Harold E. "Bo" Scallon Jr.
A funeral mass for Harold E. "Bo" Scallon Jr., age 69, of Ponta is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rusk with Father Juan Rivera officiating. Burial will follow at Meador Cemetery. Mr. Scallon passed away February 15, 2017 in a Tyler hospital. He was born December 11, 1947 in Beaumont, TX to the late Harold Earl and Jane Keim Scallon Sr. Bo Scallon was father to seven children: six daughters and one son. Those children have borne 22 grandchildren, ages 26 through 8 months old. His children will miss his love of large celebrations and devotion to family, but they will not miss the hours of herding cows and planting corn in the hot East Texas sun. He served in the US Marine Corps as a navigator in an F4 fighter jet. Bo loved farming, the poetry of Donne, baking cinnamon rolls, listening to Mozart, reading the Aeneid, and praying the Divine Chaplet of Mercy. Not only was Bo a pig farmer who could mend a fence and bake a cherry strudel, he would recite Beowulf all the while. Bo was a long-time English teacher whose students will recall his sub-zero classroom, Anglo-Saxon Day, and classical music playing in the background on exam days. He was deeply loved, and will be missed by countless family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Diane MacLaughlin. He is survived by Betty and their children, Mary Emily and Tony Chernoff of Irving, TX, Jenny and Rodney Hugghins of Rusk, Clemmie and Dominick Castro of Aurora, Colorado, Sarah and Brandon Rives of Arlington, TX, Susan and Brett Wootton of McKinney, TX, Julia and Rashawd Lewis of Ft. Dix, New Jersey, Robert and Rocio Scallon of McAllen, TX, sister, Janie and Emilio Cantu of San Antonio, TX, three brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Eileen Scallon of Garland, TX, Mark and Mary Beth Scallon of Gallatin, TX, Tim and Cathy Scallon of Nacogdoches, TX, and twenty two grandchildren. Pallbearers will include George Chernoff, Nicho Chernoff, Jake Hugghins, Jon Paul Lewis, Jacobey Lewis and Nathan Scallon. Honorary pallbearers will be sons-in-law: Dominick Castro, Tony Chernoff, Rodney Hugghins, Rashawd Lewis, Brandon Rives, Brett Wootton, grandsons: Zachary Castro, Leo Chernoff, Cole Rives, Robert Benjamin Scallon, Marcus Wootton, Gus Wootton, nephews: Cary Cantu, Chris Minter, Daniel Scallon, Michael Scallon, Sam Scallon, Sean Scallon and Simeon Scallon. A rosary will be held at 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rusk and visitation will follow at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the church. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying. Robert Herrick
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