James "Bulldog" Willmon


James "Bulldog" Willmon

James "Bulldog" Willmon, 83, of Lufkin, was born November 22, 1924, in Keltys, Texas. He passed away Saturday, June 21, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Willmon was a devoted husband and father. He was retired from William Cameron Wholesale, following 38 years of employment. He was a member of Lufkin Masonic Lodge No. 669, A.F. & A.M., York Rites Bodies for more than 50 years, and the V.F.W. Post #1836. Mr. Willmon served in the United States Army Signal Core during World War II. and was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church and a member of the Kingsmen Sunday School Class at Denman Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Billie Willmon of Lufkin; son, Michael D. Willmon of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Bertha Willmon of Lufkin; grand-goddaughter, Kourtney Greenville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eva and Marcus Polk; brother-in-law, Joe Allen; sisters-in-law, Peggy Fuller, Mae Croom and Jimmie Reynolds; his faithful companion, Mandy; and a number of nieces and nephews, including W. A. and Jan Dempsey, Linda Roach and Johnny and Carolyn Martin.

Mr. Willmon was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie (Blackburn) and Charlie WIllmon; sisters, Ora Monroe, Frankie Ashworth and Elizabeth Smith; and nephew, Jack Dempsey.

Pallbearers will be members of Lufkin Masonic Lodge No. 669, A.F. & A.M.

Mr. Willmon's nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy in Mr. Willmon's memory may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

Services for Mr. Willmon will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2008, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Bill Thompson and Reverend Charles Roberts officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park under the auspices of the Lufkin Masonic Lodge No. 669, A.F. & A.M.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.

Gipson Funeral Home; W. A. Dempsey, director