Nathan Woody Gann

August 19, 1925September 24, 2019

Nathan Woody Gann, 94, departed this life on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. He was born in Kurthwood, Louisiana on August 19, 1925. His parents were Laura Virginia Wheat Gann and Hughie Walter Gann.

Woody was a longtime member of Denman Avenue Baptist Church.

Woody Gann was a skilled Historian and a Lufkin/East Texas business, community and civic leader. His Woody’s Toys slogan, “We don’t work….We dis-play”, became widely known over a four state area. Joe Ben Gann, a nephew, played an essential role in the development and success of Woody’s Toys, Inc. Woody was the founder and President of Woody’s Toys, Inc., WTI Properties, Inc. and Dunagan Warehouse, Inc.

He was a Lufkin Kiwanis Club member since 1947 and a Past President, a founding Director of Community Bank, now Capital One Bank, a founding member of the Lt. Nathan Gann Lufkin Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, a founding member of Gann Historical Society & Library, Inc., a Past Chairman of the Lufkin State School Volunteer Services Council, a long-serving member and Past Chairman of the Angelina County Historical Commission, a Past Board member of the Lufkin-Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, the first Chairman of the Museum of East Texas, served on the first Board of Directors of the Texas Forestry Museum, and was appointed to one and elected to two terms of the Lufkin Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Woody’s recreational interests included Bridge, Texas 42, Poker, Dancing and Traveling.

When World War II began, he joined the Texas State Guard at age 16 in 1942 and later advanced to what was then called the U. S. Army Air Corp, 1943-46. When the Korean Conflict began, he was activated into the U. S. Air Force, 1950-51.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother, Benellon Gann Hill and Eugene Milton Gann, his wife of 64 years, Berta Marie Williams Gann, and his wife of 10 years, Charlene Kolb Gann, and his daughter, Benegene Gann Kring. He is survived by a son, Tom H. Gann and Vicki Gann, daughter, Natalie Gann Crowson and husband, Charles Crowson, and Charlene’s children Steve Kolb and Anita Scoggins, and families, grandchildren Laura Virginia Crowson Lester and husband, Bill Lester, Nathan Thomas Gann and wife, Crystal Gann, great-grandchildren Kate Lester, Will Lester and Laney Gann, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the caregivers at PineCrest Retirement Community and Hospice in the Pines.

Cremation will be in the hands of Gipson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association, East Texas Regional Office, 304 N. Raguet Street, Suite C, Lufkin, Texas 75904, Denman Avenue Baptist Church, 1807 E. Denman Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901 or a charity of your choice.

At Woody’s request, there will be no visitation or memorial service…”Most of my friends are already gone or too old to get out.”

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


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Kathy Fandry

October 9, 2019

Had the honor of waiting on Mr. Gann and 2 generations of Gann men. Mr. Woody always looked so proud when I would say Hello Mr, Gann Gann Gann! ❤️❤️ He was such a joy to me🥰🥰

Cheryl Conner

September 29, 2019

Woody has been a close friend of our family for many years. Mom and Dad (Dalton and Barbara Conner) have known him since 1957 . We will miss him greatly. We always enjoyed the Christmas cards he sent of memories of him and your mom . Your parents were a true blessing to our family

Tracy Pinkerton

September 29, 2019

My husband Troy and I met Woody in the last decade of his amazing life when he married Charlene Kolb. The Kolb family are good friends and we have shared many great memories with them. I had no idea that Woody’s life was so impactful to both the local community and to our country! I wish we would have met him sooner-What a great blessing he was! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I know he will be missed, but you have many great memories to share as his legacy continues. Blessings.

Deaborah White

September 28, 2019

Dear Natalie and Tom,
My heart breaks for you. You had the best of parents so you have had great tutelage. There are so many happy memories from our time at 301 Whitehouse. At our first meeting your dad said he didn't rent to single women, with children or pets...well I'm thankful he had a soft spot in his heart for a girl with dimples.
Blessings to each of you,
Deaborah (Miss Bobo), Roger, Chance and family

Paula Jean Spragg Christensen

September 28, 2019

So enjoyed time spent with your Dad. Anytime I was at Aunt Clarcie and Uncle Lyndal’s he would come out. My mother , Jewel Conner Spragg ,loved your Dad, they had great visits each time she came home.

Louise LaVane

September 26, 2019

Nathan Woody Gann, a kind person, an astute business man and an impeccable ballroom dancer. Your thoughtfulness and kindness will never be forgotten; you will be solely missed!.

My deepest sympathy to Tom and the entire Gann family.

Sandra Anthony

September 26, 2019

So sorry for your lose, I worked for Woody's Toys back in the 70's and 80's . I liked working there, I worked in the warehouse and drove a route till 1982 when I had a auto accident driving one of the vans.

Jeanie Freeman - Harper

September 25, 2019

I remember "Nate", as my grandmother Florence Gann Freeman always referred to him. She loved him dearly. Condolences to all who grieve.

Tom Spears

September 25, 2019

My condolences to the Gann family.
RIP Mr. Gann

Julie Cantrell

September 24, 2019

My prayers are with Woody's Family At this time. He was a wonderful Man! I knew Him since I was very Little, mostly from Denman Avenue Baptist Church. He also lived across the Hall from My Mother at Pine Crest. (My mother, Shirley Cantrell passed away May 2, 2019) My thoughts are with you at this time.