OBITUARY

Willie Sherrel Fears

October 16, 1928March 26, 2021
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Services for Sherrel “Pa” Fears, 92, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Ron Herring and Don Lofton officiating.

Mr. Fears was born October 16, 1928 in Mt. Enterprise, Texas, the son of the late Tessie Lou (Biggs) and Rufus Fears. He passed away Friday, March 26, 2021 in a local retirement community.

Mr. Fears was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather. His two huge passions were hunting and fishing. When not on the lake fishing or in the woods hunting, Mr. Fears loved spending time with family and attending sporting events and rodeos in support of his grand and great-grandchildren. He was retired from Temple Inland after 41 years of service. Mr. Fears had a passion for serving the community of Pineland. He served on the Pineland Service Club, Pineland City Council, Pineland Housing Authority Board, and in 2015 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the City of Pineland. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Pineland.

Survivors include his son, Hubert Wells of Broaddus; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and R. D. McClendon of Lufkin; daughter-in-law, Barbara Camp of Diboll; grandchildren, Chris and Christel Wells, Angie and David Collmorgen, and Paige and Russell Seidenberger; great-grandchildren, Presley Wells, Kennedy Wells, Clayton and K. L. Collmorgen, Rebecca Fenton and Kate and Bo Kirkland; great-great grandson, Kacen Griffiths; and numerous other family members and friends.

Mr. Fears was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Fears on February 5, 2009; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Collmorgen, Russell Seidenberger, David Collmorgen, Warner Camp, Chad Mitchell, Tommy Whittington and Bo Kirkland.

Honorary pallbearers will be J.D. Johnson, Vernon Burkhalter, John Ralph Pouland, John Booker, John McClain, Jack Sweeney and Richard Warner. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Fears’ memory may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, TX 75904.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Hubert Wells, Son
  • Joan and R. D. McClendonm, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Barbara Camp, Daughter-in-Law
  • Chris and Christel Wells, Grandchildren
  • Angie and David Collmorgen, Grandchildren
  • Paige and Russell Seidenberger, Grandchildren
  • Presley Wells and Kennedy Wells, Great-Grandchildren
  • Clayton and K. L. Collmorgen, Great-Grandchildren
  • Rebecca Fenton, Great-Grandchild
  • Kate and Bo Kirkland, Great Grandchildren
  • Kacen Griffiths, Great-Great Grandson
  • Mr. Fears was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Fears on February 5, 2009; and his parents, Tessie Lou (Biggs) and Rufus Fears.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Clayton Collmorgen, Active
  • Russell Seidenberger, Active
  • David Collmorgen, Active
  • Warner Camp, Active
  • Chad Mitchell, Active
  • Tommy Whittington, Active
  • Bo Kirkland, Active
  • J. D. Johnson, Honorary
  • Vernon Burkhalter, Honorary
  • John Ralph Pouland, Honorary
  • John Booker, Honorary
  • John McClain, Honorary
  • Jack Sweeney, Honorary
  • Richard Warner, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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JeanAnn Whittington

March 28, 2021

So sorry for your loss. We loved Sherrel. He and Bill could talk for hours about the "old days", most of the time they talked about the same things over and over. They enjoyed visiting with each other. Sherrel was a good man, he would help you anyway he could. I'll bet there is a lot of visiting going on now between them. Prayers for the family.

Scott Stubblefield

March 27, 2021

Sherrel was one of a kind. Honest and never minced words. I was blessed to have spent time with him at hunting camp and will always remember him fondly. My condolences to his family.

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