Mattie Minton

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Funeral for Mattie Minton, 87, of Nacogdoches, was at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 15, 2017, at Laird Funeral Home, with Bro. Brent Crosswhite officiating. Miss Minton died on Monday, September 11, 2017, in Nacogdoches. She was born on December 26, 1929 in Nacogdoches. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Laird Funeral Home. Miss Minton was born and raised in Nacogdoches and graduated from Nacogdoches High School. After attending Massey Business College, she moved to Houston and worked in the business office at Havertey’s Furniture Store for ten years. She was then hired by Exxon Mobil, where she worked as an accountant for 30 years until her retirement. Her favorite pastimes were reading, embroidery, and traveling. In the early 1960’s, she had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, hence beginning her zest to visit new places. Over the years, she was fortunate enough to be a part of countless traveling tours and saw many parts of the country. She was always ready to be on the go. Vacations with her sisters and brothers and their families were especially memorable. “Aunt Mattie” as most called her, was the designated “entertainer” and never failed to bring snacks and activities for the kids, including making paper dolls, magnetic board games, and reading books to make the miles pass quickly. Having no children of her own, she was especially fond of her nieces and nephews with whom she shared her love of reading by gifting books by her favorite authors as well as her love of travel by bringing fun souvenirs back from her adventures. She never missed a birthday, graduation, wedding, or any other milestone in their lives. The memories they made will forever be cherished. Throughout her life, she was a devoted church member who found joy in befriending and serving the older generation of the church congregation. She was faithful in picking them up and taking them to services, events, and socials. She also enjoyed taking them to her favorite Mexican food restaurants. Miss Minton was a special lady to many people and her legacy of love will remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Pallbearers for Mrs. Minton were Jonathan Minton, Dale Wolfe, Chris Kirby, Scott Whitehead, Caleb Roark, and Benjamin Roark. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Minton, Terry Minton, and Sherwood Whitehead. She is survived by her sister, Helen Jean Minton Whitehead and husband, Sherwood Whitehead of Nacogdoches; sisters in law: Vida Minton of Texas City, and Ann Minton of Clinton, Mississippi; nieces and nephews: Sherri Cox, Larry Minton, Terry Minton, Kristi Roark and Scott Whitehead; and numerous great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Hulen Minton, and Carrie Grace Souther Minton; brothers: Walter Hulen Minton, John William Minton, Paul Edward Minton, and Joseph Fred Minton; sister Patricia Ann Minton; sister in law, Blanca Minton; and her niece, Glenda Christie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Apostolic Lighthouse Missions Fund, 1801 Durst St. Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. The family of Miss Minton is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences and to sign an online register please visit

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