OBITUARY

Linda Lou (Sills) Naff

September 1, 1940February 24, 2020
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Services for Linda LouSills Naff, 79, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020 in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel located in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, 5205 S. First Street, with Reverend Bruce Mercer and John Havard officiating. Entombment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Linda Naff went to be with Jesus on February 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family and under the good care of Hospice of the Pines at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. She was born September 1, 1940 in Oletha in Limestone County, the fifth born child of Annie May and O.T. “Pig” Sills and spent her childhood years in Thornton.

Linda graduated from Thornton High School in 1958 where she played volleyball, was a member of the cheerleading team and was named Football Sweetheart. She then attended Navarro College where she met her first husband, Autry Foley, whom she married in April of 1959. She worked for a number of years at the Mexia State School before moving to Lufkin. She was widowed at the age of thirty-six and then earned her accounting degree through a “university without walls” program attending both Angelina College and Stephen F. Austin.

Linda married Frank Naff of Bastrop, Lousiana on May 28, 1982 and was blessed with thirty-six years of marriage until Frank passed away on December 21, 2018. She retired as Chief Financial Officer of Lufkin’s Burke Center in 2006. After which, she enjoyed travelling the country with Frank visiting all the continental states from Alaska to New England.

Linda was an active church member from her early years, most recently the Central Church of Christ in Lufkin. As a youth, Linda served as a church pianist. Linda was a committed Christian, a loving wife, a caring step-mother, a cherished aunt, a devoted friend and a generous soul.

Linda enjoyed eating sausage and cheese biscuits daily at Whataburger, regular trips to Louisiana, tole painting, decorating for the holidays, going out to eat with her friends, keeping up with and visiting her adored nieces and nephews and their children, volunteering with AARP doing tax returns, having her hair done weekly, giving gifts to appreciated people in her life and worshipping her Lord. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Autry Foley, second husband Frank Naff, her parents, her four older siblings, Eldon Sills, Joyce Williamson, Kenneth Sills and Nan Perry and one step-daughter, Shannon Naff Aycock. She is survived by her step-daughter, Nikki Manley of Gainesville, her sister-in-law Bonnie Sills of Pasadena, Nieces: Valerie, D.J. Nephews: Ricky, Dwayne, Steve, Mike, Scott, Jeff, Hal. Numerous great nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to the Women’s Shelter of East Texas, 2401 Davisville Road, Lufkin, TX 75901.

The family will receive friends from Noon until service time on Thursday in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel located in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Nikki Manley, Stepdaughter
  • Bonnie Sills, Sister-in-Law
  • Valerie and D. J., Nieces
  • Ricky, Dwayne, Steve, Mike, Scott, Jeff and Hal, Nephews
  • Linda was also survived by numerous great-nieces and nephews


    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Autry Foley, second husband Frank Naff, her parents, Annie (Watson) and O. T. Sills;, her four older siblings, Eldon Sills, Joyce Williamson, Kenneth Sills and Nan Perry and one step-daughter, Shannon Naff Aycock. She is survived by her step-daughter, Nikki Manley of Gainesville, her sister-in-law Bonnie Sills of Pasadena, Nieces: Valerie, D.J. Nephews: Ricky, Dwayne, Steve, Mike, Scott, Jeff, Hal. Numerous great nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jacob Farnham, Active
  • Scott Perry, Active
  • Matthew Robinson, Active
  • Dwayne Sills, Active
  • Mike Sills, Active
  • Steve Sills, Active
  • Hal Watts, Active
  • James Sweet, Active
  • D. J. Sills, Active
  • Bob Belasco, Honorary
  • Jim Haley, Honorary
  • John Havard, Honorary
  • Ricky Sills, Honorary
  • John Sloan, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Linda Lou (Sills) Naff

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