Linnie B Heaton "Aunt B"

June 4, 1933February 3, 2020

Services for Linnie B Heaton "Aunt B", 86, of Lufkin will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Fred Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery.

Miss Heaton was born June 4, 1933 in Angelina County, Texas. She was one of the middle daughters of the late Sarah Delbert (Dunn) and E.C. Heaton. She passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at Hospice in the Pines.

Miss Heaton was a long time member of Redland Baptist Church as well as a regular customer of Chick-Fil-A.

Miss Heaton never married but she strived to be the devoted “Mother” to many of her nieces and nephews. She retired from the Lufkin School District, where she served as a bookkeeper for the Food Service Department.

Survivors include her sisters, Linda Ann Ennis of Huntington, Sarah Massingill of Diboll, and Connie Gates and husband Ken of Lufkin; brothers, Leon Heaton and wife Gayle of Lufkin, Carl Ray Heaton and wife Mary Frances of Lufkin. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Miss Heaton was preceded in death by her brothers, Jarvis Heaton, Burl Heaton, Jurl Heaton and Frankie Joe Heaton; sisters, Ima Jean Heaton, Clarcie Rawlinson and niece, Sandie Sloan.

Pallbearers will be Jennifer Fanning, Donald (Bud) Heaton, Calvin (Bubba) Heaton, James Massingill, Daniel Massingill and Nathan Hendry.

The family will receive loved ones and friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Linnie’s family wants to thank all of the employees at Chick-Fil-A, as well as Julie, for taking such good care of her.

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


  • Linda Ann Ennis, Sister
  • Sarah Massingill, Sister
  • Connie Gates and husband Ken, Sister and Brother-in-Law
  • Leon Heaton and wife Gayle, Brother and Sister-in-Law
  • Carl Ray Heaton and wife Mary Frances, Brother and Sister-in-Law
  • Miss Heaton is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

    Linnie B Heaton "Aunt B" was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Delbert (Dunn) and E.C. Heaton, her brothers, Jarvis Heaton, Burl Heaton, Jurl Heaton and Frankie Joe Heaton; sisters, Ima Jean Heaton, Clarcie Rawlinson and niece, Sandie Sloan.

  • Jennifer Fanning, Active Pallbearer
  • Donald (Bud) Heaton, Active Pallbearer
  • Calvin (Bubba) Heaton, Active Pallbearer
  • James Massingill, Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Massingill, Active Pallbearer
  • Nathan Hendry, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, February 8, 2020


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Sylvia Massingill

February 6, 2020

My deepest sympathy and condolences to all the family. When I last saw Aunt "B" during the recent Holidays, she was happy to see us, she had a huge smile and said she was fine as usual. I never heard her complain about anything. Such a sweet, gracious, and tenderhearted woman. She was in her room walking around. She gave us a huge hug and we sat and talked to her for a while. Before we left, she gave us all a big hug again and said "Bye, "Ya'll come back now"! It was such a good visit and I'm glad we got to talk to her and visit with her. James went back a few times after to visit with her. I know her passing hit all of you very hard because of how kind and wonderful Aunt "B" made everyone feel. James said It hit Brandon hard and cried almost all day till he couldn't shed tears anymore as I'm sure all of you did. Brandon and Andrew "B" spent a lot of time at Aunt "B's house and she was such a loving and giving Aunt. Again, my deepest sympathy to all of you. She will be greatly missed!