Jack Bailey Shrode , 77, died Friday morning, March 25, 2011, with his devoted wife of almost 58 years by his side. Jack was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas in 1957. Jack began his career as a mechanical contractor beginning with Natkin and Company in 1957 and remained in the industry and was a Registered Professional Engineer. He served as President of Charles G. Heyne & Company and was Executive Vice President of Gowan, Inc. Jack was devoted to his profession and was involved in ASHRAE and served as President of the Mechanical Contractors Association. Jack was a devout Christian and a devoted churchman. He served his church, Kirkwood South Christian Church, as an elder and Chairman of the Board. Jack's proudest achievement was his family as he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Snow Shrode; daughter, Laura Miller and her husband, Tod; daughter, Leslee Hardy; and his grandchildren - Jay Miller and his wife, Emily; Jaclyn and Bailey Hardy; and Scott Miller; and his sister, Joyce Smith and a much loved extended family. Jack was pre-deceased by his parents, Roy and Naomi Shrode, and his siblings, Gene Shrode and Dortha Montenbruck. The family is especially grateful to his caregivers over the last 4 ? years - Linda Knox, Laquetta Moore, and Tabetha Smith and all of the wonderful medical professionals who cared for him, especially Mary A. Cross, R.D. Pallbearers are: Damon Gowan, Bailey Hardy, Jaclyn Hardy, Randy Mellard, DDS, Jay Miller, Scott Miller, Tod Miller and Roy Shrode. Honorary pallbearers: James K. Anderson, Cecilia Campbell, Gervis Clausel, Mary A. Cross, M.D., H.E. (Gene) Curry, Charlene Denman, Eric Hatz, Dan Kelley, Jim Lisbony, Lenny Manno, Henry F. Olexa, Bill Powell, Jim Powell, Pat Powell, Thomas Russell, Nat Shapiro, and Neil West. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 26, at Forest Park East Funeral Home from 6 - 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Houston. Jack will be buried in City Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Texas on Tuesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made in his honor to Kirkwood South Christian Church or a charity of your choice. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his fighting spirit, his strong faith and his love for his family.