Claude D. Emmons, 93, surrounded by his loving family, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Plymouth Park Church of Christ, 1710 W. Airport Freeway, Irving. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Friday. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bridgeway Hospice, 150 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Claude D. Emmons was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Wichita Falls to William Mark and Minnie Bell Holt Emmons. Claude graduated from Plainview High School in 1937 and Texas A&M University
in 1941. He served in World War II
in the 7th Armored Division, European Theater and obtained the rank of major. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was later wounded, receiving the Purple Heart
, Bronze Star
and other decorations. After the war he was a businessman in Amherst and Hurst. He was a director of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers and was National Appraiser of the Year in 1988. Claude was a faithful, longtime member of Plymouth Park Church of Christ. The family gives special thanks to caregivers Gwen Wilson, Amber Merchant, Denise Burns, Vee Wilson and Bridgeway Hospice, for their loving care of Claude. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Zelma Elliott Emmons; and his wife of 13 years, Myrtie Britain Emmons. Survivors: Daughter, Claudia Gleeson and husband, Charles; son, Mark Emmons and wife, Shari; granddaughters, Charlyn Plunk and husband, Jake, Heather Humphus, Janet Spence and husband, Mark; great-grandchildren, Branson, Tatum, Cortlyn Plunk, Collin, Brooke Humphus, Parker and Jonathan Spence; and stepson, Chuck Britain and wife, Donna, and their daughter, Lori, and husband, Mark Gorman.