Mittie Waggoner

May 23, 1927 ~ January 3, 2023

95 Years Old


Funeral service for Mittie Louise Adams Waggoner, 95, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Sonny Scarborough and Bro. Tim Brewer officiating.  Interment will follow at Gravel Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Laird Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Waggoner passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 in Nacogdoches.  She was born on May 23, 1927 in Nacogdoches.

Mittie was born in Nacogdoches, the daughter of Harold Coy and Ila Adams.  She spent her childhood, along with her siblings right here where she has always called home.  When Mittie graduated from Nacogdoches High School, she moved to Dallas with her cousin to work as a telephone operator.  Little did she know that an old acquaintance, Rayford Waggoner, would be coming to Dallas.  She and Rayford had been friends in school and when he returned home from the Navy, he knew he wanted to make Mittie his wife.  He drove to Dallas, picked her up, and the two began their beautiful lives together.  They had their children to complete their family but sadly, Mittie had to say goodbye to her beloved Rayford when he passed away in 1977.  Mittie missed him dearly and took the emptiness she felt and filled it with her family and friends.  She worked as a waitress and cashier and cherished the friendships she made during her career.  She was also blessed with grandchildren that she absolutely adored.  They lovingly called her Granny or Nanny but when the great grandchildren began arriving, “Old Granny” became her name.  Mittie was loving and nurturing, silly at times and loved to laugh.  Her adventures with her family were her fondest memories and she will always be remembered as a constant in their lives.

Mittie was a country girl from the start.  She was proud of her roots and passed on the simple, country way of living, to her children and grandchildren.  She taught them to pick berries from the side of the road and make jelly, how to grow vegetables, how to cook homemade meals and how to always put God and family first.  Mittie’s famous jelly got her out of many tickets (because she had a lead foot and liked to drive fast)!  When she wasn’t driving too fast to go on some adventure or shopping for the perfect shoe/purse matching set, she enjoyed fishing and spending time with all the people who were most important to her.  Mittie will be missed by all those who knew her but her laughter and passion for life will certainly continue in the hearts of them all.

Mittie is survived by her children, Rayburn Waggoner and wife Judy of Nacogdoches, Diane Teague of Pecos and Carol Kennedy of Nacogdoches; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; brother, Mac Adams; sister, Bonnie Tubbe; son-in-law, Darrell Pinkston and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mittie is preceded in death by her husband, Rayford Waggoner; daughter, Brenda Pinkston; siblings, Ray Adams, Harold Coy Adams, Jr. and Retha Tubbe and her sons-in-law, Johnny Teague and Sam Kennedy.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Waggoner, Trevor Teague, Raymond Roberts, Keatan Curbow, Brandon Curbow, Jeff Morgan and Darrell Pinkston.

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