Gary Joseph South

April 17, 1961August 22, 2020

Gary was born on April 17, 1961 at Park Place Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. He passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gary was 59 years old. He was the son of Beth (Jones) and Aubrey South. Gary grew up in Lufkin and attended Hudson High School.

Gary was a welder by profession and a gun enthusiast. His hobbies included fishing, spending time outside, and riding motorcycles with his club. Gary was a lover of animals and cherished his three German Shepherds: Buster, Babygirl, and Pinky.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Debbie Fencl South of Tulsa; his sons, Kason Joseph South of Diboll and Kullen Hunter South of Lufkin; his grandchildren, Kendal Shutter, Kyra and Kasper South, and Hunter South; his sister, Barbara Marlin of The Woodlands; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Nora Phillips of Lufkin; his stepson, Clayton Lambert of Tulsa; and his niece, Kristin Marlin of Dallas. He had many wonderful friends that he considered family including Joe Soliz of Port Arthur and Norman, Randy, and Butch Deal, all of Hudson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Hunter South.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin. Services to immediately follow at 11:00 a.m.

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  • Debbie Fenci South, Wife of 21 Years
  • Kason Joseph South, Son
  • Kullen Hunter South, Son
  • Kendal Shutter, Granddaughter
  • Kyra and Kasper South, Grandchildren
  • Barbara Marlin, Sister
  • Paul and Nora Phillips, Brother and Sister-in-Law
  • Clayton Lambert, Stepson
  • Kristin Marlin, Niece
  • Joe Soliz, Norman, Randy and Butch Deal, Best Friends
  • Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Beth (Jones) and Aubrey South; and his grandson, Hunter South.

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