Posted: Mon 11:35 AM, Oct 01, 2012
Funeral Home: Cozart Funeral Home
July 24, 1957 – September 27, 2012
Henry Frank "Hank" Barrentine, Jr. peacefully passed away at his home on Thursday, July 27, 2012, after an 18 month battle with brain cancer. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. November 3, at the Bedias Fire Dept. Services are entrusted to Cozart Funeral Home.
Hank was born July 24, 1957, on Millington Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tennessee, to Henry Frank and Lee Barrentine. He was raised in Southeast Arkansas and graduated from Elaine High School. He attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he met his future wife, Mary Celeste Brooks. He joined the Air Force as a Communications Maintenance Officer in August of 1979 and served tours of duty in Warner Robbins, Georgia and in Sembach, Germany. After leaving the Air Force he joined the Air National Guard from which he retired in 2001, with 21 years of service. During that time he served in the First Gulf War and returned to Saudi Arabia for several tours of extended duty. He worked in the Brazos Valley for 20 years in Emergency Medical Services as an EMT-Paramedic.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Celeste Barrentine of Brazos County; three children, Cari Barrentine of Bryan, Wilhelmina Barrentine of Huntsville, and Henry Barrentine III of Brazos County; brother and sister-in-law, Blake and Anna Barrentine of Bryan; nephew, Blake Barrentine, Jr. of Bryan; and nieces, Martina Barrentine of Tuscany, Italy and Rose Barrentine of Bryan.
"I mourned him also simply, without self-interest. Grieved for him as a man. In his own way he'd been a whole person, not needing what others might think he lacked. No one should impose their own perception of fulfillment on anyone else." – Dick Francis
"And so it goes…." – Kurt Vonnegut
Donations in Hank's name can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley or to Brazos County Volunteer Fire Department District #2, in lieu of flowers.