Bill Shanklin Dies

East Texans are mourning the loss of one of Angelina County's well known elected officials.  Tax Assessor-Collector Bill Shanklin passed away at his home Tuesday morning after along battle with cancer.

Memorial services for John William "Bill" Shanklin, 77, of Lufkin will be held Friday, February 15, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Lufkin's First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jacqueline Hannan and Reverend Barrett Ingram officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home.

Mr. Shanklin was born August 8, 1930 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Virginia (McClennon) and Jack Shanklin, and died Monday, February 11, 2008 at his residence, after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Shanklin served as Angelina County's Tax Assessor-Collector, Voter Registrar, and Elections Administrator. He was in his twentieth year in that position. Mr. Shanklin was active in the Tax Assessor-Collector Association of Texas where he served as a Board Member, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer from 1997-2007.

As a young man, Mr. Shanklin enlisted in the Army National Guard and served his country from 1947-1951. He was called into active duty as a Corporal in the 179th Infantry. During the Korean War, Mr. Shanklin was stationed in Japan where he was awarded an Occupation Medal. He was honorably discharged Sergeant 1st Class.

Before and after his military service, Mr. Shanklin worked for Southwestern Stationery and Bank Supply in Lawton, Oklahoma. In 1955, after the birth of his daughter, Monta, he moved his young family to Houston and went to work for Stationers Incorporated. He and his brother Jack started Superior Stationers, Inc. in 1962. In 1975 he married Mary Baker, his wife of 32 years. Bill and Mary were blessed with two children; Gini in 1977 and John in 1978. The brothers sold the business in 1982 in preparation for Bill's retirement in East Texas.

After moving to Huntington and completing construction of his dream home, Mr. Shanklin realized retirement was not for him. He purchased Huntington Feed and Farm Supply, was elected to the Huntington School Board, and became active in several civic organizations. After being approached by members of the Angelina County Taxpayers' Association, Mr. Shanklin ran for office. In 1988, he was privileged to become Angelina County's Tax Assessor-Collector, where he served unopposed for 19 years.

Mr. Shanklin's faith journey began as a child in the Baptist church where his mother taught Sunday school. It carried him through many churches and denominations. He found his church home at Lufkin's First Presbyterian Church where he was an active member.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Shanklin of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia "Gini" and Lee Green of Longview; son and daughter-in-law, John William II and Jill Shanklin of Humble; grandchildren, Brant Lee and wife Shellie of Mineola, Brian Lee of The Woodlands, Amanda Lee of Tyler, Victoria Hester of Longview, Zachary Wood of Longview and John William Shanklin III of Humble; great-granddaughter, Brooke Lee of Mineola; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Dorice Shanklin of Lawton, Oklahoma, Jack and Debbie Shanklin of Houston and Jerry and Claudette Shanklin of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jerry Orr of Lawton, Oklahoma; sister, Jane Marquez of Denver, Colorado; brother-in-law, Gene Dodson of Lawton, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Monta Lee; and sister, Judy Dodson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lufkin's First Presbyterian Church, 607 Janeway Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project, Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210, or Special Olympics Texas, State Headquarters, 7715 Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 120, Austin, Texas 78752.

Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.