Obituaries for July 31, 2014
Funeral services have been set for Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Paris First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Hutchison officiating. Interment will follow at Grant Cemetery in Grant, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends on Friday evening at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home from 6:00-7:30 PM.
Don was born on August 5, 1931 in Hugo, Oklahoma, the 9th of 12 children. He graduated from Grant High School where he played basketball and married the love of his life, Judy Norris. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was sent to Korea during war where he was promoted to Staff Sargent and served in the Chaplaincy.
After graduating from East Texas State University with a Masters in Biology, he taught school at Central High School in Sumner, Texas. He also coached both boys and girls basketball. He later worked as a Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for 16 years and improved the fiscal status of each council in which he was employed.
He returned to Lamar County where he worked for North Lamar Independent School District as an Educator/Administrator and Coach. He began coaching cross country and developed a winning formula for the Cross Country Team at North Lamar taking a group of girls to the state championship four years in a row, three times as state champions. The cross country winning tradition continued for years after he retired.
He was active at the Powderly United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and a team member of the construction decision group for the new church and the North Lamar Methodist Church Camp.
His retirement years were spent at his refurbished “farm” home at Kanawha, Texas where he loved to fish, hunt ride his buggy and his tractor. He also was on the board of the Grant Nutritional Center, the Grant Cemetery and volunteered many hours at both locations. His greatest loves were his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a mentor to many students and others that were fortunate to meet him and be a part of his life. His greatest desires were that his family would be educated and successful in life.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Norris Moffitt; children, Donald Keith Moffitt, Jr. and wife Carla, Judith Moffitt, Cynthia Briscoe and husband Scott, Angela Chadwick and husband Jim; grandchildren, Tara Taylor, Amy Robbins, Matt Moffitt, Scott Moffitt, Brandon Chadwick, Blake Chadwick; great-grandchildren, Nichole Taylor, Michelle Price, Jayci Robbins, Jaxon Robbins, Macy Moffitt, Max Moffitt, Mabrie Moffitt, Katie Brown , Blair Chadwick; great-great-grandchild, Emma Grace; brother, Thomas Moffitt and wife Ralphanne; sister, Joan Hamm and husband Bobby; sister-in-law, Doris Moffitt; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Mary Shackelford Moffitt; brothers, Carl Moffitt, Alvin Moffitt, Alton Moffitt, Eldon Moffitt, Odas Moffitt, Doyce Moffitt, Johnny Moffitt, Johnny Moffitt, Henry Wayne Moffitt; sister, Gaynell Moffitt.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Grant Cemetery in Grant, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be sent to the Moffitt family at www.fry-gibbs.com
His service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, August 1, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Michael Walker and Rev. Brad Aldridge officiating. Visitation will follow the service.
He was born on May 18, 1940, in Paris to Sybil Pickering and Jay Bowman. He attended schools in Greenville and Paris, graduating in 1958 from Paris High School, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He attended Paris Junior College graduated from Texas A&M, College Station, where he was in the Corps and played baseball. He later earned a degree in finance from the University of Houston and was a certified public accountant. He worked for Procter & Gamble, two accounting firms in San Antonio, Weinstein Spira & Co. in Houston, and Irvin Levy Enterprises. He retired as CFO of Utex Industries in Houston, when he moved to Paris to take care of his mother.
He married Ginna Hinds Walker on January 9, 2010, and they had a brief but wonderful marriage, blending families and travelling.
In later years he loved to study the Bible and was in study groups at First United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, and Calvary United Methodist Church. He was on the Downtown Food Pantry board, Paris Junior College Foundation Board, FUMC council on ministries, and was active in the Northeast Texas Emmaus Community.
He is survived by his wife and three children: Bradford Jay Bowman and wife, Mirna of Austin, Rebecca Bowman of Houston, and Shana Bowman of Houston. His other children: Callie Walker Thompson of Paris, Jennifer Walker McDonald and husband Don, and Stephen Walker and wife Terri Leigh of Paris.
His grandchildren were Isaiah Jay Carter, Dominic Claude and Arianna Grant of Houston, Sierra Speegle and Elise Bowman of Austin, Matthew Thompson of Dallas, Lauren Thompson, Lauren Madding, Laney Madding, Landree Madding and Blake Walker of Paris. Also, Sarah Kathryn and Elizabeth Walker of Carthage, and Stephen McDonald, Luke McDonald, and Susanna McDonald of Hackett, AR.
If desired, memorials may be given to the Downtown Food Pantry, Lamar County Young Life, Youth Building Project at First United Methodist Church, Paris Junior College Foundation, or a charity of choice.