BLAND Jr., Thomas Frank|
Thomas Frank Bland Jr, lovingly known as "Frank", 93, a longtime resident of Longview, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Georgetown, Texas. Frank's family will gather for visitation on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown. A graveside service will be held at 10:00AM on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.
Frank was born on February 23, 1921 to the late Thomas Frank and Essie Lee Grammer Bland, Sr. in Marshall, Texas. Growing up in and around the Longview area Frank attended Judson High School where he played on the football team. It was during high school that Frank met and fell in love with his sweet heart, Julia Mae Roland. They married February 18, 1921 in Tyler, Texas. Together they raised two sons, Roland Stanley and David Timothy. Frank served his country during WWII in the United States Navy as a communications officer. Frank worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety for over 42 years where he retired as an Inspector of Communications. After retirement in 1985, Frank and Julia moved back to their childhood home in Longview, Texas . Frank was a devoted member of his church, Winterfield Methodist of Longview, where he enjoyed teaching the Adult Senior Sunday School class. In his spare time Frank enjoyed going out to the farm.
Frank leaves his sons, Stanley and Tim Bland and their families. He was "Grandpa" to 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; along with other loving family members and friends.
A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date back in Longview at Winterfield Methodist. Personal words and memories can be sent to the family at our online guestbook at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2014