EW "Dude" Surratt
August 22, 1921 ~ November 1, 2011
E.W. Dude Surratt was called home on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. He was born August 22, 1921, in Linden, Texas to Mattie Katherine and Emmitt Surratt. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 as a staff sergeant. He was wounded in May 1944 in Germany. His awards included the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal With One Silver Battle Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, and the Air Medal. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Lee Lumpkin on May 31, 1945. They celebrated 66 years of marriage this past May. After serving in the armed forces, Dude worked for Lone Star Steel for many years. When he retired, he worked with his wife and her mother in the family flower shop in Hughes Springs. They retired from the floral business in 1991. Dude loved tending plants and making flower arrangements. He found great joy in the smiles of people when they saw the plants and flowers in his shop. Putting in a vegetable garden every spring was one of his favorite pastimes. He delighted in giving vegetables and plants to his friends and family. Another favorite pastime was fishing. He taught his children and grandchildren to fish and relished the guys family fishing trips they planned for him the past few years. Above all, his family was most important to him. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather who was always involved in his childrens lives. Dude was a member of First Baptist Church in Hughes Springs. He loved the Lord and was a humble, devoted Christian. He looked forward every Sunday to his mens Sunday school class. His parents, Mattie and Emmitt, his five brothers, Verlon, Thurmon, Rebon, Jim, and Orvel, and his two sisters, Hazel Hall and Pearl Hamilton, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Kathy Surratt, of Chandler, Texas, and his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dennis Gilbert, of Linden, Texas. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Jeff Surratt, Greg Gilbert and his wife, Moriah, Andy Surratt, Matthew Gilbert, and Krista Surratt. In addition, he leaves five precious great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Jack Surratt, and Justin, Jack and Juliet Gilbert. Visitation will be held at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The celebration of Dudes life will be Friday, November 4, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Hughes Springs at 10:00 a.m. Officiating the service will be his grandson, Greg Gilbert, and Daniel Bramlett, pastor of First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Hughes Springs Cemetery.