Emory French LUBBOCK-Funeral services for Emory French, 91, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The Rev. Matt Wolfington, pastor, and Chaplain Bill McGraw will officiate. Burial will be in the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home. Visitation will be this evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home. Emory was born on Sept. 22, 1920, in Olustee, Okla., to C. Olyn and Bertha Ermine (Griffin) French. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy as an aircraft mechanic. He began farming after the war and after retirement, in 1979, became a real estate broker. He married the former Morene M. Womack on July 30, 1943, in Lubbock. They were longtime members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Lubbock County Farm Bureau, the Lubbock County Stock Show Board, Liberty Gin Co-op member, the New Deal Lion, serving as president, was a Boy Scout Leader, and was past president of the Tri-County Little League. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Morene; two sons, Gary Don and Melody French of Amarillo, and Tommy Ray and Rita French of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Shirley and David Schwertner of Lubbock; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Brad Irvin, Justin Irvin, Bret Lamkin, Cody French, Dale Gamble and Marion Fite. Memorials may be made to the St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Lubbock.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on September 17, 2012