Herman “Moe” Litton

Published 3:35 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Herman “Moe” Litton, 91, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on October 14, 2018, in Beaumont, Texas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Burial will follow the Mass at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

A Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. with visitation to follow on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Montagne, Mike Jenkins, Wade Gillis, Kenny Christian, Butch Campbell, Robby Walker, Barry Walker, and Pat Walker.

Moe was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Helene Litton; and his parents, Herman and Oma Litton.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Joy Litton; daughters, Sherry Litton Perdue and husband Edward, of Austin, and Mickey Litton Gisclar and husband Jackie, of Bridge City; grandchildren, Teri Peveto Daigle and husband Duke, of Fannett, Lisa Peveto, of Buna, Brooke Schaefer Harrison, of Bridge City, Phillip Schaefer, of Cypress, Clark Shores and wife Ingrid, of Groves, and Derek Shores, of Austin; great-grandchildren, Ty Daigle, Tanner Crumpton, Trace Crumpton, Carli Crumpton, Carson Shores, Alexandra Shores, Ross Schaefer, Ryland Schaefer, and Kyndall Harrison; and his step-sons, James Hellums, Larry Hellums, and Kim Hellums.

He grew up and attended high school in Gladewater, Texas.   He joined the Navy during World War II at the age of 17 and served on the USS Brush in the Pacific Theater.  After returning from the Navy he attended Stephen F. Austin where he was a letterman for the Lumberjack football team and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees.

His coaching career began in Hemphill, Texas in 1954.  He later coached in Jacksonville, Vidor, and Orangefield   In 1965, he transitioned from coaching to becoming an athletic trainer at Bridge City High School.  He was the first National Certified Athletic Trainer in Southeast Texas, was a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, and a charter member of the Texas Athletic Trainers Association.

Upon his retirement from Bridge City ISD in 1988, until 2008, he worked as a Sports Medicine Consultant for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, where he continued his passion for taking care of athletes, traveling to numerous schools that did not have a trainer from Hemphill to Anahuac

In addition to his professional career, he served on the Bridge City City Council, the Bridge City ISD School Board, was a member of the Masonic Lodge #1345 where he served as Worshipful Master; served as Assistant Municipal Judge for the City of Bridge City, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was Grand Marshall for the Bridge City Christmas Parade, 2017.

He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and as a Eucharistic Minister, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In 1999, he was inducted into the Southeast Texas Coach’s Hall of Fame, and in 2012 was honored as a Distinguished Alumni for Stephen F. Austin State University.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Herman “Moe” Litton Scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University.  Gifts can be received online at  www.sfasu/edu/litton , or mail checks made payable to SFASU Foundation, P. O. Box 6092, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas. 75962-6092, or H. N. Litton Scholarship Fund, Bridge City High School.

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