W.E. “Edd” Laughon, 87, of Henrietta died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Wichita Falls.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Henrietta with Rev. Chris Dowd officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Hope Cemetery in Henrietta, under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.
Mr. Laughon was born to I.V. and Rosa (Waggoner) Laughon on November 10, 1924 in Deer Creek. He and his family moved to Joy when he was one year of age. He attended Joy School. He worked with his father at their cotton gin and also hauled livestock to Fort Worth. On Nov. 26, 1942, he married Floreine Brown in Decatur. He joined the Navy in 1944 and served his nation in the Pacific arena, during the invasions in Okinawa and in the Phillipines. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946 he worked as a driller in the oil fields. In 1960 he and Floreine purchased the Gulf Service Station in Henrietta. Two years later they purchased the Gulf Distributorship in Henrietta, and operated it until 2005 when Edd retired and cared for his wife, Floreine at home. Those who knew Edd said he was the hardest working man in Clay County.
Mr. Laughon was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Henrietta. He was also a past member of the Chamber of Commerce. He sponsored youth softball programs and was a sponsor of the loud speaker system for the Clay County Pioneer Association Rodeo for many years. He has been a friend, mechanic, merchant and supporter of the citizens and farmers and ranchers of Clay County. He had a passion for the violin – he loved playing his violin for Floreine and going to the jamborees and listening to the “fiddle” music. Another enjoyment was working in his garage crafting beautiful wood projects which he gladly shared with all he knew. He was a previously named Outstanding Man of Clay County. He also served as the Clay County Pioneer President.
He is preceded in death by his wife Floreine, a brother, I.V. Laughon, Jr.; sisters Annie Laura Hargrove, Jewel Smith, Jessie Mae Holland, Roberta Neal and Dorothy Cox.
Survivors include daughter Edwina Wight and husband Tom of Wichita Falls; a brother, Ray Laughon of Winters; and a sister, Opal Seigler of Mankato, Minn.; one granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.
The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 7-8 p.m.
Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Bridge St., Henrietta, Texas 76365 or Hospice of Wichita Falls P. O. Box 4804 Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.