Nona Cleon Hanks
Nona Cleon Hanks
  • June 29, 1929 - July 17, 2017
  • Douglass, Texas

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Nona Cleon Hanks, age 88, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Magnolia Court Assisted Living in Nacogdoches after a long and fruitful life. Funeral services for Cleon are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of McCamey with her nephew, Lance Perry, and Reverend David Sanchez, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, presiding. Visitation will precede the service at 10:00 a.m. at the church with interment to follow at McCamey Resthaven Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Levi Cole, Curt Brown, Jeff Brown, Kenny Rooke, Mark Pruitt, and Reggie Atha.

Cleon was born June 29, 1929, in Dora, Texas, to the late E.P. & Willie Perry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers and their wives, Lloyd & Lela Perry and W.T. & Willie Jo Perry.

Cleon attended Divide schools and Draughon's Business College in Abilene, Texas. After graduating college she married the love of her life, Owen E. Hanks on October 4, 1942 at United Methodist Church in Nolan, Texas. She was a paralegal in Abilene until they moved to McCamey in 1954. There she began working at Security State Bank as assistant cashier. As they started their family, Cleon stayed at home to raise their three children. When the youngest started school Cleon began working at McCamey High School as a teacher's aide and pianist for the school choir. Cleon retired in 1986. She and Owen enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and visiting grandchildren. Cleon was the pianist for the choir at First United Methodist Church for many years.

Cleon is survived by son, Stan & Lisa Hanks of Camas, Washington; daughter, Lisa & Mike Cole of Nacogdoches, Texas and son, Mike & Liz Hanks of Snyder, Texas. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. They are: granddaughter, Jennifer & Curt Brown; grandson, Levi & Ashlyn Cole; granddaughter, Amber & Jeff Brown; granddaughters Hannah and Tawny Hanks and grandson Pace Hanks. She was blessed with 8 great-grandchildren as well.

Cleon was cared for by a wonderful group of people in her latter days, therefore in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Affinity Hospice, 1400 Tenaha Street, Suite C, Center, Texas 75935 or to her church that she loved, McCamey First United Methodist Church.

The family sends a warm appreciation to the staff at Magnolia Court Assisted Living and also to the staff at Affinity Hospice.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas.