Dr. Joe Ellis Ericson

June 9, 1925November 11, 2011

Dr. Joe Ellis Ericson, age 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Rock Haven Nursing Home, Nacogdoches.

Dr. Ericson was born June 9, 1925, in Throckmorton County, Texas, to parents Lester Yelma Ericson and Lena Agnes (Ellis) Ericson and had lived in Nacogdoches since 1957. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

After a number of years of faithful service, Dr. Ericson retired from Stephen F. Austin State University as a professor and chairman of the political science department. He was an author and had written numerous books. He was a co-author of a political science textbook, Practicing Texas Politics. He enjoyed gardening and was active with many groups and organizations, including Sons of the Republic of Texas, having served as a past President General; Jamestowne Society; Magna Charta Barons; American Political Science Association; Southwestern Political Science Association; Alpha Chi; a Knight of San Jacinto, past Knight Commander; and the Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters, having served as state president.

He was married to the former Carolyn Reeves on July 16, 1955 in Lubbock, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Reeves Ericson of Nacogdoches; a daughter, Linda Diane Devereaux of Virginia; sons, Joseph Reeves Ericson and wife Deborah Ericson of Nacogdoches and John Ellis Ericson and wife Bonnie Marlin Ericson of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law, Bonnie C. Ericson of Seminole, Texas; grandchildren, John Devereaux, Angela Rene Ericson, and William Reeves Ericson; a great-granddaughter, Lexington Leigh; and step-grandchildren, Victoria Shull, William Shull, and Elizabeth Russell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lester Lane Ericson.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 201 E. Hospital St. in Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, located off Hwy. 21 East, Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches. Online obituary and guestbook posted at



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 15, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, November 14, 2011


  • Interment

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Douglas Anderson

November 21, 2011

Although I was never able to meet Dr. Joe Ericson, he will always be remembered by those whose life he has touched. Nacodoches and Texas has lost a remarkable friend. My deepest sympathy to his wife Carolyn and their family. May God bless you and your family.

Tom & Jackie Marlin

November 16, 2011

Tom & Jackie Marlin, are sending our prayers your way to comfort you, and your mother and family John, we are sorry for the passing of your dad, but I know he is in a wonderful place, with the "LORD" We love you John may "GOD" be with you and your mother and family, and bless you all.

Marlene McElyea

November 15, 2011

My heart and prayers are with you and your family even though I can't not be there today. I only needed to meet him once to know how kind and caring he was even to strangers. May you find peace in knowing that he is not gone, but simply visiting with others while he waits for you.

Jan Dobbs Barton NHS 74 classmate

November 15, 2011

Joe, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's death.
He and your mom have done such wonderful things to preserve the history of Nacogdoches and Texas and that work will never be forgotten.
Thanks for sharing him with Nacogdoches and SFASU!
Praying for you and your family during this time.

Martin Soward

November 14, 2011

Carolyn, I am so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Martin Soward

November 14, 2011

Our community has lost a very special person, a true gentleman.
Sincere condolences, J. Jack and Dorothy Yarbrough

MaryBeth Hearn

November 14, 2011

My Dad and I were so sorry to hear of Dr. Ericson's passing. My Dad has many fond memories of time in the Faculty lounge with Dr. Ericson. May God's blessing be upon you at this time.
MaryBeth Hearn
Nelvis Hearn

Mae Dean Hahn

November 13, 2011

I worked for Dr. Ericson for 3 1/2 years as I completed my degree at SFA. He was a man of integrity and wit. He was always fair and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you Carolyn and family. I will never forget the fond memories I have working for this special man.

Sherry Davis

November 13, 2011

Dearest Carolyn,

May God comfort you and your family upon the death of your beloved husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.

In UDC Love and Friendship,

Sherry Davis
Honorary President of General UDC

Billie-Beth Moore

November 13, 2011

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Joe and Carolyn for more years than I can remember. And he will certainly be
missed by all. Researchers every where
are fortunate he wrote and preserved as
many records and as much history as he was able to do and for the books he, Carolyn and Linda did together.
Our prayers, love and thoughts are with
all of you.