Benjamin Harold Epperson passed away on 11/12/2017 in Kennedale, Texas.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1920 in Corder, Missouri to Hattie Mae and Hugh Epperson. Most of his life, he went by Harold his middle name. Harold was one of eight children.
He felt the call to military service and joined the Navy in March, 1941. While stationed in Corpus Christi in Dec. 1941, he met Audrey Dreyer. They were married on Jan. 27, 1946, and remained so for 60 years with the passing of Audrey in 2006.
Harold was very active in Baptist churches where he lived; from San Diego, to Corpus Christi, to Hawaii. He served on numerous committees and served as an active Deacon. He was also a Mason.
Harold served in the Navy for 20 years as an aircraft mechanic and retired as Chief Petty Officer in 3/13/1961. During his time of service in WWII, he served on several islands in the Pacific, moving as needed and as the war progressed. After retiring from Navy, Harold further served the nation as a civil servant at Corpus Christi Army Depot for 19 years.
After retiring a second time from public service, Harold and Audrey joined the Texas Baptist Men church builders. As a couple, they spent fourteen years helping to build churches 9 months each year all over Texas from the panhandle to Brownsville.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Epperson, his son Don Earl Epperson ( & wife Sharon) of Corpus Christi, and his 5 brothers and 2 sisters of Missouri and Kansas.
He is survived by brother-in-law, Kyle Dreyer (wife Janice) of Plano, TX. Also, by son Harold Lee Epperson (wife Karen) of Kennedale, TX and daughter Laura Phillips (husband Jack) of Bracketville, TX; four grandchildren: Lee Epperson (wife Rachel) of Keller, TX, Jeff Epperson (wife Jackie) of Waxahachie, TX, Jana Fleischhauer (husband Jonny) of Waco, TX; and Jackie Bellamy (husband Corey) of Nashville, TN; and seven greatgrandchildren Christian, Sarah, Alan, Corinne, Jo Lynn, Chandler, and Katie-May.
Memorial Services will be held at Mayfield Road Baptist Church, Arlington, TX on 11/18/17, at 11:30 a.m.; and at Seaside Memorial, Corpus Christi, TX on 11/25/17, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Benjamin Harold Epperson’s name can be made to Texas Baptist Men, Church Builders.
Texas Baptist Men – Dixon Mission Equipping Center 5351 Catron Dr., Dallas, TX 75227 Office: (214) 381-2800 firstname.lastname@example.org