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Services: Howard Westbrook, known as R.H. to many, passed away in Gainesville on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the age of 85.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Callisburg Church of Christ with Pastor Ben Willingham officiating.
Interment will follow at Callisburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville.
History: Howard was born to Ray and Bessie (Plumlee) Westbrook on June 9, 1930 in Dixie, Texas. He married Darleen Elizabeth Price on December 24, 1949. They celebrated their 50th anniversary shortly before she passed away on November 1, 2000. Howard and Darleen raised five children together. He was lucky to find love again, marrying Martha Jean Plumlee. They had but a short time together before she passed away in 2005.
Howard was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked in the oil fields for Dowell Oil before starting Westbrook Oil & Gas with his brother, James. He also drilled and serviced water wells. He loved to tell stories to anyone who would listen.
Survivors: Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Darrel and Barbara Westbrook, Joe and Janet Westbrook, and Dean and Gayla Westbrook, all of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Shelly and Danny Lucas of Gainesville; brother, James Westbrook; brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Sherry Westbrook; sister, Doris Wilson; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Danny Morrison, and sister, Sharon Brown. Howard also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Westbrook, Elliott Westbrook, Brennen Dugger, Jason Dugger, Johnny Mac Brown, and Shane Daymude. Honorary bearers will be Bobby Joe Westbrook, Glen Price, and Danny Morrison.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Darleen; his second wife, Martha; his parents, Ray and Bessie Westbrook; his infant son, Michael Westbrook; his daughter, Johanna Williams; and his brother, Kenneth Westbrook.
Published on May 30, 2016
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