Services for Rex T. French, 76, of Kilgore, Texas, was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 in the Chapel at Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore. The Reverend John Whitehurst officiated. Interment follow at Danville Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening, Aug. 11.
Mr. French passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at his home.
Rex was born July 8, 1937 in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, to the late Franklin Osborne and Florence Blanche French.
Rex attended public schools at Mt. Sterling and went on to attend Williams College and Ohio State University
Rex was the owner of Autumn Aviation and was an original test pilot for Lear Jet. He completed test work on Lear Jets at Edwards AFB, and worked for Flight Safety International teaching piloting classes throughout the United States. He worked for Executive Jet Aviation, flying many retired Air Force Colonels and Generals. Rex flew the Jet Star for former president Lyndon B. Johnson and flew an executive jet for Roger Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton. Rex flew for many renowned people and completed a total of 30,000-35,000 hours of flight time for 50-55 years of his life.
Rex had recently embarked on a project at Danville Cemetery and had been working tirelessly to make the grounds more attractive by planting all of the needed trees at Danville.
Rex is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Bradley George of Kilgore; one son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Ann French of Longview; five grandchildren, Derek French, Amanda French and Elizabeth French of Longview, and Kennedy Buyher and Trace Buyher of Kilgore. He will be remembered by many loving family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rex French Memorial Tree Planting Program, C/O BBVA Compass Bank, 1200 N. Kilgore St., Kilgore, TX 75662.
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