Lynn Eggleston

Lynn Earl Eggleston

Monday, July 26th, 1943 - Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Lynn Earl Eggleston surprised us all and left us in a lurch on July 11, 2019, 15 days shy of his 76th birthday. An avid outdoorsman his entire life, his love for hunting and fishing kept him active, brought him joy, and put food on the table.

Born in Athens, Texas to William and Alta Walters Eggleston, he grew up hunting and fishing on the Trinity River. He graduated from Cayuga High School, Henderson County Community College, and Sam Houston State University where he met the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Sharon Allen. Together, they hunted, fished, traveled, changed addresses numerous times and raised two children, Lyle and Lori (Thorp). He made sure his tenacity, resourcefulness, and intelligence were passed on to each of them.

In addition to his wife and kids, he is survived by four siblings: brother David; sisters Donna (Winkelmann), Vickey, and Valerie; close family friends Lyn Eggleston White and Matt White; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and his four faithful canine companions: Roscoe, Boomer, Andy, and Mr. Wiener. A special thank you to Terry Winkelmann (brother-in-law) and Jake Thorp (son-in-law) for lending a hand and always coming through.

Lynn was many things: traveler, gardener, avid reader, historian, artist, poet, teacher, oil field worker, keen observer of both nature and people. He loved to make up limericks and puns, recite lines from literature and was a walking encyclopedia of the Civil War. He was efficient, frugal, and a bit eccentric. Although a loner by nature, he never met a stranger and his family often joked that he would talk to a fence post.

Never one to sit still, he squeezed all he could out of every day, and his adventures took him boating down the rivers of Texas, walking the battlefields of the Civil War, cruising to the Caribbean, hiking and camping in the mountains of West Texas, hunting pheasants in Kansas, flying in a World War II aircraft (Fifi), driving the coast of California, riding the train to the Grand Canyon, and climbing the Tulum ruins.

He appreciated organization, cleanliness, old country music, and good jokes. Those who knew him will tell you he was quite the prankster and was a man of many shenanigans. He loved old airplanes and going to airshows. He took all the fun out of Trivial Pursuit because he rarely missed a question. For example, he could name all 254 Texas counties in alphabetical order along with the county seat of each. Lynn also had a great fondness for maps and was a geography whiz.

The man could turn a phrase, always reminding us to “Just stop and think!” He was punctual, too, leaving at least half an hour before scheduled and telling us, “If we were there now, we'd be late” (especially when going fishing).
His legacy lies in all the times he assisted others with no regard for his own schedule or payment or recognition. From neighbors to hitchhikers to stranded motorists, Lynn always made time to help; however, he did not suffer fools gladly.

Ever the planner, Lynn wrote two versions of his obituary; this will be shared at his send-off party. If you have a memory or story of Lynn, please share it in the guest book section at
In lieu of flowers (Lynn loved them but thought they should be kept in their natural habitat), please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. He loved dogs, nature, and helping others. Above all, please honor him by assisting someone in need and and leaving the world a little bit better than you found it.

A Celebration for Lynn E. Eggleston will be held Saturday, August 17 at 2pm at the Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center, Hart-Morris Conservation Center, Conference Room A. Enter off of Peninsula Drive/FM 4812. Address: 5601 CR 4812, Athens TX 75752 (Do NOT go to main entrance/visitor center).

Lynn always dressed appropriately for the occasion, and we will honor him by doing the same.
He never wore flip flops or tank tops, and he saved his camouflage for the woods. Official
uniforms are welcome.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family
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    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 2:00pm
    Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
    5601 CR 4812
    Athens, Texas 75752
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Posted at 02:56pm
the poem by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

Lynn spent his dash as a life-long learner, who worked hard to support the family he adored, always industrious and meticulous, enjoying his hobbies and his beloved dogs, living life to the fullest. He was also often an "angel among us" when he helped those in some kind of need.


Posted at 04:40pm
I have too many memories of Mr. Lynn Eggleston to count! Before working with Lynn, I had the privilege to house sit when he and Sharon would take trips. One thing I can say about Lynn, without hesitation, is he loved his wife and kids. He was always so proud to see Lyle's name on the backs of cds and would proudly show them to the entire office! Lynn always had a funny Lori story and would share her adventures with me often. I was lucky enough to attend my very first "real" hockey game with Lynn and Lori. They took me to see the Waco Wizards way back when, and I had a blast! Lynn's love for Sharon was so very precious! He would randomly come into the office with flowers (and Lynn always said he didn't play into the "flower giving gimmick"), but he would find some pretty ones once in a while and bring them inside, to get approval, before taking them home to surprise his bride.

My most precious memory of Lynn was the Monday I came back to work after my oldest nephew passed away. Lynn was the very first person I saw that morning (pretty sure he wanted it that way!). He gave me the biggest hug I had ever gotten, from him, ever! He sat with me for a while and just talked. He also gave me a bookmark that morning, and to this day it is in my Bible. It reads, "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear."

After retiring, Lynn always made a point to stop by the office and visit. A lot of times he brought fresh blackberries he had just picked. He would share fishing stories and talk about his latest adventures. He would tell me about something he had recently read, and how Lyle and Lori were doing, and the next trip he and Sharon were planning. He always wanted to know what was going on with my family, too. He would ask about my mom and dad, and always wanted to see pictures of my kiddos. Lynn was so very intentional to stay connected. He loved life to the very fullest, and was one of the most genuine souls I've ever known. He will be missed!

Amanda (Price) Field

Lana Hart

Posted at 10:16pm
What a Beautiful Tribute. I have always loved Lynn and Sharon’s spirit. They were two special people enjoying life the way it should be.


Posted at 09:07pm
He was the ultimate and wonderful teacher of all things a country boy or girl should know . He gave his experience and knowledge freely with perfect grammar and technical expertise while making it fun .



Posted at 05:18pm
I have the pleasure of working with Mr. Egglestor’s daughter Lori. After reading his story, I see where she got the tenacity, resourcefulness, intelligence and I believe her keen sense of humor.

May the family find peace and comfort in their loving memories of an exceptional man. Sincere condolences to all.

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