Carolyn Ericson

May 12, 1931December 2, 2018

Carolyn Ericson was born in Ft. Stockton, Texas on May 12, 1931, to Jonathan Floyd Reeves and Emma Cornelia (Barrett) Reeves. She passed away December 2, 2018, in Nacogdoches. She lived in Nacogdoches since 1957 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

In her career she was a full-time mother, Curator of the Old Stone Fort, genealogist, historian, author and publisher. She wrote the Kissing Kuzzins column that appeared in the Daily Sentinel for approximately 40 years. She was a member of too many genealogical and heritage organizations to list, but she was most proud of her 50 year membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She authored and published over 100 books in her lifetime. She collected research and rare books for many years and, earlier this year, donated them to Stephen F. Austin Library.

She was married to Joe Ellis Ericson on July 16, 1955 in Lubbock, Texas.

Survivors include a daughter in Linda Diane Devereaux of Virginia; two sons, Joseph Ericson and wife Deborah Ericson of Nacogdoches, and John Ericson of Nacogdoches; and grandchildren, Jonathan Devereaux, Angela Ericson, and William Ericson. She was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Lexington Laws and Evelyn Ericson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches officiated by Dr. Jeff McDonald. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018, at Cason Monk-Metcalf, 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

The family suggests that the attendees to the visitation and funeral wear red, Carolyn's favorite color.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.


  • Linda Diane Devereaux, Daughter
  • Joseph Ericson and wife Deborah, Son
  • John Ericson, Son
  • Jonathan Devereaux, Grandchild
  • Angela Ericson, Grandchild
  • William Ericson, Grandchild
  • Lexington Laws, Great Grandchild
  • Evelyn Ericson, Great Grandchild
  • Joe Ericson, Husband
  • Jonathan Floyd Reeves, Father
  • Emma Cornelia (Barrett) Reeves, Mother


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018

Carolyn Ericson

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carrie ford

January 2, 2019

Hard to believe this wonderful woman was n has passed on to another life. Thanks to you and Aunt Emma for all the love to the Barrett family. I'm proud to be a 1st cousin once removed. Mom adored you and the times in Ft Stockton TX. You will be missed and your legacy will live on. Say hello to Joe, Aunt Emma and Uncle Floyd and Mom, Faye and Pappa.

Vivian Toole Cates

December 8, 2018

For someone who was a native Texan, but not native to East Texas, Carolyn has left a great contribution/legacy to preserving Texas genealogical research information and in particular the Nacogdoches area. She “bloomed” where she was “planted” when her husband took a faculty job teaching at SFASU. For me she was always willing to come and give a program and/or participate as a vendor and/or speaker at genealogy events and society meetings as her health and genealogy book business and family responsibilities permitted. I first met her years ago when she was in the Old Stone Fort Museum on the SFASU campus in Nacogdoches. She was helpful to me as another genealogy researcher even though I am not a Texas native. I am a native of Georgia. We were not even researching the same names or locations. I married a Texan whom I met in Florida. I was particularly impressed at that time with the index card file she had on Nacogdoches County people that included my husband’s uncle who had lived at Melrose. I was at her house once a long time ago and was again impressed that what would have been anyone else’s living room/family room was set up like a library or book store complete with large shelving units up to the ceiling. That was later when she had set up her genealogy book business. I have paid her help forward many times over! I am going to miss her!
Vivian Toole Cates, Alto, past officer Angelina County, Genealogical Society, Current officer Cherokee County Genealogical Society, originator of Angelina College Genealogical Conference now discontinued

Joe Ericson

December 7, 2018

With mom holidays were always special. Especially Christmas. We would have my paternal grandparents in from Spur and my Aunt Peggy, Uncle Lane, and my cousins Tim, Jim, and Bobby. She was a baker extraordinaire and would make cookies, pies, candies, for two weeks before everyone arrived. The smells of good food, the teasing, the sounds of laughter are fond memories for me now. Godspeed, Mom. Say I love you to Dad for me.

Marynell Bryant

December 6, 2018

I first met Carolyn through Texas State Genealogical Society back in the 1980's when she served as the district representative on the TSGS Board of Directors and on the editorial board for our quarterly publication Stirpes. She was recognized as the first winner for published books in the TSGS contest in 1973 for her book "Bedwells, Bells and Beaus." After she and Joe established the publishing company she was made a Fellow of TSGS in 1979 for her many contributions to the state genealogical community. Like so many others, she helped me with my lineage papers to gain membership in several of the societies. She has been a wonderful friend and mentor especially helping me with registrar duties for our local lineage society chapters. I appreciated her extensive genealogical knowledge and learned much from her through the years. I treasured her friendship and will miss her immensely.

Angela Key

December 4, 2018

Carolyn and my sister-in-law Nelda were friends at Lubbock High School and Texas Tech. She was the first to welcome our small family to Nacogdoches on August 1, 1970. She and my sister-in-law visited when Nelda came to visit. Carolyn encouraged me to learn all I could about my family and to trace my family lineage. She researched my lineage for me to become a member of 5 lineage societies. She was approved as a junior member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Nacogdoches Chapter on December 5, 1962... 56 years ago. She was recognized by the chapter with a 50 year certificate in 2012. She was a charter member of the John S. Roberts Chapter National Society United States Daughters of 1812. She served as an officer at the state and national levels of several lineage societies. She invited friends to visit her library of research books looking for that illusive ancestor. Carolyn will be missed by many. Thank you, Carolyn, for your part of preserving history.

Carol Hassell

December 3, 2018

I only knew her through Daughters of Confederacy meetings. Was a great lady. God Bless her family and prayers