A Celebration of Life honoring Jack H. Halbert will be held Wednesday, May 31, at noon at First Christian Church, Tyler. Dr. Jeff Wilson, senior minister for First Christian Church, will officiate. Mr. Halbert died in a Dallas hospital on Monday, May 29, 2006, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Halbert was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Aug. 23, 1921, to Ida Summers and Enos H. Halbert. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Clapp Halbert of Tyler, and a son, Kevin Halbert and his wife Dona, also of Tyler. Stepchildren and their spouses are Linda and Doyle Dorsey of Tyler, Bob and Iris Bryant of Houston, Martha and Randy Swanson of Chicago, Ill., and Mary and Henry Burch of Irving. Grandchildren are Kerry Jack Halbert of Tyler, Kendyl Rhone of Plano, and Raegan Muse and her husband David, of Houston. One great-grandchild, Dylan Muse, and one brother, Bob Halbert of Tyler, also survive Mr. Halbert.
Mr. Halbert attended schools in Wichita Falls, where he was an Eagle Scout, and he later became a Life Member of the National Eagle Scouts Association. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in North Africa during World War II. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1946, Mr. Halbert began a career in the oil industry that led him to become president of Halbert Royalties Inc. and of McGaughey Oil Corporation.
His civic contributions include serving as Mayor of Tyler from 1970 to 1976, and being a charter member of the Tyler Sharon Temple. Mr. Halbert was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was serving as a member of the Southside Bank Board of Directors at the time of his death, and he was a member of First Christian Church, Tyler.
Honorary pallbearers are Richard Babb, Rex Corey, Hansel Crank, Clyde Davis, Neil Davis, Charlie Halstead, Clint Josey, David Murphy, Jack Peveto, Bill Ross, Don Russell and the Board of Directors for Southside Bank.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Christian Church in Tyler; or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 31, 2006.