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Jack Lamar Heard

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Jack Lamar Heard Obituary
Jack Lamar Heard, 94, passed away January 20, 2018 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, TX. He was born September 6, 1923, in Haynesville, Louisiana, to Wiley H. Sr. and Cora (Holley) Heard. He graduated from Haynesville High School in 1941. Following graduation and immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he hitch-hiked to Shreveport and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Jack spent 3 years 9 month 5 days defending our country during World War II. He was a gunnersmate 1st class on the battleship, USS Mississippi 41, which earned 8 battle stars during his time aboard. He dearly loved God, his country, and his family. His many stories of life aboard the "Mighty Missy" will surely be missed. After the war ended, he returned to Haynesville. There he met and married the love of his life, Betty Faye Brown. They were married February 10, 1946 in the parsonage of Dr. G. Earl Guinn, minister of the First Baptist Church in Bossier City, LA. They were married for 63 years before Betty's death in March 2009. While in Haynesville, Jack became involved with the Boy Scouts of America where he became a Scoutmaster for the 1st time. He remained actively involved in scouting for most of his early adult life. He was the founding Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #143 in Duncanville, TX, from 1957 through 1960, when he was then transferred from Duncanville to Carthage, TX, by United Gas Pipeline Co. During the few years he was Scoutmaster of Troop #143, he wholeheartedly dedicated himself to those young boys, being their friend, mentor, ever faithful supporter, and outstanding role model. He had no idea what an impact he had made on those boys, until November 7, 2009. It was on this day that those boys gave him the surprise of his lifetime. Two of those scouts, now adults, located and visited him. Word quickly spread that Jack was living in Sweetwater. Fifty years (half a century) had passed. These men, now in their 60's, painstakingly organized a day-long surprise reunion at BSA Camp Wisdom, located just outside of Duncanville, to honor him. More than 19 former scouts attended, traveling from as far as California, to let him know what a huge influence and wonderful role model he was to each of them. Much love and laughter was shared while reminiscing about the endeavors and escapades of those boys and their scoutmaster. He was over-whelmed and humbled by the love shown. This was a huge highlight in the later years of his life, and was only one example of the influence he had on so many, throughout his lifetime. In 1984, he retired from United Gas Pipeline Co. in Panola, TX after 40 years. In 1987, he and Betty moved to Sweetwater to be near their daughter & her family. He was a member of the VFW Post 2479 Sweetwater, The American Legion Post 227 Roscoe, TX, and R.A. Thompkins Masonic Lodge #1254 Waskom, TX. He was a master mason for over 50 years, He was a member of Avondale Baptist Church of Sweetwater. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Debbra Anne Dorsey and husband Tom of Sweetwater; his beloved sister, Virginia "Ernistine" Jensen, of Shreveport, LA ; his son, Michael Heard and wife Jeanie of Benbrook, TX ; Granddaughters : Staci "Michelle" Shrontz (who he referred to as "Chugger") and husband Darrin, of Sweetwater ; Stephanie Smith and husband Jason & their 3 children ; Heather Lee and husband Josh & their 2 children ; Great Granddaughter and namesake, Jac Lamari Shrontz ( who he referred to as his "Chugger #2") ; Great Grandsons: Asa Carl Shrontz ( who he referred to as his "little buddy") and Max Claiborne Shrontz (who he referred to as "little whistle-britches") all of Sweetwater, TX, along with several much loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty ; his parents : Cora "Holley" Heard (died 1942) and Wiley H. Heard, Sr. (died 1979) ; mother-in-law, who also became his Stepmother after marrying Wiley H. heard, Sr. in 1947, Avis Brown Heard(died 1987 ; two brothers, Wiley H. Heard, Jr. and Holley Heard. His body was cremated, per his wishes. A private graveside service with full Military Honors will be held at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, TX, at a later date. His wife, Betty, was cremated upon her death in 2009. They will now, at this service, be laid to rest together, per her wishes. Jack was a generous, thoughtful, completely selfless, and wonderful father, grandfather, brother, uncle, & friend-always putting others, including strangers, before himself. He was truly part of "The Greatest Generation" and he was so very loved and will be missed so very much. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Feb. 22, 2018
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