Private funeral services for Major Frank William Byrnes, Ret., 88, of Montgomery will be held on Friday, May 28, 2004 at 10 a.m. in Garden Park Cemeterys Chapel in the Park Mausoleum with Rev. Hiram Doc Jones officiating. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2004 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Chapel Mausoleum.
Frank was born on June 27, 1915 in New York City to Frank William and Emma Coleman Byrnes and passed away on May 26, 2004 in Conroe, Texas. He volunteered for the Army on April 1, 1940 and was sent to Panama where he became a navigator in the Army Air Force. He had his training at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. Lt. Byrnes received his wings at Hondo, Texas. During his Air Force career, Frank was awarded many medals including the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the most cherished, as Frank would say The big one, the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was stationed in New Guinea during World War II where his plane flew at tree top level and strafed areas over Japan.
Frank was career Air Force and finished his college education with a mathematics degree on the military Boot Strap Program at the University of Houston. He served with the Early Warning System stationed at Durham, North Carolina and then at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, retiring after twenty-five years of service with the rank of Major. Frank and his wife, Marguerite, moved to Montgomery and built a home in Lake Lorraine, a family subdivision. Frank had a second career at the Internal Revenue Service in Houston, retiring with ten years of service.
Frank was preceded in death by his brother, Matthew Byrnes. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Weisinger Byrnes of Montgomery; daughters, Nina Francis Byrnes Gibson and husband Gary E. and Ann B. Hastings and husband L. E. Gene; grandchildren, Bill and Ken Hastings, Nina Hedrick, Gary Gibson, Jennifer Thorpe, and Michelle Hernandez; fourteen great grandchildren; and nephew, Matt Byrnes, Jr. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.