Funeral services with military honors for John Cronier, age 79, of Brownwood, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel, with Alan Morris officiating. Cremation will follow under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home with inurnment to follow at a later date in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Cronier died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
John Marshall Cronier was born on June 11, 1933, in Montgomery, Ala., to Alfred and Sara (Blackwell) Cronier. He attended Montgomery schools and the University of Alabama before joining U. S. Army. He was married to Mary Ann Bowen on June 1, 1962, in Brownwood.
John made a career out of the Army, serving his country for 23 years. After his retirement from the Army, John and his family moved to Brownwood. He started a second career in office machine repair for Turner Office Supply. John was a member of Melwood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon before Melwood Baptist merged with Woodland Heights Baptist Church, which later became Southside Baptist Church. At Southside Church, John also served as a deacon, taught Sunday School, and assisted with the church services in the local nursing homes. John served his community as a former board member of Good Samaritan Ministries and a former member of the Downtown Brownwood Lions Club.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Cronier of Brownwood; two daughters, Nancy Beverly and husband John of Stephenville and Karen Ochoa of Early; five grandchildren, Laura and Brooke Beverly of Stephenville, Alex Ochoa and wife Carly of Little Rock, Ark., Crystal Ochoa, and Wes Marshall Ochoa, both of Early; a brother, Fred Cronier of Montgomery, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert Deming Cronier Jr.; and two sisters, Myrtle Christian and Francis Stringer.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Johnís memory to Good Samaritan Ministries, 305 Clark Street, Brownwood, 76801 or online at www. goodsambwd.org.
Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.