Rains County announces passing of County Judge Wayne Wolfe

Rains County Judge Wayne Wolfe.
Rains County Judge Wayne Wolfe.(Rains County)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 4:32 AM CDT

EMORY, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas community is mourning the loss of a longtime well-respected county judge.

Rains County Judge Wayne Wolfe, 67, died Thursday from complications related to COVID-19.

At the Rains County Courthouse, a memorial wreath was placed on the county judge’s office.

Wolfe’s passing was recognized at the Texas State Capitol Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives, where he delivered an invocation in 2011.

“Over the past 5 to 6 years he’d become someone that I really looked up to and counted a true friend. There’s just not a lot of people on my list that I would put on that category as judge Wolfe,” said state representative Cole Hefner.

Wolfe also served on the board of directors for the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) and the agency’s Chief Elected Officials Board and Rural Transportation Planning Organization Board.

He was also the longtime pastor at Shady Grove Baptist church, just north of Emory.

“That Christian witness that he put above everything else, that he was able to maintain,” Hefner said.

Wolfe served the community for more than a decade after being elected in 2011, and Hefner remembers him as a kind and generous man.

“You just never heard a bad word about him. He was a mentor, a friend, someone I looked up to. He was an incredible man and I will miss him greatly,” Hefner said.

Wolfe’s current term in office was set to expire at the end of 2022.

No word on who will be appointed to finish his term.

“Judge Wolfe served Rains County to the utmost of his ability for many years and we are forever grateful for his contributions to the county and its citizens,” a news release stated. “Judge Wolfe was a man who loved God, his family and his community. As we mourn the loss of Judge Wolfe, we continue to send thoughts and prayers to his wife, Diana, his children and his grandchildren.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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