Always a Lumberjack: SFA students we lost
Shantrell Goodnight of Huntsville
Livye Lewis of Hemphill
Leila Thompson of Kilgore
Alumni, donors, former faculty and staff members
JoLena Adams '06 of Vidor
Paul W. Anger '54 of Brenham
Carol C. Ansel '71 of Houston
Eva Jean Holcomb Arnold '63 of Garden Ridge
Billy Rex Autrey '53 of McGregor
Augustus M. Ayres Jr. '62 of Nacogdoches
Frank B. Baggett '70 of Kilgore
John R. Bandy '61 of Athens
Ottis T. Barge '60 of Lufkin
Joe B. Birch '67 & '69 of Corrigan
Ronald Bonner '77 of Lufkin
Doris F. Bowman '80 & '81 of Lufkin
Emery D. Cherry '53 of Nacogdoches
Billie Jo Childers '58 & '60 of Houston
Mary A. Claiborne '55 of Greensboro, North Carolina
Steve Clark '71 & '77 of Montgomery
Cynthia K. Cole '67 of Van
Susan E. Coles '87 of Kingwood
Larry N. Duncan '74 of Nacogdoches
Harold R. Dungan '75 of Mount Pleasant
Preston L. Dunn Sr. '70 & '83 of Elizabeth, Arkansas
Bob Dyer '69 of Tyler
Mary F. Eubanks '76 of Tyler
Richard W. Fogleman '85 of Waco
Carlos Raul Galván '96 of Crystal City
Margaret M. Giraud '85 of Richmond
James Malcolm Greer '58 of Irving
Jeremy L. Grigsby '05 & '17 of Lufkin
Brian C. Hartman '16 of Nacogdoches
Sherman E. Hughes '50 of Grand Saline
Andrea Irby '97 of Spring
Nancy J. Jennings '68 of Spring
Billy R. Johnson '88 of Fort Worth
Larry W. Jones '69 of Mineola
Freddye Coussons Kelly '59 & '68 of Katy
Aug. 21, 2019
Sophia E. Kelly '41 of Brenham
Brooks E. Kennemer '67 of Nacogdoches
Tom B. Kingham '76 of Nacogdoches
Sallie A. Knox '89 of Montgomery
Sandra L. Lenard '60 of Racine, Wisconsin
David G. Lonsford '82 of Fort Worth
Jack O. Mathews '53 of Nacogdoches
Elizabeth A. Mathis '72 & '77 of Houston
William George McCullough '71 of Mexia
Billy M. Melton '94 of Longview
Barbara L. Mosley '88 & '90 of Fort Worth
Harold Newsom '51 of Lufkin
Bonnie S. O'Dell '59 of Jacksonville
Jerry Perritte '72 & '78 of Lufkin
John D. Phillips '74 of Douglass
James C. Polk '13 of Kaufman
Alice M. Puckett '69 of Irving
Barbara H. Read '72 of Longview
Edwin G. Rhame '70 of Nacogdoches
Joe E. Rich '51 of Lufkin
Charles A. Roethke '65 of Carthage
Lucie Acker Rothschild '64 & '67 of Tyler
Auby Rowe '65 of Texarkana
Nelwyn F. Samford '51 of Tyler
Royce D. Shipp '74 of Longview
Shirley Ann Hall Sitton of Nacogdoches
friend of SFA
Shena L. Smith '07 of San Augustine
Sandra J. Spencer '79 of Huntsville
Sharon B. Stewart '72 & '77 of Timpson
Connie E. Stott '70 of New Braunfels
Monty W. Suttle '75 of Azle
James B. Tarrant '64 of Clute
Olene Taylor '46 of Nacogdoches
Kathi S. Townes '88 & '89 of Timpson
Julia A. Truitt '47 of Pittsburg
Dr. Charles A. Ward '54 of Corpus Christi
Linda J. West '91 of Fairfield
James L. Wilkins '51 & '52 of Spring
David Harold Atkinson
David Harold Atkinson, who was inducted into the Jacks of Honor in 2009, passed away Nov. 3.
Atkinson played football for the Lumberjacks from 1968-69. Prior to transferring to SFA, he played football for Blinn College, where his father served as a coach, dean and president of the college.
After his graduation from SFA in 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Atkinson remained at the institution, serving as a graduate assistant. His tenure as a student-athlete and coach spanned seven years.
Atkinson later moved to Austin, where he served as an assistant to the governor, working closely with the Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gus Mutscher. Continuing in public service, he later worked for the Employees Retirement System of Texas. While there, he served as the director of the insurance program for state employees.
Continuing his studies in Austin, Atkinson received his Master of Business Administration from St. Edwards University. His time working for ERS instilled a love for the health care industry, where he continued to work in many capacities, culminating in his position as director of Tiopa, an independent physicians' association, where he spent 17 years until his retirement.
Atkinson was a founding member and served on the board of the SFA Letterman's Association, (now named the J Association), a group that contributes to the success of SFA Athletics.
Former SFA standout basketball player C.L. Nix passed away Oct. 15 at his home in Whitehouse.
Nix attended Tyler Junior College, where he played basketball for the legendary Floyd Wagstaff, and in 2008, he was inducted into the TJC Ring of Honor. Nix later transferred to SFA and played basketball for the Lumberjacks. He received two SFA degrees, a bachelor's in 1956 and a master's in 1957 in elementary education. He earned All Lone Star Conference honors and was named an All American while at the university. At SFA, Nix held many individual scoring records, which stood for years. In 1988, he was inducted into the SFA Hall of Fame.
After receiving his master's degree, Nix began a long career at Whitehouse High School, where he held coaching, athletic director, teaching and principal positions. During his coaching career, his varsity boys basketball team recorded an impressive 693 wins. Nix took three basketball teams to the state championship and won the 1978 championship with his two sons on the team.
The school renamed its high school gymnasium in honor of Nix in 1987, and when that gym was razed in 2018, the new facility also was named after him — the C.L. Nix Wildcat Arena.
Nix had many business interests, as well, including Nix Roses, one of the few remaining wholesale rose growers in the greater Tyler area. He was a founder and director of the City National Bank of Whitehouse and served on the board of Oakbrook Health Center. The City of Whitehouse honored Nix and his wife, Peggy, with the Mr. and Mrs. Yesteryear award in 2010.
Dr. John Thomas Thornton Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Elementary Education Dr. John Thomas Thornton Jr. passed away Nov. 4.
Thornton served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and, upon his return to the U.S., completed his bachelor's degree in education at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. He later received his doctoral degree in education from the University of Arkansas.
Thornton served as a professor and reading specialist at SFA. He retired from teaching in 1999.