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John M. Batson

April 17, 1929 ~ April 25, 2019 (age 90)

          Funeral services for John M. Batson, 90, of Lufkin, will be held Monday, April 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin with Rev. Marcos Elizondo officiating. Interment will follow at Aldredge Cemetery.

          Mr. Batson was born April 17, 1929 in Nacogdoches, Texas, the son of the late John Henry Batson and Edna Florence (Sowell) Batson, and died Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Lufkin.

          Mr. Batson was of Baptist faith and worked security for Temple Inland for over 30 years. He loved to hunt, fish, and camp. Mr. Batson enjoyed working in his garden and watching Nascar.

          He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Brian Ray of Mineola, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Melvin and Judy Batson of Rocky Hill, TX; son and daughter-in-law, David and Mandy Batson of Klein, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Rebecca Batson of Hudson, TX; grandson and wife, Jason and Jole Ray; grandson and wife, Jonathan and Nancy Ray; granddaughter, Raylan Long; grandson, Austin Long; granddaughter, Alyssa Batson; grandson, Drake Batson; great-granddaughter, Saoirse Ray; brother, Jerry Batson; brother, Durwood “Dee” Batson; sister, Willie Lankford; and sister and brother-in-law, Emm and Doyle Burnaman.

          Mr. Batson was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 58 years, Louise Batson; sisters, Morine Hans, Lillie Scales; brother, Floyd Batson; and great-grandson, Nathan Price.

          Pallbearers will be Melvin Batson, David Batson, Chris Batson, Drake Batson, Jonathan Ray, and Jason Ray.

          Special memorials may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Ave., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090-6011.

          Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin.

          Shafer Funeral Home, Lufkin directors.

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