Frank O’Banion

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CROSS PLAINS - Frank O’Banion, age 80, died Oct. 6, 2014 with his family around him. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church, Cross Plains, on Oct 9. Mr. O’Banion was born on Aug. 17, 1934, to Guy Frank and Nettie Gertrude Wilkerson O’Banion in San Antonio. He was saved at Northside Baptist Church in San Antonio and surrendered to full time Christian ministry at the age of 12 at Alto Frio Baptist Camp. He graduated from Thomas Edison High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Howard Payne College in 1957, and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth where he studied music and religious education. He served in the United States Army from 1957-1959 where he served in Panama as a teletype operator during peace time. He married Edna Applin on Sept. 17, 1960, and they had five children together. He served in full-time music and education ministry at Southern Baptist churches in El Dorado, Kerens, Stanton, and Fairfield until his retirement. In 1997, he retired to Cross Plains where he continued to serve in voluntary capacities for local churches where he taught Sunday School, led worship, and played the piano and organ as needed. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cross Plains. During his retirement, he enjoyed working and volunteering at the Heart of Texas Baptist Camp, and singing and playing in local nursing homes. His greatest joy in life came when he had the opportunity to use his musical gifts to minister to others. He also enjoyed his retirement on the farm and loved his cows. He and Edna treated them as pets and named each one of them. He was best known by his contagious joy and smile. He battled a long illness, but never lost his optimism and trust in God’s plan for his life. He saw each hospital, church, or home he encountered on this journey as his mission field and constantly looked for ways to bless others with little regard for his own struggle. To him, there was never a stranger, just a friend he had yet to meet. Spending time with his friends was one of Frank’s favorite things to do. Time spent with friends and family members were some of his favorite memories. He is survived by his wife, Edna Applin O’Banion; three daughters, Gaye Miller of Temple, Rhonda Roberts and husband, Bruce of Brownwood and Rebecca O’Banion of Belton; one son, Guy Russell O’Banion and wife, Stephanie of Belton; one brother, Edward Vance O’Banion and wife, Ruby of San Antonio; two granddaughters, Michelle Newton of Morgan’s Point Resort and Morgan Roberts of Abilene; two great-grandchildren, Krysalyn and Westyn Peterson of Morgan’s Point Resort and numerous extended family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Guy Frank O’Banion, his mother, Nettie Gertrude Wilkerson O’Banion, and a daughter, Sheila Beth O’Banion. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Cross Plains Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 699, Cross Plains, TX 76443, or Heart of Texas Baptist Camp, 8025 FM 2125, Brownwood, TX 76801.

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