John Edward Inman

September 20, 1947September 11, 2012
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Services for John Edward Inman, 64, of Tyler are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Whitehouse, Texas with Rev. Bennie Portwood officiating under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. Burial will be at Memorial Cemetery in Heavener, Oklahoma under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.

He passed away on September 11, 2012 in Tyler, Texas.

Mr. Inman was born on September 20, 1947 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to the late Floyd and Lola Grice Inman. He graduated from Heavener High School in Heavener, Oklahoma, Poteau Junior College in Poteau, Oklahoma and Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He served in the U. S. Air Force and achieved the rank of Sgt. as a member of the Pacific Air forces in Bein Hoa, Vietnam. On December 14, 2002 he married Cynthia Wisdom in Whitehouse. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Whitehouse.

He is the former sports editor of the Kilgore News Herald, the Longview News Journal and the sports information director at LeTourneau University. He was a member of the Texas Association of Sports Writers, the United Press International, Texas Press Association and Texas High School Coaches Association. Through the years he received numerous awards from the Associated Press, the Texas Press Association, Northeast Texas Press Association and the United Press Association. He wrote many stories for his high school alma mater and was currently writing a book on the history of Heavener football. He was a mentor to many young sports writers and helped to shape their careers.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Paul Cook of Malakoff and their children, Brandon and Garrett; stepdaughter and her husband, Tammi and Kenny Carson of San Antonio and their children McKenna and Kenedi, stepson and his wife, Michael and Ora Linville of San Antoinio and their children, Micah and Verity. He is also survived by Karen’s mother, Gale of Longview.

The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m., Saturday at the church in the welcome center prior to the service.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Dayle Reinkober (Dedmon)

September 25, 2012

Sleep well my friend. May God bless and care for your family.

Thomas Van

September 18, 2012

John was a good friend. He took my job at Longview in Sepember 1979 when I joined the Sentinel at Nacogdoches. We are going to miss him. John loved the Sooners of Ou. May God bless you all.

September 17, 2012

Dear Cynthia, Karen and Family,
We do not have any words today
To express how we grieve at your loss.
Our earnest prayers and thoughts are always there to help you through the days ahead
With Love, Carolyn, Mae and Family.

September 16, 2012

May God give you peace and comfort during this tough time in your life. I'll always remember John as a walking sports encyclopedia. He worked hard at his craft as the Sports Info Director at LeTourneau University, and I enjoyed stopping at his office and "shooting the breeze". He was a gentle man and he will be missed. My condolances, Bernie Balikian

Charlotte Minor

September 15, 2012

I will love and miss you forever. You were one of those rare people that most of us never have in our lives. But I was truly blessed to have been your friend and this world will be so empty with that wonderful smile and laugh of yours. Rest in Peace my sweet friend and we will see each other again someday.....<3

Charlotte Minor

September 15, 2012

I have known John since 1987 and I have considered him one of my most dearest of friends. He had a wonderful presence about him. Such a warm and very friendly personality. His laugh would brighten up every room he entered. I cherish the years we worked together and the emails, phone calls and Facebook messaging we did to keep up with each other over the years. I love him with all my heart......I wish I could be his "hero" again and bring him back. God bless your families and may God give you peace in your loss of such a precious gift of a man. <3

September 15, 2012

John, you will always be remembered as the man that brought laughter, kindness,companionship and love to my cousin, your wife Cynthia. These are eternal gifts that will allow you to live on in our minds. God's blessings.. we will see you soon! Love, Laura and Joe Roszak

Vera Porter

September 15, 2012

John was a consummate professional and a friend to everyone.
My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Chip Mattison

September 14, 2012

Good ol uncle John. I could never forget such a cool person.It feels like just yesterday i was sitting with him in heavener,eating hamburgers from a place we drove 30 miles to get to. you will be missed,yet never forgotten,love you big guy.

Tommy Brown

September 14, 2012

When John was writing for the Longview News-Journal, I was officiating college and high school sports in the Ark-La-Tex.
I always had a deep respect for him because he never wrote negative articles about the games.
I remember John Inman as a very honorable man,with lots of integrity.My Thoughts and Prayers go out to John's Family.