Funeral services with military honors for John Lewis Eubanks Sr., 93, of Killeen, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Mr. Eubanks died July 11 in Belton.
He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Enoree, S.C., the oldest of six children born to Mack and Azilee Eubanks. He graduated high school in 1947 and and joined the Navy two days before his 18th birthday.
Mr. Eubanks spent most of his naval service in Guam before returning home to the farm. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Army in May 1950, and retired in October 1972 at then-Fort Hood as a staff sergeant. He did three tours in Korea, two in Vietnam and one in Germany.
Mr. Eubanks served stateside on at least seven Navy and Army installations, including Killeen Base, which later became West Fort Hood. He married wife Jean while stationed at Fort Chaffee, Ark., and they had three children.
Mr. Eubanks enjoyed country music and particularly liked Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” He was of the Baptist faith, and his favorite Bible verse was John 14:2.
He is survived by daughter Patricia Eubanks of Killeen, son John Eubanks (Debbie) of Killeen, stepchildren Beverly Smythe of Montgomery, Texas, and Bill Percival of Yuma, Ariz., granddaughter Sara Eubanks Keene of Killeen, and brother Donald Eubanks of Woodruff, S.C. He was preceded in death by a son, James Eubanks.
Viewing will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen.