OBITUARY

John "Johnny" H. Permenter

July 16, 1924January 20, 2019
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Services for John H. “Johnny” Permenter, 94, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Herty Baptist Church, with Bro. Charles Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in the Berry Cemetery. Mr. Permenter was born July 16, 1924 in Joaquin, Texas, the son of the late Josie Lea (Sims) and John Windham Permenter. He passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 in a local hospital. Mr. Permenter was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was retired from the Holsum Bread Company and Coburn’s Supply. He proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Permenter was a Deacon and Member of Herty Baptist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 70 years. He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, watching baseball, westerns, and “Law and Order”. He loved meeting and talking with people. Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Permenter of Lufkin; daughter, Debra Permenter of Arlington, Texas; sons, David Permenter of Arlington and Jeffrey Permenter of Lufkin; grandchildren, Brian Permenter and Lacie Panknin and husband Jeff; great-grandchildren, Abby Panknin, Elijah Marquez, Megan Panknin, Caleb Marquez and Levi Marquez; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members. In addition to his parents, Mr. Permenter was preceded in death by his brothers, Mickey Permenter and Bob Permenter; and sisters, Frances Sirman, Aileen Lewis, Wenona Thornton and Mary Barton. Pallbearers will be Brian Permenter, Jeff Panknin, Joe Permenter, Randy Permenter, Jason Permenter, Larmie Blount and Dick Jay. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Herty Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home

  • FAMILY

  • JoAnn Permenter, Wife
  • Debra Permenter, Daughter
  • David Permenter, Son
  • Jeffrey Permenter, Son
  • Brian Permenter, Grandson
  • Lacie Panknin and husband Jeff, Granddaughter
  • Abby Panknin, Great Granddaughter
  • Elijah Marquez, Great Grandson
  • Megan Panknin, Great Granddaughter
  • Caleb Marquez, Great Grandson
  • Levi Marquez, Great Grandson
  • John Windham Permenter, Father
  • Josie Lea (Sims) Permenter, Mother
  • Mickey Permenter, Brother
  • Bob Permenter, Brother
  • Frances Sirman, Sister
  • Aileen Lewis, Sister
  • Wenona Thornton, Sister
  • Mary Barton, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brian Permenter, Active
  • Jeff Panknin, Active
  • Joe Permenter, Active
  • Randy Permenter, Active
  • Jason Permenter, Active
  • Larmie Blount, Active
  • Dick Jay, Active
  • Deacons of Herty Baptist Church, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 24, 2019
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John "Johnny" H. Permenter

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Franklin Weeks

January 23, 2019

To David and the family, I am very sorry for your loss.

Kelli White

January 22, 2019

John was much loved by our family. We have fond memories of time spent with him on family vacations and times when he and JoAnn would visit Tyler. He was always the life of the party with a funny story to share and his smiling face. I know he is rejoicing with the saints in Heaven, but we can't help but feel grief at losing him. Our prayers are with JoAnn and Debra and the rest of the family.

Wayne, Nina and Kelli White
Tyler, TX

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Biography

John H. "Johnny" Permenter was born July 16, 1924 at home in Joaquin, Texas to Windham and Josie Permenter. He passed away January 20, 2019.

Johnny was one of six children. He had three older sisters, Frances, Aileen and Wenona, two younger brothers, Mickey and Bob and one younger sister, Mary.
He was employed as salesman briefly by Betts Shoes, was employed with the Holsum Bread Company for 31 years and then with Coburn’s Supply for 9 years.
He proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He served in the 570ty - 70th Division of the Signal Core, mostly in Germany and France.
Johnny was a Deacon and Member of Herty Baptist Churchfor over 65 years, was a member of the choir and served on several committees through the years. He, JoAnn and Mary and Buster Nicholas worked with the Joy Class (Special Needs). He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for 70 years. He also enjoyed volunteering in the weekly devotional/singing times at the nursing homes in Lufkin.

His favorite things to do were playing the guitar, singing in the choir, watching the Houston Astros baseball games, watching westerns, and “Law and Order” and playing 42. He loved meeting and talking with people.
Johnny graduated from Joaquin High School in 1943; his favorite subject was history and his favorite teacher was Arnold Hooper, whom he said he learned the most from.

Later in life, he became friends with Margie and Howard Hartnett, Jean and Cecil DeVore and Mary and Buster Nicholas.

Johnny married Jo Ann McKnight on January 21, 1950 in a boarding house in Waskom, Texas because the road to the church was flooded. They had three children, one daughter, Debra and two sons, David and Jeffrey. The also had two grandchildren, Brian Permenter and Lacie Panknin. Some of their favorite vacations were trips to Wyoming, Colorado and California.

One of Johnny's favorite pets was Tuve, a mix - mostly long-haired Jack Russell Terrier.