Henry Paul O’Neal, 90, of Bryan, passed away July 17, 2019, in Bryan. He was reunited with his loving wife, Rosemary Jane O’Neal, who passed away just a few months ago. A Masonic Graveside Service (All Masonic Members are welcome to participate in this service) will begin at 10 am, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Bryan City Cemetery. Funeral Memorial Service will begin at 11 am, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at First Christian Church, 600 Ennis Street, Bryan, with Pastor Jesse Myers officiating. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
Henry was born in the Lawrence Community near Terrell, Texas in Kaufman County to Tina Texie and Henry Jackson “Jack” O’Neal on September 23, 1928.
He was a graduate of Terrell High School and Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering Degrees in Agricultural Engineering. He was Company Commander of B Company Infantry in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M.
Henry met his wife Rosemary on a blind date and five months later the two were married in Bryan at the First Christian Church on May 12, 1951. Rosemary and Henry moved to Marlin in 1952, and lived there for four years while Henry worked as a Falls County engineer. Within the next three years they were blessed with two beautiful children, Patricia Anne and William David. Henry was very proud of his children and all of their accomplishments. In time, he became lovingly know as “Papa” to seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Some of the grandchildren’s favorite memories are the many trips they made in Papa’s little pick-up truck to Shipley’s for doughnut holes and Dairy Queen for Blizzards.
Henry retired from Texas AgriLife Extension at Texas A&M University (formerly, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service) with the title of Extension Agricultural Engineer Emeritus.
He was a Colonel, Army of the United States-Retired and a Past President, Brazos Valley Chapter, Military Officers Association of America and a member of the Reserve Officers Association.
A member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, O’Neal was a Past Master, Brazos Union Lodge No. 129; Past Master; Sul Ross No. 1300/ Member, Marlin Lodge No. 152; Past District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District 29-B, Grand Lodge of Texas Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; 33rd Degree and Inspector General Honorary, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, member, W. T. Austin Chapter, No. 87, W. T. Austin Council No. 52, and Ivanhoe Commandery No 8, Your Rite of Freemasonry; member Ascension Conclave, Red Cress of Constantine; member, Star Chamber Council No. 298, Allied Masonic Degrees: member, Ancient and Accepted Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Past President, Brazos Valley chapter No. 378, National Sojourners; Past Commander, Sul Ross Camp, Heroes of ’76; Past President, Steve Cooke Scottish Rite Club; and Past President, Brazos Valley Shrine Club.
As a member of the First Christian Church of Bryan/College Station he served as Chairman of the Board, Deacon, Elder and Elder Emeritus. He and Rosemary had many fond memories of the many years they spent there.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Rosemary Dishman O’Neal, his parents, and an infant brother.
Survivors include his daughter Patricia O’Neal of Nederland, TX; his son and daughter-in-law David and Susan O’Neal of Bryan, TX; granddaughter Lori Bell and husband Clint of Nederland; granddaughter Allison Mitcham and husband Jerry of Nederland; granddaughter Erin Guidroz and husband Jason of Orangefield; grandson Dustin O’Neal and wife Sarah of Tomball; granddaughter Lindsey Lindley and husband Carson of Fort Worth; grandson Austin O’Neal of Austin; and granddaughter Mackenzie O’Neal of Bryan and great-grandchildren Ryan, Dylan, Wilson and Peyton Bell; Sawyer Mitcham; Emma and Jackson Humplik, Jeslyn, Colt and Beau Guidroz and Bailey Thompson; Grace, Josie and Wesley O’Neal; Harper Lindley.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Bryan/College Station, 900 South Ennis, Bryan, TX 77803.