughout Brazoria County. In 2002, he retired from the City of West Columbia with 16 years of service. He enjoyed his job at the city and met many people who became lifelong friends.

David is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gillis Yaws; and children, Sherry Webb (Randy) of Sweeny, David Yaws (Wanda) of West Columbia, Jeffrey Yaws (Robin) of West Columbia, Lori Shifflett (David) of West Columbia, Keith Yaws (Joann) of Damon and Darla Copus (Chris) of Richwood. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Dwayne Campbell (Wendy) of Mildenhall, England, Doyle Shifflett of West Columbia, Timothy Atwood (Stephanie) of Sweeny, April Hacker (Heath) of Angleton, Dustin Briskin (Kristina) of West Columbia, Renee Hargis (Matt) of Danbury, Sam Shifflett (Megan) of West Columbia, David Lee Yaws of Alton, IL, Amber Yaws of West Columbia, Blaine Yaws (Gabi) of West Columbia, Chad Yaws of West Columbia, Jaylin Yaws of West Columbia, Carter Copus of Richwood, and Jayden Yaws of Damon, and 15 great-grandchildren. David is also survived by his sisters, Hazel Coyle of Cuero, Elaine Baker of Sutherland Springs and Nelda Berryhill (Jimmy) of Palm Desert, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Katy Yaws; and numerous brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salim Dabagi for many years of care and CEMS for their services.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, there will be no services at this time. There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date.

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Family to do services at later date

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