Jack Dewayne Albright

Mass of a Christian burial for Jack Dewayne Albright, 83, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Mr. Albright died June 17, 2017, going home to be with his Lord and Savior.

Jack, aka Grandpa Jack, was born July 21, 1933, in Tennessee. A proud Army veteran, he began his distinguished career in 1952, and was stationed in Japan, Germany, Vietnam and Fort Hood. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant major in 1978. After his retirement, Jack vowed to never jump out of a perfectly good airplane again.

After he spotted Joyce Acevedo on a beach in Hawaii, the two met and eventually married on April 20, 1957. Jack was the epitome of a devoted husband. Throughout his extended deployments, he never failed to let his family know that his heart was with them back home. Their three sons, Michael, Paul and Kenny, inherited this commitment to family and perhaps a touch of Jack’s legendary stubbornness.

A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jack was well-known in the Killeen community for his generosity, kindness and compassion. These qualities led him to provide countless hours of selfless giving in the church and the community, most notably to the Temple Community Clinic, where Joyce and he donated supplies and other needed items to make sure someone in need could use them.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Darla Lowe and Dr. Bruce Koehler for their special care of our dad/grandpa.

Mr. Albright was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife of 54 years, Joyce.

Survivors include his sons, Michael, Paul (Mary) and Kenny (Cay); grandsons, Steven and Adam (Lauren); sister, Florence; and a host of friends and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, Jack would appreciate you paying it forward by donating to the Temple Community (Free) Clinic, 1905 Curtis B. Elliot Drive, Temple, TX 76501 or www.templecommunityclinic.org.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.crawfordbowers.org.

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