William E. "Gene" Guest(1920-2012)

SHERMAN - William E. "Gene" Guest of Sherman, Texas passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at the age of 92. He was born Dec. 3, 1920 in Detroit, Texas in Red River County. He was raised in Vivian, La. and attended school in Vivian. Mr. Guest married Lorene Estep Wheeler on Nov. 22, 1969. Mr. Guest was a resident of north Louisiana for many years. He retired as the Business Manager and Financial Secretary/Treasurer for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 141 of Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana. Following his retirement in 1984, Gene and Lorene moved to Texarkana, Texas then to Sherman, Texas. Mr. Guest was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, and veteran of World War II. He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945.

Mr. Guest is survived by his stepson and daughter-in-law, Leon and Renate Wheeler of Fort Worth; three granddaughters, Amy Elizabeth James of Cassville, Mo., Cheryl Wheeler of Carrollton, and Ashleigh Wheeler of Fort Worth; two great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Savannah James; sister, Doris Cole of Ben Wheeler; niece, Marion Vinson, and husband Clay of Richardson; nephews, Danny Cole and wife Jill of Shreveport, La., Michael and wife Tricia of Dallas, and Tommy Cole and his wife Donna of Ben Wheeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Lorene Estep Guest, who passed on July 9, 2012.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas with Dr. Danny Buster officiating. Interment is to following at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Wednesday to pay their respects and to sign the register book.

If desired, memorials may be made to Grayson County Home Hospice at 505 W. Center in Sherman or another .

To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com.

Published in The Herald Democrat on Dec. 19, 2012