Bernis Milton Choate Sr.
BERNIS MILTON CHOATE SR., 86, passed away April 22, 2006 at the Memorial Medical Center in Livingston, Texas. Bernie was born May 4, 1919 in Jacksonville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Milton Choate; his mother, Mattie Clark Choate; his first wife, Verda Penn Choate; his second wife Evelyn Porter Choate; and his brother, Winston Choate. Bernie is survived by his sister Annie Lou Bunn of New Summerfield, Texas; son, Milton (Chip) Choate and wife Sidney of Houston, Texas; son, Rodger Franklin Choate and wife Diana of Vacaville, California; grandson Derrell Stephen Choate and wife Robin of Windsor, Colorado; granddaughter Heather Elice Krail and husband Michael Paul of Friendswood, Texas; granddaughter Tori Renee Meline and husband Erick Daniel of Walnut Creek, California; great-granddaughters Taylor Leigh-Ann Choate, Brittyn Chelsea Choate, Chandler Skye Choate, Megan Elizabeth Krail, Stephanie Rebecca Krail and Shasha Trinity Meline; and great-grandson Michael Austin Krail; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Bernie was raised in Jacksonville, Texas where he played and developed a passion for football. At the outset of World War II he joined the Army Air Corps and piloted bombers. After the war he enjoyed a long and successful 32 year career with Allstate Insurance Company retiring at age 72. After the death of his second wife, he moved to Lake Livingston where he enjoyed fishing and fellowship with the Onalaska First Baptist Church. Bernie was alert until the end which came when his emphysema drained his strength and reserves. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 8:30 am until 10:00 am and funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 27th at 10:00 am in the chapel at Brookside Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Freeway at Lauder, Houston, Texas with Brother Don Wilkey, pastor of the Onalaska First Baptist Church, officiating. Graveside services will follow the services in the chapel. Alternative memorials may be made to the Salvation army.