Juanita Clark Nowlin, 95, a beloved mother, sister, aunt, “Granny” and family matriarch, died peacefully at home in Scottsville on July 07, 2018 following a long battle with cancer. She was born on August 14, 1922 to Fred and Donnie Duke Clark. She spent her early years in Clayton, Panola County, Texas. She moved to Marshall at a young age and graduated from Marshall High School in 1939. In later years, she attended night classes at Panola College in Carthage and was very proud of her accomplishments as an adult student. She enjoyed carpooling with others from Marshall.
Her long history of employment began with a job at “Miss Reba’s Dress Shop” which was an enjoyable experience. After marriage, Juanita worked at Nowlin’s Mattress Factory for over 30 years until it closed. She was employed for 13 years in the Adult division of Texas Department of Human Services and retired from there with plans to attend Kilgore College.
Since Juanita was experienced in indigent care services, Judge Gilstrap approached her about the county’s need for an Indigent Health Program. She decided to withdraw from college to serve her community by establishing the program. As the first Indigent Health worker for Harrison County, she set up and ran the program for 13 years making many friends along the way.
Juanita’s retirement was brief because she missed interacting with others. She began working part time at Sullivan Life Insurance Company in Marshall and worked there an additional 7 years. She retired at age 83.
Juanita’s interests were broad. She spent many enjoyable hours working in her yard to make it a show place as well as at the land in Scottsville where she was able to live out her final years. She would walk in front of her son-in-law’s tractor with her yellow hat bobbing keeping him away from her beloved Dogwood trees and pointing where she wanted him to bush hog. Robert Rasberry, whom she counted as a special friend and who had worked for Nowlin’s Mattress Factory, worked with her at the land and together they managed to clean many of the fence rows.
She volunteered her time teaching second grade Sunday School at First Methodist, Marshall, where she was a member until her death, and at the Marshall Literacy Center and for Hospice where her services were welcomed. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Marshall for over 50 years as well as a member of the Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Olive Lee Stephens and Marie Blankenship; son-in-law, Jack Caffey, and friend, Robert Rasberry.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Nowlin Caffey and Belinda Nowlin Anderson and her husband, Victor; grandson, David Anderson and his wife, Donna; granddaughter, Angela Simpson and her husband Rob; grandson, Michael Anderson; great grandchildren, Christina Patterson, Heather Anderson, Kenzie Simpson, Victor Ledger, and Kathryn Anderson; brother, Charles Alfred Clark; many nieces and nephews, and cousins. All had a special place in her heart and they will miss her.
A special thank you to some of the community of people in her life: Marshall Home Health and Hospice, Sue Perkins, RN; Rhonda Perkins, Dolly and Joe Moore, angels from FUMC who administered communion monthly while she was homebound, niece, Jane Canfield, who sent flowers often, Andrea Coleman who “fixed” her hair for over 20 years, Tracy Watson, and the Order of the Eastern Star for the Christmas baskets.
There will be a graveside service Thursday, July 12, 2018, 10:00 AM at Algoma North Cemetery with Ralph Johnston, Chaplin at Marshall Home Health and Hospice officiating. Honorary pallbearers: W.R. Duke, J.R. Duke, CC. Carter, Wm. Blankenship, R.E. Nowlin, W.C. Nowlin, Jr., John Canfield. Visitation at Sullivan Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to the Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas 76708, or the charity of personal choice.