Frank L. Sheffield, 79, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in Lufkin. Frank was born on May 1, 1929 in Crosby, Texas to Arlis and Surena Sheffield.
He had been a resident of Lufkin since 1962 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Frank retired in 1993 after 32 years as an engineer with the Lufkin Paper Mill.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Dena Sheffield Higham; brother, F. A. Sheffield and Homer Sheffield; sisters, Virginia Powers and Ollie Sheffield; and nephew, Donald Sheffield.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Edgardene Sheffield of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Janet Sheffield of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Charlee and Rodger Garbs of Gladewater; grandchildren, William Day Sheffield, Kyle Bryant Garbs, Anna Grace Garbs and Reed Sullivan Garbs; brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Dorothy Sheffield of Baytown; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Charlene and Waymond Nutt of San Antonio; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Throughout his life, three things mattered most to Frank; God, Family and Texas A&M. As a student at A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a chosen member of the distinguished Ross Volunteers. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from A&M in 1951. Frank served his country in the Korean War as a Forward Observer for the Artillery and later became an aide to General Osborne. He loved Aggie football and spent every Fall taking his family to games. In 2006, Frank was honored at Kyle Field with a Bugle Call for his many years of dedication to A&M.
Pallbearers will be Rickey McNeal, Wayne Nutt, David Nutt, Rusty Higham, Robert and Brad Sheffield.
Honorary pallbearers are nephews, Ricki Powers, Harrel Lynn Powers, and the members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church.
Expressions of sympathy in Frank's memory may be made to Lufkin's First United Methodist Church, 805 E. Denman Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901; or to the Frank Sheffield '51 Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Memorial Scholarship Fund, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008, at First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, with Reverend Carol C. Turner, Reverend James Powell and Reverend Rodger D. Garbs officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Cross Cemetery in Cross, Texas.
Gipson Funeral Home; Bill Swearingen, director