Miles Jackson Nowlin SLATON-Family and friends will celebrate the life of Jack Nowlin, 97, of Slaton on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Slaton. Jack was born on Jan. 5, 1915, in Grayson County. The son of William Edward and Minnie Victoria Nowlin, he spent his childhood in Cleburne. Influenced and encouraged by his mother; his uncle, W.F. Gregg and wife, Annie; and his cousin, Bill, Jack became an accomplished and dedicated musician. While attending Texas Tech and the University of Texas, he played with several dance bands and orchestras. He married Geraldine Wicker in 1938 in Slaton, who preceded him in death in 2003. Jack earned both his undergraduate degree in business and master's degree in music from the University of Texas. He led the Taylor High School band as its director from 1939 until 1952 (except for the two years he served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II), and penned its school song. In 1952, he moved his family to Slaton to take a job with Thomas Brothers Office Supply Company in Lubbock, where he worked until 1968. It was also during this time that he utilized his musical talent as the volunteer director of Slaton's First United Methodist Church choir. He continued his band directing career at South Plains College from 1968 until he retired in 1978. During retirement, Jack served as mayor of Slaton, then moved to Georgetown to teach trombone at Southwestern University and work on his golf game. During his next retirement in Slaton, he especially enjoyed his time playing with the Westwinds Brass Band. Jack is known and remembered for his musical talent, business acumen, kindness and patience. He was a 50-year Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Texas. He was a loving husband, and a proud father and Peepaw. He is survived by his children, Gregg Nowlin of Slaton, Vicki and husband Mike Ellison of Ralls, and Wicker and wife Monica Nowlin of Ransom Canyon; five grandchildren, Amy Zepeda, Neil Nowlin (wife, Wesely), Emily Lamb (husband, Andrew), Eric Ellison and Berkly Nowlin; and six great-grandchildren, Jordan and Blair Zepeda, Brett Elisabeth and Jack Nowlin, and Asher and Ellison Lamb. The family suggests memorials to the Westwinds Brass Band of Texas, 3708 97th St., Lubbock, TX 79423; the First United Methodist Church of Slaton; or the
. Following the service, a visitation will be held at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Jack touched countless people throughout his life. His family thanks especially his physician, Dr. Rebecca Raedeke, and his caregiver, Doris Whaley, for touching his life.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on April 22, 2012