Funeral service for Robert E. Rawlinson, 87, currently of Nacogdoches, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13 in the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jean Ferraro officiating. Burial will be held in the McKnight Cemetery in Cushing.
Mr. Rawlinson was born Sept. 22, 1925 in Cushing, Texas to Michael Lee and Bobby Swanzy Stokes Rawlinson. He lived his childhood years in Cushing at the base of Flowery Mountain where the extended Rawlinson family has lived since arriving in 1848 from Alabama. He and his five siblings (M.L., William Homer, and Perry D Rawlinson, Sue Sellers and Mary Lou Baker) all worked the farm and often shared those experiences with their children and grandchildren. A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and was assigned to Smokey Hill Army Air Field in Salina, Kan. where he served as a Link Celestial Navigation Trainer Mechanic. He received the Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the American Theater Ribbon. His three brothers and two brothers-in-law also served during the war. After being honorably discharged he worked for Missouri Pacific Truck Lines in Houston and Palestine and retired in 1982 to Cushing where he established a hay baling business and lived on the family farm.
He was a member of the Cushing 42 Club for 31 years and often presented himself, with a twinkle in his eye, as the “Best 42 Player in the World.” He was a spiritual man who found great joy in music, traveling, keeping the bird feeders full, and being Uncle Robert to his extended family of nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Kathern Rawlinson; his son who died in the Vietnam War in 1970, Terrell Lee Rawlinson; brothers, M.L., Perry D. and William Homer Rawlinson; and sister, Sue Sellers. He is survived by his son, Robert A. Rawlinson of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Kathern S. Rawlinson of Miami, Fla.; and grandsons Zachary Terrell Rawlinson and Diego Walker Matamoros Rawlinson; sister Mary Lou Baker of Port Lavaca; sister-in-law, Wanda Rawlinson of Nacogdoches; and sisters and brother-in-law Anna Lee Felts of Humble, Texas and Brenda and Clyde Epps of St. Augustine.
The family would like to say a special thanks to the “Angels” and his beautiful doctors at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital along with special friends Betty McGrew and Julia Loy who were there by his side every day.
Pall bearers will be Glenn Rawlinson, Steve Killam, Raymon Baker, Frank Felts, Allan Oller and Donald Dement. All Cushing 42 Club members are honorary pall bearers.