Funeral services for Junior Harrison (Jack) Needler, of Brownwood will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Hancock officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in Eastlawn Memorial Park, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    He went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at his daughters home in Decatur, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 86.

    Jack was born in Anderson, Ind., on March 30, 1924, to William and Gertrude Ring Needler. He served our country during World War II in United States Army and was married to Cleo Francis Taylor on Feb. 28, 1945, in Brownwood. 

    Jack worked for the Brownwood Police Department from 1957-1987. For 16 years he worked as a patrolman and in 1973 began working in the records and ID section of the department. During this time he coached the Brownwood Police Association Little League Baseball team. He coached over 300 boys and changed their lives. Prior to coaching the baseball team he trained boxers for the Golden Gloves Competition in Fort Worth.

    He loved to play golf and was a member of the Brownwood Country Club. He and his wife were also members of the Elks Lodge in Brownwood for many years. He truly had an exceptional impact on not only his kids and grandkids but other kids in the community. He had lived in Brownwood for most of his life and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

    He is survived by his son, David Needler of China Springs; daughters, Donna Fouts and husband Donnie of Waco and Dianna Little of Decatur; grandchildren, Kathy, Jennifer, Cindy, Shelley and Scott; great-grandchildren, Cynthia, Justin, Dakota, Shyanne and Sierra; many nieces, nephews; and many, many friends.

    He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Cleo Francis in 2004; his mother and father; his sisters, Esther, Elizabeth, Viola; and his brothers, Floyd, William and Homer.

    Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net

    Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.