Hundreds Remember Noel and Mac Devin at Funeral

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COLLEGE STATION – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for a woman and her father, who were found dead after a house fire in Bryan.

32-year-old Noel Devin and her 63-year-old father "Mac" were remembered during a service at Central Baptist Church in College Station.

The Bryan Fire Department responded to the fire at Noel Devin's home on Vinewood Drive around 4:30 a.m. last Monday. Later that afternoon firefighters discovered the bodies of the father and daughter inside the home.

Police believe the fire was intentionally set with gasoline-soaked rags by a man named Dennis Wayne Brown. Brown has been charged with arson, burglary, and unauthorized use of Noel's SUV.
He had been released from prison three days before the house fire.

Noel Devin, a Texas A&M graduate, worked for the 12th Man Foundation. Her father was a graduate of A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hundreds of family and friends attended the funeral.

Noel Devin's coffin was draped with a Texas A&M Flag and her father's coffin, with an American Flag.

"On a day like this, Aggies we're there for Aggies," said Texas A&M Women's Basketball Coach Gary Blair.

Blair worked with Noel Devin who was their ticket manager for the 12th Man Foundation.

"There's just so many thoughts and so many people's lives that she touched," Blair said. "She's one of the workers in the world, the ones that did all the work. There's just so many times in life that you forget the words 'I love you' or 'thank you.'"

During the service Noel's brother Nelson talked about how she was caring and fiercely loyal to her friends.

Another consistent message and prayer was for the Devins' faith in Christ to be shared; something friends say Mac and Noel lived everyday.

"The vigil on Saturday night was very good, she had a lot of her friends and student workers and everybody that was there," Blair said.

"Just a tragic event. Tragic loss," said Jared Ranly, a veterinarian in Falls County who knew Mac.

"All through vet school I could call Dr. Devin if it was a personal question or a veterinary question or a life question," said Ranly. "He was always there to answer the phone and always talked to me. Always asked about the family."

A separate funeral for Mac and Noel Devin will be held Wednesday in Gainesville.

They will also be recognized during Aggie Muster on April 21 at Reed Arena.