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Charles Harold Verner

Harold Verner was born October 21, 1926 in Commerce, TX. Throughout his 91 years on earth, he was a son, husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. He began working as a carpenter at the age of 14 and finally retired at the age of 86. He built apartments, houses, hotels and nursing facilities in many states. He lived in Commerce, Dallas, Garland, Detroit, and Tyler, Texas.

He was the son of E.W. "Buck" and Jewel Verner. He married Kathryn Thomas on December 31, 1946. They had a son Charles Thomas on December 31, 1951 and a daughter, Pamela on December 31, 1956. He has twin sisters, Evonne Richardson and Lavonne Wells. He was an uncle to several nieces and a nephew. He was father-in-law to Donnie Hays and Papa to Jennifer, Brian and Tara Hays, along with many others from Rivercrest High School. Harold was also a great-grandpa to Hannah Kate Hays. She was his "precious doll".

In 1962, he and his construction partner, Darrell Coats, purchased some land in Red River County Texas which became Jan-Kay Ranch Christian Camp. In 1974, he and Kathryn built their home on the land and he lived there until 2014 when he moved to Tyler to be closer to the grandkids.

During the late 1960's and early 1970's he traveled and sang with The Thomas Family Quartet, which consisted of him, his wife, his brother-in-law Dewey and sister-in-law Marline Thomas. He loved singing, traveling, and most importantly, giving a testimony for the Lord.

He was a member of Lone Star Congregational Methodist Church which was organized and started by his dad. In the last 3 years, he has attended Flint Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, wife and great-granddaughter, Alice Hays. He will be missed, but he made many memories with wonderful friends, relatives and coworkers throughout his 91 years.

Funeral services for Harold Verner will be held Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Don Shovan officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce with Colin Alford, Mark Beers, Brandon Bell, Glen Coleman, Bruce Knowles, and Thurman Russell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include: W.L. Beers, Dolan Mankins, Weldon Smith, and N.H. "Cotton" Welk.

Interment service follows chapel service.


Sunday, November 26, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Funeral Service

Sunday, November 26, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment Service

Sunday, November 26, 2017
3:00 PM

Rosemound Cemetery
501 Pritchard Road
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment service follows chapel service.

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You are going to be greatly missed Mr. Verner, You always made us smile!!!

Jordan, Tiffany, Kayla Feb 2 2018 12:00 AM

Bro. Harold will be missed so much. We are so sorry for the loss of such a special gentleman. Bro. Roy mentioned him today in his message and had special prayer for your family. Bro. Harold loved music and always complimented the person with special music. His special pew at Flint Church will not be the same. With love, Jan Bain Hill

Jan Hill Nov 27 2017 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear about Papa, he was really special! I know this is very hard for you all and I just wanted you to know that I love you and you are all in my thoughts & prayers.

Chay Shrewsberry Nov 26 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of your loss. It's so hard to give up those we hold so dear. He was a special man. May you find comfort in the knowledge that many hold you in their thoughts and prayers. Beth

Beth McIntosh Nov 24 2017 12:00 AM

Pam, Lavonne, and family, we are saddened to hear about Harold. He was our cousin we didn't see much but always enjoyed his company and held him in high regard. Our prayers are with you all at this time of great loss.

Carolyn & Darren Wines Nov 24 2017 12:00 AM