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Elmer Roland “Bo” Hatton Jr., was born Nov. 25, 1937, in Delhi, La., the son of Elmer, Sr. and Noel Ogden Hatton. 

Bo was the eldest of three siblings. His brothers Kenneth Hatton and William “Bill” Hatton, both preceded him in death at a very young age. Elmer’s nickname “Bo” was given to him by his younger brother Kenneth, who could not say, Brother, so, he called him “Bo”. This nickname has been with him throughout his entire life.

He grew up in Louisiana, where he and his brothers spent most of their childhood. Bo began his education attending schools in Louisiana and then to Bellville High School, when his family relocated.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. He was then Honorably Discharged from the Army and went on to attend Northeastern State College, in Natchitoches, La., graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in 1961.

Bo began his teaching career with Sealy I.S.D., then to Bellville I.S.D., where he was a physics and chemistry teacher. Bo had a unique gift for teaching. Some of Mr. Hatton’s students began their education with him and went on to become successful doctors, pharmacists, and other professional careers.

On Jan. 26, 1990, there was an article in the high school paper, “The Hoofbeat”, where students interviewed Mr. Hatton and realized that there was more to him than just the gift of teaching. He was a very talented man who began his work career as a gunsmith in 1967.

Bo enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching television, and reading, especially technical books. During deer season, you could find him at his deer lease in West Texas.

Bo passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in Wharton, at the age of 73.

He is   survived by his nieces Sherie Hatton, Tammie Hatton Vaughn, Heather Hatton, and Tiffany Hatton and nephew Seth Hatton.

Bo was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer, Sr. and Noel Hatton and his 2 younger brothers, Kenneth and Bill Hatton.

Graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. Services were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home of Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely



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