Funeral services for Gale B. Fant, 88, of Lufkin will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Cary Modisett and Brother Steve Killam officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow in the Whitehouse Cemetery. Mr. Fant was born January 14, 1924 in Leland, Mississippi to William Abner and Brownie (Chamblee) Fant, and died Thursday, January 3, 2013 at his residence in the PineCrest Retirement Community. A former resident of Houston, he had resided in Lufkin for 13 years. He was a member of St. Paulâ€™s United Methodist Church. Mr. Fant was a retired from the U.S. Department of Defense as a Quality Assurance Specialist in Ammunition Surveillance. He served in the U.S. Navy
, and then the U.S. Army
. A decorated veteran, Mr. Fant served during World War II
and received a Purple Heart
Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star, Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit Citation. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Sarah Fant of Huntington; daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Jim Rawls of Lufkin; grandchildren, Christina M. Leach, John Paul Fant, Laura Lynn Vann, Timothy Ray Fant, and Dana K. Batte; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy Fant; and sisters, Margaret Regelman and Jamie Chapuis. Pallbearers will be Paul Fant, Tim Fant, Christian Fant, Matthew Tucker, Johnathan Wilkie and Phillip John Thomas. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paulâ€™s United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1505 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.