Theron W. Brittain

Theron W. Brittain 95, of Ben Wheeler died April 29, 2013. Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Holly Springs United Methodist Church. Burial services will be in Holly Springs Cemetery, Farm-to-Market Road 1653 at VZCR 4403, May 4, 2013, with the Revs. Roy James, Sam Wheeler and Wade Harmon officiating.

Theron was born in Shelby County Dec. 8, 1917, to James Weaver and Nina Monroe Brittain. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1937 and served as an officer throughout World War II, surviving a German torpedo attach in the Caribbean in 1942.

After the war's end he went on to a successful career in finance, working in Houston for the American Express Co. for 15 years before moving to Dallas in 1959 to serve as a vice president with the Republic Bank of Dallas. He retired early to build a ranch in Van Zandt County, where he raised Charolais cattle well into his 80s. He loved both the area and his vocation.

At the time of his death he and his wife, Katie Philen, had been married over 69 years. They traveled extensively throughout the world in their retirement, always returning home to spend time with their grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Jo Brittain Sauza; grandsons, Theron III and Cole; granddaughter, Christina and her husband Besim; granddaughter, Katherine; daughters-in-law, Patty and Bo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sons, Larry Mark Brittain and Theron Weaver Brittain Jr.; brothers, Thermon and Monroe Brittain; sister, Joy Brittain Shelton; niece, Linda Shelton; and nephew, Bernarr Shelton.

Theron was a member of Holly Springs United Methodist and memorials may be made to that trust fund or The , 1301 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, 75701.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 4, 2013