Herschel Benjamin Herbelin
Nov. 6, 1945 - Oct. 6, 2021
Herschel Benjamin Herbelin passed away Sat., Oct. 9, 2021, at the age of 75. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 16. Please contact the family to access the service.
Herschel was born the sixth of seven children on Nov. 6, 1945, in Waco, Texas, to George and Aline (Brink) Herbelin. He attended Waco schools and was a lifelong resident. Self-employed as a paint contractor by day, he also shared in a cleaning business at night for many decades. His hard work ethic and sacrifices for his family cannot go unnoticed.
He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather and family was extremely important to him. Always a naturally happy person, and always ready to hear or tell a good joke and story. Herschel was also known for some of the best barbecue around and he passed that love and talent down to his own children, who all shared his passion. Once he became a grandfather, he deservedly earned the title "PaPa Barbecue", but Herschel's greatest love was for Jehovah and he made that publicly known by water baptism on December 24, 1961. He loved talking about and sharing with others God's promises, especially the promise found at Revelation 21:4.
One of his favorite stories was how he met his "sweetie pie". They were both attending a Kingdom Hall meeting, he was 15, she was 12. Herschel was being ornery, as always, and spotted this pretty little blonde girl and thought it would be fun to grab a handful of june bugs and chase her around with them. Boys will be boys and at one point he even threw a few in her hair, trying to get a reaction from her. Well, it worked and he got her attention alright! This December, Herschel and Susan would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
Herschel was proceeded in death by his beloved parents; his sister, Joyce Green; and his brother, Durwood Herbelin; and several close family members.
Survivors include his dearest wife, Susan Lavonne Herbelin; sons, Michael Herbelin and wife, Holly, Tony Herbelin and wife, Joy, and Sean Herbelin and wife, Carolyn. His daughters, Kimberly Devening and husband, Brandon, and Denise Herbelin. His grandchildren, Devon, Shelby, Dustin, Emily, Aaron, Ashley, Blake, Lilly, Kaleb and Hastin; and many nieces and nephews and his favorite 4-legged furry friend "Britches".
Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2021.