Thompson's Harveson & Cole: Obituaries

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Joseph Herman Cason Joseph Herman Cason
(September 26, 1921 - November 16, 2011)

U.S. Veteran FORT WORTH -- Joseph Herman Cason, a retired United States Army major, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.

Memorials: Alzheimer's Association, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102; Travis Avenue Baptist Church, 800 West Berry St., Fort Worth, Texas 76110; or charity of your choice.

Joseph was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Clyde, son of the late John and Armentie Oxley Cason, the seventh son of 10 children. He dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the U.S. Army. He began his military career with ROTC at John Tarleton College and in a National Guard unit that was called into service in November 1940. He was later commissioned a second lieutenant at the age of 21. He served in the Pacific, leading an infantry regiment in Makin, Espiritos Santos, and then Okinawa. During his military career, he won a Bronze Star along with many other honors. His post-military time was serving as regional director of the wage and hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Following his retirement, he spent most of his time devoted to his wife's care and advocating for nursing care and dementia care improvement. After her death, in November 1996, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. Destinations included Colorado, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oregon, Washington, Switzerland, where his mother was born, Germany, Caribbean, Alaska, and New Mexico. Most recently he visited Fort Benning, Ga., where he went to Infantry Training and Officer Candidate School 70 years prior, and where his grandson, Ryan, and wife currently serve. He was a longtime and faithful member of Travis Avenue Baptist Church, serving as chair of deacons and chair of personnel committee at various times. He was active in the Alzheimer's Association. Joe was an incredible husband, father, grandfather and friend to many and always put family first. He was always playful, light-hearted and quick-witted and never met a stranger. He never failed to show his appreciation and always said thanks, even in his severe illness. His family agrees his most outstanding characteristic is his patient, gentle and non-judgmental nature. We pray we each carry on his legacy in all these things he has modeled daily for us. The family would like to thank the kind and caring first floor ICU unit personnel in Harris Methodist Heart Center and the Palliative Care Unit in the Harris building as well as many caring friends and family during his sudden illness.

Joseph was preceded in death by his first wife, Iantha Vermel Peacock, and oldest daughter, Vicki Cason Staggs.

Survivors: His wife, Shirley Gilliam Cason; daughters, Debra Cason Hendrix and husband, Ken, Lisa Cason Plemons and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Ryan Christopher Staggs and wife, Jennifer, Rebekah Ann Staggs, Christopher Kenneth Hendrix, Kathryn Jo Hendrix, Jill Ann Plemons and Jesse Lon Plemons; great-grandchildren, Jakob Cason Puckett, Miah Ruth Puckett, Liana Catherine Staggs and Maya Kay Staggs; sister, Edna Schaefer and husband, Raymond; many special nephews and nieces; Shirley's children, Lynn Walker and wife, Linda, Debbie Whitener and husband, Danny, Vickie Gilliam, Rickey Gilliam, Danny Gilliam and wife, Patty; grandchildren, Jeff Walker and wife, Tara, Jody Helmle and husband, Carl, Russell Walker, Bo Whitener and wife, JoAnna, Eryn Whitener, Rachael Daigle and husband, Dustin, Abigail Gilliam; and great-grandchildren, Robbie and Katy Walker, Jonah Helmle, Chloe Whitener and Jonas Whitener.

Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Wedgwood Baptist Church, 5522 Whitman Ave., Fort Worth. Graveside service: 4 p.m. Saturday in Erath Gardens of Memory in Stephenville. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson and Cole Funeral Home.