MARSHALL — Funeral services for Harold E. England Jr., 70, of Waskom and College Station, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Waskom, with Bro. Doug Lovett officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Cemetery. A time of visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today, February 8, 2013, at Downs Funeral Home in Marshall, Texas.
Harold Erman England Jr. went to be with his Lord February 4, 2013, in his sleep at his daughter's home in College Station, Texas.
He was born December 25, 1942, in Young's Bottom, W.Va
., to the late Harold Sr. and Sylvia England. He married his soul mate, the late Caroline Woods England, in 1962 and they lived together in Elkview, W.Va
., before relocating to Shreveport, La., in 1983 and Waskom, Texas, in 1990.
Harold was a 1960 graduate of Clendenin High School. He proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Eustis, Va., from 1961 until 1965. Harold was a safety director for Pennzoil, first at the Falling Rock, W.Va
. plant and then at the Shreveport plant, until he retired. He continued to teach safety classes through the Ark-La-Tex chapter of the National Safety Council.
He was passionate about firefighting and was a volunteer and training officer with the Waskom Volunteer Fire Department. Previously he was an instructor at the TEEX Industrial Fire School at Texas A & M University and the Eastman Fire School and served on the board of the Waskom Public Library. He was a member of the Harrison County Firefighters Association and the Northeast Texas Fire Chiefs' Association. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church of Waskom, Texas, and the Waskom Lion's Club.
Harold is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Ed Casto of College Station, Texas; and his grandchildren, Stephanie Casto Branum and her husband, Grant Branum, of Coppell, Texas, and Thomas Casto of College Station, Texas. He is also survived by his great-grandchild, Hudson Archer Branum of Coppell, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Waskom Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1757, Waskom, TX 75692.