William Paul Vernon Jr., 86, of Chico died at home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
His ashes will be buried in the Thomas Cemetery at a later date.
Paul was born April 17, 1927, in Alexandria, La., to the late Elizabeth and William Paul Vernon Sr. He
worked 10 years for the city of Fort Worth tax department and retired from the Federal Housing Administration after 20 years. He worked seven years as an independent appraiser.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on a troop and supply ship in the South Pacific. When Paul returned home, he went to Fort Worth to study architectural and mechanical drafting on the GI Bill.
He met his wife, Maudene (Underwood) Vernon, in Fort Worth. They were married 64 years. Paul was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport for 28 years.
Survivors include his wife, Maudene of Chico; son David Paul Vernon of Chico; sister Ouita McCaa and husband, Buddy, of Farmers Branch; several nieces and nephews; brother Arnold Vernon of California; and brother-in-law Wayne Underwood of Kennewick, Wash.
Vernon was preceded in death by his younger brother, Charles Vernon.
His wife requests memorials be made to the Thomas Cemetery Association, c/o Debra Green, 4666 S. FM 1655, Bridgeport, TX 76426.