Sunday, April 1, 2012

TSgt Jack Barron, United States Air Force, Ret.

Jack Barron was born June 15, 1927 in Cisco, Texas and passed away March 25, 2012 in Belton, Texas at the age of 84.

Jack was raised in the Temple, Belton, Killeen, Texas area and was a member of Trimmier Baptist Church in Killeen.

Jack proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for more than twenty years and retired with the rank of Tech Sergeant. After his retirement, he worked for Connell Chevrolet for 25 years and in Civil Service at Fort Hood.

Jack received the Top Airman's Medal for Bravery during Peacetime for actions on February 16, 1959, which was presented to him thirty years later at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin.

Jack was a lifetime member of VFW, DAV and the American Legion. He held Texas and national offices for over twenty years.

Jack was preceded in death by Beverly, his dear wife, in 2008.

A funeral service was held on March 29 at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the family and friends.

After the service, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen. There, the riders formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter as final prayers were said and military honors afforded.

The American flag that draped the coffin was carefully folded into the traditional triangle, and passed to a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer.

The final prayers were said by a Chaplain, who read from 2 Corinthians Chapter 4, verses 16-18.

"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

The Air Force Honor Guard's three rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country.

The Bugler played taps.

The folded flag was then presented to the family on behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, for the faithful and dedicated service of TSgt Jack Barron.

Jack Barron was then laid to rest on the grassy plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his four sons, two daughters, 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

With thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information and to the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for additional photographs.

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